Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 26, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Date Started: June 22, 2017

TitleThe Best We Could Do
Author: Thi Bui
Date Started: June 25, 2017
Note: Book 1 for #ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Currently Listening:

TitleOne Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

TitleBound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Finished: June 19
Stars: 4

TitleThe Things About Love
Author: Julie James
Date Finished: June 22, 2017
Stars: 4

TitleSpill Zone (The Spill Zone #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Date Finished: June 25, 2017
Stars: 3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#ReadersUnite: NYPL's Summer Reading Challenge For Adults

Challenge Accepted!

This year's summer reading theme is Build a Better World. For this challenge NYPL has come up with 3 categories and a few suggestions for each category.  They say, "If you read one book from each suggested category below in June, July, and August, you'll have knocked out three great new-to-you books before the fall."

Cover image for The best we could do : an illustrated memoirFirst up is to try a book about immigrants or refugees.

I'm going with their suggestion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.


Cover image for Stories of your life and othersNext is to try a book about an unlikely friendship.

Again I went with a NYPL suggestion of Arrival by Ted Chiang.

This is a collection of short stories and contains the story Arrival  that the recent movie was based on. The book was originally published in 2002 under the title Stories of Your Life and Others,  which is the book I've got on hold at the library.


Cover image for Necessary trouble : Americans in revoltNext is to try a book that's nonfiction, about an issue that's important to you.

There are so many issues important to me, but since I went with NYPL suggestions for the first two books I decided to pick one of the three they suggested. At the root of all the important issues, speaking out and speaking up are at the core of what I want to get motivated to do more. So one pick was perfect.

That pick is Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe.

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? June 19, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Author: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant
Date Started: June 12, 2017

Title: Bound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Currently Listening:

Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Finished Reading:

Title: Animal Attraction (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5)
Author: Lori Foster
Date Finished: June 13, 2017
Stars: 3
Comments: Read for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.

Title: Kin
Author: Bruce McAllister
Date Finished: June 15, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Short story read by LeVar Burton on his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

TitleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers
Author: (various)
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
Stars: 3

Friday, June 16, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Option B


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week the book is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
It Begins: 
Introduction

The last thing I ever said to him was, "I'm falling asleep."


On Page 56:
{prior to this she describes the poem "Footprints in the Sand"}

I used to think there was one set of footprints because my friends were carrying me through the worst days of my life. But now it means something else to me. When I saw one set of footprints, it was because they were following directly behind me, ready to catch me if I fell.


Verdict:
I lost my father 16 years ago, from that moment forward our lives were drastically changed. This book is about what Sheryl learned after the unexpected death of her husband. As I read this book, I'm understanding my mother better and I'm also learning about myself. It's about taking that moment you never dreamed would happen and yet it just happened, now what do you do with it? You find a way to move forward and this is sort of a guide in how you can do that. She mentions several times that it might not work for you, but here's why it does work for people. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 12



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

TitleAnimal Attraction
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 9
Note: Reading for Buckhorn Ever After (Buckhorn Brothers #5.5) but reading all the cute animal focused romances.


Finished Reading:

TitleThe Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Finished: June 10
Stars: 2
NoteWould have been more stars if not for the graphic description of the sexual abuse of a young child.

TitleWinning the Wallflower (Fairy Tales #2.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitleStorming the Castle (Fairy Tales #1.5)
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: June 9
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

TitlePractical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Finished: June 7
Stars: 2
Note: Movie better than the book. Maybe had I read the book first I would think differently.

TitleAll the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Finished: June 6
Stars: 4
Note: June book club selection

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - June 5



It's been a crazy few weeks. I closed on a house and I'm slowing moving into it. I'm moving from my childhood home so it's been a process to go through 30 some years of stuff and decide what can fit into my new home and what can be trashed or sold.  So reading has been slow, but I'm slowly picking up steam.

Currently Reading:

Title: All the Missing Girls
Author: Megan Miranda
Date Started: June 3
Note: June book club selection

Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Started: June 4
Note: I had no idea this was a book until last last week! Friends of mine all said they enjoyed the movie more than the book, and I can already tell its very different.

Currently Listening:

Title: The Library Policeman
Author: Stephen King
Date Started: May 24

Finished Reading:

Title: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Finished: May 23
Stars: 3

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Date Finished: May 29
Stars: 4
Comments: Got this as an ebook ARC from Netgalley and completely forgot about it until I saw the book had come out and then was mad at myself for forgetting about it!

