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Another Bookish Questionnaire!

Posted 7 February, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 20 Comments

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Twenty Bookish Questions

 

Look what I found in my drafts! First of all, I would like to thank Cara for being a fairly steller napper. Second, I’d like to thank Laura, whom I borrowed these questions from like a year and a half ago. Yay!

1. What is your favourite fictional food or drink?

I don’t think I’ve ever consumed a fictional food or drink. I hear butterbeer is pretty good? Hmmm–I guess I’ve likely also had green eggs in my lifetime (for St Paddy’s Day) but I wouldn’t call it a favorite.

2. How long did it take you to finish your last book?

On Thursday I devoured The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. I read 400 pages of it in one sitting (it’s a graphic novel), so it took me two days to finish. Before that I think it took me about 10 days to finish the 198 page Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. Most of this is because it was a paper book so I couldn’t read it on my phone (which I do a lot these days).

Interpreter of Maladies

3. How many times do you stare at your books or bookshelves each day?

LOL! Genius. Wait–does the book I’m actually reading count? Otherwise, anytime I walk into the room with my bookshelves. Sadly this isn’t every day. But it never fails, even though I’ve seen those books a zillion times, I still stare at them!

4. How many Goodreads friends and books do you have?

It took me a while to figure this out, but I think 182 friends. I don’t use Goodreads very often–I just forget about it.

5. Do you ever quote books in public?

I do not–probably because I have a lousy memory for things like that. But sometimes I quote musicals. Ok, maybe I’ve quoted parts of “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock” before. “Let us go then, you and I…”

Prufrock Coffee

6. Do you ever re-read books?

Rarely. Not because I wouldn’t like to–I keep most of the books I’ve read once in hopes that I’ll read them again, but all of those unread books on my shelves taunt me.

7. Do you judge a book by its cover?

Absolutely!! I’ve been mentally working up a post about disliking books with actual people on the covers. Like photographs of people. Nope nope nope.

8. Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr?

Twitter. Then Instagram. I don’t get Tumblr. Is it still a thing?

9. Which genres take you the longest to read?

Classics take me the longest to read–likely because my brain has to work harder for the language. Boring nonfiction also takes me a long time to read which is why I always opt for awesome nonfiction. :)

10. Who are your favourite BookTubers (or Book Bloggers)?

I have way too many subscriptions in my Feedy account. It’s a happy problem but also means that I’m often overwhelmed by favorite book bloggers. #cheat

I heart book bloggers

11. How often do you pre-order books?

Never. Ok, I’ve done it twice and ironically they were both released on the same day. I had to have Armada by Ernest Cline on audio and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee in hardback. The only other time I’ve had  to have a book the day it was released was when Harry Potter came out but I didn’t pre-order.

12. Are you a shopaholic?

No. I HATE shopping. Except for crafts. I could possibly be a crafting shopaholic but I do try to set limits!

13. How many times have you re-read your favourite book?

Wuthering Heights? Three times. I’ve also read Great Gatsby three or four times but it isn’t a favorite–it’s just fascinating!

Cathy and Heathcliff

14. Do you own a lot of books?

I’m not in the same room as my book spreadsheet but I’m guessing probably 600-700 books? Not including some of the older collections I own that just sit on the shelf and look pretty.

15. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?

Is this a thing? I don’t know–maybe to tweet or instagram the book but not as a general habit.

16. Do you read every day?

No. Ideally I would love to read every day but some days it’s just not a priority. Sometimes I’ll go a week or more without reading a single word and I’m OK with that.

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17. How do you choose a new book?

Whim. Or ask Elle to pick a book for me. The last one she picked was Salvage the Bones and it was a winner.

18. Do you always have a book with you?

Yes–sometimes even if it’s just on the app of my phone.

19. What are your biggest distractions from reading?

Life? Kids? Crafts? The billion things going on in my head at any given point?

Helping me Read

20. What is your favourite place to buy books?

Well…since I’m still mourning the loss of Borders and my local indie bookstores and hate going to the mall where the Barnes and Nobel is, I generally buy my books on Amazon. Ooooh, or Half Price Books! Though I’ve been trying not to buy as many books the past year or so.

Well lookie there. A post! Feel free to take the questions and answer them when you need a rainy day post.

Tell me…what’s going on in your neck of the woods today? Reading anything particularly good? (I’m loving The Girl With All the Gifts).

Happy Reading!

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Books to Look Forward to this Fall

Posted 22 September, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 32 Comments

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You guys would probably throw tomatoes at me if I started waxing poetic about fall again, huh? But you know–we’re still in the 90s everyday and all I dream about is a crisp autumn day where I can pull out a scarf and drink a hot coffee without developing beads of sweat above my lip. Ha!!

