Daily Bookish Challenges | Day Seven

What are your top five favourite picture books?

I don’t remember very many picture books, to be honest, so this took some serious thinking. I remember being read to, and I remember going to the library, but most of the books I remember from my childhood start in the chapter book section:  American Girls, Babysitter’s Club, Boxcar Children. I know there were some picture books at some point, but I started reading on my own really early, so I didn’t hang on to most of them for long.

Here are the ones I do remember:

  1. Barenstain Bears
  2. Paddington
  3. Little Bear (I must have had a thing for bears!)
  4. Babar the Elephant
  5. I Love You Forever

There’s also some vague ones that I can remember the characters, but I don’t know their titles–something about Mrs. Rude Girl, those multi colored shapes that taught a lesson–someone has to remember what I’m talking about. There was also one about too many cooks in the kitchen, and an old grandmother making soup. It had crudely drawn people with really big noses and scraggly hair. Awesome description, I know.

And then, of course, I was a huge fan of fairy tales and fables–I still am.

 

It’s probably good I’m not a parent. I’d be reading the poor kid Game of Thrones and Dorian Gray!

Before I Go

The last few books I’ve read have been intense–from Game of Thrones to a nonfiction memoir about a boy genius starving in Africa. My brain has been on overdrive, and so have my emotions. I was ready for an “easy read.”

And so I picked a novel about cancer.

What? So much sense I make, right?

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Colleen Oakley’s new book Before I Go is due to release on January 6. And yes, it is about a women in Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Or, as she calls it:  Lots of Cancer. She tackles her Lots of Cancer with…not so much grace as much as stark reality, frustration, and determination. What else are you going to do when you have an orange in your brain?

This isn’t a romance novel, but Oakley follows that same romance novel pattern, which I think is why it was so calming to read, even while it was an emotional subject. It’s very much Women’s Fiction…if not really Chick Lit.

I blew through this in an afternoon, and it was a page turner for sure. I fell in love with Daisy, maybe because she reminded me so much of myself..and Jack is so much my husband. Their relationship was so familiar, and I’m not going to pretend like I didn’t get maybe a little more emotionally involved than I normally would have in a book like this.

This is one to look out for in January. I’ll be recommending it to my mom and sisters. It’s just the type of book they’d like!

WWW Wednesday 12/10/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

 

What did you just finish reading?

Breeder by KB Hoyle

The Suicide Index by Joan Wickersham

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Backpacks and Brastraps by Savannah Grace

A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

I am also overdue to read The Iliad, but I am saving that until after the readathon. I’ll be hitting that up as soon as this week is over, so we’ll see how many books I get though! I keep putting it off, and I need to get to it!

A Feast for Crows

Can I just tell you how excited I am for the next season of Game of Thrones? When last season ended, I could not remember what was going to come next. Even when I finished reading A Storm of Swords, I was left with a feeling of hesitation and fear, because so much happens in that book that surely nothing else could happen to top it. What else could possibly happen?

But, this is George RR Martin we are talking about. His brain never stops working, and his world never stops turning.

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I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so I’m going to continue with my list, as I have been doing:

  • Martin starts introducing a lot of random narrators in Feast. The chapter headings, aside from our most lead roles (Jaime, Cersei, Brienne), are not necessarily people’s names anymore, but descriptors. A narrator might only have one chapter, or they may have a different description each time. It gets a very confusing. Just give me their name so I know who the chapter is about. Be consistent! I’m not sure why he started doing this all of the sudden.
  • “Drowned God”–You get baptized by actually drowning the boys and then giving them CPR (breath of life). If they live, they are blessed and loved by God. Holy Shit.
  • I’ve always wondered if Syrio and Jaqen were the same man. Jaqen almost seemed to know Arya already, was so keen to help her, and so good at killing. Could Syrio have escaped Death and changed faces?
  • When this past season came out, I heard so much about Lady Stoneheart, and why didn’t we see her…but she is just now coming about at the end of this book. I didn’t even remember who she was when people were talking about her. She didn’t really fit into the storyline so soon after the Red Wedding, but I wonder if maybe we will see her in this next season. She’ll have to fit into Brienne’s questing, you’d think?

