Nadya's 2013 reading

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Nadya's 2013 reading

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1nadyaduck
Redigerat: sep 9, 2013, 2:32 pm

I don't think I managed 25 last year, but I'm going to make a go of it this year!

2013
1. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
2. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
3. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut
4. Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels - Nancy Mitford
5. Wool Omnibus- Hugh Howey
6. Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
7. Thérèse Raquin - Émile Zola
8. The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling
9. Shift Omnibus - Hugh Howey
10. Beneath the Wheel - Hermann Hesse
11. A Song of Stone - Ian Banks
12. The Good Father - Noah Hawley
13. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
14. The Prince - Machiavelli
15. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
16. The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions - Robert Rankin
17. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - Sue Townsend

2nadyaduck
mar 10, 2013, 3:22 pm

Just finished Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, which are in the same book along with Pursuit of Love (which I read before Christmas). I wish that The Blessing hadn't been lumped with the other two in this edition, for one it means I miss out on an extra book towards my total, and also it wasn't about Fanny's social circle of the Radletts and their neighbours which the other two are.

But still, I loved all three stories, and though Charles-Edouard and all his mistresses made me uneasy (I would have been a typical English wife I think) I was overjoyed with the ending of the Blessing. Some wonderful characters and great mocking of the upper classes!

3OscarWilde87
mar 11, 2013, 2:09 pm

Hey, welcome to the Challenge. How did you like the Hundred-Year-Old? I read it at the beginning of the year, too, and I quite liked it (although it wasn't really superb).

4nadyaduck
mar 12, 2013, 11:42 am

Hi, thank you.

Yes I did enjoy it, though I felt it would have been perfect as a shorter book..maybe about half the length it was. I liked the fact I learnt quite a lot about the 20th century when reading, though!

5OscarWilde87
mar 13, 2013, 2:50 pm

Same here. Coulda been shorter indeed...

6LadyBookHermit
mar 13, 2013, 8:37 pm

how did you like the night circus??
i've been wanting to read it XS

7nadyaduck
mar 14, 2013, 7:16 am

I quite enjoyed it! I didn't think much of the plot, or the characters, but the imagination and writing was incredible! There were some wonderful sights and smells and the circus felt really real. But the characters didn't (at least not for me), and that's where it fell down. Well worth a read though.

8LadyBookHermit
mar 14, 2013, 6:11 pm

guess i'll have to read it to see if i agree with you ^^
thanks :)

9nadyaduck
mar 22, 2013, 7:31 am

#5 - Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

Great plot, enjoyed reading it, but didn't feel emotionally invested in most of the characters (Walker was pretty much the only one). Really enjoyed the story though, and looking forward to reading the rest.

10nadyaduck
Redigerat: apr 9, 2013, 6:00 am

#6 - Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

Now I know exactly what it's like for a Jewish boy growing up in the USA who is obsessed with masturbation. This book was vile. Very well written, but completely filthy. Going to be interesting discussing it with the ladies at bookclub.

I'm now going to finish Return of the King (I am, I swear it), so I can finally cross off Lord of the Rings. So epic, and so long winded.

11nadyaduck
apr 26, 2013, 7:01 am

#7 - Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

Quite a gripping read. Really enjoyed the first half, very exciting and gruesome and full of drama. The second half could have been genius, but felt like he kept clutching at further things to make life seem grim for the couple. That's just my take on it though.

12nadyaduck
maj 24, 2013, 10:51 am

#8 - The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

A much better read than I thought it'd be. It was gritty. Thought it was really, really good.

13OscarWilde87
maj 24, 2013, 12:35 pm

I also thought about giving The Casual Vacancy a try. Now that I hear that more and more people actually like it, I think I'm gonna go for it some time...

14nadyaduck
maj 28, 2013, 7:04 am

>13 OscarWilde87: I think it's worth giving a go. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it is certainly better than I thought it'd be.

15nadyaduck
Redigerat: maj 28, 2013, 7:10 am

#9 - Shift Omnibus by Hugh Howey

The second volume of Hugh Howey's saga, Shift follows on from Wool which I read earlier in the year.

I found this more engaging than Wool, and felt more connected to the characters. It still falls down in a few areas, but overall I'm really enjoying this saga and can't wait until the final book is out.

Finding out about the whys of this world was really interesting, and made a lot of the things I wondered about in Wool make a lot more sense.

I'm going to have to speed up if I want to meet my target for this year!

16nadyaduck
jun 10, 2013, 5:26 pm

#10 - Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse

A short novel. About the dangers of an essentialist education in which creativity, passion and friendship is discouraged.

Very beautifully written and charming. Also very depressing.

17OscarWilde87
Redigerat: jun 12, 2013, 3:29 pm

Oh, I read Beneath the Wheel quite a while ago. I also thought it was very beautifully written. It's so nice to be reminded of such novels. Otherwise I might have completely forgotten about it.

18nadyaduck
jun 13, 2013, 10:28 am

I think that's why I'm enjoying documenting books I've read every year. I can look back at the books I read in 2011 - which I may have forgotten otherwise!

19nadyaduck
jul 1, 2013, 8:55 am

#11 - A Song of Stone by Ian Banks

Very dark!!

Sometimes the structure of the language was a bit flowery for me.

20nadyaduck
jul 31, 2013, 12:02 pm

#12 - The Good Father by Noah Hawley

A good read, kept me gripped and interested.

#13 - Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

I really like Ian McEwan's writing, though I feel like I shouldn't.. I don't know why!

21nadyaduck
aug 24, 2013, 5:46 am

#14 - The Prince by Machiavelli

I have never done this before, but I'm marking this as read when I haven't finished it. I'm sure The Prince is a very important piece of writing, but I've got to admit I don't find it interesting at all. First of all, history isn't really my thing (though I should probably try harder with it), and second of all I'm not planning on ruling a nation or giving anyone advice on how to go about ruling a nation.
And I've spent so long reading a chapter every few days or so, and I'm nearly done, I'm marking it as read. Guilt free. If there was a punch line or something at the end, please let me know.

22nadyaduck
aug 24, 2013, 5:50 am

#15 - The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

I can firmly say I am a fan of Wyndham's writing. Right up my street it is!

23nadyaduck
sep 9, 2013, 2:40 pm

#16 - The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions by Robert Rankin

Steampunk adventure with lots of laughs along the way.

#17 - The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

Heartwarming and enjoyable to read. But what happened to Brianne and Brian Jr?! The end was a bit flat.