Reading David Mitchell

Last year, I read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell at the suggestion of my boyfriend and I really enjoyed it! However, I liked the movie more. This year, I decided to read The Bone Clocks, also by David Mitchell.

Now that I’ve read two of his books, I’ve noticed a trend. I love the beginnings of the books, I loved the ends of the books, but somewhere in between I get hopelessly lost. Now with Cloud Atlas, it switched up narrators more often and I was definitely a fan of some sections more than others, so it was more of a trend throughout the book than just the beginning and the end. However with The Bone Clocks I ended up skimming a lot of the middle chunk because I was not hooked at all.

I don’t know if it’s just the style of writing that he uses for certain narrators or if it’s the stories themselves but I get so bored reading over half of his novels! I definitely wish it wasn’t like this because I really do enjoy the books in entirety. The stories are so thought provoking and interesting and I love finding out how all the stories connect in the end.

I’m not big on not finishing books, I usually stick it out to the end, and with these reading to the end is worth it because everything tends to pick up once all the middle is out of the way.

I guess this is my way of brining up hard to finish books. What is your criteria for not finishing a book? For me, I usually DNF a book by page 200, sometimes sooner if I just really don’t like the book. My reading tastes have changed pretty drastically in the past few years and I’m also a lot more selective with what I read. I DNF a lot more books than I used to and I’m quick to judge.

I’ll be honest with you all, I’m definitely a person that judges books by their covers. I’ve stopped reading a lot of contemporary because their covers make me cringe. I’m not a fan of mass market books, because of bad covers and I’m very very picky with YA books. I definitely have to be in the right mood to read certain genres, actually make that all genres. If I try to read a book when I’m not ready to read that genre I will not enjoy the book.

So what kinds of books do you guys enjoy reading? I’m a really wide reader, I like anything from contemporary to high fantasy, nonfiction to science fiction and just about everything in between. What keeps you reading a book if it’s not the best and do you guys DNF books at all?

I have a huge stack of books that I got for Christmas/bought myself (I just found out last week that there’s a Half Price Books about 20 minutes away from my house) and I’m super excited to read them! (I also have a box of books that I’m planning on selling to the store as soon as I have a chance to get back there).

Well, my experience with David Mitchell books has been quite interesting. I like the books, but at the same time I don’t. I keep reading them simply because I know there are good chunks that I know I’ll enjoy. Books are weird and I find it interesting that with these books being narrated by multiple characters I feel like that definitely has an influence, some of these narrators are awful! And their storylines aren’t that great either.

Hope you all have a great day.

The Distance From Me To You

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I purchased The Distance From Me To You by Marina Gessner a few weeks ago and read it in less than 24 hours.

It’s about a girl named McKenna who is planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail with her best friend before they go off to college. Unfortunately for McKenna, her best friend backs out on her last minute. Instead of canceling the trip, McKenna decides to hike the trail by herself. She heads out on her own and along the way meets Sam. Sam is a guy who has dropped out of school and run away from an abusive home life. They fall in love and lot’s of trials and tribulations happen (standard contemporary book stuff, you know?). The book is full of lots of obstacles and hiking and I really enjoyed it.

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This book was a really easy read. The story went by really quickly and the ending really made me want a sequel, I would love to read more about McKenna and Sam.

Lately I’ve been really into these “adventure” stories. It’s been so dreary and cold here that to read these types of books makes me a little less sad that it’s still winter and a little more excited about being able to go hiking this spring and summer.

Two criticisms that I had about the story are the sections regarding hiking, and the insta-love component. I would have appreciated more detail regarding the actual hike, more about the trail and the towns and what really goes into hiking the Appalachian Trail. I liked that the author included a lot at the beginning about all of the training that McKenna did but once she got on the trail it really seemed like she just hiked. There wasn’t a ton of detail regarding what she did when she wasn’t hiking or what the towns she stopped off in were like. The other aspect that I didn’t like, the insta-love, I really should have seen coming. The love was mentioned in the summary on the cover flap so I saw it coming and since it is a contemporary novel I figured it was going to be pretty insta-lovey, but it still bugs me whenever it happens.

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I rated this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads and recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure stories. Or contemporary books. It was an easy read and had a great balance of light-hearted and serious tones and story lines. It wasn’t the perfect story by any means, but I still loved it.

Have any of you guys read this book? If so, what did you think about it?

Hope you all have a great day.

Morning

As much as I love staying up at night, I think I’ve finally come to realize that I am in fact, a morning person. There’s just something about being up with the sun, watching it rise, it’s absolutely gorgeous. When I’m awake before everyone else and able to take my time to get ready and do my own thing I feel like I start my day off right.

I usually make a cup of coffee first thing when I get up and then I get ready. A lot of times I will try to tell myself that I’ll do homework in the morning (on weekdays) but I usually end up reading a “fun” book instead. Right now I’m reading This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl.

