Posts tagged ‘Books’

August 21, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I adored this book. Absolutely adored. I have been known to love books (and hate some too *ahem* Tucker Max *ahem*), but this book was one that takes you into its world completely. It makes you feel close to the characters and cheer them on. It makes you hope they find what they are looking for.

I was slow starting out, but once I got about 150 pages in, I was hooked and finished the rest of the 366 pages in just three days. I couldn’t stop reading it. I didn’t want to. In fact, I wish it had been longer because the characters were just that likable.

Another book that will be pulled down time and again, I’m sure.

May 23, 2012

this i know.

You know those books that suck you in and make you wish you had thought of the stream of words that are floating on that page. This I Know is absolutely one of those books for me. I have teared up more than once reading through Susannah’s journey through her grief of the death of her partner, and while I never have experienced something like that (God forbid I ever do), I have had many of the same emotions about my own injury. It’s dumbfounding to me how grief can be a universal emotional about so many things and how many different ways there are to pull yourself from under it.

I anticipated this book for some time, following its progress on Susannah’s blog and then waiting for the final publication. I made myself wait to buy it, but there are some things that should not be put off.

I am glad I didn’t wait any longer.

February 10, 2012


I went to the library the other night, just for some quiet time really, but ended up leaving with the 5 books pictured above. It always seems like once I pick one book up, I can’t stop finding stuff I want to read. There were a few I had to put back because I can always go back.

I do love my Kindle app, but there is something about holding a heavy book in my hands and being able to feel what I am reading. Just a quirk I have I suppose.

I have started Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, and so far, it has been okay. Not quite as good as The Pillars of the Earth was, but it has been worth reading. I want to finish it as the one for myFebruary goals, but it’s huge (almost 1000 pages) so it might be asking a bit much.

And can you believe I have never read any Harry Potter book (or seen any of the movies either)? I just never got into that fad, but I am starting the first book as soon as I am done with Fall of Giants. I need to see what the hype is about. Or I might read the other 3 books I checked out, just in case I love the first HP so much that I have to go straight to the second.

November 30, 2011

just a minute, now.

I found some time. Down time for myself before bed and decided to start a quick book I had downloaded on my Kindle.

Mistake. I was awake until almost 2 in the morning reading. It wasn’t a particularly good book, nothing I couldn’t have waited for, but I laid there and read until I heard the clock only ring twice on the hour. I could easily have kept going, but I knew it would be a long day running on only 4 hours of sleep. Barely enough to function.

I realized I do this a lot when I am stressed out about something, anything really. I read. And read some more. I suppose it gets me away from my own thoughts and complaints for a while and lets me get a few hours of relief. I love that feeling of not worrying about anything else.

So yes, it was a tired day. By lunch I was starving (I don’t eat much when I’m stressed either) and exhausted, but I managed to get a lot of work done too. I have weird energy on days of little sleep sometimes. I was physically tired but mentally I don’t know how that works.

Now I’ve started Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, one of the books on my list and am looking forward to it. I always imagine the most beautiful people in her books. Love that. And did you know Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is being adapted to the big screen?! Yes!

November 17, 2011


I haven’t had much time to read lately. Even with the Kindle app, finding time is hard. When I find some, these are the first on the list.

+ Alison Wonderland — I heard good things about it.

+ Crime and Punishment — I watched The Lake House, and this book was mentioned so of course, I have to check it out.

+ The Help — I want to see if it is worth the hype.

+ Shanghai Girls — Because a Lisa See novels always makes me appreciate myself a little bit more than I did before.

What are you reading lately?

February 22, 2011

books or no books.

Remember the days when I read? When I had TIME to read? Yea, those days are long gone.

I bought a Kindle because I thought it would be easier for me take along and read wherever I am. Wrong. I don’t go anywhere! I’m usually too tired after work to mess with anything extra so I catch up on whatever needs to be done before the next day and that’s it.

I am working on making more time to read, and as summer gets closer, I think I’ll be more motivated. I love to read in the warm sun. And I definitely need the quiet time.

The Book Thief is currently the one I want to finish, and hopefully I’ll be through it by the end of February. 9 days. I better get to it!

December 13, 2010

K to the indle.

