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applebook1's reading in 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1applebook1
Dec 31, 2017, 4:34pm Top

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)

2FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2017, 4:56pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Yoona!

3drneutron
Dec 31, 2017, 7:25pm Top

Welcome back!

4thornton37814
Jan 1, 12:22am Top

Hope you have a great year of reading!

5PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 3:47am 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.

6kgodey
Jan 1, 4:34pm Top

Happy New Year, Yoona! May you have some great reads in 2018.

7foggidawn
Jan 4, 3:49pm Top

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!

8applebook1
Jan 20, 11:02pm Top

>2 FAMeulstee: Thank you!

>3 drneutron: Thank you!

>4 thornton37814: Thank you, I hope so too!

>5 PaulCranswick: Happy New Year!

>6 kgodey: Happy New Year!

>7 foggidawn: Oh wow, thanks for dropping by!

1. Captive and the Fugitive by Marcel Proust
rate: ****

Finally finally finished reading this!

9applebook1
Jan 21, 5:26pm Top

2. Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

rate: ***

maybe I expected a bit better

10applebook1
Jan 23, 10:39am Top

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
rate: *** 1/2

11applebook1
Feb 16, 9:18pm Top

4. Time Regained by Marcel Proust
rate: ****

Finally finished all the volumes!

12applebook1
Mar 6, 12:14am Top

13applebook1
Mar 7, 1:01am Top

6. Her Own Devices by Shelley Adina

rate: *** 1/2

Overall, enjoyed reading it

14applebook1
Apr 30, 11:51am Top

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! :)

15applebook1
May 3, 2:44pm Top

9. The Joy of Life by Emile Zola
rate: ****

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..

16applebook1
May 24, 7:55pm Top

10. L'Assommoir by Emile Zola

rate: **** 1/2

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, this is one of the most depressing books that I've ever read, partly because this is so realistic and that I can still imagine people placed in environment like this even to this date.

17applebook1
Jun 3, 8:39pm Top

11. The Beast Within by Emile Zola
rate: ****

18applebook1
Edited: Jun 10, 7:26pm Top

12. The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
rate: ***

I wonder whether I've expected a bit too much before reading this book.

19applebook1
Edited: Jun 15, 11:29am Top

20applebook1
Jun 16, 4:24pm Top

The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig
rate: ****

Nice ending to the long series!

21applebook1
Jun 27, 9:01pm Top

15. Germinal by Emile Zola
rate: ****

Story of Etienne, the brother of Claude and Jacques and the son of Gervaise Lantier
I feel like I've gotten to know this family fairly well as I read the books with them as protagonists. Not surprisingly, this book also gets quite bitter at times

22applebook1
Jul 6, 12:03am Top

23applebook1
Jul 14, 3:01pm Top

24applebook1
Jul 22, 4:15pm Top

18. Nana by Emile Zola
rate: ****

25applebook1
Jul 28, 2:47pm Top

19. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede
20. Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede

*both re-reads

Now that the summer term is officially over, I want to de-stress by doing some light readings.

26applebook1
Aug 3, 12:34pm Top

21. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
rate: ***

Interesting characters, but haven't enjoyed the plot as much as I thought I would

27foggidawn
Aug 5, 5:00pm Top

>26 applebook1: Yeah, I had friends who loved that book, but for me it was just okay.

28applebook1
Aug 8, 9:08pm Top

>27 foggidawn: Yeah.. I guess I would eventually finish the trilogy to wrap up the story though

*re-reads
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

29applebook1
Aug 9, 1:06pm Top

26. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

31applebook1
Aug 26, 2:15am Top

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

33applebook1
Aug 29, 1:14pm Top

37. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
rate: ****

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

34applebook1
Sep 1, 6:13pm Top

38. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
rate: ****

39. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
rate: ****

35applebook1
Sep 3, 7:55pm Top

40. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
rate: ****

36applebook1
Sep 10, 12:10pm Top

41. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
There are times when you suddenly want to read that classic

37applebook1
Sep 12, 12:57pm Top

42. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
rate: ****

38applebook1
Sep 17, 11:26pm Top

43. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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