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Mid-Week Update Dec 21, 2016

I don’t know about you all, but I barely can find the time to read. I’ve been so busy trying to get ready for Christmas. I can already tell, this is going to be one of those years when I’m up until 2 am wrapping presents on Christmas Eve, lol. Thankfully, my fabulous step mother sent us a care package this year including three boxes of baked holiday goodies so I’m using that as an excuse not to bake this year. Honestly, I hate baking. I like the measuring and mixing stage but I don’t like dropping the dough on cookie sheets or cutting shapes out of dough, or rolling dough, or dipping stuff in chocolate, and I really HATE the cleanup stage of baking, heheh. So yeah. I get to skip all that this year.

On to the show!

whatareyoureadingwed

What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. I am currently reading Shift by Hugh Howey. It is the second book in the Silo trilogy.
  2. At page 34 we have, “The lone guard on duty looked up from something he was reading and nodded in greeting. Troy placed his palm on a screen that had grown hazy from use. There was no chit-chat, no small talk, no expectation of forming a lasting relationship.”
  3. I would definitely not like to live in the world of the Silo trilogy. No, no, no. If you’re not familiar with these books, some sort of global disaster has happened that has caused what’s left of the living to reside beneath the earth in silos. Not only would I not want to live on earth after such a disaster, but I cannot imagine living underground without natural sunlight or weather or in such a confined area.

shelf-control

Next, we’ll take a look at Shelf Control hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. The rules for this meme:  Write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

I just bought Ready Player One by Ernest Cline at Barnes and Noble last week. I actually wanted to get this as an audio book because I’ve seen so many rave reviews for the audio version. Plus, Wil Wheaton is the narrator and I’m a fan. However, I have a hard time with audio books. I’ve only listened to two audio books EVER but I couldn’t tell you what either book was about. I don’t retain information when I hear it. I’m not that kind of learner. Also, I have a hard time only doing one thing at a time. For instance, when I’m watching TV, I’m also fiddling around on my iPad or my phone. So, I know that if I were listening or should I say “listening” to an audio book, I’d be itching to do something else at the same time, which means I wouldn’t be paying 100% of my attention to the book. Wow. Talk about getting side-tracked.

Anyway, the reason I haven’t read this yet is because I just got it and I’m focused on the Silo trilogy right now. I’m really looking forward to Ready Player One though. From what I’ve heard, there’s a lot of 80s pop culture references and I find books, movies, and TV shows that revisit this decade to be fun and endlessly entertaining (cough::Stranger Things::cough).

So, tell me. Are either of this books on your reading lists? TBR? Have read? Suckage? Loved it? Share!

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Get to Know You Tag

I saw this tag over on An Historian About Town and thought I’d play. If I’m remembering correctly, I haven’t done a tag like this one before on this blog. I reserve the right to be forgetful and wrong though.

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BASICS

  • Name: Trisha
  • Age: 39. I’m not shy about it
  • Height: 5 feet 4 3/4 inches. I hold onto that 3/4 inches.
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Tattoos/Piercings: I have the regular ear piercings, one in each lobe, but I hardly ever wear earrings because they irritate my ears. No matter what material they’re made out of.

MY FAVOURITES

  • Colour: The green familiy
  • Season: Summer. Actually, that probably isn’t accurate. I like the warm weeks right before Memorial Day and directly following Labor Day. Where I live in Florida, both the weather and the Gulf of Mexico are still warm enough to go to the beach but there are way fewer tourists.
  • Shop: Ulta, Michael’s/Hobby Lobby
  • Song: These Days by Foo Fighters. You should give it a listen and really pay attention to the lyrics.
  • Music Artist: Dave Grohl, Jack Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Eric Clapton
  • Bands: Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Banners, Chvrches, Joywave, MS MR, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Cage the Elephant
  • TV Show: Friends, TBBT, Shameless (UK & US versions), The Walking Dead (that show is walking a fine line though, no pun intended.)
  • Film: I couldn’t think of one and didn’t want to steal Funny Face from the Historian.
  • Actor/Actress: Audrey Hepburn
  • Book: I could never pick just one. Or twenty.
  • Food:  Mexican food but more, Baja Mexican food.
  • Beverage: Wine. Red:  Cabernet Sauvignon. White:  Riesling or Viogner or Gewurztraminer (Had to spell check that but impressed myself with how close I got, lol.) I much more a red wine person.

