"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 What I'm Reading Wednesday #2 (January 17, 2017)

Well, not much progress has been made.  I found some reading time this weekend and made progress on my current read, And the Mountains Echoed.

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2017 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 1/32
Books from TBR list: 0
Series completed: 0
Erin's Book Challenge:  0/10  0/Bonus Round


January
1.  Midair by Kodi Scheer


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: And the Mountains Echoed

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a rand
om 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!

Here is my teaser:
"People always disappoint Mamá in the end, me included.  They can't make good on what they owe, not the way Mamá expects them to.  Mamá's consolation prize is the grim satisfaction of holding the upper hand, free to pass verdicts from the perch of strategic advantage, since she is always the one who has been wronged."
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, p.302

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 What I'm Reading Wednesday #1 (January 4, 2017)

I am just about to begin my second book of the new year, and the first book of Erin's Book Challenge, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
My goal this year is the same as last year with the added bonus of completing Erin's Book Challenge.  I want to read 32 books, knock some more books off my ever-growing TBR list and complete some more series that I have started.  Here goes.....

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2017 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 1/32
Books from TBR list: 0
Series completed: 0
Erin's Book Challenge:  0/10  0/Bonus Round


January
1.  Midair by Kodi Scheer


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Reading Goals 2016

My reading goal for 2016 was to read 32 books.  I almost made it!  I also wanted to read books from my TBR list and complete some series that I had started.

Anyway, here is my progress! 
2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 30/32
Books from TBR list: 8
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)

June
1.  The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
2.  The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
3.  Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic

July
1.  The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge
2.  The Haters by Jesse Andrews
3.  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (TBR)
4.  Room by Emma Donoghue (TBR)
5.  The Sorceress by Michael Scott (Book 3 of a series)

August
1.  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (Book 2 of a series)
2.  Armada by Ernest Cline (TBR)
3.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed (TBR)
4.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

October
1.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (TBR)

November
1.  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (TBR)

December
1.  The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
3.  Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

November Book Reviews

This November, I read.... wait for it.... a whole book.  That's right, I read one book in the whole month of November.  I know it's pretty amazing!  Here is my review.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

What's it about:  
"Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past."  Amazon


My Thoughts:
First let's talk about the infuriating relationships.  There was not one relationship in theis book that I would support.  Some began out of spite, others were loveless, violent, or obsessive.  Not a healthy relationship in sight (until the very end, maybe).

Then, there's the nosy neighbor.  Most of the book is a housekeeper gossiping about the neighbors and former tenants of the house.  Why does the current tenant even care?  Doesn't the housekeeper think it's weird?  And how does she remember everything in such detail?

I was not really surprised by the unhealthy relationships in this book because of the setting.  The characters are so isolated; they had no choice but to get involved with each other in complicated relationships.

Definitely not the romantic story I was expecting.  I give the book 2 out of 5 stars.  I finished it and enjoyed it overall, but I will never try to read it again and have no desire to see a movie version, ever.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Currently... (December 21, 2016)

Currently...


Writing... Lists in my bullet journal
I've been transferring lists of addresses and TBR books from my old bullet journal to my new.  One of these days I will do a post about how I set up my bullet journal.

Reading... (Between Books)
I think I will start Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel next.

Listening to... The Girl at the End of the World by James
 James' new album is really great.  I've been listening to it on Amazon Prime music.  Here's one of the songs:  "Nothing but Love"


Eating... Golden Grahams cereal
I bought a box of cereal this week, something I never do, and I just can't get enough of it.  Yum!

Drinking... 'Cot in the Act cider by Two Towns
We got a keg for winter break.  It's an apricot cider and it is yummy.

Wearing... my pjs
I am officially on winter break, so I have been wearing pjs as much as possible.

Feeling... excited
I'm going on vacation soon, to Costa Rica, and I cannot wait!

Weather... cold
Still cold here.  The snow went away, but it is cold.

Wanting... to reach my reading goal this year
but not sure that I can make it.

Thinking... about Costa Rica
OMG!  I am so excited!

Watching... Project Runway
I can't wait to watch the second part of the finale.  I'm not sure who I want to win this season.  I've been watching old seasons to fill the void while I wait.

Enjoying... Winter Break
It is so nice to have some time off work to relax and refresh.  

What are you up to?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday #28 (December 14, 2016)

Currently I am reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on

Anyway, here is my progress so far... 
2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 28/32
Books from TBR list: 8
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

May
1.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (TBR)

June
1.  The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
2.  The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
3.  Frida's Bed by Slavenka Drakulic


July
1.  The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge
2.  The Haters by Jesse Andrews
3.  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (TBR)
4.  Room by Emma Donoghue (TBR)
5.  The Sorceress by Michael Scott (Book 3 of a series)

August
1.  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (Book 2 of a series)
2.  Armada by Ernest Cline (TBR)
3.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed (TBR)
4.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

October
1.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (TBR)

November
1.  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (TBR)

December
1.  The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?