Title: Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: June 2
Stars: 3
Comments:  While not a part of her Darkhunter series, it is in that world as they mention a lot of characters and other things related to that series. While I still enjoy the stories, she really starting to lose me in all these other mythologies and how she merges them all together. But I'm still hooked so I'll keep reading

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 22


So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Killer Chef
Author: James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
Date Started: 5/17/17
Note: No it hasn't taken me this long to read it, I started it and then forgot it at work.

Finished Reading:

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
Date Finished: 5/19/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I found some helpful information, but the lack of citations bothered me.

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Finished: 5/20/17
Stars: 5
Comments: Audiobook was great, hearing Jenny read her words added a level of enjoyment.

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Finished: 5/21/17
Stars: 3
Comments: I enjoyed the story, but the format bothered me and made it difficult for me to get into the book.

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - May 15


Yea still plodding away at these books. For some reason I'm reading really slow for me.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20


Finished:

TitleKindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date Finished: May 7
Note:  I've read a few of her books and when I saw that this edition was having all proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation I purchased it. I hadn't finished a book in so long, I just wanted to feel like I finished something so a short story was in order and this was the newest purchase on my Nook so it seemed perfect.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Killer Chef


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book Killer Chef by James Patterson with Jeffrey J. Keyes caught my eye.

Cover image for Killer chef
It Begins: 
It's a whisper past 10:00 p.m. in New Orleans' famous French Quarter, but it might as well be the middle of the day. The narrow streets were bustling with tipsy tourists and locals alike. From every bar and club waft the sounds of clinking glasses and tinkling jazz, filling the hot night air. 


On Page 56:
"I'll tell you anything you want to know about my ex-husband." Andrea says, pouring steaming water for a fresh pot of black tea. "I read about his death this morning in the paper. I was stunned. But I won't life to you, Detective. I wasn't sad."


Verdict:
So I'll be checking this book out of the library tonight. While I'm not a huge Jame Patterson fan, I'm really liking these Bookshots. Since I'm behind in my yearly reading goal, short books like this are perfect for a little catch up.  I also just got back from a vacation to New Orleans so the cover image and the plot got my attention. This is going to make a nice weekend read! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? May 1


I've been on vacation the last week and while I brought my book and a few others just in case, I really haven't had a chance to really read. I believe I've read a total of 2 chapters. One chapter in two different books.

I'm writing this on a very rainy Sunday afternoon. It's the perfect time to curl up and I think I'll be doing just that once I finish writing this post.

Currently Reading:

TitleThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Author: Mark Manson
Date Started: April 26

Currently Listening To:

TitleFuriously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 24

Hi! *waves enthusiastically* it's been nearly a month since I've posted.  It's been a weird month of stress and anxiety.  So, basically this is a big list of what I've been reading and listening too recently.

I got back into audiobooks! I missed them but podcasts seemed to take over my car trips, but now I get more time to listen at other times so audibooks are back in my car!!

Currently Reading:

Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Bronte
Date Started: April 24

Currently Listening To:

Title: Furiously Happy
Author: Jenny Lawson
Date Started: April 20

Finished Reading:

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: April 3
Comments: This was a reread, I needed a comfort read and Nora Roberts is my go to comfort author.

Title:  The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Date Finished: April 4
Stars: 4
Comments: This was for my book club. Not my normal pick of genre, but I enjoyed the book and it says it's book #1 so I'll try the next book.

Title: Leveled (Saints of Denver 0.5)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: April 5
Stars: 3

Title: The Chosen (BDB #15)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: April 7
Stars: 5

Title: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Date Finished: April 6
Stars: 5
Comments: Must Read!!!!!

Title: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Author: Shannon and Dean Hale
Date Finished: April 18
Star: 4

Title: Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
Author: Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
Date Finished: April 16
Star: 5

Title: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Editor: Kelly Jensen
Date Finished: April 24
Star: 5

Monday, April 3, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 3

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Started: 4/2/2017
Note: This is a reread, I had a stressful week and needed a comfort read. Nora Roberts is like my comfort read author of choice.

Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Date Started: 4/2/2017
Note: This is a book club selection.

Finished Reading:

Title: Evenings at Five
Author: Gail Godwin
Date Finished: March 31, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: If Not for You
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: April 1, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Mom and I both finished this book over the weekend and had a wonderful conversation.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Here We Are


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good at ignoring them, otherwise, my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book Where Are Here: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is a guide to understanding what it means to be a feminist and an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.