10 QUESTIONS (I looked up the original post tag and it only had 9 questions. Not sure about that.)

1. What’s the story behind your blog name? 

I have a thing with the 1920s. Also, I wanted it to be “bookish” so that I could include things about libraries, publishing, etc., and not just book reviews.

2. What are your three best and three worst personality traits?

Best: Honest, Intelligent, Loyal

Worst: Honest, Critical, too much of a realist

3. Favourite subject in school?

High school:  Sociology. Undergrad:  Vampires in Myth and Culture. Grad School:  Rare Books

4. What are your fears?

My friends and loved ones getting sick and/or dying. Rushing water (hard to explain this one). Being lost, physically not metaphorically.

5. What is the last thing that made you cry?

When Churchill cried in The Crown.

6. What countries have you been to?

United States, Mexico, Bahamas, England, Germany

7. What was your dream career when you were little? Has it changed?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was really little. Then I realized I don’t like other people’s kids and I’m working on my MLIS.

8. How would you describe your fashion sense?

I have none. I wear what I like, what fits, and what’s comfortable. I am trying to get rid of my t-shirts in favor of more adult’ish type shirts that don’t look so frumpy.

9. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

My dog. Milo is much beloved and spoiled rotten. He has a great life.

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Dewey’s Readathon: Opening Meme

September-Reads

I completely forgot to look online for hour Zero’s mini-challenge. I was too busy worrying about comfy clothes and getting my daughter out the door for her ACT this morning. Be prepared for more #readathon posts today. I’m going to be better about them, heheh.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from my living room situated in my house, which is located in Navarre, Florida, USA. It’s a beautiful day here, if a bit chilly.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1, which I already read this morning. It was so freaking funny. I wish I had the next volume to read today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Nothing. I’m doing a Whole 30 challenge. It’s day one of week two and I’m already tired of my selection of snacks.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Well, let’s see. I’m a 30 something SAHM, grad student, and wife to a retired Marine. We have one dog, Milo who is my love, three cats, Leo, Winnie, and NillaBean, and a salt water fish tank. We live next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. I’m an avid reader, INTJ, I enjoy wine, I love my bullet journal, and I’m learning to hand letter and doodle.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my second year and I really can’t think of anything I’ll be doing differently this year than last other than the snack thing. I had a great time last year.

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Mid-Week Update 10-12-16

I’m prepping for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon right now. I’m trying to pick out a variety of books, both in length and genre. So far, I have one novel, two Net Galley books, and eight graphic novels (if I’m remembering correctly) picked out. My daughter also has the first four Attack of the Titan books and I might give those a try for Dewey’s too. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to read all of those in one day so I should be good to go. If not, I have a couple of nonfiction history books on Napoleon that I’ve been wanting to read for backup. Are you participating in the read-a-thon this year? Is it your first time? This will be my second year and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now for What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

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Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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Currently, I’m reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim. At 34% we have:

The clock chimed five. It sounded almost celebratory as they stood there, hands clasped between them like the meeting of continents. Colton’s mouth was soft and warm, sunlight on silk. Danny was swallowing light. It dived down inside of him until he imagined it bursting out of every pore. When he pulled back, he was light-headed and breathless. ‘You know, before I met you, I’d never kissed a clock spirit.’ Colton smiled, ‘First time for everything.’

The book’s synopsis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

I’m not far enough into this book to say whether or not I’d like to live in this world. It sounds interesting but dangerous at the same time. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.

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Mid-Week Update 10/5/16

I’ve had an usual week so far. Family drama. Today, my grandpa has an appointment with his oncologist to see what his lung cancer treatment is going to be. I’d appreciate any positive vibes that could be sent our way. We refer to him as old Mr. Magoo and if you could see him, you’d know why. He’s a neat man. Sorry to veer off into the maudlin.

whatareyoureadingwed

First up,  What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

mathematicians-shiva

I am currently reading The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer. On page 34…

I looked at my mother. She had closed her eyes when she lifted her hands for her brother. That physical act had required one last push, one last use of the mental will and emotional strength for which she was admired and held in awe. She would never open her eyes again.

