#Reading Journal

Hello, bookworms!
I’m so sorry I’ve been quiet in the last few days – I was in a bit of funk, well, to be more precise, I was a bit unmotivated to review every book I read.

I’ve had this problem for some time and I attribute it to having kept pushing myself forward, sometimes kicking my butt and kind of forcing myself to write reviews since I launched this book blog 2 years ago. (By the way, my humble book blog turned 2 years old on the 25th last month, yay!) It’s okay while you are on a roll but once you stop and come up for air – all the exhaustion tends to get to you. I think that’s what’s happening to me right now.Β 

But I don’t want to be a quitter. I don’t want to let this book be dormant just because I am stuck at writing reviews.

So, I came up with this new idea, “Reading Journals” where I post my casual thoughts and opinions about books that I’m reading.
I might post reviews when I feel up for doing so and if I can of course,Β but for now, this is the outlet where I share my thoughts and reading updates with you guys πŸ™‚

All right, enough of my yakking, let me bring y’all up to speed on what I was reading and how my reading went last weekend.

First, I finished reading/listening to The Firm by John Grisham. Man, it took me almost two weeks to finish the book because I had to go back to the beginning and reread it all over again.
But I enjoyed the book a lot. It was a well-written, complex legal thriller that kept me intrigued down to the last-minute.

To be perfectly honest, I did think the middle part was a tad tedious and a drag. I put this negative down to my expectation, but I was expecting a constant streak of thrills and tension. I was expecting it to be a lot more nail-biting.
Don’t get me wrong – there were a lot of thrilling scenes here and there in the book. “The Firm’s” infiltration into Mitch’s life and their rigorous and thorough surveillance was jaw-dropping. Sent chills down my spine.Β  But I wanted more. I would have liked a bit more intense “race against time” feels in the pursuit scene in the latter part of the book, too. Was I asking too much?

All in all, I think this is a great, solid legal thriller from John Grisham. I am glad that I finally read it.

The second book I’m currently reading is The Sunday Lunch Club.


I’m buddy reading this book with my Twitter friends and as I mentioned in my WWW Wednesday post, we are reading about 40 pages per day.

I had some trouble getting into the story in the beginning – I think the writing is solid enough yet there were something obscure to her writing and we didn’t get what the author meant straight at our first try. For instance, the first couple chapters are crucial to set the stage so that readers can easily ease themselves into the story. But the character dynamics is not clearly described in this book, and we all thought Santiago was Anna’s husband whereas the subsequent dialogues show otherwise. I would have put it to my lack of attention if it had been only me who thought that way, but we all did. Now that says something, doesn’t it?

We are currently a bit over halfway through the book and are finally enjoying the book.
There are some parts that we find a bit of a stretch and forced, but overall, it’s an interesting book.Β  Let’s see where we end up!

That’s it for today. I was meaning to make this post short and sweet, but look at how long it turned to be! My bad lol
I hope you enjoyed this new addition to my blog, please let me know your thoughts in the comment!

Thank you so much for visiting and reading as always, I will see you all in my next update!

30 thoughts on “#Reading Journal

  1. This is a great idea Noriko, with this we can also know you more.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I’ve read The Firm when I was in highschool so it’s a long long time ago but I remember liking it. And even forget the premise of the story but I can believe there are parts that are tedious, most of JG’s books have that.. hehe

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  2. I like reading those reading journal-posts! Although I don’t do them myself and.. don’t see myself doing them either. [Pretty much because I have plenty of posts as it is, oops.]

    Don’t push yourself to review books, though! That only makes the blogging slump monster creep closer and we don’t want that. πŸ™‚

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  3. This is a really nice post, Noriko. It has a lightness and flow to it that I like a lot! And I agree, it is always good to take a break every now and then from writing regular reviews. I really enjoy writing them, but making yourself write them so often can get a little tiring.

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