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Reader Review: Such Good Reads


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The Goodreads elves sent out their annual Year in Books report earlier than expected this year. Although I surpassed my reading goal of 101 books, I’m still reading! I hope to reach 135, and I just might.

Because I know you are interested, here are the highlights:

The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock Shortest book–46 pages/4 stars

Part of a series I discovered at the library. Very creative format.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Longest book–655 pages/3 stars

I read most of Brian Selznick’s books, having

enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This title, although an interesting, wasn’t quite as compelling as his other stories.

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsMost popular read: 1,790,319 readers can’t be wrong? Right?

I read it simply to see what the fuss was about, and why so many of my students were reading it. An idea Hitchcock, no doubt, would have explored. Or did he?

Literature Made Easy the Merchant of Venice by Ruth ColemanLeast popular read: 0
–that does not bode well for my upcoming unit…

Highest rated on Goodreads: a warm tribute from a son to his well-known, beloved father.

Through My Father's Eyes by Franklin Graham

First review of the year:

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman A four and half star read that contained an intriguing plot twist (or two). A find at the library sale.

Last review of the year:

A fun, and surprisingly informative introduction to Shakespeare I found while shelving at the library. A solid four stars.

I will continue setting my goal at 101 for next year. We’ll see what happens. And I am open to suggestions for reads.

And if you are really interested the elves might be willing to show off their colorful Goodreads chart work by clicking here.

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6 thoughts on “Reader Review: Such Good Reads

  1. I do so love a good year-in-review!

  2. I was wondering about The Marvels. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of my favorites.

    What’s The Golden Mean about?

    • It’s the continuation of a creative romance tale of Sabine and Griffin told through postcards. A quick, yet intriguing approach to storytelling. I enjoyed the creative approach.

  3. My reading stats were paltry for 2018. I am hoping to do better this year. I will check them all out…save one. I have already read (listened to) Girl on a Train. Interesting read. Didn’t see the movie though, did you?
    I just downloaded the book about Charles Krauthammer (by his son Daniel) who was an extremely well known columnist for The Washington Post. Recently saw an awesome interview with a fellow commentator and the son. It made me wish I had actually known the man. He seems bigger than life! 🙂
    Currently listening to a John Steinbeck book “Travels with Charley” about a road trip across the US he took in 1960, the year before he passed away in 1961. Life was certainly interesting back then.

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