What I’ve Been Reading Lately

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and it’s mostly because I have been going through a major reading slump. I haven’t finished a novel in a month! But here’s a quick recap of what I HAVE been reading while going through my mini book crisis:

  • I’m completely caught up on the new Archie comics. I’m really enjoying it.
  • I started the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys comic series. I’m only one issue in, but it’s weird and completely off from the original detectives that I grew up loving. I want to keep going and see what happens next.

And now, what am I currently reading? I may be starting to get out of my slump. I finally found a book that I’m enjoying and want to read all the time. That book is The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s fantastic. I’ve also started Her Body and Other Parties, a collection of short stories, that are dark and weird and are pretty interesting.

What’s everyone else reading? Anyone else having trouble with a reading slump?

Mini Review: Dunbar

I picked up Dunbar on Blogging for Books, because I love this whole series. I’m thrilled to say that I also loved this modern retelling of King Lear. It’s one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and this is also one of my favorites in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I had high expectations for this book, and it met every one of them. While I encourage everyone to read all the books in the Hogarth series, Dunbar should be at the top of the list.

Book stats:

Title: Dunbar

Author: Edward St. Aubyn

Publisher: Hogarth

Pages: 256

February TBR

This month, because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I’m choosing to focus on romance and chick lit.  Here are the list of books I’d like to read this month:

  1. Surprise Me! by Sophie Kinsella
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  3. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  4. Solo by Jill Mansell

Anyone else going for the romance theme this month?  Any books I should consider?  Let me know what you’re looking forward to reading this month!

January Wrap Up

The first month of the year is over already! I got off to a great start reading SEVEN books in January.  Below are a list of all the books I read this month.

  1. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  2. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  3. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  4. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson
  5. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  6. Royal Pain by Megan MulryA Royal Pain (Unruly Royals Book 1) by [Mulry, Megan]
  7. The Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakugawa

 

I hope everyone else had a great reading month!  Let’s keep the momentum going!

The Next Classic On My TBR

So, while I was greatly motivated by rereading Civil Disobedience, my next read needs to be something new.  I’m going to continue to pull some of the shorter selections on my list, though, in the hopes that seeing the number of read books add up quickly, it will be easier to keep going when I’m reading bigger tomes like The Three Musketeers or War and Peace.

With that said, my next read will be Lady Susan by Jane Austen.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Austen, but I’ve been told that this is a much different book for her.  And it’s written completely in the form of letters, which has always been a favorite method of mine.  Maybe this will be the Austen I love.  I’m optimistic.

Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember

I think we all have those books.  The ones that we gush about how much we loved them and recommend to people time after time, but when asked for details we come up short.  It’s not surprising, really.  There are so many books out there, and we all read so much, it would be impossible to keep them all straight.  Here is my list of books that I loved, but can’t really remember much about:

  1. Stargirl
  2. Lady Audley’s Secret
  3. Hoot
  4. The Rainmaker
  5. Jane Eyre
  6. Go Set a Watchman
  7. Franny and Zooey
  8. Ella Enchanted
  9. The Three Musketeers
  10. In the Woods

Go check out That Artsy Reader Girl’s blog for more Top Ten Tuesdays!

New Release: Scone Cold Killer

This week, I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention a great new cozy mystery that comes out tomorrow, the 23rd.  The first in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series, Scone Cold Killer, follows Gia Morelli, who has recently divorced from her husband, leaves New York and finds herself in a small town in Florida.  There, she fulfills her lifelong dream of opening a restaurant: the All-Day Breakfast Cafe.  Things are going well until one day when she finds her ex-husband dead in their dumpster.

What I love about the set up of this series is the motivation behind Gia getting involved in a murder investigation.  There are so many series out there where the amateur sleuth suddenly becomes devoted to solving a mystery for seemingly no reason.  Gia has the perfect reason for finding the killer: she has to prove that she wasn’t it.  Gia’s desperation to prove she didn’t kill her ex is the perfect way to propel this story and keep it going until the very end.

