7 in 7 Readathon 2017 Wrap Up

7 in 7 Readathon

I found out about a readathon from Lala called the 7 in 7 Readathon, where you read 7 things in 7 days. They could be short books, long books, graphic novels, verse… anything as long as you can read it. So opted for 7 short books that I rented out from the library. I was able to read all 7 books within the 7 days! Yay!

My favorite books, in no particular order, are The Stranger, Kitchen, and Coraline. If you like stats, all 7 books totaled 1,002 pages.

  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  2. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  3. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  4. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  5. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

A more detailed post of my thoughts on each book will be in my August Wrap Up post next month.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Nora

Top 5 Bookish Pet Peeves

Being an avid reader, especially of physical books, there are some general annoyances that I experience.

1) Folded corners – A pretty common pet peeve but I feel this can be easily avoided by using a scrap of paper, a pen, basically any object small enough to fit in the book. I don’t mind breaking the spine or splayed covers because that can’t be helped. Especially if you read a lot of books, put a bookmark in it!

2) The movie version of books, stickers about the movie, little blurbs about the movie – I don’t know why this annoys me. Especially when I want to buy a book, there doesn’t seem to be the non-movie cover of the book. This is also one of the reasons I don’t like buying books from Amazon unless I can be sure it’s not the movie version.

3) No synopsis on the back of the book or inside cover – Instead there is a bunch of praise for the book. Who cares if I don’t know what the book is about? Why do they even put praises on back covers or inside? I’ve seen books with pages of praise including other books of the author. Why?

4) Really really long chapters or really really long run on sentences or a wall of text – I like shortish chapters so that I can stop and think about what I just read or need to take a break. If it’s a wall of text, I just zone out.

5) Unique character names – Especially when it’s hard to pronounce. I’m going to be reading that name throughout the book and it bothers me that I’m saying it wrong the whole time.

What are your book pet peeves?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

My favorite passage from The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Recently I finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I enjoyed reading it and especially the following passage. I can relate it to it in so many ways and Tartt was able to put into words what I am going through as well as what my thoughts are about this world. This passage is why I love reading books and someday the reason why I write, books or other things.

“But depression wasn’t the word. This was a plunging sorrow and revulsion far beyond the personal: a sick, drenching nausea at all humanity and human endeavor from the dawn of time. The writing loathsomeness of the biological disorder. Old age, sickness, death. No escape for anyone. Even the beautiful ones were like soft fruit about to spoil. And yet somehow people still kept fucking and breeding and popping out new fodder for the grave, producing more and more new beings to suffer like this was some kind of redemptive, or good, or even somehow morally admirable thing: dragging more innocent creatures into the lose-lose game. Squirming babies and plodding, complacent, hormone-drugged moms. Oh, isn’t he cute? Awww. Kids shouting and skidding in the playground with no idea what future Hells awaited them: boring jobs and ruinous mortgages and bad marriages and hair loss and hip replacements and lonely cups of coffee in an empty house and a colostomy bag at the hospital. Most people seemed satisfied with the thin decorative glaze and the artful stage lighting that, sometimes, made the bedrock atrocity of the human predicament look somewhat mysterious or less abhorrent. People gambled and golfed and planted gardens and traded stocks and had sex and bought new cars and practiced yoga and worked and prayed and redecorated their homes and got worked up over the news and fussed over their children and gossiped about their neighbors and poured over restaurant review and founded charitable organizations and supported political candidates and attended the U.S. Open and dined and travelled and distracted themselves with all kinds of gadgets and devices, flooding themselves incessantly with information and texts and communications and entertainment from every direction to try to make themselves forget it: where we were, what we were. It was rotten top to bottom. Putting your time in at the office; dutifully spawning your two point five; smiling politely at you retirement party; then chewing on your bedsheet and choking on your canned peaches at the nursing home. It was better never to have been born – never to have wanted anything, never to have hoped for anything.”

Page 476-477
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

June & July 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

June

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – Read this in one sitting. An awesome book.
Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham  – Overall, the Fables series is well written and illustrated but at times I feel that there are too many branches to the tree, too many stories going on when I mostly just want to read about Bigby and Snow. I don’t know if I’ll continue reading Fables as I want to read other graphic novels as well.

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My Bullet Journal

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:

March 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

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.

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BorrowAThon 2017 Round 2 Wrap Up

Borrowathon

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 talk 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 until 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?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

#Borrowathon TBR

Borrowathon

#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?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

February 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

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:

  1. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  2. Holes by Louis Sacher
  3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  4. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

What did you read this month?