Even without the cool weather, there is LOTS to look forward to this fall in terms of books. At least in terms of events. My reading will be dictated by three different events: RIP X, Diversiverse, and Nonfiction November. Combined with RIP X are two different readalongs–the #SalemAlong and #MonkAlong. Remember all the fun fall things? So…here’s what I have on my radar for this fall. See more at the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Books for Fall

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – Because what’s fall without a little bit of King? Melissa, Care, and I will be heading up your #SalemAlong fun so make sure to watch Melissa’s blog for details! We’ll be reading this oldie throughout October.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – This feels like a major hole in my classics reading. I’m looking forward to the Audible version of the audio with so many great narrators. This WILL be the year I finally read it!

The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis – I have wanted to read this classic ever since Amanda brought it to my attention years ago. Shame on Trish! Thankfully Reading Rambo is hosting a #MonkAlong in October!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Ok, admittedly this book fills in the “which book is not like the others” and I’m not sure I’ll actually get to it this fall, but I am interested in reading it! It has gotten such great praise.

Beloved by Toni Morrison – Here we move into the Diversiverse books part of my list. I actually read Beloved back when the movie came out in 1998, but I think I was too young at the time to really appreciate it. I have the audio for this time around, narrated by Morrison herself!

 

Books for Fall 2

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko – I just picked this one up to read after I finished American Gods and I’m looking forward to the journey. I didn’t realize that the main character was a prisoner of war during WWII in the Pacific Theater-this adds another layer of complexity to the book, I’m sure.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – I have heard so many great things about this book in verse. I’m hoping to get my hands on an audio and visual copy for maximum impact!

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – Short stories have been incredibly absent from my reading the past several years and I figure Lahiri’s collection is a great place to jump back in. This will be my second book by Lahiri after reading The Namesake a few years ago.

The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman – And now to the non-fiction books (though I haven’t completely made my list yet as I’ll likely combine a lot of graphic non-fiction during November). The Story of the Human Body landed on my audio list after Rhapsody Jill’s glowing review almost two years ago.

All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior – A parenting book…though not based on actual parenting but how parenting has evolved over the years? I’m not entirely sure but I have heard great things about this one and look forward to reading it.

So…what’s on your list for this fall? Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post?

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College Literature Seminars that Rock!

Posted 25 August, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 18 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday

Has school started in your neck of the woods? Our kiddos started yesterday which made getting to work a maze of school zones and speed traps. I always take the summer traffic for granted until it’s gone! While both of the girls are in school every day year round, Elle officially started junior kindergarten and Evie moved up to the 2-2.5 year old class. Crazy to think that this time next year I’ll have one going off to Kindergarten and a 9month old baby at home. Yeesh!

Anyway, today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a fun one, but my brain is too tired to come up with an actual list. The prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Isn’t that fantastic?

I’m a total nerd when it comes to back to school and syllabi. I’m the one who browsed the literature section of any college bookstore spying on what the teachers were assigning for any given course. Sometimes I might have even picked up a book for my own–so my apologies if I’m the reason you had to order your book because the bookstore didn’t have enough.

Instead of writing up a list of Ten Books On my X Syllabus, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite literature courses from my undergraduate and graduate years. Ok, and since didn’t want to stretch my favorites, I’m also sharing my two least favorite literature courses.

College Literature Seminars that Rock

A Look at My Favorite Literature Seminars

Postmodern Lit – Wow this syllabus was varied and diverse in so many ways. We studied the postmodern movement and our list of reading included Sula by Toni Morrison, The Crying Lot of 49 by Thomas Pynchon, Underworld by Don DeLillo, Snowcrash by Neal Stephensen, The Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn, Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa, The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy, and several more. It was a tough class, especially as Postmodernism can be so obscure (simulacrum anyone?), but the reading was always good.

Victorian Sensationalism – Who knew those Victorians got so worked up by crime! In this one we studied Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Our Mutual Friend and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. A fun modern spin on this class would include Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

Hemingway and Fitzgerald – This was a short little summer seminar so we read just a few novels and short stories by each author. I loved learning some of the gossip about these sometimes friends, sometimes rivals. The short stories are too many to name, but the novels included This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is the Night by Fitzgerald and The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway.

Modern Lit/Post WWI – While this undergrad course started with some of the artists from La Belle Époque, much of the literature was published immediately after World War I and showed the effects of the war/Modernism in some fashion or another. Favorites included Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner (also poetry by WB Yeats). My least favorite was A Portrait of the Artist at a Young Age by James Joyce. There is no limit to my loathing of this book.

Folklore – This was a really neat class that was a bit all over the place. We discussed American folklore, fairy tales, a bit of mythology and how these fed into literature and even our every day lives. A lot of the reading was secondary articles, but two of my favorite books discussed in class were Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

American Short Story – I love short stories–really really love short stories. And when assigned in grad school to create a syllabus for a course, I based mine on short stories. Unfortunately, I don’t take the time to read them outside of class. I read a lot of greats in this class including Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Louise Erdrich…omg so many more. It was a truly fantastic class.

