Books I’ve Read #1

I’ve have read a pretty good amount of books in my life. I mean, I am not a 50 books a year kinda girl (although sometimes I wish I was), but I do read pretty regularly and I have all my life.

Since I started this blog I have documented most of the books I read on here, from the moment I bought them to my final thoughts after finishing that last page. And it is fun to look back on sometimes and remember what book I bought when and what my thoughts were on it. However, of course I have also read many books before I started blogging and so maybe some of those haven’t been featured on here yet, or I have only briefly mentioned them. So today I thought I would talk about some of these books that I read before I started tracking my progress here on the blog. Some of them I might have mentioned already, but then I can’t really remember so that’s probably a long time ago.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970’s small town Ohio. Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

This is basically the book that inspired me to do this post. I got gifted this a couple of years ago from a friend because she really enjoyed the book (I believe) and she thought I should read it as well. I started reading this on March 29, 2016 and finished it on April 7, 2016 according to Goodreads. This book is pretty different from what I read at the time which was mostly YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, but from what I remember I very much enjoyed this step out of my comfort zone. I didn’t actually give this a rating on Goodreads, but thinking back I suspect I would have given it 3 stars, as I did enjoy the read. Well, enjoy might not be the right word, but it was a good books from what I can remember. Would I read it again? Possibly, although I am just not the biggest rereader so I can’t say for sure that I would pick it up again. But I will keep it in my book collection for now, because I would like to have the option to reread it one day.

The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

‘What the hell are you?’ A.J. asks the baby. For no apparent reason, she stops crying and smiles at him. ‘Maya,’ she answers.

A.J. Fikry, the grumpy owner of Island Books, is going through a hard time: his bookshop is failing, he has lost his beloved wife and a prized rare first edition has been stolen.
But one day A.J. finds two-year-old Maya sitting on the bookshop floor, with a note attached to her asking the owner to look after her. His life – and Maya’s – is changed forever.

I actually believe that I may have mentioned this book on the blog before, maybe one or two times. But I feel like it needs a bit more highlighting in this post, because from what I remember it was an absolutely wonderful read. Again something a bit different for me at the time but I remember loving this book. It was funny, sometimes a little tragic, but mostly just heartwarming. The reason I got this and wanted to give it a try is because I worked at an independent bookstore at the time and this was one of the favourite books from the owner, as it is about an independent bookseller. I read this on March 4, 2016 and finished it just 4 days later, so clearly I flew through the story. Again, I can’t find a rating, but I do think it would have been at least 4 stars. And yes, I definitely want to read this one again someday.

The Concrete Blonde – Michael Connolly

When maverick LAPD detective Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, the police were convinced it marked the end of the hunt for the Dollmaker, the city’s most bizarre serial killer. But now Norman Church’s widow is accusing Bosch of killing the wrong man – and to make matters worse, Bosch has just received a taunting note that appears to be from the Dollmaker himself. Same handwriting, same awful poetry.
Is the Dollmaker still alive? Or is this the work of a vicious copy-cat killer determined to repeat the Dollmaker’s grisly feats and destroy Bosch’s career in the process?

Ah, the very first Harry Bosch book I ever read. I read it in Dutch because my dad recommended it (he is a big fan of the Michael Connolly books), but this is an English version I picked up a few years ago. I do intent on reading it again, which is why I picked up this copy, and I think I actually might read it soon as is has been a long long time since I did. So long, in fact, that I didn’t even have Goodreads yet. But I think I must have been around 14 or 15 at the oldest. I remember this being a really good read, and I have since read a few more Connolly books. And I have started the Bosch TV series, but I don’t have a way of finishing it right now. But back to this book, it is just a good crime thriller, and from what I understand quite realistic as well because Connolly used to be a crime/police journalist, so knows pretty well how that stuff works.

Shades Of London series – Maureen Johnson

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

The Name Of The Star – Maureen Johnson (source: Goodreads)

I don’t have the first book in this series, so what you see on the photo is book 2, but I still felt like sharing this series because I remember absolutely loving it. The Shades Of London series starts with The Name Of The Star and currently has 3 books in the series. I don’t think anyone knows if a fourth one will ever happen, but I truly hope so! I again read this whole series before I started properly keeping up with my reading on Goodreads so I don’t know exactly when I read this but I must’ve been around 15 again. I remember loving this series, like LOVING it, and I still hope I can read a fourth book in the series one day because the series didn’t feel finished after the third one. This series has that YA urban fantasy feel that I loved at the time and still enjoy sometimes these days. I would again probably give this series 4 stars if I was doing ratings at the time that I was reading it. And I would like to read it again, but first I would like to be able to finish it.

This was actually really fun, looking back on some of the books I have read in my life. I have obviously read a lot more, but I don’t know how many of them I still own. If I can think of a few more that I actually have, I will definitely do another one of these post. I might include some books that I read right at the very beginning of the blog as well if I don’t have enough of the “before blog” ones. We’ll see.

Have you read any of these books, and if so, what are your thoughts?

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