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message 1: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments I'm returning to university in 2019 after two years away from it - I'm excited. I should be able to read 50 or more books in between studying as well so here goes.

I'm also going to be some goals here:

1. Read a Ken Follet book (Pillars of the Earth or Fall of Giants)

2.Finish all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

3. Finish the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

4. Continue The Dark Tower series by Stephen King


message 2: by Ashleigh (new)

Ashleigh Miller (movieandbooksgirl) Simon wrote: "I'm returning to university in 2019 after two years away from it - I'm excited. I should be able to read 50 or more books in between studying as well so here goes.

I'm also going to be some goals ..."


I hope you manage to achieve your goals


message 3: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (allons-y-bookworm) | 3213 comments Good luck! I like Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter and I hope you will too.


message 4: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Update: January

1. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 4 stars
Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - 3 stars
The Archived (The Archived, #1) by Victoria Schwab

3. Bird Box by Josh Malerman - 4 stars
Bird Box by Josh Malerman

4. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster - 2 stars
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

5. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - 3 stars
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

6. Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna - 1 star
Falling Sky (Ben Gold, #1) by Rajan Khanna

7. Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama - 4 stars
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1) by Hajime Isayama

8. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida - 4 stars
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1) by Sui Ishida

A bit of a delayed update but I feel as though I'm busier these days in my new city and spend less time of my laptop, which is a good thing really.

I would call this an average reading month. I wasn't really wow-ed by any of these books. Obviously, I enjoyed some. But there's also an elusive 1 star read in there and I simply just didn't like that book.

Finally, I managed to finish a manga volume. I always struggle with comics/mangas/graphic novels, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it's better now that my new library is more well stocked. So it looks like I'll be digging into both Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul.


message 5: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Update: February

9. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene - 4 stars
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

10. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2 by Sui Ishida - 4 stars
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2 (Tokyo Ghoul, #2) by Sui Ishida

11. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta - 3 stars
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta

12. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 3 by Sui Ishida - 4 stars
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 3 (Tokyo Ghoul, #3) by Sui Ishida

13. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson - 4 stars
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson

14. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida - 4 stars
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 4 (Tokyo Ghoul, #4) by Sui Ishida

I thought I hadn't read much this month but mangas really help to boost the book count.

I enjoyed Brighton Rock. I think that one sticks with me the most. I just really liked Ida and how she was such a well-written female character for a noir book written at the time it was.

Also glad I got to finish the Mistborn trilogy finally. I liked The Hero of Ages too. But the first book is probably my favourite of the three. I did like how it all wrapped up at the end, though.

I still don't quite know how to rate mangas. They're typically 4-star reads for me because they're enjoyable and easy and often beautifully depicted.


message 6: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Updated: March

15. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 5 by Sui Ishida - 3 stars
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 5 (Tokyo Ghoul, #5) by Sui Ishida

16. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson - 4 stars
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

17. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - 3 stars
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

18. King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild - 4 stars
King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

Finally updating these last two months.


message 7: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Updated: April

19. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond - 3 stars
Guns, Germs and Steel A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years by Jared Diamond

20. This Other Eden by Ben Elton - 3 stars
This Other Eden by Ben Elton

21. The Lady's Guide to Petticoat and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee - 4 stars
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2) by Mackenzi Lee

22. The North Water by Ian McGuire - 4 stars
The North Water by Ian McGuire

23. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling - 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling


message 8: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Update: May

24. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - 3 stars
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

25. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan - 4 stars
The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #2) by Marie Brennan

26. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - 5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

27. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind - 4 stars
Perfume The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

28. The History of Bees by Maya Lunde - 3 stars
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde


message 9: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Simon wrote: "Monthly Update: May

24. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - 3 stars
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

25. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan - 4 st..."


Finally finished reading the whole Harry Potter series for the first time.


message 10: by Simon (new)

Simon (simontaneously) | 173 comments Monthly Update: June

29. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - 4 stars
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor

30. The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King - 4 stars
The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King

31. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - 4.5 stars
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) by Ken Follett

I finally read The Pillars of the Earth! In other words, I ticked off another yearly goal. Let me tell you, it was totally worth the 1000+ pages too.


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