August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

I read quite a few books in August thanks to two readathons this month, so I have linked some books to my short reviews on my Goodreads.

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
  3. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  6. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  7. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  8. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  9. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  12. One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh

Total Pages Read: 2,661

You might have noticed that I didn’t link reviews to some books. This is because I’ve been thinking a lot about book reviews and reviews in general. I feel that they are so subjective. I think about when I read reviews or watch them on BookTube, even if the person reviewing didn’t love the book or loved it, it doesn’t have an influence on whether or not I will read that book. So I’ve stopped reviewing and rating books with stars. I will just be doing a wrap-up and book tags and top 5’s on my blog. Also, I do plan on posting about different subjects besides books.

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Bout of Books Readathon 2017 – Wrap Up & Thoughts

Last week, I participated in another readathon called Bout of Books. It was right after 7 in 7 Readathon. I felt kinda burnt out after having read 7 books in a week so I think that may be why I only finished two books and one of them I had already started. But nonetheless, I met a wonderful bunch of people and had fun.

I read One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Alone With You by Marisa Silver. Read my thoughts on these books next week on my August Wrap Up post.

Did you join Bout of Books? If so, how did it go?

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7 in 7 Readathon 2017 Wrap Up

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.


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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?

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My favorite passage from The Goldfinch

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