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.