February Update

Blue=missing the first or next book to read the series
1. Crooked by Laura and tom McNealthe
2. Lost in translation by Nicole Mones
3. On the street where you live by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Bury me deep by Megan abbot
5. Mistress of the art of death by ariana franklin
6. The fountainhead by ayn rand
7. I know why the caged bird sings by Maya angelou
8. A separate peace by john Knowles
9. Ramona by Helen hunt Jackson
10. great expectations by Charles dickens
11. hard times by Charles dickens
12. mommie dearest by Christina Crawford
13. prince jack frank spierring
14. the vampire lestat by Anne rice
15. leo@fergusrules.com by arne tangerlini
16. Aztec by Gary Jennings
17. Nicholas nickleby by Charles dickens
18. The weirdo by Theodore Taylor
19. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
20. The confessions of charlotte Doyle by avi
21. Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris Dumped
22. A passage to India by e.m. foster
23. Lost and found by Carolyn Pankhurst
24. The rose labyrinth by titania hardie
25. Japanese Americans by harry h.l. kitano
26. The unknown warrior by Gerald Seymour
27. Waiting by ha jin
28. This other Eden by Marilyn Harris
29. The good earth by pearl s. buck
30. The Hindi bind club by Monica pradhan
31. Tess of d’urbervilles by Thomas hardy
32. the shack by wm. Paul young
33. beware, princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer
34. samurai by saburo sakai
35. zero Eric van lustbader
36. snow falling on cedars by David guterson
37. rising sun by Michael Crichton
38. the Japanese corpse by janwillem van de wetering
39. an American in japan, 1945-1948
40. everything must go by Elizabeth flock
41. when the elephants dance by Tess uriza holthe
42. the laws of evening by Mary yukari waters
43. Whispers by dean r. koontz
44. the great secret by Ron Hubbard  Dumped
45. nine days a queen by Ann rinaldi
46. Ivanhoe by sir Walter Scott
47. The portrait of a lady by henry James
48. The count of Monte cristo by adam dumas
49. The Russian concubine by kate Furnivall
50. Neighbors from hell by frank field
51. V by a.c. crispin
52. The king of dragons by carol fenner
53. The secret of nimh by Robert c. O’brien
54. A vegetarian sourcebook by keith akers
55. Dragonwings by laURNCE YEP
56. The catcher in the rye by j.d. salinger
57. The queen of the damned by anne rice
58. Voyager by Diana gabaldon
59. the girl who played with fire by stieg Larsson Dumped
60. academy x by Andrew trees
61. bleak house by Charles dickens
62. the Anastasia syndrome and other stories by mary Higgins clark
63. beloved by toni Morrison
64. Mrs. Frisby and the rats of nimh by Robert c. o’brien
65. The birth of venus by sarah dunant
66. The joy luck club by amy tan
67. The thorn birds by colleen mccullough
68. Moby dick by herman Melville
69. Shadow of the dragon by sherry garland
70. Brave new world by Aldous Huxley
71. The lady Elizabeth by Alison weir
72. The winter queen by ris akunin
73. The sugar queen by sarah Addison allen
74. The rising by temple Mathews
75. The price of greed & malice
76. Laura rider’s masterpiece by jane Hamilton
77. The personal history of Rachel Dupree by ann weisgarber
78. Falling leaves by adeline yen mah
79. The runaway jury by john grisham
80. Bubbles a broad by sara strohmeyer Dumped
81. dragonfly in amber by Diana gabaldon
82. patience, princess Catherine by Carolyn meyer
83. The looking glass war by john le carre
84. Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
85. Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett
86. Silent Ocean Away: Colette’s Dominion by DeVa Gantt
87. A thread of sky by Deanna fei
88. candy by kevin brooks
89. kissed by an angel by Elizaebeth chandler
{Kissed by an angel, the power of love, soulmates}
90. the ladies of grace adieu and other stories by Susanna Clarke
91. the Mercedes coffin by Faye Kellerman
92. scruples by Judith
93. zoya by Danielle steel
94. two to conquer by darion Zimmer Bradley
95. the regatta mystery and other stories by Agatha Christie
96. A certain justice by p.d. James
97. A holiday for murder by Agatha Christie
98. A thin dark line by Tami hoag
99. A gentle feuding by Johanna Lindsey Dumped
100. The alibi by Sandra brown
101. The witching hour by Anne rice
102. Faeries gone wild by anthology:, Lois greiman, Michele hauf, leandra Logan
103. First blood by anthology: Susan sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Chris Marie green, meljean brook
104. Unicorn mountain by Michael bishop
105. The importance of being Ernestine by Dorothy cannel
106. The jasmine trade by Denise Hamilton
107. The red tent by Anita diamant
108. Leotas garden by Francine rivers
109. The triumph of Katie Byrne by Barbara Taylor Bradford
110. Life of pi by yann martel
111. The house of a thousand lanterns by Victoria holt
112. The sad truth about happiness by Anne giardini
113. Murder for Christmas by anthology
114. Abundance by sena jeter naslund
115. All together dead by Charlaine Harris
116. The book thief by Markus zusak
117. Wicked 2: {legacy, spellbound} by Nancy holder, Debbie vigue Dumped
118. Sex, lies, and vampires by Katie Macalister Dumped
119. The huntress by Susan Carroll
120. The other side of the mirror by marion Zimmer Bradley
121. Santa baby by Jennifer crusie, Lori foster, Carly Phillips
122. Stray by Rachel Vincent
123. Dead after dark by anthology
124. From dead to worse by charlain Harris
125. Gravesite by charlaine Harris
126. Night sins by Tami hoag
127. Christ the lord out of Egypt by Anne rice
128. Fancy by Norah Hess
129. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
130. Tempted all night by Liz Carlyle
131. Seduce me in shadow by shayla black
132. My wicked vampire by Nina
133. The scarpetta factor by Patricia cornwell
134. Crimson by Jordan summers
135. The immortal hunter by Lindsay sands
136. The house of Caine by ken eulo
137. Magic man by Patricia rice
138. Moonlight cove by sherryl woods
139. Dark nights dark dreams by savannah russe
140. Charmed & dangerous by Candace haven
141. Warriors of camlann by n.m. Browne
142. The real story by Stephen r. Donaldson
143. Voice of the heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford
144. A feast for crows by George r.r. martin
145. Lair of bones by David farland
146. Assassin by Anna Myers
147. The third translation by matt bonddurant
148. Savages by Shirley conran
149. Another thing to fall by Laura Lippmann
150. Paperquake by Kathryn reiss
151. Smack by Melvin burgess
152. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
153. The tribe by bari wood
154. The end of the alphabet by cs Richardson Dumped
155. Circle of magic by tamora pierce
156. Murder in the place of Anubis by Lynda s. Robinson
157. Inkheart by Cornelia funke
158. Missing Abby by lee weatherly
159. Poirot investigates by Agatha Christie
160. Congo by Michael Crichton
161. The alchemist’s cat by robin Jarvis
162. Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland
163. Robots and empire by Isaac Asimov
164. Seduced by crimson
165. The Dante club by Mathew pearl
166. Exiles by Melanie rawn
167. A civil contract
168. False colours
169. (lady of quality & charity girl) by georgette heyer
170. The mystery of the blue train
171. Murder after hours by Agatha Christie
172. The last wife of henry VIII by carol Erickson
173. The road by Cormac McCarthy
174. Shades of Simon gray by Joyce McDonald
175. Phoenix rising by pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
176. Foundation and empire by
177. Foundation and earth by Isaac Asimov

