The week where I decide to try some books I’m sure I won’t like.
Book blogging has opened my eyes – opened my eyes to what a curmudgeon I am! I’ve only been doing this for a few weeks, and I’m seeing all these books that I have never heard of or considered before. Why? Because I don’t like the cover, or it’s YA and I HATE YA. But what book blogging has also done is made me approach books in a more thoughtful way, and this is making me want to branch out a bit. Maybe if I approach that classic or that YA from a more thoughtful perspective, receptive to whatever message it has to give, I can enjoy books that I previously thought had nothing to offer me. Maybe I can stretch my brain a bit to see the value in a different way of telling a story.
Or maybe I’ll continue my streak of disliking every YA book I read, the point is to grow and try! So that’s what I’m going to do this week. I’m starting two books that, although I’ve heard good things about them, I’ve been avoiding because they are not the type of books I usually read. We’ll see! But first, let’s look at what I finished this week:
What I Read (and one DNF)
Night: I have no words for this. I don’t feel like anything I can say or write can even touch the meaning and importance of this book. I’ve read my share of WWII novels,
but never a memoir written by someone who experienced the camps (I just remembered I read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom). I had this book on hold at my library for an entire year! Never have I had to wait that long for a book, but it was well-worth it. I listened to this on audio, and it was superbly narrated. I was excited to read or listen to the rest of the trilogy, but I see the other two books are not memoirs. I guess they’re novels? Or novellas? I’m a little put off by that and sort of confused. If anyone has read the entire trilogy, please enlighten me in the comments. In any case, I can see why Night won the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Marsh King’s Daughter: I dropped this one. It seemed like an interesting concept to me, but something about the way the narrator was telling the story and the pacing was annoying.
What I’m Reading Now
Young Jane Young: First of all, I hate this cover. I avoid books like this like the plague because to me it screams chick lit! and saccharine! I also haven’t read A.J. Fikry because it seems sweet and cuddly. I realize that I am probably way off-base about both books. From what I’ve read, there’s more to Young Jane Young than what meets the eye. I noticed it was on Hoopla, so I’m going to try the audio. Also, maybe I need to lighten up a bit.
Kristin Lavransdatter: It’s a classic. I don’t usually do classics. But 14th century Norway! Just hearing those three words makes my geek heart flutter. And the plague! Give me a book with the Black Death and I am so all over that. Seriously, I think I’ve read most of them (hmmmm, maybe there’s a Black Death books blog post in the future?), but if you can think of any please share in the comments. Why do I have this weird fascination with medieval times and the plague? I’m not sure, but when I read those books I want to eat a trencher of bread and stew and wash it down with some mead while someone sits there and plays the lute. Also, if I count this as one big book instead of separating it into three (I’ve seen it done both ways), this comes in at over 1,000 pages and is definitely a very big book. 2018 is my year for reading BIG books, so I’m diving into this one. Pass me the mead.
What I’m Reading Next
My next read-with-my-eyes book is undecided, and I may be reading Kristin Lavransdatter for awhile, but this is up next for my ears:
My family and I will soon be doing a lot of driving (LA to Vegas, Vegas to Grand Canyon, Portland to Olympia), so if I can get my kids to listen to something else with headphones my husband and I might have this going in the car.
- Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?
- Have you ever been rewarded for reading outside of your comfort zone?
- I’d also love to know how your reading week went!
I’m linking up Books of the Week with the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer. Come over and visit for more book-related posts and announcements!