What I have Read(Jan ’16)

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I Made A Video

So, I don’t know what but I actually made a video and it uploaded. Woop, Woop. ūüėÄ

Bit longer, as I was catching up on things here but shouldn’t be after this.

I am re-watching the Harry Potter films. :D:D:D:D:D:D

What I Still Need To Read!

The Long Walk Oliver TwistFor WHom The Bell Tolls Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald The Third Life of Granger Copeland OthelloThe Handmaid’s TaleThe Dublin Murder Squad The Outlander Series by Diana GabaldonHi, fellow humans! Today I will be sharing my updated TBR. It is a little more than I wanted and a lot less than it was at the beginning of last year. Sorry about the crappy quality of the photos, I had a hard time with the camera. Guessing old batteries. Either way, lets go. I am just going to list what is there and put a link to the goodreads page with it.DSCN6022

  1. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  2. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  3. The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French(just the first 3)DSCN6023
  4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  6. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  7. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  8. Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  11. Othello by William Shakespeare
  12. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  13. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  14. Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
  15. Redeployment by Phil Klay
  16. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  17. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  18.  John Adams by David McCullough
  19. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
  20. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  21. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  23. The Third Life of Granger Copeland by Alice Walker
  24. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
  25. The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  26. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  27. The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil GaimanDSCN6008
  28. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  29. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  30. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  31. Dewey by Vicki Myron
  32. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  33. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler
  34. North and South by Elizabeth Glaskell
  35. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  36. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  37. Anne Frank: The Definitive Edition
  38. For WHom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  39. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  40. The Yiddish Policeman Union by Michael Chabon
  41. In The heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  42. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  43. The Long Walk by Stephen King
  44. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  45. Panther by Nelson DeMille
  46. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
  47. Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  48. IQ84 by Haruki Marukami
  49. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  50. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  51. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. TolkienDSCN6013
  52. Tarzan of the Apes(the first five novels) By Edgar Burroughs
  53. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  54. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  55. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  56. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  57. The Man In the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  58. Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  59. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  60. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  61. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  62. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  63. Truman by David McCullough
  64. Finding Mary Blaine by Jodi Thomas
  65. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  66. Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
  67. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  68. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  69. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  70. Howards End by E.M. Forester
  71. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler

I am currently reading American Sniper by Chris Kyle. I appreciate the sacrifices he had to make for our country, but this is a person I would never associate with. The way he says some things bother me and I am not sure if I completely agree with something he said in the prologue. It bothered me a bit, but maybe it will turn around as I keep on reading.

Have you read any of the books on my shelves?

My Year in Books 2015

Today I am sharing with you all the books I read. But first some stats!

This year I read 75 books for the very first time.
This year I also re-read 12 books.
This year I read 28 of those books from the library.

In total, I read 87 books in the year of 2015.

I will go from least stars to the full 5 star ratings!

First is no ratings, these are either books that I felt uncomfortable about rating or I just could never figure out where I stood with it OR I just never finished and plan to re-read it later on.

  1. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
  2. The Green Mile- Stephen King
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
  5. Under The Dome- Stephen King
  6. On The Road- Jack Kerouac
  7. Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  8. Outlander- Diane Gabaldon
  9. Are You My Mother- Alison Blechel

1 star books:

  1. The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman
  2. Passion and Prejudice by Sally Pingham
  3. Dear Life-Alice Munroe
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  5. I’ll Give You The Sun- Jandy Nelson
  6. The Once and Future King- T.H. White

2 stars:

  1. Dark Sky- Carla Neggers
  2. Americanah- Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. Here On Earth- ALice Hoffman
  4. Harvesting The Heart- Jodi Picoult
  5. Elegance of the Hedgehog- Muriel Barbery
  6. A Long Way Down- Nick Hornby
  7. The Wall- Marlen Haushofer
  8. My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga
  9. O, Pioneers!- Willa Cather
  10. The Museum of Extraordinary Things- Alice Hoffman
  11. Inferno- Dan Brown
  12. Jellicoe Road-Melina Marchetta
  13. Night Train to Lisbon- Pascal mercier
  14. The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt
  15. Golem and the Jinni- Helene Wrecker
  16. Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay
  17. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter- Kim Edwards
  18. The Time In Between-ma ria Duenez
  19. Jonathan Livingston Seagull- Richard Bach
  20. Munstromologist- Rick Yancey
  21. Winter’s Tale- Mark Helprin
  22. Cinder- Marissa Meyer
  23. Richard III- William Shakespeare
  24. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson
  25. The House of Mango Street- Sandra Cisneros

