Kristel's reading 75 in 2018
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1. The Monk by Matthew Lewis, Rating 3.83 stars
The book is considered one of the first Gothic novels and one that is "male Gothic" specializing in horror (according to Wikipedia) and was published in 1796 by Matthew Gregory Lewis (English Author). This story of scandalous behavior may have been even shocking at the time but not new. In the end, it reminded me of events found in the Bible and Greek literature. There really is a lot of characters and their intertwining lives was sometimes hard to keep track of but in the end it did all come together and centered on the main character of the Monk known as Ambrosio. He is about 30 years of age and has been raised in the Abbey his entire life and a favorite of all. It is the story of his demise because of the sin of pride. Matilda is known as Rosario, a boy, who gains access to Ambrosio through her disguise as a boy. She is the character of wickedness in the book and of supernatural forces and magical powers. Matilda has too much power and Ambrosio is weak. The book has a great deal of romance element with Matilda's love for Ambrosio, Agnes's love of Don Raymond, Don Lorenzo's love for Antonia. The novel is full of evil characters; the Prioress who misuses her power in ways that do not fit her station, the Monk with his sin of pride, lust and murder and others. The book is set during the inquisition and includes references to the tortures and auto-da-fé. The cripts, mouldering corpses and relics play parts to make the book truly a Gothic work.
Happy new reading year! I read The Monk about two years ago and enjoyed it quite a lot (to my own surprise).
2. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rating 3.33, Gothic novel, Lovecraft called Hawthorne's writing "weird" fiction.
I'm not sure why he'd call it weird in the Lovecraftian sense. Gothic, yeah. Ghost story, yeah. But weird? No. 😁
3. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, 3.33 stars. A space opera, SFF, a story of the difficulties of AI. I liked it.
4. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence. 1001, January BOTM. ROOT (longest on my shelf so far).
5. Passing - by Nella Larsen, rating 4.17. Great book about Harlem Rennaisance and the childhood friendship and adult experience of two black women that could pass for white.
6. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker, 5 stars. This book is a must read if you care about food.
7. The Locals by Jonathan Dee
Contemporary Fiction, set right after 9/11, New England town. Rating 3.17
8. Astrophysics For People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson Quick, humours essay tales about Astrophysics. 4 stars
9. Homeland by R. A. Salvatore. The first book chronologically in this rather long and confusing series of books. I guess this is Dungeons and Dragons story and I did like it, found it readable. (audio book).
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Nonfiction, published 1959, 4.17 stars
18. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 4 stars, reread. Rating went up
22. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. Quest of Oedipa Maas. Rating 3.83 stars.
33. West Cork by Sam Bungey, investigative journalism, unsolved murder, rating 2.83
Giovanni's Room, 1001 book, 1001 traveling book, Really good. Rating 4.3
First Evidence by Ken Goddard, CSI, aliens, Oregon. It was okay, 3 stars, maybe a little less.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Court room drama, racism, strong women. F2F bookclub book. Rating 3.75
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Great story about the disconnect between adult memory and childhood memory. Rating 4.33
Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Bernieres I like this author, but this one is not my favorite. Starts out humorous, romance but ends very dark and gruesome. Rating 3.5
Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha, memoir of surviving financial mismanagement and the IRS. So so . Rating 2.33
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares Romance, thriller, young adult, time travel, Rating 3.5
>46 thornton37814:, I haven't seen anything but poor ratings on this one. What was it that you disliked?
Survival in Auschwitz 5 stars. 1001 book, memoir by holocaust survivor, Italian, Jew, Primo Levi.
Pastoralia by George Saunders, list book, BOTM 2018, short stories by Saunders. They are weird but something about them I liked.
54. The Leavers by Lisa Ko, addressing issues mother and sons, children of illegal immigrants, coming of age, adoption
57. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read for PBT, AlphaKit, great book 4.33
58. Winnie-the-Poo by A. A. Milne. Free audio on World Book Day. Read for poetry bingo square and unusual narrator RandomCat. Rating 4.
>32 Kristelh: I've read a few of Leonard's books, but not this one. I'm glad you liked it. I many have to give it a try.
>53 Kristelh: I love, love, loved The Count of Monte Cristo when I listened to the unabridged audio last year. John Lee was brilliant in conveying Dumas' story.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has long eluded me. I have tried to start it a couple of times with no success. How did you like it?
>74 Kristelh: I loved Scalzi's Redshirts and have Agent to the Stars on my audio wishlist. Will Wheaton was excellent on a couple of Scalzi's books. Was it fun?
I actually liked The Moon is a Harsh Mistress quite a bit. I disliked Stranger in a Strange Land so much that I was pleasantly surprise to like Moon, Starship Troopers is good to, I think that might be his series he wrote for boys.
Agent to the Stars was Scalzi's first book, he wrote it to see if he actually could be an author and self published. It was fun, I am looking forward to Redshirts someday.
85. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine Gail Honeyman. September F2F bookclub pick. 3.5 stars.
86. King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard. 3.5 stars. #TBR takedown. #1001 Books.
#87. The Stand by Stephen King, 3.5 stars, #King and family (horror) and ROOT
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