Reading Stats [February]

6545492581_400267e41e_oOkay, I don’t know what exactly happened, but last month my brain was apparently on steroids: I couldn’t stop reading. During the shortest month of the year I managed to finish 10 (let me repeat, TEN) books – the most I’ve ever done in my entire life. I found that my strategy to switch between short and long books truly proved effective to battle my reading ADD. That combined with two long weekends thanks to a nasty flu and my final resolution to clean-up unfinished books really boosted my results. This is how I crossed the finished line:

Books finished [10/4]:

  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
  • Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Pere
  • The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
  • The Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

As you can see, I am quite behind on my journaling. I am taking things, as they come at me; it just happens that right now a lot of reading is coming my way, and not so much writing. Good news for my night-stand: finally tackled my fifth Haruki Murakami, which means I can put it back on my shelf. It also means that I have earned my very first badge! Please check it out below. Another accomplishment I had achieved last month was to finish The Three Musketeers. I’ve been meaning to finish this novel for over a year now. Considering how awesome and entertaining it is, I have no idea what’s been taking me so long! Of course I had to start the book from the beginning, because I just don ‘t trust my memory when it comes to long breaks in reading.

Books in progress:

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami [18%]
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [5%]
  • The Name of the Roze by Umberto Eco [27%]

I’m reading these with my Goodreads group. Somehow we managed to do a side-read for The Name of the Rose outside of two regular chunkster readalongs. We are also planning to do a buddy red for Shogun, so I should be pretty busy for the next couple of months. I have a few others going, but I haven’t picked them up in a while, so there is no real point in mentioning them here.

Additions to the library: 

  • The Divine Comedy [Penguin] by Dante Alighieri
  • Shogun by James Clavell

I bought another copy of The Divine Comedy in an eBook form, which will allow me to read on the go. My original copy is a leather bound compilation of all three books that I cannot imagine carrying around on my morning commute to work. I also bought a paperback version of Shogun, because I have been loving the opening 200 pages so much, I am pretty sure I will want a physical copy for my bookcase.  Other than that I’ve been trying to limit my spending, especially since my boyfriend’s birthday is coming up and I want to take him to a hockey game. Wait for me my dear books, I will come back to feeding you my hard-earned money soon enough.

Badges earned:

murakami button 5

 

 

 

 

This is the first badge to commemorate my progress through Murakami’s bibliography. Since he is still a living author, I thought it would make the most sense to celebrate my progress in small increments, instead of waiting a lifetime for his complete works. This badge is awarded for finishing 5 full-length books by Murakami. The next level is awarded for completing 10 books.

5 comments

  1. I’ve read 5 Murakami books, too! (Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, After Dark, and South of the Border, West of the Sun.) Which ones that you’ve read that I haven’t would you recommend?

  2. Nice list! After Wind-Up, I’m partial to A Wild Sheep Chase. Looking forward to you thoughts on 1Q84.

  3. Love your blog header, by the way.
    I nominated you for the Liebster award! If you don’t accept awards, no problem–I still think your blog is nifty. If you do, click on this post for the rules.
    http://caitlinsternwrites.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/rewarding-awards-part-2/
    😀

  4. Hi Caitlin, Outside of what you’ve read, I only finished After the Quake, The Elephant Vanishes and Norwegian Wood. The first two books are short story collections, and I have mentioned before on my blog that my absolute favorite Murakami story is Super-Frog Saves Tokyo from After the Quake. It’s the most perfect magical realism story of self-discovery. From the Elephant I loved The Dancing Dwarf, which is kind of a dystopian flavored story about an elephant-assembly worker (yes, that’s is correct, they assemble real life elephants). The other few that I adore are The Second Bakery Attack (funny in a dark way) and On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (which is a sweet romantic episode of what could have been). As for Norwegian Wood, I didn’t love it the first time I read it, but after I digested it a bit more I realized it was a very unique and sad book that did deserve my affection. It doesn’t have the signature magical realism and world bending that Murakami is famous for; instead it is a solid, realistic book about loss, coping and alienation. Norwegian Wood deals heavily with themes of suicide and its aftermath, so it might be a little heavy sometimes. The more I thought about the book, the more I grew to love it. I had similar experience with Kafka of the Shore, which is now my favorite of Murakami’s. If you’re interested in something like that, I would definitely recommend Norwegian Wood.

    And thank you for nominating me! I never thought I’d get an award one day, since my blog is very low profile. I will put up a response post right away.

  5. Welcome Chris! I haven’t read either Wind-Up or Wild Sheep Chase, but I I’ve heard many great things about both. I actually recently got The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at a book sale for a few dollars. I was super excited! I also read the beginning of it as a short story in The Elephant Vanishes, and it was very… Murakami-like. I have no other words to describe it. Once I finish 1Q84, I might start that one next. Since I am reading 1Q84 with a group and it’s a really big book, I should be done in a couple of months. Or I might post some thoughts when I finish the first part.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: