TBR Intervention (4)


TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by April @ Books4Juliet, Dani @ Refracted Light and Ayanami @ Whatever You Can Still Betray. The goal is to commit to reading at least one book that has been languishing on your TBR pile in an effort to conquer the mountain.

Book(s) I Committed to Read:
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House #5) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter (Little House #6) – Laura Ingalls Wilder

And here are some extra books finished from my stacks:
Little Town on the Prairie (Little House #7) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years (Little House #8) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Four Years (Little House #9) – Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is the first post since I joined the TBR Intervention Challenge where I finished everything I set out to read and then some!

THE BOOK(S) I COMMIT TO READ:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

I am only selecting one book for the next two weeks interval because I have a stack of books from the library to finish reading that I’ve neglected in favor of this challenge. And Clarke’s novel is a thick volume so I would like to give it the attention that it deserves. My blogging friends rave about it and I want to savor this experience.

So how is everyone doing on knocking off that TBR pile?

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TBR Intervention (3) + Library Loot


TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by April @ Books4Juliet, Dani @ Refracted Light and Ayanami @ Whatever You Can Still Betray. The goal is to commit to reading at least one book that has been languishing on your TBR pile in an effort to conquer the mountain.

From the three books that I posted two weeks ago I am sad to say that I failed to complete all three. However, I did read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It was finished a couple of days after that post. I started writing a review, but then it felt like I should read it again before trying to put my thoughts into words. Definitely something to be read again at a later date. I’m very happy that a whim purchase put it in my collection. It’s so nice to want to keep a history book in my personal library.

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis was completed in the past two weeks though. I started writing a review, but realized that I can’t articulate my thoughts for that book to my satisfaction. I need to read it again before I express what I think about it. I also finished Ascendant, which wasn’t on my original list of goals but it was in the TBR pile so it counts, right? I can’t believe I let that book sit around neglected for so long. What is wrong with me? I really need to work on reading books as soon as I buy them.

Three books completed… but only one of them planned. Do I still win?

THE BOOK(S) I COMMIT TO READ:


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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!

TBR Intervention (2) + Library Loot


TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by April @ Books4Juliet, Dani @ Refracted Light and Ayanami @ Whatever You Can Still Betray. The goal is to commit to reading at least one book that has been languishing on your TBR pile in an effort to conquer the mountain.

Okay the last two weeks have been epic fail on the one book that set out to read for myself. I read the first 40 pages of The Wolf King and just… stopped. I don’t know if I didn’t care or I want to read more and see if it picks up. Maybe other things.

However, I did polish off From Reverence to Rape (review here) and President Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope, which has been lying around started-but-not-finished for like seven or eight months. I told myself that it would be a good choice since I had already read about 100 pages into it so far. So I did complete a book from my TBR pile… just not the one that I had aimed to.

THE BOOK(S) I COMMIT TO READ:

I may be setting myself up for fail. There’s no way I can read all of these in the next two weeks, right?


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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!


Two books and a DVD this week. I’m hoping the new film of Hoover is a vast improvement upon that old biopic that I watched back in high school. I’ve actually read The Evil That Men Do a long time ago.

Special for Sundays

Special for Sundays is a weekly feature hosted by Gabbing About Books and In Which Ems Reviews Books. Each week will rotate to a different topic of discussion.

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

 
Despite my rather extensive collection of non-fiction books, there are not very many that I would claim to be among my favorite books. However, Wesley the Owl is one of the exceptions. I adore barn owls. I think it originally extended from a certain film I watched growing up, but Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole made it worse and I had no chance against not reading Wesley the Owl. O’Brien’s book elicited a rare reaction from me: I cried at the end. I loved this story so much that I had to have it on my shelves even though I knew it would break my heart every time I read it.

TBR Intervention (1) + Library Loot


TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by April @ Books4Juliet, Dani @ Refracted Light and Ayanami @ Whatever You Can Still Betray. The goal is to commit to reading at least one book that has been languishing on your TBR pile in an effort to conquer the mountain.

Due to the overriding fear that I will have too many memes popping up on my blog, I would like to do this as a two weeks goal instead of every Saturday.

THE BOOK(S) I COMMIT TO READ:
Since I have a few library books checked out I am only going to be committing to one. I was less than thrilled with Night of the Wolf, giving up after the effort of 150 pages. So I am hoping this will be better as a direct sequel to The Silver Wolf.  I imagine that the inclusion of my favorite female protagonist will make this an easier book to devour.

I am almost done with From Reverence to Rape so I didn’t really think I should include that on here because it is a sure thing.

 

 

 


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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!


The Postmistress I have already mentioned in a previous entry, but needless to say I am excited to read it once I finish From Reverence to Rape. I had originally gotten Glamour in Glass without realizing it was a sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, so I had to wait for the first book to come in.