Postcolonial Lit – An eye-opening class about the effects of colonialism all around the world–primarily British colonialism. We read books from African writers (Achebe), Indian (Rushdie), New Zealand (Hulme), Caribbean (Brodber), and even Irish…which means we read my favorite: A Portrait of the Artist at a Young Age (rejoice. my professor actually called me a philistine when I voiced my great disdain). :)

Lewis Carroll – During my senior year of undergraudate studies, I took an entire seminar on Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson. We read all of his major works and even studied his photography, but we also focused on his life and how his experiences as a professor at Oxford (and a friend to the Liddell family…and Alice) shaped his writing. The biography we read was Lewis Carroll by Morton N. Cohen.

My Most Painful Literature Seminars

18th Century LiteraturePamela! Robinson Crusoe! Ugh ugh ugh. Actually, what really killed me in this class was all of the secondary reading. The best parts of the class were reading bits and pieces of The Spectator by Addison and Steele and learning about the crazy 18th century British customs and lifestyles. But the literature? I wish we could have read Tristram Shandy!

Shakespeare and Melville – For the experimental class we read three texts all semester: Hamlet, King Lear, and Moby Dick. There were only about 12 of us in the class and I fully admit that I might have fallen asleep during session once or twice. It was painful. Painful. And I’m still trying to figure out why the professors (two of them) but these authors together in one seminar. I’m sure there was a point…but obviously I slept through it. ;)

Any of these classes look interesting to you? Would you have signed up? Curious what your dream literature course would be! I would love to take a course on graphic novels/memoirs.

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Even More Bookish Questions

Posted 23 August, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 14 Comments

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Twenty Bookish Questions

 

Howdy!! Since I have made exactly zero progress in my reading last week (still reading Sense and Sensibility), you guys get bookish questions today. Lucky you! Feel free to grab them for your own post fodder. I got them from Katie at Words for Worms.   And she originally got them from Sarah Says Read who got them from…well, somewhere on the blogosphere!  You’ll notice these questions start at number 21. I posted the first set of Twenty Bookish Questions a few months ago (if you’re curious).

Twenty Bookish Questions 

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Oh goodness–recommending is so hard for me to do. Reading is such a personal thing and can also depend on mood and such. When I do recommend books, they tend to be crowd pleasers. And truthfully–many of the books I recommend are ones that I haven’t even read yet! I’m always telling my stepmom about the hot books that book bloggers are reading right now.

22. Favorite genre

While fiction is definitely my comfort zone, I like books that push me a little bit mentally or emotionally. And I love a good memoir every once in a while, especially on audio.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):

But wish I did? I wish I read more classics but they always seem to get pushed to the background these days. In all honesty, all of my reading could use a little more variety these days but I’m not going to stress over it!

24. Favorite biography:

I think it’s a toss up between The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Both were powerful reads in very different ways.

Awesome Biographies

 

 

25. Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)?

Can you guess??? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This IS one of those books that I’ve been recommending all over the place. I don’t read many self-help books, though I do have a few parenting books on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to read.

26. Favorite cook book:

To read? Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. I’m also a big fan of The Mom 100 by Katie Workman.

27. The most inspirational book you’ve read this year:

Besides The Life-Changing Magic? I loved Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Loved loved loved.

tiny beautiful things

 

28. Favorite reading snack:

Ice cream. Just kidding–just coffee. Unless I’m reading an ebook, snacking can be tough while reading!

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:

This is one of the reasons why I don’t read highly buzzed books. They often don’t live up to the extreme hype, at least of the very beginning of a book’s release. I try to let the hype die down before I read the book (which means I’m never the cool girl on the block, but I’m ok with that).

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book?

I don’t read critics’ reviews. :)

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

These days I rarely post about everything that I read, but I’m the weirdo who reads the 1 star reviews on Amazon to see if I can handle the worst comments. I have no problems with writing (or reading) negative reviews as long as the review is not attacking.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?

Hmmm–Spanish or French. Frenish? Spanch? Fun fact: My dad is learning Spanish at 60 years old. He’s currently reading Harry Potter in Spanish. His very first read in Spanish was The Martian (upon my recommendation…figured he could learn some Spanish swear words)

books in spanish

 

33. Most intimidating book I’ve ever read:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Worth every day, week, and month it took me to read.

34. Most intimidating book I’m to nervous to begin:

I’ve had 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami for years and it intimidates the snot out of me. Especially since I’ve heard mixed things. It’s just so long!

35. Favorite Poet:

I’ve also been partial to Walt Whitman, though I rarely make time to read poetry. Bad Trish!

36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?

None. #truth  Unless it’s Comics in February and then anywhere from 15-20.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?

