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

September 1, 2014 Books, Meme 5

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Happy Labor Day and the Unofficial Ending of Summer!!!

I know some are sad to see Summer end, but Fall is my FAVORITE. Plus, I’m ready for the humidity to take a freaking hike already.

I had high hopes to read and do laundry all day (bet you can’t guess which one excites me more) but the kids came up with a Family Game Day, so I have to judge that. I still hope to do some of the reading though. Heck, I’ve already read Lumberjanes #5, so I’m doing pretty good on the reading front! This week, I’m also reading a book on anxiety in children called The Opposite of Worry by Lawrence Cohen (research for the daughter, who is having some issues), Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man’s Search for the Truth About Ghosts by Will Storr (I found it while cleaning up yesterday!), still dipping in and out of Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, and I started listening to Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. MY RIP IX is in full swing!

Edit: I totally forgot I started The Haunting of Hill House this weekend! Doh!

Whew! I think I have enough on MY plate! What are you reading this week?

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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

August 31, 2014 Books 6

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At last. Here it is. The air is not yet crisp here. The leaves are still green. I can’t pull out the sweaters and the boots, the soups and hot chocolates. Yet the Reader’s Imbibing Peril event, better known as RIP, brings with it the promise of my favorite season and of thrilling, terrifying, and strangely comforting, reading. I can’t believe that RIP is IX, and I can’t believe I’ve participated all IX times. As always, a huge shoutout to Carl, from Stainless Steel Droppings, for putting on another event. It would not be the start of fall without it.

I am excited to get started today.

My first read will be the read along that Andi and I are hosting on The Estella Society:

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I started it this morning. I sort of began live-Instagramming it also. I just couldn’t help it, so sorry for the spam if you follow me, but I was just so darn excited.

Since I’m taking part in Peril the First, I will read four books from the designated categories:

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.

Some of my potential picks are:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Dark Souls by Paula Morris
The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeymi
The Removers by Andrew Meredith

And my now annual reread of Dracula by Bram Stoker. I bought a fantastic edition in Texas when I visited Andi in March and I’ve been holding on to it for just this occasion.

I also want to attempt Peril of the Short Story, in which I hope to read lots of short stories. I will pick from these two collections:

American Supernatural Tales by S. T. Joshi
Haunted Castles by Ray Russell

Do you have plans to participate? What are you reading? Do you have any books to recommend?

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Monthly Wrap Up – August 2014

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SHUT UP. August is over? What the heck? Where did that go?

August was such a big month for me! I left the job I’ve pretty much had for the last 14 years for something new, exciting, and scary. Don’t worry, so far I’m loving my job at the university, but everything new comes with a bit of anxiety. August brought the start of school (THANK YOU GOD) and 5th graderness and 1st graderness. And one very irritable boy. He does not do well with changes in routines.

And, August brought reading craziness. Let’s see. What exactly DID I finish in August?

71. Spoiled Brats: Stories by Simon Rich
72. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
73. Blood of My Blood: Jasper Dent #3 by Barry Lyga
74. East of Eden by John Steinbeck, read by Richard Poe
75. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, read by Stephen Fry
76. Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson
77. Lumberjanes #2 by Noelle Stevenson
78. Lumberjanes #3 by Noelle Stevenson
79. Lumberjanes #4 by Noelle Stevenson
80. Displacement by Lucy Knisley
81. Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark
82. Sweet Tooth #1: Out of the Woods by Jeff Lemire
83. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, read by Lauren Fortgang

HOL-E-E COW. Course, a good bit of that is comics and graphic novels, but STILL. I think I had a fantastic August myself. Favorites include Spoiled Brats, The Paper Magician, Blood of My…oh, who am I kidding. Everything was awesome

On the plate for September:

I’m reading The Sparrow with Trish for her readalong.

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There’s A More Diverse Universe with Aarti mid month.

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And then OF COURSE, there is RIP IX (more on that soon) and the Estella Society’s reading The Haunting of Hill House! OMG, September, you will be so busy! I love it!

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How was your August? What’s on tap for September? Are you joining in any of these bookish shenanigans?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books. Gotta Have Them. Need them RIGHT NOW.

August 26, 2014 Books 9

I have to limit myself to ten???? Okay…here goes! Sorry for the stripped down post, but, you know, TIME!

The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs – OMG what a creepy cover.

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville – I must have the jones for reading creepiness.

The Witch: and other tales re-told by Jean Thompson – Seriously.

Vixen by Rosie Garland – I don’t even remember why I want to read this one, I JUST MUST HAVE IT.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg – I just love her.

The Graveyard Book, all three graphic novels by Neil Gaiman – BECAUSE IT’S MY MOST FAVORITE BOOK EVER AND IT’S NOW A GRAPHIC NOVEL??????