3 stars:

  1. Dune- Frank Herbert
  2. Chopsticks- Jessica Anthony
  3. East of Eden- John Steinbeck
  4. Fever 1793- Laura Halse Anderson
  5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes- Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour- Morgan Matson
  7. Etta & Otto & Russell & James- Emma Hooper
  8. The Stranger- Albert Camus
  9. Water For Elephants- Sara Gruen
  10. Flyboys- James db. Radley
  11. Emily of New Moon- L. M. Montgomery
  12. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  13. In The Woods- Tana French
  14. The Silkworm- Robert Galbraith
  15. Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. Matilda- Roald Dahl
  17. Life After Life- Kate Atkinson
  18. The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
  19. The Child Thief- Brom
  20. The Orenda- Joseph Boyden
  21. Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom
  22. The Arrivals- Melissa Marr

4 stars:

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbraith
  2. Nazi Officer’s Wife- Edith Hahn Beer
  3. Map of Love- Adhaf Soueif
  4. Unbroken- Lauren Hillenbrand
  5. The Hours- Michael Cunningham
  6. The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown
  7. The Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling
  8. Samurai’s Garden- Gail Tsukiyama
  9. Geography III- Elizabeth Bishop

5 stars:

  1. Sorcerer’s Stone- J.K. Rowling
  2. The Kite Runner- Khaled Housseini
  3. Mistborn- Brandon Sanderson
  4. Anne of Green Gables
  5. Anne of Avonlea
  6. Anne of The Island
  7. Anne of Windy Poplars
  8. Anne’s House of Dreams
  9. Anne of Ingleside
  10. The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss
  11. Leaving Time- Jodi Picoult
  12. Black Like Me- John Howard Griffin
  13. Cat’s Eye- Margaret Atwood
  14. Bastard Out of Carolina- Dorothy Allison
  15. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
  16. My Sister’s Keeper- Jodi Picoult

My Least liked book: Passion and Prejudice-Sally Pingham

My favorite book:leaving-time

What is your least and favorite book of the year?

December Is A Wrapped

Hi, fellow bloggers! Today I am sharing with you what I read in the month of December. I didn’t read all that much. All year has been a struggle to read and this month was no different. So let us just jump into the first book. (just click on the book and it will go to where you can find more out about the book)

This is an important story to be told, but most of it was something I have already learned about, so it felt very much like something I have read or seen before. I felt she put too much focus on the prison camp experience and too little on the marriage, which from the title you would think she would be focusing on. I think the prison camp is very important, and I am not belittling her experiences there, I just wanted more from the marriage aspect of the story. In the end, I still gave it a high rating because it takes a lot of courage to open up the way she did.

 

 

I really enjoyed Brom’s writing style. It was dark and beautiful. I thought he did amazing in world building and the characters came alive. Nick was definitely my favorite. It makes more excited to pick up the original work of Peter Pan, but there were issues and the main one was the climax. The book seemed to be leading up to a battle scene, but then it happens and the book continues on. It really started to drag from there. Everything he had built up, I felt was ruined by making it longer than it needed to be. In the end, he had everything necessary for a great book but the length was his undoing.

 

I could not stand White’s writing. It was so boring and dry, it literally put me to sleep. He writes in way too much detail, going into the most mundane things and to the point of just creating page length lists that I had to DNF it. The sad thing is, I think this book would have been great if it hadn’t been for that. There were moments where I could see past the mess, to the humour and the story itself, but it never lasted long enough for me to be able to handle his writing.

 

I feel that this is a typical story line for Shakespeare and I could have overlooked the feeling of already read this, if we actually got any action out of it. We were either told before a fight happen, that it was going to happen, or in the little notes before the scene starts. How frustrating. This is one of the worse I have read of Shakespeare’s.

That is it for the year of¬† 2015! I will be sharing with you all the bo0ks I read this year with(maybe) some statistics on it. Don’t expect much. Also, an updated tbr pile in the near future, so you have that to look forward to.

What was the best book you read this last month?

You can check out my previous post here, where I share with you what I got in the past month.