I've talked about my adventures in reading under friend lock, but haven't said a word publicly since October.
Jul - Nov: Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Dec into Jan 2013: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga book 1
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (#1
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (#2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (#3
Starting next: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4
It took me so, so long to finish Let The Right One In
, which is a pity because it was actually really good. I think if I read it now it would only take me a month at most, but I wasn't in a bookish mood last year at all. I finished 4 books, not making my 5 book goal.. As you can see, including the graphic novel I've already read 7 books this year, hahaha, how things change. I had my goal set for 5 books originally, but when I got to 3 and it was still January I thought I should up it. I upped it to 10 or 15 but decided to up it again to 24: 2 books a month. Even not including the manga (as I feel a bit guilty including it, somehow), I'm already at 3 a month. When uni starts next week though it'll slow down I think.
I started reading The Secret
in January, but it was just horrible. I still have it in my currently-reading shelf, but I don't know if I'll finish it.
Last year I started reading What The Buddha Taught
, but the book is quite hard to understand for me, having no prior knowledge of the teachings and having trouble gulping the masses of information at once to move on. I do want to finish this one. Maybe I'll restart it, though.
I have A LOT of books on my Goodreads to-read shelf, but I guess I mainly add them to keep track of things I might be interested in. Some jump out more than others.
Books I'm really interested in reading:
I hope to finish the whole Harry Potter saga this year at the very least, if not get through a good chunk of these picks as well. At 24 books a year, it will take me 6 years to clean out my current to-read shelf
. That's not even touching my "maybe eventually" shelf
for books even less urgent than the ones in to-read. I really need to update the order, but it's very overwhelming when I can't really plan what will pique my fancy 10 books away, much less 150.
Anyway, I've been watching the Harry Potter movies after reading the books. #2
was less than enjoyable due to a certain unbearable character, and a plot I found a bit too tight toward the end (of the book)... I'm assured the rest of the series is much, much better, especially as it gets darker. I'm looking very much forward to book 5, so much that it made my list above before I've even picked up book 4. I'm lead to believe #5
is very focused on inner-Harry, which apparently made for a very short movie as there's not much you can materialise out of thoughts for visual appeal, I guess.. So far I've liked the books more than the movies, but the movies do lend nice or amusing or helpful visuals to carry with me. Like all movies that I've seen after reading the book though, they come up short in comparison.
I read A Walk To Remember after it being my favourite movie and found I preferred the movie, however. Same happened with Interview with a Vampire. I've learnt from this that I should always read the book first, so when I notice a movie I want to see, like Perks of Being A Wallflower and Life of Pi, I must read it first. Comics not so much, though. I liked A Little Princess in both mediums (90s film version, not earlier ones) for different reasons, I was very pleased to find.