On Page 56:
But Romy is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and it's hard for her to reconcile what happened in her past with what she wants for her future. - From the essay The Likability Rule by Courtney Summers


Verdict:
I follow the editor on Twitter and have been looking forward to this book for some time. Yes, I checked it out from the library but I'll also be buying the book when funds allow.  The last year has taught me that I need to speak up for not just myself, but for the women around me, but how do I go about doing that? I'm hoping this book, filled with the work of some of the most vocal and powerful feminist of our generation can help me be a better feminist. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 27, 2017

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:

Title: If Not for You (New Beginnings #3)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Started: March 26

Currently At Lunch Break Book:

Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:

Title: NextWave, Agents of H.A.T.E.
Author: Warren Ellis
Date Finished: March 17
Stars: 3 Stars
Note: I read the 12 individual issues of the full run. I don't like tracking those as individual reads so I'm tracking them as 1 book.

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? March 20

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:

Title: NextWave (issues 1-12)
Author: Warren Ellis
Date Started: March 17

Currently At Work Book:

Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:

Title: Built (Saints of Denver #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: March 7
Stars: 3 Stars

Title: The Tale of the Unknown Island
Author: Jose Saramago
Date Finished: March 9
Stars: 4 Stars

Title: Jane Austen
Author: Carol Shields
Date Finished: March 18
Stars: 4 Stars

Title: Eat This Poem
Author: Nicole Gulotta
Date Finished: March 19
Stars: 4 Stars
Comments: ARC received from NetGalley - Review

Weekend Cooking: Eat This Poem


Title: Eat This Poem
Author: Nicole Gulotta
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: A literary cookbook celebrating food and poetry, two of life's essential ingredients.

In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Gluck, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook. 

Review: I love cookbooks and have a bad habit of collecting some of the interesting ones I come across. This one will be added to my collection (got a digital copy to review). My love of cooking is growing steadily to match my love of literature and poetry. This book combines poetry, analysis of the poems, stories from the author, and recipes.

Each section of this book has a few poems that connect with the recipes in that section. So a poem about blueberries is followed by a quick analysis from Nicole which then ties into the following recipes. Some of the recipes have stories to explain while Nicole included them in this collection.

In so many cases of the cookbooks I collect (many from celebrity chefs) I don't end up making any of the dishes because they are too 'fancy' for my style of cooking. This book has some of those, but also some easy and simple recipes that will easily find their way into my kitchen.  I'm a member of a CSA and a lot of what I get from the farm this summer will be used to cook from this cookbook. For the few recipes that call for canned items, I was happy to see that her recommended brands can be purchased at my small local grocery store.

If you love poetry and you love cooking, I think this book would make a good addition to your collection.

I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Peek Inside a Book: Irish Gold


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this; I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good about ignoring them, other wise my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


Irish Gold (Nuala Anne McGrail, #1)This week the book is Irish Gold by Andrew M. Greeley :.

It Begins: 
"The Irish," I insisted to the black-haired young woman whose face might have belonged to a pre-Christian Celtic goddess, "are different. They look like some of the rest of us and they speak a language that's remotely like ours. Many of them even have the same names as we do. But they're different - almost like aliens from another planet."


On Page 56:
"What's her name?" Mom demanded happily.

"Nuala Anne McGrail - the first name is short for Fionnuala. She'a a student at TCD, Trinity College, that is, studying to be an accountant but she acts and sings."


Verdict:
This is the first book in the Nuala Ann McGrail series. It's like a cozy mystery series meets a good suspense series. I read this novel a few years ago at the suggestion from a friend's mother who just loved this books.  I remember liking the novel but it's wasn't really my taste in books so I didn't read on in the series.  The thing that really interested me was that Andrew M Greeley was an Irish Catholic Priest from Chicago and he wrote A LOT both fiction and nonfiction and donated his earnings to the Church and other charities. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Book Review: Why We March


Title: Why We March
Author: Artisan Press
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Celebrate the Women’s March with this inspiring collection of 500 images of the most powerful, uplifting, clever, and creative protest signs carried by marchers across the United States and around the world. Organized thematically, the photographs in Why We March--featuring messages about reproductive rights and immigration, cabinet picks and police violence, climate change, and feminism--together paint a striking portrait of the hope, defiance, anger, and passion that sent more than 5 million people into the streets to protest. “Women’s Rights = Human Rights.” “Love Trumps Hate.” “Nasty Women Unite.” “Build Bridges, Not Walls.” These messages are a rallying cry for this burgeoning movement, and this collection will serve as both a valuable encapsulation of this unprecedented moment in political history and a powerful reminder of why we march. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Review: I marched in Trenton, NJ and one of the highlights of the march were the creative signs. My own pictures from the day are mostly of the signs I saw. This book is a collection of signs from a lot of the larger marches around the world. The book also includes a handful of quotes from some of the speeches from the March on Washington. I wish there had been a few more quotes and I would have liked to see pictures from more marches. 

