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I was listening to the Book on the Nightstand podcast the other day and one of the segments focused on backlist. What it is, what it means, and why it’s definitely an enjoyable thing.  I found myself nodding along to Ann and Michael’s comments on the topic and realized that this is it. This is what I wanted to focus on for 2015.  We (my husband and I) bought a new home in 2014 and when we moved I came to the realization that I had a lot of books. Enough books to keep me reading the next 5-6 years or so without purchasing another book. While we all know that isn’t going to happen, I decided that I would blog backlist style for 2015.  That would give me something to constantly write about as well as help me get rid of some of the Mount TBR I have growing in our office.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture right now but I will remedy that with the next post.  The reason MTBR is all over the office is that the cheap ladder shelf I bought from Target buckled and broke. It’s a safety hazard to use right now. So my vow to backlistblog couldn’t have come at a better time.  I’ve got stacks in my living room and in the office not to mention a busting bookcase by the front door. They all have books that at one time or another I was dying to read. I’m going to get on that right away.  My reading plans for February include: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, 1st to Die by James Patterson, Inferno by Dan Brown, and finishing Dreamers and Deceivers by Glenn Beck. Which isn’t a backlist book at all. It was released in December and was a Christmas present. I’m also participating in a few reading challenges which will also be helpful in reading strictly backlist.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping a list of new releases that I want to read. By the time I get to them, they too will be considered backlist.

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I finally finished this book just in the nick of time to participate in the Books on the Nightstand bookclub bookchat (I’m not really sure that’s what Ann and Michael are calling this, hopefully they’ll forgive me).

 

First up, the book. The book. I really liked this book. I had especially high expectations for it as several people whose opinions I respect absolutely loved this book. Michael from BOTNS being one of them.  I want to say that I loved this book. But I’m not sure that I loved it. I did like it a lot. The writing was amazing. It flowed so smoothly that and was so beautiful in places that I found myself re-reading sentences just because I enjoyed them so much.On the podcast I said that my daughter’s teacher often uses the phrase that they should use flavorful words when they are writing and that is a good way to describe the writing in this book. It’s tingled the taste-buds of my brain.

 

The storyline moved quickly even though it was a chunk of a book. My only complaint was the beginning. It moved rather slowly and it wasn’t until the boys were in NY that I was able to immerse myself in the story.  Part of what I enjoyed and think that helped move the plot along was the narrative changing the characters POV.  I think my favorite parts of the story were when Rosa was narrating.  Maybe it’s because I’m a women that I enjoyed her perspective so much.  She seemed so ahead of her time and so calm that her perspective was a nice balance to the two men.  Their perspectives always seemed so harsh and dramatic. I will admit to skipping over some of the parts in the Antarctica.  Those scenes were just as descriptive but I could have done without that. I usually like the happy ending and  I do have to say I was a little surprised by the ending. Which I won’t give away here. It was bittersweet. I’ll leave it at that.

 

The call-in chat was so much fun. I’ve wanted to participate in a book club and don’t know of any locally so this was great for me to be able to participate in.

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I was think that the weekend starts on Friday night. Actually, as soon as I leave work on Friday is when I feel like the weekend has started.  Last night I picked up Shyanne and she wanted to go to the bookstore. She’s been wanting an Eclipse water bottle with Jacob on it.  Now it doesn’t thrill me that my 7 year old has been swept up into the phenomenon (too nice a word) that is the Twilight series, however, I’m always monitoring what she watches/reads/sees so if she wants to have a little crush on someone in pop culture at the age of 7, I can deal with it.  Plus, it’s relatively harmless AND she and I joke about being on Team Jacob vs. my Team Edward. (yes, I’m a grown woman, I’m joking with my 7 year old, not standing in line at midnight for movie tickets, there’s a difference)

After dropping off the dog, off we went to Border’s. Have you seen the dog?

Sedona

We decided to go to Border’s instead of Barnes & Noble since it was closer and I hadn’t been in awhile. I’ve sadly no indie bookstores anywhere close to me. The closest indie bookstore is Books & Books and that’s over a 45 minute drive away. So I’m left with Border’s or B&N. We went to Border’s since I had some coupons.  Once we were there, Shyanne completely changed her mind, because she saw some sillybands and a rubber band ball that she should rather have that a Twilight water bottle.  Good thing since they didn’t appear to have that kind of water bottle anyway. I wound up buying her that and of course, two books because when she loves to read and I can’t say no to that. It’s why we usually spend every Saturday afternoon at the library.

I, of course bought my own stash.

Ritaliccious is definitely bookaliccious

There was Great Expectations from Dickens. I’ve never read Dickens (kind of like M.Kindness from BOTN) This one one of the buy one and get one at 50% off. So I bought that and Pride and Prejudice. Penguin publishing seems to have released a set of classics with new covers and the paper edge that is uneven (can’t think of what that is called, visit BOTN as they have an episode about it)  I collect different editions of Pride and Prejudice and it’s my favorite novel.

the inside flap

The other book I bought was this big book of letters written by women. Starting from the 1700’s to current time.  I really feel that letters are becoming a lost art form. Letters, handwritten letters, tell so much.  There is something about holding a paper that someone else held and put pen to it to tell you something that fills me with wonder.  I guess if it’s just a post it note then it isn’t all that special but if it’s written on cards, like these that I bought, then that to me is a little more special than all of the technological communication that we currently use.

Can't wait to read some of these.

Aren't they pretty?

I also of course, had a coffee while I was browsing around the store. And of course, they had signs up all over the place that Julie Andrews would be doing a book signing on Sunday at 10a. I’m definitely thinking of going. They’ll open at 8a and give out wrist bands for the first two hundred people.  My daughter wants to go since she knows her as the grandmother from The Princess Diaries but of course, to me I loved her for so many other reasons: Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and Victor Victoria.  Shy has a birthday part at 11a, so I’m not sure if we will make the signing, but it couldn’t hurt to try.  We’ll see.

It was good to get out with Shy and enjoy the evening since I’ve felt like I’ve been on a roller coaster all week. It was a short week but it felt like such a long week. My emotions have been all over the place. Epic highs.  I suppose what goes up must come down.  One thing I’ve realized is that I am definitely not one of those gals who can date just for the sake of dating.  I’ve had an ex-BF trying to get me to go out with him all week after running into him last Friday night when I was out with my gal T.  It wasn’t happenstance that we ran into him actually, he saw on FB where we were and came there. I am not interested anymore and I knew that. But I don’t want to even date just for the sake of dating.  My head and heart are definitely elsewhere and while I’m sure a distraction would keep me from having an emotional low when I don’t hear from a certain someone, I’d just rather be at home doing something else.

I know I’ve said this before, I don’t want to waste my time (time that I could be with the kids) dating people I know who aren’t right for me (or my Mr. Darcy–P&P reference).  I’d rather be with the kids. And of course, now, I’m comparing everyone to Mr Darcy.  (I’m not crazy, it’s figurative, not literal. Not really comparing people to a 19th century literary figure)  And everyone comes up short.

Randomly and abruptly changing the subject, I lost another two pounds–whoo hoo–Go Me!!  I wasn’t sure since my exercise this past week and my eating have both been a little on the erratic side but I’ll take it.

Today is a busy day, hair appointment, shopping for Boston trip, library and chores, chores and more chores. And tonight, I’ve got a book and a DVD on tap. I may even have a glass of wine. But that depends on the day.  Books I’m currently reading are Y: The Last Man and The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell. I’ll finish both this weekend.

I just checked out the formatting on this post. One of these days I’ll learn how to format this correctly.  I’ll have pictures of the hair cut later. Enjoy your day!

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