178. Dianetics by l. ron Hubbard Dumped
179. Mona Lisa overdrive by William Gibson
180. The star scroll by Melanie rawn   Dumped
181. Sugarplum dead by Carolyn hart
182. Through wolf’s eyes by Jane lindskold
183. Angry lead skies by glen cook
184. Distant waves by suzzane weyn
185. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey niffenegger
186. The red queen by Margaret drabble
187. High stakes by Erin McCarthy Dumped
188. The vampire Armand by Anne rice
189. The seventh tower by garth nix (the fall, castle, aenir)
190. Dead and gone by charlaine Harris
191. Seducing the succubus by cassie Ryan
192. Desperation by Stephen king
193. May the best man die by Deborah Donnelly
194. The winter oak by James a. hetley
195. The blooding by Patricia Windsor
196. Highland spirits by Amanda Scott
197. The snow queen by Joan d. vinge
198. Saint camber by Katherine Kurtz
199. The book of skaithckett by Leigh bracket
{The ginger star, the hound of skaith, the reavers of skaith}
200. Devious by Lisa Jackson
201. Lord of dance by Andrew m. Greeley
202. The moon flower by Phyllis a. Whitney
203. The hunt
204. The amulet
205. The dream by zoe Daniels
206. Allies of the night by Darren shan
207. Fire within by Chris d’ lacey
208. The quest for saint camber by Katherine Kurtz
209. The inside mind of Gideon rayburn by Sarah miller Dumped
210. The Bronte Sisters
{Charlotte: Villette, the Professor; Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall}
211. Sins of the Flesh by caridad Pinero
212. Tigana by guy gavriel Kay
213. The dragon token by Melanie rawn Dumped
214. The mirror of her dreams by Stephen r. Donaldson
215. The hunch back of Notre dame by victor Hugo
216. Lord of rage by Jill Monroe Dumped
217. World without end by ken follet
218. Good omens by Neil gaiman and terry prachett
219. The good fairies of new York by martin Millar
220. The Parsifal mosaic by Robert Ludlum
221. The oath by frank peretti
222. The monk downstairs by Tim farrington
223. Eli by bill Myers
224. Wild by Lori foster
225. A forest lord by Michael Williams
226. Lion boy by zizou corder
227. Girl, interrupted by Susanna kaysen
228. Curse of the wolf girl by martin Millar
229. QB VII by Leon Uris
230. Darkest longings by Susan Lewis
231. Impulse by Barbara Harrison
232. The warrior by kinley Macgregor
233. The house of lost souls by F.G. Cottam
234. The kissing gate by Pamela Haines
235. The chronicles of amber volume 1 by roger zelazny
{Nine princes in amber, the guns of Avalon}
236. The fire within by Ann coombs
237. The priest of blood by Douglas clegg
238. A good woman by Danielle steel
239. War of the oaks by Emma bull
240. The scroll of seduction by gioconda belli
241. Graveminder by Mellissa marr
242. A spell for chameleon by piers Anthony
243. Candles burning by Tabitha king and Michael McDowell
244. The last Templar by Raymond khoury
245. Ghost hunter by Jayne castle
246. The path between the seas by David McCullough
247. Possession by Jennifer armintrout
248. All souls’ night by Jennifer armintrout

