book clubs

1/3 of the Way Through My 2012 GoodReads Challenge, 100 Books!

I am obsessed with goodreads, it helps me to keep track of what I have read, what I want to read, and what my friends are reading! This year, I decided to sign up for the goodreads challenge. Basically, you pick how many books you are going to try and read in 2012, and goodreads will keep track of it. Most people seem to have goals anywhere from 12 books to 50. But not me. I figured since I am currently  unemployed, I should set a lofty goal of 100 books in 2012. Or about two books a week, this whole year. I have finally made it through the first 1/3 of the books for this challenge. According to goodreads I am ahead of where I need to be to finish my goal, but my inburgering is going to start soon and in September, I have every intention of going back to college. I think I should step it up this summer! 

When one is trying to read approximately two books every week, you get some crap thrown into the pile to keep up the quota. That being said, I have read some decent titles this year. Here are some of the gems of the 35, I have read so far. 

Harry Potter 1-7, plus The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K Rowling

  • Of course, I read each of these when they first came out, and 4-7 again before their respective movies, but I had never read all of them back to back. It was a good experience and I HIGHLY recommend it! 

The Giver, by Lois Lowery

  • Number the Stars was required reading in school. But, I had never read The Giver, which  was my friend Sarah's favorite book when we were little. It was a fast read and  it begged to question is Utopia ever really reachable or would we have to give up too much?

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

  • You can't go wrong with Ms. Austen.

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

  • A mystery about a book, with a twist that I didn't expect. I was hooked!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • This was a book club selection, that I wasn't looking forward to, but ended up really liking!

Clash of Kings, Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin

  • I started this book right after Game of Thrones, Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire, but after accidently seeing a spoiler, so I stopped until I could force myself to forget it. This whole series just pulls you in!

What was the last good book you read? Right now I am a 1/4 of the way through with Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. 

This week I am linking up with fellow expat blogger Ellen from  Company of Clever. Her blog title comes from one of the books listed above. Can you guess which one? 

Don't forget to find me on goodreads

 

Book Clubs Abroad

I am a reader. The written word is one of my raison d'etres, to borrow from the book I had to read for my first meeting of The Utrecht Book Club last night, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I figured that since I love to read, a book club would be the perfect place to meet like minded individuals and make new friends.

This month, we read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I have to admit, I had my reservations. I had seen the trailer for the movie and it did not look like my kind of book. But it is written by Jonathan Safran Foer and Everything is Illuminated has been on my to read list for years, but I've never quite gotten around to it. I must confess that I know that I am an extraordinarily fast reader, so I didn't start the 300 pager until the Friday before.  I went to the meeting on Monday not sure what to expect. There were ten of us, all from different backgrounds. I have to say I was very nervous at first, but shortly felt right at ease. We had an excellent discussion on the novel. Everyone who had read the book really enjoyed it, so if you were thinking of reading it, do it. 

Next month, the book we are reading is Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. I hear good things about it. I have a few books that need to be read before I start, so it might be another weekend before read. 

I am actually really excited because in May I will be in two book clubs. A new one is starting with some blogger buds. We are reading Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman. So yay for meeting new book lovers! 

If you want to friend me on goodreads, that would be awesome! Although, I will warn you, I signed up for their 2012 Reading Challenge and set a pretty lofty goal of 100 books this year. So, while there are some gems I've read, there are some crappy books in there as well. 

What are you reading?