Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 5 Update. For those of you who are just now tuning in, I am one month into ProjectTwentyNine, which is a year long challenge I set for myself when I turned 29. I am attempting to complete 29 lists of 29 things, and I am sharing my progress with you here weekly. If you’d like to read a bit more about ProjectTwentyNine, you can check out the introduction post here.
3. TV Shows (No completions)
I actually did not watch many of the shows on my list this week. I had a bit of a cold all week, so I ended up watching a lot of crime show re-runs (NCIS, CSI:NY) on the actual television while I was working on other things and relaxing. I am on my second month of show allotments, and I am completely on track so far.
- New Girl. This week (let’s be real, Saturday), I watched a lot of New Girl. I have been really enjoying this show, and I’ve found it good when I want a bit of a pick me up, so I’ve been “binge watching it” to a certain extent. This week I watched S1 Episode 19 – S2 Episode 11. This, of course, is way more than my allotted number for this month, and I suspect this show will end up finished before earlier than I set out in my planning. Though there are some shows that I’m intending to spread out over the whole year, this isn’t one where that’s necessary, so I’m not concerned with my pace.
4. Children’s Reads (#2)
- The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I absolutely loved this book. This is one that I found months ago while browsing my elibrary shelves, and I am so glad that I added it to my wish list. Basically this story is about two girls who are kidnapped from their village and taken to a school where children learn how to be fairy tale characters – either good ones or bad ones. I loved the concept, and I loved how it was executed. I also really appreciated the way the author dealt with the questions around good and evil, and what defines a character in that way. This is the first book in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Highly Recommend
5. New Reads (#4)
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m not really sure what I thought of this book. I know, I know, that is extremely unhelpful. Overall I think I liked it? But I also found it very strange and very long. I did not hang on every word, and I did not really have a sense of satisfaction when I finished it. In many ways I had to force my way through the audiobook on a faster speed. There were elements of the story that I enjoyed, and I liked how it was set up, in that the main plot point around which the rest of the story hinges is outlined at the very beginning. I also liked how the focus was more on the reaction of the other characters, and the effect the event had on their lives, instead of the event itself. Overall, I feel like it was a book I should have enjoyed, and I’m glad that I read it, but it’s not a favourite and I’m glad I listened to it sped up, because it is long.
Genre: Adult Fiction Verdict: Recommend if you’re a fan of long, drawn out reads. Not recommended if you get stuck on meandering stories.
7. Impulse Reads (#3)
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. This is the second book in a series I came across and began a couple months ago. And, unlike the traditional pattern of “second books,” I found that this book was better than the first book. The characters were more well developed, and the story just read better. The main twist at the end was a bit predictable for the genre, but it was well done, and I am looking forward to reading book 3. (If you want to read a bit of an extended version of this review, and see what else I’m reading, come visit me on goodreads)
8. Comic Books/Graphic Novels (#2?)
Why the question mark? I still haven’t figured out how to classify when a comic book read entry is completed. For trades, and graphic novels it’s obvious, but not so much when you’re reading single issues. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!
- Doctor Who (10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors). A few months ago I came across a monthly magazine that includes a single issue comic of each of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, and I have managed to pick up each months issue. I’ve been reading it gradually, and was mostly up to date for awhile until I wasn’t. So this week I’ve been working on catching up on these issues. Unfortunately this magazine is only available in the UK, so when I go back to Canada I won’t have access to these. There’s a chance these are issues which have already been previously released in North America, though, so I will need to look into that.
I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.