249. A break with charity by an rinaldi
250. Jackdaws by ken Follett
251. Prior bad acts by Tami hoag
252. The quincunx by Charles pallister
253. Trinity by Leon Uris
254. Alyson Whitestarr by isobelle carmody
255. Conan the raider by Leonard carpenter
256. The world of tiers volume 1 by Philip Jose farmer
{The maker of universes, the gates of creation}
Dumped
257. The summer queen by Joan d. vinge
258. Bloodline by Kate cary
259. Orphans of the sky by Robert a. Heinlein
260. Indigara by tanith lee
261. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
262. The complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan doyle
263. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Crossi
264. Girl with the dragon tattoo by stieg Larsson Dumped
265. The twentieth wife by indu sundaresan
266. The robot novels by Isaac Asimov
{the caves of steel, the naked sun}
267. Secrets of the grave by Tami hoag
268. A cast-off coven by Juliet Blackwell
269. Now to face to face by karleen koen
270. The trouble with magic by Madelyn alt
271. The green hills of earth by Robert a. Heinlein
272. Until you by Judith mcnaught
273. The promise by chaim potok
274. Schrodinger’s cat by Robert Shea and robot Anton Wilson
{the universe next door, the trick top hat, the homing pigeons}
275. The illuminatus by Robert Shea and robet Anton Wilson
{ the eye in the pyramid, the golden apple, leviathan}
276. deadly little lies by Laurie faria stolarz
277. wicked{resurrection} by Nancy holder & Debbie viguie Dumped
278. ironside by holly black
279. the parliament of blood by Justin Richards
280. the seven dials mystery by Agatha Christie
281. the fiery cross by Diana gabaldon
282. misfortune by Wesley stace
283. heresy by s.j. parris
284. before I go to sleep by s.j. Watson
285. the lake by banana yoshimoto
286. dead reckoning by charlaine Harris
287. the book of lies by brad Meltzer
288. a breath of snow and ashes by Diana gabaldon
289. a game of thrones by
290. a clash of kings by George r.r. Martin
291. the fallen blade by jon Courtney grimwood
292. shadowland by peter straub
293. the stand by Stephen king
294. the Lincoln lawyer by Michael Connelly
295. servant of the bones by anne rice
296. the regulars by Richard bachman
297. the girl who loved tom Gordon by Stephen king
298. too rich for a bride by mona hodgson
299. anna Byzantium by tracy barrett
300. the thirteenth tale by diane setterfield
301. {east of eden , the wayward bus} by John Steinbeck
302. Palace circle by Rebecca dean
303. King Arthur and his knights by henry frith
304. Alls fair in love and war by Alicia fields
305. Comanche moon by larry mccurtyr
306. Sacajeawea by ann lee waldo Dumped
307. Legends II by anthology
308. Murder on the orient press by Agatha Christie
309. Soulmate by rosamond smith
310. The diamond age by neal Stephenson
311. Song of the sparrow by lisa ann sandell
312. Kill the messenger by tami hoag
313. The day of the locus by nathaneal west
314. The lies that bind by kate Carlisle
315. A day no pigs would die by Robert newton peck
316. Martin chuzzlewit by Charles dickens
317. Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by dai sijie Dumped
318. The serpent in the garden by janet Gleeson
319. Emma brown by clare boylan
320. The Victoria vanishes by Christopher fowler
321. On agate hill by lee smith
322. Tuck by Stephen lawhead
323. the kommandant’s girl by pan jenoff
324. the masque of the black tulip by lauren willig
325. unholy awakening by Michael gregorgio
326. Oscar wilde and a game called murder by gyles brandreth
327. The observations by jane harris
328. The last nightingale by Anthony flacco
329. A foreign affair by caro peacock
330. The bishop must die by Michael jecks
331. The virgin of small plains by nancy pickard
332. The secret history of the pink carnation by lauren willig
333. The dark water by david pirie
334. A beautiful blue death by chalres finch
335. The deception of the emerald ring by lauren willig
336. An instance of the finder post by iain pears
337. The greatest knight by Elizabeth chadwick
338. False inspector dew by peter lovesey
339. Mr. parker pyne, detective bny Agatha Christie
340. A scandalous countess by jo Beverly
341. The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest by stieg Larsson Dumped
342. The sultan’s wife by jane Johnson
343. The secret of the old clock by Carolyn keene
344. A Connecticut yankee in king arthur’s court by mark twaine
345. The shoemakers wife by Adriana trigiani
346. The skull of truth by bruce coville
347. The emperor’s pearl by Robert van gulk
348. The scarlet thread by Francine rivers
349. Whiteout by ken follett
350. Dragon’s pawn by carol l. dennis
351.The Tower Treasure by franklin w. Dixon
352. The salt road by jane johnson
353. Buffalo girls by larry mcmurty
354. Aladdin and other Arabian Nights
355. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
356. With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George
357. PompeII by Robert Harris

