Book · Happenings

Happenings Vol. 4

Wrap Up

Whoa, so I’m pretty sure I’ve never read this much in my life. I was on a roll! I have the library to thank for this push as they dump like ten holds at once on me.

I think it also helps that I’ve read a lot of great books/graphic novels this month. Even my lower rated books had good parts (just the ‘whole’ didn’t come together).

I did have to DNF one book because I got through 60 pages and just… couldn’t. I knew if I tried to push reading The Zookeeper’s Wife it would complete demolish my flow and potentially throw me into a slump. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston     7/10

Exit West – Moshin Hamid     9/10

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen     8/10

Sweet Tooth (Vols 1-6)     10/10*

March (Vols 1-3)     9/10*

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov     7/10*

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders     5/10*

The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui     10/10


DNF: The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman (because life’s too short)

*These books will get mini reviews in this month’s Quick Lit


Quarterly Challenge Update

     Classics Club

First the good news: things are progressing well with the Classics Club Challenge. This month I’ll be reading and reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.


I want to be ready for the Hulu series debuting at the end of month, which I’m really excited for. It looks fantastic.

Those of you who read last month’s Happenings will recall that I participated in a ‘Classics Club Spin’ and got My Antonia by Willa Cather.


The rules of the spin are that I have to read and review my pick by May 1st. So we are looking at two classics this month!

     Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Sadly things have stalled with Mount TBR as I’ve only read 2/24 books and I should have read…(doing math)…six. Ahhh! So for the next quarter I’m going to concentrate on catching up in May. The read-aton I’m apart of next month will help and hopefully I’ll gain some ground by the year’s halfway point.


Book-to-Movie Adaptations

lost1 vs lost2      

circle1 vs circle2

Aside from The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m also looking forward to all the other adaptations coming out this month. Haha, and slightly overwhelmed. For The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks I’ll be focusing on just the book (probably for a Standalone Sunday).

On the other hand, I’m going to do book vs movie comparisons for The Lost City of Z and The Circle. I love reviewing movies, but I want to make sure that I’m keeping my focus on books. Adaptations are a way to celebrate two loves and discuss the merits and negatives of both.

Best Wishes and Happy Readings!


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