WWW- June 30th

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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 currently, technically, reading three different books. If you follow me on GoodReads you’ll notice I’ve been reading The Prince by Machiavelli for months now. This book isn’t particularly long or hard to read, I’ve just set it aside as my book to read if I can’t think of what i want to read next right away. So, I’ll read a chapter or two every month or so.

My current “Bus Book” is Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This book is everything I expected it to be, which really isn’t a bad thing. It’s what I wanted to read after all. I’m liking this modern take on the epistolary novel, which is saying something because typically I get annoyed by epistolary novels.

My current “Bed Book” is Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, which has taking a rather interesting turn (considering I know nothing of the plot of the book). I’m one of the odd readers who enjoys a lot of details, and think the over all construction of the narrative interesting. In terms of where it started and now where it is (even though I’m less than a hundred pages in).

What did you recently finish reading?

The most recent book was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’ve already discussed this book so I wont linger very long on it. Just going to mention again that I did really enjoy it, and at the moment could see myself reading it again (as they warn does happen to readers in the introduction).

I also finished Wit’s End by Karen Joy Fowler, who you might know as the author of the Jane Austen Book Club. I actually haven’t read her more famous work, I did see the movie though and considering how uncomfortable Emily Blunt’s character’s story line made me I don’t think I’ll be reading the book (again, I really can’t get behind relationships that start out as cheating, specially if it’s technically illegal due to age).

I did enjoy this book, but it’s odd. It didn’t so much feel like an over arching plot, but a slight incline of a plot. Not a lot happens, it’s more of a character study. It’s what I like to call “rainy weather reading”. I will however commend the sarcastic narrator of this book, because it was worth it just for that different take and execution of narrator.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not entirely sure. I would like to find something that works with my “Reading England” challenge. It’s hard finding a book that takes place in England that’s not in London, which I have already accounted for. I’m also not entirely sure if I want to go straight in to the Bridget Jones sequel or take a break from it; that’ll likely be decided further on in the book. I am rather intrigued by Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross that I picked up at the clearance sale so that might be next.

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Top Ten Tuesday…

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Presented by The Broke and the Bookish

June 30: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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I could not recommend Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel more. It is literally what I’ve been looking for in a post-apocalyptic novel. Station Eleven is about living the apocalypse, not merely surviving it. If you’re tired of the “One (most likely girl) must rise up to lead civilization back from apocalypse and only she has the gall to do it!” story than this will be as refreshing to you as it was for me. Bonus if you love Shakespeare.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro had a pretty slow start, but I’m finding that common with Ishiguro novels. If you like a novel to confuse you as much as it’s protagonists than you’ll enjoy this novel. Recommended for the fantasy and history buffs (not many books are set as far back as this one).

Horns by Joe HIll is one of those “That looks like a cool movie, I bet the book is better.” situations. Little did I know, I would end up loving the movie adaptation as much as the book, differences and all. I would recommend the book regardless of your opinion of the movie though. I will admit, I enjoyed this book much more than any of his dad’s that I’ve tried to read. (Side note: his dad is Stephen King.)

In the same vein of “I went to Sunday school as a kid so this book is amusing”, I finally got around to reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I had previously attempted “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman and did not make it far. This book on the other hand all but cemented my new weird favorite subgenre of “Religious Comedy with the decency to actually quote The Book”.

When I bought Everything I Never Told You. I actually met the author Celeste Ng, so this is a little bit biased. The novel was an interesting break from what I normally read. Despite the main character living a completely different life from mine with completely different day-to-day issues from mine, I still find myself connecting with her and sympathizing with her. For characters to be so completely fleshed out and detailed, and yet universally understandable is a testament to Ng’s writing.

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Tina Fey’s Bossypants broke the dam of “Funny women memoirs” that I read this year. I personally find it amusing that I was never a big fan of Tina’s work (SNL and 30 Rock) and yet I’ve always connected to her personality and what I’ve seen of her. It wasn’t until after I read this book that I watched 30 Rock in it’s entirety. She was a kind Wine Mom when I needed one most, giving me slurred encouragement, sage advice, and wacky stories.

