More Lit Chat! This is one I never would have thought of.
Would you ever write a book? Why? What would your pen name be?
I can answer these questions very quickly and definitely. I would never write a book. Ever. I am not creative enough. In fact, I wanted to be an editor before I landed on librarian but the way up to that position is typically starting as a journalist. And unless I was a sports journalist, where what I was meant to write was happening exactly, I would have failed. So no. No books. But, my pen name would be Jenny Rose. It kind of sounds like a romance author. Maybe I could be creative enough for romances…
More Lit Chat! This is an interesting one.
If your favorite teacher were to visit your home what book would you want them to see on your coffee table? What book would they actually see?
My favorite teacher is Leslie Sheridan. She was my English teacher in high school. Her son was in my grade so she seemed very friendly with all of us because she saw us at extra curricular events and cheered for us outside of class. This made it seem to me like she really cared. I’m sure she made other grades feel this way as well, because she’s that sort of person, but it felt extra special to me. Anyway. I think I would want Mrs. Sheridan to see the complete works of Jane Austen on my coffee table.
What she would really see is what I’m reading right now and this book my husband has been reading since I met him. Literally. It has followed us through 5 moves and two states. For him, that book is Shakey : Neil Young’s Biography. Don’t ask me why. For me, that book is The Capsule Wardrobe : 1,000 Outfits from 30 Pieces. Neither of these are Jane Austen.. I do OWN all of Jane Austen though. So maybe I would just take her to my TV room which houses my bookcase where Jane Austen lives..
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??!
Do you have a favorite book from childhood? Have you read it as an adult? Was it just as good?
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.
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
- Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (I’ve heard it might win the Newbery)
- 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)
- 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.
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!