Sometimes, things in life give me chills. Considering where my mind is today, that this would be the passage on page 34 is weird. I don’t think I’d like to live in this world. For one, it takes place in Madison, WI. I have absolutely no desire to visit Madison let alone live there. It’s too freaking cold. Secondly, to live in this world where the focus is on the loss of this great woman is too sad. It’s also full of brilliant and crazy mathematicians. I wouldn’t understand the language and I’d be way out of my league. I have a degree in English. I’m lucky I live in a world where calculators are ubiquitous.

shelf-control

Next, we’ll take a look at Shelf Control hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. The rules for this meme:  Write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

I bought this edition of War and Peace at least nine years ago. That’s when I added it to Goodreads and it was published in 2007, so this is a good estimate, lol. I most likely bought it at Barnes and Noble but being so long ago, this is a guess.

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I bought this edition of this great classic because of the translators. It was touted as being a readable version of the novel. I started to read it back when I got it, but lost interest. Probably I saw a squirrel in the yard and then another book caught my eye when I looked away from the squirrel. I will read this in my lifetime. The description of the book sounds good. It really, truly sounds like a good story. The writing is heavy though and it’s a huge book, which is what I think turns off most readers. I still have my original copy of the book but will probably have to buy it again because flood waters got to it.

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Mid-Week Update 9/27/16

I’ve had a busy week, so far, when it comes to reading. I had a few unexpected requests come in from Net Galley, which has made me switch up my reading list just a smidge. We’ll start out with What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing and go from there.

whatareyoureadingwed

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

I’m currently reading Sepulcher (every time I type that word into WP, it highlights it as being misspelled even though it’s not) by Kate Mosse. At page 34 we have:

Anatole smiled. “Ah, but that is precisely the point. Debussy says that one must drown the sense of key. He is seeking to illuminate, through his music, the connections between the material and the spiritual worlds, the seen and the unseen, and such a thing cannot be presented in the traditional ways.”

Leonie pulled a face. “That sounds like one of those clever things people say that mean precisely nothing!”

I love that this passage is on page 34 because I laughed when I first read it. I get irritated at the same thing that Leonie does here.

This book takes place mostly in France (From what I can tell so far. I’m only on page 75.) but it switches back in forth in time from 1891 to 2007. I wouldn’t mind living in France in either of these times, but I’d probably prefer 1891…at least until WWI started.

shelf-control

Next is Shelf Control hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

The rules for this meme:  Write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

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Don’tcha love this cover?

I am picking Brave New World by Aldous Huxley this week because it’s an ALA challenged book and I’m going to do my best to actually read it sometime this week, lol. We’ll see how it goes. I bought this book at a used book store but I’m drawing a blank on which one and I have absolutely no memory of when. I want to say it’s been at least a year if not two but definitely less than four, lmao!!

Blurb:

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

This article from the Washington Post on why this book has been challenged is hilarious. When I bought it, I didn’t know it was a challenged book. I bought it because it was a dystopian novel written in 1932 and I wanted to compare it to dystopian novels written more recently. Now, I’ll read it with the reasoning behind the challenges in mind.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Books on My Fall TBR.

Hopefully making this list doesn’t automatically doom me to not reading these books as making lists so often does. It’s a really weird quirk of mine.

  1. The Sepulcher by Kate Mosse. This is the print book that I’m currently reading. It had been sitting on my shelf for quite some time and I decided to give it a go.
  2. The Heretic’s Creed by Fiona Buckley. This is my current eBook that I’m reading from Netgalley.
  3. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. This is next up from Netgalley.
  4. ODY-C, Vol 1 – Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward. This is a graphic novel that I plan on reading for Dewey’s Read-a-thon next month.
  5. Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Another graphic novel I plan on reading for Dewey’s.
  6. Rogues edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois. This is a collection of short stories by authors like Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn.
  7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This is an ALA challenged book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. No time like the present.
  8. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer. This is another book that’s been sitting on my shelf for at least a year. Recently, it’s been catching my eye as I walk by. I think it’s calling out to me, lol. 

There are plenty more books that I’ll read between now and the winter solstice, but I’m not sure what they are at present. I have a list of “need to buy” books that I’d love to read asap, but with Christmas right around the corner, I’m not sure how many of them I’ll pick up. Actually, I have 74 unread books currently sitting on my shelves so I have plenty to choose from. Why is it that we continue to buy books to read when our physical TBR pile is so tall??? 😉

So tell me, what’s on your Fall TBR? Anything you’d recommend?