Booking Through Thursday: 2014

Booking Through Thursday

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.


Booking Through Thursday: Fluff

Booking Through Thursday 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.


Booking Through Thursday: Multi-Tasking

Booking Through Thursday

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 :).

Booking Through Thursday: Borrowing etc.

It’s been a bit crazy lately so I have neglected my blog and missed a few BTT memes. So let’s catch up…

Booking Through Thursday

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 books from friends just because it takes me a while to return them. I would probably have to pay the library several late return fines. Wait, I already did. I usually have a pile of books to read through so I am not able to get to them before the due date of the second renewal after which the book must be returned.

War Stories: Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories?

I have read a few books about wars and people impacted by them. Some which I enjoyed are:

1. The Diary of Anne Frank
2. Les Miserables
3. A Farewell to Arms
4. Night
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns
6. The Reader

Good or Bad: I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?

This is a good question but I think the answer can be a bit subjective. For me, good writing is more than just proper grammar and punctuation. It is about good character development, captivating plot, and successfully transmitting emotions. I like getting emotionally invested in the story and forming a relationship with the characters so that as I read a story I can picture it in my imagination.

On the other hand, bad writing includes bad grammar, shallow characters, bad dialogue, scattered storyline, bad punctuation, and too much description. I also personally hate it when the conclusion of a story does not provide closure, leaving you feeling like there is something missing or that it was pointless. Like I said the answer can be a bit subjective.

Skeletons: What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!

I don’t think I have reading skeletons because I am not ashamed of any books that I have read. I try to read books from different genres; you never know when you will discover a treasure. However, I am guilty of re-reading the entire collection of the Anne of Green Gables series and Pride and Prejudice several times. I still find them just as entertaining as when I first read them.

Booking Through Thursday: Film to Paper

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.