On to the Next Book!

Posted 22 May, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 20 Comments

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Happy Sunday everyone! We’ve had so much rain lately, but caught a dry spell for the weekend so took the girls camping. Maybe more on that soon?

I don’t have a segue into today’s post, so let’s just get into it!

The other day I finished a book (How Children Succeed) and at that particular time I was with Cara while she was napping. Because I wasn’t sleeping but I was stuck under the sleeping baby, I immediately started another book (Annihilation).

How Children Succeed is a nonfiction study about…how children succeed. The book is extremely fact-based and there were many technical case studies included. It was a fascinating read–one that I often had trouble putting down. Annihilation is a thriller (some would say horror) that has the reader guessing way past the end of the book. To say that these two books are different is a huge understatement.

As soon as I finished the prologue to Annihilation, I started to feel as though I didn’t give How Children Succeed enough breathing time. I didn’t end the book and let my mind really absorb what I had read. Sure I read the book over weeks’ time and highlighted many many passages and took a few notes, but I literally gave myself the two minutes while Annihilation downloaded to let it all sink in.

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I put Annihilation down, but of course all I could think about now was the biologist and the creepy Area X. How Children Succeed was far from my brain at this point. I was bound and determined to give How Children Succeed more time in my head, so I did what I do too often these days and played Two Dots while Cara continued to nap.

How much time do you usually give a book to rest inside your head before starting a new book?

It’s rare that I finish a book and immediately pick up another. Though there are times lately when I can go days or weeks without reading anything substantial. In the olden days of my book blogging, I wouldn’t start a new book until I had written up a post about what I had just finished. This was a great way to get all of my thoughts out while the book was still fresh in my mind. It made me focus on what I had consumed.

These days I post about books willy nilly and as a result I’m not sure that what I read sticks with me quite as much as it used to. I think the days of blogging about a book immediately after finishing it are long gone (I also used to mentally draft things I wanted to write while reading the book…but then three kids happened), but maybe I owe it to my reading to give each book a little more space. At least 30 minutes of mental bookish meditation?

Who am I kidding–too many books, not enough time. On to the next!

Discuss: Do you have an “I just finished this book” process? Do you immediately move on to the next book or do you try to give each a bit of brain space? Or does it all depend on the book? (we all know about the very real book hangover!).

Normally at the end of these posts I share what’s new in my reading world. Not much has changed since my last update, except I did indeed abandon Authority. I think it’ll be a while before I pick up another series book!

What’s new in your bookish world?

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5.19.2016 – Tenth Anniversary

Posted 19 May, 2016 by Trish in Life / 25 Comments

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A decade. If someone had asked me ten years ago what I thought life might look like today, I don’t think I could have imagined. At 24, ten years seemed like a lifetime a way.

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And yet here we are a decade later. Three kids later. Hundreds of adventures later. Millions of laughs and a few tears. A few extra pounds, a few more gray hairs. But still so so so much love.

10 years later

Our faces still fit like puzzle pieces and I couldn’t love anyone more.

Here’s to hundreds of more adventures, millions of more laughs, but hopefully not too many extra pounds or gray hairs in the next decade to come. Ha!

<3

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Ten E-Books I Couldn’t Resist

Posted 17 May, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 19 Comments

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en E-Books I Couldn't Resist

 

Guilty! I’m absolutely guilty of buying ebooks on whim, especially if they are on Kindle daily deal (I used to subscribe to the Barnes and Noble daily deals as well but after my Nook battery exploded I haven’t read any Nook books). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) is books we picked up on a whim.

While I often buy books I know nothing about, I rarely buy books based on complete whimsy. Long gone are the days that I’d head to the bookstore and pick up something solely based on title or cover or author. Ever since I started blogging, bloggers have had a tremendous amount of influence in what I read.