Between Shades of Gray hit my radar when I browsing the articles at NPR’s website and came across one where the author was getting a lot of sales due to the confusion of readers thinking that they were getting the erotic novel that’s topping the bestseller’s list. And I am posting The Hurt Locker DVD on here because my love affair with Jeremy Renner in other films continues with no end in sight.

Dear reader, what are you committed to reading or have brought home from the library lately?

Waiting On Wednesday (10)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell — the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers … the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.

When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, creepy counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.

Expected Publication is January 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins of Reading

I found these questions on Tumblr when I wasn’t staring at the life ruiner, and I thought that they would be fun to post on this blog.

GREED: What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?

I think my most expensive book would be The Children of Hurin audiobook.  Even with my store credit and the discount I still paid over $40 for it.  My least expensive book is a history of the American Civil War that I found in a used bookshop for fifty cents.

WRATH: Which author do you have a love-hate relationship with?

Maybe Stephen King should go for this since I have read enough of his work to the point where I can say what I love and hate.

GLUTTONY: Which book have you deliciously devoured over and over again with no shame whatsoever?

It’s been awhile since my TBR pile hasn’t been the center of my reading experience.  However, I have read The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red multiple times and enjoyed every moment of it.

SLOTH: What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

I’ve had the Little House series for twenty years and not read them all so I would say they are a perfect candidate for this answer.  I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest of the books that we didn’t read in school.  I did read Farmer Boy last year in an effort to not be lazy.  Still I want to reread the first two before I continue the rest because I think it would get me in the mood and it’s hard to remember stuff read to you in second grade.

PRIDE: What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

I guess that choice would fall to Lolita.  I did a research paper for Abnormal Psychology on Humbert’s particular disorder so perhaps that makes me more qualified to sound intellectual when discussing it.

LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

I like characters that rely on their wits as much as their brawn, those who defend the weak and abused, and… okay I really don’t know what all I like in characters. There are different circumstances.  Traits I like in one do not necessarily mean that  I’ll like another character with similar attributes.  I suppose it all comes down to a writer’s talents in making me feel for their creations.

ENVY: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

The Silmarillion as a leatherbound hardcover, Easton Press edition.  The red leatherbound edition of The Lord of the RingsThe War of the Jewels and The Peoples of Middle-Earth in the History of Middle-Earth series.

Special for Sundays

Special for Sundays is a weekly feature hosted by Gabbing About Books and In Which Ems Reviews Books. Each week will rotate to a different topic of discussion.


3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

It would be wrong on so many levels for me to do this week’s topic without talking about Professor Tolkien.  The man has created One Fandom to Rule Them All, am I right?  Tolkien spent his entire life creating a mythology and I for one cannot get enough of it.  Before you say anything I do own the documentary film Ringers: Lord of the Fans.   Why do I keep coming back?  I’m not quite sure myself.  The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion have grand epic adventures, but the stories show the best and worst that is possible in people and what consequences their choices have on the rest of the world.  Even though some of the stories might seem like everything is alright in the end, there’s still a tragic price that was paid to achieve that outcome.

He was dedicated to his world and his wife was his Luthien.  Gah, make the romantic feels stop! I can’t take it!

Special for Sundays

Special for Sundays is a weekly feature hosted by Gabbing About Books and In Which Ems Reviews Books. Each week will rotate to a different topic of discussion.

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

I had never heard of The Scarlet Pimpernel until I seen it in stores where there was a display case with prettily bound hardcovers for classic books. Naturally there was no description so I took a leap of faith and guess what? I loved it! Orczy’s prose style has me flailing as though I’m watching Gerard Butler singing covers to The Doors. I feel that I must admit I didn’t have much interest in the French Revolution until I read this book. The characters were perfectly delightful. And what Percy does when his wife leaves to demonstrate his love?! Sir Percy Blakeney is definitely one of my favorite literary heroes ever! Do you want to know something else? Chauvelin is one of my favorite literary villains ever too. It’s been so long since I last read this book… I really must stop neglecting my favorites.

I would love to see the musical production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Listening to Terrance Mann sing “Falcon in the Dive” leaves me near to swooning.

Special for Sundays

Special for Sundays is a weekly feature hosted by Gabbing About Books and In Which Ems Reviews Books. Each week will rotate to a different topic of discussion.

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review.

From what I have read of Clive Barker’s books I think it’s safe to say that Imajica is still my favorite. (Seems to be a trend where the second book I read of an author tends to be my favorite of their work.) This story is a journey of self discovery. Although it takes place in a fantastical setting the themes are all to familiar as we meet two people who are trying to find their place in the world and regain memories of their murky pasts. I fell in love with the story and the characters, not to mention Barker’s prose style.