Wrap Up

Wrap Up | # ReadathonByZoe

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So this month I decided to jump in and join the 24 hour readathon that is hosted by Zoe over at readbyzoe. This readathon was a little impromptu, I had not planned to join it until Misty over at mistysbookspace told me about it. I have to say I really love 24 hour readathons they are my favorite. If you know of any others that are coming up, please let me know. Books I Finished

ChristineChristine by Stephen King

Started at 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM, slept then read from again from 8:30 AM to 4:05 PM.

Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note, #3)Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run by Tsugumi Ohba

Started 9:10 PM and finished at 10:27 PM.

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The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale

Read 4:05-4:45, finished buddy reading pages X-47.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Started at 10:40 and read until 11:59. I read pages xi-71

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Stats

Books Read: 2

Books Started: 2

Pages Read: 942

Time reading: Roughly 10 hrs min 33 min

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Do you participate in readathons? Which one is your favorite?

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Wrap Up

WRAP UP | February 2018

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Can you believe another month has passed? I still have trouble not putting 2017 on everything. Anyway I have to say that this month has been a great month. For some reason I had such drive to improve things in my life and it has made me so much happier. If you have previously read my decluttering blog posts, you know I was trying to simplify my life and get rid of the things I don’t need. Well, I kinda fell off the wagon half way through and I ended up getting the drive back to continue and it has made me happier. If you want to check those out you can find them here: Decluttering | The Start of it AllDecluttering | Daily ClothingDecluttering | My Books.

Anyway, with that I actually ended up reading more. I am not sure, but clearing things out got the cobwebs out of my head and I read nearly every day this month, I am proud to say I only didn’t read one day. A personal record, I think in March I want to try a 30 day reading challenge.

Anyway, without anymore delay here is my February wrap up!

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Books I Finished

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Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

I absolutely fell in love with this Manga, I have been eating it up ever since.  I love the fact I am learning about some Japanese culture and how the story line deals with good in evil in such a way that makes you question, is a person good or bad based upon their thoughts behind their actions or is the outcome of their actions define them. I ended up giving this volume 4 stars.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

 by Reni Eddo-Lodge

This was an absolutely amazing read. I am so happy I picked it up on a whim. It was written so well and it was so informative. I can easily say I learned so much while reading this book. Another thing I liked about this book was the fact that this book discussed race outside of the United States. Most books that discuss race are written about the U.S., but reading about the history of race issues in the U.K. was enlightening. As I said in my very short goodreads review, this book will stay with me for a very long time. I gave this book 5 stars, easily.

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The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I have to say that this book is not for me, but I can see why people like it. I would suggest that you click the title (it goes to goodreads) and read some more on it to see if it is something up your alley. I do have The Muse by Jessie Burton and I hear more positive things about this book of hers so I am going to give it a try. I will say Jessie Burton’s writing itself was not the problem, just the story line was not for me. I hope that makes sense.

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The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

From the first pages I was so drawn into this novel. As in Goldfinch, Donna Tartt’s writing is grand. She writes characters you can actually hate, but seem so real. She has the ability to create made up characters seem so lifelike, it really is a talent. Another talent of her is making me go “WAIT WHAT?!” when I read her books. So many unexpected things happened in this book I have to say I lost count of the amount of times I was shocked. Since I was reading this in a readalong with some wonderful ladies it took a great deal of self control not to read ahead. I ended up giving this story 4 stars.

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Prater Violet

Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood

This is the third book I have read by Christopher Isherwood and his works continue to impress me. His writing is relaxed even though a bunch happens. This novel has to do with a young writer, fictionalized Isherwood being hired to help write a Vienna based movie with an Austrian director just as WWII begins. Even though you have the story revolving the film industry at the time, you also see a lot of the history seep into the story itself. I ended up giving this story a very strong 4 stars.

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Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2)

Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence by Tsugumi Ohba and

Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

As you can see I was not joking when I said I enjoyed this manga. I ended up reading this very soon after finishing Vol. 1 and I read it in one sitting. Since this is a second book I don’t want to give to much details so I don’t spoil anything. I will link to the goodreads page though if you want to know more. I ended up giving this 4 stars.

