Book Lover’s Tag Thing

Saw this on  Ritu’s  blog.  Thought I’d play.

Do you have a specific place for reading?

These days I mostly read in bed, late into the night.  Weekend reading is outside with Isla, on her trampoline.  She is, I’m not.

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

Train tickets.  And no dog-eared pages.

Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of the chapter?

I’d prefer it was the end of a chapter, but I don’t make a thing out of it.  Neil makes a thing out of it.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Day time reading, when it happens, is with coffee.  Night reading is sometimes with cider and popcorn.

Music or TV while reading?

Could be.

One book at a time or several?

Too many,  Not enough.

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

My favourite time of day is reading to Isla before she goes to sleep.  When she does, I read by Kindlelight.  At home.  In bed.  With Neil snoring beside me.  I can also now read in the car, which is useful for road-trips, with Neil hopefully not snoring beside me.

Read out loudly or silently?

Aloud to Isla.  And Neil, if something strikes me as funny, which happens a lot.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I don’t skip.  But I sometimes read the last page first.  Sit down.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Spine clear, but read.  Figure that out.

Do you write in your books?  

Wrote notes in all my Uni text books.

What about you?  Any more bookish questions?

Lorna Doone
Haven’t read this yet.  I feel I should.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mailbox Monday #1 (For Me)

My Dad came over this morning.  We had coffee and talked about life and books.  He says he can’t keep up with what I’m reading.  That I start to twitch if I don’t have a new book to read.  All.  The. Time.  That’s not true.  They don’t have to be new.  I like used books, too.

Last week, I received not one, but three secondhand books:

Six Stories, by Matt Wesolowski.  I originally bought the audio version (using an Audible credit).  I fould the podcast format hard to connect with, even though I LOVED Serial, etc. I got the paperback in a book swap group I’m part of on FB.  It was sent to me by the lovely Clair, who has a review of Six Stories on her blog Have Books, Will Read.

I also got Mischling, which intrigues me on lots of levels, but I’m not ready to read it yet.

AND, AND.

I took part in my first Blind Date with a Book thing on Litsy.  I received Lost In Austen , and will be passing it on to a friend and Austen-obsessive when I’m finished.  I already have said friend in mind.  Don’t ask me for the book.  Maybe another one, but not this one.

ALSO.

Josy at A Walk and a Lark recently recommended that I read What Language Do I Dream In?  

I love when people tell me to read books, and Josy is pretty cool for someone you know, walks for fun.

AND SO,

This was my first Mailbox Monday.

How’d I do?

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The books and a painted dinosaur.

 

The 21 Books I’ve Read So Far In 2017

I figured it was time to share what I’ve been reading latelyish.

My peak reading time is now somewhere between 11pm and 4am.  And there are now three TV-less nights a week in this house.  So, there’s that, too.

The Unseen World, Liz Moore – This book.  This effing book. I identified with Ada more than I care to admit, and as such, did not want this to end. Ten big, fat, teary stars.  Read it.

Once Upon A River, Bonnie Jo Campbell – One for my book group, this was one I started last year, but took into 2017 with me.  Beautiful, emotive writing.  Almost too much.

Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg – If you like small town gossip books, like I do, read this.  Not the book I expected when I started it, but I loved it.  Didn’t like the main characters as much as the rest of the chorus, but it all worked.

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo – I picked this up because I’m interested in reading Six of Crows, but I wanted to start at the beginning.  I didn’t read YA when I was one, but I seem to be making up for it now.  Easier to follow then some others.  Really escapist and well-written.

Born A Crime, Trevor Noah – Ten stars for the audio version.  So good.  Want another book on his career.

The Wangs Vs The World, Jade Chang – I appreciated what was there, I just wanted more.

All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda – 5 stars, and I finished this at 4 AM.  And I cried at the end.  Impatiently waiting for Megan Miranda’s next book.

My Sister’s Bones, Nuala Ellwood – This book got me out of an anxiety-induced reading slump.  Part 1 was 10 stars.  And it’s better than the books it is being compared to.  I finished this book in two days.  Which doesn’t happen often any more.

Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  – Well, this was another one finished in two days.  The ending made me want to read the second instalment, which I haven’t finished.

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard.  I marked this to begin my A to Z challenge, because I’d received it in a bookish Secret Santa.  Still haven’t got to the second book, but the calming colour-scheme used on the covers of all three is calling my name!

The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel – Right so, one day I read about a book.  The next day I bought the book.  The day after that, I finished the book.  This was that book.  I didn’t know much about it going in, and I called it early.  And it was hard to read.  But I kinda want to start all over again.

The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena – At first I thought this was an exploitation of post-natal depression. At 50% I became more interested and less pissed off. Then I figured it out, and then there was the ending. Well, shit. At least it was a quick read.

Kill The Father, Sandrone Dazieri – Holy shit. What an actual roller-coaster this book is. And I haven’t been this invested in a quirky fictional duo since The Millennium books. And the writing was so beautiful and funny. The translation so fluid. And Italy. Of course. The actual case I wasn’t so down with, but bring on the next book. And y’all have to read this one.

My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante – Wow.  Had to finish this on a morning everyone else slept in. Didn’t agree with the portrayal of Lenu’s mother.  But the world of this book is beautiful and real.  I’ve lent this one to a local friend, and bought the rest of the series.

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The Lauras, Sara Taylor – LOVED THIS.  I believe this was my first 5- star rating on Netgalley, too.  Actually, all the stars.  Took this book on a road-trip, and it was the perfect companion.

My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout – This was another road-trip read.  Beautiful. Finished in about three hours.  And now I want to read everything Elizabeth Strout has written.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies, Fredrik Backman – While I was emotionally invested in this, I wish I’d liked it more than I actually did.

The Second Sister, Claire Kendal– Once I got into this it was an OK read, with some generally creepy elements and an interesting atmosphere. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this.

The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli – I loved Simon, and might love this a little more. I have a Cassie. She isn’t my twin, but my Lobsister. And I kind of married my own Reid. They are both going to read this. You should, too. And I want another book set in this universe.

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas – Loved this, didn’t want it to end.  But can we talk about the ending?

Saga, Volume 1, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I probably wouldn’t have found this on my own, but Litsy told me to read it.  And I’m glad I did.  Now reading Volume 2.

Some Notes:

No finished books for the readathon.  Because, life.

I’m up to G on my #LitsyAtoZ

I’ve discovered Netgalley.

I’m @LornaDH on Litsy and my goodreads has been kinda spruced up here.

What are you reading?

My TBR for Dewey’s Readathon

I’ve wanted to do a focused reading thing for AGES!  This year, I thought I’d take advantage of my general sleeplessness and participate in this year’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

Books I hope to get to:

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich

If At Birth You Don’t Succeed, Zach Anner

Caraval, Stephanie Garber

Strange Weather In Tokyo, Hiromi Kawakami

Night Waking, Sara Moss

This list is fluid/might be completely rubbish.

I also have a graphic novel somewhere and some fun Kindle reads.  I’ll be taking a break to watch my sister-in-law run a half-marathon.  But I’ll bring a book.  I’ll also be dancing with Isla at regular intervals.

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EDIT:  I got the time wrong for my time-zone.  I DON’T CARE.  I read, I don’t do Math.

Starting 12am tonight/tomorrow.  Add 24 hours.  With a wrap-up post on Monday.

Who’s reading tonight?

Please share your lists/plans/coffee/snacks!

Merry Bookmas!

Coffee Talk And Blogging Goals

If we were having coffee, you couldn’t help but notice that we’ve blown all the fuses.  Isla is running around going, ‘My house is dark.  It ran out of batteries!’

Five minutes ago, we were watching Alice in Wonderland.  Now, Isla’s face is lit by my phone screen.  No, I can’t buy you that Lego set.  And please don’t post that egg video on Facebook.

In other news, what music do you listen to while taking down the Christmas tree?  Isla went into the living room this week and yelled, ‘Someone stole the Christmas tree!’  Yes, well, until next year.

I finished reading my third book of the year this morning (Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard) and my first read for this list.

