Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Well hello there, stranger.  6 1/2 months, no post.  Whoops!

I have been reading in ebbs and flows over the past few months and I utilized this week's Bout of Books 17 readathon as a way to refocus on books and to finish my 2015 Goodreads Challenge.

This week, I started and finished The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (810 pages!).  The first 200-300 pages of the book were really compelling.  So compelling, that even though I started reading my library's copy of the book I went out and bought not just one, but the entire trilogy so I could read straight through.  In hindsight, I'm not sure the $50 I spent on the trilogy was entirely worth it after finishing the first book.

Some parts of the book dragged on and on, beating their message or a monotonous theme over my head (the God is going to save the Soviet Union message was pretty heavy in the middle section of the book) and if the book were shorter, around 500-600 pages, I think I would have enjoyed the overall reading experience more.  Now, rather than moving on directly to the second books in the trilogy, Tatiana and Alexander, I'm going to move on to something else.

During the week I also listened to Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson on audiobook on a whim at work.  I had a lot of paperwork filing to do and I thought listening to this wouldn't be too difficult or distracting and it was relatively short so I could complete it in one day.  Unfortunately, the story was so simple and non-engaging that I found myself not paying attention.

Despite the fact that most of my reading has been lackluster this week I reached my Goodreads goal of reading 40 books in 2015! I increased my goal to 50 and I am confident I will reach that by December.

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