In Library Day on June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm
This is the latest Home book I’m reading. F bomb in the first sentence. Wowser… We’ll see how it goes and I’ll let you know.
As an aside, the insides of my thumbs are sore from all of the books I’ve been reading lately. They’ve all been kind of beefy books that dig into that spot where my thumb joins my hand. On both hands! I’ve considered wearing my husband’s weight lifting gloves when I read. Do you think that’s too dorky? Ok, then I won’t tell you about the Pivot Tables I’ve made of my TBR list…
In Library Day on June 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm
I finished The Last Wish on Friday (thoughts on the book to come) and have started a new commute book. I don’ t know about you, but I find it very exciting to start a new book. I’ve started reading Life as we Knew it by Susan Pfeffer. Unlike the previous post-apocalyptic book I read, this one is very much YA . There’s nothing wrong with that, but talk about shifting gears. In my last post, one of the critiques I made was that the fifteen year old boy seemed older than his age. In this book, the protagonist is a sixteen year old girl and so far she sounds very much like a sixteen year old girl. I’m actually finding her kind of annoying. (Yes, I know. I’m never happy.) To be fair, I was pretty annoying when I was sixteen. I’m reasonably sure that I’m not the intended demographic for this book, but the story is good so far, so I’ll stick with it. Unless, of course, the character becomes TSTL. (For those of you not up on the lingo, that stands for Too Stupid To Live.)
Only time, and a few more commutes, will tell. I shall let you know my thoughts anon.
In Library Day on June 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm
It’s very rare that I finish my commute book and my home book at the same time. In fact, I think that this was the first time that’s happened. Weirdness. Anyway, I now have two different books on the go.
My home book is The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen. According to the author’s note, this book was inspired by Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin and is “widely considered the most important work of fiction in the Chinese literary tradition”. I’ve recently developed an interest in re-tellings as I’ve been knocking around the idea of writing one in the future. Too soon for details but I want to read as many as possible to get a feel for what other people have done.
My commute book is The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski which is the book which inspired the video game The Witcher. It’s sort of a series of short stories, or quests, tied together in a novel. I’m nearly halfway through it and so far it’s pretty entertaining.
In Library Day on May 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm
I usually have a few books on the go at any given time. I always have a book which I read on my daily commute (Don’t worry, I’m not driving. I take the train.) and one which I read at home. Here’s how I decide…
I usually go to the library and get a pile of 6 or 7 books. I sort them by size and put them on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf by the bed. For my home book, I choose the biggest and my commute book the smallest.
My current “home” book is School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews. A whopping 727 pages. This one might take me a while. I’m already a couple of hundred pages in and wow, it’s pretty stressful, but in a good way.
My current “commute” book is Ring by Koji Suzuki. Not sure about this one yet. I think that I expected it to be a bit scarier. A lot of the action is happening “off-screen” and I’m not really a big fan of that. Hopefully it will pick up soon.
I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve finished them.