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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 27, 2017 02:46PM) (new)

I'm planning to read at least 25 books this year, and I will only keep track here of English books since I sometimes read Arabic books as well, and I will not include books on technical subjects either; I will only include the books I read for leisure.

So far, I read:
1. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
7. Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
10. A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami
11. Ten Days in a Mad House by Nellie Bly

In upcoming posts, I will also try to add ratings and reviews, and I might make a list of the rest of the books I intend to read this year.
I just noticed that I mostly read fiction thus far. I will try to balance that out by reading nonfiction as well.

message 2: by Susy (new)

Susy | 4420 comments Good luck Lena and happy reading!

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Susy wrote: "Good luck Lena and happy reading!"

Thanks Susy!

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Lisa Grønsund (Gullita) | 1951 comments Great goal, Lena :)
How are you liking the "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children" trilogy so far?
Best of luck!

message 5: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 28, 2017 04:34AM) (new)

Thanks Lisa :)

I thought that the trilogy so far is good, but it's lacking in some aspect for me. I prefer to read books that compel me to think about deeper issues and meanings, but for some reason, especially with the second book, I wasn't able to analyze the content because it's all just a sequence of events. So if there was anything conceptually relevant, I felt like I had to try hard to find it.
But I very much like the world created by the author. For example, if you read the book or watched the movie, I thought that the Whites are interesting characters. Plus, the suspense is very good and I liked the ending of the second book (Hollow City), so I feel excited to read the third book (Library of Souls).

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Lisa Grønsund (Gullita) | 1951 comments I'm exactly the same way! Dissecting and analyzing books is deeply ingrained in my way of thinking and reading. It's great for the most part but sometimes I find that not everything has to have a deeper meaning and I've been attempting to come to grips with it :D

I've watched the movie but haven't read any of the books yet. I'm hoping to get to them sometime this year though * fingers crossed*

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Sounds great! I hope you enjoy them.

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I just finished reading Hunger by Knut Hamsun.

Rating: ***** (5)


I thought this book was pure genius. It’s simple in its complexity; there isn’t much to the novel other than depicting the struggles of an impoverished writer, but then when you look closer, you find more. At first glance, it might seem it’s all about the writer and his decline into madness, but then you start seeing the whole society through his eyes, and the madness which is attributed to him becomes that of the society. It’s like looking through a microscope that delves into the soul of this writer only to see a reflection of the world beyond. At a certain point you’d even start to question whether the writer or the world beyond verges more towards madness. I’m not sure why, whenever I think about this novel, I remember The Scream painting by Edvard Munch. So I tend to think of the writing style as expressionistic centering primarily on the subjective experiences of the writer and his inner emotions, while the outer world as we perceive it through the writer becomes distorted.


So I'm done with book #12.

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Book #13:
Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice A Treatise, Critique, and Call to Action (Manifesto) by J.F. Martel Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice by J.F. Martel

Rating: **** (4)


This book was very intriguing to me. I’m interested in art, and this book defined essential concepts related to art, some of which I was previously familiar with, but they were put in a new context and were elaborated on beautifully. Others, the majority, were entirely new. But what I liked the most about it is that its ideas and arguments were intuitive. They're like beacons of light. They truly enlightened me about things that were always there within me (or beyond myself) but I never saw them. I think that the way I approach my art will be different after reading this book, but not just that, I think I will also approach life differently.

message 10: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 02, 2017 07:35PM) (new)

Book #14: A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

Rating: *** (3)

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Book #15: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Essays by 40 Working Artists by Sharon Louden Living and Sustaining a Creative Life By Sharon Louden

Rating: *** (3)

message 12: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 08, 2017 11:23AM) (new)

Book #16: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.

Rating: **** (4)

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Book #17: The Soul of the Indian by Charles Alexander Eastman The Soul of the Indian

Rating: *** (3)

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Book #18: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Rating: **** (4)

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