Top Ten Tuesday [18]: Flash Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is about the books that I’ve read in a flash. These are books that are incredibly short but not necessarily serials.

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

52 pages. Read in March 2015

 Feminism explained in a clear, concise manner. If you’ve ever struggled to explain what it is,  Adichie’s TEDx speech is a must-read. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has their own definition. But this tiny little book is the bible I adhere to.

 

 

Morphine
by Mikhail Bulgakov

64 pages. Read in December 2013

It literally took me half an hour to read this book. It’s about a doctor’s tragic love affair with depression and morphine. This is Bulgakov in his rawest, I thought. I remember reading it at a time when I was desperately clawing my way out of the deepest pits of a reading slump. It did the trick!

 

 

Ronit & Jamil
by Pamela L. Laskin

Audio, 1 hr and 29 min. Read in March 2017

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book so when it came out, I got it right away. I’m not gonna lie, I thought there was a mistake when I saw the length. I didn’t realize this book was written in verse, which is no big, except it felt incomplete and it didn’t really live up to my expectations.

 

 

You Will Not Have My Hate
by Antoine Leiris

99 pages. Read in February 2017

I don’t think anyone would soon forget the horrors of the terrorist attacks in Bataclan, Paris. When men opened fire at a concert, killing 90 people in the theater alone. One of them was Antoine’s wife. She left a husband and their son barely two years old. Three days later, he wrote this letter to her murderers. This book is sad and hopeful in equal measure.

 

 

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
by David Foster Wallace

138 pages. Read in March 2017

There’s never been a book more powerful than this one. David Foster Wallace’s one and only commencement speech is an eye-opener about life, compassion and how we’re programmed to think.

 

 

The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yōko Ogawa

180 pages, Read in March 2014

If you’ve ever found Mathematics romantic, this book is written with you in mind. Admittedly, I picked up this book because of the underlying allusion to a romance in the title. Boy, was I disappointed! Still, this book was amazing. It made me appreciate Math in a whole another spectrum.

 

 

Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump
by Aaron James

144 pages. Read in June 2016

Fuck this guy. Seriously. Fuck him. <– Real thoughts about this book and its subject. I think I’ve already made my position known about President Shit for Brains. Anyway, Aaron James philosophies on how America got here.

 

 

The Strange Library
by Haruki Murakami

96 pages. Read in 2015

Wildly imaginative. Totally crazy and absolutely out of my range as far as fiction goes. Sadly, this was my baptism of fire in the world of Murakami. And we didn’t get on well. He pulls his readers in fantastic realms that only his brilliant mind could conceive. Unfortunately, I missed the bus on this one. Still, a nice intro, if I may so myself.

 

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

178 pages. Read in 2013

Speaking of brilliantly weird books, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is another one that went over my head. A book so odd that to this day, I couldn’t describe exactly what it was about. One thing I’ve deduced from reviews of his work is that they have the overwhelming characteristics of a fairy tale anointed by the Grimm Brothers themselves.

 

 

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nahesi Coates

154 pages. Read in 2016

I read this in December when it seems like I was angry every fucking day. Oddly enough, I felt a sense of unburdening after finishing this book for the second time literally hours after I read it the first time. I took stock of where I am and how it bad it could still be. And I hate that my perspective in life was suddenly a little better at the expense of another’s.

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Top Ten Tuesday [17]: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Sunday

 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. Imagine being a minister of faith and being asked to recruit non-believers from another planet.

Another Day in the Death of America. There are gun deaths in America on any given day. This book is a commentary about the gun culture that the Second Ammendment so closely protects. The date is November 23rd, 2013. There were 10 random kids who died of gun-related injuries. These are their stories.

Ruby. Small town Texas. Girl with a disturbing past and the boy who pined for the girl on the run.

The Improbability of Love. It starts with a painting found in the trash and the woman who will find herself in possession of what the London Art world decidedly covets.

Possession. There’s romance. There’s history. There are poets. I’m sold.

The Morning They Came For Us. The start of the long, bloody war in Syria.

The Wangs vs. The World. A once affluent family suddenly found themselves in a reversal of fortune travelling the United States in search of a new life.

Autumn. I’m not gonna lie, the synopsis is as vague as they come. But hey, it’s Ali Smith, so yeah.

New World Fairy Tales. It looks creepy but I’m wholly intrigued.

What’s on your list?

