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.
I’m on vacation this week. I didn’t go anywhere exciting or exotic, I’m just not at work. Spending time puttering around the house, playing with the dog and … oh yeah. Reading. A lot.
Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not?
It depends on the type of vacation. If it’s a staycation or visiting family or friends, I tend to read a lot more. I don’t really save up any special books; I just keep going down my TBR list. However, if I am going way to a place I have never been before I find that I don’t really read that much because I spend most of my time exploring. I usually pack the book I am currently reading so that I can read on my way there and back. If I am nearly finished with the book I pack an extra one.
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 divide your books into day and night reads? How do you decide?
I don’t really have day or night books because I tend to read one book at a time. But, if I had to decide it would probably be based on the size of the book and how practical it would be to carry around. I have to commute to work so I prefer books that I can carry around because it gives more reading time :). Currently, I am taking longer than the normal to finish my current selection because I can’t always take it around. I am sure people with e-readers don’t have this problem.
You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?
I don’t read in the bathtub to avoid such situations but I have spilled stuff on a book or two by accident :(. Luckily, those books were not completely ruined. If a book were to get completely ruined I will make every attempt to replace it. However, if the ruined copy has sentimental value it might be irreplaceable especially if it is a gift.