Last Book I Read

In my latest book haul, I picked up a gorgeous series by Marissa Meyer. If you saw my latest post, I gushed about the first two books, so I won’t do much of a review here.

Suffice it to say, I’m loving them.

And…guys, these books are GORGEOUS.

LOOK LOOK LOOK!

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I couldn’t NOT have these on my shelves. And, lucky for me, they are right in my vision line when I sit at my desk.

Oooooh the pretties!

 

What was the last book you read?

March Book Photo Challenge

It’s been awhile since I have done a photo challenge on this blog. I felt like I was doing the same pictures every month, and I didn’t want to bore you guys to death!

But, after a few book hauls, my shelves have increased in variety quite a bit. And, I need something to supercharge my blogging after this dry spell. Jessica over at Books and Cupcakes posted her March Challenge this morning, and it is just the thing I need to get back in the blogging spirit.

Here’s the challenge image she put together. Isn’t it lovely? I always love her graphics so much!

 

Hopefully I can get through this month without any repeats! Looking forward to the challenge!

Favorite Series

I am absolutely loving my second read through of The Game of Thrones. The world of Westeros and beyond is completely fascinating and there is just so much depth to everything George RR Martin has written. It’s hard to believe this is fiction and fantasy instead of something out of our history books. I want it to be real. I expect to look at an old map and find the Seven Kingdoms somewhere. This is almost more of my legend than King Arthur and his court.

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Can you tell which ones I’ve gotten though? I’m a little hard on my paperbacks. These are going to be torn to shreds in a few years.

Read This Month

I did a number on the list I had created for myself, and that was a doozy! It was mostly ebooks, so unfortunately, it’s not much of a picture…more of a list.

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Here’s the complete list, with authors and links to any reviews I did:

  1. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  2. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
  3. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  4. Aaron’s Rod by DH Lawrence
  5. Dorothy Must Die Danielle Paige
  6. Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
  7. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  9. The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer
  10. IT by Stephen King
  11. Greyhound by Steffan Piper
  12. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
  13. It Happened on Broadway by Myrna Katz Frommer

Reading This Next

I’ve been talking and talking about rereading Game of Thrones, but I’ve had so many other things in front of it. I know the series is going to be a beast, but I’ve so been looking forward to it.

Finally, it is next on the list. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to blog about it–whether I’m going to blog each day, each section, or just each book. I don’t normally blog my rereads, but I feel GOT is something that deserves to be written about. I think once I get into the nitty gritty, the writing will come. We’ll see. I look forward to the discussion, and there will be spoilers, so if you haven’t read or watched the shows, be warned.

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Favorite Place to Read

The husband is out of town for awhile, which is kind of awesome for my introvert side. She goes, “YOU MEAN I GET TO DO NOTHING BUT READ FOR 10 DAYS? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.”

I do have yoga classes, and Benedict Cumberbatch tomorrow. But yes, Introvert Side, you do get to read uninterrupted a lot more than usual.

I’ve turned my office (our second bedroom) into the perfect introvert space. My desk is in here, obviously, but the other corner is my reading corner. I have my bookshelves on either side. It’s pretty much just heaven.

The couch isn’t very pretty, but it suuuuure is comfortable! (shhhh don’t tell my husband I said that. I’m determined to get a new couch downstairs someday!)

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Update:

Sometimes Diva Kitty Queen of the Heavens likes to join me.

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Witches’ Brew

One many pros about working from home is having access to my Keurig. I can’t have caffeine, so I was never able to have coffee at work. I still don’t drink it every day, but I treat myself once or twice a week with some yummy creamer.

Peppermint tea is another favorite of mine. Any kind of herbal tea, really!

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Isn’t my headset hair just fabulous? Haha!

Spine of Book

There’s something to be said about old libraries, all the old leatherbound copies, the books all the same size. I’ve said it before, I love the aesthetics of that type of shelf.

However, I also love looking around my office and seeing all the different colors and sizes and textures. It pleases me immensely to have so many books. Most I’ve read, some I haven’t. Some…I never ever will.

The book that stands out the most is this one–Airframe by Michael Crichton.

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This picture doesn’t really do justice to just how NEON ORANGE the spine really is. It is SO BRIGHT, people, and it catches my eye, constantly. I haven’t read it yet, and I’m not sure how it’s escaped so far, since it’s always right there, jumping out at me. It’s right at eye level by the door, too. SOOOOOOON, it seems to say. SOON.

Judged by the Cover

I am a very touchy feely shopper. Soft blankets, smooth silk…I have to reach out and touch it when I’m in a store. After two years together, my husband still gets taken by surprise all the time when I veer off out of nowhere because I see something that catches my eye.

So, when I saw this Raymond Chandler collection shining on the shelf, the first thing I did was reach out to stroke the binding. And not only is the leather in perfect condition…it’s also slightly cushy. Well, at $5, of course I had to have it. I’ll read it eventually, but for now, it shooooooooore is purdy.

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Short but Sweet

I’ve been reading a short story every afternoon. Most…I could do without. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, they are just too, well, short, to have enough of a plot to intrigue me.

But, every once in awhile I will hit a gem that is really beautiful, or important, or meaningful.

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The most recent of these is “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. He writes from the perspective of a husband whose wife invites an old friend of hers to come and stay with them–a blind man that she used to read to. The husband is NOT pleased about this. How is he supposed to interact with this person? Ugh. But, that interaction, as you would expect, turns out to be completely lovely, if a little awkward at first.

I’m finding these stories in a big textbook collection–Short Fiction:  Classic and Contemporary Sixth Edition by Charles Bohner and Lyman Grant