My Simple Spirit Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Simple Spirit 32 32 April & May 2017 Reading Wrap Up Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:00:58 +0000 In April, I read 6 books. Mostly, a comic book series Nana by Ai Yazawa. It is about two girls with the same name but totally different personalities that live together and are best friends. It’s an interesting and fun series but I need to think more about if I want to continue reading it.

I also read My Name is Aram by William Saroyan and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I read My Name is Aram for my book club and it was a bunch of anecdotes about Aram and his eccentric Armenian family. It was an enjoyable and quick read. I also enjoyed reading The Help and would recommend it.

In May, I read one book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It took me a long while to read it, not that it wasn’t good but it was a pretty detailed book with heavy subject matter. I enjoyed reading it very much and recommend it.

I abandoned a couple of books, too. One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I might try One Thousand and One Nights again although I’m not that much into little stories with a story. I tried reading Scarlet twice but just couldn’t continue after I read the line “She wet her tongue.” Isn’t ones tongue already wet?

I am well on my way to 50 books read this year so I have to pace myself. I don’t want to be burned out. What interesting books did you read so far this year?

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My Bullet Journal Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:36 +0000 Most likely I first found out about bullet journaling on Instagram or YouTube. So I went on, learned more about it and thought I’d give it a try. Mine is very basic, simple and close to the original method with a few collections. I try to keep it as simple as possible because I know I can keep up with it if I do. So here is a few pictures of my personal bullet journal:


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March 2017 Reading Wrap Up Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:00:16 +0000 In March, I read a total of five books and only abandoned one. Personally, I don’t like rating books by stars so here on my blog I’m going to categories them into Loved, Really Liked and Liked. Usually, I stop reading a book of I don’t like it so those go under Abandoned. On Goodreads, I don’t rate books. I purely use it for how many books I’ve read and haven’t read.

Really Liked
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The Strange Library by Haruki Mirakami
Nana, Vol. 1 by Ai Yazawa
Shelter by Jung Yun

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

What books did you love or like in March?

BorrowAThon 2017 Round 2 Wrap Up Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:00:28 +0000 Last week was round 2 of the 2017 BorrowAThon (@Borrowathon). I had a lot of fun participating and meeting fellow readers even though I only finished reading two books. It ran from March 19 thru March 26 and the objective is read borrowed books, whether from the library or a friend. There is also a set of six challenged that you can optionally do, which I tried.

The first challenge is Try before you buy, which I planned on reading Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick but I abandoned it. I think it’s a nonfiction memoir type of book and I’m not that into those.

Next is A Graphic Novel which I read and finished Smile by Raina Telgemeier. I really liked this book.

Another challenge was Try a New-to-you author which I tried to read Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi but I abandoned it. It was sort of a stream of consciousness book mixed with a plot which I couldn’t get into. The writing style was lovely, though.

Next challenge is A book recommended to you which was Shelter by Jung Yun but I didn’t get to that week. But I finished it this week. I will discuss it in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post.

Next is A book with your favorite color on the cover, which was While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!). I didn’t get to this book but I would like to someday read a Kurt Vonnegut book.

And lastly, A book that involves a library in some way, which I read The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.

I will talking a little more about the books I read during the Borrowathon in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post next week. I really had a lot of fun participating in Borrowathon and meeting new people, doing Twitter chats and sprints. I can’t wait till Round 3 which is in November. Borrowathon was created by Riley (@rmfickfack). I’m so grateful for her taking time to host as well as Lala (@ObbsandLala).

Did you participate in the Borrowathon? If so, what was your favorite book?

#Borrowathon TBR Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:50 +0000 #Borrowathon is a readathon that I will be participating in and it’s a readathon where you read books that you’ve borrowed either from a library or a friend, which I think is a brilliant readathon idea. It is from Sunday, March 19 @ 12 am until Sunday March 26 @ 11.:59 pm. I think readathons are a great way to get some extra books in and so far I’ve only finished one book so far (while abandoning a few). #Borrowathon has 6 optional challenges that you can participate in and get some ideas on what to read.

Here are the books I plan on reading based on the challenges:

1) Try before you buy: Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
2) A Graphic Novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
3) Try a New-to-you author: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
4) A book recommended to you: Shelter by Jung Yun
5) A book with your favorite color on the cover: While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!)
6) A book that involves a library in some way: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

I also plan on participating on Twitter with Sprints and Chats as well as updating how my reading is going so follow me!
Are you going to participate in #Borrowathon? What are you going to read?