I wouldn’t have it any other way…except my e-reader is bursting full of great books to read. Good news is almost half of my reads so far this year have come from books on my Kindle. Here are ten more just waiting for me…

Ten E-Books I Couldn’t Resist

Ebooks to Read 1

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar – A book I know nothing about by an author I know nothing of, but I keep seeing it around so why not! This explains many of my book reads/purchases. Tell me I’m not the only one! (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson – I love Bill Bryson, so I was excited when Shakespeare and Notes from a Small Island both went on daily deal. Though, I also picked up the audiobook version (because I love Bryson’s narration more), so I’m not sure I’ll actually read Shakespeare. I’ve started the audio and so far I’ve been delighted by all of the information Bryson loves to throw at his readers. (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This was the hot YA book a few years ago and I heard too much about the ending (though nothing specific) so decided to put my read of it on hold forever and ever…until it went on sale, of course. Until I get to it, I’m desperately trying to forget that there’s an ending. I hate trying to solve a book while I’m reading it! (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – Vonnegut goes on sale a lot but I still haven’t read any of his books. I do own a paper copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, but it’s falling apart. And I love ereading. So. Are you a Vonnegut fan? (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

The Good Mother Myth by Avital Norman Nathmanmy dear friend Lyndsey mentioned The Good Mother Myth to me on twitter and I bought it immediately. The tagline is “Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality” so I’m looking forward to reading through these essays. It’s nice to not feel so alone in the motherhood trenches. (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

 

Ebooks to Read 2

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – This book has been everywhere, right? After reading Jill’s (from Rhapsody in Books) review, I bought it immediately–breaking my “won’t spend more than $5 on an ebook” rule.  (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott – Because I’m a sucker for nonfiction and LTSS has received a lot of praise from the blogger crowd. I typically leave my nonfiction reading to audiobooks, but I’ve been loving the ability to finger-highlight on my kindle making nonfiction ebook reading much more appealing. (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – First I picked up Salvage the Bones on daily deal and devoured it. Around the same time, Men We Reaped also went on daily deal and I had to snatch it up. Especially after Katie (in MA, who is really in TX) told me I needed to read it. Men We Reaped is Ward’s memoir of the deaths of five of her close friends and what it means to be black in the south. (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – See note for The Story Hour. (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash – And again–picked up entirely on whim after hearing so much about Wiley Cash. I have a few of his books now but haven’t read a single one. Oh daily deals…why do you ensnare me so? (On Amazon | On Goodreads)

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Which books have most recently and randomly made their way onto your e-reader (or shelves)?

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Finishing the Series

Posted 15 May, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 23 Comments

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Finishing the Series

Hi hi hi!!! Here we are halfway through May–but I’m just going to go ahead and think of this month as half full. That’s a thing, right? Let’s make it a thing.

Today we are talking about series/trilogy books. I know series and trilogies are different, but I’m using the terms interchangeably for this post.

I know I haven’t been blogging a ton about books this year, but I’ve actually been doing a fair amount of reading. When your baby doesn’t nap unless on your chest, there are some days when I just give in and let her do so. These are the days that I read and read and read.

Earlier this month I devoured Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. It’s the first in the Southern Reach trilogy. I’ve written about series books before and how I have a tough time finishing them because of the huge commitment. Part of the reason why I jumped into Southern Reach is because the books are much shorter, so it would be more like reading one big long novel rather than three.

Annihilation was weird (which I loved) and mysterious (which I loved) and did not have a finite ending. I suppose this is to be expected of the first in a trilogy. But what was this Area X that the characters are exploring? And why is it so strange? What is that thing that the biologist discovered? And do people really die but continue to live a separate life? I need the answers!

So I did what I never do, because I’m terrible at reading series books, and jumped right into the second book.

Why am I terrible at reading series books? I think part of it is pleasure delay–wanting to make the story last a little longer (like Outlander where I’m stuck between 4 and 5). Or maybe it’s because I love to read a lot of variety and rarely read several books by the same author in a year (with the exception of Stephen King).  And because there are so many (like the case of Stephanie Plum for which I’ve only read the first because omg there are so many I’m so overwhelmed).

But now I’ve come to another reason. What if the rest of the series is terrible? This is probably more likely frustrating for trilogies than series books that can stand alone.

I’m having a helluva time getting into Authority. The perspective shifted and at 20% I just can’t get into the story. Now I’m trying to decide if I should slog through the remainder of the book and continue onto the third or abandon ship. If I abandon ship then I’ll have read a really intriguing book that has no answers or resolution. If I continue, I risk wasting time on a trilogy that might not get better.

