2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge: DONE

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I honestly wasn’t expecting I was going to make it this time,  but I managed to finish When Are You Reading? 2017 with only hours to spare! It was my third time participating in this challenge (click to see lists for 2015 and 2016) hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. It is all about reading books either set or published in twelve different time periods. The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

Below my list of books I managed to read for each era…I have divided my reads into two categories like last year: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color. For a full list, check out my update post.

    • Pre 1500
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (800)
      # The Book Of Whispers – by Kimberley Starr (1096)
      # Court Of Lions – by Jane Johnson (15th century/present)
      # And I Darken – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
      # Now I Rise – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
    • 1500-1599
      # Utopia – by Thomas More (1516)
    • 1600-1699
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (17th century)
    • 1700-1799
      # Alex And Eliza – by Melissa De La Cruz (1770s)
    • 1800-1899
      Life Sentence- by Lily Luchesi (1810-present)
      # Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll (1865)
      # Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
      # The Merchant’s Pearl – by Amie O’Brien (1875)
      # The Jungle Book – by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

      # The Invisible Man – by H.G. Wells (1897)
    • 1900-1919
      # Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil – by Tim Symonds (1906-1907)
      # The Lifeboat – by Charlotte Rogan (1914)
    • 1920-1939
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (1920s)
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1930s)
      # The Last Valentine – by Felix Alexander (1930s)
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
      # The Dollmaker Of Krakow – by R.M. Romero (1940s)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1942-1944)
      # Devastation Road – by Jason Hewitt (1945)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1947)
      # Can’t Buy Forever – by Susan Laffoon (1950s)
    • 1960-1979
      # The Rules Of Magic – by Alice Hoffman (1960s)
      # We Have Always Lived In The Castle – by Shirley Jackson (1962)
      # Flowers For Algernon – by Daniel Keyes (1966)
    • 1980-1999
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1982)
      # IT – by Stephen King (1986)
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
      # The Gypsy Moth Summer – by Julia Fierro (1992)
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1996)
      # Stardust – by Neil Gaiman (1999)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # Never Let Me Go – by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
      # Still Alice – by Lisa Genova (2007)
      # The Ask And The Answer – by Patrick Ness (2009)
      # Room – by Emma Donoghue (2010)
      # A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness (2011)
      # Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # Bird Box – by Josh Malerman (2014)
      # Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
      # Heartless – by Marissa Meyer (2016)
      # The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas (2017)
      # Herding Cats – by Sarah Andersen (2018)
    • The Future
      # The First City – by Joe Hart (2030s)
      # Americosis Vol. 4 – by Haydn Wilks (4046/present)

 


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YVO’S SHORTIES #3: IT & Armada


A new year and more Yvo’s Shorties! This time a true book monster and a popular science fiction read… I’ve been meaning to read both for ages and finally did so last year. I’m talking about IT by Stephen King and Armada by Ernest Cline


Title: IT
Author: Stephen King 

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Fantasy
First published: 1986
Publisher: Scribner
Finished reading: December 4th 2017
Pages: 1.478

“She wanted to scream and couldn’t. The screams were too big to come out.”


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IT is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and never actually picked up, mostly due to the extremely intimidating size of this monster. I don’t mind reading big (read: 800+ pages) books, but IT is on a whole different level… But with the movie coming out last year, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to finally read it. I originally started reading IT in October for Halloween, but the slump got me and I wasn’t able to finish it until December. It wasn’t just the slump though that made me take ages to finish this monster. Because I truly feel it is waaaaaaaaay overlong and has way too many details, descriptions and subplots, making the story drag at points. I honestly think that cutting out at least half of the subplots and pages would have made this story that much more creepy and suspenseful… And without doubt also a real pageturner. As it is, I had a hard time making sense of all the different subplots and characters in the beginning, making it hard to actually enjoy reading it. Things did get better as I started to connect the different parts and things got more creepy, but that dragging feel took a lot of the suspense away for me. The writing was excellent and the idea behind the plot brilliant, but unfortunately the overdose of subplots and characters and dragging feel ended up decreasing the rating considerably and in the end IT was only a 3 star story for me.


Title: Armada
Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: YA, Science Fiction
First published: July 14th 2015
Publisher: Cornerstone
Finished reading: November 16th 2017
Pages: 384

“I took a deep breath and exhaled it slowly, comforted by my half-assed self-diagnosis. Nothing but a mild flare-up of inherited nuttiness, brought on by my lifelong dead-dad fixation and somewhat related self-instituted overexposure to science fiction.”


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Armada is another of those books that has been on my radar for a long time… I’ve actually been wanting to read both this one and Ready Player One ever since they first came out, but somehow I never did. Too many books, too little time sounds just about familiar right? Various fellow book lovers recommended reading Armada first, so when I was in the mood for science fiction I finally did so last November. When I first read the blurb I was 100% convinced I would absolutely love this book. I have a weak spot for geeky books and I’m a former gamer myself, so I thought Armada would be spot on for me. That’s why I was so surprised I ended up having a different reaction instead. Don’t get me wrong, I love LOVE the writing style and I can see why the right target group would absolutely love this story, but the whole war-alien gaming thing just wasn’t for me. Especially in the beginning I had a hard time getting a proper feel for the story, which I found strange since I should have been able to relate at least to the gamer part of it all. Things did get better after the big plot twist bomb about halfway through, and I liked the second half considerably better. But still… I definitely feel this book has a specific target group and unfortunately I don’t belong to that group. Definitely give Armada a go though if you think this story sounds like your cup of tea! The writing will blow your socks off.


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