Karen's books

Karen's books

It's not about reading to impress anyone else.  It's about reading for the sheer enjoyment of it all...

Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 353 pages.
Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Reading this for my book club.  The author narrates the Audible version, which I listen to while commuting or on my morning walk.  

5 Stars
As My Quest Continues...
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

...to read some of the Scholastic books I purchased for my sons during the elementary years, this one came highly recommended by both.  Now I know why... 

5 Stars
Another Enjoyable "Kids" Book
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

I'm trying to read some of the many Scholastic books ordered during my sons' elementary years.  So far they've all be winners.  This one is no exception.  Here are two quotes I liked

that have much meaning in this story:


“There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.”


“You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”

4 Stars
Kids Lit is SO underrated!
Grimm House - Karen McQuestion

Had a hard time putting this one down -- really wanted to find out what would happen next!


Do you have a reading goal for 2018?  Do you like to keep track of how many books you conquer?  Last year I kept it low so I didn't get swallowed up by pressure to "make goal".  I set it for 20 and ended up reading 35 without worrying about it.  Considering how busy my 2017 was, I think I did pretty good!  For this year, I will pretty much stick to the same m.o. - I'm setting 21 for a goal, so that I can keep reading for the pure enjoyment of it.  Happy New Year to all my booklikes friends!!  Happy reading in 2018!

1 Stars
I Know It's a "Classic", But...
The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

I found this very disappointing and really struggled to keep going for all 47 pages.  For a short story, it was long-winded and overstuffed with huge descriptiveness but very little actual action.  And not in the least bit scary.  I'm probably the only person in the whole wide world who didn't like this one.  I appreciate that it's a classic, I respect the vocabulary and writing style of Washington Irving...  but I give this one a thumb's down.  Blah. 

5 Stars
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches - Alan Bradley

How much did I love this story!!  My favorite of the series so far.  The writing is superb, the storyline engaging, and Flavia and household are always fun to spend time with.  When I listen on Audible (on my work commute) Jayne Entwistle brings it all to life perfectly - she is an absolute delight to listen to.   

2 Stars
First Dickens I didn't care for...
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

It's true, and I hate to say that I didn't like it, because I am a Dickens fan through and through.  But this was a tough one for me, probably because I never connected with any of the characters enough to really care about them.  Miss Pross was my favorite -- she actually DID something worth rooting for. Sydney's final act (of love I guess) hit me as rather selfish, his thoughts of never being forgotten for his sacrifice.  He does have a couple of the greatest lines in all of literature, I'll give him that.  Also, the French revolution has never held my interest, so the violence was way too much in my opinion.  The best part of the story is in the last 3 chapters.  

5 Stars
Always Fun Spending Time with Miss Flavia & Co.
Speaking from Among the Bones - Alan Bradley

Another fun read is this book #5 in the Flavia de Luce series.  Don't want to spoil anything, but when you reach the final page...  let's just say I'm glad book #6 was on my shelf ready to open! 

5 Stars
Take The Time to Read This One
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman

I have become such a huge fan of this author, ever since his A Man Called Ove. This one is a "novella", and is, I think, 77 pages long.  Quick read.  But it's powerful and will stay with me forever.  

5 Stars
So, So, So, So, SO GOOD!
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

This book is now on my favorites-of-all-time list. Honestly one of the best books I will ever read.  

5 Stars
Waltzing With Wildlife: Ten Things NOT to Do in Our National Parks: Vacation Survival Tips - Carolyn Jourdan, Bran Rogers

Get this book, read it, and keep it handy to re-read, especially if you're taking a trip into a National Park or anywhere there's wildlife.  This quick read is packed with invaluable tips -- sounds simple and told with humor, but definitely could save your life if ever in one of these situations.  Also, it's a reminder not to be stupid in the wild.  Great illustrations, too!

Talking to Skeletons: Behind the Scenes with a Radiologist (X-Ray Visions Book 2) - Carolyn Jourdan

This is my author friend Carolyn Jourdan's companion book to her "Radiologists At Work: Saving Lives With the Lights Off".  I want to get it read and give her a review!  Hope to have it finished by tonight. 

3 Stars
Marnie - Winston Graham
This book was a lot of work for me to read. I started on it in November 2016. I liked the premise at the beginning, but then a few chapters in I lost interest and didn't like the change in the main character (she wasn't going in the direction I was hoping for, so it's all on me.) I left the book alone, although I continued to carry it around in my work bag every day as a reminder. Finally I picked it up again and trudged on. At about the halfway point the story got much more interesting and then the ending was a twist I had not anticipated at all. Overall I liked it. Would I recommend it? Maybe.
Author hits a home run with this one!
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

This story kept me riveted the whole way.  And unlike another of Kristin Hannah's books - (I won't name it because I'm sure it's a favorite of many) that I read and liked right until the last chapter because it seemed rushed, forced, and too tidy, - this book had a very satisfactory ending for me.  I learned some things, as well, about WWII that I don't think we tend to remember and that we should never forget.  Wow, I'm rambling...  sorry.  I just finished this so it's all very fresh in my head and heart, and I would recommend it highly as perhaps this author's best book yet. 

5 Stars
Wow. Just. Wow.
The Birds  -  Daphne du Maurier

So... my eldest son tells me he's on the last page of his homework assignment tonight...  he's reading The Birds by Daphne du Maurier!  Since she is the best suspense writer of all time, in my opinion, I tell him to please hand over the book when he's done so I can finally read this tale. And that is exactly how I spent the last hour.  Thank you goes out to his English teacher for exposing these students to what truly great story-writing looks like. 

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