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?

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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Top Ten Tuesday: 5-star Reads, or Gin & Tears

I’m quite generous with my 4-star ratings, but 5-stars is harder for me.

I have a shelf on goodreads labeled ‘ten stars’ and another one called ‘there were tears’ and those ones are the ones that I’ll throw at people, so we can talk about it.

‘There will be a test,’ I tell them.

Recent 10-stars have been:

Dept. of Speculation – Heard a bunch about this, and bought it while in NY.  Maybe that’s why it’s a tenner.  But really, pure poetry.  Found myself reading bits aloud to Neil and then threw it at him.  He hasn’t read it, yet.  But I haven’t finished Stone Junction, so we’re even.

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns – This book found me on the NY trip, too.  I loved it so much.  My gin-soaked prose shelf on goodreads was invented for this book.  I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers that don’t really move me, but this one quietly creeped me out more than any of them.  Families will do that to you.

The Interestings – I wanted to go to that camp.  I did for a while.  I lived with this book for as long as I read it, same feeling for me as May We Be Forgiven, also ten stars.  I have yet to experience a book like those two, since I read those two.

Now.

Here are some of my 4-star reads.  They might be 5-star reads for people who don’t have other requirements.  Like gin and tears.

Fates and Furies – Beautiful, but aloof.  I didn’t mind the length.  Or that nothing really happened.  That’s how life goes.  The book was worth it, but missing something.  Perhaps a heart.

American Housewife– This is a 4 because Neil bought it for me for Valentines Day.  Because he is a funny, funny man.  And because he says he has trouble finding new books that I haven’t found first.  And because I don’t like short stories, but these were great.

The ones I liked best reminded me of all the times my mother called me up wondering, ‘How’s life in your condo?’

‘It’s not a con…it’s great, Ma.  Thanks for asking.’

The Quiet Game – Sometimes I get notions.  I get notions to read new-to-me crime series set in the South.  Sometimes, I feel like staying up all night to finish a book.  That doesn’t happen much anymore.  Because, Isla.  But with The Quiet Game, I hit bingo.  Twice.

The Whites – A crime story, wrapped in New York.  Some of my favourite things.  Also, recommended by Caitlin at Broadside.  Thank you!  Anything else?

And.

Here are two pure 5-star reads.  Because, y’know, I like to be conventional.  Or something.

River Road – This one has rekindled my love for stuff set in the land of Academia.  Not the best ever, but almost, well, cozy.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark – I very rarely read one book at a time, all the way to the end.  But this weird little thing had me at one.

So.

That’s mine.  What’s your list of 5 or 10 star books?

Gin and tears welcome, but optional.

(Post inspired by The Broke and the Bookish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals For 2016

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Start here.

Part of the re-vamp of this blog will be me participating more regularly in memes, blog-hops and other social blogging projects that I like/make sense to me/want to share with others.

One of those such things is Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish.

Today’s list is Resolutions for 2016. I prefer the term goals. Let’s call them goals. See, they’re trees, um, goals.

And here they are with nifty categories.

Writing

Start/continue the journal/letters to Isla and show her that life is mostly beautiful and always an adventure, with a lesson in there somewhere. I’ll also be mentioning that all her weirdness comes from her father. And me. OK, both of us. Sorry not sorry.

Participate as far as I can in NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge. I thought about it last year. This year I’m in.

Write more consistently/constantly, generally-speaking. I want to get back to that person who filled a notebook every night and wrote a story every week. That person was me. And I have writing to do.

Reading

Finish the books I start. This could be said for the ones I’ve started writing, as well. But for now let’s talk about books by other people.

My husband calls me a flippant reader. To illustrate this point, up until a few days ago, I had 57 (!) books on Goodreads listed under currently reading.

I have this thing where if I see something that hits me somewhere, I have to read it RIGHT NOW. All the books. Or at least 57 of them. Then I had a baby. And moved. Either that, or I lost the book. Or fell asleep. Or read the last page. And then picked up another book.

Anyway, 57 became 4. Because, well, I’m currently reading them.

Leave a stack to read through this month, and pack the rest.

Finish that series. And that one. And this one.

Home

Organise the new place, when we get there. Or at least try.

Get new bookshelves. My current ones have followed me around since I was 18. There’s mutual love there. But they are tired. And scuffed. And missing some damn dowels.

Find a mosaic coffee-table. Or maybe make one. Does that mean I get to break shit? And call it art? OK, then.

Paint a wall with chalkboard paint. For Isla. For us.

Life

Let go of anxiety. I’ve had the one with the big A since Isla’s been around. I’d like it to move out already.

Be. Laugh with my kid, and Neil. Read. Write. Drink coffee. Neflix. And chill. No, really.

So that’s 12. Or maybe its only two, and the rest is how I get there.

I shall try. We shall see.

What about you?