A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: Since this is the fourth book in the series, I don’t know how to review it without giving spoilers, so all I’ll say about the plot is that it’s a continuation of the story of the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Opinion:This book suffers from the same problem that a lot of middle books in a series do: there’s a lot of groundwork laid for future books, but not a lot of action is taking place in this book.  There’s a lot of scheming and plotting, but for the most part, nothing really happens.  While I flew through some of the other books in this series, I really got bored in parts of this one.  It was almost 1000 pages (if you don’t count the character lists at the end), and it felt like it was every bit as long as it was.  This book and the following one were originally one book, but the author decided to split it and publish them separately, so a lot of the characters that are known and loved are only mentioned in passing.

Next book: The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory

** Since I only read two books this month, I’m not going to do a book wrap-up.  Suffice to say, it wasn’t the best book reading month; I wasn’t terribly impressed with either book I read, so here’s to hoping next month is better!

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Bout of Books Day Six and Seven Wrap-Up

The past two days I managed to read 90 pages.  I didn’t come close to getting any of my goals this week, but the good news is that I’m almost finished with A Feast For Crows.  I have a doctor’s appointment this week, which means time to sit around and read, so I’m hoping to be done with it in the next couple of days and give my review on it.  I’m planning on continuing the TBR that I set for the Bout of Books challenge, it’s just taking me a little bit longer to get there.

Bout of Books Day Four And Five Recap

I didn’t get as much reading done these past two days as I did on the previous two, mainly because I was gone shopping all day instead of reading!  I only managed to read 76 pages over the past two days with the vast majority of that read yesterday.  It’s obvious that I’m not going to make my goals this week, but I’m glad to be making more progress this week than I did last week.  If I had realized ahead of time when this read-a-thon was starting, I wouldn’t have picked up A Feast For Crows to read quite yet, but I must say, I am enjoying it even if it is a slow read!

Bout of Books Day Two and Three Recap

I did slightly better on these two days combined than I did on the first day, although I’m far from my goal.  I managed to read 120 pages, most of that today.  I’m making up for lost ground, but I fear that my 1000 page count was a little too extreme….maybe if I had picked lighter reading, it would’ve been achievable.  Still, the point of the Bout of Books read-a-thon is do push yourself to read more than your normal amount, and although I am not as successful in my goals as I was last challenge, I’m doing much better than I was doing last week, which is kind of the point of a read-a-thon.  I think I like doing the two day recap better than every day….makes my total seem a little more impressive, so I think that’s what I’ll do for the next two days!

Bout of Books Day One Recap

So this read-a-thon didn’t start out all that great for me.  I only managed to read 30 pages yesterday…I just really wasn’t in a good reading mood, not to mention I’ve been stuck in a monster of a book for over a week!  I’m hoping to get more reading reading done today and tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll have time to update until Thursday.

Bout of Books 11

I’m planning on participating on the Bout of Books 11 readathon. This is the second time that I will participate in this readathon; I participated in the last one and dramatically increased my reading during the week.

I am hoping to finish up A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin during this week. If I can finish it, I want to read The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory. If by some miracle I manage to finish both of those, I want to read The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. Since I’m still plodding through A Feast of Crows, my focus will be more on the page count than on the amount of books, and I hope to read at least 1000 pages during this week.

If you are interested in participating, here’s the information about Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: Abdullah is separated from his beloved sister Pari. This book is about their lives and the lives of those around them as a result of the decision to separate the two of them.

Opinion: I loved Khaled Hosseini’s other two books and was really disappointed with this one.  I thought that instead of focusing on the story of Abdullah and Pari, each chapter focused on different characters, and I felt that a lot of the chapters were more of a distraction from the central story.  Also, a lot of the chapters would be from the point of view of characters not even previously mentioned, so it was hard to figure out who was who.  The story was so confusing at parts that I considered not finishing this book because I was just getting tired of trying to figure out who the characters were and what was the point of their side stories.  I was also disappointed in the ending, which I felt didn’t come to a real conclusion, and kind of just left me hanging.

Next book: A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

July Wrap-Up

As expected, I didn’t manage to read that much during this past month.  It was Ramadan and in addition to not having a lot of energy to read while I was fasting, I also picked books that weren’t exactly light reading.  My favorite book from this month was Mecca and Main Street by Geneive Abdo, which focused more on Muslims than it did on Islam, but I thought the author did a good job in capturing the struggles and frustrations of Muslim Americans in a post 9/11 world.  My least favorite book of this month was  The Qur’anic Worldview by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, which I didn’t even come close to finishing.

Here’s a quick list of the books I read this month and what I rated them:

  1. The Prophet’s Ramadhaan: How the Prophet observed the Month of Ramadhaan by Mufti Muhammad Khan Qaadri (8 out of 10 stars)
  2. The Night Prayers Qiyam & Tarawih Compiled by Muhammad al-Jibali (7 out of 10 stars)
  3. The Qur’anic Worldview by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman (did not finish)
  4. Mecca and Main Street by Geneive Abdo (8 out of 10 stars)

I’m hoping to get more reading done this month.  I am planning on a mini road trip and since I don’t drive, it will be the perfect opportunity to get some uninterrupted reading done.