Books

What I Read…

Woot woot! It’s book day!! April is the final month for Erin’s 8.0 Book Challenge, too.

I’m linking up with my favorite book gurus (Steph & Jana) for Show Us Your Books!

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
★★★★★/5
In his old age, a grandpa looks back with fondness and regret over his relationships with his son and grandson. 
This entire story destroyed me. I read it in on sitting one a quiet Saturday afternoon. Thank goodness K wasn’t home because I bawled like a baby for the last half. I think that if you’ve ever seen someone close to you slowly (or quickly) age and fade from the person they used to be, this book will move you. This was my first Backman book and I enjoyed his writing and storytelling. I’m definitely going to check out some of his more popular books next.
Should you read it? Yes. But brace yourself.

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
★★★/5 
In 1659 Bavaria ostracized hangman Jakob Kuisl is tasked with torturing a friend accused of witchcraft and murder… unless he can prove her innocence. With help from his daughter and her suitor, the town’s physician’s son, can Jakob stop the madness before it escalates? 
This was a long book that felt even longer. (I really rate it 2.5 starts but I round up.) I half wonder if the translation made it drag on so terribly…? Sometimes the plot was repeated, similar to a TV show recaping what had happened before the commercial break. I’m not sure… something just made it feel slow and labored. The story itself was great! I loved the setting and the mystery and murders sent chills down my spine. Don’t even get me started on the devil character. ~eek~ I think the title and cover look a little playful, but be warned there are some torture details and most of the murder victims are orphan kids. Definitely not a light and fluffy tale. I know there are four or five more books in this series but I don’t think I’ll be reading on.
Should you read it? No. You can skip this one.

*I think both of these books were written in a different language. Lol


Now for an update on the book challenge… (It ends April 30th at 11:59pm.)

|5 points| Freebie: The Murder on the Links (Christie)
|10 points| Starts with the letter L: Last Christmas in Paris (Gaynor)
|10 points| Has a (mostly) red cover: Girl Waits With Gun (Stewart)
|15 points| A character’s name in the title: HP & the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
|20 points| From this list: Three Dark Crowns (Blake)
|20 points| “House” or “home” in the title: The House of New Beginnings (Diamond)
|25 points| Author’s first & last name begins w/ the same letter: Renegades (Meyer, M)
|30 points| Originally published in a different language: The Hangman’s Daughter (Potzsch)
|30 points| Most of the action takes place on a form of transportation: Dead Wake (Larson)
|35 points| A character suffers from a debilitating illness: Finding Audrey (Kinsella)

Up to 125 points.

Honestly, I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that I won’t be finishing Erin’s challenge this time. When I first started doing her book challenges I was barely reading two books a year. I typically average two or three books a month now so I’m not the least bit upset about not completing the challenges 🙂 I’ll get the next one, though. For some reason I left the +400 page books for the end. Even if I don’t get them done before April’s end, I plan to finish Dead Wake and Renegades.

So that’s all I’ve got. Tell me what you read this month!

Life According to Steph

54 thoughts on “What I Read…

  1. I am finally back on the voracious reading train after not enjoying anything for the past year! I read Tangerine over the weekend and am halfway through Little Fires Everywhere. I want to check out your recommendations!

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    1. I wish I hadn’t left such HUGE books until the end. I want to read them, but I’m not feeling motivated to plow through them…
      This was my first Backman! I really enjoyed his writing!

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  2. I didnt even know that was out by Backman. I need to get more of his stuff under me.
    WAIT… is your blog look new or have I just missed it??? So cute. You know I love yellow! 🙂

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    1. I was needing a quick read to motivate me and that novella was the perfect size. Read it in an hour.
      I did change it! I’m not sure if I’m sold on it yet, but I love the simplicity and yellow 🙂

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  3. Sometimes translations “miss” something, I think. Everyone raves about Backman and I need to pick up something by him. I didn’t even attempt Erin’s reading challenge this time. I’ve realized that as much as I love to read, I want to read what I want to read at any given moment versus feel obligated to read a specific book. But I do love seeing what everyone else reads because I find so many new books and authors from other participants. Going from 2-3 books a year to 2-3 books a month is AMAZING!