February 2017 Reading Wrap Up Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:00:12 +0000 Another month has finished and it was a good reading month, even though I abandoned a few books. Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  2. Holes by Louis Sacher
  3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  4. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

What did you read this month?

January 2017 Reading Wrap Up Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:00:54 +0000 January is already over and in January I read 9 books. A lot of them were children’s books so I’m going to start with that first. Also, I am no longer rating books on Goodreads or here. But I will be “rating” books by how engaging I found them. This is because everyone is entitled to their own opinions and books are very subjective. You might hate a book and I might love it. With that said, here goes…

The first book I read in the new year was Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, for the first time. I thought it is a well written and imaginative story. It was fun to read about Pippi and how she lives all by herself, even though it’s sad not having parents. She doesn’t seem that affected by it. She is a very unique girl in a very ordinary world.

Next, I read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. This one too, I thought was well written but felt slow paced for me. There was a lot of description and parts where the author is “teaching” stuff. This could be because it is a children’s/middle grade book but the language and writing style was beautiful. It was also sad but I’m glad I read it.

I also read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, which were all enjoyable reads and would recommend.

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs as well. It was sort of hard to get into. The first time I DNF-ed it but decided to give it a second change. The beginning was very slow paced and finally, half way through the book the plot starts rolling. I have very mixed feelings about this book. It was plot heavy and we didn’t get too much detail about the characters, even Jacob, the main character. It’s definitely different and the writing is a little quirky but too slow paced. I’m not sure 100% if I will continue to read the rest of the series.

Another book I read this month was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It was an engaging book and interesting because I’ve always wondered how women dealt with their periods in historical times. The first quarter of the book was fast paced and read like a biblical chick-lit romance book. The rest is about Dinah’s life. I thought it was written well and a generally enjoyable book.

Lastly, I read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This one was by far the most engaging book and after finishing, I still thought about it, especially the characters. It is a well rounded book with an interesting plot and characters I got to know and love and root for. I definitely was more interested in the characters than the plot. My favorite character is Kaz Brekker and not only because he sounds hot but also because I felt that he is a little boy inside and he tries very hard and very successfully to push that little boy down and be this hard ass, someone who doesn’t give a fuck and doesn’t let anyone fuck with him. I like Kaz and Inej as a couple. Even though Inej has gone through a lot of shitty things, I don’t feel that connected to her. All I know is that this book made me cry for Kaz and it’s really hard for a book to make me cry…

I’ll leave you with a quote from Crooked Kingdom: “This action will have no echo.”

What were your favorite or least favorite reads/books in January? Let me know in the comments section! Till next time…

Happy New Year! Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:00:52 +0000 First and foremost, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and I hope it brings lots of joy and prosperity.

I’ve moved this blog to a new web address and decided to name it My Simple Spirit. I wanted the name of my blog to be something a little more creative than my name and also so people can get the gist of what this blog is about.

At the end of last year, I decided to take a sabbatical from reading and I’m glad I did. Almost every book that I start, I just wasn’t into but after that much needed break, I’m feeling a lot better about what I’m reading. This year I set up a goal of reading 19 books (on Goodreads). Last year I set a goal of 18 but read 46 books (I like keeping my expectations low). So far I’ve finished reading Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Check in next month for February Reading Wrap Up.

Anyway, this was just an update on what has been going on with this blog and what’s to come. I hope you stick with me! What are your reading goals for 2017?

October 2016 Reading Wrap Up Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000 In October, I read 5 books which include:

  1. Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Frost
  2. Fables: The Deluxe Version – Book Three by Bill Willingham
  3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

I enjoyed reading all of them. Songs of Willow Frost by Jaime Frost is a book I actually got from the Dollar Tree for $1.00! I thought it wouldn’t be that good but I actually did like it.

I continued the Fables series with Book Three with a lot of action filled pages till the end. I read I Am Malala for my book club and surprisingly, it was very interesting and eye opening. I think it is a book that should be on the must read list in high school in America. I think everyone should read this book.

For Six of Crows, it was harding getting into in the beginning because it was a slow beginning. I actually stop reading it for a bit and thought I’d try again. I forced myself to read through the second chapter and I was hooked! I liked the characters and I liked the writing and I can’t wait to continue the story in book 2.

The last book I read in October was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I enjoyed the illustration and it was a fun read.

What book was your favorite read in October?

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