Books 11-15 of 2017

I’ve read a few more books! I decided to do these in batches of five books, so that the posts would be shorter and I’d post a little bit more frequently. So, here we go…

 

11 (Apr 26-28 2017)

11. Edith Wharton had several books for sale on BookOutlet.com, so I decided to give her a try. Ethan Frome was a short story, so I thought that it would be an easy introduction. It’s a sad story of a man having to choose between a dismal wife and life, or an exciting/unknown path with the wife’s cousin. The ending was unexpected – sad, but I liked it. I look forward to reading more of Wharton’s stories.

12 (Apr 30-May 4 2017)

12. I learned about Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall from the trailer for its movie adaptation, when I saw a movie in a cinema earlier this year. The idea of a girl reliving her last day several times sounded interesting, so when I saw it for a cheap price I decided to get it. While I admit that I found it hard to connect with the main character, I enjoyed following the changes in her feelings and attitudes. I enjoyed it, and my mom is reading it now. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I’ll watch it with my mom eventually.

13 (May 5-16 2017)

13. I have a tendency to buy every book in the classics section of my library’s semiannual book sales – and lately I’ve seen a ton of Thomas Hardy. The Mayor of Casterbridge is my first dip into Hardy, and I loved it. A very sad story of a man’s past coming back to haunt him, and his downfall. There are a few more Hardy novels in my collection, and I may be digging into another one soon.

14 (May 17-20 2017)

14. I don’t get into young adult stuff that often, but when I do, it’s a good chance that it’s from Neal Shusterman. I’ve read his Skinjacker trilogy and the Unwind dystology and adored both series. So when I saw Scythe show up on BookOutlet.com, I screamed in happiness. It came out late last year, and it will become another series. I haven’t bought this one (yet haha – I may ask my sister for it for my birthday), but I instead got this from our library. The premise of this story is that disease, poverty, hunger, and governments no longer exist – even natural death no longer exists. So, to help keep population in control, there are a special group of people called Scythes who are the only ones to end life. It was a fascinating idea and it really got me thinking about “immortality” and such. My mom, who has also read the Unwind books, loved this book as well. We can’t wait for the second book to come out! Also, I just want to say that the cover art on this was really cool.

15 (May 24- June 2 2017)

15. I don’t think that I would have ever discovered A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille if it weren’t for BookOutlet.com’s classics section. Seriously, that site is FANTASTIC. But anyway, back to this book. It’s one of the first “lost world” books, written in the Victorian era. It was delightfully silly and bizarre – a tropical South Pole, still-living dinosaurs, and humans who seek death, poverty, and darkness… yup haha.

In May I read 1 and 2 Corinthians; this month I am reading the Gospel of John. I found out how many chapters are in each book of the Bible, as I just want to read one or two chapters each night.

Gotta get back to reading!

My first ten books read in 2017

At the beginning of the year I knew that I needed to spend more time reading – and away from my tablet and laptop. So every evening I try to set aside at least 30 minutes for reading. This usually ends up being the entire 6pm hour, between our 5pm dinner and 7pm coffee (and we don’t drink decaf!). I didn’t read as much as I had wanted to the last two or more years, and I knew that too much staring at a screen isn’t good.

I finished my tenth book this Wednesday, and I figured it would be nice to share those books here with a quick thought or two. I stink at book reviews (and never cared for them in school), so don’t set your expectations high haha.

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Two weeks into 2017, already?!

My goodness, it’s already January 14!

So I didn’t post immediately soon after the New Year as I had hoped, but it’s still January so… whatever 🙂

2017 is alright so far.

I’m doing well with one simple thing that I wanted to do more of this year: read. I’m setting aside approximately an hour between dinner and evening-coffee for reading. For a few days I had read some American Founding Fathers documents (I found a beautiful book at B&N which contains the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, some letters, some speeches, the Constitution, etc). I’m currently halfway through Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; I had no idea what to expect, and for the longest time I didn’t think I’d ever want to read it, but I’m currently REALLY enjoying it and I can’t wait to finish it.

I’m also trying to start the process in refreshing my Etsy store. I want to have a new shop name and hopefully revive it. I’d like to see a few more sales this year than I did last year.

There aren’t really any plans/goals for 2017 besides getting a new job. I also will have my high school ten-year reunion in July (on my birthday, oddly), and my mom and I will see a European dance troupe in Cleveland in April (we’ve seen them several times over the years). I’m also hoping to be a spectator at at least two historical reenacting events in the area. I would love to do some traveling, but it will depend on what my new job is and what it allows in terms of holidays and such.

And I’m slowly trying to work on being happier in general. I’ve greatly struggled with being happy with myself for many years.

Readers, do you have any goals or plans for 2017?