I haven’t Lit Chatted in awhile! So here we go.
If you could be in a literary relationship who / where / what book?
I LOVE the All Souls trilogy. The first book is Discovery of Witches. I would most definitely be in a relationship in that book. I would be friends with Diana or BE Diana and be with Matthew. I love it. He’s possessive, yes, but it’s okay. I’d deal. It’s also a book I re-read every year in October for a real time reading i.e. the day the events are happening in the book is the day you read that chapter(s). This book is also a book I would love to see turned into a movie and IT IS! It’s becoming a tv series in England, hopefully coming to the US next year. So many feels towards this book.
And I’m back in the game! (90s movies, anyone?)
While I was on vacation (which was great) I finished this book. I like Emily Giffin. I never got in to her Something Borrowed books, but I did read her other books Where We Belong, Heart of the Matter, and The One & Only. So I like her. I received this book from Netgalley and didn’t remember what it was about when I first started reading. I was a little put off by the conflict the book centers around, because it’s such a hot button issue in culture today. However, I think Giffin did a good job talking about it. She let all the characters have a POV chapter so you could see it from different angles without feeling like she was hitting you over the head with her morals. Very good book. Quick read. Not fluff, but definitely a summer read. It’s even on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer List, so she agrees. This book will be released June 26, 2018.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with song lyrics in the title (YouTube video here)
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book about a problem facing society today (from the advanced challenge)
Now if you don’t live in Massachusetts the Boston Marathon might not be a big deal to you. In fact, it’s not really a big deal to me either. I get the day off work because barely anyone can make it to work with all the road closures. I’ve never gone to watch it before, but yesterday I just happened to catch it right when the winners were crossing the finish line. And let me tell you, an American woman won for the first time since 1985. Isn’t that amazing?? There were so many books coming out the past few months for kids about women runners in the marathon so I thought I’d share some of those now.
You Should Meet : Roberta Gibb (a ready-to-read level 3 title). There are so many other great You Should Meet titles also, so check those out if you like this one. Roberta, or Bobbi, Gibb was the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon. There’s also two picture book titles that came out the same month about her as well. Girl Running and The Girl Who Ran.
There’s also this one. Admittedly, not about a woman.
Dream Big is the story of Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon race director. This is his story about becoming an athlete when you are small and everyone around you is big.
Honestly. Harry Potter has been out for 20 years? How is this possible? I love these books. People always say, oh well you probably love them because you read them when you were a kid. Which is true, sort of. I was in my mid teens actually. I started reading them when the first movie came out, which was about the time the fourth book was released (2001 ish). And the fourth book is my favorite, by the way. Anyway, Brian Selznick, of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and the Marvels was asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary covers. He’s known for his black and white pencil drawings so I wasn’t super surprised by how they look. They are typical Selznick. But also beautiful. When you lay them all out the make a mural type illustration. Which is cool.
But I also like the paperback copies that when put together make a picture of Hogwarts on the spines. Since this is usually how they’ll be displayed (spine out) on a shelf I find that to be more practical than the way Selznick did it which is an image that’s put together when the covers facing up. But hey, it’s still cool.
Related post. Harry Potter is scary. Some kids aren’t ready. Don’t force them if you think they’re too young. They have all their lives to read them.
I’m on an airplane right now! And I might be reading these things on my Kindle. Unless I’m reading these things from my suitcase.
And I Darken by Kiersten White. I’m not sure this series is for me. Which is why I put it on my Kindle instead of committing to carrying it.
Front Lines and Silver Stars by Michael Grant. What an amazing premise this book has, women can sign up and be drafted in WWII. And such a great Goodreads review; 4.14 for book 1 and 4.4 for book 2! The only thing I don’t like is only 2 of the 3 books in the series are out. So if I get really addicted or there’s a cliffhanger that would be annoying. Again, not sure I’ll like it so I didn’t want to commit to bringing two 550+ page books with me. HOLY CRAP. Definitely Kindle books.
Last, two romances. I just finished A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean and liked it a lot. Romances are a necessary evil sometimes. I hate them and I love them all at once. I hate the formula that they both seem to follow but occasionally I like to pick one up. This is similar to my feelings toward mysteries. The second book in MacLean’s series is One Good Earl Deserves a Lover which I got on my Kindle. I mean, look at that cover. What great colors. I found this series through a blog post called 14 Romance Novels for Non-Romance Readers. I have no idea how I got there other than the RA for All blog I follow is having a Why I Love series on different genres and the last one was about romance.
None of these books take into account my backlog of Netgalley titles. Some of the ones I’m squeeing over include Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (pub 2/13) and The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (pub 4/3). That’s it. So many books, not enough travel time. Happy weekend!
I have lots of posts about travel reading. Airplane reading circa 2017. Books for flying 1 and 2 circa 2015. Apparently I didn’t travel in 2016. Which isn’t true, I went to Mexico and I read the Selection series but anyway.. I don’t travel a ton, probably once a year, but when I do I use it as a time to read as much as possible. When I’m on a plane I am not watching TV, I am reading. The whole time. Walking down the aisle, waiting in line, flying over states. It is the best. Even when I’m with my husband. He watches movies on his tablet and I read and we basically pretend like we’re traveling solo. There’s very limited talking and I’m pretty sure he likes it that way. Sometimes I think I get as excited for the uninterrupted reading as I do for the trip I’m taking.
So, this is my process. I check out dozens of books, typically paperbacks because they travel the best and because they’re my preferred format. Then, before I leave, I read the first 20 or so pages to see if I’m into it. I have to be hooked right off or I just want to put it down and then it’s wasted space in my travel bags. I also like to binge read series’ when I travel which means I have to have them all lined up and ready to go. I have a Kindle Paperwhite, which I love and I fill that sucker up too. Here are the books I have waiting for me for my 4 day trip, which includes 3 planes and a 4 hour car ride.
The End we Start From by Megan Hunter. I don’t even think I’ll take this with me. From what I’ve heard it’s a one sitting read so when I go to read the first 20 pages I might just finish the whole thing and then I won’t have to pack it. However, it’s very thin and would fit nicely without taking up much room.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. My Goodreads tells me I tried to read this and never finished. I don’t remember that so I must not have gotten very far and it obviously didn’t scar me. So I’m considering taking it.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd. This book has 4.26 stars on Goodreads. What a great review! This cover is also very familiar looking, I may have checked it out before but never opened it. It is a wonderful paperback. The kind I love. The thick paper and hefty feel. I can’t wait. This one is definitely coming with me.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I checked this out a few months ago after I read (and loved) Pachinko. which is a great multi-generational novel. This book has a family tree at the beginning. Love! I think it was just too much to go from one slow burn to another slow burn novel. But I think I’m ready now. I’ll definitely read the first 20-50 pages to make sure I’m interested before I pack this one since it is a long paperback.
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. A few years ago I randomly picked up The Good Wife by O’Nan. A very simple book about a good woman’s life. A co-worker suggested this to me and since I know about his writing I think I’ll probably like it. It’s slim, perfect for traveling.
I have so many things on my Kindle that I’m going to (possibly) dive into that I decided to make a separate post.. I will probably only finish 2 or 3 of these books but a girl needs options. Am I right??!