358. Sword of Darkness by
359. Knight of Darkness by Kinley Macgregor
360. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers Dumped
361. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Dumped
362. The Physick book of deliverance by katherine howe
363. No Safety in numbers by Dayna Lorentz
364. Roots by Alex Haley
365. Warlock by Wilbur Smith
366.The Trouble With Brides {The Bride Most Begrudingy,Courting Trouble,Deep In The Heart of Trouble}
367. The Difference Engine by William Gibson,Bruce Sterling
368. The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt
369. Empress by Shan Sa
370. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George
371. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
372. People of the sea
373. People of the Earth
374. People of the river by W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

375. The Needle in the blood by Sarah Bower
37. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
379. Fools Die by Mario puzo
380. Gypsy Lady by Shirlee Busbee
381. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
382. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
383. Savannah blues by mary kay Andrews
384. The late child by larry McMurty
385. Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott,Porter Grand
386. The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
387. Switchcraft by Mary Castillo
388. Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley gave it away
389. Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson
390. One piece vol. 3 by Eiichiro Oda – Dumped
391. All things bright and beautiful by james herriot
392. Death of kings by Bernard cornwell
393. The time in between by maria duenas
394. Anatomy of murder by Imogen Robertson
395. The town by chuch Hogan
396. Let the drum speak by lina lay shuler
397. Murder she wrote by Donald Bain

398. The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
399.The Luxe by Anna Godberson

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Putdowns& No Pick Me Ups { In this year} 2/27/13

Just to give myself a mental picture of how many books I put down and why.

