I heard from a fair amount of people that this was one of their top reads of 2017. It was pretty hefty (576 pages!) so I used one of my Audible credits for it back in November. It took me two months to get through it and I can honestly say it was not one of my top reads for 2017. Its not that I didn’t like it. I did. But it was so loooong. And there were so many stories. Stories within stories within stories. Good God. The current day story is about two scholars who find papers from the 1600s hidden in an old house. Then you follow the story of the woman who wrote those papers in the 1600s. Then each person has their own story within those two stories. The stories were good, they were just long and intricate. So many words. I can’t say I was very invested in the letters and papers of the woman in the 1600s which was half the book. I kept wanting to get back to the scholars. Usually I enjoy multiple POVs but this was too much. I would suggest this book to people who really enjoy rich historical novels.
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book that’s more than 500 pages – I did get it on Kindle in order to get through it faster so technically I read some of it
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – I’m not sure it ever says Helen Watt’s age but she’s retiring so I assume she’s over 60
I had been meaning to read Caraval ever since it came out last January. It had a lot of press hype before its release and I ended up liking it a lot. It reminded me a little bit (just a little!) of the Night Circus (which in case you didn’t know – I adore). There was way too much dialog and angst though, but it is YA so that should be expected. Night Circus was often times a lot more about the setting than what was happening with the characters. The ambiance seemed to be its own character. Caraval was very character driven, but not in an overwhelming or annoying way. I could’ve done without the epilogue set up. Book two could’ve told us what the epilogue did in its book jacket summary without leaving such a cliff hanger in book one. I will probably read book two though, but since it took me a year after book one’s publication to read it I wouldn’t count on it happening any time soon. Book two is titled Legendary and set to be released May 2018.
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : the first book in a new-to-you YA series
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
I am so excited for this. Last year, my parents (hey dad!) bought me the Lit Chat deck of cards that Book Riot made. “Conversation starters about books and life.” What’s not to love?? There are 50 cards with 2 prompts on a card, equaling 100 conversations. I don’t often have people over who love books as much as I do so it’s not something I would whip out at a party BUT, I thought it would be a great place to chat about here. So in my planner (side note : I’ve resolved to use a planner this year – this is the one I chose and I got it at Michael’s because most of them are sold out online) I wrote the questions from one card for each week. I skipped last week, and I’ll skip another at some point, which will use all 50 cards throughout the year. Here is this week’s card.
What do you love most about books? What’s your preferred reading style. Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Ebooks? How do you choose?
I love books! I think the better question would be what don’t I love about books?? I guess the two things I love the most are that it takes you out of your life for a minute and you can experience a different life and I also love that you can learn new things. My answer to preferred reading style is easy. Paperbacks. Always. My best friend loves hardcovers. Always. And she’s a weirdo. Paperbacks are superior. They’re not heavy even at 800 pages, they fit in your purse, and I loooooove breaking the spine. I fold my pages back around the whole of the book and sometimes even dog ear them. I know, blasphemy. I’m one of those people. I’m not opposed to ebooks like some people are but I also don’t seek them out as my preferred reading style. I definitely get them if that’s the way I can get the book the fastest i.e. it’s so popular the hardcover has me on the hold list at #352 and I also get them when they’re an Amazon daily deal. Also, I get tons of pre-pub ebooks through Netgalley, which is mainly what I read in that format. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I adore it. My husband goes to bed way earlier than I do so the Paperwhite was life changing for night time reading because it meant I could be in bed in the dark and not disturb him. Overall though, I’ll read in any format. The question didn’t even mention audiobooks, but I do those too. I’m in the car for about an hour a day so I can shoot through those pretty quickly. Lit Chat 1, complete! Tell me your answers!
Let’s see how I did on my 2017 Reading Challenges! I tag them at the bottom of books that I review and then mark them as completed with my challenges. Currently, I participate in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge, Popsugar’s Reading Challenge and the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge.
Let’s talk about Modern Mrs. Darcy first. I did great with hers. I completed all of the challenges in the Reading for Growth portion. Which is great. Love growth. In the Reading for Fun portion I did not complete
- a book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read – because I will admit I love reading all things, so nothing really seemed to fit that one
- a book in the backlist of a new favorite author – I tend not to backtrack much but that would have been a good one to complete
I also did really good with Popsugar. They have many more challenges and I completed all but 7 (out of 40!).
- a book recommended by a librarian – I’m certain I completed this because I work with librarians all day long but for some reason I left it blank
- an espionage thriller
- a book with career advice – I put You are a Badass and How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge on hold and then never read them so that’s my fault
- a book you loved as a child – I meant to read The Westing Game or Johnny Tremain but didn’t
- a book with a month or day of the week in the title
- a book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – all the books I read that are becoming movies are doing so in 2018 *shakes fist*
- a book you bought on a trip – I don’t go on trips
Last, BookRiot. I completely failed BookRiot. Instead of telling you the ones I didn’t complete (13 of 24) I’m going to tell you the ones I did because I guess that’s easier. Let me tell you why I failed though. I do these challenges wrong. I admit it. I read books I would’ve already read and then fill them in to the challenges. I don’t look at the challenges and then find a matching book. And that’s what you have to do with BookRiot.
And there you have it. If you want to try these challenges with me in 2018 the links are below.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge
I received this poetry book from Netgalley. I can’t say I know a lot about poetry but I can say this book is gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. In the dark. In my bed. Which was a great location because most of these poems are about a break up, sadness, anger, and many other things that wouldn’t have felt as magnified on a sunny day outside. Trista experiences a break up with a girl she wasn’t really dating. They were friends and yet also more. This girl she was in love with said horrible things about same sex relationships, all the while loving Trista. Or Trista was feeling like she loved her. How can you really know when someone loves you? So she left. Moved to Australia. And tried to forget her first love. There are also some poems about being bisexual and her relationship with her mother. All around it was just so moving. I loved it. It will be released in May of 2018. Put it on your list!
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author
I love my spouse. I love books. However, my spouse does not love the books I love. He loves graphic novels. So sometimes I go on a binge and read lots of graphic novels and suggest he read them too so we can reference them and talk about it. Right now he’s obsessed with Locke and Key written by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King (in case you didn’t know). I got halfway through Joe Hill’s door stop of a book, The Fireman, so I didn’t go in to these books with high hopes. But they’re good!
I have finished Welcome to Lovecraft vol 1 and Head Games vol 2. There’s a bit of gore and violence so be prepared. Although the illustrations aren’t super realistic so it’s not as disturbing, in my opinion. There are 6 volumes thus far and we’re plowing right along. If you like graphic novels with a bit of horror and mystery these might be for you!
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by an author who uses a pseudonym (Joe Hill is actually Joseph Hillstrom King – I assume he didn’t want to be known straight away as Stephen King’s son, although he doesn’t go so far as to hide it)
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : three books by the same author (I’m currently reading vol 3 so it counts)