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