I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.
Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Genre: nonfiction literature
Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total
Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
Once again, the year has ended before I’ve gotten all my book reviews posted. But, I can still use this time to reflect on how I did with my reading challenges.
Let’s start with my Goodread stats. I logged 129 books this year for 41,245 pages. That’s about 1,000 more pages than the past few years. It must have been those three 1,000+ page novels I read this year. My shortest book I logged was Four Quartets, a book of poetry I read to the kids, and my longest was A Suitable Boy, a book I read because it was on The Big Read list. If you drop the graphic novels, I counted 100 novels and novellas read this year which isn’t too shabby.
Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I was able to complete this challenge, which made me happy.
The Big Read Challenge: I fell down on this challenge, only reading seven out of my goal of 12. I forgot about it when I was choosing books to read, trying to read down my personal TBR list instead.
Finish the Series Challenge: I’m happy with how I progressed on finishing up some series. I finished the Outlander series (major accomplishment there), the Dresden Files series, and the Belgariad series. I also stayed on top of several other ongoing series. There’s two other series I’d like to finish next year (one book in the Lady Trent series and the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series) but otherwise I think I can drop this challenge for the coming year.
Once again, I was pleased with my reading challenges. They gave me just enough direction in my reading to try a couple of new books, but not so much that I felt stifled in my choices. I’m ready to try a few different challenges in the coming year, but that’s a different post.
I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author to finish up my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I picked this one because it looked like a thriller.
Genre: sexual thriller
Length: 303 pages
Setting: NYC and Portland, Oregon, 2010s
Font: Sabon LT Std and Cresci LP
Summary: Short version: Sarah revisits the memories and locations of her horrific kidnapping Continue reading
I chose it because it was a J title and I’m trying to finish the alphabet for the year. This is the last letter I need to get all the titles covered.
Length: 277 pages
Setting: Hartford, Connecticut, present day
Summary: Short version: Jude is wrongly convicted and needs to clear his name Continue reading
My husband heard about this book on a podcast and thought I’d be interested. I enjoy design books (for example, A Pattern Language) and appreciated a book recommendation from my husband.
Genre: nonfiction design
Length: 217 pages of text, 257 pages total
Summary: Short version: The good and bad elements of design in household objects Continue reading
I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.
Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total
Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading