2016 Reading Challenge

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Alrighty! I’m pumped up to start this year’s challenge after not reading anything (not even comics) since September. Aside from all the things that happened last year, the last book I read, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins did a number on me. It wasn’t a difficult read however it was very engaging and I got emotionally invested on it.

2016 RC

For 2016, I committed to reading 12 books on Goodreads. I know it’s significantly less than last year’s (24). This because I have to make up for last year’s count: the comics bumped up my numbers. So this year, I’m reading 12 and then another 8.

I’ve already decided on the first three books: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by Alan Dean Foster, “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari, and “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

And that’s it for reading challenges updates. I hope I can do more reviews this year for the books I finished.

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2015 Reading Challenge (Initial and Final Update)

January 4, 2016 § 4 Comments

This one can pass as not late, lol. When 2015 started, I was excited to start reading the Doctor Who book I got over Christmas 2014 and things just kinda continued from there. I kept forgetting to wrap up my 2014 reading challenge and do an initial post for 2015.

And yep, I also completed 2015’s challenge. Yayers!

rc 2015

Below are the titles I read:

2015 RC - 2 rc 2015 - 3

I have to admit the comics really bumped up my numbers. So counting the comics from the same series as one, my total would just be 16 and I committed to 24. :( I plan to remedy that on the 2016 reading challenge though. More on this on the next reading challenge post.

The thing about this year’s reads are that I love every single one of them. I’d recommend them to anyone. I also read 3 more for the second challenge. That makes it 7 out of 32 books.

2016 reading challenge initial post up next!

2014 Reading Challenge (Final Update)

January 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

I know I know. This is one uber late post. The first of three for reading challenges. For reasons, please read the last three or four personal updates.

I am happy to report that for the 3rd year in a row, my reading challenge was a success.

2014 RC - 1

Below are the books I read:

2014 RC - 2

The book with no picture is “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Avril Tremayne. Okay so there are 6 comics and 1 short story on the list, so that may be kind of cheating. However, I read a lot of free books on Wattpad that aren’t on Goodreads so it balances. I didn’t get far on my 2nd reading challenge and read 4 books out of 31. I’m not too disappointed though because there isn’t a deadline for that challenge. On to the next reading challenge post.

Yesterday

July 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

*from Goodreads

*from Goodreads

Title: Yesterday
Author: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Published Date: June 9, 2014
Synopsis: “Yesterday
Is two days before tomorrow,
The day after two days ago.
” – From Goodreads

Format: eBook (The New Yorker)
Date Started: June 29, 2014
Date Completed: June 29, 2014

This is probably the only “published” story I have read just hours (minutes even) after it was published; in this case the English translation. I follow the New Yorker on Twitter and saw their tweet while I was traveling to work. I started reading immediately however I decided not to finish it. I didn’t want to read the story just for the sake of reading. I wanted to savor it.

Last Sunday, I finally found some quiet time and got to reading. As the usual when I read a Murakami story, I get feels. This is the same for this story. It is a simple story but one that I can totally relate to. There was a time in my life where I would have been the third person in Kitaru and Tanimura’s group. The more I think about it, I am increasingly convinced that this is a very timely story for what my life is and my disposition to it is at this time.

And Mr. Murakami is fantastic as usual. I am not eloquent enough to describe what it is exactly I love with his writing style. Aside from the surrealism on most of his stories, I like the tone he uses. Events, emotions, everything in his stories feels muted and at the same time feels loaded. His stories make me feel so much but doesn’t make me want to be overly dramatic about it. I really can’t explain it clearly, lol. Mr. Gabriel, the translator for this story did a good job I think. The translation does not sound different at all from the other translated Murakami works.

I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this story. Each one of us would have had that time of our lives that is in this story. I’m sure of it. The next two or three “On The Quote Board” posts will be from this story. Also, if you want to read the story, I have linked the page above.

My rating on Goodreads is 4 stars (for Really Liked It).

The Fault In Our Stars (Reading Challenge Pick for 2012)

June 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

*from Goodreads

*from Goodreads

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Published Date: January 2012
Synopsis: “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.” – From Goodreads

Format: eBook (313 pages)
Date Started: June 3, 2014
Date Completed: June 4, 2014

I didn’t plan on reading TFiOS until much later. I really wanted to read every book on my Reading Challenge in order, lol. But I wanted to watch the movie soon after its release so I decided to just go ahead and read it. Anyway, I already broke the “read in order” rule when I read my 1986 pick before my 1984 (and I haven’t even started my 1985 pick, lol).

TFiOS was on almost all of 2012’s bestseller lists. I didn’t read it then because I usually stay away from drama books especially about illnesses. It’s too close for comfort and I would rather read something light and entertaining. That was back then though. When I decided to do my 2nd RC for this year and push beyond my limits, this is one of the books I picked which I usually wouldn’t. I’m glad that I did.

I liked the book very much. It was insightful, witty, funny, then heartbreaking. I like the writing style. This is my first John Green book so I don’t know if this is his usual writing style. But yeah I liked it so I will check his other books (and will read after my current RC).

What made the book good I think are the characters. John Green did such a good job developing the characters. I fell in love with them. I saw myself in Hazel. She is pragmatic but thoughtful and sensitive at the same time. Gus on the other hand, is a romantic and idealistic. They are both intelligent and some of their conversations are too funny. I am so drawn towards these kinds of characters.

I also love how there are so many quotable quotes on this book, lol. I highlighted so many of them on my Kindle app. Gosh, I am such a sucker for quotes. Some of the ones I loved are the following:

Pain demands to be felt.

“‘Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,’ – Hazel
‘Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.’ – Isaac

No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.

As I have mentioned above, the main reason why I read it before I was supposed to is because of the movie. I have seen the movie before writing this btw. I saw it hours after finishing the book. I’ve also written a short review of the movie for GER which I’ll be reblogging tomorrow. I liked the movie too and thought it was a good adaptation. I urge you my readers to read the book (it’s a fast read, about 4 hours) and to see the movie too.

My rating on Goodreads is 4 stars (for Really Liked It).

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