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?

Mama Reads: Tigers In Red Weather

I must be feeling better. Started reading again, in between not entirely impolite requests for boob juice. For our anniversary, Neil got me a subscription to The Willoughby Book Club.

I do believe he wrote and told them ‘my wife enjoys books that include gin and dysfunctional families.’ Bam!

Tigers In Red Weather

Kudos to the company for sending me a book I don’t already own and for sending Isla a story book!

What are you reading these days?