Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

I am constantly adding new books to my TBR list, and I do mean CONSTANTLY - I'm doing it right now even. It's currently around 2000 books long - but that's okay, I have my whole lifetime to get to the end. And if I die before I get to the end (please, god, no), I'll just haunt libraries and such. Here are some books recently added to my tbr list that I am most looking forward to. Usually I find it hard to come up with ten things, but not this time. Keeping it to just ten was remarkably hard.
  1. Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes: I decided to put all of the Canada Reads picks on my TBR list after live-streaming all the debates. This is the one, I'm most looking forward to.
  2. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances: I love Neil Gaiman and everything he does, this one is a basically a given.
  3. Of Things Gone Astray: I found out about this one through Outlandish Lit, whose blog is awesome and wonderful and everything I want to be. This book sounds wonderful, and weird, and beautiful. (And that cover!!)
  4. Buck: A Memoir: I'm Canadian. The immigrant experience practically defines my country. I find these stories fascinating and enlightening, and usually very eye-opening. I'm looking forward to this one.
  5. The Heart Goes Last: Margaret Atwood can do no wrong. I worship at her shrine. What else can I say? Okay, the synopsis actually does sound pretty awesome too.
  6. Radiance: "is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood—and solar system—very different from our own." Uhm, SOLD.
  7. Black Feminist Thought: I've heard nothing but great things about this one. I'm super curious and interested in what I'll learn from this.
  8. The River of No Return: I wish I could remember which blogger turned me onto this, but it has so many of the things I love: time travel, Napoleon, romance, time travel, historical fiction. It almost gives me Kate & Leopold vibes, and I love that.
  9. Daughter of the Forest: Every time I hear about this book, someone is raving about how wonderful it is from Booktube to the blogosphere. It sounds awesome, and I love a good fantasy.
  10. Lagoon: Whenever Elizabeth from Books and Pieces recommends something this highly, it goes immediately on my TBR. I could create whole tbr lists dedicated solely to reading books that are Elizabeth-approved (that actually sounds like a fantastic list , someone should do this - Elizabeth, please - I'm begging you to do this). And I don't read nearly enough African fiction. Cheers to Diverse Reading ya'll! 
Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances Of Things Gone Astray Buck: A Memoir The Heart Goes Last Radiance Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment The River of No Return
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1) Lagoon

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winter Reading Wrap-up


Even though the first day of spring isn't technically until Friday, it's only four days away, so I think it's safe to do this wrap up now. I doubt much will change in the next few days. Unless I go on a crazy reading binge or something, which, knowing my schedule, would be pretty amazing actually and would deserve a separate post all on its own, so in any case you would be duly updated. 

I have been a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad blogger lately. Granted, my schedule (as mentioned above) is pretty hectic. And, okay, maybe I am exhausted by the end of the day 98.6% of the time. And of course that means that some of the things that I'd like to be doing, naturally, don't actually get to be done. And blogging consistently, sadly, is one of them. BUT that doesn't mean I haven't been reading. I have. As furiously and obsessively as ever. I have read 12 books so far this year. 12! Which means, I am very happily on track with my reading goal of 52 books in 2015. In fact, Goodreads tells me I'm actually 2 whole books ahead of schedule, which makes me feel just about giddy on the inside. I have been incredibly lucky also because the books I have been reading have been FANTASTIC. 

Reading lots is infinitely easier than reviewing lots, so I'm going to share a few super-short mini reviews of what I've been reading this winter. 

Tiny Beautiful Things - I loved this book. I've never read or even heard of the Rumpus Room before picking up this book, but I am so glad I did. So many of the things Sugar shares hit right home for me. I want to recommend this book to everyone. Even you. So I will. You, yes you, should read this book. It's honest, it's touching, it's truthful, and it's full of big things. Little things too. 

The Dust of 100 Dogs - This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. The premise was interesting, but the execution fell flat. I've heard so many great things about A. S. King. so I plan on giving her another chance, I'm hoping something else might be a better fit for me. 

Unteachable - This is the romance novel that taught me romance novels could be well written and entertaining as well a steamy. This book was just dramadramadrama and I loved every minute of it. 

The Madman's Daughter - Despite finding it incredibly predictable, I enjoyed this book and was entertained by it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't already familiar with the story that it's based on, however. I don't think I'll be continuing with the series but it was a fun quick read. 

Trading Rosemary - This is a beautiful, haunting story that stuck with me for days after I finished it. I don't say that often (read: never) about short stories. The story of a woman living in a world where memories are traded as currency and how what she chooses to trade, what memories she parts with, effects not only who she is but her sense of self. It was incredibly thought provoking. How do you put value on memories, memories should be priceless, shouldn't they? Read this story and you'll ponder that yourself. 

