Friday Reads 8/23

I’m so happy to report that I am officially out of my terrible reading slump that I was in during the month of July and early August. I have been flying through books the past two weeks and I have so many that I can’t wait to get to. As usual I am in the middle of a few different books and I want to share them with you.

The first book that I am obsessed with is:

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

This book is DARK. I was not expecting how depraved a certain character is. I have been telling my husband all about it because this is the most messed up suspense novel I have ever read. This book really brings the darkness and it can be pretty graphic. If you like books that push the edge and think you can handle it I highly recommend this book. I am 80% done and I started it two nights ago. If I didn’t have three kids and other responsibilities I probably could have finished this book in one sitting.

Another book that I can’t get enough of is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.

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I am on page 647 of 880. I don’t know if I will finish it this weekend but I will definitely have this done by the end of the month. I love this book. I am constantly blown away by Stephenson’s imagination. This is such a complex and rich story that really takes the reader on a saga. It is a very science heavy sci fi but I like that about it.  I am so fascinated by the world the author has built and I hope we one day see a movie based on this book. I know Ron Howard was attached to direct this movie at one point but I haven’t looked too much into it because I’m afraid of spoiling myself!

This month is #Classicsathon (check out my post about it here) so I been making it a point  to read a least one classic a week. I haven’t yet read my classic for this week so I plan on reading the following book either today or this weekend.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

I have read this book a couple of times as a teenager but this will be my first time reading it as an adult. I’m interested in seeing how it relates to the current political climate we have in America. The main reason I picked this book though is because of how short it is. The edition I have is only 140 pages and it is a very tiny book. When I decided I was going to participate in #Classicsathon I knew that I wanted to concentrate on all the smaller classics that have been written. There are a surprising number of them. Here is the link to the Goodreads shelf that has them all. There are 500 (!!!!) of them but I only went through the first page.

Once I finish Verity I will need another ebook to read and I plan on continuing on with It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.

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I borrowed this book from my local library through the Libby app and I thought I would just be able to renew it since it was going to be due while I was reading it. However, there was some kind of glitch and I couldn’t renew it even though no one had it on hold. And I couldn’t put it on hold because I was already using all my holds for other books. So I had to use my other library card from when I used to live in San Jose to put a hold on it through Libby. It just came in today and I plan on finishing this over the weekend. I read the first part when I first had it and I’m very intrigued to see where the story is going. I can’t tell yet if I like the story or not. I really feel like it could go either way.

Those are my reading plans for the rest of today and this weekend. We do have the county fair this weekend along with some house projects and football is back but I still feel confident that I can finish at least three of these and make a serious dent in Seveneves. I hope you have a fun and book filled weekend as well!

~Cassie

 

Friday Reads: 8/2

I thought I would start a Friday reads series on my blog for the weeks when I really want to share what I am reading before I review it. I am always reading a few books at once so I do have a few things to talk about. I do only read about fifty or so pages of the bigger books I’m reading (Seveneves and The Count of Monte Cristo) and I have been reading a short story from the manga every time I read a chunk of the other two. I always have an ebook that I’m reading and I use that to have something to read while I’m out and about. Usually at night I read from my Kindle before bed so that’s when I get most of my ebook read. I also have tried experimenting with listening to audiobooks but I don’t really think they are from me. The ones I have tried are really good but I prefer listening to music or a podcast. I do however have one to share that I have been listening to on and off for months.

 

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What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

I started this yesterday and I am absolutely loving it. It is very fast paced and I was hooked on the first page. If you are into sci fi I highly recommend this to you. Fifty pages in and I am getting a lot of The 100 vibes from it. I love that show and so far this book is reminding me so much of season 4 where we got a lot of backstory into the origins of the Ark.

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Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years.

The greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge ever written, The Count of Monte Cristo continues to dazzle readers with its thrilling and memorable scenes, including Dantès’s miraculous escape from prison, his amazing discovery of a vast hidden treasure, and his transformation into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo—a man whose astonishing thirst for vengeance is as cruel as it is just.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

I have been reading this since last month and I am just over 300 pages. That is roughly half way through and my goal is to read at least another 100 pages of this over the weekend.

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A best-of story selection by the master of horror manga.

This volume includes nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delight of horror fans.

Shiver: Selected Stories by Junji Ito

This is my first manga! I have read two of the nine stories in here and I am liking these fun horror short stories. I’m also absolutely in love with the art. I don’t have a lot of experience with comics or manga and I also can’t even draw a straight line so I’m not the best person to comment on the art. He is the master of horror manga’s though so I feel confident that he is actually as amazing as I think he is.

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For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

This book is so fascinating to me because a lot of the crimes that take place happened in four different areas of California and I have lived very close to three of the four. These crimes all happened before I was born but it interesting to hear about the history of these places. I have been listening to the audiobook for about two months and I am finally under the two hour mark. Which means I have listened to about eight hours. As I said earlier, I’m just not an audiobook person but this is a very engaging story. It might be a bit overhyped but they have also found the killer since the book was released so a lot of the mystery of the book has been taken away.

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Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I am on a mission to read everything she has ever written. This book has some similarities to Life After Life because they are both female characters who are narrating their entire lives. Behind the Scenes at the Museum the main character, Ruby, only has one life though and she tells it in such an amusing way. The book starts off with her talking about her conception which was hilarious. I am exactly half way through this one and things would have to go majorly off the rails for me to give it lower than five stars. If you love character driven books I highly recommend you give this book a chance.

~Cassie