Book Club

If you can’t find me hiking up mountains or sampling all the delicious food that I can buy (or, you know, teaching…), there’s a good chance that I’m curled up by a window, drinking tea and reading a book. So I figured that I would share what I’m reading with anyone interested, plus my own little star rating (with or without explanation as to why I rated it, depending on how lazy I am). My own little book club of sorts, eh?

The 20 Books of 2017 Challenge

  1. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche — Murakami Haruki
  2. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer — Neal Stephenson
  3. The Girl on the Train — Paula Hawkins
  4. Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption — Laura Hillenbrand
  5. The Host — Stephanie Meyer (reread)
  6. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption — Bryan Stevenson
  7. The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State —    Fang Lizhi
  8.  Autor du monde en quatre-vignt jours — Jules Verne (in french)

Current Thoughts on my 2017 Books: 

  1. We’re 5 months into the year, and it’s not a good sign that I’ve only read 6 books in full this year! I was hoping to reach my 20 book goal, but I’d settle for reading at least 16, the same number as last year…
  2. Undoubtedly, the most powerful book that I’ve read so far was my most recent pick — Just Mercy. It made me SO ANGRY and so sad. I highly recommend to everyone. The second most powerful has been Unbroken.
  3. My goal for the year is to read a long list of nonfiction books, interspersed with fast, “easy” reads to give myself a break. That’s one of the reasons that The Host is on the list, aside from it being one of my guilty pleasure reads.

The 20 Books of 2016 Challenge

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood (completed 1/4/2016) ***** 324 pages
  2. Cutting for Stone — Abraham Verghese (completed 2/2/2016) ***** 690 pages
  3. The Enchanted — Rene Denfeld (completed 2/12/2016) ***** 261 pages
  4. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (completed 3/6/2016) **** 29% through 1883 pages
  5. Kafka on the Shore — Haruki Murakami (completed 4/3/2016) *** 448 pages
  6. Me Before You — Jojo Moyes (completed 4/17/2016) ***** 385 pages
  7. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle                   (completed 5/8/2016) **** 51% through 1883 pages
  8. The Glass Castle: A Memoir — Jeannette Walls (completed 5/20/2016) ***** 353 pages
  9. The Picture of Dorian Grey — Oscar Wilde (completed 6/29/2016) *** 224 pages
  10. RedeploymentPhil Klay (completed 7/12/2016) **** 303 pages
  11. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (completed 8/3/2016) ***** 77% through 1883 pages
  12. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman — Robert K. Massie (completed 8/10/2016) ***** 656 pages
  13. The Martian — Andy Weir (completed 8/20/2016) ***** 387 pages
  14. Great Expectations — Charles Dickens (in progress)
  15. Assassination Classroom series — Yuusei Matsui (Completed 9/10/2016) ***** 22 books
  16. How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia — Shannon Young (Completed 12/18/2016) **** 324 pages
  17. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 4 — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (completed 100% 12/12/2016) ***** 1883 pages

Books of 2015:

  • We Were Liars — E. Lockhart (completed 5/26/2015) **
  • The Nightingale — Kristin Hannah (completed 6/15/2015) *****
  • Middlesex — Jeffrey Eugenides (completed 9/12/2015) *****
  • Still Alice — Lisa Genova (completed 11/2/2015) *****
  • The 5th Wave — Rick Yancy (completed 11/13/2015) ****
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania — Erik Larson (completed 12/10/2015) *****
  • A Christmas Carol — Charles Dickens (completed 12/25/2015) *****



4 thoughts on “Book Club

    • karen.m says:

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 I just finished Still Alice, and that’s my top recommendation (along with The Nightingale). I haven’t read anything by Murakami yet but he’s on my list! Have you read others by Murakami? I’m wondering what book of his to start with…

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      • yumyum.hanami says:

        I’d start with Norwegian wood – very famous (for a reason) but also a good segue into his heavier, weirder stuff! I loved still alice the movie, so will have to read that soon.


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