I've also been reading some graphic novels and comics that I may or may not do a round-up type post on sometime in the near or distant future, I haven't decided. I've also read several books off of my classics club list, completely by accident! I just read what I felt like and wasn't even conscious of my own goal-crushing awesomeness. Stay tuned for those reviews, that may or may not show up sometime in the near future. I'm optimistic that I'll be able to stay on top of my blogging, and I'll continue to post my bookish tweets (mini-mini reviews) on Twitter, and pictures of what I'm reading on Instagram at the very least. It's spring (almost). Time to start a Spring TBR.

What have you been keeping cozy with this winter? What will you be picking up this spring??

The Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award!

Thank you so much Juliane of Outlandish Lit for nominating me! I love these question/answer type posts, I'm always so interested in reading what other people have to say. I apologize for how long it's taken me to actually get around to answering these questions (and for generally being absent lately), but I'm glad I finally got my butt in gear to get this done. It was so fun!

Here are the rules for the The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.
2. Post the award's logo onto your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.  

My Answers:

1. What's the weirdest book you've ever read?

I don't really read a lot of "weird fiction", but maybe some graphic novels I've read recently could be considered "weird". I'm definitely interested in exploring "weird fiction" as a genre, since I haven't been exposed (or exposed myself) to much. If you've got recommendations, give 'em to me! 

2. What's your favorite book cover?

I am always finding new beautiful covers to admire and covet. I did a whole post on book covers back in September and I have to say, I don't think my favourite covers have changed all that much. For some reason my eye is always drawn to a blue cover, usually with nautical or aquatic themes. I don't know what that says about me, I can't even swim. But here's one of my favourites: 
The Light Between Oceans

3. Condense the summary of your least favorite book into a haiku.

Nothing special here
Too boring to get sorted 
Divergent, just meh

(I never claimed to be  poet)

4. If you've met an author, who was it? If not, who would you like to meet?

I haven't met any authors, but would certainly love to!
Dead? Anne Bronte. Alive? Neil Gaiman.

5. Tell me your personal ebook feelings.

I commute and I find my kobo very useful for travel, however, nothing beats an actual physical book.

6. What book do you recommend to people most?

Whatever I have most recently read that I loved and think someone else might love as well.  My most, recent recommendation was Animal Farm. 

7. How do you feel about open endings?

Honestly, it depends on how invested I am in the story. Sometimes if I really feel for the characters and care about how their story turns out, I want to know the definitive canonical ending to the story. I just need to know what the author was thinking, how the story is supposed  to end. Other times, usually if the book is particularly speculative, I don't mind letting my imagination wander and thinking about about all the possibilities, all the different ways a story can end and coming up with my own answers. 

8. You're Jack in The Shining. What line from a book will you type over and over again to frighten your family?

I think I can I think I can I think I can 

9. Do you like me? Circle one: Y / N. Just kidding. What's the worst book recommendation you've ever received?


This is a toughie...  The worst book recommendation I've received... is possibly the Divergent series. Or maybe Outlander... not because I thought it was a bad book, or that it was poorly written, but because I found it quite problematic.  I had a lot of issues with it (that I loudly ranted about in the car for a good 30 minutes). Maybe I'll write a post about it (or maybe not... the Outlander fandom is everywhere).  I found the majority of it to be enjoyable, but there were parts that I just couldn't let go of and gave me rage blindness while reading it.

10. What book would you have sent into space to best represent humans?

A Brief History of Everything. Probably. Or some Archie Comics. 

I'm  going to totally do that lame thing where you nominate everyone in an attempt to appear to be inclusive but really you're just being lazy because it's past your bedtime and you're too tired to think of ten bloggers you'd like to answer your questions. If you're a sister-blogger (or even if you have a sister - why the heck not) and would like to answer some totally random bookish questions, please feel free to do so and comment/link back so I can see your answers!

  1. What's your bookish origin story (when/how did you become the bibliophile you are today)?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. What's your favourite genre?
  4. Which Bennet sister are you?
  5. What's your desert island/lost in space book pick? 
  6. Which movie adaptation did you think was better than the book?
  7. Which book/series do you think deserves to be made into a totally awesome movie/tv series but it sadly overlooked?
  8. What was your favourite read of 2008? Can't remember? Fine, 2014 then (2008 was picked arbitrarily anyway).
  9. Which Hogwarts House have you been sorted into (Ravenclaws holla!)?
  10. If you could recommend one book to me (knowing as much about me as you do now, which is probably nothing) what would it be?