New Years Resolution Update Part One

June 26, 2013


Half the year is passed already so I thought I’d give an update on my New Year’s Resolutions. This post is solely focusing on my first part, which was focused on the books I wanted to read. My Goodreads goal was to read 30 books this year and having read 17 books so far, I am well on my way to reaching that goal. I haven’t read any of the books on my original list yet, but I will soon.
One book you will not notice on this list is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. After loving the film, I was certain that I would love the book as well, but sadly that is not the case. I downloaded the novel on my Kindle so I didn’t know how long it was and at that time I was not aware that Les Miserables is one of the longest novels that were ever written. Normally I read two or three books at a time and while reading it I read and completed 15 other books, so that just shows how much I struggled with it. It’s not that it’s a bad book it’s just really drawn out. Maybe one day on a really long bus ride or flight I’ll get back into it.
Anyway so onto the books I have read, I’ve written short reviews and rated them. The order that they’re listed is from most recently read.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Shopaholic ties the knot by Sophie Kinsella – 3 Stars for all three. These books are light, fun reads. Great to read while wearing a face mask and a foot soak.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – 4 Stars. This is an amazing book and the only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because I didn’t like how Bru’s storyline ends because he was one of my favourite characters.

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Dollhouse: A Novel by Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian – 1 stars. Don’t judge me for reading this book. One of my lecturers always said ‘In order to for you to know what bad literature is, you need to read it.’ That’s not exactly what she said but it was such a long time I can’t remember the exact wording.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice – 2 Stars. The content of this book is very disturbing and I gave it 2 stars because Anne Rice is a good writer and not because this is a great book.
Under a sapphire sky by Susannah Bates – 3 Stars. I enjoyed the storyline but it’s an average book. It’s one of the books that I won from Exclusive Books.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Short Stories by Truman Capote – 5 Stars. I absolutely loved these stories by Capote. The one’s that stuck with me is Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Diamond Guitar.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett – 4 Stars. I really enjoyed reading this. I read it before watching the film, and as much as I love the film, the book is better.
Cathedral by Raymond Carver – 4 Stars. Cathedral is another book that I was supposed to read for my undergrad studies. It consists of short stories so I only read the ones that we did in class. So this time I read all of them and although some of them are weird, it’s overall really enjoyable.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – 1 Star. I already expressed my views on this book.
RSVP by Helen Warner -4 Stars. One of the books I won from Exclusive Books. Looking back I would probably change my rating to 3 or 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed RSVP, but it’s not brilliant.

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Wheat Belly by Willaim Davis, MD – 2 Stars. Very disappointing, although the author raises some good points, he constantly repeats. It doesn’t convince me that I should change my diet to gluten-free.

To the moon and backby Jill Mansell – 4 Stars. I absolutely love Jill Mansell and it’s her novels that made me realise I love British Chick Literature. This is a well written novel and although it is a light read, it’s really emotional as it also deals with the death of the protagonist’s husband.
The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – 5 Stars. I loved this book because I felt that I could relate to Charlie so much. Written in the format of letters this novel tells the story of a wallflower, Charlie and how he blossoms as an individual.
An obedient fatherby Sharma Akhil – 2 Stars. An average book by an average author. The storyline was good (it’s about corruption and rape in India), but I don’t think it was executed properly.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 3 Stars. I enjoyed the book, but I expected my mind to be blown, needless to say it wasn’t. In terms of content, the book is better than the film. I will admit the film had amazing CGI but I’m referring to the storyline not being as good as the book.

I’ll have another update on my other resolutions soon.

Have you had any reading resolutions? How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions so far?

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