(I know I’ve been slacking off on my reading and reviewing. I’ve been really tired lately and not to mention, sick. It’s been years since I last got sick so I was so flat on my bed these past couple of weeks just sleeping it off. But I’m slowly getting back on my feet. I missed reading and writing and I will try my darn hardest to get back to the grind.)
The first month of the new year is almost over. How many books have you read already? Like last year, I’ve set my yearly target reads to 25; I will raise that number as I go along. But unlike last year where I had all the time in the world, just lounging at home… I now have a full-time job. Finding time to read got a lot harder. But with new gadgets and a renewed interest in other genres, I’m ready to take on the year in books.
Last year, I read 81-82 books. (I’m not sure because I’ve re-read many books from previous years and I don’t think GoodReads catalogs each read separately.) I am pretty proud of myself about that. I know some people who reached upwards of 100-150. I would love to be able to do that too. But for now, 80s is a good range. This is part one (of five) of my 2011 reads roundup. (Items with an asterisk * means that I have a review of it posted on this blog.)
1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers by Mary Roach
I remember reading this during my 4-day Los Angeles-to-New York City road trip. Four days on a Greyhound bus, driving through (and getting stuck) in the snow and chill. It was also kind of ironic because not too long before I started reading this, my grandfather passed away. So yeah. This was really interesting to me. I was introduced to this book by a Six Feet Under episode (4×04). I was still exploring the non-fiction genre but I loved true crime so I found a stable ground with this.
2. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
I must admit that I picked up this book because of the model/actor they used in the Breathless Reads commercial. Chase Peacock. I’m really not into the whole young adult scene. It is interesting and in the vampire/werewolf saturated genre that is YA, this is a breath of fresh air. Very different and engaging.
3. Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
Oh I loved this book. LOVE. It is, by no means, perfect but… it is so pure and innocent. Told in the child’s point of view, it is so endearing and so smart. It does talk about a very dark issue but when talked about this way, it is just so well done. Also, I went to the author’s talk about the book and it was so enlightening what she had to say about the book and why she chose to have it told in Jack’s POV.
4. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was the last book that I’ve read in 2010. I remember thinking it was so intense that I had to take a break. Three books later, I picked up the second one. This is the longest in the trilogy and I must say, it is the most dragging. I honestly cannot remember much apart from the action scenes. It is literally the in-between so you were thrust into the thick of things and left floating until you start with the third book. But make sure you had the 3rd one right by your side as you reach the last few pages of this book.
5. The Princess & The Penis by R.J. Silver
I was gifted a copy by a friend. I just finished the 2nd Millenium book and I needed to take a break from all that intensity. I gave this a shot. It was funny, for-adults humor.
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson
I told myself to wait, wind down, cool off from all the Salander action but it lasted for about an hour. After finishing the second book and a few laughs, I was back in Sweden checking back on Lisbeth and Mikael. And man, this was full on. This had so much awesome. This was my favorite from the original Swedish films. So many twists. I enjoyed this trilogy a whole lot.