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  1. Anna Begins reading in 2018

    *hug* I hope you like it!
  2. Anna Begins reading in 2018

    Here are some brief reviews of a few books I have read this year: 4/5 The Midnight Line by Lee Child This is one of the best Jack Reacher books! Reacher finds a West Point graduation ring in pawn shop while on a bus pit stop in a small dusty town. Fans of Reacher knows he just randomly stops around the country, getting involved in certain... matters Anyway, this particular ring is a tiny size and from a year that would suggest years of tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. Intrigued, Reacher is immediately in trouble- much to the delight of readers! 5/5 How to Stop Time by Matt Haig I LOVED The Humans and when I found out about this book, I was anxious to read it, it was just published in February. I love how Matt Haig always has dogs in his books Tom Hazard is 41 years old- at least, he looks 41 years old. Tom actually is over 400 years old. While working for a secret society of people with the same affliction, he searches for his daughter who also contracted his condition. Haig once again does what he does best- capture humanity and it's nuances. 4/5 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Yesmyn Ward Elements of magical realism in this book I didn't like, but I never like it. Jojo is 13 years old and living dirt poor in the middle of Mississippi. His mother is a mother only when she wants to be. There is also Michaela, Jojo's 2 year old sister who he dotes on, his baby sister loves him above all else. Jojo and the baby live with his mother's parents, mostly raised by her father (Jojo's grandfather). He is a good role model for Jojo and they love each other very much. The time comes for Jojo and Michaela's father to be released from prison and Jojo's absent, meth taking, abusive mother loads up both Jojo and his sister to meet him when released so they can be a family. 5/5 Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo This is a great book and could easily be one of my favorites of the year. Yejide and Akin love each other very much and have a great life in Nigeria. Despite Akin's mother continuing to pressure Yejide for sons, Yejide can't conceive. Then, Akin's mother proposes a second wife for him and he accepts. Then, Yejide becomes pregnant. The setting was different for me, I don't usually read about Africa, I'd like that to change. 3.5/5 Into the Thickening Fog by Andrei Gelasimov This book makes me wish I remembered my 4 years of high school Russian, just so I could read this book in the native language. The plot is loose. Some parts may have been lost in transition. It may have been symbolism for existentialism, I'm not sure. BUT! I liked this book because it took place in modern day Northern Russia. Like, -40F Northern. It is so cold, you must breathe from a scarf over your face. Within minutes, any exposed body part may suffer sever frostbite, possibly leading to death. Fliippov is a playwright in Russia and gets a job offer in France- but first he must tell his partner and childhood friend who lives in the Far North. The cold blurs the lines of reality for Filippov, who drinks his way through life, passing out and not really knowing what is going on. 5/5 Homegoing Yaa Gyasi This is a stunning book, a type I am becoming attached to... I call it an epic family story or generational. Homegoing follows generations of two half sisters in 18th century Ghana- one sister is captured into slavery, the other marries an Englishman. Thanks for reading!
  3. Anna Begins reading in 2018

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  4. Anna Begins reading in 2018

    Of course, My TBR. I'm seeing it updated and reasonable. I am also drawn to shorter books. Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa (494 Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (240) White Houses by Amy Bloom (241) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (435) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright (304) The World in Flames by Jerald Walker (163) Gun Love by Jennifer Clement (246) Educated by Tara Westover (337) Barbed Wire by Tess Sharpe
  5. Anna Begins reading in 2018

    Here's what I've been reading so far: February 4/5 The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #26) by Lee Child (385) 5/5 Gorilla and The Bird by Zac McDermott (288) 5/5 How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (331) 3/5 I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell (304) Total= 1308 March 5/5 Night by Elie Wiesel (148) * reread 5/5 Dawn by Elie Wiesel (100) *reread 4/5 Day by Elie Wiesel (130) *reread 4/5 Sing, Unburied Sing by Yesmyn Ward (305) 5/5 Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (259) 4/5 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeyman (332) Total= 1274 April 3.5/5 Into the Thickening Fog by Andrei Gelasimov (266) 5/5 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (322) 4/5 The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian (345) (4 rating because of stunning end!) 3/5 The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (274) (3 rating because of the end!)
  6. It's so great to be back here! I am/ have been focusing on new books and preferably ones that don't take place in the US. I mostly started this in March. I've finally been reading enough to feel like I could make a thread and keep up Also I am trying not to read so much history. Anyway, Hi
  7. Anna Begins 2017

    Endurance by US Astronaut Scott Kelly (400 pages) I can't say enough about this book! I found out about this book a few days before it's October 17th release and it didn't't take me long to get to it, nor to finish it. BTW- if you didn't know, astronauts are extremely brave and supremely intelligent (sarcasm). I am in awe of Scott Kelly. His words inspire a lot of heart stopping moments- and they are not particularly dangerous moments (some, I would not be first in line for, however!). In fact, that is yet another reason to admire Kelly- he has no emergencies. He is trained in every variable. It all comes naturally for Kelly, who struggles with the books but not the piloting. Scott Kelly, and his twin astronaut brother Mark, took part in a NASA experiment which took Scott into space for a year. While at the International Space Station, he would compare vitals with his brother on Earth. All to some day, send humans to Mars. This is the story of Scott's year in space aboard the International Space Station and everything it took to get there. This is also not Scott's first venture into space, so you get to experience some of his past space adventures as well. In the run up to the release of this book, I deliberately avoided interviews and reviews- I didn't want any surprises or experiences spoiled. It's a really good book- I did manage to read a cool part of the book in a headline though. While waiting and reading, I've come across everything from a Google news story about astronauts in the Space Station using figet spinners to an actual PBS documentary about the Scott Kelly flight that starts this month. I came away with a deep appreciation of peace, actually. This book contains Scott Kelly's story and his amazing career in space. But I think even he would agree- as seems the message of the book, that all are equal in space, dependent on each other, helping each other in one of man's greatest accomplishments. 5/5 Definitely.
  8. Looking for some YA titles

    Good one! Brandon Sanderson has The Reckoners trilogy too with Steelheart. The Maze Runner I would suggest also.
  9. Athena's Reading List 2017

    It's so refreshing to read a woman author in that genre. You always read such a variety of authors and genres
  10. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Happy reading vibes to you
  11. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I always assumed A.S. King was a man I'm glad it was good, I know you waited for it
  12. What's for Dinner?

    Have you ever had a salmon ceaser salad?
  13. What's for Dinner?

    Do you make your own crust? YUM! Petrole Sole, in bread crumbs and blue cheese mashed potatoes. I'm trying a new dish tonight- garlic broccolini. We also have a herbed focaccia.
  14. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    I've never read Agatha Christie just because I'm afraid of being disappointed. My mom and I MUST see the movie though- Johnny Depp looks fine lol I started Endurance, the recent release of astronaut Scott Kelly. Like, it just came out Tuesday. It's great, I can see why I like it and mountain climbing books, they are... similar. It's interesting. Scott Kelly is a great storyteller, which was everything I had read about the book before I started it. It's nice to have a book live up to expectations! I also just finished my, at least 3rd, re read of World War Z, appropriate for Halloween! Joe Hill's new release is already bought and on the TBR