2016 Book Challenge – Sept update

Well. This is probably better known as the ‘dafug did i just read’ update. I haven’t been able to read since completing the last book cause they were just full of WTFery. No really. Let’s begin.

dafug did i just read books.. 

Audition by Ryo Murakami – the last time i updated, I had just finished a bunch of Banana Yoshimoto books and thought I’d expand to other Japanese authors to see if there was anyone else I liked. This book started as a really cool book only it ended up like some Stephen King psycho murder thriller book. And that would have been fine if I knew what I was reading. I DIDN’T. so what you had is me reading this book till 2am in the morning cause it was getting exciting and it was one of those just one more page sort of nights and then BOOMZ. there was gore everywhere. Again, this would have been fine if I was prepared for it all. I was not. I was expecting a happily ever after ending. not mutilate the crap out of people ending. SIGH. This led to me being very wide awake at 2am and traumatised for the rest of the day.

The book is actually very good. The pacing and plot and well, you don’t see the plot twist until it’s too late to stop reading. I just wished I knew what it was before I started reading it. Which brings me to mistake number 2.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. See, I thought this was a coming of age sort of book. Like the girl is gone, here is a woman now type thing. BOY WAS I WRONG. ZZZ. again. you’d think i’d learn by now right? Let’s just say this is definitely as far from a coming of age book as you can get. The plot, and its many, many twists in this book, is very, very good. I have to say for a book with so many unlikable characters, especially the main two characters, I actually couldn’t put it down. Again, would have preferred to know what I was reading before I got into this, especially after reading that crazy book literally just before this. ZZZZ.

So after that, I was like OK. ENOUGH. Let’s read something that is definitely NOT a psychological thriller.

Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami. Well. The good news – it certainly wasn’t a psychological thriller.  The not so good news. i still don’t know what I just read. I’ve been on a break since reading this book in Mid Aug cause my brain cannot handle more of this shit anymore. hahahhaa.

I also have no idea how these books fit into the list below so I’m going to take some liberal interpretations with them. HAHAHAHhAHA

Currently reading – NOTHING, THANKS A LOT MURAKAMI. BOTH OF YOU.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state
  6. Book translated to English –  Moonlight Shadow by Banana Yoshimoto
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages – Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto
  10. New York Times’ bestseller –  Perks of being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year 
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day – Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
  15. a book written by a celebrity –. Yes, my accent is real by Kunal Nayer. Good stuff.
  16. a political memoir
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protagonist who has your occupation – *this is done* Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Well, Amy was a copy writer-ish. It’s prob the closest thing I’ll ever get striking this off the list. [I did say I’d be quite liberal with my intepretation]
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery – *this is done* Audition by Ryo Murakami. Yeah this is pretty close to a murder mystery. 
  28. a book written by a comedian
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue coverSymbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – *this is done* Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami. HAHAHAH all of Murakami’s culture is alien to me. 
  38. a satirical book – terry Pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

12 books in 9 months. SIGH. well. at least I’m still reading I guess?


2016 Book Challenge – June update

WOW it’s been almost three months since my last reading update. The 6 books completed were all read in the last two weeks (granted 3 were short stories and 1 was a children’s book but still!!!). It’s amazing what a beach holiday can do for you.

KIV for now – red house by mark haddon. I have no idea where this was going. and just no.

Thinking of Giving Up – Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. – Think because don’t watch a lot of SNL, I don’t get a lot of what or who she’s talking about. Maybe.

Completed (yay!) – Kitchen, Moonlight Shadow & Lake by Banana Yoshimoto. Yes Three books by her. I think I liked Moonlight Shadow the most and Kitchen the least. But they are all beautifully written. All three tales still resonate with me.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury –  This has on my to read list for so long but I felt the ending was very odd. Like the book starts out so strong and was going somewhere. And then it didn’t.

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – it’s um. there’s a lot going on in this book and the ending is quite.. rushed. I don’t like the way it was written, i know it’s meant to be a teenager writing it but it’s very.. flat. I don’t get why there’s such a huge following for this book. I mean I don’t hate it but it’s not great lah.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – This was my absolute favourite book growing up and I decided to reread it because it was there. Now reading it again as an adult, I keep wondering if the writer is being passive aggressive about how she thinks people should be. HMMM.

Currently reading –  Audition by Ryu Murakami. Not related to Haruki Murakami. I’ve only read 10 pages but I like what I’ve read so far. And can you tell I am going through a Japanese author roll? Also i have no idea which one this will fall under but don’t care. Read first.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state
  6. Book translated to English – *THIS IS DONE* Moonlight Shadow by Banana Yoshimoto
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages – *THIS IS DONE* Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto 
  10. New York Times’ bestseller – *THIS IS DONE* Perks of being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year 
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day – *THIS IS DONE* Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
  15. a book written by a celebrity –. Yes, my accent is real by Kunal Nayer. Good stuff.
  16. a political memoir
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you – *THIS IS DONE* Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue coverSymbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – *THIS IS DONE* Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

HMMM 9 books in 6 months. Oh well. let’s see if we can pick up the pace.


2016 Book Challenge – march update

given up – secret diary of a london call girl. cannot. it’s tries way too hard.

thinking of giving up – red house by mark haddon. who would have thought that this book would be so augh in the middle.

Completed (yay!) – Yes, my accent is real but Kunal Nayer. Fast and funny read. Loved it. totally had me smiling and laughing to myself on various modes of public transport like a crazy person. I love it cause it’s light, sincere and at the end of the day, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Currently reading – Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. love what I’m reading so far. WOOT.

