Hello and welcome to my book, movie, review, whatever blog for the second post I am writing. Because the idea is to write twice a week (every Monday and Saturday), there is no way I will find something to review for every week. That’s why in addition to normal reviews I will write other articles talking about books, movies, TV series and other fitting genres. Today’s post will be a good example of what the future will hold for this blog.
I have promised to read one book every week for a whole year and that makes 52 books in total. Usually, my book reading process goes a little bit like this “Hey look I am in the library and this book has colorful cover. I will read it next!” That being said this year I would like to select my books with more care. There are just too many good books. This post will be a list of 10 books I want to read during the year 2018 and then review here on my blog. After the year is over we can check if I was able to do it… So, let’s start with the 10 book!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee
The title of this book is too long but the cover is enchanting. Book with a handsome man on the cover? Count me in! I don’t usually like stories set in historic times but I have seen this specific book in so many places that I just have to read it. First, it was recommended to me in my online library and then I saw it at least in five bookstores during my New York trip. It felt like a destiny so I just had to put a hold on the book. It’s a popular one in my library so I still have to wait about six weeks before lending it.
Like I said usually historic plot wouldn’t intrigue me enough but the fact that Lee has added bisexual character to the mix has awakened my interest. Conflicts, collisions, and incompatibility are my thing. The most interesting stories are always those that have something different from the norm. We don’t usually see historic novels with sexual minority protagonist. It should be interesting.
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Last year I started studying creative writing in university. I had never before read books about writing but quickly after the first days of studying, I got hooked. It’s hard to get books from this genre in Finland and especially if you don’t want to use your whole savings. I was able to get two of Goldberg’s writing guide’s cheaply (don’t worry I will definitely review them later this year) and fell in love with her writing style. Writing Down the Bones is the original one of her writing guides and also a piece that gets mentioned all the time in writing studies. My mum ordered this book to me as Christmas gift but we hadn’t still gotten it.
Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
This is another book I have a hold for at my local online library. This feels like a book made for me but I still have to wait about 15 weeks. Until now I have liked the writing style of all books I have read from Japanese authors. On the other hand as “half-time traveler” I should learn more about minimalism and surviving without all the unnecessary stuff in my home. Sasaki promises that you will learn to lead simpler, happier and more fulfilled life. That sounds good.
The true reason why I decided to put the hold on this book was the name, cover photo of a white room with a laptop on the floor and the first sentence of my online library describing Goodbye, Things: “Fumio Sasaki is a writer in his thirties who lives in a tiny studio in Tokyo with three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and not much else.” I want to be a writer so anyone who has same passion as me is automatically interesting person. Also I lived for month in Tokyo two years ago and I’m going back to there later this year. Reading books about places you have connetion with makes things more interesting.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Seeing this book on library felt like dream come true. I have no idea if it will be good nor do I know if I will find the time to even borrow it after finding more interesting books all the time. Vagabonding is one of those travel books I saw a lot of travel bloggers speaking when I first got hooked on reading blogs and writing my own. It’s a guide to long-time traveling and all the small things you can do to make it happen. Even after giving up the idea of full time traveling for a combination of creative writing and half-time traveling, this book hopefully would have some new ideas for me.
The Heist by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
My year wouldn’t be complete without reading a lot of murder mysteries and crime books. The Heist is the first book in series telling the story of conman and FBI agent working together. Totally my kind of book. I will literally read anything telling about conmen turning “good”. Leverage and White Collar are literally my favorite TV series while I have seen the movie Now You See me for too many times. If there is a cheeky and charming conman, I just can’t hate this book.
Another reason for me to read this book is the fact that it’s the first book in longer series. I have been trying to find new book series to read for a few years. Waiting until you can start reading the next book and continuing story of the characters are the best feelings ever. I want to fall in love with book series like I used to.
Do you have any book recommendations for me? Or what books are you going to read during 2018? All comments are always welcome and remember to check my daily posts from LostViivi.com Let’s end this post with one quote about reading from A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.
The man who never reads lives only one.”