Reading of 2018

Updated: Feb 14, 2019

Books read: 46 and 2/3 Favorite Experience with Reading: during the first week of summer I sat down every night and read an entire (new) book, start to finish. My favorites from that week were "True Grit" by Charles Portis, "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman, and "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. All really fantastic, fairly quick reads! They are all great, fairly quick reads. "True Grit" was a great Western, "cowboys and lowlifes" kind of book. "Station Eleven" is a fantastic, adult look at an apocalyptic world, and interweaves stories masterfully throughout the book. "Stardust" I loved for its beautiful descriptions and the fun, weird, and exciting journey it took me on! Most life-changing book: "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, people! An aunt bought it for me and told me "you need this," and boy was she right! If you are struggling with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, life in general, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!! Funniest read: "The Ninja Handbook" by Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols. If it gives you a clue, the full title of the book is "Ask a Ninja Presents The Ninja Handbook: This Book Looks Forward to Killing You Soon" I laughed >OUT LOUD< a lot while reading this book! Book I actually saw the movie of first (*GASP*): "Malavita" by Tonino Benacquista. (Turned into the movie, "The Family") A fun "mobster family tries to go civilian" read! Worst read of the year: "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett. I know it is supposed to be a classic, but I strongly dislike this book! I couldn't really follow it, and it was very old fashioned "women are good for secretaries and sex" kind of a book. Bleh. Saddest (non-fiction) read: "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell. A fascinating read that kept me riveted the whole way, but very sad, as the title basically tells you. Unfinished book of the year: "The Ethical Assassin" by David Liss. I read about 1/3 of the book, but it was not what I was expecting at all and a graphic attempted rape early in just left a nasty taste in my mouth. The only book I abandoned last year...and I usually put up with a lot. Two great classics: "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. Fun read, pretty quick, and sometimes hilariously stereotypical and overdramatic vampire stuff! "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie. Also a fun, fairly quick read, and (sort of spoiler?) a line in the beginning that is hilarious foreshadowing! Most disappointing book to movie: "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami. A fantastic, longer read. I understood as soon as I started the book why people said "The Hunger Games" was a toned down "Battle Royale"! Lots of gore and death all over the place! I LOVED the book, but the movie was hugely disappointing as they changed the whole ending among other things. (I did think they did the lighthouse scene pretty well, though!) Favorite fairy tale style stories: "The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister" by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. Fantastic, dark short stories in the style of fairy tales. I don't like horror, so this was right on the edge, but I do love dark, disturbing stuff, and these had plenty of that! Next to last read of the year (I couldn't think of a better title): "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo. Wow. This book was thick, so I pretty immediately loved it. In an odd way this book reminded me of "The Count of Monte Cristo," in that both books jumped around in which character they followed or which story they were telling, but never got me lost or confused and masterfully wove the stories together and ended with a brilliant conclusion of all the pieces coming together. (Such a great conclusion to the Godfather that it gave me chills!) It did, unfortunately, have some pretty graphic sex scenes, but thankfully they were usually pretty short and I could skim over them and move on. All in all, a FANTASTIC read, and I am PISSED that Netflix just took it off right before I was going to watch it!!!!!!! In the end, a pretty good year for reading, and I hope to top my number again this year!

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