I made a goal for myself to read 24 books this year. I search for new books and keep track of my progress using Good Reads.
Do you use Good Reads? It doesn't seem like a ton of people I know use it. I love it. It's the main way I search for books. I've read a lot of books I probably never would have had it not been for this website.
Anyway, below are the books I have read so far.
Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are charming, funny and unique. Of the two I have read so far this year, Attachments was my favorite. Fair warning, Rowell's books can have a bit of language.
The Life We Bury, Everything We Keep, The House We Grew Up In and The Serpent King were all books I found by browsing through Good Reads. With the exception of The House We Grew Up In, I would give them all 2 stars. They weren't anything exceptional and I wouldn't ever recommend them to other people.
The House We Grew Up In was an interesting read. I'm not exactly sure why I liked this book. I remember thinking about the characters as if they were real people and looking forward to reading any chance I got. Simply put, it's a story about how one woman's hoarding habit affects the rest of her family.
The Book Thief and Kite Runner are two books I had heard numerous good things about and figured it was time for me to read them. Of the two, The Book Thief was by far superior in terms of story, writing, characters, etc. But, to be honest, both left me feeling a little underwhelmed.
I enjoyed Room. The fact that the author was able to convey the horror of the situation while still maintaining a level of innocence (due to being written from the perspective of a child) was quite remarkable. I think having a chapter or two from the perspective of an adult would have added an element of depth to the story that overall was impossible to convey with a 5 year old as the narrator.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I'll admit, was a fabulous and delightful read. But, I really only read it so I could keep on track with my reading goal. It's a short read, but very profound and thought-provoking.
I really like Anna Kendrick. Her book, Scrappy Little Nobody, was a fun read. It's interesting to learn more about celebrities and how they came to be these famous people. I especially enjoyed learning about her experiences as a child working on Broadway. I will admit, though, that her sense of humor, at times, was vulgar.
And, last but not least, the classics: Lord of the Flies and The Bell Jar. I've talked a lot about my experience reading Lord of the Flies. It was such a slow read for me. I felt like the words were dripping with symbolism and I was afraid I'd miss something if I wasn't careful. I referred to Spark Notes a lot during this read.
I loved The Bell Jar. It is the best book I've read all year. I can't even explain why I loved it so much. I just did. This is not a story for everyone, but if you have an interest in psychology, mental illness and feminism, I think you'd enjoy this book.
My current read is Murder on the Orient Express. I remember watching the movie from, like the 70s, and really liking it. When I learned a remake of the movie was coming to theaters soon, I decided it was time to read the book.
Let me know if you've read any of these books and what you thought of them.
Isn't read the bestest thing ever?