I am doing the real time reading of Discovery of Witches. It is very nerdy. Let me tell you about it. The events in the novel take place from September 18 to Halloween in 2009. The author, Deborah Harkness, in her infinite wisdom set up a real time read along of the book. When events in the book happen on September 27 you read the chapters that correspond with those events on that day in 2017. It’s great. Not only that, she has a free Kindle book with photos from the places that inspired the book’s settings and a real calendar with each day written out. I have now put them all on my Google calendar and I will be reading it every year with this read along.
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever discovered. Other books that use specific dates and timelines should follow suit.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book you’ve already read
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : a book you’ve read before
I love traveling. I love reading. I love airplanes. I love traveling on airplanes while I’m reading (previous posts on flying and reading here and here).
I read this book on an airplane a few weeks ago. It was very good. And quick! I picked it up because I loved the author’s first book, We Were Liars. It was a great book. However, I did a bad thing and couldn’t handle the suspense when I was reading it and skipped ahead and completely spoiled the twist. I did not do that this time. Thankfully. But I didn’t really need to skip because this is not a “who done it” it is a “why done it” (thanks All the Books for that phrase).
It starts out with the who done it and you move on backwards in time and find out why. I liked the twists and turns a lot but it turns out my dog likes it more. He ate it. I took a snap of it and can’t find a photo but needless to say I had to buy a replacement copy.
I have finished The Resurrection of Joan Ashby. It is 544 pages and / or 20 hours on audio. I bought it with my Audible subscription and then ended up reading the last 2 hours of it because it was only 53 book pages. Honestly, two HOURS equals 53 pages? Seriously?? But that’s a rant for another day..
I found this book intriguing because there are lots of stories within the story. The main story is about Joan Ashby, an author, who gets married and has two kids. Her whole life leading up to that she spoke openly about not wanting either of those things : no marriage, no kids. I found this interesting because I always say I don’t want kids and I was talking to a high school friend last week and she said that she always thought I didn’t want to get married either. But here I am, married. Still no kids. I wanted to hear Joan’s point of view. She had them and she loved them. However, it ruined her career. Not just having the kids but the actual kids themselves ruined her career. I can’t say that would happen to me because I’m a librarian however, I always tell people that if I had kids I’d be worried I wouldn’t enjoy my job as much. I am a children’s librarian. I find kids entertaining. This is because I see them full of joy at my storytimes or playing in my library’s play space that I built (via grant). I don’t see them kicking and screaming. And I feel like, if I had to go home to my own kids I wouldn’t want to see more kids at work. All day. Every day. God help me.
Anyway, lots of stories within the story. Because Joan Ashby is a writer there will be parts of the book where you read her works. Her short stories, parts of her novel. The book opens with some interviews and articles written about her. I liked this a lot. I did not like Part 3, it went on way too long. Overall it was enjoyable and I would recommend it to those who like character driven novels that move slowly without lots of action. Think John Irving or Kent Haruf.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set in a hotel (Part 3 at least)
I’m so excited for Origin by Dan Brown. I already have it pre-ordered.
I’ve been relatively silent because I’m working through The Resurrection of Joan Ashby. Very long.
I have lots and lots of books on my desk right now. So I thought I’d share a few. Mind you, I’ve started none of these books. I’m on page 0 with every single one. So if you’ve read them or have heard things let me know and help me make my stack smaller by process of elimination.
Kindred : the graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler. Ok so I lied. I’m on page 31 with this one. So far so good.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. I saw the movie trailer for this one when I went to go see Atomic Blonde last month and it looked equally parts scary and suspenseful. I typically hate scary movies but I think this one might be similar to Taking Lives. By that I mean it’s more about the detective and his relationship with people than about the serial killer. More suspenseful than horror-like. I’ll try the book first. See if I make it.
Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I saw this one on the Book Riot newsletter. It reminded me of A Discovery of Witches, with which I am obsessed. Speaking of, if you love the All Souls trilogy get ready to squeal. It’s being filmed for TV AS.WE.SPEAK!
Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory. A short story collection that I may or may not open.
September Book of the Month was so-so. I chose one that I could probably do without, Emma in the Night. I had already skipped July and I’m not sure how many times you can skip.. maybe there’s no limit? Lies She Told sounds too much like all those grip lit books. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my Kindle from Netgalley and I’m 20% through. Sourdough just sounds plain weird and I have no interest in Sing, Unburied, Sing.
My August Book of the Month had a great selection. I chose The Hearts Invisible Furies. Then I promptly let someone borrow it. Womp womp. I’m sure I’ll get it back but its 500+ pages so it definitely won’t be soon. I already have Fierce Kingdom on my Kindle from Netgalley and I was slightly interested in The Blinds but not enough to own it.