Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-It's Not That I'm Bitter by Gina Barreca

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Many of us decided that, unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we would not shove and stuff our flesh inside girdles and corsets as if we were made of Play-Doh and could be molded at will. We felt just fine wearing T-shirts, thank you, with nothing between us and our front pockets (pockets that were strategically placed because of The Fear of Visible Nipples sill lurked)."
pg 47 It's Not That I'm Bitter by Gina Barreca

Monday, October 20, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I picked up Big Little Lies because I enjoyed Moriarty's other book, The Husband's Secret. While The Husband's Secret was good, Big Little Lies was phenomenal.

Celeste, Jane, and Madeline all have kids in kindergarden. Madeline and Celeste have been friends since their kids met in swim class. Jane has just moved to town. Quickly the three of them become fast friends and start spending a lot of time with each other. Madeline also has a fourteen year old daughter from previous marriage which causes her lots of problems. Jane is a single mom. Celeste is beautiful and appears to have it all. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. I also enjoyed the little bits of mystery that Moriarty brings in. Something has happened at Trivia night. And the majority of the book is about what happens before Trivia night. So I spent most of the book trying to figure out what happens. I have to say I was wrong but I'm not very good at guessing who dunnits.

Big Little Lies was so engrossing. I hated putting down. I loved Moriarty's writing and her characters. I felt she wrapped this one up well but I wouldn't mind reading about them again. Others who shared their thoughts on Big Little Lies: As The Crowe Flies (And Reads!), Booking Mama, and The Reading Date.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Readathon: The End of The Event

This was such a weird Read-a-thon for me. I woke up at 6am, only an hour after my start time. I read one book, cheerleaded for a bit, then went back to bed til 9am. Then I woke up made breakfast and read. Then I hung out wih Tai until he left for volleyball. Then Dad and I went out for lunch and a drive. Then I came home and cleaned while listening to an audiobook. I tried to read more after Tai came home but I was unsuccessful. We went out to dinner and saw Fury. I came home cheerleaded for a bit on twitter and went to be around 2am. I completed 3 books and started 2 more. Sucessful but just odd for me. 

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Proably after I first woke up. I felt like it was too early for me and probably why I headed back to bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? As always, graphic novels and novellas. But I've found a good audiobook can help too. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? The read-a-thon hosts and volunteers are amazing. No suggestions, keep up the great work.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? For me, I didn't make a plan so I didn't really have the same experience as I had in April. Now the October read-a-thon is usually like this for me so perhaps that's ok.
  5. How many books did you read? 3
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (audiobook), This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (ebook), and The Spectral Engine by Ray Fawkes (graphic novel).
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? All three were good.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? N/A
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I love cheerleading for Team Rogue. I cheerleaded mostly on Twitter so I missed a lot of people's blog posts.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Hell yeah I'll be joining again in April. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Start (Readathon)

I'm up earlier than usual even for a Read-a-thon. 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
A suburb of Seattle, WA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This One Summer. I've had it for ages and it's due back to the library. Must read today!3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Popcorn. We're planning on seeing Fury later tonight. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Besides reading, food is my passion. I love to cook and eat. 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
No goals. Just going to read or cheerlead as much as I want. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

I don't remember where I read about The Dark Wife. I'm thankful to whoever it was because I don't think I would have heard about this otherwise. The Dark Wife is a beautifully told retelling of the Persephone myth that I enjoyed.

Ok, so the story we know is that Persephone was hanging out in Olympus when Hades arrived and kidnapped her to the Underworld. There Hades convinced her to eat three pomegranate seeds, one for each month Persephone must spend in the Underworld. During those three months, Persephone's mother, Demeter, blankets the world in Winter. In The Dark Wife, the story is similar but told through Persephone's point of view. Persephone loves her mother but isn't a fan of Zeus, her father. Persephone doesn't want to live with Zeus or on Mt Olympus. When she meets Hades, Persephone discovers she might have an alternative. Especially since Persephone finds herself attracted to the beautiful Hades, another woman.

