September 15, 2014

What I've Been Reading This Week - 9/15/14



This week I made it to 75 books, my goal for the year!  Yippee!  Last year I only read 72 so I feel pretty proud of myself for getting to 75 in September.  The books that took me there are Beyond Good and Evil and To This Day.  

This week I also did some heavy-duty reading for the Travel the World in Books Readathon.  I enjoyed it a lot.  I think it went well for it's first ever time!  

You will notice that this week I have added links to Goodreads below the title of each book so you can check out the book summaries if you want!


FINISHED READING THIS WEEK:



To This Day: For the Bullied and the Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
***5 STARS**
*For Review from Publisher*
Pages Read: 72
Thoughts: I highly recommend this wonderfully illustrated poem on the effects of being bullied as a child.  READ IT!



Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
*For Project Gutenburg Project and The Classics Club*
3.5 STARS
Last Week: 48-74%
This Week: 74-100%
Pages Read: 40
Thoughts: A lot to process.  I've got to gather my thoughts on everything and then I will post a review on the Project Gutenberg Project blog.



Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
4 STARS
*For Review from Publisher*
Pages Read:36
Thoughts: I loved this story about a girl who goes away to an "outsiders school" for 2 years, to return home and find she is so changed her mother does not recognize her.  She's forgotten the language, how to fix the net, how to even eat her favorite foods.  She slowly remembers and re-learns, but I wish the ending told what happened after she did.  Did she have to go back to the school?  Did she forget again? Did she remember?  Still a good story, though, about how culture can die if not properly maintained.



The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian
*For fun*
4 STARS
Last Week: 18-34%
This Week: 34-100%
Pages Read This Week: 212
Thoughts: Gets off to a rocky start but then it is unputdownable.


NEW BOOKS ADDED THIS WEEK TO CURRENTLY READING:


Weaver by John Abramowitz
*For Review from Author*
This Week: 0-29%
Pages Read: 49
Thoughts: There are lines that make me cringe, but overall I like it. I especially like that is a combination of paranormal, religious cult, and police procedural. It's different.



Street of Thieves by Mathias Enard
*For Review from Publisher via Edelweiss*
This Week: 0-10%
Pages Read This Week: 35
Thoughts: Interesting and fast-paced, culturally rich and shows the dichotomy of Islam and Muslim extremists.



Heller's Revenge (Heller Series #2) by J.D. Nixon
*For Fun*
This Week: 0-10%
Pages Read: 30
Thoughts: I enjoy this funny series.



The Hidden Ones (Legacy of the Watchers #1) by Nancy Madore
*For Review from Author*
This Week: 0-5%
Pages Read: 22
Thoughts:  Interesting premise so far.


CONTINUING TO ENJOY THIS WEEK:



The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
*For Review from Publisher via Edelweiss*
Last Week: 0-2%
This Week: 2-14%
Pages Read This Week: 44
Thoughts:  Now that I've finished reading and reviewed A Sudden Light, I can read this haunting story. 



Sweet Tooth: A Memoir by Tim Anderson
*For Fun*
Pg. 136 of 319
Last Week: 28 pages
This Week: 108 pages
Thoughts: This memoir is great.



Out by Natsuo Kirino
*For Travel the World in Books Readathon*
Pg. 190 of 400
Last Week: 79 pages
This Week: 111 pages
Thoughts: Deliciously dark and tense, while insightful into the various ways women's lives in Japan may play out.  It's pretty gritty.



A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
*For the Travel the World in Books Readathon*
Pg. 111 of 422
Last Week: 83 pages
This Week: 28 pages
Thoughts: I am enjoying it.  It's a calm, slow tale compared to the 
craziness of the Japan in Out.



The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
*For Review from Publisher*
Last Week: 0-21%
This Week: 21-49%
Pages Read: 120
Thoughts: Wow, this is some creepy shit!


STATS:

Total Pages Read Last Week: 824
Total Pages Read THIS Week: 907 - Wow, new record!

Books Reading for Review: 5
Books Reading for Readalongs/Challenges: 2
Books Reading for the Fun of It: 2

Total Books Currently Reading: 9
Total Books Read So Far This Year: 77

MET MY READING GOAL FOR THE YEAR!  WOOT!



WHAT'S NEXT:







~What are you reading right now?  
~What did you just finish?  
~What book are you looking forward to reading next?  
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