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Top Ten Tuesday [16]: New on My Shelves

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I’m glad I decided to check out the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I was about to draft my latest Hoarders post only to realize I can kill two birds in one stone. So the prompt is about top ten books you’ve recently added to your TBR and since I’ve not done a Hoarders post in the last couple of weeks, I thought I might as well.

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

This is the sequel to Warm Bodies. I don’t know if y’all remember the most sentient zombie in the history of zombies, but R was one of a kind. I thought Warm Bodies was really good so when Simon & Schuster emailed me about this book, I agreed gleefully. Release date: February 2017

The Rain by Gregg Hurwitz

This has an interesting premise that has me thinking of that movie, Purge with rabid adults terrorizing the young uns. I knew I had to read it.

The Killer Within [Killer Instinct, #2] by S.E. Green

Truth be told, I didn’t quite enjoy Killer Instinct but since the sequel was on sale, I figure I might as well see if there was any improvement. Let’s hope.

A Barricade in Hell [Delia Martin, #2] by Jaime Lee Moyer

I haven’t read the first book to this series, but I found this on the sale shelves of my bookstore. I don’t know much about this book. I know there’s a girl who has the ability to see ghosts or the afterlife and that it’s set in the 1900s. I just like seeing a completed series on my bookshelves, that’s all. Lol.

Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King

Is it bad that I haven’t read a single book by A.S. King? Well, I now own three of her books. I need to stop buying them and letting them sit on my shelves unread. #bookhoarderproblems

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

This book is giving me a Cinder vibe with a mix of Rapunzel so of course, I had to get it.

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

This book hasn’t been getting OMG-THIS-BOOK-IS-AMAZEBALLS reviews but I’ve always been fascinated with the life of a diplomat so I knew I want to read this.

The Fixes by Owen Matthews

This is an LGBTQIA book that I’ve recently found when I followed Steve Donoghue on YouTube. He’s unintentionally funny and brilliant at the same time. He’s not your typical book tuber for sure but he reviews non fiction usually about history. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by him. Anyway, he gets an eclectic mix of books for review from a lot of publishers but he rarely gets YA. It’s almost incongrous when he does.

Gemina by Amy Kauffman & Jay Kristoff

I haven’t read Illuminae (I know, I know!).

Missing You by Harlan Coben

I’ve always wanted to read his books so when I saw this on the sale shelf, I wanted to grab the chance.

So there you have it. All new books on my shelves that I’ve picked up in the last couple of weeks.

What’s in your list this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday [15]: Unfinished Business

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Today’s TTT prompt is about completed series that I’ve yet to finish. God knows, this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. Honestly, I chose these because they are the ones that were within reach at the time of this writing. I have read most of this series starters a long time ago that I’ve forgotten what they were about. There are a multitude of reasons why I haven’t picked them up. But mostly, I simply have lost interest.  For more explanation as to why I haven’t finished these, read below.


ashen winter by Mike Mullin

This series was completed April, 2014. I loved the first book, Ashfall. The reason why I haven’t had the appetite to complete these (even though I own all three books) is because I’m terrified. The author has a way of ripping his readers’ hearts into shreds by putting the characters through the worst possible scenarios you can imagine. I sill want to read them though.

rephaim series by paula weston

This series is technically not competed yet. But you can order the last book (Burn) from The Book Depository. I didn’t want to read the third book until I have the last book in my hands. So this one will probably be completed soon.

the game by eve silver

I’ve had such a polarizing reaction to these books that I’m honestly not looking forward to completing it. Which is stupid because I bought the third book. Gah.

the wolves of mercy falls by maggie stiefvater

Another one of those scary endings. I really should read it soon so I can read Cole’s story. Plus, Ms. Maggie’s writing is divine.

divergent by veronica roth

Nope. No chance I’m ever going to finish this series. Pass.

darkness rising by kelley armstrong

I adore Kelley. I’m not fully writing off this series, but let’s just say I’m biding my time. The Gathering has echoes of her Darkest Powers series, so I was a little skeptical after finishing the first book.

paranormalcy by kiersten white

I don’t remember the story line, to be honest. I think I managed to acquire the second and third book, but perhaps a re-read will be in order.

his fair assassin by robin lefevers

I only need to read the third book. Frankly, the second book exhausted me so that I couldn’t find the motivation to read the third book. I’m still interested though.

penryn and the end of days by susan ee

The honest truth? I got tired of waiting. But if you say the books were worth the wait, then I’ll take your word for it.

benny immura by jonathan maberry

I haven’t even read the first book. Someday, someday.

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