  1. A Game of Thrones- To read The Thorn Birds.Then was not into it.
  2. World Without End – I think I have to go back to remember who is who.
  3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame- To read Pope Joan and Switchcraft. I missed Victor Hugos birthday.
  4. The Trouble with Brides { Deep in the Heart of Trouble- don’t exactly know, Courting Trouble- romance needed to better developed}- taking a long hiatus from romance and ya.
  5. Life of Pi- written in an uninteresting way. Decided to pick it back up in March when the movie comes out.
  6. Secret History of Pink Carnation – needs something to make it different from the average historical fiction book.
  7. Snow Falling on Cedars-written boringly.
  8. twentieth Wife- main lead gets favor too quickly.
  9. Fools Die- reading slump hit.
  10. A Dark Thin Line- not first in series.
  11. Vampire Lestat- have to commit to reading it.
  12. Sultan’s Wife- eh compared to other historical fiction books.
  13. The Luxe- finding so many faults in the first few chapters. Taking a long hiatus from ya & romance.
  14. Alyzon Whitestarr- long hiatus from ya & romance.
  15. Before I go to sleep- want it to be straight mystery instead of psychological thriller
  16. Mythology- Not really sure honestly.
  17. Canterbury Tales- Not into at that moment.
  18. Martin Chuzzlewits-  Picked it up to find a book to read that I owned instead of reading Anna Karenina. Was not into it, read Anna Karenina instead.
  19. Count of Monte Cristo- need a copy I can read. My physical copy is abridged, my digital copy will not let me open it, and just listening to it on audiobook is out of the question since the Les Mi fiasco. Just read Anna Karenina instead.

Bookish 2/17-23

Updating the Queue

  • The World of Tiers { The Maker of Universes}- I cannot tell if it is the reading slump or I just don’t care for it. I just know that this book seemed like it was going to be a rehashing of the same problems I have been encountering in the last two or three books. I just  dumped the book. It is sad because the world in this book was so different. It was really fascinating. At least I caught this one early versus catching it at the ending half of the book.
  • Anna Karenina- The book that has transported me out of this reading slump.

Random Thoughts

  1. I like these  fantasy books that have been coming my way. What I enjoy extremely is the worlds. Even if I do not like the book the worlds are for the most part interesting.

Reading Slump (Sat-Tue)

I was enjoying The Maker of Universes when something happened to me. I felt like I have been reading books with the same problems. I have been having certain thoughts that I believe put me in a reading slump. It was actually inevitable because I have been having these feeling since last year.

  1. Self doubt. Do I truly like any book? Are my expectations too high for books? Every book I read has the same problems. poor character development, starting off good then gradually losing its awesomeness.
  2. It is actually receding into my Asian drama watching. I cannot do wonky story telling.
  3. No patience. I honestly have no patience to break in another book.
  4. I want something that I am not finding. I want something well-developed in character and story. I am not encountering or picking up books that are like that.
  5. I got into the reading slump right before my order of the sims 3 was delivered. Did my brain subconsciously prepare drop everything for the sims 3 new stuff I bought?

How I (think) I will Break out of the reading slump

  1. Read something completely different.
  2. Take a long break. Play some sims 3.
  3. Stop  self-doubting myself. I need to write this for my future self. It is not your fault. You do not have high expectations. And if you do so what. As long as and as much you read it is a given. You deserve better than average story telling!
  4. Stop putting down good books. a. to finish books that I don’t like but am close to finishing. b. to start new shorter or just plain new books.
  5. Pick up a good book I put down.

I put down…

  • Game of Thrones to finish The Thorn Birds.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame to finish Pope Joan and  Switchcraft.

And you know how that went.

339: Switchcraft

Usually, in my reviews I say that the book started off good and then recedes into a horrible mess. This is not one of those reviews or books.

