Sunday, April 30, 2023

Asian Readathon... Let's Do This


Hey everyone, long time no blog. Alas, my struggle to keep up with things on this end of my passion continues.


so I'm going to participate in the Asian Readathon. This is hosted by WithCindy over on YouTube. I'll link to her video announcing it right here. She's been doing it for several years I think, but I'm just now discovering the event. 


of course I'm in! So many lovely Asian connected books I want to read! Here's the stack I've made to choose from (along with The Red Palace by June Hur, which is on the Kindle.) I'm so excited to jump in!

If you want to see the video I made about joining this readathon, you can click here. If you think this would be fun too, let me know and we can discuss all the books!

Thursday, April 6, 2023

March 2023 Reading Recap


Okay then... ONLY THREE BOOKS this month and one of them barely even counts. Sigh. At any rate, here's what I read this past month of March:

The Silence of Bones by June Hur:
I've been looking forward to this one for FOREVER! And then the book club put it on the schedule so I waited all this time to finally read it. It was... okay, but not as lovely has I'd hoped. I don't really know what I expected. I wanted it to be like a kdrama I guess, but it was more like a regular mystery, which, is not my favorite. Still, it was interesting and I did enjoy being in this time period and being able to picture it all in my head, thanks to kdramas. There still was a lot of dead bodies, and torture and etc, and I was trying to escape that after the books from last month! AHH! Anyway, I have her next book (The Red Palace) already on my kindle, so we'll see if I like it better. Stay tuned! I'm giving this on three stars on Goodreads.

VIII by H.M. Castor:
This is a book I've had on my shelf forever too. And I saw it one day and realized it was about Henry VIII and I was in the mood so, bam. Read it! And it was really quite awesome. It starts out when he's like 6 years old, and goes all the way through his death... told all from his point of view. So we get into his head and see what this author thinks made him go crazy (basically, being haunted!) He is portrayed as a pretty decent guy at first, but his obsession with making sure his legacy lives on was pretty powerful. Such a sad story actually. I'm giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories by Leo Tolstoy:
Oh my word this one gave me grief! I thought I could breeze through these stories and it would just be no big deal. The first two stories were that way, but the third one... UGHHHH!!

Anyway, three stories in this little thing. One was about a dude who was obsessed with getting all the land. He started out poor, he got rich, and then he just wanted more and more and more. Until he died in the pursuit of it. The second one: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, is about a dude who seems to have a great life. But then he gets sick and then he declines over years and years time. He gets annoyed that no one can help him, and that his family doesn't seem to care. And then he dies. LOL. But he has this huge epiphany just before he goes and I... still don't get it. LIVE YOUR LIFE people, just life your live! 

AND THEN, we have the mains story... The Kreutzer Sonata. It's about a guy, who sits on the train and tells another guy his whole life story, but mostly about how bad he hates his wife. How woman are just show pieces, and child makers, and how it's stupid that once they have kids they have to actually take care of them, and how they exist just for men's pleasure (wives, not the kids) He was the WORST dude ever, pretty sure. And then... well... SPOILER.... then he precedes to tell the dude on the train about how he kills his wife in a fit of jealousy because she dares to have a life doing what made her happy. Like playing the violin.. gasp. Weird story. What was Leo trying to say with this thing. I would look it up, but I really don't want to give any more of my life to it... Anyway, I giving this one 3 stars on Goodreads, which I guess is a good average? I guess.

And yeah. That's my reading for this month! Besides my ongoing Oathbringer project. I have no idea why I can't seem to fit more in. What's up with that?

Plans for April:

  • read The Girls I've Been for book club
  • finish The Song of Achilles which I have a great start on
  • finish Feast. Fast. Repeat.... my quest to find the cure of food issues. 
  • read Spare
Those are the main goals! But wow, it'd be nice if I can fit a few more things in!

If you want to WATCH me talk about all this, you can find it on the YouTube channel!


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