Random Bookish Thoughts

I’ve finally hit upon a winning blogging strategy, after months of feeling like blogging was becoming a chore that I couldn’t keep up with. Now I’m writing on Friday afternoons. After my son gets home and we’ve chatted about his day and looked at stuff he’s brought home, he gets a snack and plays on the computer while I get out my iPad and write on the couch. It’s perfect because I’m not DOG-TIRED like I am at night after work and parenting. If I put out one post a week, I’m happy. Yay!

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Do you ever have that feeling that the books you read back in January or February  of this year feel like you read them YEARS ago? ‘Cause I do.

This whole Sarah Dessen Twitter debacle is a very weird story. I do think it’s odd that a young woman would get on a college book search committee with the purpose of keeping a certain author off the list. But I also think it’s really weird that an author gets all hurty-feelings about it and then broadcasts that on Twitter, enabling some of her fellow authors (including Roxane Gay, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner) to then pile on the young woman to the point where she has to abandon her social media accounts to escape the onslaught. This is pretty much why I only Retweet things, because at any moment anything you put out on social media can turn on you and ruin your life. Twitter is a cesspool, one that I can’t seem to quit, unfortunately. Have you read about this incident? I only heard about it because I saw Roxane Gay’s apology tweet. It’s just so odd and unfortunate.

If you’ve followed me a long time, you know I’m a dedicated mood reader. Well lately I’ve been moodier than usual. I want to throw away my TBR list and totally start over some days – which most of the time strikes me as pure madness. (The current TBR on Goodreads stands as 347 books. My TBR is my list, not an actual pile of books in my house.) Sometimes I want to take off all the books on my library card holds list – but instead I keep suspending them so that they don’t come in. I suspend them over and over until I’m ready for one to come through. Sometimes I suspend them so long that I decide I don’t really want to read it after all. This is all to say that there are just SO MANY delicious looking books out there, and I just want to read them ALL  – and it sort of pains me that I can’t seem to make real headway on the books that I actually own, or the books that have been on my Goodreads TBR for years. Also, I want to make room for the random picks – those choices that just look good as the come across the library desk.

But then I just get over it, ha ha! It’s a good thing that there are so many enticing books out there for me to enjoy. I’ll never run out.

What are some of your random bookish thoughts lately?

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday on Thursday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words. Take a look at her page and tell us what you’re currently reading. I’ve been out of town and then playing catch up on work, so I couldn’t even manage a WWW on Wednesday! Hoping to catch up on reading all your posts this weekend too.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently: 

I’m about 40 % into the audio book version of The Feather Thief and it’s fascinating. I heard about this book from Rebecca from Bookish Beck. I prefer nonfiction when I listen to audio books, do you?

Recently Finished:

I took the Anne Tyler on the plane (my tradition/superstition,) but managed only to read about 25 pages the whole trip. If I’m going on a sightseeing kind of trip, I just don’t find time to read and I’m wiped out at night. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite of hers. The Halloween Tree was the perfect read for this time of year! I’ll post about it and Mr. Mercedes in a different post since they’re my picks for the R.I.P. Challenge. El Deafo was great – a graphic memoir for kids (and grown-ups) about a little girl who was left hearing impaired after a brief illness when she was four. This was the 1970’s and hearing aid technology was more primitive, so she had to wear a piece of machinery with earphones and cords at school. Cece Bell draws all the characters as bunnies and explores how her hearing loss impacted her friendships and school work. I can see kids really liking this book and being able to put themselves in Cece’s shoes.

Up Next (Maybe:)

I’ll definitely get into Quicksand soon since it’s my Classics Club pick for the Spin. I’m very much interested in 24/6 because I think my family needs a day to totally unplug from screens every week. I hope it provides some real life solutions to technology addiction.

I’m not sure what else I’ll get into next. I’m feeling the urge to both be spontaneous in my reading choices and also to read something off of my own bookshelf. I hope your week has been great – happy reading!

R.I.P. Challenge 2019!

rip14I’m excited about my favorite annual reading challenge, R.I.P. XVI! It’s the only challenge I’m participating in this year and it’s my fourth year doing it. I always stick to the very manageable Peril The Second, in which you just have to read two creepy/thrilling/mysterious/scary/ suspenseful books of your choosing. This laid-back “challenge” is perfect for readers like me who are allergic to sticking to a TBR list. You can also read short stories or watch creepy/thrilling movies or TV shows as well, if that’s your thing. Personally, I find that I’m better reading scary stuff than watching scary stuff.

I’m choosing two deep cuts from my Goodreads TBR: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, which I added way back in June 2015, and The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, which I added in September 2016. I really don’t know much about either one but I’m in the mood to read some kinda scary and hopefully page-turning reads as we head into Fall!

 

Have you participated in this challenge before? If not, do you think you’ll give it a go now? What do you consider to be a great read for Fall?

