Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA ~ Nonfiction

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Today's topic for Armchair BEA is nonfiction, which means that this is going to be a VERY short post.  There was a time when I really liked to read memoirs but nowadays, nonfiction is pretty much nonexistent for me, unless you count textbooks and case studies, which I do not.  Why is that?  I have no idea, but it's probably linked to my general avoidance of current events (except Amanda Knox, I will read any Knox-related news story).  I don't mind horrible, terrible, disturbing, heartbreaking things happening to fictional characters but to real people?  I guess it's just too much, especially if I'm not in a position to help them.  So for the most part, I stick to fiction.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA ~ Literary Fiction

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Sarah of Puss Reboots
Hello, my fellow armchair folk.  Today's topic for Armchair BEA is Literary Fiction, which I may have accidentally covered yesterday.  Oops!  Oh well, that's okay, seeing as how literary fiction is my true love.  Yes, I read and enjoy genre fiction, but literary fiction is what I am drawn to and probably what I read the most of unless, maybe, you count the books in a series individually, which I don't because doing so would skew things.  So yes, today I will keep my discussion short, since I went over this all yesterday, and then jump into some recommendations.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Genre Fiction

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Emily of Emily's Reading Room
Today's topic for Armchair BEA is Genre Fiction.  From the main post: If you’re a reader of genre fiction do you have a favourite author or series? And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci fi/horror etc? And if you don’t read one (or more) of these genres what is it that deters you from those sections of the bookstore? I’m also curious to hear why you think these genres often don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA - Introductions

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As ever, I am three steps behind the rest of the book blogging world.  I've missed the start of Armchair BEA every year since I've started blogging and, even crazier, have missed BEA itself every year too, even though I've lived in New Jersey my entire life, just a train ride away.  This year, I really wanted to get myself there...but then I moved out of the area LAST WEEK.  What timing, eh?  But I found out just in time and joined up so (drumroll please) here is my introduction!

Friday, May 24, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Deathly Hallows 11-19

We creep ever closer to the end of this readalong and it is a sad, sad thing.  I'm not sure how I'm going to avoid doing whatever I'm supposed to do on Fridays and Saturdays without it.  I suppose I'll think of something (I see more readalongs in my future).  As for this week, my post is relatively short and uninvolved because I listened to the whole section on audiobook and the actual book is currently on the back of a truck somewhere, as I am mid-move and writing this post seems like the first chance I've had to sit down in days.  I'm also scheduling this post because I have a 7:10 a.m. flight on Friday (eek!) and I assure you, I will not be waking up even earlier to post about Harry Potter.  Sorry, guys.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to a random number generator, I've chosen the winners for my blogiversary giveaway!

Angela won Interpreter of Maladies and Allie from What Red Read won The Namesake!  That officially makes Allie the winner of 2 out of the 3 books I've ever given away on this blog.  Those are some good odds.  Congratulations, ladies!  I'll be e-mailing you both for your mailing addresses.

Friday, May 17, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Deathly Hallows 1-10

So I've spent most of the day thus far listening to Deathly Hallows on audiobook to catch up because I was so distracted by the wonder of being DONE with graduate school and being able to read whatever I wanted whenever I wanted that I got totally distracted by Kindred and completely forgot about Harry Potter until yesterday.  And then I got distracted again and listened straight through Chapter 11.  Oops.  Anyway, we're up to the seventh book, which means that we're almost done and that is sad.  Though I'm not going to lie, I'm a little excited to not have my blog totally dominated by Harry Potter for much longer because I do read other stuff, like books by Juhmpa Lahiri that I just so happen to be giving away AND I've extended the giveaway to tomorrow because, well, I just didn't get around to it today (how'd you like that transition?).  So go enter!  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Three Year Wrap-Up

Obligatory reminder for you to enter my giveaway - I'm picking the winner tomorrow!

Whenever people put up their monthly reading stats, I'm always so impressed that they actually remember to do that every month and I always tell myself to start and then never do.  Until last year, for my two year blogiversary, when I decided to calculate my reading stats for the previous two years (based on what I actually blogged about, at least).  Now that it's been three years, I think it's time for an update, don't you?  That's what I thought.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Thirteenth Tale ~ Diane Setterfield

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  I'll be announcing the winner on Friday!

Operation: catch up on blog posts commences.  The Thirteenth Tale is one of those books that I vaguely intended to read for years, mostly because I see it all the time in bookstores and, well, exposure advertising - it's effective.  I finally got around to it this semester when I was desperate for audiobooks to keep me conscious on the drive to my internship three times per week.  It did the job - I didn't fall asleep at the wheel once - and I enjoyed most of it.  In the end, though, I didn't love it nearly as much as my constant exposure to it suggested that I should.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY

Hey there!  It's been a long time.  Okay, well technically not, but all I've written in weeks has been Harry Potter posts, and while that's all well and good, this is not actually meant to be a Harry Potter blog.  I've been craaazy busy with finishing up grad school, preparing to move 1700 miles away, and life in general.  But I submitted my last paper on Sunday and actually began reading a book that isn't Harry Potter, school-related, or in audio form, so things are looking up!  I'm reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, which is kind of awesome and also on my Classics Club list, so double awesome.  At some point, I might even manage to get up reviews of the audiobooks I've finished recently.  Maybe.

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I am apparently now incapable of keeping HP out of my posts.

Friday, May 10, 2013

HP Readlong ~ The Tales of Beedle the Bard

I'm so glad that we read The Tales of Beedle the Bard this week.  I pretty much spent last Friday through Wednesday just sitting at the computer writing papers, and I don't think I would have had enough time to read much more than this short collection of wizarding fairytales.  Thankfully, it was even shorter than I remember (big margins) so I managed it.  Oh, and it was really fun to read.  Also, totally unrelated but I'm planning on posting a giveaway next week!  So make sure to check in.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Friday, May 3, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Half-blood Prince 19-30

So, here's the problem with this lack chunk of Half-Blood Prince being so long.  Actually, two problems.  One is that I've been crazy busy with school and was only able to finish it by resorting to the audiobook, which I did not want to do with my favorite book of the series.  The other problem is that there's all sorts of lead-up but then also the answers so if I talk about the lead-up, it's like DUH we find out about that.  Oh well, I'm doing it anyway.  Happy Harry Potter Day!