Reading Update 1/26/21

Good news: I have read three books since this past Friday. Had a slow weekend.

Bad news: Two of the three books were duds.

Rating 2/5 stars

Author: Kristin Cashore

What I Liked: The world building was kinda interesting.

What I Didn’t Like: This book.


It’s anti – marriage and anti- commitment. No I’m not exaggerating. It’s message is : ‘If you really love someone, you don’t need marriage or commitment -you can come and go as you please and do whatever you want. And I will let you go cuz you need to be freeeeeeee…’ Doesn’t align with my belief system. And it’s a YA novel, so geared towards teenagers. In looking at the reviews for future books this theme continues and is complained about in the other books. Nope. Next.

That Summer: A Novel by [Lauren Willig]

Rating: 2/5 stars

Author: Lauren Willig

What I Liked: This was a quick read.

What I Didn’t Like: This story annoyed me.

Spoiler warning…

OK, if you are still with me – I felt like the story was not thought through and in the worst possible way. Walk with me if you will. In the parallel “historical” dual timeline the wife is cheating on her husband because he doesn’t pay attention to her and is neglectful. It seemed like the author didn’t think people would feel this was rationalization enough for the wife’s behavior considering she doesn’t really talk to him about her feelings in a meaningful way so towards the end of the book the author explains the loss of interest by implying that the husband is only interested in young teenage girls. Ew. And THEN the wife and her lover die under mysterious circumstances and their daughter is raised by a pedophile who also knows that this is not his daughter. Then we bounce back to the present story line like huh, dem’s the brakes. It left me with an icky feeling. So nope. Not recommending.

After reconsidering why I even read, I broke out a self help book and enjoyed it:

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by [Ryder Carroll]

Rating: 4/5 stars

Great points, great advice and really helped me. I have been doing bullet journaling for about two years now and find it to be the planner I’ve stuck with the longest. Some of this reminded me of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, especially when it talked about honing in on a mission statement, as well as when it spoke about ‘between what happens to us and how we respond to it lies our power- the ability to choose our response’ – very Stephen Coveyesque (who also took a lot of what he said from the Bible btw).

Also reading and enjoying…

Next Year in Havana by [Chanel Cleeton]

…will be back with a review later this week.

Happy reading!

3 thoughts on “Reading Update 1/26/21

  1. I read Graceling sometime back to see if maybe I could handle some YA. Man, I’m right there with you on your feelings about that anti-marriage, anti-commitment sentiment. In all honesty, that is the type of talk I’d expect from a cad, not a woman or a woman author.

    Glad to see that some non-fiction saved the day! I’ve heard of bullet jounalling, but when I journal I like to ramble about whatever comes into my head, so while I have no real idea what bulleting is, it sounds structured, which is NOT what I want 😀

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    1. It’s kinda structured but very flexible and adaptable, everything is in one place and it flows almost like streams of consciousness. It’s a planner, journal, project coordinator , whatever you need it to be in one. And it’s analog! Love it. As for Graceling, I regret not DNFing that book. I have been trying not to DNF books as much as I used to and I picked the wrong two books to start that goal with. I’m bringing back the DNF with a vengeance

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