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – the man? That title? That whole world? Finding out more about AURI? YES PLEASE.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – BECAUSE I LOVE HER.

The rumored new Tiffany Aching by Terry Pratchett – Because it’s more Tiffany Aching????

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Such a long wait!!!!!! T.T

That’s my top ten must have RIGHT NOW of right now, because it could change in 5 minutes. What are you looking forward to?

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

August 25, 2014 Books, Meme 5

Ho! Hey! It’s Monday! Again! And I’m here to report on my reading adventures for the week!

So, I don’t know if you heard, but I started a new job last week. There were a couple of hang ups and I didn’t get to start until Thursday. So, what did I do in the meantime?

I wish I could say it was read! You know, cause, BOUT OF BOOKS 11!!!

And I did set out too. But I picked two difficult books and, well, I felt guilty sitting on my tail at home, not getting PAID, doing nothing. So, yeah, I did other things like CLEAN and COOK and stuff. By the time I got to work Thursday, I hadn’t finished one book.

Then I finished Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and dude, it was like someone flipped a switch. I couldn’t get enough words, sentences, stories!! Only problem was, I wanted them FAST and I didn’t have the TIME. What does a girl do when that happens?

She turns to graphic novels!

And boy, did I turn to graphic novels. I read: Lumberjanes 1-4 by Noelle Stevenson, Displacement by Lucy Knisley, and Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire. These helped me get through Sweetness #9 because DUDE. I was JUST FEELING THE SWEETNESS. I’m almost 99.9% sure it was me, not the book. I just have that little 0.1% feeling that maybe it wasn’t. I need other opinions. And time to think on it.

So, what am I reading NOW? I’m still chugging through Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I can only take it at bits at a time because if I didn’t my heart would explode. I’m listening to Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, which the only thing I can say to that is what the HECK took me so long? And, well, I’m still looking for a third book. I started Isla and the Happily Ever After because I’ve been waiting FOREVER for it and yeah, I think it’s my third book. I just decided.

Obviously, my posting is going to be a bit sporadic and weird until I get this new job and free time thing figured out. HOPEFULLY I won’t be posting at the end of the day a lot. *sigh* We’ll see.

So, what are you reading? What’s good up in your world?

Happy Reading!

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck, read by Richard Poe

August 23, 2014 Books, Reading Challenges 1

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I missed the second check in because I was behind, so I’m combining 2 and 3 into my review of this epic EPIC book.

Questions from Part 2:

1. What do you think of the characters’ growth and/or change in this section? Specifically, Adam, Cathy/Kate, and Lee have all had some big things happen.

I kind of wanted to slap Adam, punch Cathy, and hug Lee.

2. Lee is quickly becoming an important and insightful character. What do you think of his insights and his thoughts on language and his ethnicity?

I LOOOOOOVE LEE. I love everything about Lee and his story. I love the examinations of race and religion and even family through Lee. Through Lee (on the Trask side of the story), I feel we truly see what family can be. It isn’t always blood that ties us together.

3. The Cain and Abel and the importance of narrative continues to take on more prominence. How so?

4. How do you perceive Samuel now that he’s gone? Was he just a device for delivering advice?

I MISS HIM!!!!! He was a device for delivering advice, but he also helped further the story. Without him, those boys would have NEVER had names. And he’s the one who lead Adam to Cathy the evil b!tch.

5. Cathy/Kate…expound. There will probably be one of these at every checkpoint because OMGthatwoman.

That sums it up pretty well I think; OMGthatwoman.

Questions from Part 3:

1. What do you think of the twins since they’ve grown up quite a bit? They seem to take after both Adam and Charles. How do you explain that? My book club had fun with some theories recently.

Can I just say I adore Cal? BECAUSE I ADORE CAL. Because Cal is like, the ONLY, balanced character in this book. Unlike Adam and Aron, he’s not all good, and unlike Charles and Cathy, he’s not all bad. And he doesn’t really seem to want to embrace either ideal!

2. Any surprises in this section? Lee, Dessie and Tom, Adam’s business dealings? Just some ideas. :)

Adam’s business dealings were a surprise because I was all WTF are you doing Adam? It came out of left field and left right field. And then, poor Cal, went and made that money for Adam and WHAT DID THAT JERK DO but throw in back in his face? I never saw what Cal did as particularly bad. That’s just business.

Aron’s turn was surprising too. It almost felt like suicide.

3. Ugh, Kathy/Cate. Is there anything redeemable about this woman?

Oh hell no. There is no redeeming that woman. I don’t know if she thought leaving her money to JUST ARON was a good enough apology, in her misguided demented little diseased brain, but oh hell no. Not good enough.

