Author: Lynai

My 2017 Reading Goals

Last year, I decided to go easy on my reading. I only had two reading goals: a set number of books to read (40 books) and the TFG Bingo Challenge (which I was not able to finish.) I also used to have monthly "required" readings but I also chose to forego it last year. The results were good -- but I also kind of missed the challenge of having to finish a book on schedule. Most of all, I missed having bookish discussions with my other book club friends. So, this year, I want to be active again in the book discussions but I would go easy on the quantity of books I would want finish. Here are m...
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My Year in Reading + My 10 Most Favorite Reads in 2016

The Reading Year That Was Being the slacker that I was, I failed to put up a reading goal post when this year started. But even if I may not have been the best book blogger there is, I can’t just not break tradition by not putting up this yearly list. 2016 has been great reading-wise despite my blogger failings, and I had enjoyed not having a set reading goal except for a fixed number of books to read (which I have surpassed months before the year ended.) I read books that caught my fancy and at my own pace. I didn’t hesitate to drop a book if I can’t seem to get into it and because of priori...
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6 years and 1 day

[caption id="attachment_3034" align="aligncenter" width="359"] image not mine[/caption] Happy 6 years and 1 day, It's A Wonderful Bookworld! Nope, I didn't forget (I almost did, but thank God for Facebook Memories) and I meant to write a celebratory post yesterday but work (as always) got in the way. There are a lot of things happening in my life right now, most of them work and home-related, that my blogging had to take the backseat. I know it's been at the backseat since last year and no matter how I wanted to be dutifully  updating this blog, I had to prioritize things. It's even come t...
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DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler's been one of my favorite author's since I read Breathing Lessons and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Her stories are character-driven and authentic. There is a subtle poignancy in the midst of silent humor in the narrative and in the portrayal of her characters. In Digging to America, however, the humor becomes more evident but it is also balanced out by a melancholy feeling that accompanies it. August 15, 1997 is a significant date for two couples of Baltimore: the all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson and the Iranian immigrants Sami and Ziba Yazdan are at the airport waitin...
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FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick

Summary from Goodreads: Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as t...
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