February RBRC: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is my RBRC book for February. Well, actually January and February. I cannot accurately remember how I came to have this book in my possession. I would never purchase a book this size for myself, so I am assuming that this was a ‘read it & pass it on’ gift.

This book is actually also a movie, but I did not see the movie so this review is only about the book. This is a rather thick book to read, so it did take me 2 months time to get through it.

This was a good book. It did take a large amount of time to get involved in – more than the 1st 100 pages. But once I managed to get myself tangled in the characters plot, I was hooked.

Some people have said that they are not big fans of the book because the author is seemingly ‘spoon-feeding the plot to his readers’, but this is actually something that I appreciated. In a read this size, it is easy to get lost in the plot. Especially when it seems to fluctuate between the history of a problem and the present time set in the story.

I would recommend this book – especially to those who do not require a dictionary to read it. I would like to watch the movie now that I have read this. I do think I would probably be a bigger fan of the movie, than of the book.

If you would like to join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! I have been running this challenge for 2 years. I will link to your RBRC post on my upcoming post on the 1st of each month!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

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December RBRC: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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Hi there,

My apologies for the delay in post. The electric cuts continued throughout 2 days, but now all seems to be running well again.

My book for the December Recycled Book Reading Challenge is: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. In my mind, this book falls into the romance and supernatural genres. The romance genre is not something that has ever appealed to me. However, I do sometimes get sucked into a good sci-fi or supernatural drama.

I think that this is part of The Twilight Series of books.  I have never read or watched the Twilight saga, so I really don’t know what’s going on here. While it is difficult to start reading in the middle of a seemingly complicated series, it is not impossible. I surely missed much of the characters background and the build-up to the story. But the actual storyline was ok. I think that this book is more fitting for the younger crowd, teens probably, as it seems a bit more angst-y (Is that a word?) and less … logical.

As far as this particular book goes, I had a very difficult time following it. There didn’t seem to be a cohesive, logical plot. I’m sure that the lack of clear ending was because it is part of a series. I would recommend this for teen readers, but not for the adult bookworm.  I know I’m giving the hard line on this one, but I just wasn’t excited about reading it.

If you would like to join my monthly RBRC, we would love to have you join! The basic guidelines are just to dust off one old book and read it in a month. Post your RBRC post on the 1st of the month, and let me know somehow (comments, ping, linking) and I will link to your post on my upcoming RBRC post.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

RBRC: The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters

My book for the November Recycled Book Reading Challenge is The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters.

I found this to be a great novel. Well written and the attention to detail as far as reports, articles, letters, and such added a necessary level to the mystery.  The plot is outstanding and the topic tackled mental illness and racism very well.

There are many novels and movies which try to draw an adequate picture of racism, but they somehow manage to be quite redundant at times. Predictable, if you will. The Shape of Snakes is not such a story. You will be drawn into this story. This is one of those reads that I found it difficult to put down.

This book was actually given to me last Christmas. I can only assume that it was found in perfect condition in a flea market, because english language books are quite expensive in the bookstores. Not to mention, there are not so many available. So, I thought it fitting that I could use it as a good book for this months RBRC.

If you are interested in this book, you can find it by clicking here.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, you can find the general guidelines by clicking the aforementioned link.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

RBRC: Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

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*NO SPOILERS!*

‘Cross Bones’  by Kathy Reichs was my October read for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge. I am actually late with this post because I got caught up in Halloween and Saints Day celebrations and wasn’t quite able to complete the book in good time.

I really enjoy reading Kathy Reichs because, well, Bones. Lets be honest here – the show is fun and reading the books it is based on is intriguing.

I’m not so certain which book # of the series this is. The plot takes one back several thousand years. When you find yourself following around with the around about tale, the killer is a bit of a surprise. It is a bit reminiscent of ‘The DaVinci Code’, but as I found this book at a market stall, I can’t actually say which of them might have been written first.

I enjoy Kathy Reichs way of writing. Its like being inside someones brain who is kind of going through checklists, but sometimes don’t need to complete the thought to get the point. That may seem somewhat neurotic to some, but I like it. It’s different yet still comprehendible.

Do you like the Bones series?

