A Book a Week – The Thirteenth Tale

I read The Thirteenth Tale because I’d been putting off reading it for like ever. It had been on my list for years and I kept running into it in different posts I read. So I decided it was finally time.

And in the end it was ok.

It was a quick, interesting read but I can’t say one of the best reads ever :)

A Book a Week – My Brilliant Friend

I read My Brilliant Friend because…well because everyone was talking about it and by the time I heard of this series the third book was out and no matter when I went, there was something about this book there. So I finally picked it up and decided to give it a try.

I really liked it. It’s one of the rare books that talks about the complicated nature of female relationships and does a really good job of it. The story is engrossing, but also long. After I finished this one, I needed a break. There are a lot of characters in the book and sometimes it’s a bit hard to keep track of them, especially in audio.

I recommend this book.


A Book a Week – Fates and Furies

I read Fates and Furies because amazon said it was the best book of 2015. This book was weird. I really didn’t like the first half much but I knew there was a big twist in the second half so I endured it. And indeed the second half was much more interesting.


But it was a depressing book in the end because of what it said about humans. (At least those humans.) and I just don’t like books like that.

A lot of other people loved it though.

A Book a Week – A Pale View of Hills

I read A Pale View of Hills because it’s Ishiguro and I just knew I would love it. Cause I love him.

While this one wasn’t my favorite, I still loved it. I still this he’s an amazing writer. I loved the characters, the dialogue. The beautiful writing i’ve come to know him for.

I am off to read all of his others!

A Book a Week – The Nightingale

I read The Nightingale because amazon said it was the best book of 2015 so I had to read it. I’d read Hannah before and I knew it was going to be a tearjerker. And I don’t read about WW2 so I resisted it for a long time.

I finally caved in and read it and listened to it during a flight and I bawled and bawled and bawled.

Dude.  Not the best thing to do on a flight.

I don’t think I will read another Hannah for a while but I am not sad I read it.

A Book a Week – In a Dark, Dark Wood

I read In a Dark, Dark Wood because it was one of those “will be awesome!” books.

But this genre is not my thing apparently.

I read it. I read it fast. But I’ve had enough of books with only dislikable characters. I find that to be such a copout in writing. Most people have something we can like about them. Make your characters richer. Give me a reason to root for them. Or to at least make me want to read more.


A Book a Week – 14

I read 14 because I read that it was good. But then I got worried because it was also supposed to be horror which i don’t read. In the end it was more scifi than horror in my opinion.

And I liked it.

It was different, fast-paced, interesting, and worth my time.

Not my super favorite, wont’ read more of him for now, but not sad I read it.

A Book a Week – 11/22/63

I read 11/22/63 because it was the only Stephen King book I could read (besides the one on Writing which is excellent). HE usually writes horror and I don’t read horror. But he’s an excellent writer so I wanted to give this one a try.

It was excellent.

I really liked the scifi bent. I liked learning all about JFK, especially since I knew very little about the whole story.

I recently watched the miniseries they made on this book and really enjoyed it as well.


A Book a Week – 1984

I read 1984  because my nephews had to read it for school and asked me if I could help them so to have the full context I decided to read it again.

Man is that book violent.

I remembered the ideology it was spouting but had conveniently forgotten how incredibly gritty and violent it was. It was a tough tough read.

A Book a Week – Among the Ten Thousand Things

I read Among the Ten Thousand Things on the plane back from Zurich.

It has a weird thing with time. Where the book starts at the end. goes backwards. and then goes all the way back and then comes back to catch up with itself. Or something like that.

It was interesting but not amazing.

I felt somewhat apathetic towards it.

A Book a Week – The Girl With All the Gifts

I read The Girl With All the Gifts because it was on a top listens list from audible.

This is the kind of book I would never ever have picked up on my own. I am so glad I did. It was weird, unusual and just crazy. It was fast paced and super weird.

Have I said it was weird?

It was weird.

I don’t want to give it away. Read it if you’re adventurous.

I’ve since read MR Carey’s new book, and liked it too. I don’t love love love either of them but I do like them. Mostly cause they are so unusual.

A Book a Week – Brewster

I read Brewster because a friend had recommended it. I put it off for a while but then decided to tackle it.

It was gritty and hard to read. But I liked it.

I think i am just tired of gritty and hard things. So if that’s your cup of tea, go for it.

I need a break.