Calendar Girls January: Favorite Book With a Non-North American Setting

Happy New Year everyone! What better way to start off 2018 than with a Calendar Girls post? I’m particularly looking forward to this one because I read SO MANY books set in America and England, but I’m super interested in books about other countries. Especially when they are written by people FROM those countries!

First of all, I read a LOT of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but it seemed like kind of a cop-out to choose one of those, so I’m ignoring them. Similarly, England also seemed a bit of a cop-out as it is so similar to America. In fact, I avoided everywhere with white people almost altogether for the purposes of this post. I only considered Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Once I started thinking about it, I realized that I have read SO MANY good books that take place in non-North American settings! The trouble is, these books are often heavy, so they don’t end up being favorites. Here are a few examples that came to mind:

  • The Kite Runner
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Siddhartha
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • The Alchemist
  • The Good Earth

Like, all brilliant novels, but none of them will I probably ever re-read. However, I highly recommend all of them, and most of them (keyword MOST) were written by folks from the countries they were writing about, which is part of what makes them so amazing.

But after I briefly struggled with thinking I was going to have to pick The Bear and the Nightingale AGAIN, one book sprang to mind. A book that completely changed my life and the way I look at books. I can only be talking, of course, about …. Continue reading

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My Life in Books Tag

Happy (almost) 2018 everyone! New Years has never been one of my favorite holidays. Personally I can’t understand why we would wait til January for new beginnings, just start NOW. But I AM really looking forward to 2018 and what it is going to bring, especially for my blog.

Thanks to Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf for tagging me in this one! I think it’s a great one to roll out the new year with, and let you all get to know me just a little better.

As usual, any prompt that requires me to use my bookshelf will use the Goodreads random feature.

Find a book for each of your initials.

I liked how Naty spelled out her name instead. That’s more fun. So I’m doing that. (Get over it.)

Kite Runner (oooo, depressing choice!)

And Then There Were None (one of my top choices of 2017!)

Two Towers (LOTR is my all-time favorite!)

Inheritance (easily the WORST book on this list…)

Eleanor & Park (<3)

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2017 in Review

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Hmmmm, I’ve never done a post like this one before since I don’t do monthly wrap-ups. I’m not really sure where to start… Am I supposed to do this conversationally, or just make like a list?

I looked at someone else’s, and it looks like I can just say hi then go into a list. Whew, that was stressful. And apparently it is very important for all of you to be a part of this completely pointless process….

I started Never Not Reading on May 13, 2017. It’s been a heck of a first year, and I can’t see where next year goes! Continue reading

Top 10 of 2017

This list got off to a very slow start as I was re-reading a lot at the beginning of the year, and then I read several newish books that I didn’t really care for. While not all the books on this list are new (or even written in this century!), here are the 10 books I most enjoyed reading in 2017. Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

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Okay, so technically it’s Christmas Eve. But at our house Christmas Eve is like, half of Christmas anyway. That’s the night we have a nice dinner, go to church, all the non-present stuff. Christmas day is more for presents and playing games.

I have been blessed by so many things this Christmas, and one of them is definitely you all. I actually made it to 400 followers this week on WordPress. 400?!?! I can’t even believe it. You guys are so amazing. But more than quantity I’m so excited about quality. Some of the friends I’ve made this year have been so amazing. And even those of you who I don’t know very well, it’s been so great talking books with you! I didn’t know how much I was missing that until I had it.

I hope your Christmas is as blessed as mine has been. I love you all. God bless us, everyone!

 

Feel-Good Books for the Holidays

I don’t like to read Chritmas-themed books. I don’t know, they seem a little hokey to me. Also, they tend to be romancy, which isn’t really my thing.

However, at this time of year I do prefer a lighter read, preferably one that gives me all the warm fuzzies. Bonus points if its set in the winter, but I’m really not going to go out of my way to find that.

So. Here are five books along those lines that I would recommend at this time of year.

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

18081809I’m an absolute sucker for Rainbow Rowell’s books, and of the ones I’ve read this has been the most feel-good. It really left me overwhelmed with all of the feels. I loved the realistic adult romance, as well as the family aspect. Bonus points, it’s actually set over Christmas! Continue reading

Discussion: Pacing

Since becoming a book blogger I’ve noticed a lot about other book bloggers. While there are sometimes mixed opinions out there, there are  a lot of things that most people agree about. For example, book bloggers on the whole don’t like “instalove”. They are tired of it. Another example, book bloggers on the whole DO like Warcross. These aren’t universal opinions, but they’re pretty dang popular ones.

There have been a few times since I’ve started blogging that I’ve been surprised to find books that I absolutely love that the blogging community on the whole doesn’t. Or, at least, can’t agree on it. The first time this happened was when I realized how many people absolutely hated The Night Circus. I was in shock because it’s one of my all-time favorite books, and it’s so gorgeous and romantic and magical, I’m not sure what there really is to hate…

Since then I’ve been surprised to find that I’m on the less popular side of Uprooted, The Bear and the Nightengale, and most recently, Renegades. And as I’ve been thinking about this I’ve noticed criticism for all four of these books have had one major thing in common.

Pacing.

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