December Wrap-Up

Reading in December was fine. Blogging about my reading was much more difficult. We all were sick from about the 15th of December until just before Christmas, so blogging went onto the back burner. Luckily I wasn’t too sick to read. And really, the only time I can imagine being too sick to read would be me in a coma. And even then I’ve instructed my family to set up an audio book for me to listen to while in a coma. Anyway, reading this month was good for me. So, without further ado, here is my reading month.

Reading in December: 8 Books

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

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys [paperback]

How I Met My Countess by Elizabeth Boyle [Library eBook]

Love Letters from a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle [Library eBook]

Mad About a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle [Library eBook]

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi [paperback]

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older [paperback]

Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle [Library eBook]

DNF/In Progress: 4 books

S. by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Talking As Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Books acquired:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (BookMail Box)

Long Division by Kiese Laymon (BookMail Box)

Exit 22 by P.M Terrell (gift!)

Across the Web:

I’m a huge fan of historical dramas, and in November/December I watched The Crown on Netflix. I enjoyed it. How “real” or “true” it is isn’t as important to me as the story that it told. And I love stories. And I love thinking about and analyzing the stories that I read and watch. This is all left over from my years as English lit major in college and grad school. So when I find a new way to analyze how a story is told, I’m interested. And Tom and Lorenzo are fabulous commentators on fashion and how stories can be told through the costumes. And they did a wonderful job of making connections between the clothes worn by the characters and the story. Here is a link to their analysis of the first episode of The Crown entitled Wolverton Splash You will never look at pearl necklaces the same way again!

As is evidenced by the number of romance novels I read this month, it should be no surprise that I love to read about romance novels,too. For so many reasons the publishing industry looks down their noses at romance writers and readers. But the rise of the bodice ripper romance novel happened at the same time as the the 2nd wave of feminism and, you know, I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Over on the website Jezabel they published a very interesting article about the rise of the bodice ripper in the 1970’s. Here is a link to the article. I’m old enough to have read many of the romance novels mentioned in the piece not long after the original print date., so I have a lot of affection for them even if they are problematic for today’s readers.

So that is my December. In the coming week or two I’ll be blogging about my 2016 challenges and plans for 2017. And a post about my favorite books of 2016, too. I’m looking forward to my upcoming reading year.

How was your reading life in December? Tell me in the comments, and be sure to leave a link to your December Wrap-Up, too. I love to see what everyone else is doing.

WWW Wednesday, June 29th

img_1384-0Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by  Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? Just leave a comment. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? I’m trying to finish S. by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst. Its really interesting with a fascinating idea behind it. It’s interactive! There are notes in the margins, stuff tucked between the pages which contribute to the whole story. It sort of reminds of Lost, if that makes sense. I want to finish it before I start a new book.

What did you recently finish reading? Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Such a good book. 5 Stars! Click here for my review.

What do you think you’ll read next? The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School in ParisLaughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School in Paris by Kathleen Flinn. I need to read something for the Read Harder Challenge and this has been in my TBR pile for a while.

 

 

Have you read any of this books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments. What are you reading?

 

 

Reading in June and Other Stuff.

I’m still new to blogging and have not yet found my voice. So I spend a lot of time reading other book blogs to see what is going on the book blog world. Over the weekend I noticed that a lot of bloggers not only recap the prior month but also blog about the reading month ahead. So that’s my plan for today! Here are my reading plans for June.

I have three books to finish reading this month: S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Graveminder by Melissa Marr. I’m very close to finishing all of them in the next week or two.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn are both for the Book Riot Read Hader 2016 Challenge. My good friend Dayle and my husband both recommend Station Eleven highly so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Another good friend, Daniela, gave me The Sharper the Knife for my birthday years ago and I’m just now getting to it.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante is new to my TBR, and is a literary sensation. I’ve not read a review for it that doesn’t praise it. Which makes me nervous. What if it doesn’t live up to my expectations? I have been disappointed by sensations before. But this month I’m taking the dive into it. I’ll let you know my thoughts at some point! On Beauty by Zadie Smith is also new to the TBR, but I’ve been looking forward to reading it for years.

And all the books on my June TBR pile are owned by me. I’m still working on the #readmyowndamnbooks challenge.

Other Stuff

Speaking of challenges, I’m participating in another challenge, y’all! This one is hosted by Estella’s Revenge. It’s the #WeekofReveiws just click on the link to learn more about it or sign up to participate. Basically, between June 13th and 19th I will post a new book review everyday. My reasons for doing this are bit different than Estella’s. I’m very shy about reviewing books online even though that is one of the reasons why I started this blog. So rather than putting it off any longer, I’m using the challenge to kick-start my book review writing.

This week I will be writing those reviews, so if you have any tips or suggestions for writing book reviews, be sure to post them in the comments.

 

Musing Mondays

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is the best book you read LAST year?

I am currently reading Rooms by Lauren Oliver, The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, and S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I’m really focusing on reading books I own this month and I do own all of these books. I looked through everything Ive read over the last year and most of the books are library books. Not that there is anything wrong with library books, but I keep buying books. I keep buying and not reading them. So the #SmashYourStack and #ReadYourOwnDamnBooks challenges are challenging me to read books that I own.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

April Book Wrap-Up

Yes, this is a bit late. But I’ve been suffering from a late spring cold that was so nasty I couldn’t read, much less write. I hate being so sick I can’t read. That’s the one benefit of being sick: a completely valid reason for staying in bed all day with a book. Who can argue against it?

It wasn’t a great reading month for me for many reasons. I only read six books all month. Six! Three were not so bad romance novels by Elizabeth Hoyt’s To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil. All of them are good romance novels. Everyone has great illicit sex (because these are historical romances that take place in Regency England. And sex outside of marriage is frowned upon.) All are a part of a series meaning one of the main characters in each book is connected to a main character in the previous book. If you enjoy romance novels this series will scratch your itch. I borrowed all of these books from my local city library.

Books purchased in April: I bought five books, but one is a gift for my son’s birthday. So completely justified, right?

Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst I see so much in common with the TV show Lost. And so far that’s not a bad thing!

An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere by André Aciman Both the Kpomassie and the Aciman came in the last Quarterly Box from Book Riot. I’m sad that this box is over.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman, This one is a gift for my son. Happy Birthday if you’re reading this.

Books I abandoned: Because yes, sometimes I just stop reading it for various reasons.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orestein. This one has been on my TBR Wishlist for years. I just wasn’t in the mood to read this month. Since it is a library book I put back on the wishlist both on Goodreads and the library’s website.

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt. Another library book. I just wasn’t interested in reading the it. So back to the library it went.

Book Challenges:

I’m participating in a number of book challenges this year. This is how Ive done so far this year.

GoodReads: I’m doing well with is one! As of April 30th  I’m 13 books ahead of schedule and have read 58% of my goal this year of 52 books.

Book Riot Read Harder 2016: I’m right on track for this one too. I completed task 5: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. An excellent book for middle grade readers. Task 14: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. This is my favorite book for the month of April. Task 15: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. The first novel of one of my favorite authors. I borrowed the Alexi and the Cho from my local library.

Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-Thon: I read two books , but only completely finished one. Both count towards the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. So that makes me feel like I accomplished something.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: This one needs work. I only read one of my own damn books all month! Just one! So, due to my poor showing,  I’m participating in the  #SmashYourStack challenge.

Stats:

Read six books, checked out eight from the library.

Read approximately 2,160 pages

Reading Goals for May:

Read eight books all on my TBR reading pile, all owned by me!

Read two books for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

How did your reading go in April? Do you have reading goals for May? Tell me in the comments!