My Kindle 3 is here. And wonderful.

Let me say, I love books, real hold-in-my-hand books. I hope that they are still made as abundantly in 100 years as they are today, but with gadgets like this, it’s doubtful that they will be.

I have started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and I can’t seem to put my Kindle down! I have read the other 2 books in the series, but I was waiting for TGWKtHN to come out in paperback before I bought it (hardback books are a pain for me to handle easily). Now I’ll be done with the story before that happens. I have a whole library downloaded already so I can just start on whatever book I choose when I finish another.

It was a wonderful gift to give myself.

November 22, 2010

on the shelf.

I’ve had time recently to catch on on reading, and I have never felt so good about it. I have been working on the same book since August, and it’s time to finish it and move on. Now that I have begun to better balance work life with out-of-work life, I can get back on my list of 15 books for my 25 during 25 list.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.  It seems like with both of these books in the Millenium series, I am bored halfway through, then the story picks up, and I can’t read it fast enough.  I’m on the last 50 pages and loving it. Can’t wait to get book #3.
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I don’t know much yet about this book, but when I opened it at the bookstore and saw that the dedication said “This is not for you.” in simple Courier New font on a crisp white page, I had to buy it.  One sentence was enough to hook me.
  • Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood.  I have to read the book before I see the movie. It’s my rule. And I really *really* want to see the movie.

It’s getting cold (even had a few snow flurries yesterday) so snuggling with tea and a book sounds like a great way to spend my time off.

Happy reading.

October 2, 2010

a page at a time.

I could curl up and sleep in many bookstores. I could browse for hours and never get bored too. I love bookstores, the atmosphere and the quiet. Maybe that’s just the nerd in me, or just the calm side that needs some time to myself once in a while. Either way, I am not shy to say I love bookstores.

Maybe that’s why You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies too. A movie about bookstores and technology and love? Seriously, it couldn’t be more perfect, right?

Lately, though, I haven’t been doing much reading. None, in fact. I have a bookmark stuck in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second book of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium collection, but I just can’t seem to get into it. That bookmark has barely moved in at least a month because I read a few pages and then start thinking about what else I should be doing. Reading has definitely taken a backseat to working. I bought House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski today, hoping that maybe I can find that spark for reading again. I’ll come back to The Girl Who Played with Fire later, when I have more time and motivation to finish it.

Let’s hope that is soon.

March 16, 2010

have you seen this site?

Fellow book-readers,

Have that feeling that you’ve read everything that will ever interest you? Well, maybe you haven’t seen this site then.

I don’t remember how I stumbled on it, but it has picked out some books for me that have been compiled now into a whole different list than my original 2010 reading list (which I am moving more quickly through than I thought I would). It will probably (okay, certainly) slow down once I find a job, but at least I’ll have a list to fall back on. One less problem to think about. Now to find the time.

March 11, 2010

the time traveler’s wife.

What a gorgeous book. The cover got me first, with its soft colors and emotional portrait of a little girl’s feet. I could just tell it was going to be a good book. I was definitely not disappointed. It took me a little while to get used to the style of writing that Audrey Niffennegger uses to tell the story. I had to adapt my brain to jump around in time, just as Henry does. It was an interesting perspective.

I heard the movie is not even up to par compared to the book, and really, I don’t think it ever could be. I don’t think a movie could make the love between Henry and Clare seem as intense as it did in the book. In my own imagination anyway. I could be wrong, and when I rent the movie, I am going to have to remind myself to not look for mistakes or inconsistencies that usually occur when making the film adaptation of a great story.

And even if the movie blows, the book is still on my must-recommend-to-everyone list.

It’s one of those books that really made me think about things, mostly about love, and ask questions. Do people really love that deeply? That they are willing to spend half of their life waiting for another particular person? That they would do absolutely anything for them? It made me realize that this is the kind of relationship my parents have. Total love and commitment and selflessness. It leaves me with the hope that my other one is waiting for me too.

January 26, 2010

top five tuesday.

This week: Top five book to read or reread

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am sure it can’t hold up to the book version. I like my imagination better than someone else’s.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Such a good “lesson” book. It is originally a children’s book, but it really opened my eyes to some things after my injury. Love.

