Read: 15 books
On the first day of the New Year, I signed up for Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge. I have 50 books to finish for this year. It is the same amount of books I have read for six months last year so others think I can do a hundred in a year. That may be possible, but I anticipate myself getting busy later this year so I got half of that.
For the first month of the year, I got productive in reading 15 books in a month. Some think I am an introvert who spends most of my free time stuck in books. But they are wrong. I do go out and spend quality time with my friends. Time is limited, true, but I do make time for reading. I am in constant “vigil” for my books. Even though Mom is perpetually angry whenever she sees light in my room after 11 PM, it did not discourage me to continue reading more. I learned to be covert about it instead. Hehe.
So what books did I read for January 2013? Here is the list with ratings and comments. They are arranged by the date I finished reading them.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why haven’t I read this book before? I so love this novel. It gave me glimpses on how American society was right after the war. Though I learned the facts in my history classes, it is still different to read something out of a fiction book. I am glad to note that as far as my knowledge permits, the characters are realistic during that time period. The crises are also appropriate. The storytelling is unique and magnificent. And of course, Gatsby. *sighs* Gatsby who is just like me.
The Diabolical Baron by Mary Jo Putney
After reading two novels from the same author, I tried to read more of her work. This one held a lot of promise, but did not meet my expectation. I think it would be helpful if the author focused on a single love story in a book than having it two.
The Thing with Feathers by Anna Sweazy-Kulju
I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. I posted my comments in this site and you can find it here.
The Gatekeepers’ Challenge by Eva Pohler
I participated in a blog tour and received a copy of this book for review. You can find my comments here:
Beautiful Beings by Kailin Gow
Again, I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Please feel free to read my comments here:
Necessary Evil by Adrian Lupsa
The author personally contacted me to review his debut novel and I agreed to support him. Please read my thoughts on his first novel here:
Stop the Insanity by David Welch
I personally like this book. Again, I received this via a book blog tour, and I am happy that I had read it. I have strong opinions about some of the points made by the author so you may find my review on it a bit lengthy. My blogger friend, Cush, also helped me discuss what arguments I actually opposed, so even the comments in that post are also long. Should you be curious enough, you may see the review here:
Unholy Testament by Carole Gill
Even though this book consists of supernatural creatures which I found cliché already, this novel surprised me by adding character to the story. The history is rich and well researched, and I am looking forward to read the next book. For more of my comments, you may click here:
Xingu by Edith Wharton
I first saw this book from my blogger friend, Rebecca. The number of pages for this book caught my attention as it specifically mentioned in Goodreads that it is only 88 pages. I got the digital version of the book and guess how many leaves it has? 27. Anyway, I did not like this book as it only showed how vain people were before regarding books. And to think that the story revolved in a book club!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I love this book. It is not only entertaining. It also helped in stimulating cerebral processes in me which I thought already died after I finished studying. I caught myself closing the book for a while to think what the author actually said.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The story from Divergent continues. I love the first book, but got disappointed in this recent installment. Don’t get me wrong – the book is still amazing. It is just that I hoped the author wrote more about the world the characters live in so we can actually understand where they are coming from.
For the Love of Hades by Sasha Summers
I love Greek Mythology and I am glad that I read this book. This is for another book blog tour so I received a complimentary copy in exchange of a review. If you want to read more about this, please check out my post here:
Fairy Tale Fail by Mina Esguerra
If I can give 6 stars, I would. I so love this book. I don’t know if the author knows me, but it’s as if she wrote my life story. If you want to know more about me, please read this book.
The First Time by Kevin Morris
I admit I was not prepared when I read this book. It is a collection of short stories portraying real-life problems. Teenagers find themselves in situations difficult to handle and they tried to solve them in form of prostitution. It could actually be good if a. the author focused on creating a single novel showing this, or b. if all the stories relate about prostitution.
To Catch an Heiress by Julia Quinn
I read something from one of my favorite authors to end the month. This book is utterly hilarious yet romantic and it never failed to capture my interest in regency era. I especially like the vocabulary words used at the start of each chapter and their sentence usage. However, there are rooms of imporovement when it comes to the characters. For one, the heroine must not be over-talkative like me.
There you go. My 15 books in the first month of 2013. As of the moment, I have read three books for this month, making me 32 books away from my 2013 Reading Goal. Yay! Let’s read more. What are you currently reading? Any good suggestions based on the books I have read?
Now, I’m off to watch Les Misérables with a friend. Better try not to hide from those paperbacks and be sociable instead. Or else, my surrogate grandfather might play matchmaker again!