Sunday, June 11, 2017

Read O Rama Round 7 TBR

June 11th-17th

I don't think I will be able to read 7 books, but I would like to get through The Radium Girls and Under the Tuscan Sun. I picked 3 other short novels/novellas to read. I hope to finish 5 books this week. Are you participating? Let me know or link your TBR!

1. Read a book with the letters RAMA in the title and/or author name 
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

2. Read a book with water on the cover

3. Read a short book that is less than 150 pages
     Girl-King by Brittany Cavallaro

4. Read a graphic novel
    Y: The Last Man: Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

5. Read a book you have been anticipating.

6. Read an #ownvoices book.
    Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

7. Read a book that was released in the summer.
   Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

8. Read seven books.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Reads // TBR

When have bloggers and vloggers ever stuck to the TBR they had posted? I'm taking another shot at showing you the books I intend on reading by the end of August. I still have to finish the collection of Juvenalia by Jane Austen and Canada by Richard Ford before I can get to these. ---Crap, The Radium Girls by Kate Moore just came for me at the library so I guess that is in my immediate future too.--- I'd like to get through some books I got from the charity shop and, unless I absolutely love it and it is in a good condition, I'd like to donate them back so they make more revenue. I have a fiction - nonfiction - non-modern classic pattern going.  I also reorganized my bookshelves so I am eager to pick from them! My reading list will not be limited to these five books though. I'm sure I'll finish Canada by the end of this coming weekend and then start The Radium Girls. I'm not binge-reading Jane Austen's stories. I feel like I am ~READY~ to absorb these books, ya know? Please let me know what your reading plans are for this summer!

+ The book I currently use for when I leave the house is my charity shop copy of  Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. I am taking this to the beach, on my trips into the city. I think this is a great summer read and nothing to be embarrassed about when reading in public. 

+ I've been looking at my shelves lately and The Rosie Project by Greame Simsion has been calling to me. I am in the mood to read this after years of having it. I want to read a lot of my summery, romance and quirky books on my shelves. I've heard that the sequel/companion novel was a disappoint to fans of The Rosie Project. Have you read either?

+ "The Year of Jane Austen" plans have fallen through already with my slow reading pace on love and Freindship (My husband likes to point out the spelling every time I pick it up). Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen is one that I hope to read this summer. I think I would be okay if I read two Jane Austen novels each year for the next few years.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is one of my own physical books. I have been wanting to read it and I think this summer would be a great time since my good friend will be Mrs. Darling in my hometown's production of Peter Pan. 

+ A book I got from a little free library/ exchange at my husband's work was The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. I think this will be a great nonfiction read that I heard is a little humorous. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Books I'd Like To Reread // Top 5 Wednesday

So apparently Goodreads has added rereads to it's website! You can keep track of when you read your favorites and they will add to your yearly challenge. This is a Top 5 Wednesday that I missed wees ago and thought it would go well with the recent news. What are some books you'd like to reread? 


Harry Potter by J Rowling. I started The Sorcerer's Stone in December and couldn't focus enough on it. I'll pick it back up later this year,but I am more looking forward to the later books. Books 5 and 6 are my favorite. I think this is because of the movies because I didn't like the first two when they came out.

Reason For Hope by Jane Goodall. I recently bought this from BookOutlet actually. I haven't picked this up since my senior year of high school, but it's the #1 book I recommend to everyone. Jane Goodall's work and writing helped shape me into a more aware and caring person towards other humans and the animal world. We need more people like her in the world. I've been wanting to reread this book for awhile.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I think this is a great book to reread right now.

Great Alta series by Jane Yolen. I read this series in my freshman year of high school with one of my friends at the time. I loved it and it was a great age to read it. I hadn't read anything like it before. I hope I don't ruin the nostalgia by rereading the series. This was a time before great YA novels with girl warriors were published. Jane Yolen gave depth to her books that was more than just an action-based story-line.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This is another book I read in my early high school days. My puppy, Mollie, had chewed the cover of my copy. I still have it. I was so interested in reading about people who traveled to other countries, especially in the Amazon. This was a pretty epic story. I think it was the first family drama that spanned decades.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Recent Additions to Goodreads TBR

I haven't added books to my Goodreads in months and finally decided to add some so I could remember what they were for later. I thought it might be interesting to see what I have been looking at lately. What are some books you've recently added?

Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page.
"The rubble of an ancient civilization. A village in a valley from which no one comes or goes. A forest of mother-trees, whispering to each other through their roots; a lakeside lighthouse where a girl slips into human skin as lightly as an otter into water; a desert settlement where there was no conflict, before she came; or the town of Wantwick, ruled by a soothsayer, where tourists lose everything they have. These are the places where things begin."
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy. This is in this month's Book of the Month selection.
"In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances"
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson. Another book from this month's selection by BOTM.
"Perfect Little World is the story of an ambitious sociological experiment called “The Infinite Family Project.” Dr. Preston Grind, a young and idealistic child psychologist, heads up the study with funding from an elderly big box store magnate, taking the “It takes a village” model of co-parenting to a new level."
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. The last book I added from this month's BOTM selection.
"When I shut the pages of Sarah Pinborough’s novel, I experienced a peculiar sense of terror, admiration, and satisfaction. I closed the book, clenched my eyes, and tried mightily to fall asleep. But just as I began to retreat to the safety of my dreams, I remembered: it’s not safe there either.
You’ll find out what I mean."
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
"As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share."
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins.
"Now available in Ecco’s Art of the Story series: a never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little known African American artist and filmmaker—a contemporary of revered writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide acclaim."
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

Final Girls by Riley Sager.

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

High Strung by Quinn Dalton.
"In vivid cinematic prose, "High Strung" balances humor on the rough edge of loss, regret, and wounded family love. Through it all, Merle Winslow's wry buthopeful voice reminds us of how we tell ourselves the story of our lives, real and imagined. Her travels -- back to her hometown and through her family's past -- lead us to the crossroads of place and memory."

If you are interested here is my referral link to Book of the Month!