American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – Did Not Finish

american-psychoI get what this book is about. We are too involved in our first world problems, in ourselves, in surface things to realize what’s going on right under our noses. The relevance of this has not faded until today, 2019. We still struggle with this.

I picked this book up at a discount book store a while ago because I’ve heard of it before. I didn’t really know what it was about until I decided to read it. I read about the author before starting and learned that he’s from Sherman Oaks, CA, the same area where I’m from and that he went to school with Donna Tartt (one of my favorite authors) and Jonathan Lethem, who’s book Motherless Brooklyn we are reading for my book club.

After having read 100 pages, I decided to DNF (Did Not Finish) it. I love satire and I understand this book and its message, I just wish it wasn’t as graphic as the reviews say. I guess I’m not in the state of mind to read this type of book and I don’t think I will ever be.

If you have or have not read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, what are your thoughts?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Book Review

eleanor-oliphantI was very interested in reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman because after I read the blurb, I felt like I could relate to Eleanor and what she might go through during the course of the novel. After I started reading, I was not wrong, even though what she went through was very unique. I loved reading this book because it was effortlessly intriguing and slow moving, which I love in a book. Not too much plotting. I thought it would go to a dark place but it didn’t. The shoe dropped in a totally different place than where I imagined. I really liked the other characters as well and how their relationship developed. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes character driven books.

My rating: 5/5 stars

If you read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, what did you think?

Under The Tuscan Sun – Book Review

under-the-tuscan-sun.jpgIf you’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, this book might make you incredibly jealous of Frances Mayes. Not only because she bought a beautiful house there but she was brave enough to do so. If you’ve never thought of going to Italy, this book will most likely inspire you to do so. Although a non-fiction memoir of Mayes’ experience of buying and restoring a house in Tuscany, it reads like fiction. Slow-paced, detailed but somewhat poetic writing style. I do wish it was edited down a little and organized in a more cohesive way like in little short stories. I think that there is way too much detail about the restoration process which I wasn’t expecting so I had to skip over quite a few chunks.

My rating: 2/5 stars

Have you read Under The Tuscan Sun? If so, what did you think about it?

2018 Reading Wrap Up

I love looking back at the year and seeing all the books I read. The problem is choosing my favorite books because when I start reading a book and I don’t like it, I stop reading it. I think that’s also why I don’t write book reviews as often as I like. I actually didn’t write any book reviews this year but I want to change that in 2019.

Even though I enjoyed reading the books I read this year, I did choose five, it was hard, but here are my top 5:

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*uck by Mark Manson
  5. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Honorable mention: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Lately, I haven’t been in a SciFi/Fantasy mood but I was able to get through this one. It was a great story and it reminded me of Six of Crows which I love. Probably the only problem I had with this book, and action books in general, are scenes where there are fighting. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on and it was especially difficult for me with this book. But I’m actually thinking of re-reading this one in 2019 and maybe, maybe reading the next book in the series.

The following is for the stat nerds:

Books read: 36

The number of pages read: 8,565 pages

Oldest book read: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (1967).

Newest book read: The Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll (2018)

Most read genre: Non-Fiction

Least read genre: Middle Grade

Least books read in a month: August & October, I didn’t read any books.

Most books read in a month: In January, I read 8 books.

Longest book read: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Shortest book read: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My reading goals for 2019 is to read fewer books in order to appreciate each one and retain what I just read in order to write a book review. I want to read at least 25 books.

What are your reading goals for 2019?

The Bullet Journal Method – Book Review

the-bullet-journal-method.pngI love journaling. I’ve been doing it since at least 13 years old and I have kept the journals to prove it. When I went through those old journals, I realized that I’ve been bullet journaling alongside traditional journaling (like a diary) for almost 3 years. In 2019, it will be 4 years. I couldn’t believe it’s been that long.

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll starts off with a history of how the Bullet Journal (BuJo) came to be, goes into how to use the BuJo and then why to use the BuJo. It goes into quite a bit of detail about bring meaning and intentionality into life. At times, it did feel like a stretch but I do agree that by reflecting or updating your journal daily helps bring you into the moment instead of just checking off your to-do list on autopilot. I agree that the BuJo is a tool that brings “a system into practice by helping us continually chipping away at what is unnecessary to reveal what is meaningful.”

Like most people, I thought it was just a way to organize your to-do list but after reading this book, I realized it could be so much more. I’m glad I read this book. It has inspired me to use it even more for my different goals.