Library Checkout August 2019

It’s September! I haven’t been reading as much lately, but I did manage three library books in August. And of course I have a lot still on hold! Lately I’ve been checking out a lot of cookbooks and travel guides. I feel like I’ll get back on track with reading soon. It comes and it goes. Thanks as always to Bookish Beck for hosting this monthly meme celebrating library use.

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BOOKS READ:

The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Burnout – Emily and Amelia Nagoski ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (review to come)

The Murder on the Links – Agatha Christie ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

CURRENTLY READING:

The Lager Queen of Minnesota – J. Ryan Stradal (loving it so far!)

Every Body Yoga – Jessamyn Stanley

G’Morning, G’Night! – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

 

CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ:

Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes

The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie

Land of the Blind – Jess Walter

Thornhill – Pam Smy

RETURNED UNFINISHED:

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (Just too much to read and I wasn’t feeling drawn to this right now, although I’ve kept it on my TBR.)

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Started off alright but by page 107 it was getting too precious for me.)

IN THE HOLDS QUEUE: (a selection)

El Deafo – Cece Bell

Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko (for the Classics Club)

Mortal Causes – Ian Rankin

The Need – Helen Phillips

Do you fancy anything from my list? What is in your holds queue this month?

 

WWW Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words. Take a look at her page and tell us what you’re currently reading! I haven’t done one of these in a while and it’s a good way to post something after a little bit of a break.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently:

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Only about 65 pages in, so far so good. I am nervous because I think this will make me very sad but I do really enjoy Whitehead’s books and I think he’s a brilliant writer. I love the range of his work – he really can do any genre.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. Y’all, I think this book might be a life-changer. Very early into it, but I find it resonating with me in a deep way. I’ll keep you posted.

Home Truths by Mavis Gallant. This was a book I was supposed to read in FEBRUARY along with Marcie @ Buried in Print as she makes her way through Gallant’s short story collections… well, here it is August and I’m still reading it. I did put it aside for a few months – whoops! Gallant’s stories are so detailed and meaty that I have to take my time with them, but they’re very good.

Recently Finished:

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The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. There is nothing like an Agatha Christie for comfort reading in my book. This is one I hadn’t read before, the second in the Hercule Poirot series. In it, Poirot receives a letter from a man in France desperately requesting his services, but before he and Hastings can get there, he winds up murdered – in an open grave on a golf course! Of course there are multiple suspects – including a beautiful young woman whom Hastings falls in love with instantly on the train (ugh) and nicknames “Cinderella” for most of the book – because he doesn’t know her name. Hastings behaved kind of ridiculously here, but Poirot was sharp and on point with his “little gray cells,” outsmarting the young, cocky French detective on the case. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Up Next:

Hard to say, but it will be something from this bunch that I have checked out or ready to pick up at the library:

 

What have you just finished? What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? 

Library Checkout July 2019

Taking up my son’s challenge to read more of my own purchased books, I’ve not read very many library books in July. But I’ve sure been checking them out and putting them on hold! I’m still attempting to suspend my long list of library holds – thank goodness for that capability. Thanks to Bookish Beck for hosting this monthly meme that celebrates library use.

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Books Read:

The Black Book – Ian Rankin (John Rebus series #5) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Terrible Two Gets Worse – Mac Barnett and Jory John ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

March: Book 3 – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Island of Doctor Moreau – H.G. Wells ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Currently Reading:

Gmorning, Gnight!:Little Pep Talks For Me and You – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

Lost – Sharon Bolton (Lacey Flint series #3)

Checked Out, To Be Read:

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton

Highland Homeland: The People of the Great Smokies – Wilma Dykeman and Jim Stokely

Burnout:The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle – Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

Greenglass House – Kate Milford

Returned Unfinished:

A Duke By Default (Reluctant Royals #2) – Alyssa Cole (I just wasn’t in the mood to read romance.)

In the Holds Queue: (so many! here are a few new ones)

The Lightest Object In the Universe – Kimi Eisele

Magic For Liars – Sarah Gailey

The Lager Queen of Minnesota – J. Ryan Stradal

Have you read anything on my list? Anything grab your fancy?

 

 

 

 

Library Checkout June 2019

library-checkout-feature-imageI’m still trying to manage my library holds so that I can also read some of my own books… so far I’ve been doing a good job of not letting them all come in at once. Is it an art, or a science… I’m not sure! My pre-ordered copy of the new Kate Atkinson, Big Sky, arrived at home Tuesday, so the library books will have a wait a few days. Here’s what I got up to at the library this month. Thanks to Bookish Beck for hosting this monthly celebration of library use!

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

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The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Huntress by Kate Quinn ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Such a page-turner!)

CURRENTLY READING:

Nothing. I’m reading two of my own books!

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams

RETURNED UNFINISHED:

I Miss You When You Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (underwhelming)

IN THE HOLDS QUEUE:

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Evvie Drake Stars Over by Linda Holmes

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

Maid by Stephanie Land

Let’s hope I can keep an eye on those holds and still chip away at the books from my own shelves. Anything catch your eye from my list?