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This Post is Boring

7 Feb

I feel like I had a good run over the last couple weeks. I posted quite a few times and felt so inspired! And now … not so much. I feel uninspired at work, on my blog… just uninspired.

I’m also feeling uninspired with books. I lost my great-book streak when I started A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. First, I read the whole Smoking Gun article (found here). I still tried to go into the book with an open mind, just reading it as fiction, of course. But this book was just vitriolic spew (pun definitely intended) that I could not get through. I managed to read eight chapters before calling it quits. It was disgusting and not very well written. Repetition is fine, but repetition of vomiting and the same curses… is not my thing. I have no problem reading about that kind of stuff, but it just kept happening over and over and OVER. And after starting it, it really bothered me that he told everyone it was all truth, when in fact, most of it was not. That is not a memoir. After I quit that book, I started Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. I really enjoyed Oryx and Crake so I’m looking forward to this one. And I received book #2 in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series. And! I’m meeting her at a book signing in a couple weeks. Yay, books! What books are you reading these days?

In other news, it’s a gray day outside. I was looking forward to running around the Capitol tonight. I only live about 2 miles from it and I believe it’s 2 miles around. The great part is that it’s one giant park so you don’t have to worry about crossing streets or cars. You know, unless some car decides it wants to drive on the sidewalk. In which case, shout: “Go home car! You’re drunk!” But. It is a gray day, so if it rains, running will commence on a treadmill at the gym. Bonus part about that: hot tub. There’s no hot tub at the Capitol. Someone should get on that…

Also, I am questioning my sanity lately. I’m a little weird, and most people know it. Last night Todd had a lonely sock, so of course I put it on my hand and grumbled, “put your foot in me!” And then I couldn’t stop laughing for a solid half an hour. Even laughed about it in the shower this morning. Todd’s response was, “you’re weird.” Yes, and thank you for noticing.

Well, this has been a general update. If you’re in New Englad, please keep safe in the blizzard! If you’re anywhere else… I hope your Friday and weekend are great and snow free 🙂


January Book Reviews

28 Jan

Hello, fellow literature lovers! I’m back with some book reviews, and I’ve been reading a lot. The grand total for the month of January will be 7 books, if I finish the book I’m reading now before Thursday (which I definitely will, do you even know me? :)). So here are reviews on the past five books that I’ve read.


Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches
Goodreads stars: four

I can’t give half stars on Goodreads, so I’m going to do that here. I give his book 4.5 stars! I loved this book. It is wonderfully written, but the first half is a little long-winded. It took awhile to get into the good stuff. I also think the first half is geared towards a certain crowd (people like me that enjoy literature about literature). The protagonist, Diana, is a witch. But she tries to suppress her witchiness by becoming a scholar. But she realizes, after meeting a stunningly handsome vampire, that she’s been practicing magic all along.

This novel reminded me a little of Twilight (yes, I’ve read Twilight. I was curious; we’ll call it scholarly interest. And yes, I hated it), because of the mingling between different creatures in the supernatural world. Of course it is a hundred thousand times better and Harkness writes very well. She tells a better story, too (I mean, that’s not hard to do; Stephenie Meyer writes like a high schooler in a mandatory creative writing course).

When I finished this book, I wanted to immediately read the next one. But I was warned that the third one isn’t out yet. I looked at Harkness’ website and she said it’s not even finished! Oh my. So, I decided against immediately devouring book #2. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series, though.


Rick Riordan – The Sea of Monsters
Goodreads stars: four

This is the second novel in the Percy Jackson series. It was another really fun read. I’m drawing a blank on anything more analytical than this. It’s just a great series and I already have book #3 lined up in my queue. One great thing about these books, they’re really cheap ebooks. They’re all between $4 and $6 (roughly).


Paula McLain – The Paris Wife
Goodreads stars: five

This has probably been my favorite book this month. I had no idea what it was about, but I knew it had great reviews. To my most certain pleasure, it’s a fiction piece (based very closely on real-life events) about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, told from her point of view. I’m a big fan of early 20th century American novelists, so this was a great read. Hadley meets and becomes friends with a few major literary stars of this time period, like Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas. They travel all over Europe, sometimes on a whim, and Hadley goes through the pain and torment of loving an artistic soul. The way that McLain describes their love is beautiful and heart wrenching. This was one of the few novels ever that has made me cry.


Ally Condie – Crossed
Goodreads stars: three

This is the second book in the Matched series. I wasn’t as impressed with this book as I was with the first one. The first half of the book felt like a lot of wasting time, not much happening, just running through deserts and canyons. And I’m not impressed with Condie’s prose. It seems like she’s trying too hard to be poetic. I’ll still read the third one though, to find out how it culminates.


Gail Carriger – Soulless
Goodreads stars: four

I just finished this one yesterday and I’m torn. Carriger has a way with words, that is certain, but sometimes her prose is cloying. When I first picked up the book (figuratively – I have a Nook), I had trouble getting into it. It felt like her words just didn’t flow, especially considering some of the character’s names, like Lord Akeldama or Miss Ivy Hisslepenny. If a character has a strange name that I have trouble saying, then I tend to just glaze over it and have a difficult time keeping track of that person.

Overall though, the story was great. It was a really fun read once I was able to pick up on her style. I like that she involved a person without a soul, with a man that’s a werewolf. It was great that by the end of it, one knows that being soulless doesn’t necessary mean one is without soul. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, is a firecracker who speaks her mind, which I love. I definitely plan to read further into the series, but this book definitely took some time to become invested in.


I am also currently reading the first installment of the Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore (or, James Frey and Jobie Hughes), I am Number Four. So far, I like it, but there are a lot of little contradictions in the story that I’m having trouble getting past. That’s all I’ll say on that one for now 🙂

Tell me: what are you reading?