Summary:

“Best friends since back in the day, Aggy and Nely are as different as two women could possibly be. Aggie’s slim, stylish, and owns an upscale boutique and a long history of no-strings relationships. Nely has a busy baby, a metiche mother-in-law, and some extra post-pregnancy pounds she can’t quite shed. And when they reconnect at a New Age spa, each friend finds herself wishing just a little that she had the other one’s life.

Big mistake!

Thanks to the metaphysical meddling of a somewhat grumpy guru, Nely is now Aggie and Aggie is Nely–switching bodies, love lives, families, closets . . . everything! The grass may not be quite as green as it originally appeared. As luck has it, they’ll be stuck this way until the next full moon! And with a husband, his very suspicious mama, a temperamental tot, a business on the brink of disaster, and a sort-of boyfriend–not to mention a sleazy stalker–thrown into the mix, Aggie and Nely suddenly find they’re not just walking in each other’s shoes . . . they’re running!”

The Meh 

Switchcraft started off okay. I knew from day one that this book was going to be one of those books that I could not stop and think about. Stopping and thinking about it would mean that all the wrong things lined up like janga would all come tumbling down.

The Bad

The writing. I was confused a large amount of the time. Such as who was who and  what was happening in a scene. Albeit, it might be in result of my reading this book in two days. Then, a lot of the time I would ask myself why is this character acting like this. For example, why would you tell your best friend who recently had a baby she is fat. Then again that was probably supposed  to be funny. Was the book funny? I find it hard pressed to remember me laughing.

The Good

After seeing so many terrible relationships and marriages it was nice to see a good one. To be excited to see a relationship not marred by infidelity or absence of love is a gift.  So the romance is probably the best part of the story. I also really enjoyed the tidbits of insightful things about parenting, relationships, and friendship that  would seep through.

Overall: It was a good book sometimes reaching great but not holding onto it. I find it really weird that Switchcraft seems like it was her first book. While, Hot Tamara is actually her first book which was way better by the way. Switchcraft was two star most of the time but the romance and tidbits give it a half star. I gave Hot Tamara three stars and Swtichcraft is not on the same level. So 2 1/2 stars.

340: Pope Joan

It is coincidental that the Pope resigned around the time I was reading this book. Pretty cool actually.

Summary:
“For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda.  As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . .

In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.”

Expectation: Feminism in religion and a historical time period. In a way I did get that.

The Good

When Joan was a little girl she was awesome. By awesome I mean she would best grown men in debates. Joan was really well-developed. She probably was the only one in the book however.

The Bad

I do not know if it because of my big book reading. But, I just feel that everything could have been developed more.  Everything was going really amazing in the story until the romance came. The romance while not necessarily killing the story really brought down the story. I would have cared about the romance if it did not spring up out of nowhere for one thing. If it was not creepy too that would have been nice. For a while I thought it was The Thorn Birds part 2. It was still one of those romances to end all romances that makes like nobody else matters. It was a point that he put Joan before his kids. Joan did not put him before him. But, I can not help myself from feeling Pope Joan did not fully reach her potential.  This book did not reach its full potential either.

The Meh

The latter part when she became Pope Joan was ehh.The ending was something not good. Mythology says that is how it all ended so yeah. The villains or bad guys in the story were lackluster. Actually reminded of Pillars of the Earth which handled this so much better. I spent half the book not knowing what the villains purpose was since the author just put them in randomly.

Overall: I liked it. There was so much missing though to make me  really enjoy it. I kind of still want to see the movie.

Bookish Week 2/10-16

Finished
Pope Joan- I liked it. I just feel that the story and Joan did not reach their full potential.
Switchcraft- It left much to be desired.

Updating the Queue

  • Balzac and the little seamstress-  Dumped. I was not feeling it.
  • Deep in the Heart of Trouble { The Trouble With Brides}- I think the story for this one is better so far than Courting Trouble.
  • A Game of Thrones-not into. Just need to read it in March when the commercials will give me Game of Thrones fever.
  • Anna Karenina-good.
  • Fools Die – surprised by how good this book started off.

