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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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Mid-Week Update: 11/9/16

This is going to be a very quick post. I need to leave to drive to the Mobile airport in about five minutes from now, heheh.

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

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?

  1. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco.
  2. At 34% we have:  “I have a blunt personality, more likely to say what I mean instead of sparing someone’s feelings.” This passage and the fact that I found it at 34% is uncanny. Chupeco could’ve been talking about me when she wrote it.
  3. I’m actually 41% into this book so I’m somewhat familiar with the world. It’s fantasy and at this point, the main character is going through her witch’s training. So far, it’s been an entertaining read. I don’t think I’d mind living in this world so long as I could be a witch too, lol. I don’t think I’d want to be a bone witch though as they are feared and ostracized.

On a side note, I put this book down to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon yesterday. It was a one sitting, can’t put it down book and I loved it. I am feeling the need to talk about it so look for a review in the next couple of days. Till then…

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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.

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?

timekeeper

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.

war-and-peace

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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What I’m Reading: Aug 24, 2016

I mentioned in my last post that I am currently reading five different books. I’ll tackle them in the order in which I started reading them.

Weekly What I'm Reading

  1. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin. My husband picked this book up in a bookshop in Oxford, England. It was one of those deals where the book is wrapped in plain brown paper with a brief synopsis tagged on the front of it. It was a fun way to buy a book in Oxford. The book isn’t bad. The dry English humor is great and it’s a very whodunit kinda book. From the beginning, however, it didn’t really grab me and pull me in. It’s just a little too cold and removed for my taste. I’m finishing it because we freaking bought it in OXFORD!
  2. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie by Will Bashor. I had a really good rhythm going with this book. Sometimes, nonfiction history books can be hard to get into and to stay into them. Not really the case here. It’s well-written, interesting, and contains information that I didn’t previously know and it’s presented from a unique perspective. However, this book was interrupted by visiting family and I just haven’t gotten back to it. I only have a couple more chapters to go too. It’s irritating me.

  3. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. The jury is out on this one. I’ve picked it up and put it down a couple times. It’s not grabbing me, but everyone I know has told me that Hobb is awesome and a must read author so I’m not giving up yet. I’m only on page 57. It’s not quite time to dnf this book yet. I want to love it!
  4. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. I’m reading this because I read and loved his other book, which I reviewed previously. Honestly though, this novel reads a bit slower and it’s definitely not a I-can’t-put -it-down kinda book. It’s not a bad book. I’m meeting interesting characters and getting to know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m thinking this book just has a steadier pace than some.
  5. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. So, it should be pretty obvious why I’m reading this one. The Sherlockian makes TONS of references to Conan Doyle’s writing, oddly enough (heheh), and I had been wanting to read this book for some time. I tried to resist starting yet another book, but I’m weak. I am LOVING it. Seriously, I was worried that it’d be slow and bogged down with 19th century English writing but it’s not! It’s exciting and a book that I am having a hard time turning off (I downloaded it to my Nook since it’s in the public domain.). The writing it snappy and the characters are complex. The story itself leaves you guessing. At least it did me. I just got into part two last night and have no idea where Conan Doyle is going with those first few chapters. Is there a point to the second part? One of the booktubers I follow said she skipped it. I dunno. Anyway, I loved the first part and can’t wait to read more of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Do any of these interest you or have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

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This Week in Reading…Sort of

I have family visiting from Ohio this week, so the only reading that I get to do is in bed after everyone has gone to bed themselves, lol. This is making my current read take me an exceptionally long time to get through.

Marie

The good thing about the family being here is that I’m getting to share my books with them. Both my sister and her husband have borrowed books off of our shelves to read while they’re here and I love that! I also had a show and tell last night of my favorite books, ones I’ve had signed, and some of my more unusual novels. I kinda went on and on until I noticed the glassy-eyed looks I was getting and realized I’m a bit more enthusiastic about books than “normal” people, lol.

On the flip side, in addition to not having time to read, I also don’t have time to blog, read blogs, or comment. I’m trying, but it’s not going very well.

How’s your week going so far?