Monthly Archives: August 2015

Finish that book! No..

Everyone needs to give themselves permission to NOT finish a book. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me how weird I am because I don’t feel obligated to finish books. I read a new post at Nerdy Book Club (follow it if you don’t already) about another reader who feels the same way.

How could you give up on a book? Real readers don’t do that. Oh yes they do. Real readers have too much to read to keep going with crappy books. On my holds list at any given time I have more than 20 books I’m waiting for. That’s not to mention the 20 books I check out. I do not have time to read a boring book that I don’t like. I have an entire Goodreads label for books I’ve never finished. I wouldn’t say I do it a lot, but I do it enough. And you know what? I don’t feel bad! I feel better because I know that I replaced that horrible book with a good one that I enjoyed. Wahoo!

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Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

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I finished one of my flight books. Well two. Astonish Me turned into a flight book. But this one took me the whole trip because it’s 528 pages! I mean seriously. Too much. But it was so good I didn’t even notice how long it was until it kept going and going and I was home and still not finished! The topic reminded me a lot of Elin Hildebrand’s books. She writes almost exclusively about the Cape and although this one was in Maine it had the same feel. I looked up the town last night, Cape Neddick, which I might actually go to now that I’ve read about how beautiful it is. It’s only one and a half hours from me. Day trip!

This is one of those books where you become invested in the characters. When it finished I kept thinking about what might have happened with them. Spoiler alert: the ending is not tied up in a neat bow. But I think the fact that I’m still thinking about the characters two days letter is a sure sign that it was a well written book.

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

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I enjoyed this book immensely. I love ballets, and although I know nothing about the vocabulary I still enjoyed reading about the players. I love when characters connect in ways you don’t expect. I’m not sure I liked how she connected them in the end but I did love how it came together. I was never sure who to like and who to hate. There were so many perspectives, but not too many that it was confusing. You could get halfway through and suddenly have a new voice. I listened on audio for awhile and then went on vacation so I read the rest. Might have to get her other book, Seating Arrangements, now. I remember starting it but not finishing.

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Books for Flying

I absolutely love traveling. I love flying. I love vacations. I love leaving my comfort zone to go somewhere new and amazing. I also love bringing ten books with me and reading them ALL because there’s so much down time getting from one place to another. Especially in airports and long car rides. Seriously, I read SO MANY books when I travel. My husband watches movies and I read. Its basically like we’re traveling separately. In fact, sometimes I forget to request our seats and we end up sitting separately. HA! I’m going home this week for a wedding and will be on lots of planes. These are the books I’m bringing with me!

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All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. So many people I’m friends with on Goodreads have given this book a rave review. People I’m not friends with love it too, like the NY Times and the Washington Post. It also won the Pulitzer. How can you go wrong? I bought this one because it has such a long holds list.

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Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. I love a good beach read. I absolutely adored Sullivan’s most recent book, Engagements, and so I picked this one up thinking it would be a quick fun read. It seems there is some heavy handed familial relationships as well so it will be a well rounded read.

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The Martian by Andy Weir. I bought this book for my husband to read buuuuut he doesn’t read. So I’ll probably end up reading it. I like to read the book before I watch the movie and I know he’ll want to go see this movie. (He has a man crush on Matt Damon.) Plus, my co-worker said it was a good book and it has a pretty good Goodreads rating as well.

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Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee. Just look at that adorable cover! Who doesn’t love a book cover with a vole and a lantern? And what IS a vole? Gah! I love all of it and I can’t wait to read it. I’m actually unsure if I’ll take this one with me because it’s very heavy.. but I might just have to. It’s too cute not to.

Lastly, if I get too tired and can’t read (which rarely ever happens) I’m halfway through Astonish Me on audiobook. So I may take that route at some point. It’s not quite ten books but I always have my tablet and the interwebs at my fingertips if I need more.

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Audiobooks

I’ve really struck out in the audiobook department lately. I need a really good voice when listening to audiobooks because I need it to keep my attention in the car. If the cars around me are more interesting than what’s happening in my book or even just who and how the book is being read then it’s a goner. When I check out audiobooks I check out four or so at a time. Only because I know that I’m very hit or miss with them so I want one there at all times to be a replacement if the one I have is not good enough. These are the last four I checked out.

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Sabriel by Garth Nix. I wanted to like this book and I think I would but the audiobook was too involved. I need the words on the page in order to understand the world.

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I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I have read so many good reviews about this book by people I know and by the book world in general. I wanted to like it, but I think in the case of this book it was about not liking the reader and had nothing to do with the story. Luckily I checked out the book also so I’ll see if I can keep going in print.

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Killing Monica by Candance Bushnell. I started this audio because I love Sex & the City and I thought a new stand alone book would be great. However, she is not awesome. I hated the main character. She’s almost 40 and is a horrible person. Shallow. Awful. Hated her.

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. This is the audiobook I stuck with (so far). I know nothing about ballet but I enjoy the character of Joan and I like that it switches between characters to keep my attention. I also have the print book as backup just in case.

 

 

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Three Times Lucky

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Three Times Lucky was suggested to me by a co-worker. A different co-worker than the one that suggested Expeditioners or Lockwood & Co. This book is also on the Summer Reading List for 5th graders in my town so I figured it must be pretty good and valued. It was pretty good and well written. The ending was not predictable and I was thoroughly engaged! I highly recommend it. I also like that the main character’s best friend is a boy (main character is a girl). Sometimes kids refuse to read certain books if the main character is the opposite sex and that drives me crazy. Drives Shannon Hale crazy also. So I always appreciate a cross over of different characters.

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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Occasionally I like to read a graphic novel or two. I really liked Smile & Drama so I figured this would be a good one to read since the blurbs compare it to those. I also like to read books about things I know nothing about. And I definitely know nothing about roller derby. I never even saw that movie in the 2000s about it with the girl from Juno (although maybe I will now). Roller Girl was a fun book. I enjoyed the teenage drama because it seemed to ring true without feeling whiny. Sometimes teenage girls get on my nerves. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending though. I think Astrid could have stayed friends with Rachel. I’m assuming they don’t since the illustrator (who is also the author) left the flowers on the bench all alone. WAH! But overall it was interesting and she did a great job explaining how roller derby works at the beginning for those of us who have no clue. Could also be filed as YA.

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