Further Thoughts:

My further thoughts are for the audio. If you ever consider reading this book, I highly recommend the audio. Richard Poe was amazing. He really brought the book alive and dude, I don’t know if I would have made it without him.

For more insights on East of Eden, please see the collected posts over at The Estella Society. And join us for the next read, coming soon!

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

August 18, 2014 Books, Meme 2

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!!

Do I sound excited? For a Monday? Yeah, I thought so. I don’t get to start today like planned, dang HR department and their forms, so I get a couple days off before starting my job. It’s okay, I’ll take them.

Bout of Books starts today!!!! I’ll be reading the day away, while doing some neglected chores. Bah.

Exciting news!

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A More Diverse Universe

One of my most favorite things in the blogging world and Aarti just made it even better because it is longer!

Info:

It’s time to sign up to participate in A More Diverse Universe!  Thanks to the glorious talents of Sandstone78, we have loads of buttons and banners for you to use wherever you would like.  Use any of the ones you see on this post and go crazy!

For those who have not heard about #Diversiverse before, it’s a very simple challenge.  For those of you who have participated in the past, it’s even easier this year.  The criteria are as follows:

  • Read and review one book

  • Written by a person of color

  • During the last two weeks of September (September 14th – 27th) 

I’m going to be going through my shelves to find a few books to read.  A few have already come to mind. Come on, click the link above and join in!

Happy reading!

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Bout of Books 11

August 14, 2014 Books, Reading Challenges 8

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Y’all! It’s that time again! You know I can’t miss a good readathon. Assuming I’m of sound mind to read next week, here’s my pool. Plus maybe a couple others. You know how I roll.

I’ve already started Gutenberg’s Apprentice, so that will probably be my main book, but, as I do when I’m reading loooooong books (and yo, this book is SUPER LONG), I’ll be going back and forth between it and another. I’m already reading Tiny Beautiful Things as well, so that will be my starting go-between. I definitely want to hit up Sweet Tooth, to get Andi OFF MY BACK ALREADY, and figure Sweetness #9 will be a good followup to that. I’m still digging the nonfic, so I threw It Looked Different on the Model to stir things up a bit. Lastly, RIP starts NEXT WEEK, so I threw in something that looks a wee bit spooky; The Supernatural Enhancements. All in all, I think this is a good mix of books and dude. I CANNOT WAIT. Join me?

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

 

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

August 11, 2014 Books, Meme 8

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OMG Y’all. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. I’m so excited; I CAN’T EVEN READ.

I start a new job next Monday. At a university. I’m so excited. Seriously.

I AM SO EXCITED.

I did manage to finish The Paper Magician last week. I enjoyed it very much. This week, I’ve been puttering through East of Eden (THAT CATHY! GRRR.) and I started Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga, the last in Jasper Dent trilogy. When I sit down and read it, it holds my attention, but then my mind wanders and it’s all over. I just can’t concentrate for long.

I’m so nervous and excited and worried and, well, just being typical Heather. Hopefully I’ll settle down soon, but I doubt it.

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The Fever by Megan Abbott

August 8, 2014 Book Reviews, Books 10 ★★★★

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by megan abbott
Published by Little Brown and Company
on June 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
four-stars
The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

 

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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As we read in Ms. Abbott’s guest post yesterday, The Fever deals with hysteria and how it is a “woman’s disease.”

There’s no easy answer to that question and no easy way to talk about the long and twisty history of hysteria and women.  On the most basic level, how many women out there have been told, when expressing anger, or even a firmly held opinion, has been told they are being “hysterical”? It’s a loaded term, and it always will be.

The Fever, set in a small town high school, is the perfect place to breed rumors and panic. When Deenie Nash’s best friend Lise collapses in the middle of class, no one knows what to think. The hospital won’t release any information. No one is allowed to see Lise. Then Deenie’s friend Gabby has a similar episode. Then another girl. Then another. Before the fever is spreading like wildfire among the girls at the school and parents are panicking. Could it be the nasty local lake? Is it the HPV vaccine? Is it a virus? ARE THEY ALL GOING TO DIE?

I read The Fever on my vacation and it was the perfect time to do so. As soon as I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. From the beginning of the book, there are questions that I couldn’t wait to have answered. What happened to Lise? The other girls? Is there a disease spreading amongst the school and why is it only the girls? And why is Deenie the only girl NOT getting sick? Abbott keeps the narrative tight and twisty. It was a delight for me, a reader who likes the occasional dark plot line and has a morbid sense of humor. This pretty much made The Fever a delight for me and Megan Abbott is now officially on my watch list.

Would you like to win a copy of The Fever? The publisher was kind enough to give me an extra copy of the book, so I’m giving away BOTH. Fill out the Rafflecopter and enter to win!

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