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Kristel's reading 75 in 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Apr 14, 5:12pm Top

Happy New Year of Reading.

Jan 1, 10:07am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Kristel!

Jan 1, 6:14pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 2, 1:05am Top

Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

Jan 2, 10:16am Top

Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

Edited: Jan 10, 6:33am Top

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.

Jan 7, 5:50am Top

Happy new reading year! I read The Monk about two years ago and enjoyed it quite a lot (to my own surprise).

Jan 10, 6:32am Top

2. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rating 3.33, Gothic novel, Lovecraft called Hawthorne's writing "weird" fiction.

Jan 10, 9:54am Top

I'm not sure why he'd call it weird in the Lovecraftian sense. Gothic, yeah. Ghost story, yeah. But weird? No. 😁

Jan 13, 6:51pm Top

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.

Jan 13, 8:50pm Top

Sounds good!

Jan 14, 7:38am Top

4. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence. 1001, January BOTM. ROOT (longest on my shelf so far).

Edited: Jan 19, 8:29pm Top

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.

Jan 19, 8:28pm Top

6. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker, 5 stars. This book is a must read if you care about food.

Jan 22, 3:01pm Top

7. The Locals by Jonathan Dee

Contemporary Fiction, set right after 9/11, New England town. Rating 3.17

Jan 25, 3:12pm Top

I NEED to read Passing - sounds very intriguing!

Jan 25, 10:29pm Top

8. Astrophysics For People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson Quick, humours essay tales about Astrophysics. 4 stars

Jan 29, 11:51am Top

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).

Edited: Jan 31, 8:09am Top

10. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut audio,

Edited: Jan 31, 10:43am Top

11. A Hundred Lifetimes by David C. A. Zink Rating 2.5 stars

Edited: Feb 3, 8:27pm Top

12. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older 3.5 stars

Feb 4, 5:24pm Top

13. The Third Man Graham Greene, 4.16 stars

Feb 10, 7:45am Top

14. The Power by Naomit Alderman. 3.5*

Edited: Feb 10, 12:52pm Top

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Nonfiction, published 1959, 4.17 stars

Edited: Feb 24, 8:45pm Top

16. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Edited: Feb 24, 8:44pm Top

17.Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 4.33 stars

Edited: Feb 24, 8:44pm Top

18. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 4 stars, reread. Rating went up

Edited: Feb 24, 8:44pm Top

19. Barkskins by Annie Proulx 4.5 stars

Feb 24, 8:44pm Top

20. Jazz by Toni Morrison 4.3 stars

Mar 2, 3:34pm Top

21. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, YA novel. Pretty good. 3.8 stars

Mar 2, 3:35pm Top

22. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. Quest of Oedipa Maas. Rating 3.83 stars.

Edited: Mar 16, 9:07pm Top

23. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
24. City Primeval by Elmore Leonard

I really liked the Elmore Leonard book, So So on the Oates fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe.

Mar 16, 9:10pm Top

25. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
26. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
27. Shadows on the Grass by Karen Blixen
28. Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
29. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Edited: Mar 18, 6:05pm Top

30. Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein

Mar 20, 9:18pm Top

31. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, 4.17 stars.

Mar 25, 9:16pm Top

32. The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis 3 stars

Mar 25, 9:18pm Top

33. West Cork by Sam Bungey, investigative journalism, unsolved murder, rating 2.83

Edited: Mar 25, 9:20pm Top

A Ballad for Georg Henig by Victor 4.5 stars

Apr 14, 5:14pm Top

Giovanni's Room, 1001 book, 1001 traveling book, Really good. Rating 4.3

Apr 14, 5:17pm Top

First Evidence by Ken Goddard, CSI, aliens, Oregon. It was okay, 3 stars, maybe a little less.

Apr 14, 5:19pm Top

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Court room drama, racism, strong women. F2F bookclub book. Rating 3.75

Apr 14, 5:21pm Top

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

Apr 14, 5:23pm Top


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

Apr 14, 5:26pm Top


Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha, memoir of surviving financial mismanagement and the IRS. So so . Rating 2.33

Apr 14, 5:28pm Top


The Here and Now by Ann Brashares Romance, thriller, young adult, time travel, Rating 3.5

Apr 14, 6:07pm Top

>44 Kristelh: You liked it better than I did.

