Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Lot of Books To Show + Cast Your Votes

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I'm not always one to link up for Steph and Jana's monthly post, because there are some months where I just don't read that much (unfortunately.)  But April was not one of those months.  I read so much.  That was one of the things I did while I stepped away from blogging for a bit, and since I wasn't sleeping much either, I got an inordinate amount of books finished.

All 5 Percy Jackson Books.  I had never read these, I'd only seen the 2 movies that came out.  Since there won't be any more movies (that I'm aware of), I wanted to know what happened and put reading these on my 101 in 1001 list.  Which was one of the first goals checked off because I just flew through these.  I mean, they're meant for pre-teens so it's not particularly difficult reading.  I liked them well enough, they're cute, interesting stories and I see why kids love them.  It also made me think about why we stopped believing in Greek gods, because I can get behind that religion way more than I can Christianity or Judaism or pretty much anything else I've read about.  Can I bring that back?  The whole Zeus, Apollo, Athena, Hades stuff?  Must read more...

All 3 Hunger Games Books This was another 101 item, read all 3 and then marathon watch the movies.  I don't own many movies, just a few that are on my iTunes account.  Those happen to be Empire Records, the Hunger Games movies, and all the Harry Potters.  Anyway, I read the books again in quick succession near the beginning of April and then we spent a weekend watching the movies again.  I've always liked these books, and like Percy Jackson, they're quick reads.

A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-4 (Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords, Feast for Crows).  Technically I'm not totally done with Feast for Crows yet, but close enough that it's irrelevant.  After I finished the totally for little kids Percy Jackson series, I went completely the opposite way and jumped into yet another 101 goal - reading the entire Game of Thrones series.  (It's like Hunger Games, yes the novels have different names but we all still call them 'the Hunger Games books.')  Not for little kids at all.  I've seen some episodes of the show but I don't watch it or enjoy it, so you would think I wouldn't like the books but that's not true.  I think due to the lack of accents, the books are actually significantly easier to follow.  Plus I can just skip the parts where the dire wolves and horses die, which is really the problem I have with the show.  They don't really even talk about it much in the books, not in detail, they just mention that it happens.  These are hard to put down, which is why I think I've gotten through them so fast.  It takes a few chapters to get back to a certain character's story, so it makes you want to just keep going.  I've gone to bed late many nights in April because I refused to stop reading.  I recommend them, even if you don't watch the show.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  I watch the movies regularly but I haven't read all the books in years, so that is the next project I'm tackling.  I've only been able to get the first one though, the rest are all on hold at the library and hopefully coming to me soon.  I forgot how much I love these, even the first one.  The story is just so good and the details are amazing.  It's fun going back now and noting what's left out of the movies and just how much foreshadows what's coming later in the series.  The whole world is magic when you read these, no matter how old you are.  I have heard people say they don't like or care about Harry Potter and I'm sorry but we just have nothing in common then.  Team Hufflepuff for life.  (I have Slytherin tendencies, to be sure, but I lack the ambition to really be a true Slytherin.  Deep down, I'm lazy as all get out.)

I think that's everything besides a few quick re-reads, which I listed on my shop page here.

Now then, I have a call for recommendations.  The next item to be tackled off my 101 list is to read 2 books each from 10 different genres that I never normally read.  I tend to stay within my favorites when looking for new books, but it might do me some good to branch out.  So please let me know in the comments your (a) genre recommendation and (b) books under that genre that I definitely need to read.  As they come in, I'll add them to this list and get it all filled out.

1. Romance/Chick Lit

  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins-Reid
  • One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

2. Historical Fiction

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Atonement by Ian McEwen

3. Mystery

  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  • Bonfire by Kristen Ritter

4. Non-Fiction

  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Brewer

5. Drama

  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

6. Science Fiction

  • 11-22-63 by Stephen King
  • The Lunar Chronicles bu Marissa Meyer

7. Contemporary

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

8. Western

  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

9. Classics

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

10. Fantasy

  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickerson

If you see a comment with a good recommendation, be sure to upvote it so I know it should make the final cut!

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