#Reading Journals: August 13th, 2019

Hello, bookworms!
Oh, my gosh. It’s been quite a while since I last made a Reading Journal post. In addition to the fact I’m still struggling to post from my iPad/iPhone (I’m not really good at typing on my phones), I have been busy catching up with work after a week of absence.

As some of you may know (if you read my last WWW Wednesday post, that is), I’m heading home for the Obon holiday from the 13th and probably won’t be back until the 17th or the 18th.
I am not quite certain how much I get to read or update my blog during the holiday, but I’m certain that I’ll take a brief break from the weekly memes such as WWW Wedesday/Goodreads Monday/First Line Friday. I’ll be only posting book reviews in the meantime.

All right, then, let’s get down to my reading update! (I’ll brief you on my updates since my last WWW Wednesday post.)

I managed to finish these three books since last Wednesday and I love them all but personally I was expecting a bit more from The Guilty Mother. That said though, I rated all those books either 4 or 4.5 stars which is what I call a good reading week!

As for my thoughts, I enjoyed them both but the winner goes to All the Lovely Pieces by J.M. Winchester. But then again, I highly recommend both books!

Click the links to read my thoughts 🙂
All the Lovely Pieces
The Guilty Mother

My review for The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge will be up tomorrow!

Once I finished The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, I started reading Saving Francesca at last. I initially picked up The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (I was in the mood for it last night), but deciding it would take longer than it looks with a bit over 200 pagecount and I changed my mind this morning. I’m 26 pages in right now but oh, boy. The school Francesca goes to sounds SO AWFUL. It’s supposedly a co-ed school but it’s only nominal. Co-ed in this context means having girls’ bathrooms. The boys are either disgusting or despicable, running roughshod over girls and the power dynamics between girls and boys are clear as day – 30 girls against 750 boys. Francesca hates going to school to the core, and there we have her usually perky mom – Mia’s sudden change of attitudes. Like I said I’m only 27 pages in the book at the moment but I am pumped to see what happens from here. 

As for The Count of Monte Cristo, this is my very first read (Yup, I know, it’s kind of embarrassing to admit.) I hadn’t even read the translated edition so I don’t have the foggiest idea of what to expect. I’m currently 10% in the book and boy, am I surprised by the development already!
As this book has got more than 1,000 pages, it’s a long long way to go. It’s not a book that I get to finish in a day or two (obviously), so I’m taking it slow. 

That’s about it for today.
How about you? How’s your reading coming along? Feel free to comment below!

Thank you so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!

4 thoughts on “#Reading Journals: August 13th, 2019

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  1. Is The Remains of the Day your first Ishiguro? I’ve read 2 of his; I don’t think he’s for me.

    I’ve never read the Count of Monte Cristo but know it’s a goo book. Maybe one day!

    I just started The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (the author combines two real themes: pack horse librarians and the blue people).

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    1. Well, I tried Ishiguro’s book before (Never Let Me Go) but I kinda DNFed the book. But I skimmed through the first ten pages or so and I have a feeling that this might be for me. That said though, Ishiguro’s prose definitely takes getting some used to, I must say!


  2. Love you reading journals, Noriko, and always look forward to them. In your previous post you provided a link to more information about the Obon festival, and it was fascinating. Thank you!
    I haven’t read the Count of Monte Cristo, so you’re not alone- at least you’re doing it now. Can’t wait to read your thoughts once you finish it and write your review.
    I love Kazuo Ishiguro, but I know not everyone does, and The Remains of the day is a bit slow.
    Lots of love from your faithful follower💜


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