What Highviolet reads in 2018
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Hello, I've tried category challenges before but didn't follow through. Nonetheless I'm back to try again. 8 categories for 2018, plus the group CATs. I'm most excited about the three group CATs.
*1 Memoir DONE
*2 Books Published in 2018*
*3 Books about Books**
*****6 Best of 2017*
***7 Oughts Fiction****
3 Books about Books
1. Wild Things, the Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
January: Nordic - The Ice Princess Complete
February: Female Protagonist - Celine Complete
March: Global - Have Mercy on Us All Complete
April: Classic - Gaudy Night Complete
May: Transit - A Burial at Sea Complete
June: True Crime - Killers of the Flower Moon Complete
July: Police Procedural
August: Historical - Cut to the Quick Complete
September: Noir/Hard-boiled -
October: Espionage -
November: Cozy - something by Louise Penny
December: Futuristic/Fantastical -
January: Black - Mennonite in a Little Black Dress Complete
February: Brown - Chocolat Complete
March: Green - Serendipity Green Complete
April: Yellow - Summer Complete
May: Blue - Basil Street Blues Complete
June: Purple The Orchid Thief Complete
July: Pink The Rose Grower Complete
August: Gray First Gray, Then White, Then Blue or Trails through the Mists
September: Metallic Pillars of Gold
October: Orange - 5 Quarters of the Orange
November: Red - Red Hook Road or The Red Notebook
December: White - First Gray, Then White, Then Blue or Ice House or History of White People
January: Ack, I've Been Hit! - The Clothes They Stood Up In Complete
February: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler - World's Fair Complete
March: Ripped from the Headlines
April: April - The Enchanted April Complete
May: Spring is all around - Tulip Fever Complete
June: Unusual Narrators - The Book Thief Complete
July: - Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Complete
August: Mountains - When Mountains Walked
September: Happy Birthday - Georgette Heyer - Sylvester Complete
Thank you all for the warm welcome. Really excited for this reading year!
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
This was my first book of 2018, and it was a good one to start with. 40 year-old Rhoda Janzen moves in for a time with her parents to recover physically from a car accident and emotionally from the end of her marriage. Her parents are Mennonites, and Rhoda stopped practicing the Mennonite faith during her college years. Even though she and her parents no longer share the same beliefs, it doesn't put them at odds like I was expecting. The author very cheerfully explains the meaning behind the things her parents say and do, and she is hilarious. She has a wry sense of humor and I was laughing or at least smiling on every page. The details of her marriage and its end were more harrowing than her recounts of her childhood and faith, but she still brought humor into those parts as well.
Crazy Rich Asians
Second book of 2018. The best part about this book was the cultural setting. The world of wealthy Singaporeans kept me engaged, not because it was truly fascinating, more because it was something new and different. The author put in a few footnotes that were interesting background, and a couple of times they referenced his personal experiences. This gave me confidence that there is some factual basis for the world he describes, but of course things are likely amped up a bit to make a better story. Unfortunately the two main characters were both somewhat boring. Given their backgrounds they could have been such interesting people, but instead they were just blah. Their romance, also, was not very engaging. When they came to the inevitable obstacle in the relationship it wasn't very moving.
Third book of 2018. I haven't read a classic in a while. It took a little bit of time to get into the pace of it. The most surprising moment for me was when the creation first spoke. He opens his mouth and out pours beautiful, formal language. What? You then learn how he learned to speak, which makes it seem less impossible. This was the first example of my struggles with how I should understand him. It's implausible that he learned things so fast. But he wasn't technically a newborn creature, he was made of other people's body parts, so maybe he has a cognitive head start? He commits horrible violent acts out of frustration and anger about his loneliness and ostracism. I had sympathy for him because of his loneliness and the way he was treated, but couldn't decide if I had enough sympathy to understand the things he does.
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