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…

    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      That was my first Backman. It was a good one to dip my toes into. I plan to pick up another of his.

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  1. Laura April 10, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I am definitely going to read that Frederik Backman.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Super quick! Huge tearjerker, though!

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  2. Lindsay Latimer April 10, 2018 / 9:03 am

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Yay!! Little Fires Everywhere is on my TBR list but I just added Tangerine thanks to you!

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  3. Kaity Bee (@BeeautifulBless) April 10, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I still haven’t read anything by Backman, but A Man Called Ove is one of my Erin Book Challenge categories. I don’t think I’m going to finish this challenge because I just can’t seem to get excited about my remaining 3 or 4 books.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      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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  4. Rebecca Jo April 10, 2018 / 9:58 am

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Be warned- definitely a tearjerker. I really loved it, though.

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  5. A Mindful Migration (@MindfulMigrate) April 10, 2018 / 10:54 am

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      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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  6. Lauren Becker April 10, 2018 / 11:07 am

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      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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  7. StephTheBookworm April 10, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Don’t feel bad about the challenge. I fail the Goodreads challenge every single year! It’s still fun to try! 🙂

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Hahaha- I’m totally gonna bomb that challenge, too!! Ha!

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  8. Leslie April 10, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I’m interested in that first one, but I also cry at literally everything so I think I would be a wreck!

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Man… I cry at everything, too. I knew it’d destroy me. At least it’s SHORT and beautiful, lol.

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  9. Ashley Ziegler April 10, 2018 / 11:49 am

    I’ve heard so many good things about Fredrik Backman’s books! I’ll have to check that one out!

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      It’s the only one of his that I’ve read (so far!). Definitely a good one.

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  10. kristen April 10, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Total tearjerker. So, so good though.

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  11. Jess April 10, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      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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  12. Ana April 10, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Did you change something in your blog? It looks different, but i like it.

    I will look for this Backman book, thanks!

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      I did! I simplified it a little and made it yellow 🙂
      It was a sad one but so beautiful and heartwarming at the same time. Super quick, too!

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  13. Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders April 10, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      I enjoyed the writing style! I will definitely pick up another one of his 🙂
      Oh well, at least we’re reading!! Ha!

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  14. Carolann April 10, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      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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  15. SMD April 10, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Part of me wishes I was a Fredrik fan but the realist in me knows not all authors are for everyone.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      I think I have to be in the mood to be emotional 😉 I liked his writing style, though, so I’ll give a longer book a try next time I’m in the mood.

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  16. chelsea @ the new wifestyle April 10, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    i always appreciate your honest opinion, especially when it comes to books you don’t love! life is tooooo short to read crappy books 🙂

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      So true! Man- I wanted to love the Hangman book but I just didn’t. *sigh*

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  17. Kati Rose April 10, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I’ve never read a Fredrick Backman book even though I’ve continued to hear good things – simply for the fact that I’ve heard they always emotionally hit you.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Yeah… they’re not lying. Ha. It was good, though. Next time I’m in the mood to be emotional I’ll pick up another Backman. Lol

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  18. Amanda April 11, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      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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  19. Jana @ Jana Says April 11, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Backman’s books are so popular among our little booknerd community but I’ve never read one of them. Maybe some day.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      I think I’ll have to be in the right place emotionally when I read my next one. Lol. I’m glad this one was quick.

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  20. Nadine April 11, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      I read it in an hour or less.
      I think I’m going to try A Man Called Ove next.

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  21. Dani April 11, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Maybe you’ll like The Hangman’s Daughter. For some reason it just seemed to drag with me. I dunno…

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  22. Akaleistar April 11, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I tried reading The Hangman’s Daughter a few years ago, and stopped about half way through.

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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:10 pm

      It’s kind of slow and a little boring, right? I thought the killer was SUPER creepy but beyond that… Zzzzz

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  23. Alexandra Consolver April 13, 2018 / 10:09 am

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      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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  24. Julie Hood April 13, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    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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    • Audrey April 16, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      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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