January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

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…

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Happy New Year!

First and foremost, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and I hope it brings lots of joy and prosperity.

I’ve moved this blog to a new web address and decided to name it My Simple Spirit. I wanted the name of my blog to be something a little more creative than my name and also so people can get the gist of what this blog is about.

At the end of last year, I decided to take a sabbatical from reading and I’m glad I did. Almost every book that I start, I just wasn’t into but after a much-needed break, I’m feeling a lot better about what I’m reading. This year I set up a goal of reading 19 books (on Goodreads). Last year I set a goal of 18 but read 46 books (I like keeping my expectations low). So far I’ve finished reading Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Check in next month for February Reading Wrap Up.

Anyway, this was just an update on what has been going on with this blog and what’s to come. I hope you stick with me! What are your reading goals for 2017?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

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October 2016 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

In October, I read 5 books which include:

  1. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Frost
  2. Fables: The Deluxe Version – Book Three by Bill Willingham
  3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

I enjoyed reading all of them. Songs of Willow Frost by Jaime Frost is a book I actually got from the Dollar Tree for $1.00! I thought it wouldn’t be that good but I actually did like it.

I continued the Fables series with Book Three with a lot of action filled pages till the end. I read I Am Malala for my book club and surprisingly, it was very interesting and eye-opening. I think it is a book that should be on the must-read list in high school in America. I think everyone should read this book.

For Six of Crows, it was hard getting into it in the beginning because it started slow. I actually stop reading it for a bit and thought I’d try again. I forced myself to read the second chapter and I was hooked! I liked the characters and I liked the writing. I can’t wait to continue the story in book 2.

The last book I read in October was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I enjoyed the illustration and it was a fun read.

What book was your favorite read in October?

August 2016 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

August is almost over and that means it’s time for my monthly reading wrap up. This month I finished reading:

1) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2) A Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
3) Fearless #4 Twisted by Francine Pascal
4) Bright Shadows by Avi
5) Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt 
6) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
7) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

I can’t believe I actually read 7 books! That’s really an all time record for me. My top four favorite books this month are

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Everyone should read this book
2) A Phantom Tollbooth – Everyone should read this book, too
3) Wuthering Heights – weird and convuluted plot but entertaining nontheless
4) Cinder – predictable plot but good writing

Also, I DNF-ed A Wrinkle in Time because I just couldn’t get into it. The beginning was slow and it wasn’t hooking me. I’m thinking maybe I’ve fallen out with fantasy cause I DNF-ed The Lord of the Rings as well. But I don’t know. I got to read a lot of other amazing books anyway.

What were your favorite books in August?

Five Reasons for Why I Love to Read

Love to Read
  1. It’s entertaining.
  2. I learn new words or life lessons.
  3. I get to experience new worlds, situations and lives. I can sympathize with characters and realize that what I might be feeling isn’t exclusive to me.
  4. Reading gets my mind off things and helps me relax.
  5. Reading inspires me to write.

Why do you love to read?

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

July 2016 Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

In July, I read six books to my surprise. Most of them were short, easy reads and it helped that I liked all of them.

  1. Carrie by Stephen King
  2. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
  3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Fearless 3: Run by Francine Pascal.

Santa Barbara Book Haul

Santa Barbara

This past weekend, I went to Santa Barbara, CA. We had a great time and the weather was nice. I bought a few books from a couple of used bookstores. The first one we went to is called The Book Den. I bought One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh, Bright Shadow by Avi and The Green Mile (Part 4) by Stephen King. I realized later that The Green Mile is part 4 of a 6 part series. I might buy the other parts online.

Santa Barbara Book Haul
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The other books I actually bought from $5 or Less Bookstore in Simi Valley. I bought A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Molly’s Story Collection (American Girl).

I’m very excited to read them. What books did you buy or get recently?

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Nora

The Name Game Book Tag

I decided to pretend I was tagged in a book tag that’s popular among Booktubers and instead write a post on it instead. The Name Game is a tag where you pick books starting with the letter of your name. I’m going to pick from books I’ve read.

NNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
OOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
RRilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
AAngela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

There you go! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

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