Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

Thanks Sarah for hosting this check in of fiction and nonfiction pairings – I love this idea and my TBR list is growing!  I’m cheating as I haven’t quite read all of these but…

Flappers: 6 Women of a Dangerous Generation was a fantastic nonfiction read [thanks again Eva for pointing me to it!!].  I could easily go down the rabbit hole reading more about all of them but I am most dying to read this fiction.. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Zelda is totally fascinating.  I need to read her own work as well as some fiction about her life.

The Underground Girls of Kabul exposed me to a whole style of life I’d never thought of.  I really still need to read The Pearl that Broke Its Shell for a fictionalized version of this life in Afghanistan.

Last here’s three phenomenal books to fill you with feminist rage and empowerment both. All of these books made me cry.  All should make you want to stand up and do something! All the Rage by Courtney Summers, Dietland by Sarai Walker and Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West.  Lindy West is my new nonfiction obsession!  Honorable mention hare is also the amazing Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.  Read them all!

 

Library Checkout: October

Happy Halloween!  Thanks Shannon for letting me post about my ongoing library addiction with this check-in.  I officially am out of room for my library stack – I need an intervention. I’ve been on a light reading kick. I need to step up my serious books to go with my non-fiction for November.

Checked-Out Read:

  • Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  • Overruled by Emma Chase
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West – EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS IMMEDIATELY!
  • The Princess & The Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh – thanks to Emma at Miss Print for this review These pictures were gorgeous, the story was great and it sparked some fun conversation about myths and Mexico in my house
  • The Night Gardener by Terry Fan

Checked out To Be Read

  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis – if I can pry the kid away from the damn Rainbow Fairy books we’ll keep going
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I’m afraid to start almost!
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg – YAY
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
  • Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

On-Hold – Clearly the kid needs a library card

  • The Bad Beginning: Book the First by Lemony Snicket
  • The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton (thanks again Emma).  There were tears at my house when the library lost our first hold
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel
  • Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
  • Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett – only #62 this could be worse

What’s on your library shelf this month?

 

It’s Monday: What Are You Reading?

So last week I decided to finally read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  Basically I’m not broken for fiction, especially fantasy.  If you didn’t listen to me when I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses then listen now!  I just don’t know where to turn so for this week I’m going to stick to nonfiction and go for a totally different genre when I’m ready for fiction.  

Last week was also my 10 year wedding anniversary and my husband and I went to The Girl and The Goat to celebrate.  I’m still in recovery from the meal.  My first reading inclination was to follow this meal with rereading Sweetbitter for the restaurant experience – but see the above ACOMAF issue; so I started Generation Chef: Risking it All for a New American Dream by Karen Stabiner.  I’m really enjoying how Stabiner is unfolding the opening of a new New York Spanish-style restaurant, even though I’m going into work hungry after reading.  I just checked The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman out from the library again so hopefully I’ll finish this time before it has to go back to the library.  I also have Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West which I’ve seen nothing but raves about.  All good options for my broken book heart. 

When I’m ready for fiction I think I’m going to pick up A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – reviews like The Gilmore Guide to Reading have me ready to love this.   I might also be ready for some fabulous Flavia de Luce in Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d.  Eva at The Paperback Princess enjoyed this one and I can’t wait to see what else Flavia gets into. 

I really wanted to love The Devourers by Indra Das but something about the violence has just put me over the top.  I think I have to call it a DNF.  

What are you reading this week?  Thanks to The Book Date for hosting this check-in!

Library Checkout September 2016

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This move at least forced me to not hoard my library books because I was so afraid of losing them!  However, instead I’ve lost my kindle which is really a terrifying feeling.  I have such good ebooks checked out and I can’t get to them!  

Checked Out and Currently Lost Ebooks

  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (yes this is because I also can’t find the hardcover I preordered.  Shut up)

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Checked Out Currently Reading

  • The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America by Alison Pataki (meh)
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. The kid is up and down on this so far. I will make her love it! 
  • The Cartel by Don Winslow – I’m not reading this but my husband is. He’s obsessed and in love. So if Mexican cartels are your thing this is apparently highly recommended!  I don’t think I can do the violence he’s describing personally though it sounds excellent.

Checked Out Read – These are August too

  • The Sight by Chloe Neill 
  • Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel – Check out this review at the Gilmore Guide to Books but I really enjoyed this! 
  • Apprentice in Death by JD Robb (perfect post move read)

Holds

  • Love Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi  (Thanks Sarah for the reminder!)
  • Overruled by Emma Chase
  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (I’m 17th in line and might not be able to handle this wait! But if I buy it will I just lose this too?)
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton – this has been in transit since May. I’m slightly worried that the kid will never get to read about the pony that toots too much again. 
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Returned Unread – Too many good things to list. It’s kind of sad. I’ll just put them back on my list and pretend August/September never happened! 