I actually enjoy “The Mindy Project” more so than “The Office”, which was one of the reasons I picked up Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I never would have thought I would connect to her, but comparing her voice in her memoir and her voice on her show I can safely say I would love Mindy Kaling as a friend. We have the same opinion on eating (yes please), celebrity news (better than crack), and drunk people (get away from me). I think we’d get along.

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please has me in conflict and still does. On one hand, I really wanted to love it. I wanted to feel the sense of “YES! I’m going to go do something now!” That I felt after Bossypants, but it just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps it’s just cementing my place as a Tina instead of an Amy. I connected to some of what she had to say, but a lot of the endings of the essays (and especially the ending of the book) left a bitter taste in my mouth from the conclusion.

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie was a very quick, very interesting read. I love history trivia, I love knowing little tidbits about history which is what this book was; a series of tidbits. Small chapters about princesses and queens who didn’t act necessarily as they were supposed to. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an afternoon read, who enjoys history with a casual narrator.

I never would have thought I would cry over Queen Victoria, but then Gillian Gill got to Prince Albert’s death in We Two and there I was on the bus trying not to look too obvious.This was a particularly well written biography. Capable of presenting facts and information, and yet keep a flowing narrative that didn’t fill bogged down. At times, the choice of focus is questionable, but in all I enjoyed this presentation of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

What have you read this year that you liked best?

This week in Review: Jun 21 – 27

Tuesday June 23rd: Finished reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I really don’t think I could say anything new that hasn’t already been said about this book. It’s a cult classic and deserves it’s title. I will admit, I thought it had a bit of a slow start but boy when you get to the section titled “Saturday” it gets really hard to put the book down. I don’t know about other people’s experience reading it, but coming from a childhood of going to Sunday school every week made a lot of the religious jokes even funnier.

Wednesday June 24th: Started reading Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This book will technically be read as my “Bus Book”, as I tend to read lighter (physically and substance wise) books on the bus. I’ve never actually seen the movie in it’s entirety (considering it came out when I was 9), but I’ve developed a habit of reading books with movie adaptations without actually ever seeing the movie anyways. So far, it’s basically what I expected; pessimistic 30 something trying to get a hold on her life with a romcom spin. I’m enjoying finding the connections to Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice (apart from the obvious Mr. Darcy). Sometimes the technology they use jars you out of the moment, but I think the biggest “eeeeh?” moment was Bridget’s documented weight being between 124-129 but she calls herself overweight and is in a constant worry over it. (It would probably be a lot less jarring if they gave her height for perspective, but still it seems healthy to me.)

I also started reading Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. This will be my “Bed book”, since it’s heavier and thicker and requires more thought while reading. I didn’t actually know what this book was about going into it. It’s one of those books you happen to see on a lot of “Books to read before you die” and “Mark which classics you’ve read” lists. I typically read books set in England, so it’s interesting to read on set in roughly the same time period but in France. I’ve just gotten to the inklings of conflict between Charles Bovary and his new bride, so things are about to get a lot less happy I believe.

Friday June 26th: The day I was false advertised by Good Reads into momentarily thinking “The Library at Mount Char” was actually co-written by Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman, but it looks interesting anyways so I still want to read it. But damn…I got real excited for a second.

Saturday June 27th: Today was the long anticipated “Half Price Books Clearance Sale”, all the midwest Half Price Book stores got their clearance together and dumped it in at the Columbus fair grounds and marked everything down to .50- $2. I tried to remain realistic before going; but I tended to scale from “I’m going to find SO MANY BOOKS” to “I’ll be lucky to recognize anything.” Turns out I was in between. I ended up buying 7 books for $11 total (half the price of a new book from B&N so I’m happy). I did pick up a couple books I normally wouldn’t, I got a hard back copy of Horns by Joe Hill that I had previously checked out of the library and loved, and found another Shakespeare to add to my collection.