Besides retelling the Persephone story, Diemer also tells us about Zeus and the other deities. I found her writing to be lyrically and loved reading The Dark Wife. I'll be looking for more of Diemer's books. Others who shared their thoughts on The Dark Wife: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Vicariously, The Rainbow Reader, and Bookish.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Challenge Completed: 2014 Book Bingo Challenge

I'm done! I reread Ready Player One to complete the card. Woo Hoo! I knew that reread was going to be the toughest space on this challenge. But I still enjoyed this challenge and would do it again next year!

Here's my completed card:

TBR Pile:
One Book: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Two Books: Joyland by Stephen King and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Three Books: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah MoggachSense and Sensibility by Joanne Trollope, and Paris Was The Place by Susan Conley.
Four Books: The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman, Victorian Secrets by Sarah ChrismanBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, and Constance by Rosie Thomas.
Five Books: The Husband's Secret by Laine Moriaty, Legion by Brandon Sanderson, Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Wildthorn by Jane Eagland, and The Girl With The Wind-Up Heart by Kady Cross.

Mix It Up:
Nonfiction: Caffeinated by Murray Carpenter
Classic: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Reread: Ready Player One by Ernie Cline
Free Square: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Contemporary: Just One Day by Gayle Forman,

Series:
One Book: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker
Two Books: Wild Heart and Wild Desire by Lori Brighton
Three Books: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard, Enchanting The Beast by Kathryne Kennedy, and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.
Four Books: Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy, Double Enchantment by Kathryn Kennedy, Silk is For Seduction by Loretta Chase, and A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare.
Five Books: Shattered by Kevin Hearne, A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare, Once Upon A Kiss by Jayne Fresina, Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.

Genres:
Fantasy: Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Free Square: Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Historical Fiction: Trapped At The Alter by Jane Feather
Mystery: A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway
Romance: Enchanting The Lady by Kathryne Kennedy

New Releases:
One Book: Tsarina by J. Nellie Patrick
Two Books: I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe and A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Three Books: Cress by Marissa MeyerThe Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger, and Infinite by Jodi Meadows.
Four Books: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick,  The One by Kiera Cass, The Selcetion Stories by Kiera Cass, and Odin's Ravens by KL Armstrong and MA Marr.
Five Books: Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Goodnight June by Sarah JioRoyally Lost by Angie Stanton, and Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

All the buzz about this one got me to add it to my library queue. 

Working my way through Ann Brashares' books.

I've heard nothing but great things about Jellicoe Road. I know I have to give it a while for it to get good. I look forward to finally reading it. 

What did you get this week? Share below!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The woman had shoulder-length, well-cut dark hair and the faintest sprinkle of freckles across her nose. There was something aesthetically pleasing about those freckles, like a childhood memory of summer, and they were very nicely complemented by the fine lines around her eyes and the absurd swinging earrings."
pg 16 Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

I added Rites of Passage to my library queue because I had heard good things. The buzz surrounding Rites of Passage isn't for nothing. This is the real deal.

Samantha comes from a military family. Her dad and both of her brothers are in the military. Sam decided to join the military a long time ago but was recently dared to go to Denmark Military Academy (DMA), a rigorous all-male high school for future military. So Sam and four other young women join DMA. Sam knows it won't be easy but she's determined to graduate.

Lately, I've been struggling to read anything that wasn't light. I had concerns that now might not be the best time for me to read Rites of Passage but after the first couple of pages, my concerns disappeared. I really enjoyed reading about Sam and I thought Hensley did an awesome job of making her real and believable. Sam is already hurting when she walks through DMA's gates and some of the young men at DMA hurt her more. I admired her strength and perseverance. Rites of Passage was tough to read at times especially toward the end when things got really tough for Sam.

I don't read too many military based books but I really enjoyed Rites of Passage. I'll be looking for more books by Hensley. Others who shared their thoughts on Rites of Passage: Good Books & Good Wine, The YA Kitten, The Perpetual Page-Turner, and Blue Sky Bookshelf.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

It's getting toward the end of the year which means it's time to finish up some challenges. I'm doing really good on most of them. But I need to read a few more books for the What's In A Name Challenge. Some of my loot reflects that.

This would satisfy the element or type of weather category for the What's In A Name Challenge.

This would satisfy the school subject category for the What's In A Name Challenge.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week!