Thanks Shannon at River City Reading for this check-in! What’s on your library shelf this month?

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It’s still Monday right?  I’ve caught myself 3 times today thinking tomorrow is Friday which is both depressing and terrifying.  We’re getting ready for school to start and packing to move and basically my reading time has disappeared.  It’s tragic!  So I wanted to check in with The Book Date so I feel like I’ve done something productive reading wise.

After reading Catherine at the Gilmore Guide to Books review Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty I knew this would be the one library book I got to pre-move.  I mostly despise Fern and Edgar right now but this writing is gorgeous and I cannot wait to see how this book ends up.

For my  light reading I flew through Nora Roberts’ Bay of Sighs which was just what I needed for weekend distraction.  I’m also rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses which I loved at night so that I can get to A Court of Mist and Fury some day!

I swear some day soon I’m going to pick my kindle back up and finish Here Comes the Sun! Maybe at the end of the week when the kid is in school finally.  And then… too many books to count!  Maybe the Fate of the Tearling?  Fates & Traitors?  Lady Cop Makes Trouble?  Or The Underground Railroad?  I’m overwhelmed with options!

What are you reading this week?

 

June Library Loves

Seriously, the CPL is killing me with my holds coming in.  Thanks Shannon for this check-in! I hope your library mojo picks up soon.    I’m starting with two books that I just finished that you should get on your library list too!

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe – This book definitely got me over the minor slump I was in after reading Girls on Fire.  Vera was delightful even as she broke my heart.  I thought the look at a non-traditional family dealing with mental illness was so well done.  

Roses & Rot by Kat Howard – This was dark and delicious and I was done in a day. Two sisters with a dark past and bright futures. Fairy tales and broken hearts – I loved it. The kindle edition is only $2! I might have to buy it.

Also read:

  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Breaking Bad – The Final Season – Holy Intense!  We’re still talking about it!
  • Troublemaker by Lea Remini
  • A Gathering of Shadows (OMG so good) by V.E. Schwab
  • Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
  • Nil by Lynne Matson (It only took 13 renewals!  Really enjoyed it)

Currently reading:

  • Flappers: 6 Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell – so fascinating!

Checked Out:

  • The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (read and reviewed but need a refresher so I can read…
  • The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
  • The Lorax
  • Mary Poppins (requested by the kid!)
  • The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann
  • Samantha’s Surprise by Maxine Schur
  • Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Going back unread:

  • Samantha Learns a Lesson (I’m passing down the library hoarding to Babycakes)
  • Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss.  Back on hold this goes.
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – DNF

Holds:

  • Lumberjanes Volume 2
  • The Night Gardener
  • The Princess and The Pony (Again! Babycakes can’t wait!)
  • Grantchester Season One
  • Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
  • Eligible
  • Tangled by Emma Chase
  • Rich and Pretty
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
  • The Girls (woot! Down to 70 on 48 copies)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (don’t tell my husband I’m getting the ebook rather than read my own 500 lb hardcover)

Library Checkout: May

Unlike Shannon this month, I’ve totally over extended my library usage for May.  I can’t update my kindle or the books I haven’t finished yet will disappear.  This is too much stress!  I’m trying to hold back for June – kind of…  Ok so I have smutty light reading on hold for summer!

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Read

  • The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
  • The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
  • The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
  • The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

Checked Out To Read

  • Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman – so LONG but so good!
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Breaking Bad – The Final Season – still watching! Holy Intense!
  • Troublemaker by Lea Remini
  • A Gathering of Shadows (OMG so good) by V.E. Schwab
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
  • Nil by Lynne Matson (Yes still.  I’m ashamed)

Returned Unread

  • You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes
  • The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
  • The  Queen of the Night  by Alexander Chee – Hardcover is too BIG!
  • The Queen of the Night – Audio – wasn’t fitting my mood for a long drive
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – I’m also not in the mood for sexual violence against kids and this seemed headed there
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness- need to reread!

On Hold

  • Roses & Rot by Kat Howard
  • The Queen of the Night for kindle – Third Time’s the Charm?
  • Grantchester Season One
  • The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America – Ann Neumann
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton (Babycakes can’t get enough)
  • Tangled by Emma Chase
  • Appealed by Emma Chase
  • Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

How was your library reading this month?