The biggest thing I’m struggling with, between the books and the show is the utter lack of Theon/Reek. For all anyone knows, up to this point, everyone thinks he is dead. Ramsey attacked him, and there was a brief mention of him being flayed, but no one has heard hide nor hair of him since. But in the show, we’ve already seen his torture. Asha stormed in, tried to rescue him. Ramsay even cleaned him up and used him to be Theon again. The timeline is completely off. I know I’m going to see him soon, but I can’t figure out why that plotline was sped up so much. It’s so out of place. His story is the one I have the hardest time grasping, for some reason.

I was talking to someone at the pub the other night, and they told me Martin based the series off the Wars of the Roses, which, now that I hear that, makes absolute sense. Why I had never realized that…I feel like an idiot now. It makes a lot of plot points much clearer. I really want to do more research into his writing process and where his world is based. Now that I’m rereading everything again it just all seems so familiar. I am completely in love with it all.

TreesofReverie December Readathon – Daily Challenge #1 – Introduction

Show or explain to us what your collection of books looks like. Do you have a specific way or order to how you like to keep your books?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am mildly obsessive about certain things. My reading habits are where I am the most compulsive, probably because it is the one thing in my life that has been the most constant.

My books HAVE to be arranged alphabetically by author, then title. There is no other way to do it, in my mind. They have always been this way, and they will remain this way. Every time I get a new book, it immediately gets shelved, and that can be a painstaking process sometimes, because everything has to get shifted–especially if that book is towards the beginning of the alphabet!

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There are a few exceptions to the alphabetic rule…but very few.

I have a To Be Read shelf now, but those books are also in order by author, of course.

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I also have pulled some “reference” and “miscellaneous” books out of the regular collection, mostly because they just didn’t fit into any real order and they were messing up the aesthetics…and most likely they are going to end up in a closet soon, because I’m running out of space in my two bookcases.

Do you have a moment in your life where your love of books and reading became significantly evident? Is there a particular thing, event or person that influenced your passion for books?

I don’t remember not reading. My love for books is more like breathing than an actual hobby. My mom told me once that when I was little, before Kindergarten, she came upstairs and found me sitting on the floor reading one of her romances. I looked at her and said, “Mommy, this book has people kissing, and they aren’t married. You shouldn’t read this.” I can remember sitting at the base of our giant bookshelves up there and just being surrounded by books, pulling them all off the shelves so I could look at them all.

What sort of book or world is your favourite to get lost in?

I love fantasy the most–but it has to be the kind of fantasy that is rooted in historical legend. Books like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. You know the kind I mean. The worlds that feel like you could almost step into it yourself.

I also really enjoy historical fiction based on real people, where the author has done extensive research. I want to be so transfixed that I feel like I am actually there, walking with the person.

What book/s would you recommend to others so that they could have a chance to get lost in your personal ‘bookish world’?

Any of the books I’ve already mentioned. The Thorn Birds, of course. The Secret GardenThe Slow Regard for Silent Things is another one of my more recent favorites, but they’d also need to read the rest of the Kingkiller Chronicles first.

 

WWW Wednesday 12/3/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Camelot Conspiracy by E. Duke Vincent

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10.)

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin

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.

A Storm of Swords

I did not realize JUST how much happened in A Storm of Swords. I knew this book covered most of the last season of the show, but I also knew that Martin spread the timeline out over two books. (A Feast for Crows covers the same chronological timeframe for the most part, just with different character POV.) It didn’t register with me, though, that I would see all of the really major BOOM BOOM BOOM plot points here. For those of you who have read the books, or seen the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

For those of you who haven’t…I won’t tell you. Just get ready. Be prepared to set aside time for this book. And wine. Lots and lots of wine.

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The only real individual thought I have noted down for this one is regarding Arya:

I always forget how long Arya’s journey is. Everyone else’s lives vary and are exciting, noteable. But Arya fades into the background so much, even though she probably has the hardest battles of everyone. Her pain is constant, with no end in sight, wave after wave of older men taking advantage or using her for her name or ransom, taking her in a direction she doesn’t want to go. She is wholly driven, almost made sociopathic by her motivations and circumstances. She kills without emotion or remorse, even her “prayers” are murderous and revengeful.

 

WWW Wednesday 11/26/2014

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What are you currently reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

First There Wasn’t, Then There Was by Troy Blackford

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10)

The Camelot Conspiracy by E Duke Vincent

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Teaser Tuesday 11/25/2014

 

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!

 

“In his dreams the dead came burning, gowned in swirling green flames. Jaime danced around them with a golden sword, but for every one he struck down two more arose to take his place.”

 

–George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords