Monthly Archives: January 2018

Lit Chat 3

Do you have a favorite book from childhood? Have you read it as an adult? Was it just as good?

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I don’t know if this was my favorite book but it was so meaningful to me. I talked about it two years ago when I posted about why you should read aloud to kids at any and all ages. My dad read Johnny Tremain to me when I was little. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a sibling at the time which means I was under 8 years old. I re-read it in college some time and then wrote about the experience for my grad school essay but haven’t since then. I meant to read it last year for a reading challenge prompt (a book you loved as a child) but I never got around to it. I should definitely pick it up again to see if it’s just as enthralling. Some part of me thinks it won’t be and that it was the experience of being read to that I enjoyed the most.

Do you have a favorite book from childhood?

These questions came from the Lit Chat deck of cards.

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Magpie Murders

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For some reason I decided to read Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. I don’t typically like formulaic mysteries so I can’t remember why I picked this up. Now, try to keep up while I explain how this book works. There are two stories. The first 4 pages of the book are of an editor explaining that the last book she read changed her life. The book you are about to read is the second story – the book she is supposed to be editing. We will call the editor portion story 1 and the book she’s reading story 2. Now, the novel story she’s supposed to be editing, story 2, goes on for 200 pages and then doesn’t tell you who the murderer was. It then goes back to the editor, story 1, while she tells you how that book changed her life. Then, at the very end of the whole book it goes back to story 2 and tells you the who-dun-it. Got it? I read some reviews of people I know who said they skipped to the end of the book to read the last chapter of story 2 so they could get the whole picture. I did that. I followed their advice. But THEN, I realized I didn’t care how that story changed the editors life. I had only met her for 4 pages. So I did a bad thing. I only read story 2. And I feel fulfilled. Judge me.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with an animal in the title

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Lit Chat 2

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Do you have a TBR pile? How do you keep track of your reading queue? Name 3 books on your list.

Of course I have a TBR pile. What a silly question. My whole house is a TBR pile. The picture above are books I checked out from the library to read and the top shelf is all my Book of the Month books, most of them unread. That picture is actually from November 2017 and I read none of those books. I often take out way more than I can handle and end up reading two good ones before they’re all due back. I still have Lilli De Jong at my house and I actually have my own copy of Invisible Furies now (I had lent my BOTM copy to a friend). I don’t really keep track of my reading queue. I rarely ever mark things as to-read in my Goodreads account. I just checked, the last time I added something was August 23, 2017. I feel like if I added everything I wanted to-read it would become overwhelming. There’s no need. There will always be something I want to read, I don’t need a list to remind me.

3 books on my list – other than the two I just listed up there

  1. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (I’ve heard it might win the Newbery)
  2. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (released Feb 6 – saw it in my Real Simple magazine and has been compared to Time Traveler’s Wife)
  3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (recommended to me on Goodreads by a friend and was on the Audible sale this week)

These questions came from the Lit Chat deck of cards.

 

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The Weight of Ink

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I heard from a fair amount of people that this was one of their top reads of 2017. It was pretty hefty (576 pages!) so I used one of my Audible credits for it back in November. It took me two months to get through it and I can honestly say it was not one of my top reads for 2017. Its not that I didn’t like it. I did. But it was so loooong. And there were so many stories. Stories within stories within stories. Good God. The current day story is about two scholars who find papers from the 1600s hidden in an old house. Then you follow the story of the woman who wrote those papers in the 1600s. Then each person has their own story within those two stories. The stories were good, they were just long and intricate. So many words. I can’t say I was very invested in the letters and papers of the woman in the 1600s which was half the book. I kept wanting to get back to the scholars. Usually I enjoy multiple POVs but this was too much. I would suggest this book to people who really enjoy rich historical novels.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book that’s more than 500 pages – I did get it on Kindle in order to get through it faster so technically I read some of it

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – I’m not sure it ever says Helen Watt’s age but she’s retiring so I assume she’s over 60

 

 

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Caraval

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I had been meaning to read Caraval ever since it came out last January. It had a lot of press hype before its release and I ended up liking it a lot. It reminded me a little bit (just a little!) of the Night Circus (which in case you didn’t know – I adore). There was way too much dialog and angst though, but it is YA so that should be expected. Night Circus was often times a lot more about the setting than what was happening with the characters. The ambiance seemed to be its own character. Caraval was very character driven, but not in an overwhelming or annoying way. I could’ve done without the epilogue set up. Book two could’ve told us what the epilogue did in its book jacket summary without leaving such a cliff hanger in book one. I will probably read book two though, but since it took me a year after book one’s publication to read it I wouldn’t count on it happening any time soon. Book two is titled Legendary and set to be released May 2018.

