Monday, January 30, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? January 30, 2017

 

This seems like a slow reading week but I had to finish reading The Magnolia Story since the book was due back at the library on Thursday. Then I realized that Talking as Fast as I Can is due back on Tuesday so I've been focusing on reading that book this weekend.

Currently At Home Book: 

Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: January 15
Note: Reading for the February meeting/book discussion of CNJ-JASNA and All About Austen Challenge


Finished This Week: 

Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Author: Lauren Graham
Date Finished: January 23
Stars: 4

Title: Falling for Hamlet
Author: Michelle Ray
Date Finished: January 29
Stars: 2
Note: Read for Key Word Reading Challenge - Review

Keyword Reading Challenge - January

My Soul Called Life

How does this challenge work?
For this challenge, Claudia at My Soul Called Life has chosen six keywords associated with each month in 2017. My task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month. Simple right?
January = Fall {Falling} 

Falling for HamletFalling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So the month was starting to wind down and I realized I hadn't picked my book for January yet! I did a quick search in the library catalog and found this book. It seemed perfect, a YA novel (I can read these rather quickly) and a modern retelling of Hamlet (one of my favorite Shakespeare plays).

I was sadly kind of disappointed in this novel.

The story was told in 3 different ways. There was Ophelia on a talk show, that was Oprah-like, telling her story. Then there was the transcript of her interview with the police. And the main telling was Hamlet from her point of view.  I would have been happier with the novel had it picked just one way to tell the story.

Hamlet is dramatic. It's so long that directors can choose how dramatic or what dramatic elements to include to tell their version of Hamlet, it's why I love it so much. However, this retelling was melodramatic which made it hard to read.

I ended up just focusing on the main story plot line of Ophelia's retelling and forced myself to finish this book.

I won't be waiting until the last week from now on!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Peek Inside a Book - You Give Good Love


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 You Give Good Love by J.J. Murray caught my eye.

You Give Good Love
It Begins: 
October 13

Only 72 more hopping days until Christmas....

Chapter 1
Hope Warren was depressed because she had nothing else to be. 
And her feet hurt.
Her feet were depressed, too.
"Mes pieds font mal," she whispered in French, as appropriate a language as any for a depressed woman to speak.



On Page 56:
Dylan slipped around her but not before rubbing his hip against hers. "May I?"
Yes, you may. You may rub my hip with your hip. You may even rub your hands all over my body and put in me in the position that woman was just in. Where are all these thoughts coming from? I haven't had these thoughts in years.  "Sure."


Verdict:
It's going on my TBR List! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - January 23, 2017

 

This seems like a slow reading week but I had to finish reading The Magnolia Story since the book was due back at the library on Thursday. Then I realized that Talking as Fast as I Can is due back on Tuesday so I've been focusing on reading that book this weekend.

Currently At Home Book: 

Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: January 15
Note: Reading for the February meeting/book discussion of CNJ-JASNA and All About Austen Challenge


Currently At Work Book: 

Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Author: Lauren Graham
Date Started: January 20


Finished This Week: 

Title: The Magnolia Story 
Author: Chip and Joanna Gaines
Date Finished: January 19
Stars: 4

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3 Word Wednesday #515


misogynist, neophyte, oblivious

I went to my friends again this week about a length for this prompt. After hearing the words, a friend mentioned that it sounded like words describing a certain serial tweeter and I should style this week in tweets.  I liked that idea so I did some quick searching about writing stories as tweets.  I stumbled upon Nanoism.net, which features stories written in 140 characters. I thought I'd attempt to write something in 140 characters.

Went out with a secret misogynist. He felt I was a neophyte and explained politics to me. I think he mistook my bland look as obliviousness!

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? January 16, 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: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: January 15
Note: Reading for the February meeting/book discussion of CNJ-JASNA and All About Austen Challenge

Currently At Work Book: 

Title: The Magnolia Story 
Author: Chip and Joanna Gaines
Date Started: January 13
Note: I'm told the audiobook is great too. Chip and Joanna each has a voice in the book showed off by different text styles. The banter that I love about the show is

Finished This Week: 

Title: Bite Me 
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Date Finished: January 9
Stars: 3

Title: Wasting Time on the Internet 
Author: Kenneth Goldsmith
Date Finished: January 11
Stars: 3

Title: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Date Finished: January 12
Stars: 4

Title: March: Book 1 
Author: John Lewis
Date Finished: January 14
Stars: 4

Title: Jet
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: January 15
Stars: 3

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Word Wednesday #514


Jockey, Kindred, Lopsided

I asked my friends for a length I should aim for when writing this week. I got 6, 42, and 500.  Well I went with 6 and 42 for this prompt (and 500 for another writing prompt).

