applebook1's reading in 2018
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Hi, this is Yoona. As always, I probably would not be able to read as much when I'm in school (the capstone class that I must take has infamously heavy workload - even professors voiced their concern since they know about my health issue), but I'll try my best to read from time to time when I can manage (perfect chance to exploit ILL at the school library, really)
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Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.
Happy New Year! I haven't posted on your thread before, but it looks like we might have some interests in common (YA, fantasy, classics), so I thought I'd say hello!
4. Time Regained by Marcel Proust
Finally finished all the volumes!
7. Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes by Sharon Moalem *re-read *non-fiction
Dr. Moalem wrote this so that anyone (who took high school biology/genetics class) can understand that genetics is not as straightforward as what our high school biology teachers may have made it sound like by talking about rare genetic disorders and what we can learn from them
8. Moby-Dick and Melville's Anti-Slavery Allegory by Brian Pellar *non-fiction
rate: **** 1/2
To be honest, I did not know much about Melville - and I first read Moby Dick when I was in high school. I'm quite ashamed to admit it, but I just thought of Melville as the author who wrote one of the most well-known American literature and did not think much about whether there would be any deep, hidden meaning behind it. By reading this book, it was quite interesting because I got to know the context of the time when Melville wrote Moby Dick and why he decided to use allegory to express his anti-slavery belief.
On a more positive note, now that the semester is officially over, I'll have much more time to read books now! :)
9. The Joy of Life by Emile Zola
How depressing this is. I remembered reading a bit about Pauline in The Belly of Paris and did not think much of her then. I was pleasantly surprised that she grew up to be so sensible and caring, yet what waited her! The book started so brightly and the title of the book seemed quite fitting for the first few chapters yet how quickly things begin to turn..
The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig
Nice ending to the long series!
21. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Interesting characters, but haven't enjoyed the plot as much as I thought I would
>26 applebook1: Yeah, I had friends who loved that book, but for me it was just okay.
>27 foggidawn: Yeah.. I guess I would eventually finish the trilogy to wrap up the story though
22. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
23. In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
24. The Woman Who Rides Like a Manby Tamora Pierce
25. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
another set of light-reads
31. First Test by Tamora Pierce
32. Page by Tamora Pierce
33. Squire by Tamora Pierce
34. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Keladry of Mindelan is one of my all-time favorite heroines from YA and is always a pleasure to read this series. She is what I always envisioned true nobles/knights would be
35. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
37. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Ever since the Twilight saga debacle (sorry, Twilight fans), it took me some courage to try the urban fantasy genre and enjoy it as I used to do. However, with this book, I was delightfully surprised and enjoyed it. There are some things that I didn't particularly care for (main antagonist in this book, for instance) but good writing more than made up for it
53. Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives by Jim Tucker
rate: *** 1/2
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