The flu has finally shown signs of disappearing but has got me weak and tired. I even had to skip blogging for a while. But now that I am better, I just dropped in here to give a quick update on my week.
Well, this week was spent mostly on bed, sleeping and trying to read between watering eyes and my runny nose. I was on Tamilfu which accounted for the sleepiness I guess. Anyway, I am better now and off my medicines.
What I read this week
I finally finished my target of 35 books for the year and may even surpass it as there are two more weeks for the year end.
And I also want to update that I completed the year’s A-Z Challenge successfully with One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan for the final O. Yay to me.
It has been a while since I had a book that got me riled up like THUG did it for me. When I saw Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, I thought it would be my ticket to reaching it again. Well, to know if it happened or not, you should read my book review of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu ahead.
When the boys at Vivian’s school get away with their sexist slogans and actions, Vivian circulates out feminist zine called Moxie anonymously to bring the girls together. Her actions and ideas garner attention and soon the school girls walk out to support one of theirs claims. How Viv and her friends stand up to the toxic environment forms the rest of Moxie.
Book review of Moxie
Moxie talks about topics that are highly relevant today – feminism and rape culture. It highlights the importance of speaking out and the power of collective voice.
I loved how the shy and obedient Vivian turned to be the voice of the rebellion and protest. The story may have been written for a younger audience but worked for me – to an extent. But then, the story also had its flaws that left me unimpressed.
Things that worked for me
I adored the new and old female friendships that were formed during the story.
The messages on feminism and rape culture certainly made me worked up and agitated.
Things that didn’t work for me
Some of the characters were so one dimensional that they seemed straight out of a parody.
The romance between Seth and Viv was so forced and the book could have easily been romance free.
While there were adults involved, why the situation was never brought to their notice?
If you are looking for a book to help to start a conversation about feminism with your niece or nephew Moxie may be the one for you. I felt it was more of a middle grade book than a Young Adult literature.
This week has not been any good for me at all. I have been suffering from the flu the whole time and they just confirmed it was the Influenza today. I have been put on the Tamiflu for the next five days.
I somehow managed to post on my schedule but completely failed to jump around the internet showering my love through comments and likes. I have not even replied to the comments on my blog yet. Sigh.
Coming to the brighter news, I will be participating in the Bookending Winter events’ Tidyathon hosted by Clo and Sam. I am planning to beat the flu by focusing on editing the blog for the new year.
What I read this week:
But on the other hand, I have had bit of time to read books lying on the bed between the bouts of cough and the runny nose.
Radio Silence by Alice Hoseman
Zookeeper’s wife, The by Diane Ackerman
And I also spent my time looking out for the final few titles to hit the mark of my 2018 A-Z reading challenge, without even using the Freebie letter. Yippie!
On the blog
In case you missed my posts this week, here is a quick recap.
I never seem to catch up with the hyped books train and when I do, I seldom like them. I think it is bane of my existence and I can’t get out of it. And the list of books that I have missed out is too long to even add in a list. But here I am attempting to do that.
So here are my top ten hyped books that I have never read. Some of them I may or not read in the future and some I would never read and I have divided them accordingly.
Hyped books I am never gonna read
10) Twilight Series
This is one I may never even touch with a ten foot pole. I have read a few excerpts and that is good enough for me to make this decision.
9) Hunger Games
Well, the whole internet world had spoiled this for me, I know the story and I don’t want to spend an eternity reading books after books in the series.
8) Vampire Academy
Same goes for this one too.
I saw the movie already. While I liked it, I have no intention to go through the same set of emotions with the book.
6) Fifty Shades of Grey
Oh I am definitely staying off this one!
5) My sister’s keeper
Again, the movie was pretty much good and I have no desire to read the book.
Hyped Books I may or not read
4) Ready Player One
I started reading this and most of the references flew over my head. I might give it a chance some day again.
3) Girl with the dragon Tattoo (Millennium) series
I have a thing against series, but this is one I have had my eyes on for a long time now. I might read it I think.
2) Me before you
I have been putting this tear jerker for a long time, mainly because I am so afraid it would let me down, after all the hypes I have heard for years now.
1)Harry Potter series
I know. I know. Everyone has read this but I have not. I don’t read many series and I definitely do not wanna read seven books. Still, I may or not read this some day in the future.
You know what, I will tell you guys myself! I am an indecisive schmuck when it comes to choosing my next read. And I used to think it was normal too, until I saw those beautiful posts on monthly and weekly TBRs. Well, as much as they inspired me, they broke me.
Let us get on with it, I will choose my next read right away WITHOUT WASTING ANYMORE TIME.
Method 1: Choosing the book (ARC – Advance review copies) that is closest to the publishing date.
Well, these seem obvious right? With planning and I being so chummy these days, I just have to choose one that is near the deadline. I never thought it was going to be this simple. Now I can just read!
BUT.. But I don’t feel like waging a war with the zombie right now. Maybe, I am in the mood for a romance, especially since it is winter and all.
Let me check the Goodreads’ romance shelf.
*Ends up ordering two or three or ten books and spends the night worrying about how broke I am*
Method 2: Choose a book from the recommendations and reviews of your favorite blogger
Today is new day and a new beginning. Let me pick one book before I have my morning coffee so that I can start reading while I commute or run errands.
Let us make this easy. Pick the one that your favorite blogger recommended recently.
But which one? I have so many favorite bloggers and they have so many books on their recommendation.
It is going to take a while, guys. Let me get that coffee first.
*Ends up blog hopping till it is dark, skipping breakfast, lunch and survives on coffee*
Method 3: Pick one that has stayed the longest on your TBR
I will just pick the one that I have in my TBR already.
May be the one I added the first, like the First in first out. This method works so well for stocks in the stores, it should work me too.
OMG, I need to read THIS, I have no idea why I have not read this. It has been so long that I don’t even know where it is. I just have to find this on my shelf.
Well, that is a bust. I have no clue where it is.
Method 4: Pick the one right next to you, literally.
You know what? I am just going to pick that random book that is physically near me and save the time instead of searching for one in these heap.
But my e-reader has like 100s of books and it is near me as it should be as always. Should I pick that one up already? The ‘latest one I added in that’ makes more sense right? What am I if not the most sensible one!
I am going for it. And I am just going to ignore the hard copies and their beautiful covers. Like I care about them. Or do I?
Method 5: Take a quiz or two
Sigh I give up. I can’t do this. I wish someone told me what to read. Someone like Goodreads but not exactly that.