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    1. I think all Backman books are translated, too, right? I really enjoyed his writing style- super easy to read and comprehend.
      I love Erin’s challenges but I tend to peter-out by the last month. I’m DETERMINED to finish one someday, though!

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  4. I really do need to read something by Backman. And I love books translated from another language, but yeah, sometimes they can be hit or miss on how much is brought over. It can be confusing at times.

    That’s awesome you’re reading so much more now!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. The Backman novella was a good way for me to dip my toes in the water. I really enjoyed his writing, though. I’ll be picking something by him up again.
      Thanks!!

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  5. i can’t wait for your thoughts on Renegades. i still haven’t read Heartless, i’m too scared. i also won’t finish Erin’s challenge, i only have 1 book left but i have no desire to read it and can’t change it because of the category (one where you had to choose from a list and it’s the only one that sounded good plus i already owned it) but i don’t mind. maybe i’ll finish the next one lol

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    1. I’m like 200 pages in. I like it buuuuut… *whispers* it feels a little X-Men-y. I don’t know. I need to finish it. People seem to really hate Heartless, lol. I didn’t mind it, but I have low standards for AiW retellings/spinoffs.
      Is it the twist-at-the-end category? Have you read Three Dark Crowns? That’s what I read for that category and LOVED it.

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  6. Every Morning sounds depressing but I’m also intrigued and will check it out. I’ve read one Backman book so far (Beartown) and I liked his writing style.

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    1. My big takeaway was that I like his style, too. I have relatives in the throes of rapid aging and I think that *really* affected me while I was reading. But it’s certainly a tearjerker.

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  7. Definitely give Backman another chance! He’s such a good author and his books all really touch you in some way in my opinion. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I won’t finish Erin’s challenge this time around either, but at least we read books right!

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  8. This was my first time particpating in Erin’s challenge and I don’t think I’m going to finish just because I don’t want to read the 3 books I have left. I have been reading other books instead that don’t fit into the categories. You should read A Man Called Ove next if you liked his other book. I haven’t read the one you read yet but A Man Called Ove is my favorite of his that I’ve read.

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    1. I have yet to finish one of Erin’s challenges but I just love doing them 😀 I think A Man Called Ove will definitely be my next Backman. I really enjoy his style!

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  9. I don’t think I can read the Backman book. Those types of plots really depress me, even if the ending isn’t bad! But I do think he’s a great writer. I read Beartown recently and liked it!

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    1. I have relatives that are aging pretty quickly right now so I think it *really* hit home for me… Although I’ve heard most of his books are quite emotional…

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  10. I enjoyed Ove. Beartown was good, but I got really bored in parts of it. I haven’t read any of his others, but this one sounds good. I like that it is shorter. Might have to check it out.

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  11. I LOVED that novella, but definitely needed tissues nearby! I couldn’t get through A Man Called Ove but I think I’m going to give him another try, maybe with Beartown. I’m disappointed to hear about The Hangman’s Daughter because it’s currently on my Kindle.

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  12. Backman destroyed me with A Man Called Ove. It was funny, but it was really dark and sad too. I loved his writing style though, so I plan to keep reading his books too. Bummer about The Hangman’s Daughter. Translated books sometimes miss the mark, but it can be hard to say whether it’s the translation or the book itself. Oh well. I am not going to finish Erin’s challenge either (most likely), we’ll see. hehe XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. I think I’m going to try A Man Called Ove next. I’ll need to be in the right mood, though. I really wanted to like The Hangman’s Daughter but it was just… Zzzzzzz. Ya know?
      We need a failure club for Erin’s challenge were we just encourage one another to break out of the club (but we also celebrate the folks still in it, ha). LOL

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  13. I LOVE hearing what people are reading, but I’ve been reading lots more recently so now I’m actually looking for my next book is going to be!! I’m with you though, because I used to read 2 books a year and this year I’ve read FOUR already. (WHich I know is chump change considering how well you’re doing on that book challenge haha)

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    1. Four books already is awesome!! People who read 10 or 12 a month don’t even bat an eye at my barely 3. HA. We all have different speeds and distractions 😉 I hope you find an awesome recommendation for book #5!!

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