Friday 56, #18

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to leave your link below so I can visit your blog!

 

November Wrap-Up

November is finally over. For so many reasons this month has lasted forever. I think it’s due to the closeness of the end of the year. And because I want this truly awful year to be over. My reading life has suffered a bit as well. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiered on Netflix  over Thanksgiving weekend, so I spent much of the time I usually spend reading instead watching Gilmore Girls episodes and reading Gilmore Girls think pieces across the web to prepare for the new episodes. Someday I may write about my love of this particular show, but today is not that day. Today, I present my reading life for the past month.

Read:

Left-Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin*^

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff*^

Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver* ^

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter  [Library eBook]

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott  [Library eBook]

* Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016 book

^ #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Challenge book

Favorite Read in November: 

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*

Started Reading (but didn’t finish) :

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys*^

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey [Library eBook]

Quarterly Book Box:

This is a literature box that I subscribe to and so receive a box quarterly. I should have received this box in mid October, but they forgot to send me my box. This is the second time this has happened. Interestingly, they don’t forget to charge my credit card. In addition to the three books listed below, the box included a coffee cup with a quotation from The Mothers  and a sticker. Is it worth the price of the subscription? I’m not sure that it is, so I will write about my thoughts sometime in January.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Sula by Toni Morrison

Books to Read in December:

Most of this list includes books I am reading for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016. I only have three books to read to finish it this year, so I’m put them on the top of my list. And  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the pick for my Skype book club.

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Across the Web:

I love Harry Potter and that world so much. I love it so much that I love to read analysis of the Harry Potter world. In light of the recent US election, a lot of writers are seeing similarities to HP and the world today. Here is a really nice analysis of one of the worst villains of the series:  Dolores Umbridge.

This article is a holdover from my interest in female driven thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Why are there so many? FYI, Paula Hawkins’, author of The Girl on the Train,  next book has been announced. Click here to read. 

So how was your November? Did you read as much as you wanted to? Did Gilmore Girls interrupt your life as it did mine? Let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your wrap up. Happy Reading in December!

Friday 56, #17

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

I’m a bit late because of the new Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Who else is watching? And what do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this  novel? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to leave your link below so I can visit your blog!

Friday 56, #16

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba, #1)He nods like he understands, which is enduring even though he obviously has no clue what’s going on. He stands up and shuffles through his pockets for a moment before handing me a business card. “Take this. My girlfriend, Jenny, does natural healing. You know, herbal crap and all that. Doesn’t stand up too strong when you’re in cardiac arrest, but she’s pretty up good at what she does.”

“Thanks,” I say. I don’t really know what the hell he’s talking about, but he seems genuinely concerned. I pocket the card, nod at Victor, and trudge off to find Riley.

What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this  novel? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to leave your link below.

Friday 56, #15

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

His Wicked Reputation (Wicked Trilogy, #1)

“We will use this sitting room to gather,” Sarah said. ” It will belong to all of us.”

“Thank you. That will prove convenient. Otherwise I might never see you. My apartment is quite out of the way,”said Eve.

How kind of Gareth to have Mrs. Summers put Eve in a room with such lovely light.

How kind, and how convenient.

Hmmm. I wonder what, and who, it’s convenient for? I guess I’ll have to keep reading the book to find out.

What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this romance novel? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday, #7

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. It’s hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Do visit this fun blog and read all the other lists. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll be sure to add books to your TBR pile. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I use Goodreads to keep track of my book life. One of my shelves on Goodreads is devoted to books on my wishlists: books I want to read that I don’t own. So if I’m at a bookstore and  I can’t remember the name of a book, I can consult my wishlist to find it. So, here is my list of ten books that I’ve added to my wishlist TBR since July.

Literary Trips: Following In The Footsteps of Fame Vol. 2ArrowoodBellman & BlackLove, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame by  Victoria Brooks and Arthur C. Clark. I love to go on literary road trips and this book lists some great trip ideas.

Arrowood by Laura McHugh. I love Gothic stories and this is marketed as being one.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. A ghost story, and I’m always looking for new ghost stories in the fall of the year.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi. Padma has lived a very interesting life.

The Woman in Cabin 10Ghostland: An American History in Haunted PlacesThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I read her first novel and liked it well enough that I want to read her latest.

Ghostland: An American History in Historic Places by Colin Dickey. Again, fall means ghost stories for me( I’m on the waiting list at my library.) And I love true stories about hauntings.

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. I love books about books and book clubs. And this one is highly recommended.

HomegoingHexSpellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I put this one on my list long enough ago that I’m not sure why I put this on my wishlist. But looking at the description on Goodreads I see its about two women and the effect slavery has on their families.

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Nancy Forest-Flier (translator). Scary witch story and the Fall go together.

Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians by Molly Clark Hillard. I love nonfiction and analysis. so this one about fairy tales and Victorians is right up my alley.

So what do you think of my list? Are any of the books on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday 56, #14

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate!

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky on Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

The Daughters: A Novel

When you’re young and in love is new, you map the geography of a person’s body inch by inch. You want to know them so well you could make another version of them, one wrought out of gold and filled with light. And  so when you touch your lover, you’re also molding and reshaping their avatar. This rib slightly lower down. The birthmark higher, above the hip. Later, you don’t look so hard.

This book came in a subscription book box, and I hadn’t heard of the book or the author until it showed up in the mail. Have you read this book? What do you think of it based on the excerpt?  Would you read The Daughters?  Let me know in the comments!