What was your favorite book (or books) for 2014? What reading really caught your attention? Sparked your interest? Changed your world? Made you laugh?
It has been a very long time since I have posted anything. So I think I will start off by responding to the Booking Through Thursday meme regarding your favorite book of 2014.
My favorite book of 2014 is City of Thieves by David Benioff. The story is about two Soviet prisoners, Lev and Kolya, sent on an impossible mission to procure a dozen eggs within five days or be executed. The story is set during the siege of Leningrad. Lev is a scrawny, shy, young Jew. Kolya is a handsome, reckless, ladies man and Cossack deserter. They are the most unlikely pair that end up forming a bond as their mission progresses. I enjoyed the story because it has excellent character development and the dialogue is entertaining. The book is an easy read and highly recommend it.
Two other books that I really enjoyed reading were Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is about a daughter’s search for her missing mother. Ethan Frome is the story of the tragic and miserable life of Ethan Frome.
You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.
What book do you pick up?
During stressful times, I pick up a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I find it fascinating how creative writers can be with retelling a classic. Can you tell I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice? I recently read A Wife for Mr. Darcy and Only Mr. Darcy Will Do; both were rather enjoyable. However, if I had to pick between the two I would pick Only Mr. Darcy Will Do. My other go to book(s) would be Anne of Green Gables series.
Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera? Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading? (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)
Yes, sometimes I multi-task while I read. I occasionally read while I eat, check email, or watch TV. For the most part, I read during my morning and evening commute. But if get adsorbed into a book then I prefer to do nothing but read :).
It’s been a bit crazy lately so I have neglected my blog and missed a few BTT memes. So let’s catch up… Borrowing?: Who would you rather borrow from? Your library? Or a Friend? (Or don’t your friends trust you to return their books?) And, DO you return books you borrow? I prefer to borrow […]
Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?
Yes, there have been occasions when a movie or series has made me want to read a book. If the movie or series are interesting, I become intrigued and want to know how true to the book it is and what was left out.
Actually, I decided to start reading the The Pillars of the Earth after I watched the series. I had heard good reviews about the book but the size of it has been a turn off. However, after watching the series I knew there were probably a lot of details left out. I can say that so far the book has not disappointed me. But I can also see how I would have been a little disappointed with the series if I had read the book first. On the other hand, I have to admit that the cast for the series was superb and still would have probably enjoined just the same.