2016 and 2017 were both bad years for me reading wise, and I didn't pick up a single book. Oops. But 2018 is a new year and with it comes me trying again to read more than, I dunno, 5 books (except I read 17 in 2015 despite a breakup/moving twice). So, I'm going into 2018 with the goal of trying to read 25 books, and to do that I've picked up a few reading challenges this year:
The Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is a classic challenge at this point, and one of the ones I did in 2015. The tasks were actually trickier for me to come up with this year (and there's still one I haven't found a book for yet, haha!
I'm also going to try the Audiobook Challenge at the "Newbie (I'll give it a try)" level, with a goal of 1-5 audiobooks. I'm glad they allow for double dipping with other challenges, because I had at least one choice for the Read Harder challenge as an audiobook because I don't think I'll stay interested in the particular topic otherwise haha.
From Booking Through Thursday:
"What book (or books) from your childhood do you think about most often? That had the most effect on your life?"
Definitely The Giver. That book defined an entire genre love (dystopian fiction) for me. I consider that book my Harry Potter (and Jonas, Asher and Fiona were my golden trio - sorry to Harry, Ron and Hermione). I read Brave New World because of this book, I read Daughters of the North because of this book, I read 1984 and Animal Farm and Anthem and Jennifer Government because of this book. I took a utopian sociology class because of this book. The book defined a lot of things for me and I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn't taken a chance all the way back in the fourth grade to give this book a shot.
But we won't be discussing the movie. Nope. Not unless you want to send me to Rant City.
Got a little bit of a different post for you guys today. (I feel like I say that a lot, in a lot of my blogs. But it's true.) Today while I was at the mall, I noticed a bunch of tables set up at one wing. This is common, this particular mall tends to do things like sport memorabilia tables, or sports card tables, so I figured I’d take a small glance and be on my way.
Instead, they were selling antique/vintage books, and it was all for charity! It’s just too bad that I didn’t have any money right now, cause it would be nice to say I owned one (they said they’d be back in October, I plan on checking them out then for sure).
Keep reading to see a few more pictures and some more details.
From Booking Through Thursday:
"What’s the most intriguing book you ever read? Something that made you think, explore new ideas, or just be really impressed and awed and amazed at the sheer wonder of the creativity of the thing?"
I would have to give that honor to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. And it's funny because it didn't make me think when I read it (I was only in 7th grade at the time and didn't understand it), but reading reviews on it after the fact, especially one that I know I'll never be able to find again, about how Huxley's vision of the future was more correct than George Orwell's in 1984.
I am terrible about keeping this blog up, just terrible.
I think it's because reading became a chore, so I didn't want to do it.
I'm no longer in either the Book Riot Challenge or the Popsugar Challenge, because I'm not going to read because of some theme anymore. I'm going to read because that's the book I want to read.
I'm going to be better about reviewing too, hopefully.
Now, to sneak some reading in between everything else I'm going to be doing with my life, haha.
Hey! So clearly I'm still behind on reviews (gonna work on that, promise!) but I figured I could at least give mini reviews while doing a January wrap up and a February TBR post:
Books Read in January (in order of completion):
Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson (Finished January 11, 2015): My Week #2 book for the Popsugar challenge and my Task #13 book for the Book Riot challenge. As mentioned in my full review of this book, the sex scenes were steamy but the plot/conflict/character development left a lot to be desired.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy (Finished January 23, 2015): My Week #1 book for the Popsugar challenge. A cute book, but slow going in the middle and took too long to get to the main action/climax. Could have cut out a lot of unnecessary parts.
Jennifer Government by Max Barry (Finished January 24, 2015): My Task #16 book for the Book Riot challenge. A book I've been wanting to read for years, finally got to it and it was well worth the wait. I was hooked from the beginning, and I'm glad I read it as an adult who had experience in the workforce, and not some know-it-all high school junior. Listened to the audiobook, and the narration was paced wonderfully, but I wish the narrator hadn't used stereotypical accents for some of the characters.
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (Finished January 24, 2015): My Week #3 book for the Popsugar challenge. Wanted to read this one to compare it to the movie, and was very pleased to see the movie kept very true to the book (but I'm almost positive the movie added some scenes cause there were parts I clearly remember in the movie that weren't in the book).
