Nefertiti

It’s been a little while since I’ve read a true historical fiction novel. Sure, a lot of what I read has old world feel to it, but it all seems to be based in fantasy.

It was refreshing to take a dive back into a period of time that actually happened–1300 BC. I was reading names that, while I couldn’t necessarily pronounce them, I at least recognized them from World History classes. I like making the connections between those people in stories like that, seeing their actual relationships (knowing of course that they are somewhat fictionalized, since we cannot know exactly what happened so far in the past). It helps to put a face on those dull lessons that I had back in school.

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Michelle Moran’s Nefertiti was extremely entertaining, while being educational. There was so much about that period of time that I did not previously know. For instance, I did not know that having two wives was the norm, or how Nefertiti became Pharaoh. The competition and politics between the two gods was extremely interesting as well, especially when it came to changing the names. I didn’t even make the connection to King Tut at first…until they changed his name!

I have mixed feelings about the sisterly perspective. On one hand, it gave us an outsider’s look–and so we could see much more about city life, and the emotions separate from Nefertiti. However, that means we didn’t get to know anything about her secrets, her true power, and her relationship with Pharaoh. And maybe that was the point–probably no one knows the things that she did. Those are known only to Nefertiti. Still…I have so many questions!

If you like historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this. Mut is a terrific narrator, and the rest of the characters are really enjoyable. Everything meshes well in the novel, and it’s just a smooth, lovely read.

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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Guest Post: Greyhound

Hey everybody! Nicole over at Pure Geekery asked me to do a guest review on Steffan Piper’s Greyhound, and I gotta tell ya–I couldn’t be more excited about it! Pure Geekery is one of my absolute favorite sites, so I didn’t hesitate when she asked.

(Ok…I may have jumped up and down and spilled my wine a little…)

The post is up and ready, so make sure to head over there and take a look! While you’re there, check out all the other fantastically nerdy things Nicole and Claire have going on!

Click on the book cover below to make the trip:

 

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WWW Wednesday 10/22/2014

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I’m just going to address the elephant in the room and just say that I am REALLY bad at remembering to do Teaser Tuesdays until it’s Wednesday and too late….OOPS! Tuesdays are always really busy days for me…sorry for the slacking off!

 

What are you currently reading?

Greyhound by Steffan Piper

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

IT by Stephen King…I totally had to give up on this after 450 pages, so I didn’t review it. It was so lackluster and underwhelming. Ugh.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

It Happened on Broadway by Myrna Katz Frommer

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

Favorite Author

I’ve talked about Ann Patchett on this blog before, but I’ve recently collected more of her books, and they are right in my eye line when I’m sitting at my desk. I can’t wait to read Bel Canto again soon. It is one of my absolute favorite books. The prose is just spot on.

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Overwhelmed

Holy crap you guys. Thank you.

When I started this blog back in March, it was just a creative outlet for me. I had read The Happiness Project and I was determined that I was going to read more, better, harder. And I was going to write about it. I needed a way to increase the satisfaction and happiness that I got from reading and learn more from not just the books but also the people who read them.

I never expected people to actually pay attention to my silly little reviews.

But then, the more I wrote, the better I felt about what I was writing, and it started mattering to me. I started paying attention. My happiness project is working. I am learning, so much, and not just about books, but I’m so conscious about the world around me.

And that is why I’ve started posting more meaningful essays on here. At first, I was hesitant to do so, because they weren’t book related. But, they are important to me, and to my Happiness Project.

Then yesterday happened. I had written “A Lack of Baby Fever” because it is a message that is extremely personal to me, and it is one I want to share with women who 1) may be feeling the same way but don’t know how to express it, or 2) are maternal and don’t know how to communicate to those who are not. Somehow, my essay got posted to Reddit and oh my gawd. My little blog got so many hits you guys. SO MANY. I was in tears almost all day because I never believed THAT MANY PEOPLE would want to read, not just any post, BUT THAT POST. The response was overwhelming. From the commentor here, to the comments on Reddit, and the tweets and retweets.

And just now, I hit 200 followers. My silly little bookworm blog that I started just for me has 200 people who read regularly. And so I just wanted to say thank you. Because you probably have no idea how much writing this every day means to me. If I could hug each one of you, I totally would. I have some fun stuff planned coming up. More challenges, more books, of course, and definitely more essays, thoughts, etc. The blog is going to grow, as I am growing. Stay tuned!

Slept with the Lights On

I started IT yesterday and, like all Stephen King novels, it’s not what I expected. There’s been a hint of a clown…but just a small appearance. Still, it’s super creepy already and I’m loving it.

I didn’t keep the lights on…but I sure had some weird dreams last night!! This is going to be a beast, so it may take me a few days to review, but I’ll be sure to let you know what I think!

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Haunting Read

My picks for this morning’s post aren’t haunting in a spooky way. I could have picked any of the Stephen Kings on my shelves, but I haven’t read many of them yet, so to me, they aren’t very haunting.

No, the two books that jumped out at me as I looked around the room looking for “Haunting Reads” were these two:

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The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender, which is about the Holocaust, and Roots by Alex Haley–and almost everyone knows the topic of that one–slavery in America.

Pretty haunting topics in my opinion. Hate and prejudices have been weighing a lot on my mind lately, so don’t be surprised to see these pop up on my reread list sometime soon.