In February, about half. If not February, then I normally always finish the library book, though rarely on time!

38. Favorite fictional character:

I’m really partial to Claire Fraser from the Outlander series. Her husband isn’t too bad either (even though he was a bit of an ass in Drums in Autumn #4).

Outlander GIF

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39. Favorite fictional villain:

This is a tough question!! Perhaps Chigurh from No Country For Old Men is the most blood thirsty?

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:

Outlander! Actually, I normally prefer short books since I don’t read a lot on vacation and tend to want to actually feel I’ve accomplished something!

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:

Hmmm. I only read 12 books the year before Elle was born. I don’t think I’ve gone more than a month, but certainly whole weeks!

42. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Life. TV. Children. Any kind of noise. Twitter. Facebook. Hangnails. Hunger. Sleep.

43. Name a book you could not finish:

I have not been able to get through Ulysses by James Joyce. I even made it through the supposedly impossible part.

44. Favorite film adaption of a novel:

I adore the Kiera Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice. Confession–I have never been able to finish the Colin Firth version.

Pride and Prejudice GIF

45. The most disappointing film adaptation:

Are you kidding me? Pretty much any movie based on a book. ;)  Though I will say, I love the TV adaptation of Outlander.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:

Maybe $100? Though surely those were mostly gifts!

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Never ever! Sacrilege! I don’t even read the dust jacket or back cover.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?

Terrible writing. Terrible and unsympathetic characters. Not being able to care at all about what’s going on in the book.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

In a way. I have all of my classics and non-fiction books separate and the rest is divided between read and unread. Unread books (fiction) are more or less alphabetized by author’s last name.

50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?

I’m a book hoarder!!! Though I’ve been trying to be better with letting them go. I just took four diaper boxes worth to the library.

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51. Name a book that made you angry:

One Day by Nichols. I literally threw the book across the room I was so mad about the ending.

52. Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading:

All of it!! All reading should be guilt-free, right??

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Grab the questions and play along!! Or answer a few of them in the comments section. I’d love to hear your answers!

Hope you have a great Sunday! 

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Ten Books to Celebrate Diversity

Ten Books to Celebrate Diversity

  Today’s Top Ten topic is actually Authors I’ve Read the Most. Since I did a post fairly similar to that a year ago (I’ll sum it up…Stephen King is my most read author), I decided to back track a few weeks to Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. Diversity in reading is something that’s been on my radar this year–enough so that I’ve been tracking how many books I read by non-white authors. Included in […]

Posted 11 August, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 15 Comments
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Top Ten Books for Summer

Top Ten Books for Summer

I feel like I’ve come full circle! I just looked back at my Top Ten Books for Summer of 2014 and am quite proud of myself for having completed this list two years in a row. Um, nevermind that I only finished 4 books from the list last summer (and one of them was completed in the fall…or something). I’m one of those weirdos who expects reading to slow down during the summer. Life gets […]

Posted 16 June, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 33 Comments
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Twenty Bookish Questions

Twenty Bookish Questions

Hi! I’m going to try and make it my goal to blog more regularly this week. Tomorrow is Inspiration on Monday and Thursday is my 8th Bloggiversary! Big stuff. I’m not sure if I’ll fill in the holes, but three new posts this week is better than my meager turnout lately. A favor: If you are subscribed to my blog via Feedly and my latest posts aren’t showing in Feedly, please unsubscribe to my feed […]

Posted 31 May, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 23 Comments
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Let’s Talk About TBR, Baby

Let’s Talk About TBR, Baby

Hi gang!  First let me gush over how much I love you all. Friday was the Day in the Life Blogger Event and it made me do this all day:   Seriously. I’m THRILLED over the participation, though it will take a me a few days to read through all of the posts. If you missed the event, I’ll be hosting another in the fall for those who missed it or want to post another […]

Posted 29 March, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 39 Comments
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Ten Books I Have My Eye On

Ten Books I Have My Eye On

  Christmas is in two days. Wheeeeeee!!!! And you know what’s sad? I didn’t put one single book on my Christmas wishlist. This isn’t because I don’t want any new books for Christmas, but why is it that people groan when you give them a list of books you’d love? And then buy everything but the books you’ve asked for. Plus the guilt of “don’t you already have enough books?” AS IF SUCH A THING EXISTS. […]

Posted 23 December, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook / 18 Comments
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Top Ten Books of 2014

Top Ten Books of 2014

2014 was a pretty good reading year for me if you look at numbers alone. I’m set to finish at 52 books for the year–I haven’t hit the 50 book mark since 2009! My goal for the year was 24 and thanks to graphic novels and audiobooks, I was able to bump up my numbers without trying. While I do keep track of how many books I read in a year, I’ve long since stopped […]

Posted 16 December, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook / 31 Comments
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