Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Graphic Novels

Today is a genre freebie, and I know a lot of people who shy away from graphic novels. I wanted to share some of my favorites, so if you don't know where to start, these are my recommendations. 

Friday, February 3, 2023

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Author:  Fredrik Backman

Publisher:  Atria Books

Date Published:  June 15, 2015

Genre:  Fiction, Contemporary

Rating:  ⭐

My Thoughts:

-  Elsa is a very observant and wise child. Mentally, she is beyond her years. Elsa and her grandma are best friends, and grandma is full of moxie. They live in an apartment complex with a cast of unique and quirky characters. Grandma loves to tell Elsa stories about the Land of Almost Awake. Grandma sends Elsa on a quest, where she must deliver notes to different people in the building, but Elsa has to find the notes in a sort of treasure hunt. 

-  I adored this book! The characters are so well written and thought out. At first they don't seem important, or they are portrayed a certain way, but as the story unfolds, each character becomes endearing and relatable. 

-  It was interesting to read an adult fiction book from a child's perspective. There were some heavy subjects, and I enjoyed seeing them through Elsa's eyes.

-  Backman is a master storyteller. The way his stories unfold and connect is genius. I have loved every book of his that I've read. 

-  The emotions this story elicits were deep and heartfelt. I laughed out loud, I grieved, I was sad, angry, torn, melancholy, etc. In the end, I felt a hopeful joy. This was pretty much a perfect book for me. 

-  I read this for book club last month, and we had a very engaging discussion about various things. It was a lot of fun. 

My Thoughts in a GIF:

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

January Stats

Books Read:  17

Pages Read:  4,229

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  0
3 Stars:  4
4 Stars:  7
5 Stars:  6

Favorite Book of the Month:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

It was hard to choose a favorite. I read a lot of amazing books in January. I am very proud of my reading for the month. I made good progress on a lot of my challenges, and I was able to read more then I wanted. 

Goals Progress:

Goodreads Challenge:  I am 7 books ahead of schedule, so I'm feeling great about this one. 17/125

Newbery Award Winners:  My goals is to read one a month, and I was able to finish Onion John. 1/12

Book Club:  Yes, I read my book club book. It was the Fredrik Backman book. 1/10

Pioneer Book Challenge:  This has been a fun challenge to do with my friends, and because we talk about it, I've been more motivated. I was able to read 5 books for the prompts. 5/40

POPSUGAR Challenge:  My friends and I are also doing this challenge together. 7/40

Color Coded Reading Challenge: I read a white cover, blue cover, and purple cover. I could probably count more, but I'm trying to find covers that are predominately that color. 3/9

Read it Again, Sam:  I only managed to re-read one book, but I am still on track. 1/12

I hope you had a great reading month!
Good luck with your goals, don't give up!
Happy reading!