I have every intention of continuing on with this series.  It was easy to read, compelling, and realistic. The plot was paced well and I wanted to keep reading.  it wasn’t perfect, but it was a pleasure to read.

Four stars.

Book Stats

Author: Lena Gregory

Publisher: Kensington

Pages:

Finished: Civil Disobedience

A quick familiar read was definitely a good choice in beginning this project. I feel energized, motivated, and pleased with myself for taking the first step at tackling my list.

There is something about Thoreau’s writing that just makes me feel at peace.  I read Civil Disobedience in one sitting, and when I was finished I felt oddly calm, which is especially odd, considering the topic of the essay is about what is wrong with the government.

I always take pleasure in reading Thoreau, even I don’t agree with everything he thinks, like in this essay.  I know that there are serious problems with the government, and there still were in his time, but I still understand the importance of it.  In his essay, Thoreau stands by the premise that one should prioritize doing what they believe is right, even if it means going against what the government and accepting whatever punishment is given.  I understand and agree with this in theory, but in application, I just can’t see how it could always work.  Government, to an extent, is meant to prevent utter chaos, and if everyone stood up to the government in the way Thoreau advocates, chaos is what we would have.  There is a balance out there, and I honestly don’t think that balance will ever be achieved.

Again, I don’t agree with everything Thoreau stands for in his essay.  But I do appreciate his stance, and I found his essay thought-provoking and made me think about when it is appropriate to go against government and truly stand up for what you believe in.

Four stars.

Book Stats

Author:  Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Dover Thrift Edition

Pages: 96

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

This is the first Top Ten Tuesday over at That Artsy Reader Girl, and I’m excited and grateful that we can continue on posting our Top Tens

This week’s prompt is very appropriate for this time of year. It asks us to list our top ten resolutions or goals related to books!

  1. Blog more.  I have been terrible at blogging lately, but I’m really going to try to change that.  I want to have a bigger presence online among my book-loving people! I need a space where I can discuss great books!
  2. Read more from my own shelves.  As I’ve previously stated on here, I am curbing my book buying and reading from my own TBR piles that are presently all over my house.  I’ve got so many great reads in front of me; it’s about time I took advantage of them!
  3. Use my library more.  I’ve got a really lovely library nearby, that I really should use.  Libraries are perfect for books I want to try or don’t know if I really want my own copy.
  4. Classics.  I’m going to slowly go through my Classics List, and the main reason for that is because I want to read all these really good books that have stood the test of time and are still considered some of the best books ever written.  I want to challenge myself with these books.
  5. Keep up with new releases.  I don’t mean read all the new releases, but I want to know about what’s coming out and what’s big in the book world.
  6. Follow the literary prizes.  I love knowing what’s going on with the Pulitzer, the Man Booker, and the National Book Award.  It also is a great way to add some amazing books to my TBR that I may have never heard of before!
  7. Track my reading.  I’ve been using the BookOut app for a year now, and I absolutely love it.  I’ve never been able to keep up with reading spreadsheets, but BookOut keeps track of so much of that info for me, right on my phone, with very little effort from me.  I plan on keeping up my BookOut use this year, too.
  8. Participate in a book club or readalong.  One of the reasons I had always wanted to start a book blog was because I wanted a space where I could talk to other about books.  Book clubs and readalongs are something I’ve never really tried, but think they are fantastic.  I want to participate in one this year.
  9. Comment.  I am really good about lurking on the internet, but not so good at making my presence known.  I’m sure a lot of book blogger, Booktubers, and Goodread users don’t realize that I follow them and their reading closely.  This year I want to actually have conversations with them. Again, that’s the whole reason I got on here in the first place.
  10. Read what I want.  While there are certain books that I want to read and challenges I want to participate in, I don’t want reading to become a chore.  I want to challenge myself, but be happy with the results and the journey itself.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s bookish goals are!