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Testament by John Grisham

Hi there 🙂

Last month, I didn’t post a RBRC post because we were traveling. I’m continuing the challenge though and so picking back up with this month’s post.

The Testament is a well known book. I have read it before (hence the reason its been collecting dust for a few years), but it was nice to give it another read before I pass it on for someone else to enjoy for awhile.

An inheritance of an unbelievable sum is not going the way the family would like it to. The family is horrendous. The beneficiary is an unknown. You know how this plays out….

I really like the way Grisham has developed the characters in this book. He not only covers the emotional spectrum, but human weakness as well. I believe that the weaknesses are what make his characters so much more human.

This is a good book. Of course, its a best seller.  If you haven’t already read this book, I would recommend it as a good read for a rainy day.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! The more, the merrier 🙂 Each month I will be linking back to the posts of those who have joined the challenge.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

August 2018 RBRC

Greetings!

I’m sharing Colette’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge for this month, as we were traveling and I was unable to do my regular post. (Which by the way, the RBRC will be continuing as of the 1st of this month!) Colette is awesome and I hope you will visit her blog.

All the best!

-Mliae

via August 2018 RBRC

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young

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This was a fun book. For a long time, animal lovers have managed to see through the communication barrier and connect certain attributes and personalities to the animals they love. In a nutshell, this is what this book is about.

I think this is an excellent learning tool. I had no idea that, for example, cows families are as they were written; that grandma cow is usually there for the birth and time following to help-out.

This book was written in a imaginative style which manages to keep even the most uninterested reader (i have no desire to learn about cows), interested in the story. Rosamund Young has really done her job well!

This book is actually a borrow, from a friends old book collection on the shelves. Super cute and I would highly recommend it!

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! All you need to do is dust off 1 book from your shelf per month, read it and write a post at the beginning of the month. Anyone who pings back to my RBRC post will be linked to on my upcoming RBRC post.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Hi there 🙂

Elegance of the Hedgehog was my February read for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

I really liked this book. It isn’t written in the usual manner. I expected with a setting like wealthy lodging in France, that it would be from the perspective of the well-to-do. However, it is not. Which is refreshing. There are 2 POV’s from which the story is told. That of Renee (the concierge) and Paloma (a pre-teen). Both are highly intelligent and quite bored of the world they live in. Renee conceals her intelligence and culturality by playing to the stereotype of concierge. Paloma, has set her mind to committing suicide on her 13th birthday.

The book is quite ‘wordy’ and it is occasionally difficult to tell who is narrating. The chapters seem to switch on and off, and it was easy for me to lose track at times, as there was no rhyme or reason to who was speaking in the chapters. You just have to read through until you have a ‘Ahaa’ moment and then follow along accordingly.

However, I really enjoyed the writing, the perspectives, and even the characters’ boredom with the mundane and predictable. I was actually quite surprised to see how popular this book seems to be when I checked online. I would recommend this if you see it somewhere.

I think I picked this book up while on holiday (You know the hotel book swaps) and I’m very glad I did! A time investment well-spent!

If you would like to join this monthly challenge, you can read all about it by clicking here. Anyone is welcome to join, and I will be linking to your posts on my monthly post.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

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This 1992 novel by Michael Crichton was a pretty good read. I’m not sure where I managed to pick up this book. As I don’t normally purchase books that have been made into movies, I’m thinking this was something that was passed along to me by a friend.

I like detective novels, in small doses. I have seen this movie – probably several times – so there wasn’t so much thrill and surprise to the book in general. This is precisely why I don’t normally read books that have been made into movies – unless I haven’t seen the movie yet.

The book was ok. Surely much better had I not already had a clear idea of how the events would unfold. However, at this point in the game, I’m happy to have dusted it off and now I can pass it along. Already have, as a matter of fact. I have discovered a few places that will gladly accept books in any language, as they have on occasion, many different nationalities which need to pass the time.

If you have a bookshelf full of old books that need to be dusted off and read, please join my Recycled Book Reading Challenge! All that’s asked of you is to a read a book that it’s your possession once a month and write a post about it on the 1st of the month. You are welcome to leave a link to your post under any of the Recycled Book Reading Challenge posts here and I will link to you on my upcoming post. The more the merrier!

What are you reading today?

-Mliae