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…
Recently, I finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It is a story about a boy named Milo, a dog named Tock and a bug named Humbug and their adventure in restoring Rhyme and Reason in a magical new world that Milo happened upon via a tollbooth.
The 24 in 48 Readathon ended Sunday night and this being my first readathon, I think I did good. I read for a total of 5 hours in the 48 hours. I spent some time with family and friends as well, so it might not seem like I read much but for me, it’s sufficient. That’s an average of 2.5 hours a day. A lot more that I average on regular days. Someday I’d like to read more, of course, during the next readathon or maybe have my own personal readathon.
Even though it was only 5 hours, I finished two books, Go Ask Alice and Fearless: Run which completed my goal of reading 18 books this year, which I keep track of on Goodreads. Of course, I will continue to read more books till the end of year and hopefully I’ll read at least 6 more. My last years goal was to read 17 books, but I actually ended up reading 23. I would like to use the rest of year to get to 24.
This week, I finished reading two books, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
Eleanor & Park is about two teenagers, seemingly different, fall in love. We follow along as they meet, awkwardly and uncomfortably get to know each other and fall in love. I really liked this book because it was an easy, light read, funny, set in 1980’s, one of the main characters is half Korean (I love all things Korean) and the other has bright red hair and chubby. It also has some drama to sink your teeth into.
Next, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I found this at Goodwill and thought it was interesting. I love children’s books (as well as young adult) and I really liked this one. It’s a diary of a kid in middle school name Greg Heffley with comic drawings on every page. There is no plot, climax, rising action, etc. since it is a diary, just anecdotes from his life. Greg never seems to get his way even though he tries very hard, it always backfires. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.
This week, I finished reading Kit’s Story Collection by Valerie Tripp and Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
Kit’s Story Collection a collection of six books in one book that I found at Goodwill. It is about a girl named Kit, who is a part of American Girl, and what she and her family go through during the Great Depression. I don’t much care for the dolls but I really liked the writing and thought it had a clear and understandable plot, making it enjoyable to read. With this in mind, I think it’s perfect for young, impressionable minds. I’ve read the Molly books when I was younger and enjoyed those as well, so I thought I’d read Kit’s story, too. I might need to do a reread of Molly’s story since it’s been a while.
I also finished reading Winnie-The-Pooh by the original creator, A. A. Milne, before Disney bought the rights. I really enjoyed the language from the start and it was a very fun and funny little book. I highly recommend it for the young and young at heart.
I recently finished reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Apparently, it’s not a sequel but a first draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. If you are interested in that, it’s worth a read but as a stand alone novel, the interesting parts came and went. The main focus was on prejudice as in TKAM but in between, stories of Scout’s childhood and teenage years were dispursed. These parts were more interesting to me. Other parts were long and made me lose interest, maybe that’s why it took me 12 days to read it.
Bottom line: If you’re a fan of Harper Lee and TKAM, it’s a good read but otherwise not so much.