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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?

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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.

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Villains

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

This week’s prompt is Top Ten Villains.

I’m going to do my best to come up with an actual list of ten this week. I don’t read a lot of books with “villains” in them. As usual, not in any particular order…

  1. Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker
  2. Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
  3. Eren in Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
  4. Nature and time in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Satan in the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones
  6. The thing that terrorized the Orsk store in Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  7. Any of the bad guys in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. Wracked my brain trying to come up with a favorite and couldn’t.
  8. The bodachs in Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Ok. I tried. I really did but my brain isn’t functioning. There were plenty of bad guys in the Stephanie Plum books too but I couldn’t think of a specific one. I’m feeling very vague today. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s TTT, which will be better thought out and more interesting than mine. 😉

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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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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Mid-Week Update

Just giving a brief update as to what I’m reading or planning on reading via a couple bookish memes.

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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?

Funnily enough, I started my current read last week after writing up the Shelf Control meme. It sounded so good to me, that I just couldn’t put it off another day. I’m currently reading The Affinity Bridge by George Mann. From page 34:

“This bruising suggests the victim was grabbed forcefully around the throat and struggled somewhat before finally being despatched. There’s nothing of the perpetrator left at the scene, but it certainly matches the profile of the other killings.”

Based on this passage, I wouldn’t choose to live in this world. Seems awfully dangerous. However, in general, I would love the chance to live in a steampunk version of Victorian England. It’s a time in history that I find vastly interesting and it’d be enhanced with steampunk inventions.

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My book for this week’s Shelf Control is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Blurb:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

I bought this book at Barnes & Noble somewhere around June 2015. Honestly, I bought it because it’s a Rainbow Rowell book and because it’s a signed copy. If you’re familiar with Rowell’s books, you know that Carry On was taken from her Fangirl novel. In Fangirl, the main character is obsessed with a Harry Potter-like series of books and there were quite a few passages (that I skimmed more than read.) taken from those “books” and quoted in Fangirl. So, Rowell took those fictional characters from within a fictional world and wrote Carry On as its own story. From the very first, I thought that Simon and Baz’s world sounded too much like a spin off of Harry Potter’s world and it doesn’t sound too original. As such, I really don’t have any plans on actually reading this book. It was more of a buy for collecting reasons than because I’m interested in the story. Who knows though? Someday…

 

 

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When You’re Stumped for a Post Topic

Find a new weekly meme!! I gravitate towards memes for a couple reasons. For one, they provide a post topic with little thought on my part. I can get on board with that. Secondly, participating in memes is a great way to involve yourself in the book reading and book blogging community. If you’re looking for a meme, I suggest you check out Bookshelf Fantasies meme directory post. I found it through Google and was surprised at how many bookish memes there are out there. Wowza!

I decided to try out It’s a Reading Thing‘s meme, What Are You Reading Wednesdays.

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Rules are pretty simple:

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 just finished my current read last night in bed and I’m starting The Heretic’s Creed by Fiona Buckley today.

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At 34% in:

The men led the horses away and the small woman who had with such difficulty dragged the gate open turned to us.

“My name is Margaret Beale,” she said. “Whatever brought you here and in such terrible weather? Did you miss your way somehow? You must be long miles out of your proper road. You’re in luck as it chances for we’re expecting a part of five guests soon, but I can’t suppose they’re likely to arrive now, not until the weather clears.”

I have an insatiable interest in the Tudors and the Elizabethan era. That being said, being alive in those times was a dangerous thing, even more so for women. If something as innocuous today as the flu didn’t get you, childbirth oftentimes did. If time travel existed, I wouldn’t be able to resist at least visiting this world though.

I’m also giving Bookshelf Fantasies Shelf Control Meme a go this week.

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Again, rules are pretty simple:  write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

This is a pretty easy meme for me since I have approximately 70 books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read yet. This doesn’t include books that I want to read but haven’t yet bought. This number also doesn’t include books my husband and/or kids have bought that I might want to read but haven’t added to my TBR. We, as a family, have bookish issues, lol.

Anyway, first up is The Affinity Bridge (#1 in the Newbury and Hobbes series) by George Mann. Published in 2009 by Tor Books.

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This cover! ::swoon::

Blurb:

Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.

Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system, while her agents, Sir Maurice Newbury and his delectable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes, do battle with enemies of the crown, physical and supernatural. This time Newbury and Hobbes are called to investigate the wreckage of a crashed airship and its missing automaton pilot, while attempting to solve a string of strangulations attributed to a mysterious glowing policeman, and dealing with a zombie plague that is ravaging the slums of the capital.

Get ready to follow dazzling young writer George Mann to a London unlike any you’ve ever seen and into an adventure you will never forget…

I bought this book in June 2016 from Barnes & Noble. I love steampunk. I love Victorian England. And zombie plagues?? This title received decent reviews on Goodreads. I really don’t know why I haven’t started this book yet!! Writing about it makes me want to eat it up.

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Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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  1. This first one is the most important item on my list. I have learned to put down a book that I am not enjoying reading. Yes. I have given myself permission to quit a book. This was hard for me to do. I felt like I had to finish every book I started before beginning a new one and it would be a failure not to do so. I had to give myself permission to put down a bad book and move on to a new one.
  2. I have also stopped cracking book spines. Ugh. This is almost embarrassing to admit that I once used to do this, lol. Cracking book spines not only damages a book but it also makes it look ugly on your bookshelf.
  3. I’ve also stopped judging myself for judging a book by its cover. You know what? Sometimes you can just tell by the cover that the book is going to be a work of cheese. There’s nothing wrong with passing up a book that has a really dumb looking cover. On the flip, there’s nothing wrong with picking up a book because it has an absolutely lovely or intriguing cover.
  4. Something I wish I could quit doing is having no follow through on reading challenges. This also applies to having a stack of books that I “plan on reading next”. It seems like as soon as I line up books to read for a challenge or for the month, I set them all aside for something else. I’m really, really bad about this.
  5. I wish that I could stop running out of shelf space! 😉

The next five items are things that my husband and/or my kids wish I would stop doing that are book related:

  1. Being so engrossed in a book that I don’t hear them talking to me. Easy solution to this: Stop trying to talk to me when I’m reading!!!
  2. Being moody because of a book. I admit, if a book is sad or poignant, I can be slightly moody too. Is a book really worth reading if it doesn’t affect you in some way, positive or negative???
  3. Neglecting the house and/or dinner because of reading. I can sit in the midst of a mess if a book is good enough, lol. Also, when it comes to dinner, sometimes I’ll say that I’m not hungry and opt to skip dinner just because I don’t want to put my book down long enough to cook. This is awful, lol.
  4. Having no patience for their boredom when I’m perfectly satisfied and entertained by reading. Why should I have to entertain them when they’re bored and I’m not? We have plenty of books to read if you’re bored.
  5. This is kinda related to #1 but my family wishes I would quit only half-remembering conversations, things they tell me, or things that I’ve said to them because I’m only half paying attention to the conversation when I have a book in my hand. I’m either still reading and not listening to them, or thinking about getting back to my book, or wishing they’d hurry up and stop talking to me. This results in my missing a lot of conversational nuances. Seriously though, unless you’re bleeding or the house is on fire, leave me alone when I’m reading.