God it’s like 3 months into the year and i’ve only read..4 books out of 40. kill me please.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state – emily of emily hill? i’m ashamed to say i’ve never read it.
  6. Book translated to English – Maybe Blindness by Jose Saramago. I’ve watched the movie and it was very disturbing and the reviews seem quite polarised, you either hate it or love it. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie tbh.
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe – maybe The Red House by Mark Haddon.
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages
  10. New York Times’ bestseller
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year  Maybe the Danish Girl. Also, really? WOOL is becoming a movie? I still don’t know how I feel about that series.
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day
  15. a book written by a celebrity – maybe that Mindy Kaling book if i can find it. couldn’t find it. THIS IS DONE. Read Yes, my accent is real by Kunal Nayer. Good stuff. 
  16. a political memoir – hmm. well i have been meaning to read that LKY book. so maybe.
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages – maybe i’ll get round to finishing A feast of crows by George R R Martin. This is assuming he finishes the bloody series this year.
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – THIS IS DONE. I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel – current plan is to read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I know I know, how is it that I’ve not read this. I do not know but hey at least I’m going to read it now?
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian – i want to read  *READING NOW*  Yes Please by Amy Poehler, if it is anything like Tina Fey’s bossy pants it will be a fun read. [YES IT IS!]
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue cover*READING NOW* This is Done! Symbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry – Recommended by Lisa C. TS Eliot’s Cats.
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – maybe catch 22 which has been on my book shelf for the longest time or
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – Recommended by Wee Jin – Spark Joy, An illustrated master class on the art of organising and tidying up by Marie Kondo. HMMM. the irony of it all considering how messy I am. Most people have forgotten the colour of my desk at work cause it’s always covered with papers.. Er.. organised mess?

2016 Book Challenge Updates

 

2 books down. 38 to go. 2 recommendations added to the list.

Just finished: Symbiont by Mira Grant. not too impressed with this book. Draggy is the word to describe it. Doesn’t help that I do not like the main character at all. AUGH. I can’t wait to read the last book and be done with it.

Currently reading: The Intimate adventures of a London Call girl.  It’s a bit.. trying too hard. Especially since I used to read her actual blog which was def more witty and more.. blog like. This book is very.. SEX SEX SEX. not very witty comment then SEX SEX SEX. quite blah. This was going to replace Red House for #8 on the list but I think i’m going to give up on this book and actually read Red House. Mark Haddon is also the dude behind the curious incident about the dog at night time. 

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state – emily of emily hill? i’m ashamed to say i’ve never read it.
  6. Book translated to English – Maybe Blindness by Jose Saramago. I’ve watched the movie and it was very disturbing and the reviews seem quite polarised, you either hate it or love it. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie tbh.
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe – maybe The Red House by Mark Haddon.
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages
  10. New York Times’ bestseller
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year  Maybe the Danish Girl. Also, really? WOOL is becoming a movie? I still don’t know how I feel about that series.
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day
  15. a book written by a celebrity – maybe that Mindy Kaling book if i can find it.
  16. a political memoir – hmm. well i have been meaning to read that LKY book. so maybe.
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages – maybe i’ll get round to finishing A feast of crows by George R R Martin. This is assuming he finishes the bloody series this year.
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – THIS IS DONE. I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel – current plan is to read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I know I know, how is it that I’ve not read this. I do not know but hey at least I’m going to read it now?
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian – i want to read Yes Please by Amy Poehler, if it is anything like Tina Fey’s bossy pants it will be a fun read.
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue cover*READING NOW* This is Done! Symbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry – Recommended by Lisa C. TS Eliot’s Cats. 
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – maybe catch 22 which has been on my book shelf for the longest time or
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – Recommended by Wee Jin – Spark Joy, An illustrated master class on the art of organising and tidying up by Marie Kondo. HMMM. the irony of it all considering how messy I am. Most people have forgotten the colour of my desk at work cause it’s always covered with papers.. Er.. organised mess? 

 


Challenge Accepted

a couple of weeks ago, Elaine was sharing on fb about the book / reading challenges for the year and then she shared this cray cray list from pop sugar. I don’t know why but the stupid website uploaded the list in the form of an image which is really hard for me to keep track of what i’ve read and also my thoughts on the whole entire exercise. So in order to keep myself going, here is my 2016 reading challenge.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state – emily of emily hill? i’m ashamed to say i’ve never read it.
  6. Book translated to English – Maybe Blindness by Jose Saramago. I’ve watched the movie and it was very disturbing and the reviews seem quite polarised, you either hate it or love it. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie tbh.
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe – maybe The Red House by Mark Haddon
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages
  10. New York Times’ bestseller
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year  Maybe the Danish Girl. Also, really? WOOL is becoming a movie? I still don’t know how I feel about that series.
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day
  15. a book written by a celebrity – maybe that Mindy Kaling book if i can find it.
  16. a political memoir – hmm. well i have been meaning to read that LKY book. so maybe.
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages – maybe i’ll get round to finishing A feast of crows by George R R Martin. This is assuming he finishes the bloody series this year.
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – THIS IS DONE. I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel – current plan is to read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I know I know, how is it that I’ve not read this. I do not know but hey at least I’m going to read it now?
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian – i want to read Yes Please by Amy Poehler, if it is anything like Tina Fey’s bossy pants it will be a fun read.
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue cover – *READING NOW* Symbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – maybe catch 22 which has been on my book shelf for the longest time or
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

HOLY COW.. i did not know it was 40 books. i’m going to keep reposting this list as I think through the books i’m going to read and my thoughts of the list etc.

first cut thoughts. A BOOK OF POETRY? kill me please.  aside from actually finishing the list. i think that and the romance novel set in the future are going to be the harder two books to get through. Also, where am i going to find a book where the protaganist does NEW MEDIA MARKETING? *grumbles*