Thoughts/Phases

  • Thinking about how much holding on to books under the excuse of giving them a chance. It is time to be ruthless and get rid of more books.
  • If I get in the 200s for books left to read, I would be so happy.
  • I find it weird that I heard about the Pope retiring while reading Pope Joan.
  • Giving away books is fun. I gave my little cousin some books. I feel like I am helping a fellow reader. I wish people I knew some people who actually read. So I could get and give books.
  • 24 hour book break. I was not into reading and wanted to watch my Taiwanese show, Love me or Leave Me. ( I did not finish seeing it because Hulu started acting up. I started watching Temptation of a Wife.)

Plans for next week

Finishing two books this week makes me want to finish more books. Strange Addiction is back. I want to read something that corresponds to the commercials on there. There are 12 commercials since there are two episodes. That is 120 pages if I read ten pages each commercial break. Honestly, I have a feeling that my plans are not going to work out. I feel like a reading slump is coming along. That is going to be so fun.

Bookish Week 2/3-9

Main Read

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Updating the Queue ( I have been misspelling it for weeks now)

  • Sacajawea- good but feels like something is missing. I think it is feels rushed, the author does not make me care about the characters, and a lot of things happen that make no sense. I am excusing all of this because the Lewis and Clark part is going to be long. I hope that is why the author is not spending that much time making me relate to the characters. All was okayish, interesting at times.Then something happened that made me hate every character except Sacajawea. I’m going to be honest do not get creeped out. I hope Lucy from Elfien Lied or Carrie  comes and just annihilates the entire village leaving Sacajawea by herself. I thought about it. It is getting dropped. 100 pages and no character investment in a 1300ish book. I just cannot stop thinking about what was I feeling 100 pages into Lonesome Dove, Roots, Les Mis, or even Pillars of the Earth. I have so many books on my shelf. I don’t have time to question should I, shouldn’t I. It probably would have been better as a non-fiction book. That was the only interesting part of the book the customs and stuff.
  • Snow Falling on Cedars- I do not like how it is written.
  • Life of Pi- I don’t like how it is written. So it is put to the side tell next month when the movie comes out on dvd.
  • Tale of Desperaux- I don’t care about the characters so it is dumped.
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation- seems like average historical fiction fare. The main characters need something to stand out. Put to the side until further notice.
  • Twentieth Wife- It is really good. The main character seems to get favor easily which is kind of annoying. Put to the side until further notice.
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame (THOND) – awesome. I somehow always amazed at the readability and action in classics. Victor Hugo, I love your books but please stop doing entire chapters about the architecture of France.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day-okay. Not a memoire person so that might be it. Put off to the side.
  • A Dark Thin Line- good prologue. I felt like I was missing something. I realized it is part of a series.Put off to the side until get first book.
  • Vampire Lestat- Its cool. I think I need to commit to read instead of reading it here and there to get the enjoyment out of it.
  • Anna Karenina – Really good. I find myself reading it even though I am supposed to be taking a break from it.
  • Sultans Wife-okay. It probably suffers from me starting 4 other historical fiction novels. Put down for later.

Random Thoughts/Phases

  1. How many books can I finish in a month? I had this brilliant (and by that I mean was going to fail before it got started) idea of pick 15 books to read a little bit of everyday. So that I could read at the least 11 books a month. That would be 122 books at the least at the end of this year. The main problem is that I felt pressured first of all. Second reading  a little bit of 15 books could make up my entire day. Thirdly, I just did not feel like it after picking 7 or 8 books.
  2. I looked at my reading number in 2011, to see if I am behind or head of myself in books finished. I am actually on track which makes me laugh. I need to chill it out with worrying if I am behind.
  3. Is this what ya readers think all adult literature is like? ( in response to trying to  reading Life of Pi and Snow Falling on Cedars) I just want to pick up a good adult book and put it into their hands. This is not all of adult literature. We can do better. I can do better.
  4. I am still infuriated/sad by there not being enough people of color in historical fiction.

Bookhaul: 25 books, do not worry. This book haul has made me realize I have been being too nice with a lot of these books. It is time to drop some books like there is no tomorrow.

Plans for next week

I am going to finish Pope Joan and Balzac and the little chinese mistress.  I have only under 200 pages left for these books. I’ll listen to Anna Karenina on audiobook. So that means Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably going to be put down until next week.