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : the first book in a new-to-you YA series

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to

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Lit Chat 1

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I am so excited for this. Last year, my parents (hey dad!) bought me the Lit Chat deck of cards that Book Riot made. “Conversation starters about books and life.” What’s not to love?? There are 50 cards with 2 prompts on a card, equaling 100 conversations. I don’t often have people over who love books as much as I do so it’s not something I would whip out at a party BUT, I thought it would be a great place to chat about here. So in my planner (side note : I’ve resolved to use a planner this year – this is the one I chose and I got it at Michael’s because most of them are sold out online) I wrote the questions from one card for each week. I skipped last week, and I’ll skip another at some point, which will use all 50 cards throughout the year. Here is this week’s card.

What do you love most about books? What’s your preferred reading style. Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Ebooks? How do you choose?

I love books! I think the better question would be what don’t I love about books?? I guess the two things I love the most are that it takes you out of your life for a minute and you can experience a different life and I also love that you can learn new things. My answer to preferred reading style is easy. Paperbacks. Always. My best friend loves hardcovers. Always. And she’s a weirdo. Paperbacks are superior. They’re not heavy even at 800 pages, they fit in your purse, and I loooooove breaking the spine. I fold my pages back around the whole of the book and sometimes even dog ear them. I know, blasphemy. I’m one of those people. I’m not opposed to ebooks like some people are but I also don’t seek them out as my preferred reading style. I definitely get them if that’s the way I can get the book the fastest i.e. it’s so popular the hardcover has me on the hold list at #352 and I also get them when they’re an Amazon daily deal. Also, I get tons of pre-pub ebooks through Netgalley, which is mainly what I read in that format. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I adore it. My husband goes to bed way earlier than I do so the Paperwhite was life changing for night time reading because it meant I could be in bed in the dark and not disturb him. Overall though, I’ll read in any format. The question didn’t even mention audiobooks, but I do those too. I’m in the car for about an hour a day so I can shoot through those pretty quickly. Lit Chat 1, complete! Tell me your answers!

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Happy New Year

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Let’s see how I did on my 2017 Reading Challenges! I tag them at the bottom of books that I review and then mark them as completed with my challenges. Currently, I participate in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge, Popsugar’s Reading Challenge and the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge.

Let’s talk about Modern Mrs. Darcy first. I did great with hers. I completed all of the challenges in the Reading for Growth portion. Which is great. Love growth. In the Reading for Fun portion I did not complete

  • a book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read – because I will admit I love reading all things, so nothing really seemed to fit that one
  • a book in the backlist of a new favorite author – I tend not to backtrack much but that would have been a good one to complete

I also did really good with Popsugar. They have many more challenges and I completed all but 7 (out of 40!).

  • a book recommended by a librarian – I’m certain I completed this because I work with librarians all day long but for some reason I left it blank
  • an espionage thriller
  • a book with career advice – I put You are a Badass and How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge on hold and then never read them so that’s my fault
  • a book you loved as a child – I meant to read The Westing Game or Johnny Tremain but didn’t
  • a book with a month or day of the week in the title
  • a book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – all the books I read that are becoming movies are doing so in 2018 *shakes fist*
  • a book you bought on a trip – I don’t go on trips

Last, BookRiot. I completely failed BookRiot. Instead of telling you the ones I didn’t complete (13 of 24) I’m going to tell you the ones I did because I guess that’s easier. Let me tell you why I failed though. I do these challenges wrong. I admit it. I read books I would’ve already read and then fill them in to the challenges. I don’t look at the challenges and then find a matching book. And that’s what you have to do with BookRiot.

And there you have it. If you want to try these challenges with me in 2018 the links are below.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge

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