I recommend buying the book and just leaving it out in your house. The cover makes a statement and invites people to pick it up and flip through. Each photo and quote explains why we marched that day and why we will continue to march. 

I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley.

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 6

 

So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

If you saw last week I was reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. However, two things happened. First I realized that I started it too late to get it read by its due date back at the library. Second, the more I read, the more I could hear it in his voice and that made me realize I would probably enjoy it more in audiobook more.  So I returned the book to the library and put myself on hold for the audiobook.

Currently At Home Book:
Title: Built
Author: Jaw Crownover
Date Started:  March 5

Currently At Work Book:
Title: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Date Started: March 6

Finished Reading:
Title: Thunder and Roses
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Date Finished: February 25
Stars: 4 stars
Comments: Read for February's entry in the Keyword Reading Challenge

Address Unknown
Title: Address Unknown

Author: Katherine Kressmann Taylor
Date Finished: March 3
Stars: 5 stars
Comments: I'm highly recommended this book to everyone. It's short and worth reading right now! It just seems so completely right for the time period. It's time for this short story to be re-re-discovered.

Title: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: March 3
Stars: 4 stars

Title: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Vol 3
Author: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
Date Finished: March 5
Stars: 4 stars

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Peek Inside a Book: Born a Crime


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and thought it would make a good pick for these prompts.

Born a Crime
Chapter 1 Begins: 
Sometimes in big Hollywood movies they'll have these crazy chase scenes where somebody jumps or gets thrown from a moving car. 

On Page 56:
That, and so many other smaller incidents in my life, made me realize that language, even more than color, defines who you are to people. 

Verdict:
While I'm enjoying reading this book, I'm considering giving up on the book and switching to the audio book. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? February 27

 

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:
Title: Thunder and Roses (Fallen Angels #1)
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Date Started:  January 25
Note: February's book for the 2017 Keyword Challenge

Currently At Work Book:
Title: Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Date Started: February 27

Finished Reading:
Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Date Finished: February 24
Stars: 4 stars

Title: Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope
Author: Artisan Press
Date Finished: February 25
Stars: 4 stars
Comments: ARC from Netgalley. Review to follow.  All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - February 20

 

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently At Home Book:
Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Date Started: February 7

Finished Reading:
Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Date Finished: February 19
Stars: 4 stars
Comments: Reading for the February meeting of CNJ-JASNA and the All About Austen reading challenge.

Title: Fly with Me
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Date Finished: February 14
Stars: 3 stars
Comments: Read for Valentine's Day. It was a bit of tear jerker and not what I expected. Minus the sad parts it was a good read and I'm hoping to get my hands on other books in the series.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - Three Little Books


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.
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I went to a neighboring town this past weekend and ended up going into the library. I have a library card there too and decided to see if anything caught my eye. I ended up pulling three books off the shelves, small books that can easily be read in one sitting. It was a rainy day and I thought about sitting in a coffee shop or curled up at home and enjoying a quick story with a hot drink.

Here are the three books I picked up:

 Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor (about 50 pages)

Address Unknown
It Begins: 
Schulse-Eisenstein Galleries
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
November 12, 1992
Herrn Martin Schulse
Schloss Rantzenburg
Munich, Germany

My Dear Martin:

The Tale of the Unknown Island by Jose Saramago (51 pages)

The Tale of the Unknown Island
It Begins: 
A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions.


Evenings at Five by Gail Godwin (114 pages)

Evenings at Five
It Begins: 
Five o'clock sharp. "Ponctualite est la politesse des rois": Rudy quoting his late father, a factory owner (textiles) in Vienna before the Nazis came.

