In April, I read 6 books. Mostly, a comic book series Nana by Ai Yazawa. It is about two girls with the same name but totally different personalities that live together and are best friends. It’s an interesting and fun series but I need to think more about if I want to continue reading it.
I also read My Name is Aram by William Saroyan and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I read My Name is Aram for my book club and it was a bunch of anecdotes about Aram and his eccentric Armenian family. It was an enjoyable and quick read. I also enjoyed reading The Help and would recommend it.
In May, I read one book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It took me a long while to read it, not that it wasn’t good but it was a pretty detailed book with heavy subject matter. I enjoyed reading it very much and recommend it.
I abandoned a couple of books, too. One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I might try One Thousand and One Nights again although I’m not that much into little stories with a story. I tried reading Scarlet twice but just couldn’t continue after I read the line “She wet her tongue.” Isn’t ones tongue already wet?
I am well on my way to 50 books read this year so I have to pace myself. I don’t want to be burned out. What interesting books did you read so far this year?
Most likely I first found out about bullet journaling on Instagram or YouTube. So I went on bulletjournal.com, learned more about it and thought I’d give it a try. Mine is very basic, simple and close to the original method with a few collections. I try to keep it as simple as possible because I know I can keep up with it if I do. So here is a few pictures of my personal bullet journal:
In March, I read a total of five books and only abandoned one. Personally, I don’t like rating books by stars so here on my blog I’m going to categories them into Loved, Really Liked and Liked. Usually, I stop reading a book of I don’t like it so those go under Abandoned. On Goodreads, I don’t rate books. I purely use it for how many books I’ve read and haven’t read.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The Strange Library by Haruki Mirakami
Nana, Vol. 1 by Ai Yazawa
Shelter by Jung Yun
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
What books did you love or like in March?
Last week was round 2 of the 2017 BorrowAThon (@Borrowathon). I had a lot of fun participating and meeting fellow readers even though I only finished reading two books. It ran from March 19 thru March 26 and the objective is read borrowed books, whether from the library or a friend. There is also a set of six challenged that you can optionally do, which I tried.
The first challenge is Try before you buy, which I planned on reading Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick but I abandoned it. I think it’s a nonfiction memoir type of book and I’m not that into those.
Next is A Graphic Novel which I read and finished Smile by Raina Telgemeier. I really liked this book.
Another challenge was Try a New-to-you author which I tried to read Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi but I abandoned it. It was sort of a stream of consciousness book mixed with a plot which I couldn’t get into. The writing style was lovely, though.
Next challenge is A book recommended to you which was Shelter by Jung Yun but I didn’t get to that week. But I finished it this week. I will discuss it in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post.
Next is A book with your favorite color on the cover, which was While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!). I didn’t get to this book but I would like to someday read a Kurt Vonnegut book.
And lastly, A book that involves a library in some way, which I read The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.
I will talking a little more about the books I read during the Borrowathon in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post next week. I really had a lot of fun participating in Borrowathon and meeting new people, doing Twitter chats and sprints. I can’t wait till Round 3 which is in November. Borrowathon was created by Riley (@rmfickfack). I’m so grateful for her taking time to host as well as Lala (@ObbsandLala).
Did you participate in the Borrowathon? If so, what was your favorite book?
#Borrowathon is a readathon that I will be participating in and it’s a readathon where you read books that you’ve borrowed either from a library or a friend, which I think is a brilliant readathon idea. It is from Sunday, March 19 @ 12 am until Sunday March 26 @ 11.:59 pm. I think readathons are a great way to get some extra books in and so far I’ve only finished one book so far (while abandoning a few). #Borrowathon has 6 optional challenges that you can participate in and get some ideas on what to read.
Here are the books I plan on reading based on the challenges:
1) Try before you buy: Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
2) A Graphic Novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
3) Try a New-to-you author: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
4) A book recommended to you: Shelter by Jung Yun
5) A book with your favorite color on the cover: While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!)
6) A book that involves a library in some way: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
I also plan on participating on Twitter with Sprints and Chats as well as updating how my reading is going so follow me!
Are you going to participate in #Borrowathon? What are you going to read?
Another month has finished and it was a good reading month, even though I abandoned a few books. Here are the books I finished this month:
- Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- Holes by Louis Sacher
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
- Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
What did you read this month?
January is already over and in January I read 9 books. A lot of them were children’s books so I’m going to start with that first. Also, I am no longer rating books on Goodreads or here. But I will be “rating” books by how engaging I found them. This is because everyone is entitled to their own opinions and books are very subjective. You might hate a book and I might love it. With that said, here goes…
First and foremost, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and I hope it brings lots of joy and prosperity.
In October, I read 5 books which include:
- Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Frost
- Fables: The Deluxe Version – Book Three by Bill Willingham
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett