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  1. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks Brief summary: Russell Green has a lovely wife and a pretty good life. Things change when his daughter, London, is born. The book follows the struggles between Russ and his wife as they coast through their lives as parents. In particular, the book follows a specific year in time when London is 5-6 years old where a dramatic number of changes happen in both their personal and professional lives. My thoughts: The first half of this book follows Russ and his wife, Vivian, through the struggles of their marriage. I don't think I'm giving too much of the plot away when I say that it followed them up to the point of divorce. Sparks does a great job describing the thoughts, words, and actions that both experience during this time, which I found to be quite interesting and different from many of his books that I've read in the past. It did, of course, contain romance like any Sparks book does. However, the over-the-top unrealistic relationship certainly wasn't the center of the story. In fact, most of the plot was incredibly realistic even if it was somewhat predictable. I haven't read Sparks in quite some time (mostly because I blazed through all his books when I was 15 or 16 and there were none left to read in recent years), so comparing to his other novels probably isn't the best way to judge the book for me. I will say that part of what draws me to Sparks' books is that it's not real. Because who doesn't love to read some crazy romance story that, albeit utterly unrealistic, lights the fire of the romantic within us? With that said, I liked this book but it didn't have quite the same romantic pull that his others have.
  2. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    She is one of my go-to authors when I'm wandering the library and feeling just a bit overwhelmed by the possibilities. It's always nice to choose one thing that I know I'll enjoy. If you read Mercy, I hope you like it but it wasn't one of my favorite Picoult books. I have not looked into her recent releases as I'm trying to move through books I already own, but I might have to loan that one and some others in the near future.
  3. Chaliepud's Reading 2018

    Good luck on your reading this year! Both of the challenges you posted look really interesting and perhaps something I will consider doing this year to help push myself out of the comfort zone a little bit.
  4. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    I agree that the ending seemed unnecessary and frankly just dumb, but the rest of the book was good and I could have been happy with it ending before the final chapter. Two in a short time from the same author is about all I can handle. I like two in a row sometimes because I don't have to adjust to style differences, but then again that always makes it harder to start the next book after two by the same author. Luckily these two books were quite different so it didn't feel like I was repeating the same plot over and over.
  5. Read-a-thon 2018

    I read three books during this read-a-thon, Handle with Care, Blue Coyote Motel, and Mercy. Each was about 400 pages, and I finished each at a pace of about one per day. So I did somewhere around 1200-1300 pages total over the three days and 400 pages per day. I could have done more, but I enjoyed this pace where I was more relaxed.
  6. Willoyd's Reading 2018

    Yeah, this is why I thought I would rather do things concurrently. Part of it is because I'm impatient and part of it is my trying to get to as many books as I can in the small amount of time I have during my breaks from school. I always feel like a history or long biography is dragging me down in pace. But perhaps I should care less about pace.
  7. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult Brief summary: The book follows the story of the O'Keefe family, who have a daughter born with a rare bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta that causes brittle bones due to a lack of collagen. The plot begins when that child, Willow, is five years old. She's brilliant for her age because of the extended amounts of time she spends confined to the couch where she loves to read and learn random bits of trivia. Willow has a sister, Amelia, who does not have the disease and is 12 at the start of the book, just entering the horrible stages of puberty. The story follows the O'Keefe family through a lawsuit regarding the diagnosis of Willow's disease that does its best to tear the family apart. My thoughts: This book tackles a lot. The center of the plot is around a wrongful birth suit regarding the time when Willow was diagnosed with OI, but there are so many other issues that Picoult delicately dives into. From divorce to bulimia and cutting to friendship, she covers it all in an impressive way. Particularly I liked how different chapters were narrated by different characters. This isn't an uncommon style for Picoult, or any author for that matter, but I think it's used to perfection in this story. She perfectly conveys the way that one simple event or circumstance can be viewed so differently by each of the people involved. It shows that there is no real black and white or basic idea of right or wrong. Often our ideas of right and wrong are shaped by our biases. The one complaint I could have, however, is that this style was confusing at times. Not only was each chapter told from a different character's perspective but it was also written as if the characters were telling the story to Willow. This got confusing when the narrater used "you" to refer to willow and used "you" soon after or before in dialogue because it occasionally had me confused about what or who the character was referring to. That said, this would not have been a good or honest story without the different perspectives provided by this style. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of Picoult and similar fiction. I think what I realized that I like so much about her writing is that she isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues. I've found that this often causes people to dislike or oppose her when she doesn't get things exactly right or perhaps puts too much of her own opinion into a work about something she hasn't experienced; however, I find it incredibly impressive that she can put the reader in the shoes of those people just a little bit, if not with 100% accuracy.
  8. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    Thank you !
  9. Willoyd's Reading 2018

    I suppose it was unfair for me to say that I have only read monotonous non-fiction because I have read some autobiographical non-fiction from tv writers (one of my big interests) that I thoroughly enjoyed. However, I've recently tried to read history books. I've always had a lot of interest in history and these books come highly recommended by critics and people I know who have read them, but I just can't seem to motivate myself to really give them the same effort I would put into fiction books. Perhaps it's just my mindset at the time that I attempt to read them because all signs point to them being something I enjoy.
  10. Frankie reads 2018

    So many great lists with great books . Wishing you a good reading year in 2018
  11. Willoyd's Reading 2018

    I absolutely love this quote. Unfortunately my financial means only allow for an anti-library of about 30-40 books I like how committed you are to reading nonfiction as that's a place I strive to get better at this year and in the future. Do you read a fiction and nonfiction book concurrently or do you read nonfiction as if it was any other book? I think I would have to go the concurrent method just to break up the monotony of nonfiction but perhaps that's just bad nonfiction that I'm reading. Good luck with your reading in 2018
  12. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    There were some very unforgiving reviews on Goodreads that I thankfully only saw after finishing the book. They all had merit in why the book upset them, but I didn't have the same experience. I hope you enjoy it if/when you get to reading it because it seems that people either love it or hate it.
  13. Schultz's Reading Log 2018

    Coyote Blue Motel by Dianne Harman General Summary: The majority of the book follows a seemingly dissimilar set of people as each of them encounters an isolated motel in the middle of the desert. Each faced hardships in their life before they arrived at the motel and left suddenly feeling better. Despite coming from different cities scattered throughout the American west, these people are all tied together by their experiences at the Coyote Blue Motel. My thoughts: Boy this book was slow to begin with. I seriously considered putting it down and starting something else multiple times, but I decided to stick through because I had heard such good things about the third book in the series. With that said, it's very obvious that this was always intended to be the first book in a series. The first part moves slowly because it's a ton of exposition that introduces us to a relatively large group of main characters. By the end of the book I understood why so much background was needed for so many different characters, but that doesn't change that it was tough to move past in the moment. Another factor in the book moving so slowly was that this author isn't a fan of using a lot of dialogue. I adjusted to her style relatively quickly, but it was interesting to see a novel with so many characters have so little dialogue. I went into the book expecting a lot of suspense, which could be another reason I was disappointed with the way it began, and it certainly delivered once I reached the last hundred pages or so. Overall I would recommend this book, but it certainly hasn't been one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy and hopefully being more pleased with those.
  14. John Green books

    I read three or four John Green books when I was a teenager and felt really connected to them, but now that I look back on it I don't know if I'm that much of a fan. Perhaps that speaks kindly towards Green's ability to reach into the young adult world, but I also kind of think I was an immature reader at the time and saw anything that kept my attention for hours at a time as worthy of praise. That said, if I can recall correctly I liked An Abundance of Katherines the most and read it most recently.
  15. Athena's Reading List 2018

    I'm always amazed by your organization Happy reading in 2018