Jan 14, 2016

Book Challenge Month 2 Check In #SCWBC15

EDIT: I screwed up!  I accidentally posted this while I was gone, but it wasn't finished and I had some screwy stuff going on at the bottom.  Please forgive me.

Here's what I've read since the first month's check in.

The Girl on the Train - ♥♥♥♥

I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I thought I would.  I'm not terribly into crime thrillers or drama, and this had both of those in spades, BUT something about the way the book is written, in the present tense and right in the character's head (kind of like Hunger Games) makes it all very real and immediate and urgent.  I had trouble putting this down.  I did spoil it a bit for myself by reading about the book ahead of time so I wasn't surprised by the ending but I totally would have been!  While I still wouldn't seek out this genre, I did like the book a lot and I was surprised and interested in the emotional issues it covers (addiction, dependence, etc, etc).

Equal Rites - ♥♥♥♥

LOVED it!  After reading Good Omens, I was feeling kind of Terry Pratchett-y, and then Holly suggested the Witches subseries, and I'm so glad.  The title is a pun ("rites" because they're doing magic and "equal rights" because it addresses gender inequality).  It's clever, funny, and a good time the whole way through.

The Time Machine - ♥♥♥

So I went into this thinking about the movie that was based on it and I think that messed it up for me because I was expecting a much more complicated story.  It's short - only 118 pages, and it was an interesting story, but I really wanted more depth and I didn't get that.  It also had more of that wordy style that books from earlier time periods do, but that's kind of growing on me.

City of Bones - ♥♥♥

I got this from a friend as a Christmas present and only afterwards realized it was Cassandra Clare's debut book and perfect for the challenge!  So this gets 4 stars only because I don't feel like the story is super polished but I loved it.  It's YA dystopia, and it has a cheesy love triangle, which should have turned me off, but it didn't.  The story is compelling and I love how the plot unveils itself and generally just had trouble putting it down.  Definitely reading the rest.

TOTAL POINTS: 85 (out of 200)

I swapped some stuff around because my reading got sidetracked, but here's what I'm planning on reading for the rest of the categories.

5 points: A book between 100-200 pages
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (118 pages - ♥♥♥)

10 points: A debut book by any author
— City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (485 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

10 points: A book that does not take place in your current country of residence
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (228 pages - ♥♥♥♥♥) (Discworld)

10 points: A book that someone else has already used for the challenge
— The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (325 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

15 points: A book published under a pseudonym
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens (240 pages)

15 points: A book with “boy,” “girl,” “man,” “woman,” or their plurals in the title
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (217 pages - ♥♥♥♥♥)

15 points: A book with a one-word title
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (548 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

20 points: A book with a person's first and last name in the title
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (430 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

20 points: A food-themed book
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (306 pages)

20 points: A book with a verb in the title
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff (401 pages)

30 points: Two books with the same title by different authors
Winter by Marissa Meyer (832 pages - ♥♥♥♥♥) and Winter by Sarah Remy (301 pages)

30 points: A nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject
— Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku (329 pages) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (216 pages)

I did more swapping - I realized that "not in your current country of residence" didn't just have to mean another continent but totally qualified all of my fantasy books.  So more Terry Pratchett.  :P

What have you read recently?  What books would you recommend to broaden my horizons?

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1 comment:

  1. I really need to get on Winter!!! I just finished Death before Decaf, it was an interesting mystery read.


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