August 2016 Reading Recap

Another month gone by, another reading recap post to write!  In August I read three books, keeping me on track to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of reading 30 books this year.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah : I loved this book! For some reason I stopped reading it after the first chapter originally. A few months later I picked it up again and couldn’t put it down. This is one of those put-a-box-of-Kleenex-next-to-the-bed books. I’m sure this will be made into a film at some point.

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The Drop by Dennis LeHane: I really like Dennis Lehane books and this was no exception. I usually read the Kenzie and Gennero titles but this was only $2 on Amazon so I grabbed it. It’s fairly short and if you haven’t read any of his books, this is a good place to start. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’d like to (Tom Hardy + Cute Dog = I’m in.)

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Wool 2 by Hugh Howey: I read the first book (well, short story) last month and had to get this one right away. Howey really does a great job with bringing these characters to life, especially considering the short length of these stories. I’ve got #3 downloaded and ready to read!

I have somehow been talked into joining a book club starting next month so we’ll see how that goes! We’re reading a book called The Nest, which I’m not particularly excited about but maybe it’ll surprise me – has anyone read it?

Until next time!

Blogger Recognition & Versatile Blogger Awards!

Let me start with a THANK YOU to Av8tor1988 from Inside My Minds for nominating me for a Blogger Recognition Award and Michael J. Miller from My Comic Relief for the Versatile Blogger Award nomination! I’m going to post about both below!

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Starting with the Blogger Recognition Award, Av8tor1988 nominated me back in June so (a) apologies for the late post on this and (b) yay! Inside my Minds is super fun to read – we both participate in Top 5 Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday AND this blog has lots of Harry Potter love going on, which I great – you should definitely check it out!

Here are the Blogger Recognition rules:

  • Write a post showing the award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to (more on this at the very bottom of the post!)

As far as how this blog started, I really just wanted a way and place to talk about books! It seemed like a lot of fun – and I was right! I haven’t been doing this for very long so I’m not sure how useful my advice will be but…

  1. Don’t worry too much about what people will think of your posts. Write about what interests you. If you follow me, you know I do a lot of book memes (Top 5 Wednesday, Top Ten Tuesday, etc.) Some bloggers hate these (both reading and writing them). I happen to have a lot of fun doing them. Blogging should be fun so do what makes you happy!
  2. Interact with other bloggers! I’ve had so many fun discussions and gotten a ton of book recommendations this way. This whole blogging thing is so much more fun when you have blogger friends to interact with!

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Okay, now on to the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you Michael for the nomination! As you can probably guess from the blog’s name, My Comic Relief focuses on comic books! Michael puts a ton of work and thought into his posts and I really love reading them. He also loves Ghostbusters, which is awesome!

Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • List seven fun facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to fifteen other blogs you’d like to share this award with

Fun facts…

  1. I have two dogs. One is a large 10-year-old Australian Shepard and the other is a tiny 2-year-old Shih-poo (half shih-tzu, half miniature poodle). I’ve actually always been a cat person but I love these two rascals.
  2. I’m originally from Michigan. I live in Colorado now but run into people from MI at least once or twice a month. There is some sort of migration going on, apparently! I miss the water but not the humidity or mosquitoes.
  3. I’m obsessed with TV shows/movies about dancing. Even if it’s a horrible movie (and let’s be honest, a lot of dance movies are), I have probably seen it at least twice.
  4. My lucky number is 56. I have no reason for this.
  5. I love to travel. If I ever win the lottery I’ll probably spend most of it on travelling. I keep trying to get my husband to try out for Wheel of Fortune because he’s really good at it and I want him to win me a trip J
  6. I love theater! It costs a fortune but I really love going to the theater. I try to go at least once or twice a year. There is a rumor that Hamilton is coming to my area next year so I’m hoping to make that happen!
  7. I love classic books and movies! When I was younger I had a list of the top 100 books and the top 100 movies and tried to work my way through them. I haven’t read/seen them all yet but I’ve got a pretty good chunk of them done!

As far as nominating others, I’m going to take a page from Cover2CoverMom’s book, er, blog, and open this tag up to anyone who thinks it sounds interesting/fun! [Semi-related note, Cover2CoverMom is a really fun blog to read so check it out!]

That’s all for now!

Classic Remarks – March Sisters

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Happy Friday! I’m excited to start participating in a new Friday meme by Pages Unbound called Classic Remarks! Here is the description:

Classic Remarks is meme that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. 

This started in July so I’m a little late to the game but that’s alright! Topics for the entire year have been posted to check out the page to join in the fun!

This week’s question: Which March sister from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is your favorite and why? Do you agree with the way their lives played out?

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Jo is definitely my favorite March sister – I even had a cat named after her when I was younger! When I read this book as a teenager, I loved that Jo was intelligent, creative, and spoke her mind. And she loved reading and writing 🙂 My least favorite sister is definitely Amy (did anyone pick Amy as their favorite?)

As far as how Jo’s life played out I, of course, wanted her to marry Laurie. I came across an article on Mental Floss about Little Women  and found tidbit #6 particularly interesting:

Alcott, who never married herself, wanted Jo to remain unmarried too. But while she was working on the second half of Little Women, fans were clamoring for Jo to marry the boy next door, Laurie. Alcott wrote in her journal, “Girls write to ask who the little women marry, as if that was the only aim and end of a woman’s life. I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.”

As a compromise—or to spite her fans—Alcott married Jo to the decidedly unromantic Professor Bhaer. Laurie ends up with Amy.

Who is your favorite March sister?

Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite First Sentences

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This week’s T5W is a fun one: Favorite First Sentences!

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1. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – I think this is such a beautifully written line.

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2. “I’m pretty much fucked.” – The Martian by Andy Weir – Give this a read if you haven’t already (the movie is good too!)

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3. “The Grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida.” – A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flanner O’Conner – I know a lot of people don’t care for them, but I love short stories. And Flannery O’Conner writes a mean one. Grandmother definitely should have avoided the trip to Florida.

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4. “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’m about halfway through this book and I’m really enjoying it!

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5. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – The first line of my favorite series.

Those are some of my favorites – what are yours?

Top Ten Tuesday – Rewind

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie of sorts: Go back and do a topic you missed over the years.

I’ve decided to do Hilarious Book Titles because I’m in a silly mood; plus who doesn’t love a hilarious book title? There are a lot of websites out there with funny/bad/ridiculous book titles – these are some of my favorites:

 

HowToAvoidHugeShips

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So true.
Outwitting-Squirrels
I love that this is the second edition.

Mommy-Why-is-There-a-Server-in-the-House

Eating-People-Is-Wrong

Still Stripping
I stumbled across her show on TV once and it was about as wacky as this book title.

Lobotomy

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Learned from my Tractor
So…nothing?

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I could seriously do this all day but I’ll stop now 🙂   Enjoy your Tuesday, everyone!