On Page 56:
"I think of Rudy a lot," Christina said. "It sounds awful, but I pay more consistent attention to him now than I did when I had him right in front of me. ..."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Three Word Wednesday #319


Decaying, Ember, Fragrant

On the 14th I saw a tweet that said to type "Roses are red" and then keep hitting the middle suggestion word until you have a poem. My friends and I all made some pretty funny yet on point poems.  I liked the idea and thought I would try it out for this week's prompt. I typed one of the prompt words and then hit the middle button 20 times. I made myself use all but 2 of the words and I could use a slight variation of the word.  This is what I came up with.

Decaying water from a small house to a branch is the one of space for a few minutes to get the
For a few minutes
A branch is the one
To get to the water
From a small decaying house
Ember and I couldn’t be the one who was going on a wedding day when I had the aunt wanted her

Embers on a wedding day
When her aunt couldn’t be the one wanted
And I who was going had
Fragrant and she is the first to be the niece and the niece to be a niece and aunt of course she

Fragrant is she
The first to be the niece
And the niece to be an aunt
of niece and she

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - February 13


So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week. 

Currently At Home Book:

Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: January 15
Note: Reading for the February meeting of CNJ-JASNA and the All About Austen reading challenge. 

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Date Started: February 7


Finished Reading:

Title: Asa
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: February 7
Stars: 3

Love Is LoveTitle: Love is Love
Author: Various Artists
Date Finished: February 8
Stars: 5
Notes: The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love. 

 Also if your library uses hoopla you can download and read the book too because now through July 31st, all proceeds from each borrow of Love is Love will be donated to Equality Florida.

I highly suggest downloading it, purchasing it and picking up a box of tissues. This was highly moving collection and it packs a powerful punch of emotion and truths. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Peek Inside - March Book 1 (2 and 3)


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week the book March: Book 1 by John Lewis caught my eye.

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It Begins: 
"Can you swim?"
"No."
"Well, neither can I -- but we might have to."

On Page 56:
Dr. King's message hit me like a bolt of lighting. He applied the principles of the church to what was happening now, today. It was called the social gospel -- and I felt like he was preaching directly to me. I went to the school library on Monday to find out everything I could about this man.


Verdict:
Must read!  No really stop what you're reading, if you can afford it go buy all 3 books if not hit up your local library and put it on hold. I'm assuming you'll have to put it on hold because all copies are checked out.  This story is so moving and by Book 3 you will need a box of tissues because it is SO moving and emotional.  All three books earned 5 stars in my book. 

Five Minute Friday - Safe


Safe

I am safe?  I always thought I lived a relatively safe life but recent political aspects have me rethinking those ideas of safety I always believed surrounded me.

After the elections I felt there was a lot to unpack on many different levels. I kept circling around the idea of where I fit in with everything. I questioned my place due to my mixed ethnicity and how I was raised. I’m half Hispanic but do I really feel okay with saying I’m Hispanic when I grew up with more white privilege than others?  Or since I have known small injustices because of my ethnicity and my last name can I stand with those who have faced more injustices.  The further we get into this presidential reign the more I still question these same questions but I also feel more comfortable with my role in all of this protesting society.


I don’t feel safe, but not at the level of many in our country. I feel less safe than I did a year ago and that lack of feeling of safety is enough for me to realize that I’ve been lax in my motivations. I’ve always had opinions on politics but I’ve never put it into action. That stops now. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - February 6


So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week. 

Currently At Home Book:

Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: January 15
Note: Reading for the February meeting of CNJ-JASNA and the All About Austen reading challenge. 

Currently At Work Book:

Title: March Book 3
Author: John Lewis
Date Started: February 5

Finished Reading:


Title: Rome
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: February 1
Stars: 3


Title: Nash
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: February 2
Stars: 3

Title: Rowdy
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: February 3
Stars: 3


Title: March, Book 2
Author: John Lewis
Date Finished: February 5
Stars: 4

Friday, February 3, 2017

Peek Inside - The Handmaid's Tale


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

My little twist to this --> I work in a library IT department. We have two offices separated by a section of the fiction stacks.  Books are always catching my eye and I've gotten pretty good about ignoring them, other wise my TBR list would be HUGE.  But these weekly memes give them the chance to see if the book would be worth checking out.


This week the book The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret  caught my eye.

The Handmaid's Tale

It Begins: 
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.



On Page 56:
Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual. Even this is as usual, now.


Verdict:
Everyone was talking about the book and there was a copy still on the shelf at the library so I picked it up.  Then I found Gather Together and Read's A Handmaid's Tale - A #Resistance Readalong and decided it was the perfect motivator for me to read this book.