WWW Wednesdays – June 13, 2018

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I semi-regularly join in on WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

Currently Reading

Pachinko by Min Lee

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I am finally reading Pachinko! It was the first book I received from BOTM last year. It was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Reading Women Award for Fiction (which is a great book related podcast I listen to regularly). It is a generational story of a Korean family living in Japan. I am very much looking forward to reading this one.

Recently Finished

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

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This was my third Murakami read, and I think it might finally be time to admit that no matter how much I want to like Murakami novels (or in this case short stories), I just don’t. His work is just not for me. I do like books that incorporate symbolism and open readers to different views of interpretation, but his stories end with the readers having more questions than answers, and I just can’t stand that.

Reading Next

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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This is one of my favorite book covers. I hope the book itself is as lovely. This is another book club read that will tie in nicely with Reading Women Month.

Feel free to let me know what you are reading.

HAPPY READING!!!

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Completed Another 24-hour Readathon!

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Another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon has come and gone. As always, it was so much fun! I was even so fortunate as to get to take my reading outside for a bit this time (see above photo). As I mentioned in my previous post, I had already decided not to attempt the full 24 hours. It just takes too much out of me, and with a new job, I just don’t have the same recovery time. However, I still read for almost 20 hours and that was more than expected.

So…how did i do on my readathon goals? Let’s find out:

  • I want to read for at least 15 hours today. I actually read for 19 1/2 hours.
  • I want to complete 3 books. I did in fact complete 3 books (2 physical books and 1 audiobook).
  • I want to read at least 600 pages. I read 650 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 8 mini-challenges. I did complete 8 mini-challenges.

HOORAY! I accomplished all my readathon goals! Now let’s get to the fun part…this is what I read:

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I had a bit of a true crime theme going. After finishing The Road to Jonestown and then I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I became a bit paranoid in the dark, so reading something light like the classic Charlotte’s Web was necessary. SPOILER: However, was it really necessary for E. B. White to actually mention that Charlotte died all alone?!!! It was already implied. Why state it?! Made it not just sad but depressing.

Anyway, while I enjoyed the audiobook of The Road to Jonestown, it was very long…17 1/2 hours long. I listened to at least 7 hours of that yesterday. I admit I knew very little about Jim Jones and the Peoples’ Temple, but I feel this book had way too much detail. There were so many characters mentioned that I could not keep them all straight, but I guess in the end that didn’t matter, because (Spoiler again but I feel like we know this one) most of them died in the end.

My most anticipated read and my favorite was Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I put this down a month ago to finish some book club reads, however, with the recent news about the Golden State Killer (GSK), I felt it was necessary to go back to it. So glad I did, but boy was it horrifying. A bit of wisdom to those who haven’t read it yet – don’t read it right before bed or in the dark by yourself. I so wish that guy was caught 40 years ago, but I am happy that he will at least rot in prison for the rest of his days. I’m really glad that McNamara and many California detectives did not give up their search for the GSK. People say their decades-long search was an obsession, but I think it was necessary. I just really wish McNamara would have lived to see the GSK caught.

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I did also start an ARC of Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin (see picture above). I’m only a little bit into it right now but am loving it so far. It comes out for the public on Tuesday (May 1st).

I did have a difficult time with this readathon. There were too many 20180428_092722distractions (see picture on the right that shows my two awesome garage sale purchases from the community garage sale). I hope to avoid these distractions next time. I also didn’t do a great job of preparing my cozy reading nook with everything accessible. My organization left much to be desired. However, I think the leaders of this readathon did a fantastic job. The option to do mini-challenges at any point during the 24 hours was a much nicer solution. Mini-challenges use to disrupt my reading zone now I can do them as a break between books. I will admit though that I didn’t even look at the readathon scavenger hunt. Maybe next time.

Hopefully I’ll be doing the 24-hour readathon again October 20, 2018! Until then….

HAPPY READING!

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My Top 20 Favorite Reads of 2017

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Out of the 75 books I read this year, I decided to share my favorites.

Books I reread because I love them:

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)

**I listened to Dan Stevens narrating the audio versions of the Agatha Christie books. He is brilliant.**

Favorite first time reads published prior to 2017:

  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2008)
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (2014)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2016)
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (2013)
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016)
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (2015)
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (2011)
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)

Favorite reads published in 2017:

  • Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab (2017)
  • Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (2017)
  • Reading People by Anne Bogel (2017)
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (2017)

Favorite read of the year:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)

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My Must Read Book List for 2017

What books do you want to read in 2017? Here is the list of books I would like to read in 2017:

  1. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  2. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  4. The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth
  5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  8. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
  11. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  12. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  13. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  14. Bolshoi Confidential by Simon Morrison
  15. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

However, these listed are not the only books I will read this year (and to be honest I have a hard time keeping to a list), so feel free to send me recommendations of books you have loved – both old and new.

2017 Reading Challenge

24 books completed
8 books ahead of schedule

24/50 (48%)

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