So Sean clearly got the idea for 6 from Hemingway's 6 word story. So here's what he got:
Horse and Jockey, kindred lopsided smile-ers.
And Chris clearly went with 42, because what geek doesn't answer 42 (at least some of the time) when asked a question or for a number.
Kindred winners with lopsided grins stand in the winner’s circle. Chester, the 2 year old colt and his longtime owner and jockey, Bob, won this weekend’s amateur race at Town Race Track. They will compete again next weekend at Other Town Track.

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? January 9, 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:

Author: Harper Lee
Date Started: January 1

Currently At Work Book:

Author: Kenneth Goldsmith
Date Started: January 3

Current Weekend Romance:

Title: Bite Me
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Date Started: January 8

Finished Reading:



Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Date Finished: January 5
Stars: 3

Friday, January 6, 2017

3 Word Wednesday No. 513


Gaping, Hateful, Incorrigible

I'm currently reading Wasting Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith.  He pretty much says that our browser history can tell the story of our life...well our life online. So I wanted to see if I could tell a story this way.  So here is Story of an Hour

Today - Wednesday, January 4, 2017
 
1:59 PM Inbox| LUNCH???
1:57 PM Inbox| RE: RE: You've got to see this!
1:56 PM Inbox| RE: You've got to see this!
1:55 PM Inbox| New Message
1:54 PM Video: Cat licks gaping wound
1:54 PM Video: Cat licks owner to wake him up
1:54 PM Video: Cat licks ice cube – so funny
1:53 PM Video: Cat licking things
1:52 PM Shoe-aholics.com – Confirmation
1:52 PM Shoe-aholics.com – Checkout
1:52 PM Shoe-aholics.com – Shopping Cart
1:51 PM Shoe-aholics.com – Search Results
1:51 PM Shoe-aholics.com My Account
1:51 PM Shoe-aholics.com Sign in
1:50 PM What’s On TV Tonight
1:50 PM 25 Extremely Funny Pics of Celebrities Eating
1:42 PM Inbox| RE: RE: Need Reports
1:41 PM Print FY17.pdf
1:38 PM Inbox| RE: Need Reports
1:36 PM Inbox| RE: RE: RE: Don’t be incorrigible
1:30 PM FY18-instructions.pdf
1:30 PM FY17 –review.pdf
1:30 PM Library - Account - Renew
1:29 PM Library - Account - Checkouts
1:29 PM Library - Account
1:29 PM Annually - ToDoList
1:28 PM Task – ToDoList
1:28 PM Task – ToDoList
1:28 PM Last Week of the Month – ToDoList
1:28 PM Forums – RE: Topic
1:28 PM Daily – ToDoList
1:26 PM Forums – Topic
1:24 PM Forums – Information
1:23 PM Forums – Information
1:23 PM Forums – Front page
1:16 PM Today – ToDoList
1:16 PM Personal Dashboard
1:16 PM #hateful hashtag on Twitter
1:15 PM Twitter / Notifications
1:15 PM Twitter
1:14 PM Database Search Results
1:14 PM Database Search Results
1:13 PM Staff Site - Search Results
1:13 PM Data input
1:11 PM Staff Site - Search Results
1:10 PM Staff Site - Welcome
1:09 PM Calendars – January Events
1:08 PM Girl Power!! – Messages
1:07 PM (1) Girl Power!! – Messages
1:07 PM (1) Facebook
1:07 PM Today – ToDoList
1:07 PM Daily – ToDoList
1:00 PM Inbox - RE: Don't be incorrigible
1:00 PM Inbox (16) – webmail.org

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? - Go Set a Watchman


Title: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Synopsis: Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

Review: SPOILERS
I'm only a few chapters into the book but so far no complaints. Scout comes home for two weeks every year and this year she comes home to find her father isn't doing too well. Atticus describes himself as having gone from being a big man to a medium sized man. It is a bit disheartening to picture him as such, but he is in his seventies and has suffered the loss of a child. That will age any parent.  I'm interested in seeing where the story goes and how it ties back into To Kill a Mockingbird. I want to see what the editors saw and made them say, go with the story of Scout as a child instead of this story of her as an adult.

What are you reading?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Book of 2017

I went out and purchased this book the day it came out. I was so ready to read it, but before I could crack the cover people started with negative reviews and comments. I decided I didn't want to be influenced since like a lot of these other readers I was highly anticipating the novel. I placed the book back into my TBR Basket and sadly it just kept getting buried.

When Shelia over at Book Journey (a new blog for me in 2016) announced her First Book - 2017 I was excited. Again, sadly I completely forgot to send in my picture for her post. Still here is my photo and I've cracked the cover and I'm enjoying the novel!


A photo posted by Amelia (@litjrzygrl) on