Apr 14, 6:46pm Top

>46 thornton37814:, I haven't seen anything but poor ratings on this one. What was it that you disliked?

Apr 14, 7:05pm Top

>47 Kristelh: Pretty much everything except the title.

Apr 25, 10:03pm Top

Survival in Auschwitz 5 stars. 1001 book, memoir by holocaust survivor, Italian, Jew, Primo Levi.

Apr 25, 10:05pm Top


Pastoralia by George Saunders, list book, BOTM 2018, short stories by Saunders. They are weird but something about them I liked.

Apr 30, 9:48pm Top

44. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

May 5, 8:36pm Top

The Bees by Laline Paull for Horror and SFF kittens.

Edited: May 30, 8:03am Top

46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père 3.8 1001 Book, Quarterly read, ROOT

47. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 3.5 f2f May book

48. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert. A. Heinlein

49. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

Edited: May 30, 8:05am Top

50. Justine by Lawrence Durrell 4.17 stars

51. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama 3.17 stars

May 30, 8:05am Top

The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell 5 stars

Jun 4, 12:33pm Top

First book of June
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel 3.5 stars

Edited: Jun 9, 7:17am Top

54. The Leavers by Lisa Ko, addressing issues mother and sons, children of illegal immigrants, coming of age, adoption
rating 3.67

Edited: Jun 15, 4:57pm Top

55. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. TBR Takedown.

Jun 15, 4:56pm Top

Fathers and Sons read for Reading 1001, Bingo card.

Edited: Jun 16, 5:10pm Top

57. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read for PBT, AlphaKit, great book 4.33

Edited: Jun 18, 8:44pm Top

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.

Jun 25, 8:56pm Top

59. The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin 3.83 stars

Jun 30, 9:32pm Top

60. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt

61. Gulp by Mary Roach

62. Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Jul 9, 12:24pm Top

July Books
63. Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi
64. Elmet by Fiona Mozley
65. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
66. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Jul 14, 11:06am Top

67. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler 3 stars

Edited: Jul 22, 2:56pm Top

68. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott 3 stars

69. Reamde by Neal Stephenson 4 stars

Jul 23, 2:50pm Top

70. Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr, 4 stars

Jul 30, 8:44pm Top

71. Unless by Carol Shields, 4.3 stars.

Edited: Aug 2, 10:05pm Top

#72, The Peripheral by William Gibson. 3.5 stars.

Aug 5, 8:07pm Top

August 2018
#73. All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Aug 12, 6:59am Top

#74 Independent People by Halldor Laxness

#75 Libra by Don DeLillo

I completed 75, now for the rest.

Aug 12, 6:44pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Kristel!

Aug 14, 3:58pm Top

Congrats on hitting the goal!

Aug 18, 9:26pm Top

#76 Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Edited: Aug 26, 1:56pm Top

#77. Day of The Dolphin by Robert Merle
#78 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
#79. Educated by Tara Westover
#80 The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings,
#81. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Aug 29, 8:39pm Top

#82. Hunger by Knut Hamsum

Edited: Aug 31, 7:51pm Top

#83. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

Aug 31, 6:37pm Top

Hello Kristelh!

>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?

Aug 31, 7:51pm Top

>78 brodiew2:
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.

Edited: Sep 3, 7:56pm Top

#84. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell

Sep 7, 9:35pm Top

85. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine Gail Honeyman. September F2F bookclub pick. 3.5 stars.

Sep 13, 8:29pm Top

86. King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard. 3.5 stars. #TBR takedown. #1001 Books.

Sep 15, 8:34am Top

#87. The Stand by Stephen King, 3.5 stars, #King and family (horror) and ROOT

Edited: Yesterday, 4:38pm Top

#88. Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
#89 Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
90. The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
91. Sula by Toni Morrison

Today, 4:12pm Top

Finished the short story collection, The Bloody Chamber. Angela Carter. 3.5 stars

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