Tag: Goodreads

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Last January I set a goal on Goodreads to complete 75 books.  I ended 2017 a little short, with a total of 59 books.  I’m still happy with the total, though, as I read a number of very long books and some very challenging books.  It was a good year of reading.

If you’d like to see the books I read, you can view an infographic here:

Karen’s Journey of Books in 2017

In addition to using Goodreads to keep track of the books I read, I also have a spreadsheet that I’ve kept since 2004.  Do you track the books you read?

World Without End Book Review

World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)World Without End by Ken Follett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, I was a bit disappointed, although I am not sure why. Maybe it was because The Pillars of the Earth was such a new concept to me when I first read it, a historical novel that dealt with everyday poeple and didn’t center around the royalty. The characters were compelling and I was extremely sad when I finished the book, knowing I would not be sharing their world anymore. World Without End did not affect me in the same way. The storyline was good, the characters good, and it was nice to revisit the town of Kingsbridge, albeit 200 years later, but the book did not captivate me. In fact, I almost set it aside in the first 100 pages. I am glad I did not, as I would have missed the storyline of Caris and her fight with the hierarchy of the church as she battled the Black Plague. That, alone, made the book worth reading. I wonder if Follett will continue following the town of Kingsbridge in another novel?

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