The Weekend List / 20.

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For this week’s list I’d like to do a little count of the books I’ve read in 2014 thus far:

– The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
– Korea, A Walk Through the Land of Miracles by Simon Winchester
– The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
– Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
– Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
– Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
– Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
– Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani (currently reading)
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (currently reading)
The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro (currently reading)

Yes… I read a few books at the same time, rotating them dependent on weather and how much time I have. I have another Rainbow Rowell waiting to be picked up at the library and I am determined to finish all of Alice Munro’s books – she’s my latest favorite. What are some books you have read this year so far?

23 comments on “The Weekend List / 20.

  1. so many books!!! i could read only 5-6 books so far. That includes Anne of Green Gables- read twice-back to back and one poetry book (difficult to grasp) :p
    have a good weekend ♥♥♥

    1. I think this is an extremely short list! I try to read as much as I can when I’m on a roll because I’m bound to hit a drought at some point and not read for weeks.

      I always tried to love poetry but… it’s just really hard for me too. :) Have a good weekend yourself!

  2. Very interesting titles – I guess I’ll come back to this list next time I am looking for a book to read.
    I have just finished reading “Tove Jansson Life, Art, Words”, a biography of the famous Finnish writer and enjoyed it a lot; she was a truly inspiring character!

  3. Ooh Katie, what Rainbow Rowell are you picking up next? I’ve just finished her Attachments, which I really loved! I had a great time reading that book because it was so funny, light, and easy to read. I’m currently halfway through Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, always ready for my heart to be ripped apart haha.

    I’ll probably pick up Eleanor & Park or Fangirl on my next bookstore visit :)

    P.S. It’s amazing how you can juggle through 3 books, I can never do that!

    1. I picked up Attachments, April! ♥♥♥ All I’ve heard is great review for this book so I;m really excited to start on it. Eleanor & Park was such a sweet read, too! I absolutely love YA fiction. I have A Thousand Splendid Suns on my shelves and I started on it a little bit but got distracted. Perhaps I will go back to it again one day.

      P.S. It has to be a REALLY good book for me to read only that one at one time!

      1. ATSS didn’t register well to me at first, I had to re-read the first few pages. But when the story latched, it was a page-turner for me, and has been my favorite book ever since because, well, I cried while reading it, especially on the last part. I do hope you’d pick it up again and enjoy(?) the heart-wrenching story ;)

        1. I did enjoy the writing and I’m sure I will pick it up at some point, definitely a must-read on my list, just now sure when! :)

  4. Speaking of books, I’ve always liked photos of people’s bookshelves. It’s quite interesting to see what their tastes are like.

    I haven’t read many English books this year so thank you for your list. :)

    So far this year I’ve managed to finish one novel in Japanese called Crying 100 Times. It sounds sad and it is, but it’s not the dramatic kind. It was, strangely, a comforting kind of sad.

    And today, I’ve finished revisiting a lighthearted comedy book called Mafia Chic by Erica Orloff. Lots of interesting characters plus plenty of mentions of Italian food!

    1. I am afraid to admit it but I have always, in some way, judged people on the books they read. Much more when I was my younger, offensive self, hahahaha! Nowadays I find myself branching out a lot more and well, almost every book has its own redeeming points!

      I might give the Chinese translation of Crying 100 Times a try! Thanks for the recommendations!

      1. I think that’s quite normal! I still do it myself from time to time, only to feel terrible about it afterwards.

        Let me know if you start on it. :)

  5. Great list! I have only read 3 new books so far this year (and 3 magazines). Mostly I re-read snippets of what I have because if I start a new one I won’t be able to get much done but I have to read something everyday!

    Have you read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, if you haven’t, you must! Attachments is also the next book on my list!

    1. No I haven’t read Fangirl because it’s not available in the public libraries! :D Will need to get my hands on them soon.

        1. Aww, I can’t let you do that. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy somehow. Thanks for offering though!

  6. There was a time im my life where al i did was read and now it seems such a hard thing to do…i miss it so i will try to get back on track :)
    great list you got there Katie!

  7. I have not read all of these, but I have definitely cruised through some of them! I read “The Stone Diaries” a few years ago, but I don’t entirely remember it very well. I haven’t read Rowling’s novel for adults, either, but there are several people in my office who have. Many of us in my office have read “Gone Girl,” though. Wow. Just … just wow. The ending seems so suffocating, if that makes any sense. I found it to be a page-turner. And Rainbow Rowell! I love her! I actually have an autographed copy of her book. She lives in Omaha, which is my hometown area. :) It’s always fun to read her novels and know exactly where everything is taking place. My favorite book of hers is “Attachments.” I’ll definitely talk that one up and down.

    1. I randomly picked The Stone Diaries off the shelves at the library and am so glad I did. Not going to go into details but her writing style is my favorite kind: dreamy but articulate, fiction but with so much truth. :)

      Rowling is an observer of life and humans, that’s pretty much everything I want to say about the book. It was not an easy read for me but there are so many little gems in between.

      I must admit I totally found out about the plot before I started on Gone Girl and actually picked it up completely based on the hype! It made me think a lot about the author herself.. I don’t know what it says about her to be able to come up with that story and yes, the ending, especially!

      Is Rainbow Rowell her actual name because it is the coolest ever. :) I picked up Attachments already and am trying very hard not to start on it before I finish those I am reading right now!

      1. The people in my office who read “Casual Vacancy” had about the same reactions as you. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, but somewhat struggled to get through. And, like you, I had known about “Gone Girl” before I picked it up! I know some individuals were disappointed with how the book turned out, almost upset. However, I was spared that bit of surprise because I already knew the general plot. :) Also, to the best of my knowledge, that is Rainbow’s name! She used to be a columnist in the Omaha newspaper, and you can definitely tell that her experience there helped her with “Attachments.” Reading that book sort of made me miss journalism!

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