A few things I noticed at the clearance sale:

1.) “If I had a dollar for every Jodi Picoult book I found in the Fic Lit section I could buy the Fic Lic section.”
2.) “I wonder how many of these copies of Cold Mountain were donated via a slam on the table from someone pissed at the ending.”
3.) “This Ann Taylor lady should have picked a name not already taken by a clothing store.”
4.) “Why are all Sci-fi books black?”
5.) “When the sign gave “Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts as suggestions for the Romance section, I did not think they meant the entire section was literally just Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts.”
6.) “REALLY what are you going to do with a shopping cart full of books, like really?” (note; there was MULTIPLE people, like in dozens of people, just that I saw, with entire shopping carts full and over flowing of books.)
7.) “Do not judge the girl beside you picking up all the Nicholas Sparks books, be a good fellow reader. Don’t judge. Just keep perusing.”

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Anything exciting in your reading life happen this week?

An Introduction

When I created my first attempt at a book blog I had it in mind that I would do a 30 day challenge in order to keep myself blogging. Well, that didn’t even last a single post because I got too caught up in writing other things. So, now that I’ve moved to a new platform I’ve decided to reuse the challenge I never got around to and use it as an introductory post so that you might get a feel for the blogger.

Current book reading: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Reading Quirks: I am a many position reader, in that I can’t stay in one position for very long. I’ve also gotten into this weird habit of having a “Bus Book” and a “Bed Book”; a different book for each location. I also end up reading books that have movies coming out based on them and then never seeing the movie.
Reading Preferences: I wish to could read all hard backs only, but I have ridiculously small hands (plus an old soccer injury) that makes a kindle a lost easier to grip. I hate dog ears in books; scrap piece of paper, people. Not that hard to find. I also need some noise when I read. I can’t be in dead silence.
Top 5 Favorite books: Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, The Outsiders, The Hobbit, Wicked
Top 5 favorite authors: JKRowling, Jane Austen, Lemony Snicket, George RR Martin, and S.E.Hinton
Favorite childhood book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin Jr
First “real” book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Comfort Book: Pride & Prejudice
Guilty pleasure book: Divergent series
Book you think is underrated: Warm Bodies
Book you think is overrated: Catcher in the freakin Rye
First book that made you cry: The Outsiders
Book that’s been on your to-read list the longest: Charles Dickens, literally anything written by him.
Book you have lied about reading: Wuthering Heights (I was “the Book girl” I had a reputation in high school to maintain.)
Book you own with most editions: The Hobbit (3)
Favorite book from last year: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Favorite book based movie: Holes. You will literally never get a better book-to-movie adaptation. It’s the peak. It’s the holy grail.
Book you wish had a movie: Why Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett doesn’t have a movie yet is beyond me.
Book you didn’t think you’d like but loved: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book that let you down: Catcher In the Rye (I really dislike this book by the way)
Book you love that people dislike: The Scarlet Letter
Book you couldn’t finish: Everything is Illuminated
Least favorite tropes: love triangles, sassy independent kickbutt girl who don’t need no man but inevitably falls head over heals for the first boy (and then second boy) mentioned in the text. Also cheating plots. I can never get behind a relationship that starts by one cheating on their previous S.O. Also, people who blow stuff way out of proportion (lookin at you Romeo and Juliet)
Favorite title: The Wizard, The Witch, and The Two Girls From Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
Favorite genre: Historical, Fantasy
Favorite spine on the shelf: It’s rather simple, but for some reason I love the spine of the Barnes & Nobles classics Picture of Dorian Gray.
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Favorite character type: oh that sarcastic asshole who’s been through hell, my weakness for you (Haymitch Abernathy, Severus Snape, Fiyero, Crowley, Darcy….)
Keywords that get you hooked: anything with a date pre-1900
How your tastes have changed: I’m reading a lot more nonfiction and biographies now.