20 Books of Summer

20 books

I haven’t posted in ages, but I want to get back into the swing of it. And because I really want to read books from my TBR I decided to to do the 20 Books of Summer challenge.

It is hosted by Cathy over at 746books.

 

These are the books I want to read:

1. Rachel Aaron: Nice Dragons Finish Last

2. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

3. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4. Tracey Baptiste: The Jumbies

5. Sarah Rees Brennan: In Other Lands

6. Vera Brittain: Testament of Youth

7. Rebecca Caudill: Up and Down the River

8. Dorothy Canfield Fisher: Understood Betsy#

9. Shira Glassman: Knit One, Girl Two

10. Elizabeth Goudge: The Scent of Water

11. Justina Ireland: Dread Nation

12. Diana Wynne Jones: The Power of Three

13. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life

14. L.M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables

15. Nnedi Okorafor: Akata Witch

16. Isabelle Rowan: A Note in the Margin

17. Robin Steven: First Class Murder

18. Sindney Taylor: All-of-aKind Family Downtown

19. Jean Webster: Dear Enemy

20. Antonia White: Frost in May

 

And since I know myself, I’ve decided on 5 alternative books I might swap:

I. Charlotte Brontë: Villette

II. Gerogette Heyer: Masqueraders

III. E. Jade Lomax: Beanstalk

IV. Cindy Pon: Want

V. Miss Read: Village School

 

I hope I get to read as much as I want over the summer. I’m really excited.

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Wednesday Reading: Week 3 and 4

I’ve read quite a bit the past two weeks:

John Bude: The Cornish Coast Murder  –>   This was from the books I’ve already started last year, and I’m glad I continued. The characters were interesting enough, and the plot alright.

Vita Sackville-West: Country Notes in Wartime  –>  There was a lot of gardening in this title, and I don’t know a lot about it. It was quite charming thoug, and her thoughts interesting. And I was glad it was a short book, since this left me just with the desire to read some more of her works.

Ammi-Joan Paquette: Princess Juniper of the Hourglass  –>  This was also from last year. It was a little generic, and I never really warmed up to the character. It was interesting enough for me to finish it, even though I won’t read more of this series.

Intisar Khanai: Sunbolt  –>  Now this I thouroughly enjoyed, and I can’t wait to read more. Hitomi is a great character, and I love how real she seems to me. I love the worldbuilding, but it was never overpowering the story.

Mavis Doriel Hay: Death on the Cherwell  –>  I liked this more than the Cornish Coast Murder. I liked the characters, and the case was interesting enough. I loved the setting too, and how it was brought to life. I have another novel of this author on my TBR, and I think I’ll get to it soon.

Kazuo Koike: Crying Freeman, Vol.1  –>  I liked this well enough, even though I don’t usually like mafia settings. I’m not sure I liked it well enough to pay for reading more of this series.

Mito Orihara: The Legend of Annatour, Vol. 1  –>  This was pretty awful. The plot was way to cliché, I didn’t like the characters, and the only saving grace was the art.

Wednesday Reading: Week 2, 2017

Wataru Yoshizumi: Cherish

This was enjoyable and I liked both stories. The characters felt a little flat though.

 

Burgis, Stephanie: Kat, Incorrigible

I’ve gone back to this on a whim, and now I’m hooked. I really like Kat and the relationship between the sisters. I really want to know more.

 

Deal Me In – Reading Challenge

I decided not to do any reading challenges this year, excepting the Mount TBR Reading Challenge, but this one looks interesting:

Deal Me In Short Stories, hosted at  Short Story Reading Challenge, “Deal Me In 2017!” hosted by bibliophilica.

What is the goal of the project?

To read 52 short stories in 2017 (that’s only one per week)

What do I need?

1) Access to at least fifty-two short stories
2) A deck of cards
3) An average of perhaps just thirty minutes of reading time each week

I’ve decided to use the following books:

The Book Smuggler’s Quaterly Almanac 2

Steampunk 1851

Volldampf. Fiktional Steamgeschichten

Bless Your Mechanical Heart

Online Short Stories

And these are the stories:

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Wednesday Reading: Week 11 and 12

What I’ve Been Reading:

Lee French: Al-kabar: a novel of Ilauris

I’m still not sure what to think of this novel. On the one hand I mostly read it in one swoop. On the other hand…

I liked the main character, her strengths and her flaws. She felt balanced. I like the world-building. And still…

Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Story Girl

This one I loved. I liked the tone of the story, the narrator looking back on his youth and the summer he spent with his cousins. Montgomery is very descriptive and lush of the setting, and I could immerse myself into the story.

The children felt realistic, and I could easily imagine them.

 

What I’m currently reading:

Terry Pratchett: Soul Music

Still. Will I ever finish it? Perhaps I’m sufferung from Pratchett fatigue.

Kaoru Mori: Emma [エマ], Vol. 1.

I’ve lent it to a friend, but I#ve got it back know. I love Emma, and I love the plot.

 

What I’m going to read next:

I’m not sure yet. Probably Mumins lange Reise (The Moomins and the Great Flood) [Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen].