Friday, June 28, 2013

You have to admit, that is pretty cool.

Since I finished graduate school last month and am currently unemployed (anyone want to hire a licensed social worker in the Austin area?), I have been reading quite a bit more than usual, which means a lot more time on Goodreads (friend me!) obsessively categorizing my books.  After finishing A Visit From the Goon Squad this morning (meh - review to come), I decided that I should read something from my Classics Club and summer reading lists next, so I settled on Vilette by Charlotte Bronte.  So I went into Goodreads on my iPod Touch to let the world know and that's when I saw it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cloud Atlas ~ David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas was one of those books that I felt like I was supposed to read.  I don't really remember why.  The hype?  The movie?  The experimental form?  The claim of "modern classic" on the front cover?  Probably all of the above.  And it was good, definitely worth the read, though it didn't blow me away.  But it was fun in an "I see what you did there" kind of way.  Which, come to think of it, may be the identifying feature of post-modernism.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Book List

So I have an increasing number of complete books to review for the blog...meh.  Thanks to Kayleigh at Nylon Admiral's winter reading post, I have yet another excuse to not write actual reviews - seasonal book lists!  Because we all know how well those work out for me.  Oh, we don't?  Well, last fall I read a total of half of one of the eight books on my list (or two, depending on how you count the Lord of the Rings series, which I counted as one).  This spring, I didn't even bother with a list.  BUT, I just graduated AND am currently unemployed (though hopefully not for long) so no more excuses, right?  Without further ado, my summer reading list:

Friday, June 21, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Wrap-up

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GUYS (ladies, really).  The Harry Potter Readalong is officially over and that is a sad thing.  Has it really been six months?  Holy poopers!  So yeah, I'm actually NOT going to ramble on today, even though I mentally filed away (and promptly forgot) all sorts of things I wanted to say today.  What I DO want to say is that I don't actually hate Harry like you all probably think.  One does not reread this series as much as I have if one hates Harry.  I just have this weird thing where I think that the series is terribly flawed but I LOVE IT ANYWAY.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kindred ~ Octavia Butler

I finished Kindred a few weeks ago, so this post is a little late; forgive me if it's a rambling and a little disjointed.  I was really excited to read Kindred, because Octavia Butler is one of the best-known black female sci-fi writers and that is pretty awesome (of her, not of a genre that is so overwhelmingly white and male).  The premise is equally awesome (in a disturbing kind of way): a black woman living in 1970's California is suddenly and repeatedly transported across space and time to the Antebellum South.  I mean, how messed up and full of potential is that?!  I feel like this lead-up suggests that I'm about to say that I was disappointed, but that is so not the case.  Kindred was immensely satisfying and did not in any way disappoint.

Friday, June 14, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Deathly Hallows 29- END (eek!)

Ladies (and any gents that may be reading)!  It is upon us: the end of this ridiculously long and awesome Harry Potter readalong!  It is sad and a little exciting, if only because I actually managed to stick to it for this long.  BUT I will save my commentary for the wrap-up next week, because today is the day for indulging all of my conflicting thoughts about the end of this series.  Because YAY, Voldemort’s dead but it was a little lame, amirite?  We’ll discuss.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cutting for Stone ~ Abraham Verghese

"Tell us, please, what treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?" ... "Words of comfort." (520-521)

Cutting for Stone is one of those books that I've been meaning to read for a long time, years maybe.  I first heard of it on a non-book blog and picked up a copy at a library book sale soon after.  It's been sitting on my shelf ever since.  Perhaps this latent anticipation raised it up in my expectations, for I certainly heard no hype about it, but it fell short of my expectations.  I liked it, but I did not love it, and found more problems in it than I found answers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Deathly Hallows 20-28

Hi everyone!  Long time no see!  Since we last met, I have moved 1700 miles away, missed BEA, and barely managed to finish this week’s reading.  Oh, I also wrote my entire post for this week and then Blogger lost the entire thing except for one gif.  Thanks, Blogger.  I’m going to try to piece it back together (in WORD this time, and then cut and paste), but I’m rushing now because I’m expecting my movers to show up soon, so this will probably not be my best post ever.  Oh well.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Legion ~ Brandon Sanderson

Legion is a novella that I downloaded from Audible because it was free!  (It's not anymore though, sorry.)  Coming in at only 2 hours and 48 minutes, it was a fun quick read and the first time I've read anything by Sanderson.  It's a quick book so, fittingly, this will be a quick post.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

I am rather behind on posting book reviews (I finished reading this back in April, if that's any indication), so I'm playing catch-up this week.  I committed myself to reading the entirety of  The Lord of the Rings for the Classics Challenge (counted as only ONE book, not three), as well as The Hobbit.  I actually read The Fellowship of the Ring back in high school and liked it, but got caught up by the Ents in The Two Towers and never finished the series.  It's one of those series I felt like I should read though, as a serious reader who occasionally delves into fantasy.  It's a classic of the genre, yes?  This time around, I decided to listen to the whole series on audiobook because a) I had a long commute and b) my brother gave me all of the audiobooks.  I listened to it over the course of the school year, because I couldn't bring myself to start each book immediately after the previous one and I have to say, this was one of the least successful audiobooks at keeping me conscious while driving that I have ever read.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Judging "Inappropriate Content"

This morning I was at a Barnes and Noble here in Houston, where I'm staying while I wait for the increasingly late moving truck to arrive at my new apartment in Austin.  I was looking at a display table in the YA section, when I overheard a young girl, who was around thirteen years old, talking with her mother.  They were at the next table, discussing a book the girl wanted.  It was a hardcover book and the mother flat out told her daughter that she wouldn't buy her a book that she would only read once in hardcover, which I totally understand.  My mom had the same rule when I was growing up and now I pretty much have the same rule for myself.  Foreseeing the girl's disappointment in not getting a book she wanted, a feeling I myself know well, (and unable to miss the chance to talk books) I decided to suggest a book that I really like and that I had noticed was sitting next to the book the girl wanted.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA ~ Children's and YA Lit

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Today's topic over at Armchair BEA is Children's and Young Adult literatures!  I don't have any kids of my own, but I was a book-loving child once and I have four nieces and a nephew, so I see all sorts of adorable children's literature.  I also occasionally read and review some YA lit on the blog, so I'm no stranger to these genres.  Here are some of my favorites!