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Two New Books

Shhhh, don’t tell my sisters, but I bought two new books today! The first is The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination by Daniel J. Boorstin. It is 811 pages and I’ve never heard of it before. However, I found it at the bookstore and became intrigued. It was written in 1992 and reviews are few and far between on Goodreads. Who knows? Perhaps I have found a treasure, perhaps a flop. 

The second book I got is Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker. This book contains poems written in 1926 (re-published in 1940) and is only 110 pages long. Dorothy Parker is a biting, brilliant, and fun author to read. The subtitle on this book is, “A brilliant collection of witty verses guaranteed to dispel gloom. By the author of SUNSET GUN and DEATH AND TAXES.”

I don’t know about you, but simply seeing the title of Death and Taxes makes me want to find it. At any rate, Dorothy Parker doesn’t disappoint. 


Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.

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Title: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Publishing Date: May 16, 2017 (SO CLOSE!!)

Goodreads Synopsis: Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. Set in the world of the Queen’s Thief, an ordinary hero takes on an extraordinary mission.

 

I love, love, love the Queen’s Thief series. The twists, plots, and characters are just brilliant. The last book in the series was published in 2010 so IT IS ABOUT TIME this one came out! Hurray! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!! I had forgotten there was going to be another one. 

 


Whatcha Reading…? 4/22/2017 Book Update

“What are you currently reading?” asks the Get To Know You form. I look at the inch provided to respond in and don’t know whether to laugh or cry. What am I currently reading…??

I am in the middle of quite a few books right now. The problem is time. I’ve been in the midst of several books for weeks and there are twice as many unread in my library basket but I don’t seem to be finishing them at my usual pace. I think I need to take a reading day. However, for now, here is what I am currently reading:

Legend by Marie Lu, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior, Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry, and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I’m still working on An Autobiography by Agatha Christie and Jack by George Sayer.  I am re-reading Manalive by G.K. Chesterton and listening to Bleak House by Charles Dickens on audio book. 

I don’t have much time today so I won’t go into the relative merits of each of these reads but there are some really interesting ones. And some less interesting ones. Hopefully you’ll see a few reviews with these names over the next week!


Books Vs. Time

I have barely read anything since the month of April began and I am seriously stressed out by that. I had a nice lead on my 2017 Reading Challenge and it is slowly dwindling away. To combat this, I have gone to the library several times and checked out a plethora of books. 

The thing is, that is not where the problem lies. It isn’t that I do not want to read, it is that I do not have time to read. While I know that, I don’t like acknowledging it. It is so much easier to think, ‘Oh, I just need to find the right book to get me reading,’ than it is to think, ‘I need to manage my time better if I want to read later.’

However, I have been very responsible and have not been reading. My overflowing library basket can attest to that! 

EDIT: Also, full disclosure, I’ve been watching more K Dramas than normal so that might also play a part in this.


Listening to Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady

I’ve been listening to Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady on audiobook and it is slowwww going. Granted, the book is long (over 20 hours) but it seems to be more than that. I dislike all the characters! There is no plot. And James is so dang wordy. I’m finishing disc 16 of 18 and the only thing keeping me going is the thought that I’m almost done.

To celebrate nearly being done, here are a few of my status updates from the past few weeks: (SPOILERS – maybe?) 

2% in – “I believe I have discovered another ENFP! Unfortunately, at the moment I do not like her.”

20% in –  “List of things I hate so far:
The ENFP main character
British lords
American girls
Men
The word “interlocutor””

24% in – “I think I can blame this book for my reading slump, and I’m not even reading it! I’m listening to it on audio. I guess the bright side is that while avoiding it I have heard a lot more pop music on the radio… Actually, I take it back. That is not the bright side. That is the dark side. I’m slowly dying inside. SOMEONE HELP ME.”

50% – “You mean…I’m only halfway through? *sob*”

60% – “Ahhh yes, abrupt confessions and angsty lovers are CLEARLY not enough. Better add an unhappy marriage.”

70% – “That awkward moment when your main suitor is dating you for your stepmom…”

72% – “Did James just say Pansy lives in a “virginal bower”? Why yes, yes he did.”

80% – “Am I done yet? No? Please?”

 


Rapid Fire #Book Tag #Books #Reading

Kathyscottage did a general tag on her blog here and I decided to take up the challenge!

ebooks or physical books?

Physical books. No matter how hard I try, I cannot get into ebooks. 

Paperback or hardback?

Either.

Online or in-store shopping?

Doesn’t matter. When it comes to books, I have no control. I want them ALL!

Trilogy or series?

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes! 

A book you want everyone to read.

Everyone? Probably Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple or The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein because both are very perspective-shaping. 

Recommend an underrated book.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The last book you finished.

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I think I once used an envelope full of graduation money. 

Used books, yes or no?

Yes! I love the feeling of a well worn book. It makes me wonder about the people who had it before me. 

Top three favorite genres?

Classics, Juvenile Fiction, and YA

Characters or Plot?

Probably characters, though good characters need a good plot to showcase their actions. 

Short or long book?

Long!

Long or short chapters?

Short chapters make it easier to get through a book

Name the first three books you think of.

Just One Wish by Jannette Rallison (it is on my to-re-read list at the moment) 

All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (speaking of good characters…) 

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh!

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional, generally.

Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Sometimes. 

Book to movie or book to tv adaptation?

Depends.

Series or stand alone?

I’m starting to appreciate stand alone novels more and more, but series play a special role in developing beloved characters. 

I nominate Tori at isayitbetterinwriting.wordpress.com because I think she will actually do this and anyone else who wants to give it a try! 


Reading Conundrum

My book club meets to discuss Half of a Yellow Sun on Monday, and I am barely a quarter of the way through, so I should probably read that one tonight. However, I was at the library today and I got Georgette Heyer’s novel A Quiet Gentleman and I would much rather read that one. I also have about three other books in various states of being half-read, so I could pick up those instead. Do I embrace duty, pleasure, or something between? Decisions, decisions. 

I will probably end up watching a movie with my Mom.