30 Day Challenge

So, I’ve been thinking about the best way to really introduce myself to the readers of this blog, how to let people know a little bit about me and what I like to read (and therefore what kind of book reviews you should expect to see posted on here).  I followed a lot of blogs for years before starting my own, and over the years I’ve found various forms of the 30 Day Challenge, and I decided to try it out!  There are 30 questions, and the goal is to answer one a day.  The version I’ll be using can be found here.  Below are the questions:

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Top Ten Tuesday

This week is a free week over at Top Ten Tuesday!  I’ve decided to go with an old post that I missed out on: Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I Would Like to Own.

1. This Harry Potter tote bag:

Harry Potter Tote Bag - Snape - Turn to Page 394 - Alan Rickman - Hogwarts

2. This really sweet pillow:

Clearbetween the pages pillow

3. This beautiful bracelet:

ampersand rose gold bracelet

4.  These cool sticky bookmarks:

5. Another cute bookmark:

6. I’m a total sucker for Moleskins:

7. The prettiest necklace ever:

8.  This awesome sweatshirt:

Harry Potter Book Movie Title Inspired Potter Geek Head Unisex Pullover Hoodie

9.  I can always use a new candle:

10.  This beautiful pencil set:

To Kill a Mockingbird Wrapped Pencil Set

 

Any other suggestions?  My wallet may not thank you, but I will!

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Title: The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Author: Melanie Benjamin

Published: January 26, 2016

Publisher:  Delacorte

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A fictional story about the rise and fall of Truman Capote and the socialite women around him.  Specifically, the story of Capote’s friendship with Babe Paley and his betrayal of that friendship, all with one story: “La Côte Basque, 1965.”

New York City in the 1950s.  This books is as swanky and smooth as its setting would suggest.  Fictionalizing a set of real people and mostly true events always makes me nervous, but at the same time I’m drawn to them.  It’s like an extra-long tabloid story, juicy and scandalous and blurring the lines between fiction and reality. This story was fascinating and completely engrossing. I felt like I was on the outside looking in, getting an exclusive peek into the riches’ most intimate secrets. The characters are rich, lovely people.  Flawed yet, for the most part, likeable.

I don’t want to say anything more about the book other than: read it!  Nothing I write will be able to convey how absolutely wonderful this book was; the only thing that can do the book justice is actually reading the book.

Read this books if you like a scandalous read about the rich and famous.  Five stars.

Inbox/Outbox

This is one of my favorite features over at BookRiot, and I thought it was a great thing to add to the blog!  I may not do it every week (I may not get or read enough books to keep it interesting), so maybe just expect it on a semi-regular basis.  Here what the past two weeks have looked like in my reading world:

 

Inbox:

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Good at Games by Jill Mansell

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (Pub. April 19)

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The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (Pub. March 22)

 

Outbox:

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

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Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry (Pub. Feb. 2)

 

In the Queue/Currently Reading:

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Pub. Jan. 26)

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Short Story Challenge

So, partly inspired by this post over on Book Riot, and party because I’ve had such an urge to try to get into short stories the past couple of months, I’ve decided to create a bit of a challenge for myself.  My plan for this challenge is to read one collection a month for the rest of 2016 (I may try going beyond that, but let’s just see how this year goes!). I’m going to be a little relaxed about this, and if I start a collection and just don’t enjoy it, I’m going to call it a win just for trying that collection for the month.  I don’t want to create any major obligation and force myself to continue to read a collection I’m really not feeling, so I think this will work for me.

The short story collections I already own are The Persephone Book of Short Stories and Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill. I started the Persephone Book during the 24 in 48 Readathon, so I’ll keep going with that for the month of January, but I need more books! I’ve gotten tons of ideas for other collections to read from the Book Riot post and its comments, but I could still use some more suggestions/recommendations.  Any ideas?  Anyone want to go at this with me?