Would it be better to have had the entire story in one big fat volume? Part of me wishes that were the case for Southern Reach. Should I continue or should I abandon the books? I haven’t decided yet.

But I do know it’ll be a while before I pick up another book that isn’t stand-alone.

Have you ever experienced series/trilogy frustration?  What do you do when you’re reading a series/trilogy that you’re not sure you are interested in enough to finish? 

 

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Books Recently Finished: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. While it wasn’t quite the book that I was hoping for, it was a fascinating statistical look at success patterns in children.

New Books in the House: It’s been a while since I bought a paper book, but I did get a copy of Whole 30. Because I’m crazy. I’m not sure I’ll attempt it until I’m a few more months into breastfeeding (or have started to introduce solids to Cara), but I am eager to start cutting sugar out of my diet again. Have you done Whole 30?

New Books on my E-Reader: Oh boy–I have a post about this on Tuesday. I most recently purchased We Were Liars and Slaughterhouse-Five.

Books on the Nightstand: I’m listening to Shakespeare by Bill Bryson and really liking it (of course!). I love random information and his books are always full of it. And as noted in the post above, I’m slogging through Authority by Jeff VanderMeer. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up if I end up jumping ship.

What’s going on in your reading world lately??

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Couch to 5K Running

Couch to 5K Running

  Over the past several years, I’ve started the Couch to 5K program many times. If you’re not familiar with Couch to 5K (C25K), it’s a program that has specific running/walking intervals to help couch potatoes to run an entire 5K distance in 8 weeks. It’s such a great way to jump start your running and I particularly like to use the program when I’m getting back into working out (such as after having a baby […]

Posted 12 May, 2016 by Trish in Life / 12 Comments
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Ten Websites I Love [That Aren’t About Books]

Ten Websites I Love [That Aren’t About Books]

  My feed reader is bursting full of awesome book blogs–one day I assume that my baby will nap and I’ll actually get to read some of them again. Snort. Though most of the blogs I read are bookish in nature, I also have folders for cooking, quilting, and the miscellaneous. When I saw that The Broke and the Bookish was asking for Top Ten Nonbookish Websites for today’s meme, I started compiling a list […]

Posted 10 May, 2016 by Trish in Blogging Thoughts / 21 Comments
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Four Month Update – 4.27.2016

Four Month Update – 4.27.2016

Month four! I can’t believe it. The past four months feel like such a blur–life sure does move quickly with three little ones. Most days I fall into bed in a fit of exhaustion and am not nearly ready enough to get up the next morning when the time comes. But we’re having fun (most of the time) and now that Cara is more than a bump on the log, the girls are enjoying her […]

Posted 9 May, 2016 by Trish in Life, Mommyhood / 20 Comments
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Following the Recipe

Following the Recipe

It’s not infrequent for something to go wrong with my cooking a recipe and my husband patiently asking “did you follow the recipe?” To which I normally give him the look and refuse to answer. I do the majority of the cooking at home because I enjoy it and I like having control over what we eat. But it bothers me to no end that when my husband does make something, he usually has better results than I would. […]

Posted 9 April, 2016 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 34 Comments
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Creating My Happy List

Creating My Happy List

Two months ago I read a post by Modern Mrs. Darcy about the things that are currently saving her life. At that point I was deep in the newborn trenches, barely getting two hours of sleep in a row, and having a hard time focusing on anything saving my life. But the idea stuck with me. Two months later there are many sunny days, but the days are long. Sometimes the evenings are even longer. It’s […]

Posted 7 April, 2016 by Trish in Life / 41 Comments
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A Day in the Life – 2016 Event Link-Up

A Day in the Life – 2016 Event Link-Up

  I love this day so much. Well, I’m assuming I will as I loved it last year so much. Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared a few days of mine at random and commenters always say they’d like to record a day. Thus the Day in the Life blogger event was born. I meant to do a fall session last year, but time got away from me, so here we are a year […]

Posted 23 March, 2016 by Trish in Life / 37 Comments
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