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10 Years on Goodreads!

10 years ago, my sister got a Goodreads and recommended I make an account too. My reading has never been the same. 

For those of you who don’t know, goodreads.com is basically social media for books. You can add books you’ve read, mark books want to read, write reviews, read others’ reviews, find books like the books you love, stalk authors…etc. I love how it allows me to categorize books and neatly keep track of things. It also helps me discover new books or shy away from a book based on a negative review from someone I trust.

If you have an account, be sure to friend or follow me

In honor of 10 years, I thought it might be fun to run through a few stats. Over the last decade I have:

  • Added 3,057 books to my read, to read, currently reading, or not going to finish shelves 
  • Marked 2,097 books as read (most of them read over the last 10 years but not all since I did add some books from my grade and middle school years) 
  • Wrote 1,619 reviews of those books
  • Rated 1,849 books (average rating 3.33/5 stars)
  • Made 858 friends 
  • Created over 124 ‘shelves’ to categorize my books
  • Designated 81 “favorite” authors 
  • Spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours happily content in my little book themed world

Yay 10 years!

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2019 Reading Goal: Complete

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo, it is March 27th and I completed my yearly reading goal.

Whoops.

Not that I expected to only read 119 books this year. I just did not expect to read 119 books in 3 months.

After all, it took all of 2017 for me to read 119 books. Here I am two years later already there. 

Or in other words, the nearly 31,000 pages I’ve covered means I’m halfway through the total number of pages I read last year (61,000) and last year’s page numbers included textbooks. This year so far does not. 

What does it all mean?  

Well, it goes back to something I posted about last year. The more my life feels out of control, the more I default to books. I can control books. I can control what I read, how fast I read, and how quickly I achieve my reading goals. Achieving a goal I set for myself can feel like a little pocket of serenity amidst the unstable whirlwind of life. 

I often feel like I lack control here in Thailand. And I’m learning to embrace it. Sort of. Slowly. In the meantime, I read. 

Now the real question, do I set another goal? (I mean, obviously I’m aiming for 365 now. But do I make it official? I feel like no.) 


Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.

Somewhere Only We Know

Title: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Publishing Date: May 7, 2019 

Goodreads Synopsis: 10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

 

My Reaction: K-POP STARLET.  Enough said.
(But also, Maurene Goo. I love everything she writes.) 

 

(Is Can’t-Wait Wednesday still a thing? I am just going to hope it is because my sleep deprived brain can’t think of a better blog post right now. Consider yourself spared angst about my paper. Also I just finished typing up some blog posts for the next few days – I apologize in advance for any spelling and grammar errors. I’m seriously sleepy.)

 


I am incapable of making small talk about books

“So do you like to read?” asks the young man at the party.

“Oh yes!” I enthuse. “I’ve read 234…35? books this year so far!” 

“Wow.”

Long, awkward silence.

We’ve already established that he considers himself a reader. But compared to my reading…well…it looks kind of weak. Also he primarily reads comics. 

“What genre do you read the most?” he asks. 

Law,” I want to say. But no, I’m not going to be snarky. I’m trying to make a friend. What do I read a lot of? 

“Mysteries,” I say. No way am I admitting to the amount of fluffy regency novels I consume. 

“Okay! Best mystery?” he asks. 

If you’re looking closely, you can see the steam releasing from gears in my head as I try and answer. Best mystery? There are soooooo many. How do you quantify that? Best cozy mystery? Best noir? Best series? Best detectives? Best plots? And best mystery from when? Over my entire reading history? Over the last year? Over the last month? I’ve read 7 mystery novels this month alone. 

“Anything by Agatha Christie is great,” I finally say, after what I realize comes across as an awkwardly long pause. 

He does not know Agatha Christie. 

Murder on the Orient Express is classic,” I say. “But I don’t recommend the most recent movie.” 

Movies are safe, I think. I’ve only seen so many of those. My brain won’t go into overdrive trying to sort out the right answer. 

Alas, my new friend is determined to be courteous and stick to my favorite subject. “What is the best book you’ve read this year?” 

Shoot. 

I read 236 books this year so far. You think I remember off the top of my head which one was the best? 

“I need to look,” I admit, pulling up my phone. “Do you have the Goodreads app?” 

He does not. He has never heard of it. I try and explain,

“Well, as you can see, I have 1,949 read books on here…” I start. His eyes glaze over. I’ve lost him.

Honestly, I’m lost too. My reading this year has officially pushed me outside of the realm of small talk.


Goodreads Choice Awards

Woo-hoo! 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards! Time to pick the best books published in 2018. 

I’m cool. I’ve read over 200 books this year. I like to think I keep on the cutting edge of what is being published. Except…apparently not. 

I recognize the titles, of course. My friends have been raving about Circe by Madeline Miller and My Year Of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. And hey! I totally borrowed Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis from my sister so it is like I read it. 

And how come My Plane Jane by Cynthia Hand didn’t make it in Best Young Adult Fiction? That book was great. 

I have not heard of any of these memoirs. 

Ah! Best of the Best. The winners from the past 10 years…all 170 of them. Now here is where my reading will really shine. I’ve read…12. 12 out of 170 of the most popular books from the last 10 years. Well, in my defense one of those books is Twilight: The Graphic Novel

Y’all, I need to read more. 


A Controversial Poem

One of the poems contained in Enough Rope is titled “Résumé” and it is a lot more controversial than I would have guessed. I first read this poem in 2014 and it struck me as something…horrifying but powerful. Here it goes:

“Résumé”

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

To give context, Parker was often depressed and attempted suicide. Her poetry is full of angst, cynicism, and a longing for death. I feel like a poem like this reflects her worldview. There is no hope; this is life. Besides, isn’t there theory that one of the stages of tragedy is humor? In her mocking way, she’s wrestling with the tragedy of her own life. This isn’t designed to be serious, yet it is serious. That is why I find it haunting. 

However, one reviewer on Goodreads calls it, “callous and nursery-rhymish, and too shallow for the profound subject.” He goes on to call its conclusion, “a shopping list of smug quips.”

I’ve been chewing over his words but I find I can’t agree. It is powerful and depressing precisely because it is so trite. It is the title that takes this silly list and makes it powerful. It is “Résumé” because she knows these things only too well. 

What are your thoughts? Is this poem insensitive or powerful?  Haunting or humorless? 


Tuesday Teaser #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers!

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“But sometimes she was foolish. Sometimes, her storybook self became curious enough to lower a braid and let a prince climb up or, worse, to follow a prince out of the tower and down to the ground. Those were the scariest stories. In Rapunzel’s favorite book, a particularly persuasive prince lured her into a bleak wasteland that crawled with repulsive, ground-dwelling people. Peasants, the book called them, and they were nasty things.”

I accidentally read the sequel to this book, Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella, first. I absolutely loved it. This one seems to have been less-popular with my Goodreads friends, but intriguing none the less. I’m excited.