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I am Still Reading

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I am so close to finishing this amazing book, but I ran out of time near the end of the month and I honestly wanted to savor this book. It is well written and it has made me take time to think and reflect upon some of the events that happen in this books.  I will be finishing this in the near future and I will be picking up more of her books. I already put in a few requests at my local library.

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Christine by Stephen King

This month I started reading my next Stephen King Book, but I ran out of time to read it. Darn February only having 28 days. This classic Stephen King book has been on my radar for a very long time and I am so happy to finally be reading it. Even before I started reading Stephen King I knew about him and this car. I don’t want to say more for fear of spoiling a few things. Just know I am enjoy this book and I plan on finishing it soon.
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What was your favorite read of February?

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Currently Reading | February 2018

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Hello everyone, I hope this blog post finds you on a good day. I know that as I write this I have a weekend full of reading ahead of me and I am so excited about it. So since I am going to be doing a ton of reading I thought I would share the books I am currently reading and hopefully will finish very soon.

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Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

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Since this is the third volume in the series I don’t really want to get into to much detail, but I am loving this series. If you read my Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books you will see that my amazing boyfriend picked this out for me. Safe to say that he picked a winner. This manga takes a look at Japanese culture and walks the line of what is right and what is wrong. I find it very intriguing and I keep finishing these volumes in one sitting.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I have been eyeballing this book for what seems like forever. Every time I went into the store I would pick it up and then put it down. I am never sure why, but in my most recent trip to an independent bookstore I finally picked it up. I am only about 30 pages or so into this book, but I am very much enjoying it. I am happy I finally did pick it up, her writing style is great. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Divider

As you can see I have some great books, at least in my opinion, to read this weekend.

Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

I would love to know!

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Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books

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I don’t know about you, but lately I have seen a lot of youtubers having their husbands or their significant others in videos and I am loving it. I love seeing the support and love they share. It just makes me happy. They are always adorable, funny, and they always pick books for their significant other that they normally would not read or put off reading. This got me thinking.

I am a very avid reader, my boyfriend on the other hand is not. While he often takes me to the bookstore and spends time with me there, he never gets a book for himself. If he has I honestly don’t remember. Anyway, since seeing all those videos and such I became curious… what would my boyfriend pick out for me?

I was thinking about following suit and having him pick books from my owned tbr, but I started to think. I did not want to limit his choices because I wanted to see what he would pick when given an entire store. Also, if I had him pick from my owned tbr I wouldn’t be able to add to it. Lets be honest, I just wanted more books. lol. DividerSo about a month ago my boyfriend and I went to the bookstore and I gave him these guidelines.

  1. You can pick 2-3 books
  2. I have one veto

Then off he went walking through the store. I was very excited to see what he would pick, but at the same time I was anxious. Like I said previously my boyfriend is not much of a reader, but very supportive of my reading. When he is reading he is usually reading manga. When he has read in the past he enjoyed both The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z by Max Brooks.

With this in mind, he could either give me a book he loved or in the genre, try to find a book he think I might like, or both. It could go in any direction.

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The First Pick

By Gaslight by Steven Price

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London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men’s futures — a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly written, Steven Price’s By Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

Second Pick

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

Third Pick

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists’ colony—a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wickedand to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann—the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann’s mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet—who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.

But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults—a fascination with death and the afterlife—and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.

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I am so happy with the books that my boyfriend picked. I have read Vol. 1 and I am loving not only the story line, but the artwork as well. The story is something that really makes you think about what is right and what is wrong, but is also makes you think; “What would I do if this happened to me?” By Gaslight gives off Sherlock Holmes vibes, which is great because I love that detective, both the current BBC version and the classic novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire was a book I kept picking up and putting down, so I was extremely happy when he picked it up. I have to say he did a great job, I couldn’t be happier. He is even saying that he has ideas for next time too. So maybe there will be a part two, who knows?Divider

What do you think of his choices?

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