January 1, 2018

Reading Challenge 2018

Now that 2018 is here, it's time to set the new reading challenge! I didn't manage to finish the 2017 Reading Challenge, but this year I'm determined to make it! I really enjoy this challenge, although it's a tough one, so for the 2018 reading challenge I'm going to keep more or less the same categories. 

So, in 2018 I will read:
  1. a novel from Europe
  2. a novel from Middle East
  3. a novel from East Asia
  4. a novel from North America: Artemis, by Andy Weir
  5. a novel from South America
  6. a novel from Oceania
  7. a novel from Africa
  8. a novel that won the Man Booker Prize
  9. a novel than won the Pulitzer Prize
  10. a novel written by a Nobel Prize recipient
  11. a play
  12. a book of poetry
  13. a collection of short stories
  14. a manga
  15. a superhero comic
  16. a non-superhero comic
  17. a classic
  18. a non-fiction book
  19. a memoir/biography
  20. a novel that won the Nebula Award
So, this is it! This is the third year that I'm doing this challenge, and I'm really happy that it will "force" me to read more diverse books. Feel free to join me!

2017: A Reading Overview

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!!! May 2018 bring you all the joy and love, and of course many interesting books to read!

But, before going into the new reading challenges, let's just take a look at my reading list in 2017.

So in 2017 I read a total of 90 books. Although they seem a lot, I didn't manage to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books.

In detail, I read 16,331 pages over those 90 books. The longest book (American Gods, by Neil Gaiman) had 640 pages, and the shortest one (An Arabian Night: Nazin's Dream, by Garon Whited) was just 17 pages long. The most popular book I read this year (on Goodreads) was Animal Farm, by George Orwell, while the highest rated one (on Goodreads) was Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 3, by Kyousuke Motomi, with a rating of 4.48

My personal average rating on Goodreads was 3.9. My love for Manga has really shown this year, as it was the most popular type of book that I read, with 45 volumes!

The books that I didn't finish in 2017 were:
  • Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot (I seriously doubt that I will ever finish it)
  • Purity, by Jonathan Franzen (I guess I might get into it when I'm in the mood)
  • Artemis, by Andy Weir (Ok, this is unfair, because I will finish it in the next few days. I just didn't manage to finish before the end of the year)

The series I didn't finish in 2017:
  • Black Bird, by Kanoko Sakurakouji (I'm currently in volume 10, but I have to admit beforehand that I don't really like this manga series)

How did I do in The 2017 Reading Armchair's Challenge? For one more year I failed. This is a tough challenge, I won't lie. But it's diverse, and it made me read some books that I would otherwise hesitate to read. Still, 14 out of the 20 books of the challenge was a good score! I'll continue in 2018 with the same challenge.

Top 10 Books that I Read in 2017:

  1. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  3. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  4. Revival, by Stephen King
  5. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  6. Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star), by Mika Yamamori (10 Volumes)
  7. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
  8. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  9. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  10. Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov

December 26, 2017

The Reading Book Post, December 26th

Hello, everyone! Merry Christmas!! I hope you had a great time. As I've informed you yesterday, The Reading Book Post was delayed for today. So, let's see what happened in the literary world the previous week:

  • One of the films I can't wait to watch is definitely The Shape of Water. Until then, let's just take a peek at the film's world from the making-of book. I JUST CAN'T WAIT!!!!

  • Now this is a quite interesting recommendation list: Librarians pick the books everyone should read in each decade of his/her life. Maybe I should read The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson.

  • Are you pumped up for 2018? Well, looking at those 60 book titles that we are expecting in the following year, I'm looking forward to it! Which book's publication are you expecting?

  • Which Famous Female Author Are You? Take the quiz to find out! I got Sophie Kinsella, and I find her books quite enjoyable so I'm happy with the result. Which author did you get?

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

via Pinterest

Merry Christmas, everyone! All the best wishes for this special day :)
Now, the countdown for the New Year's Eve has begun!

The Reading Book Post is delayed for tomorrow, 
while an overview of 2017's reading is on its way!

December 24, 2017

Review: Almost Midnight, by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Almost Midnight

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Date of Publication: November 2nd, 2017

Number of Pages: 144


Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.


So, I've been thinking whether Almost Midnight would be a Review or a Weeckie. I decided on the first, since it features two short stories. Even though I had already read one of them some years ago, as it was featured in My True Love Gave Me collection.

As you'd expect from two holiday season short stories, these are really cute and heart-warming. Midnight is a story of two friends that are really in love with each other, while Kindred Spirits is about sharing a common passion with somebody else. In reality, I could easily imagine both of those stories as a full-length novel.

Midnight is just as the title suggests. Two teenagers meet at a New Year's Eve party and start hanging out. The story follows three consecutive years of those parties and how the feelings of the girl, Mags, change towards Noel. It's so hard not to skip a bit! This is seriously one of those cute stories that really make you feel good and dream of being in love again! Plus, the name Noel is as Christmas-y as it could get - I love it!

I could never guess the plot of the next story though, Kindred Spirits. It's about Elena, who really likes Stars Wars and decides to join the line outside of the local theatre, in order to attend the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ok, I won't lie! This story appealed to my inner nerd, and as a few days ago I went to the premier of The Last Jedi, I felt this story extremely close to me. Apart from that, the line consisted of just three people (with Elena), and one of them turned out to be a guy from our protagonist's school. I won't spoil it for you, but I really really would love to see what would happen next between those two!

While both of the stories were enormously enjoyable, there is generally one drawback with short stories in general. Character development is lacking. I knew that, and I was actually prepared for this. You get a glimpse of these characters, and by the time that you feel that you might be reaching to a better understanding of their way of thinking the story is over. This fits perfectly Elena and Gabe, as those two seem to have a great chemistry and a past that would make a more lengthy story interesting.

All in all, Almost Midnight is a quick yet enjoyable read. It's feel-good and heart-warming for a Christmas night with a cup of hot cocoa and some gingerbread cookies!

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!


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