The Witches by Roald Dahl. Imagination at its best. Roald Dahl was my favorite author as a child. I mean, who hasn’t read/seen James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory??

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We read this book in middle school, and our teacher was a strong, hard-headed, and hilariously funny black man. I think we would have had a different experience with a different teacher, and I appreciate the way that he made us look at the things that were “hard” in that book. Race and discrimination are tricky to teach to 12-year-olds, but we got it because he wasn’t afraid to tell it like it was. I love him for that.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I think I liked the way this book was written more than the actual storyline. A novel written in the form of poetry. Great.

January 11, 2010

I plan to read each one of these books by the end of December. Hopefully, I’ll get through them all and even have a few extra added to this list.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Nothing’s Sacred by Lewis Black
Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
Songs Without Words by Ann Packer
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

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September 7, 2008

a few minutes extra.

I feel as if I repeat myself over and over again on this blog, and I am going to try to restrain myself from doing that today.

Today is being spent again in the library, working away on assignments and reading endless chapters of boring nonsense that I’ll never have to use again. Sometimes required classes for graduation are the most useless. Required classes should have some kind of impact on us, on our lives. For instance, Human Impact on the Environment. It may be boring, but it is important. Learning about how every move we make affects the world and its demise is actually helping me. I never thought I’d look at using electricity the way I do or put the van in neutral when sitting at a stop light to save gas. And this is only the 4th week of class. Art History on the other hand, well, even though some parts can be interesting, is just pretty useless to me in the grand scheme of my life. But I’ll get through it, because otherwise no graduation. And that means no party. And that just wouldn’t be fun.

Thanks for the small break, but back to work I go.

February 11, 2008

Of course, it’s a night class.

Eric makes me smile. Especially when we’re in Biology, learning about the molecular bonds of water, and he nods off about 20 times, startling himself awake each time. Hilarious. And only he could pull it off in a suit.

February 9, 2008

Balancing act.

Finally, I am feeling more caught up in my classes. I have only 1 more chapter to read for psychology before the test, a lecture, although long, for history, a chapter for law, and a chapter for biology. Of course, it sounds like a lot just then when I typed it, but it was considerably a longer list yesterday. I want to get to the point where I don’t have to worry this week, especially since I agreed to write a story for the yearbook for Regina. It really made me feel good yesterday to receive her email asking if I had any time to do the story. I guess I needed a bit of an ego boost after such a long week. It’s going to be nice to relax and see friends tonight!

January 9, 2008


My bookshelf is out of control. Mom has started buying ones that she finds cheap at thrift stores, and now I am being forced to clear space for them. Easily I am approaching 100 books, minus the ones that Darcy and Aunt Thelma have borrowed. It’s time to start trading the ones I’ve already read for new ones at least, to keep balance up between read and unread books that are sitting, waiting on me.

I finished Water for Elephants last night. It took me about 4 days total to read it which is pretty good, considering all the other things I have going on. It’s another book to put in the “Wonderful” list. It has a dark sense about it, but is still one of the most genuine love stories too. Mysterious and romantic.

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January 3, 2008

In Cold Blood

What a book. It wasn’t anything I expected, and still, it is probably one of the strongest books I have ever read. It hit a different part of me because it was a true crime, and imagining the scenes, that people actually did this, went through this, makes it all more powerful. Disgusting, sad, angering, but still somehow fascinating. So fascinating, in fact, I plan on making a trip to the K.B.I. building next week to see the cord and tape used in the Clutter murders, if they really are on display…I wonder if they’ll let me take pictures…

I wonder sometimes if I should have been a psychology major. Admittedly, reading people isn’t my strongest point, but trying to read and understand them has always been an interest. Books like In Cold Blood make me feel sorry for the murderers in a way. Nobody knows really how situations affect another’s mental state. But then a feeling of hate is there too–who are these people to kill someone else purposely? I wouldn’t be a good psychologist though. I am not objective enough, probably from my own situation and Donnie’s too. Obviously, they both are completely different and neither are murders, but maybe some of the feelings are similar.

Mark ordered the old version of the movie for me and I am hoping that it doesn’t disappoint like most movies adapted from books do. Anything that takes away from the power of this book should not be in circulation.

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