Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Wow. The last time I updated this was June. Hooo! I've read a lot since then...I can only hope to remember all of the books I've read since then. I'm pretty sure I've gotten all of them, but I might have forgotten one or two.

Currently Reading:
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
This is the sequel to Wolf Hall.

What I've Read:

1. The Divergent Series.
Loved the first two books, absolutely hated the third. Not because of how it ended, okay well maybe because of how it ended, but it just felt so pointless. And then I watched the Divergent movie and I actually kind of liked it. Yes, yes I did.

2. The Cuckoo's Calling

This is one written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym.
It was a fantastic read. Her writing is wonderful. This one is a murder mystery and it keeps you guessing until the very end. My mom is reading it now and she is loving it. Rowling's attention to detail captivates me and her ability to create a character is impressive.

3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Another good read. I started this on the plane trip from Arizona to Seattle and finished it just before I landed in South Korea (there was some movie watching in between). A different approach to story structure, it's written kind of like a journal. The daughter catalogues memories and moments from her life and her mother's life up until her eccentric mother's mysterious yet crazy disappearance. And then she uses evidence to try and find her.

4. At the Mercy of the Queen.

This one was something I grabbed because the Anne Boelyn story always interests me. I wasn't overly impressed with it, but I finished it. It was meh. It follows Anne's cousin, Margaret Shelton as she becomes a lady in waiting and is essentially used to keep the king's interest while Anne is pregnant. I wouldn't read it again, but I sort of enjoyed it. I thought some of the dialect was hokey and there were times when I rolled my eyes because I was annoyed.

5. Angles and Demons.

I liked the Da Vinci Code. And I liked this. Brown is a smart man and a great writer. He knows how to create the intrigue and string a reader along until the very end. It was a suspenseful read and when I was finished, I was exhausted because the events of the book take place all in one day and its a really crazy-intense day.

6. The Orphan Master's Son
A wonderful, wonderful book. The story follows a boy through manhood in North Korea. The poverty, the brutality, the intense desire for survival are all portrayed beautifully in this book and there is even a little bit of myth mixed in.
This book gave me goosebumps and tugged at the heart strings. It was an intense read, one where you get very emotionally invested.
This is one of my top books of the year.

1 comment:

B, in the Great Funkk said...

I am just starting the Divergent series. I bought the boxed set which also included FOUR and another one of my friends said they hated the 3rd book also. Time well tell :-)