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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!

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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 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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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.

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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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.