Newest Purchase

I had a pretty great book haul in September. Some new books, some used ones. Even a free one, thanks to a Twitter contest! Here’s what I picked up:

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I’ve blogged about most of these already, so I’ll keep this short. But LOOK at that gorgeous purple Drop Caps from Penguin Books! Sorry if you follow me on Twitter and get annoyed by my constant retweets, but it was well worth it. Even the pages are purple on the outside!

The bottom green book I threw in to the picture because technically…I own it. But, that’s definitely a husband book. I may read it, eventually, when it makes it way into my TBR rotation. We’ll see if I even understand it. It’ll be awhile before that happens though.

And of course, I finally have a Sherlock book. I’ve read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but I haven’t yet read this one. I couldn’t resist it, when I saw it on the clearance rack!

Read This Month

I can’t believe tomorrow is already October. We’ve been in Dallas a month and a half, and things are finally starting to cool down. Or…at least as much as Texas cools. The State Fair just opened up, and my lucky husband gets to take a work trip over there today. I’m so jealous! Hopefully we can make it over there soon.

I read a ton of books great books this month. Now that I’ve set a schedule for myself, I’m getting quite a variety again. And I’m allowing myself to ditch books if they aren’t up to par, which I had stopped doing at one point. Gotta stop wasting time. Some books just aren’t blog-worthy.

(Which, on that point. Aaron’s Rod is on the list below, but I’m not going to do a post about it. I got about 65% through it before I had to give it up. Far enough to count it as “read” but I’m not going to bore you guys with a terrible post. Not DH Lawrence’s best work, let’s leave it at that.)

And now, the books!

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Read this month:

Throne of Glass by Sarah Mass

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Justine by Lawrence Durrell

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (which didn’t make it onto the list in the picture…oops!)

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Aaron’s Rod by DH Lawrence

Trees of Reverie Readathon Wrapup

Welp, it’s been a fun two weeks. The September Readathon was a success in my opinion!

Here’s what I came out with:

2997 pages total

6 total books read + a few partials

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Bird Box  by Josh Malerman

Winter’s Tale by Mark Hellprin

The Protector by Gennita Low

Short Fiction Classic and Contemporary: Sixth Edition

Aaron’s Rod by DH Lawrence

 

I also finished quite a few of the challenges! You can check those out HERE.

 

 

WWW Wednesday 9/24/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

No Goodbye by Georgie Marie

Aaron’s Rod by DH Lawrence

Harry Potter 5 by JK Rowling

WWW Wednesday 9/17/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

 

What did you just finish reading?

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Atlantia by Ally Condie

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

No Goodbye by Georgie Marie

Aaron’s Rod by DH Lawrence

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman

 

Middlesex

There are some books that are all about timing. If you read them at the wrong point of your life, they aren’t going to make any sense, and you’ll think they are the worst book ever written.

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That’s how Middlesex was the first time I picked it up. I remember when it first became really popular when I was in high school. I’m from a very small, conservative town and I hadn’t been exposed to much, so I’m pretty sure I didn’t get too far my freshman/sophomore year of school.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t open minded, I just hadn’t been exposed to many of the topics in this book. This book has some pretty massive topics, and when I had hardly been exposed to the topic of sexuality yet…the idea of genders outside of male and female was outside of my grasp. (And while I know now that sexuality and gender are different, at 15/16…I was not quite as far along in that type of knowledge kids today are.)

Now, however, is the perfect time for Jeffrey Eugenides. The same fights and struggles occuring in Middlesex are those I hear about constantly online and in the media. The Black Bottom Riot is, essentially, Ferguson. And I can’t go on Tumblr without learning something new about the diversity in gender and sexuality that even a year ago I never knew existed. The world I live in is so wonderfully diverse, and the older I get, the more I’m learning about the people in it.

I loved the family history in this story. I admit I did cringe over the sister and brother marrying, but that was what brought about our main character. It was another time and another need. But the Greek culture and history in the book was extremely beautiful, and yet another part of the world that, aside from the common mythology, I don’t know much about. I know there was a war with Turkey, but that’s about the extent of it. Mark that down on the list of things to study.

That list just seems to get longer and longer, eh?

The voice in the characters were really well written. I could hear the Greek accents in my head (except for last night…but that probably had something to do with the all day Sherlock binge), and I even found myself looking up a few of the italicized words for their meanings because I was going on a tangent with the characters.

I say read this, but when you’re ready. It is a sensitive book to read, and not one to take lightly. You will come away changed. But that is the definition of literature, isn’t it? It makes you feel something, think differently. You will look at people differently after you read this.

 

Teaser Tuesday 9/16/2014

 

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!

 

“Why can men never find things around the house? (Because they have a narrow field of vision, useful in tracking prey.) Why can women find things so easily? (Because in protecting the next they were used to scanning a wide field.)”

–Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

 

This quote really isn’t what the book is about, but I thought this section was hysterical.

Didn’t Finish

This is a very apropos post for today. I’ve been stuck at home sick in bed all weekend, so really all I’ve been able to do is read. I finished Atlantia pretty quickly, and started on the next book for the readathon–Winter’s Tale.

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I did not get very far. You know how, every once in awhile, you’ll pick up a book where the voice just doesn’t resonate with you? This was one of those books. It was really noiresque, kind of that macho Dick Tracy voice. Except the point of reference was a horse, not a man. It was very strange. After 20 pages, I was done. It drove me crazy, and I had no interest in the horse or the idiot running away from the “short tails.”

The next book on the list was a free Kindle read that I had downloaded forever ago:  The Protector by Gennita Low. This was one I just wanted to cycle through my TBR list, maybe it’ll be good maybe it won’t. It wasn’t. It was SUPPOSED to be a romance novel about a Navy SEAL saving young girls from the sex trade. That was a tiny part of it, but really it was so misogynistic and nasty I had to throw it away. I couldn’t imagine how she was going to take it from “I hate women and you can’t be a part of my mission because you’re female and get out of my life.” to “Oh, I love you let’s have sex.” And the sex scenes that were IN the book already between a different couple were near rape. It was pretty disgusting. I’ve read a lot of romance novels, but never anything like this. The writing itself was terrible to begin with, and everything the writing was about…no way.

I hate not finishing books, especially during challenges, and it’s even worse when I don’t finish two in a row, so I was really frustrated yesterday. But, sometimes you have to give up and move on. I started Middlesex last night, which I is a reread for me that I didn’t finish last time. But, I read it back when it first came out in 2002 and would have been a sophomore in high school. I’m reading it from a very different perspective now. I’m also reading it for a book club so I’ll at least finish it, whether I like it or not.

I’m Reading This Next

I have a bit of a rotation going, because I have so many different ways I read, and so many different books that I want to get through. So, I took the time to make out a rotation list. (A bit obsessive…I know.)

For the most part, I try to rotate from my Kindle queue, to a library book (which is also electronic), to something I’ve already read (which is currently Harry Potter), to something on my TBR shelf. Crazy right? I know. But I’m a planner, and a bit OCD about my books.

I pretty much always know what I’m going to read next. Every once in awhile, I’ll make an exception however. I did change what my next shelf book was going to be, since I got accepted into the book club I was hoping for, and so I’ll need to read those two books before Sept 24.

Here’s the next three books in line, not including the one I’m currently reading, which my first ARC, and something you’ll hear about soon.

Winter’s Tale by Mark Hellprin

The Protector by Gennita Low

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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