Friday Reads #12

Friday Reads #12

Finished: About Grace - Anthony Doerr - 3.5* (June 9) Anthony Doerr impressed me with his beautiful writing in "All The Light We Cannot See," and I bought this book without even reading the summary based on the strength of that book. "About Grace" was off to a very...

May Reading Wrap-Up

May Reading Wrap-Up

May goal: For May, I'll set a goal of 4 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) Once Upon a River Diane Setterfield3.5* (May 19)Review If Cats Disappeared from the World Genki Kawamura3.5* (May 27)Review The Bloody Chamber and Other...

Friday Reads #11

Friday Reads #11

Speed-reading to meet my monthly goal (spoiler alert!). Finished: If Cats Disappeared from the World - Genki Kawamura - 3.5* (May 27) I feel like this book may have suffered from poor translation. What could've been a very touching story instead felt clunky. The...

Friday Reads #10

Friday Reads #10

My posting hasn't exactly been regular, huh? I'd probably be around #20 if I'd posted every Friday. Finished: Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield - 3.5* (May 19) The book was meandering, like the river central to its tales. With so many characters, it was often hard...

April Reading Wrap-Up

April Reading Wrap-Up

As I sit down to write this, I have no idea where I ended up. I know I didn't write many Friday Reads posts, so let's find out how I did! April goal: April's reading goal is 4 books, including another essay/short story collection. What I read: (Link to my...

Friday Reads #9

Friday Reads #9

Finished: The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - 5* (Apr 9) The word that keeps coming to mind when I try to describe this book is "crushing." I occasionally read YA when I need something lighter but this is not that kind of book. It's a very heavy look at the life of a...

March Reading Wrap-Up

March Reading Wrap-Up

Not the worst reading month, but I've had much better. March goal: Another goal of 4 books for March. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) Well-Read Black Girl Glory Edim 4.25* (Mar 13)Review The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 3* (Mar 13)Review...

Friday Reads #8

Friday Reads #8

The past couple of weeks were a reading flashback to last year when I got stuck on books I didn't enjoy and rather than move on, I just didn't read at all. Currently Reading: Becoming - Michelle Obama (9%) Amazing so far. I may end up buying a copy since I don't want...

Friday Reads #7

Friday Reads #7

No post last week for a reason. But this week, I'm back! Finished: Well-Read Black Girl - Glory Edim - 4.25* (Mar 13) When I requested this book from the library, I thought it was a YA novel. Oops! But the essays are powerful and offer great insight regarding how...

February Reading Wrap-Up

February Reading Wrap-Up

So far, so good. I'm ahead of schedule, realizing that schedule is kind of wimpy. February goal: I'll set a goal of 4 books as I'm already well into one and the following selection will be a quick read. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading...

Friday Reads #6

Friday Reads #6

Woo - progress! Next week, my February wrap-up. Finished: No Matter the Wreckage - Sarah Kay & Sophia Janowitz - 4.5* (Feb 28) Sometimes, poetry and I manage to connect and I don’t know who I am anymore. I connected so closely to certain phrases and entire...

Friday Reads #5

Friday Reads #5

Finished: Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - 3.75* (Feb 13) I'm not entirely sure how to rate this book. It made me cry but I also really disliked some parts.  It's told in two timelines, though the first rapidly catches up to the second. The first...

Friday Reads #4

Friday Reads #4

Finished: The Clockmaker's Daughter - Kate Morton - 3.5* (Feb 4) It pains me to give this book only 3.5*. I count Kate Morton’s novels among some of my favorites and the story in this one is supremely rich. Yet the bouncing between storytellers leaves me dissatisfied....

January 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

The first monthly review of the new year! And I'm off to a good start. January goal: I'm going to set a goal of three books for January. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge) Zen and the Art of Happiness ...

Friday Reads #3

Friday Reads #3

No post for the last couple of Fridays because I was in vacation mode. But never fear - that doesn't mean I wasn't reading! I'm currently ahead of target (more on that in Monday's January wrap-up post). Finished: The Sadness of Beautiful Things - Simon Van...

Friday Reads #2

Friday Reads #2

Finished: The Second Mrs. Hockaday - Susan Rivers - 4* (Jan 6) My first fiction read this year and the first read for a new book club. I believe I placed this on my TBR based on some "best of" list. The story sounded promising - a young Civil War...

Friday Reads #1

Friday Reads #1

It's the first Friday of the year! And I'm determined to keep myself more on-track with my reading this year so I don't end up behind like in 2018. First step - accountability! Finished: Zen and the Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss - 5* (Jan 1) It wouldn't be a new...

2018 Reading Review and 2019 Plans

2018 Reading Review and 2019 Plans

Time to assess last year's reading and make some plans for this year! Reading in 2018 Here are my goals and accomplishments: Read 40 Books: Technically yes. I marked 40 books as "read" in Goodreads. I struggled the entire year to find books I enjoyed and to prioritize...

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