January 11, 2016

Thoughts on What I'm Reading - Week #2

This meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

This week I started a perpetual read for 2016.
I also read a graphic novel and completed Under the Udala Trees.
I DNF'd a book, too.
I'm just excited that I'm reading more, as the past couple of months I was in a slump!

If this is your first time reading my Monday reading posts, 3 quick things:

1) I'm a huge multi-book reader, so it takes me a bit to get through books, but I read a lot of pages each week.
2) I share stats on how many pages read, how far in the book I am, etc. They are mostly for me, but I share them with you, too.
3) I like sharing my thoughts each week on what I've read. I started doing it to give readers an idea how I am enjoying a book since I do read each book for a while (multi-book reading!), but I've been told it's like getting mini-reviews on the books each week, which I think is kind of cool now that it's been pointed out.

Let me know your thoughts on what I'm reading and tell me what you're reading, too!


Kampung Boy (Kampung Boy #1) by Lat
Pages Read: 144
4 STARS - I already put #2 on hold at the library.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
# of Pages: 336
This Week: 63-100%
Pages Read: 125
3 STARS - Read it for the message, which is an important one.

 A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
# of Pages: 336
This Week: 23-27%
Pages Read: 13
Thoughts This Week: I just can't get into this. It won't hold my attention. Slow pace and boring protagonist.  The culture is fascinating, but the other two things drag it down as a whole. I could be reading Salman Rushdie right now, you know what I mean?


What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
# of Pages: 336
This Week: 38-53%
Pages Read: 51
Thoughts This Week: This is soo good, y'all. While I thought the story sounded like the real-life case of the Duke Univ. lacrosse team, I didn't really realize it was, actually, based on true events - out of Ohio - until AndiABC's and Rachel G. told me.

Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone
On pg. 153 of 464
Pages Read This Week: 24
Thoughts This Week: I hope this family feud thing makes a kapow because I don't want to be let down.

The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell
# of Pages: 336
This Week: 17-%
Pages Read:0
Thoughts This Week: Didn't get to this week. Not sure I missed it.
Tightrope by Simon Mawer
On pg. 84 of 512
Pages Read This Week: 56
Thoughts This Week: Really liking it so far.

White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen
Goodreads Link
# of Pages: 448
This Week: 0-3%
Pages Read: 15
Thoughts: I already like Jordan. I can tell she is going to set the newspaper world on fire.  I believe it.

none right now

I have a couple more graphic novels checked out but haven't started them yet.

The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend by Lucy Pollard-Gott
Goodreads Link
On pg. 103 of 496
Pages Read:13
Learned This Week About: Beowulf has never interested me, but the passage in here did. Also, I now want to read Pilgrim's Progress for the first time in my life.

Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt
Tanya recommended!
On pg. 58 of 352
Pages Read: 21
Thoughts This Week:  I kind of miss her family, but interested in this town, too.

 The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Goodreads Link
On pg. 83 of 552
Pages Read: 27
Thoughts This Week: Completed Part One. WWII has started. This book hits you in the guts. I'm collecting quotes from it and putting them on Evernote.

 Deathwatch (Broslin Creek #1) by Dana Marten
Goodreads Link
# of Pages: 168
This Week: 18-43%
Pages Read: 42
Thoughts: The writing is so-so, but I am attached to the two main characters. They are very well-developed and likeable.  I also appreciate that Marten is acknowledging attraction, but isn't letting that gloss over the fact she is running from an assassin, which is def more important than lust.

 Runes (Runes #1) by Ednah Walters
Goodreads Link
*Reading on Wattpad App*
On pg. 74 of 245
Pages Read: 35
Thoughts This Week: It's pretty enjoyable.

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Goodreads Link
On pg. 21 of 1182
Pages Read This Week: 21
Thoughts: Love getting to read this again. I read half of it back in 2009 but had to return it to the library and never finished it.  Now I am starting over from the beginning, thanks to my friend, Lucy, who gave me this copy for Christmas.  Considering it's length, it will be a 2016 challenge to finish it in full!    

Total Books Currently Reading: 11
Total Books Read in 2015: 80
Total Pages Read in 2015: 24, 300
Total Books Read in 2016:  2
Pages Read This Update: 528
Total Pages Read in 2016: 528

~Have you read any of the books I'm reading?  What did you think of it? 
~What are you reading right now?  
~What book are you looking forward to reading next?  

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