The Institute by Kayla Howarth (Finished January 29, 2015): My Week #4 book for the Popsugar challenge and my Task #23 book for the Book Riot challenge. I originally rated this one low because I swore the synopsis didn't match what actually happened in the book, but upon rereading said synopsis, I realized the error was mine and adjusted my review accordingly. The book was alright, I was somewhat intrigued, and the very end really got to me. I'm actually looking forward to the sequel now!
Started but not finished:
The Book of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees: My Task #21 book for the Book Riot challenge. I've been reading this one since January 20, so it's time I hunkered down and just finished it.
1984 by George Orwell: My Week #5 book for the Popsugar challenge, I technically should have this one finished already, so again I should be done with this one already, so I need to play catch up here too.
Will be started in February/Already started in February:
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: My Week #6 book for the Popsugar challenge and my Task #1 book for the Book Riot challenge
Animal Farm by George Orwell: My Week #7 book for the Popsugar challenge.
Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story by Janine Southard: My Week #8 book for the Popsugar challenge.
Starshine by G.S. Jennsen: My Week #9 book for the Popsugar challenge and my Task #12 book for the Book Riot challenge (will technically be finished in March).
I am so behind on my reviews. I have reviews to write for Where the Heart Is, Jennifer Government, and The Institute.
I'll try to catch up, but I have a big weekend ahead of me.
Edition Read: Paperback Edition
Started: January 1, 2015
Finished: 23, 2015
Finally! I've been dying to have this book finished from the moment I started my week #2 book, and it took me one day into week #4 to finally call it done.
This book ended up being slower going for me than I would have liked. Toward the middle I started getting bored, and I feel like it dragged on for 100 pages too long.
Wildwood is the story of Prue McKeel, a 12-year-old girl living in Portland with her parents and brother. In Prue's version of Portland, there is a forested area known as the Impassible Wilderness, and Prue was told to never go there, and for the most part she obliged.
That is, until the day her brother is taken by crows and led into the Impassible Wilderness, causing Prue to have to follow them. What results is Prue discovering the Impassible Wilderness is its own country known as Wildwood, and she will have to make friends with a menagerie of people and talking animals to save her brother.
Along the way, her friend Curtis follows her in and gets caught up in his own adventure, almost becoming the enemy.
Hoo boy. I figured since this was a middle grade level novel, I would breeze right through it since it's lower fare than I'm used to (Last time I read a middle grade novel was about 20 years ago). As it turns out, the pacing ended up being so slow for me that I had to put is down at times and read something else. I get that it's fantasy and fantasy books need world building, but there were parts later in the book (party scenes, downtime scenes, etc.) that needed to be cut short. It also took far too long to get to the final fight scenes, and I felt like the entire last chapter needed to go.
It you like fantasy, especially books like A Series of Unfortunate Events and Chronicles of Narnia, give this book a shot. I think the exposition of these kinds of books just makes them drag for me.
Oh, yes, I joined another challenge. This one is by Book Riot, and only has 24 challenges (7 of which overlapped exactly with challenges from the Pop Sugar list, and 5 more where they conveniently fit two different challenges, one from Pop Sugar, one from Read Harder).
So here's the list. (I meant to post this about a week ago)
1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
3. A collection of short stories
Curious by Elizabeth North
4. A book published by an indie press
The Dying of the Light: End by Jason Kristopher
5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
After Midnight by Santino Hassell
6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
Company by Max Barry
7. A book that takes place in Asia
number9dream by David Mitchell
8. A book by an author from Africa
Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko
9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture
Gardens in the Dunes by Leslie Marmon Silko
10. A microhistory
Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America
11. A YA novel
Matched by Ally Condie
12. A sci-fi novel
Starshine by G.S. Jennsen
13. A romance novel
Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson
14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
16. An audiobook
Jennifer Government by Max Barry
17. A collection of poetry
From the Mist by Bonnie Mutchler
18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
19. A book that was originally published in another language
No Game, No Life Vol. 1 by Yuu Kamiya
20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure
The Book of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees
22. A book published before 1850
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
23. A book published this year
The Institute by Kayla Howarth
24. A self-improvement book
Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown
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