While we’re here more bookish things:

I told Goodreads I’ll be reading 50 books, or more, this year.

And for every finished book, I’ll be putting a buck in Isla’s Swear Jar  my book jar.

If we were having coffee, I’d mention that I might be shifting the focus of this here blog, or getting back to writing and not just talking about it.

I’ve looked back on my posts, and my personal notebooks from this year and I’ve written a lot about not writing a lot.

And Neil recently mentioned that I haven’t written any fiction since we’ve been together.

So, there’s that.  Might really get back to writing a story a week.

And I might want to write even more about being a disabled mother, and a mother and  a third-culture kid who grew up to live on an island off another island, in a house that keeps blowing fuses.

Hi.

If we were having coffee I’d ask: What are your writing plans this year, or this week?

And: What would you like to read more of on this blog?

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My current read with Isla’s latest art.

My Book List for #LitsyAtoZ

I think I’ve rambled about Litsy once or twice.  Some groovy people over there are doing the #LitsyAtoZ challenge.

The last time I tried something like this, I got stuck on E.

I’m not usually this organised, but I thought if I listed my book choices I might actually read through them.

I’ve decided to list by author.  You can also list by title or mix it up.

A – Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood,  or You Will Know Me – Megan Abbot,  or Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

B – The Muse – Jessie Burton

C – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers, or The Wangs Vs The World – Jade Chang

D – You’re Never Weird on The Internet – Felicia Day,  or The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker

E – Heroes of The Frontier – Dave Eggers

F – My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante, or The Sunlit Pilgrams – Jenni Fagan

G – & Sons – David Gilbert

H -Before the Fall – Noah Hawley

I – The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

J – A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

K – Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

L – The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

M – The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch, or Hystopia – David Means

N –  Mind’s Eye – Hakan Nesser

O – This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’ Farrell

P – Commonwealth – Ann Patchet

Q -The 500 – Matthew Quirk

R – Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell, or Empire Falls – Richard Russo

S – The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett – Chelsea Sedoti, or Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

T – All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews

U – Rabbit, Run – John Updike

V – Take The Cannoli – Sarah Vowell

W – Second Life – S J Watson

X – Death of a Red Heroine – Qiu Xiaolong

Y – The Sun is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon, or Shelter – Jung Yun

Z – Mislaid – Nell Zink

Notes:

Might do these in order, but a few are calling to me.

For the letters with more than one option, help me choose!

I have MOST of these, so reading through them might make a small dent in my Mount TBR

Must check this year’s Read Harder Challenge to see if there’s overlap.

What are your reading goals this year?

Here are a few more reading challenges I found that might interest you/me.

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Currently Reading, And What Else?

Reading:

Turning Angel, Greg Iles.  Does anyone else read the Penn Cage books?

The Passenger, Lisa Lutz.  Thrillers are my brain-candy. Again.

And my second #LitsyGoesPostal book.  LGP is a postal bookclub/journaling project/generally good thing made up of people that first connected on the Litsy app.

The idea is to send your favourite book, a notebook and good vibes to someone who reads it, writes about it and sends it to the next person in the rotation.

In  a few years, my own well-travelled books will return to me with fresh ink, new thoughts and friendships.  I love any mail that isn’t bills and book-mail is THE BEST.

Watching:

What? Like right now?

The same Scooby-Doo episodes that I used to watch.  Now with added Isla.

Current on-demand happenings: Billions, Mr. Robot, and um, The Great British Bake Off.

Listening to:

The Barra MacNeils.  They recently played live here on Skye.  Isla’s first gig.  She was mesmerised.  And I lost my shit when they played Caledonia.

Making:

A mess?

Memories?  Sorry, that’s another thing.

Feeling:

Slightly stranded.  Antsy.  Old.

Planning:

New work gigs, I hope.  A holiday, I think.  A visit from my Mom.

We should also paint the kitchen and buy a sofa-bed, but yeah.  Different list.

Loving:  

Weekends.  Coffee.

This photo.  And the kid in it.

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Isla is planning: world domination.  Obviously.

 

Notes:

Currently info here.

I’m @LornaDH if you want to connect on Litsy.