What I’ve been reading… another random mini-post

I’ve been reading plenty, but there is only so much time in a day and I’ve sacrificed book blogging for the sake of staying sane and not turning into a regimented oddball… So here is a mini-reaction post to keep the thrill alive.

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
Yes, I picked this one up after watching the show, and while it is vastly different from the sexed up dramady that is the Netflix original series, Piper Kerman’s memoir on her year spent in prison is incredibly sensitive to the reality of life in prison. She bears witness in a way that captures the stories of the women she meets without sensationalizing their experiences or victimizing them.

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Bridget is back! I’ve been a Bridget fan for years… confession, it was Bridget who turned me on to Jane Austen. For a fictional character, she’s had a huge influence on my idea of womanhood. I was so excited when I learned that the sequel was coming out and I was not disappointed. Bridget has grown, but she is still the Bridget I love–flawed, slightly neurotic, but always funny and real. Loved it ūüôā

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I just had to read Attachments after reading Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. It was a bit slower than her other books, but still enjoyable and full of nostalgia.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
In my effort to read more nonfiction, I checked out Salt Sugar Fat and became hooked. Moss’s style is journalistic and very detailed… it’s a history of the best/worst foods that most of us grew up with (especially, if you were a 90s child… terrible things came out of the 90s).

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I received an advance copy of NOS4A2 from William Morrow but I regret to say that I couldn’t get through it. I read about half of it but just could not relate to any of the characters and gave up when it started to seem like a task to continue reading. Just lost interest and didn’t care what happened to any of the characters. I really wanted to like Joe Hill, but I don’t ūüė¶

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Monthly Round-up: November 2010


Monthly Round-up for November 2010

Read
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Currently Reading
No Greater Sacrifice by John Stipa
Felicity’s Story Collection – American Girl Collection

On Hold
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature wherein I list the books I read each month.

Monthly Round-up: October 2010

Was so caught up with school and work, I nearly forgot to post this…

Monthly Round-up for October 2010

Read
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina by M. Padilla
Old Photographs by Sherie Posesorski
Ruthless by Anne Stuart
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Vixen by Jillian Larkin (B&N First Look)
The Way It Is by Donalda Reid

Currently Reading
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (on hiatus)

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature wherein I list the books I read each month.

Monthly Roundup: August 2010

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Monthly Round-up for August 2010

Read
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (for The Zen Leaf’s Read-along)
Reactions to Chapters 1-7 here

“Blatherings” have been written and will be posted according to this schedule:
Sept 1 – Chapters 8-13
Sept 8 – Chapters 14-19
Sept 15 – Chapters 20-25
Sept 22 – Chapters 26-32
Sept 29 – Chapters 33-38
Oct 6 – Chapters 39-46
Oct 13 – Chapters 47-53
Oct 20 – Chapters 54-59
Oct 27 – Chapters 60-67

Currently Reading
Blandings Castle by PG Wodehouse
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (slowly but surely…)
Daily Life in Victorian England by Sally Mitchell

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature wherein I list the books I read each month.

Monthly Round-up: June 2010

Monthly Round-up for June 2010

Read
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr
Strudel Stories by Joanne Rocklin
Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery (REVIEW)
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Annie on my mind by Nancy Garden
April and the Dragon Lady by Lensey Namioka

Currently Reading
Paris 1934 by Paul A. Myers (review book for the Historical Novel Society)
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (on hold)

Books I couldn’t finish

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

This reminded me of Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, but I just didn’t get into the magical realism that is such a heavy element of the story.

Empress of the World by Sarah Ryan

I just couldn’t get into this story, the characters a little too much precocious teen snark for me.

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature wherein I list the books I read each month.

Monthly Round-up: May 2010

Monthly Round-up for May 2010


Read

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas (Children’s book of poems)
An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World’s Largest Amish Community by Charles E. Hurst & David L. McConnell
Just Like Mama by Beverly Lewis (Children’s book on daily life of Old Order Amish women)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon (Children’s book on Native American story)

Currently Reading

Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa


Gave up on

Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

I really enjoyed the first two books in the Jessica Darling series, but the series started to lose some of its appeal after the third book. This one was a disappointment. I could not get into the story at all, it just read like stream of consciousness babble and snark. I tried, but decided it wasn’t worth my time after a few chapters.

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature wherein I list the books I read each month.

Monthly Round-up: April 2010

Monthly Round-up for April 2010

Reviewed

Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen and ‘Another Lady’
Love’s Shadow by Ada Leverson (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
The Watsons by Jane Austen
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

To be reviewed

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Searching For Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Currently Reading

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

The Monthly Round-up is a regular feature where I list all the books I’ve read during the month.

Monthly Roundup – March 2010

Here’s my round-up of books read during the month of March 2010

Reviewed

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Savage River Valley by Pamela de Leon

Read but not reviewed

Sanditon and the Watsons by Jane Austen (Will review Sanditon after I read the continuation by Another Lady)
Web Theory by Burnett and Marshall (read for class; a bit dated, but a very interesting read on the socio-cultural aspects of the Web).
Holding on to Reality by Albert Borgmann (another class read, an intriguing look at the history of information and information theory)

Currently Reading

Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen and ‘Another Lady’

The Monthly Roundup: Feb. 2010

I decided that it would be a good idea to post a monthly round-up of the books I’ve read (because I’m an obsessive organizer).

So here they are for the month of February 2010. Titles link to the reviews.

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James

East by Edith Pattou

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

The Mermaid Summer by Mollie Hunter