Break Time

December 15, 2014 Books 8

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Y’all. I gotta take a break. Normally, this time of year is a little bit more chill for me, but with the new job, plus Christmas commitments, homework, cooking cooking cooking, I’m slammed. Something’s gotta give. And I have no spare time to blog, let alone think of things to blog about, comment on others posts, etc. Plus, I’m still having trouble finding my heart in blogging. So, blogging gives. I want to use what little spare time I have to read. I’ll be around your blogs, hopefully, but not here. I’ll still be on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, of course.

See you in the new year with hopefully more mojo. And time. Happy Holidays and I LOVE YOU GUYS.

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A Month of Favorites – 6 Degrees of Separation?

December 4, 2014 Books 3

6 Degrees of Separation {with a fave book} - linking up with Annabel Smith

Yeah, so, I’m not exactly sure how to play this game… Apparently, I start with this book:

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and link it to another book through 4 other books. Am I right? I hope so, cause that’s what I’m going with. So, I’m going to attempt to get to one of my favorite books this year; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It seems random enough!

So. I’ve never heard of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, but SAYING The Deep North makes me think of The Deep South, where I am from (well, not exactly DEEP, but whatever), which immediately made me think of a book I listened to earlier this year, and loved, Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal makes me think of DOLLS, surprise! Thinking of DOLLS, leads me to Doll Bones by Holly Black; a favorite from last year. Holly Black also wrote The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, one of the few vampire novels I’ve enjoyed in the last couple of years. Holly Black has also written some of my favorite novels about faeries and this leads me to to my last link, which is The Scorpio Races. The first book I ever read by Maggie Stiefvater was also her first published book; Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater.

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So, there you have it. The Narrow Road to the Deep North to The Scorpio Races. Hey, that was kind of fun!

What books would you have used to link those two books?

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A Month of Favorites – 10 Fave Book Covers

December 3, 2014 Books 14

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10 Fave Book Covers – link-up hosted at Traveling with T

OMG this will be so hard.

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1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins // 2. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus // 3. Grimm Tales for the Young and Old by the Brothers Grimm, retellings by Philip Pullman // 4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // 5. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

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6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov // 7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // 8. The End, or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis // 9. Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer (my son picked this one out) (he has good taste) // 10. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

So, apparently I like really simple or really colorful! What do you think? What are some of your favorite covers?

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A Month of Favorites – 5 Faves by Theme

December 2, 2014 Books 10

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2 – 5 Faves by a Theme {eg. Audiobooks, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries, Books with Surprise Twists, Surprise Endings, Non-Fiction, Books That Made You Cry, Laugh Out Loud, Cringe, Book Boyfriends That Stole Your Heart, Apocalypse, Dystopian, Best books with kick ass girls, favorite siblings, couples, friends, most hated and loved villains} – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

Audiobooks

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1. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, read by Anthony Heald // 2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton // 3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman // 4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter // 5. The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching #1) by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs

Nonfiction

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1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain // 2. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff // 3. Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson // 4. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson // 5. Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike

Books That Made Me Cry

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1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd // 2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling // 3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // 4. The Green Mile by Stephen King // 5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Most Loved Villains

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1. The Mayor in The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness // 2. The Angel Islington in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman // 3. SPOILER in Fables by Bill Willingham // 4. Dracula in Dracula by Bram Stoker // 5. The Other Mother in Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I Tried, But Couldn’t Do Read It

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1. The Martian by Andy Weir // 2. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld // 3. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon 4. The Supernatural Enchancements by Edgar Cantero // 5. O, Africa by Andrew Lewis Cohn

How about you? Have any books you could add to my lists?

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A Month of Faves – Introduction

December 1, 2014 Books 15

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Hello and Welcome to “A Month of Faves!” All December-long, Estella’s Revenge,  Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T will be sharing fave bookish (and sometimes non-bookish) experiences from throughout the year AND they want ALL OF US to join in! These lovely bloggers have been around long enough to know, IT IS HARD TO BLOG IN DECEMBER. So they came up with a list of blog topics to carry me (and you!) into the new year with as little stress as possible.

Are they not fab?

See here to get the full list and join in!

{whispers *they are also giving away prizes!!!!*}

1 – Faves Month Introduction – About YOU and Your Reading this year (eg. fave genre, fave author, how you read (percentage (%) physical, eReader, audiobooks), when you read, what genre did you read the most from this year, which author was most prolific on your reading list, how many books did you read, give us a clue about what your fave book read this year is – but don’t tell us – let us guess!) – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

Hi! My name is Heather! Somehow, I have read a lot of stories this year! Right now I’m sitting pretty at 113 stories read and am hoping to make it to 120. Why do I say stories instead of books? Because I partake in diverse ways of “reading.” I read comics, graphic novels, audiobooks, ebooks, hardcovers, softcovers, paperbacks, picture books (although I didn’t list those this year), and more I’m sure. So, stories. Not books.

I have to say, as I get older, I’m not sure I have a fave genre, author, or anything of the sort. Plus, as I’ve said before, I despise classifying books into genres. I think it narrows the playing field and ensures some won’t try a book because “they don’t read fantasy/women’s fiction/chick lit/westerns, etc. I do have particular authors I seek out more than others (hello Neil Gaiman!), but I really just read whatever grabs my attention. I don’t have the time to waste on a book that is boring the crap out of me any more. I made a resolution not to fool with anything that is frustrating, boring, annoying, or anything I’m not LOVING! And I can see the difference. I’ve read 113 books this year. I can’t think of many that I truly hated (except for you Phantom of the Opera. I still hate you with a passion.). With only the occasional hiccup, I have had one of the best reading years I’ve had in quite awhile.

