2012 First Quarter Reads

Three months have passed this year and I am here with my reading report. I pledged to read 100 books this year, and at the rate I am going, I’m not going to achieve that if I don’t step up.  I hope to make up for it this week-long break.

After three months, I am happy to report I was able to read 14 books.  Not a lot [in fact, 10 books behind per my schedule] but it’s a little better than my previous year’s ‘performance’. =D

Out of 14, half was young adult, the rest mostly of the horror genre.  My standouts were first books in a series: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey and Feed by Mira Grant.  Both young adult; one deals with grotesque monsters, the other, zombies in post-apocalyptic America.

The Monstrumologist had me commenting aloud, “Is this YA?!” precisely because of how gruesome it is.  I loved it because of the same reason.  My book club friend Tata lent me the second book in the series, Curse of the Wendigo, and I intend to dabble into it soon.

Feed, as I mentioned elsewhere, is like a zombie story plus campaign season in The West Wing plus social media spectacle rolled into one.  It’s good that I love all three elements; it made me appreciate Feed and I could not wait to get my hands on its next installment, Deadline.

Goth Girl Rising, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson Will Grayson are angsty young adult books which entertained me.  The last two are from John Green, an author buzzed about by my favorite book bloggers.  I am lining up his other books in my pipeline: Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and The Fault in our Stars.

Killing Mr. Griffin, Altogether One at a Time, and The Lottery were fast reads.  The Woman in Black [as in the book where the Daniel Radcliffe-starrer was based from] and The Man in the Picture, both penned by Susan Hill, were chilling.  Short but chilling. Sure, I was able to catch on the plot but there are things that are still creepy even when you know it’s going to happen anyway.  But yes, there were surprising twists, too.

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila was not mine but my friend XP’s. He was right; it isn’t as funny as the first Zsa Zsa comic book. There were funny moments, yes, and maybe it’s just setting the tone for its sequels.

I liked Twinkle Twinkle and it’s a little disappointing because with all the build-up, I was expecting to love it. I made a very short review on Goodreads about it. I guess the Haruki Murakami and Natsuo Kirino references created a bar which I shouldn’t have subjected this book on. Still, flowery characters.

Naked Heat is the second Nikki Heat novel by Richard Castle. I won’t go into who is Castle and how it made me giddy and excited but suffice to say, it’s related to the TV show I’m so into now – uh, Castle. =D Anyway, it isn’t extraordinary, but it’s enjoyable. It’s like I’m watching intermeshed episodes of Castle as I was reading it. Surely there were scenes straight out of the show. I will try to read the first and third books in the series when I have time. Lastly, 666 Park Avenue; a Candace Bushnell-type of book with witches and magic. It’s a fluffy read.

There you go, my first quarter reads. I am hoping to up my numbers this next quarter.

And oh, no books bought! So proud of myself! I think I can keep this up until June 30.

So, you, what’s on your Read list?

One thought on “2012 First Quarter Reads

  1. First thought: I need to read Naked Heat…did this come before or after Heat Rises?

    Second: When did you even have time to read all this in between football, work and everything else?

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