There are a lot of reasons why I love mornings but here are my top ten:

1. Watching the sun rise

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2. Fresh coffee

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3. Reading a fun book with aforementioned coffee

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4. Breakfast food

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5. Reading TheSkimm, I’m not a big fan of watching the news, or reading regular news, but this weekday email news update is really helpful on keeping me up on current events. They explain everything in terms that make sense to me and I love it! Sign up here (http://www.theskimm.com/?r=825f00bb) if you want to check it out!

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6. Fresh air, anyone else agree that the air just seems cleaner in the morning? Totally not true, but I guess because it’s cooler I let myself believe it?

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7. Quiet

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8. When your bed is the perfect temperature to snuggle down in

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9. That wonderful feeling of productivity you get when you look at the clock at see that it’s 9 AM and you’ve already accomplished half your to-do list

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10. I’m putting sunrises again just so I can put another picture of a sunrise in here!

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So what about you guys? Are you morning people? Or night owls? I still feel like I’m kind of in between but I really do appreciate my mornings.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

Wild by Nature

Have you guys ever heard of the website Goodreads?

If not, it’s this really awesome website where you can keep track of books you’ve read, books you want to read, quotes from books you like, all those kinds of things.

They also have this great section where you can sign up to win free books! I’ve entered probably 3o giveaways and won exactly two. It’s still fun though and totally worth it if you can actually get a book you’ve been eyeing for a while for free.

The first book that I won off of Goodreads is called Wild by Nature and it’s written by a woman named Sarah Marquis.

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The book chronicles her journey as she walks from Siberia to Australia by herself. Sarah is an explorer from Switzerland and she is so cool!!! (Seriously, check out her Instagram, @explorer_sarahmarquis) According to her website she was elected Adventurer of 2013 in Europe and was the National Geographic Adventurer Nominee of 2014.

I got her book in the mail a few weeks ago and ended up reading it pretty quickly. I had read an article about her right after she finished her last expedition in Australia so I was really interested in picking up this book and learning more about Sarah and her adventures.

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The day I finished her book I was home alone at my dad’s house on my first day of Thanksgiving break so I figured, why not have a book/breakfast photoshoot on the back porch?

Anyways, overall I was really entertained while reading this book and I thought it was really interesting. However, there were parts when I definitely feel like we needed backstory as to why things were happening the way they were or something would be said and I wouldn’t understand what had happened until 10 pages later when the background information was introduced. I feel like a lot of my “discomfort” while reading would probably be explained by the fact that Sarah is not a native English speaker.
I really would have liked more information into the background of what it takes to make a trip like this, I would’ve loved a chapter that was based completely around the logistics, all the gear, the plans, the timeframes, stuff like that.
I also feel like the maps at the beginning of each chapters, while helping to see the route she took, were kind of spoilers, they included information about what happened while she was walking when that information might not be shared for whole chapters. I felt like Sarah really talked about her journey really honestly and I appreciated it a lot, I just wish I could’ve known more about her experiences, I would’ve loved more detail.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (I gave it 4/5 stars), and while there were definitely parts of it that I would want to change to let me enjoy it even more, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever dreamed of going on crazy hiking adventures.

“Let your soul touch the earth… go walking”

Reading List: September

 I’m officially all moved into college, Welcome Weekend is finished, and today I had my first class!

Here are the books that I’m planning on reading this month. As you can tell I’m not being very ambitious because I really have no idea what is in store for me in these next few weeks.

First up is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and as it is written by Sophie Kinsella I have a feeling that I’ll probably love it. This book is about a girl named Audrey who wears dark sunglasses all the time due to an anxiety disorder that she has developed. It follows her life as she tries to recover. As someone who has an anxiety disorder I’m very much looking forward to reading this book just to see how her anxiety is portrayed. I expect I’ll be posting a review of this on here when I’m finished with it so look out for that in the next two weeks.

I feel like this might be an overly ambitious TBR pick but I figured I’d give it a go anyways. I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year now and I really just want to get going and read the series because I hear so many great things about it. I also really want to start watching the TV show but I’m forcing myself to read the books first. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin is about a struggle for a kingdom. That’s about all I’m getting from the description. I feel like it would probably be best for me to go into this as blindly as possible which is what I’m planning on doing.

  

Lastly, for my physical books, I’m picking up the first Harry Potter book. I reread these books at least once every year and I usually do it over the summer but I had almost no time this summer and I stuck more with library books instead of books I owned so I’ll be rereading these. If  you don’t know what Harry Potter is, I’m sorry, you should go get them immediately.

I’m also planning on reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs but that book is on my Kindle.

What books are you all planning to read this month?

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! I’ll see you on Thursday.