I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Diving Into Books

As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I had a goal of reading all of the books in my possession, and I also downloaded a ton of classic books from Project Gutenberg. In addition to that, I have the Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby apps so I can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from libraries. Thankfully, I have access to my local library as well as my family's library in Louisiana, so what I can't find at one, I can usually find at the other. It has worked out great, and I have read 30 books in 8 weeks.

I'm going to be talking about some of them here, or at the very least, list the ones I've read.

But before I go any further, here's my Goodreads account. If you happen to be on there, feel free to friend me to follow my progress.

What I've read since November:
I recommend reading the author's interview/commentary after reading or listening to the book. It helps to explain some things. I thought it was ok, although I dozed through part of it. I am sure it made a great movie.
I read it on Christmas Eve.
Who knew there was a prequel that described the creation of Narnia and the wardrobe? Apparently everyone but me. It was good.
I love this story and it feels different now that I know the back story. I'll read the rest of the series soon. (I did watch the movies already).
Plenty of crying, just like the last Mitch Albom book I read.
Absolutely fantastic book that I recommend to everyone. Everyone. Read it.
Doyle was racist/prejudiced to a disgusting degree. That aside, I've always liked Sherlock and Watson. Hound of the Baskervilles is still my favorite after all of these years.
Much validation found here.
Idealistic nonsense. He writes pretty sometimes, but there's little substance.
Heart and Brain is my favorite comic.
I could say so many things about this book, but I won't ramble on. I think it's good that she finally became honest with herself about who she was, and made an effort to do something about it. I don't know whether or not she actually changed in the long run, but her journey was interesting enough to carry me through to the end. I appreciated her honesty in spite of not relating to her needs. I think she was lucky to have been given the opportunity to travel the world and write about it.
Boring and racist. I stopped listening an hour in.
"In a 1985 study, blah blah blah..." over and over. Zzzzz. Disappointing.
Rated G and a fun read. I'll look for the rest of her books.
I finally know who Paddington is.
I'm studying minimalism, as per my 2018 goal.
Sad and memorable.
You'd think I would have loved this, but I felt that much of it didn't apply to me. Maybe I'll use some of the writing prompts someday, but otherwise, it wasn't terribly useful.
Meh, this wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. He's kind of condescending. I felt the same way about Douglas Adams, so maybe it's an atheist thing. I think it's entirely possible to be atheistic without being an ass about it, but some people clearly didn't get the memo.
This lady is overboard, but she has used her obsession to her advantage. Overall, I think her efforts are very successful.
This was a long audiobook and somewhat forgettable, although I will probably buy small red plates someday to test one of their theories.
I know very few people who don't love Anne by the end of the book. I am no exception. I thought she was a bit ridiculous in the beginning. By the end, I was crying and looking for the TV show.
The grammar is seriously lacking in the first book, but this stuff is legendary. I loved the movies, even the ones that made me mad. I'm now on book 4. I'm reading the ebooks as well as listening to the audiobooks (which are very well done). HP fan 4 life.

In Progress:

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