That SAID, I did seem to grab comics and graphic novels a lot this year. 37 of out my 113 books were either graphic novels or comics. And dude, the year ain’t over yet.

Here’s my break down:

Graphic Novels/Comics – 37
Audiobooks – 22
Fiction – 101
Young Adult – 24
Nonfiction – 12
Classics – 9

My most prolific author read is Noelle Stevenson, thanks to 8 Lumberjanes comics. She is followed closely by Brian K. Vaughan with 7, thanks to Y the Last Man and the Saga series. He will catch up, but I don’t know if he’ll pass.

My favorite book? That’s too be decided. My next book could be my favorite! But as of RIGHT THIS MINUTE, I would say *** ********** by **** ******.

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Nonfiction November – New to My TBR

November 26, 2014 Books 2

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Y’all. I have jotted down SO MANY TILES these last few weeks. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down where I found OUT about the at. At least not all of them. Duh. I’m so dumb. Anyway, here are the few I CAN attribute.

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

Here are the rest:

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (which I actually DO own, I just forgot I had it. Gah)
  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
  • My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  • Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier
  • Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
  • The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm: The Reader as Metaphor by Alberto Manuel
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
  • A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
  • The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
  • The Victorian City by Judith Flanders
  • Storm of Witchcraft by Emerson W. Baker

and I’m sure I can go find many, many more. What a wonderful, rich, month of discovery.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Possible Winter TBR

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Possible, because we all know, it’s never set in stone, amiright?

There is one book in particular I really want to try to get into. In fact, my December goal MIGHT be reading just THIS book. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I’ve never read these books and I feel like this is something lacking in my life. If I can’t get into it, which is a distinct possibility, here are the other nine books I’d really like to read this winter:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – this is a given. It will be read VERY soon. If I hadn’t challenged myself to read only nonfiction in November, I would have read it already.

Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson – After reading The Dead Beat, and loving it, plus everyone raving about it lately, I honestly can’t wait to dig in. Heh.

Ticker by Lisa Mantchen – Honestly, I know nothing about this book. I just love the cover.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – An Amazon daily deal not too awful long ago that sounds really good. Plus, Maggie Stiefvater reviewed it on Goodreads and made it sound fab.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I want to give this a gander to see if the kids would like it.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – The second in this series, following The Paper Magician, I couldn’t resist. The Paper Magician was just so much fun.

Jackaby by William Ritter – I’ve been dying to read this since it was first popping up on blogs. I wish I had read it during RIP.

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre – another nonfiction that popped up during Nonfiction November. I’m really digging these war nonfics lately!

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – I think it’s finally time I bit the bullet and let this series end. I keep putting it off because I don’t want it to be over!

and many, many more. What’s on your Winter TBR?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

November 24, 2014 Books, Meme 3

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Whew you guys. Did we just have a weekend? Cause I think I missed it. It went by too fast.

Are you doing much reading? If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t be reading at all. It’s a shame too, since I have such interesting books going on. I’m still “reading” Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr when I have time. I actually got a pretty good chunk read yesterday. I’m also still reading Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction, again, when I have time. I feel like I haven’t touched it in a week.

The main things I’m “reading” are Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand which is utterly FANTASTIC and the book I just started today, The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz which promises to be utterly fascinating.

I am really really enjoying Nonfiction November! I just wish I had more time!!

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

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It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.

 

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Silly Rabbit, Serial is for Adults!

November 20, 2014 Miscellaneous 6

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Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. We’ll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.

So, have you heard about Serial? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. I only discovered it when I was looking for some new podcasts. It was the number 1podcast in Downcast when I searched all podcasts.

This is for good reason. It is absolutely, obsessively, fantastic.

Serial takes a true story – like it says above – a true CRIME story and gets to the heart of the case. Episode by episdoe, Sarah Koenig, takes a different part of the case – the perpetrator, the victim, testimonial, and more – and reviews every piece of evidence. Testimony is played. Opinions are shared. The mystery unfolds, slowly, but hopefully surely. And by golly, it’s just fascinating. I imagine it feels like the way it did decades ago, when families gathered around the radio for the next installment in their favorite radio show. Or waiting for the next part in a Dickens story. From an article in the Guardian, quoting Sarah Koenig:

It’s such a simple idea! And I’m not supposed to talk about it this way – my colleagues get all annoyed – but honestly, I am such an old fashioned consumer of stories. I like books on tape. I’m not kidding. I go to my public library, I browse the shelves, I check out CDs of books on tape … that’s how old school I am. And this is not an original idea. Maybe in podcast form it is, and trying to do it as a documentary story is really, really hard. But trying to do it as a serial, this is as old as Dickens.

I don’t know how it will end. Sarah Koenig (same article as above) doesn’t even know how it will end:

I don’t know where it will end, actually. The way we have to think about it is, “If this, then what? If that, then what?” We’re forced to build out different scenarios. If this thing turns out to be true or not true, then what do we do? I’m trying not to freak out about the end right now – we’ll get there when we get there.

I’m enjoying the ride so much, I just had to share it with all of you. So, if you like podcasts, or even have never listened to one, I highly recommend taking a listen to this one. I think you’ll be as obsessed as I am.

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Top Ten Tuesday – I NEED THE SEQUEL

November 18, 2014 Meme 6

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get (and I’m amending some of these to sequels I can’t wait to GET TO because I have sequels I NEED TO READ. LIKE NOW.)

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Better late than never?

Sadly/NotSadly, I have Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Days of Blood & Starlight, Bitterblue, A Clash of Kings, and Dead Beat. *sigh* There just isn’t enough hours in the day. Maybe December should be the Month of Catching Up On Sequels.

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