Friday, July 24, 2015

Books Lately

I must say that I'm really glad that I joined the Literary Ladies' reading challenge.  I've always been an avid reader since I was a little girl (trying to read in bed by the light in the hallway is probably the reason why my vision is poor) but after jumping on the adulthood train (can I get a refund for that ticket, by the way?), alone time is much harder to come by so books and I had to break up for a bit.  But, thanks to Kristen, Kay and , reading and I have gotten back together.

It's been a month since the challenge started and I'm halfway through my list already!  Here's a quick recap of what I've been reading and my thoughts:

1. Silvern.  This is the second book in the Gilded series.  I like it because of the Korean mythology mostly because I geek out over the history of other cultures.  The story itself is okay.  Basically the continuation of a teenage girl (Jae) who was abducted by a demon (Haemosu) who she defeated in the first book (Gilded) is now faced with another demon (Whatshisname).  Jae has to find this orb before Whatshisname finds it and give it to the good guys because Whatshisname will use it to try and take over the world.

2.  Three Daughters.  Never heard about this book or knew what it was about before the challenge, but after I got through it (all 722 pages of it) I LOVED it.  The story follows three generations of women in a Palestinian family.  The main characters (Miriam, Nadia and Nijmeh) were so real and I loved getting to know each of them.  It was a pretty long read but I really didn't want the book to end because I felt like I was a part of their lives somehow.  I laughed, cried and wanted to beat the shit out of people right along with them (I'm looking at you Delal and Paul).

3.  The Martian.  Okay this had me at the first line.  Which is "I am fucked.", by the way.  This story had me laughing out loud, gave me goosebumps at certain points and made me grip my steering wheel a bit too hard in anticipation (I audiobooked this one).  A lot of the science and math stuff went over my head, but it didn't take away from the actual story of survival.  I really enjoyed Mark's character and had it been told from the viewpoint of any of the other crew members, it wouldn't have been the same at all.  "Hell yeah, I'm a botanist.  Fear my botany powers!"

4.  The Atlantis Gene.  This one was just okay for me.  It was fast-paced and it jumped around a lot which was a bit confusing at some parts.  Also, there were a lot of characters involved which made it more confusing and hard to follow.  I had to go back a couple times and reread certain parts because I couldn't remember which character the author was talking about.  I actually did enjoy the story line and how Indiana Jones-ish it was with all the history, theories, plot twists and adventure.  Maybe if it were a movie it'd be easier to follow with all the jumping back and forth between scenes and characters.

5.  Bossypants.  I'm not much of a celebrity stalker so the only things I knew about Tina Fey before this book were (a) she was a comedienne and (b) she was good at it.  Reading about her life in her own words was actually pretty fun.  The way she writes makes it seem like she's casually sitting right next to me while we people-watch outside of Starbucks.  It was a light read and easy to get through since I laughed and nodded in agreement through the whole thing.

I'm halfway through Moloka'i and I don't want the book to end!  I also cannot wait to start on The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Goldfinch!  What have you been reading lately?  Have you joined any summer reading challenges?


  1. I am so glad that you loved The Martian too!!! My favorite read of this year for sure. I liked Bossypants too, I just finished it a few weeks ago.

  2. i have heard lots of good things about Moloka'i. and oh i am so so glad you liked the martian. seriously, i want to reread it!

  3. I need to add some of these to my list! Yay you for loving the Martian. I liked it but didn't love it and may re-read it to get that same goose bumped feeling everyone got haha

  4. I'm actually on the waitlist for a book at my library! It's called China Rich Girlfriend, and it's the second book to Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan. Can't wait to get my hands on that book!

  5. Yay for being far along on your LL challenge. I'm so glad you liked The Martian! I'm posting my LL reading list tomorrow. I might not finish before Sept though!


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