Books

Monthly Review – August 2017

I could not be more delighted with August. Rat Queens is back y’all! And I indulged!

42. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 1 by Kurtis Wiebe
43. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 2 by Kurtis Wiebe
44. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
45. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 3 by Kurtis Wiebe
46. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 4 by Kurtis Wiebe
47. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
48. The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder, read by Khristine Hvam

My other books were great. See What I Have Done, an imaging of what happened before, during, and after the Borden killings was fascinating. American Fire was just the way I like my nonfiction; it felt like reading a novel. And The Family Gene could not have been more interesting. Here’s hoping September is just as readerly awesome!

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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril; or RIP XII SIGN UP NOW!

Every September 1 through October 31 for the last 11 years Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings has hosted the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, affectionately known as the R.I.P. Challenge. Carl has been kind enough to entrust the event to us, Heather and Andi, from now on, and we hope to do him proud. We know all of you readers will!

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Mystery.

Suspense.

Thriller.

Dark Fantasy.

Gothic.

Horror.

Supernatural.

The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.

There are two simple goals for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge:

  1. Have fun reading.
  2. Share that fun with others.

As we do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. XII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between.

Peril the Second:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the challenge categories.

Peril the Third:

We all want you to participate. This Peril involves reading one book that fits within the R.I.P. definition.

Peril of the Short Story:

We are fans of short stories and our desire for them is perhaps no greater than in autumn. We see Jackson in our future for sure! You can read short stories any time during the challenge. We sometimes like to read short stories over the weekend and post about them around that time. Feel free to do this however you want, but if you review short stories on your site, please link to those reviews on our RIPXII Book Review pages. (INSERT LINKS)

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on our book review pages as well.

Peril of the Group Read:

This year we will read and discuss Slade House by David Mitchell! We plan to post discussion questions on October 1 on our respective blogs, and you can answer them at your leisure, and as you like! If you post on your blog, link up. If you post on Twitter, Insta, etc. use #ripxii.

In addition to, or instead of, these group read options you may want to host your own. That would be welcome too and if you choose to do so please let us know so that we can advertise them for you.

Again, you may participate in one or all of the various Perils. Our one demand: enjoy yourself!

The R.I.P. XII 

Challenge does not require you to read from a pre-selected list of books, but like many of you we love to get ideas from what others are thinking of reading. If you want to include a pool of potential reads when you sign up, either in the comments or on your own sign up post on your blog (not required for participation), please do!

This challenge is always a joy because of one thing: you! You sharing your passion for books, reading, films, television, etc. helps bring us together and ensures that we all have a great time. Thank each and every one of you who choose to participate on any level. We are honored that you would choose to do so.

Remember that we would love to read any reviews of the books you read or things you watch. Simply visit estellasrevenge.net OR mycapriciouslife.com and look for the RIP Review PAGE and leave a link to your post. These challenges are a great way to make new friends by tempting them to come to your site to read your reviews.

Do not let circumstances fool you. Autumn is here in spirit. It is R.I.P. XII time.

And so it begins…

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Bout of Books 20!

Day 1

Introduce Yourself #insixwords?

Cat-loving mother addicted to books

Monday started off slooooowly on the books front. I was off all last week to move to our new house and I came back to a shovel slap to the face full of work. The few times I had a minute to start an audiobook left me distracted and not really “clicking” with the story. Finally, around 4:30, a book clicked. I started The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder and it took me so completely captivated hat I’d finished 20% of it by the time I got home.

After I got home and got everything settled to where I could sit down and read, I found that my iPad was dead. Since I had intended to read some more of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, my reading ground to a halt. Now that I am about to go to bed however, I think I’ll listen to some more of The Family Gene because goodness gracious it is fascinating.

Day 2

Synopsis rewrite?

This sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll come back to it when I have time to write one!

Tuesday was busy. I’m still catching up on projects at work. I had lots of jobs to do. Luckily, many were “thoughtless” so I could listen to my book. Y’all, I ALMOST finished The Family Gene today. I went to bed Monday night with 25% finished. I would have finished if fatigue hadn’t gotten the better of me. I think I’ll finish on the way to work.

Which means I’m in the market for another audiobook!

Day 3

Book Spine Rainbow – I wish I had time to find enough books to do this! I haven’t unpacked very many yet! 😦

OMG is it controversial to say that about any book? Because I can think of a few books that I enjoyed much more in audio.

Diego Velazquez Online

Anywho, I found my next audio today! I seem to be really into them lately. After trying out a couple, I settled down with The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming. Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. I don’t believe I have ever heard of him, but I looked him up after starting this book and wow. His work was incredible.

This is Velázquez’s Portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain, 1655.
This book is about Diego Velázquez, but also about art collectors and the world they revolve in. So very interesting. I’d say more, but I haven’t gotten very far into it yet.

Day 7

I knew this would happen! The second half of the week just got too busy. That isn’t to say I haven’t been reading. More like I was too busy to hop on here and update this post. Ah, c’est la vie. I’m going to do a proper update on my reading in my Currently post today, but I will say here, while I wish my reading week and gone better, I still had a blast!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday and I’m back to work after a week off to move. (Insert sad face.) It is also (!) the start of Bout of Books and I am so ready! I realized when I made my list yesterday, I failed to include an audiobook. Since I spent last week moving, I couldn’t really listen to anything (for some reason, people kept wanting to talk to me) so I’m on the hunt for a new audio. I’m thinking of starting either Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives or Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Last week I read the EXCELLENT American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse and I find myself wanting another excellent true crime book. I’m just not sure I can find one as riveting as that one. Any ideas?

As for anything else, I’m between books, so I’ll be dipping into my Bout of Books pile to find something that sticks.

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Currently || August 20, 2017

So, uh, hi!

Where did July and August go? Seriously! I have been so busy!

I got (something like) a promotion at work.

Our house is finally (mostly) finished.

We bought it.

We moved in.

We’re still (sorta) moving in.

And I can (gasp) breathe again. And, maybe, just hopefully do some other things too. Like, read! And hey! It’s Bout of Books Week! And, believe it or not, I have a LOT of my books unpacked! O.o It’s like a miracle!

I’m making a small list of books to try to read this week. I’ve been reading better, now that the house building/buying/moving hoopla is dying down. I’m going to keep it easy though. Here is my list. Any suggestions on which are good and which I should maybe wait on?

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Shadow of What We Wore by Luis Sepulveda
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks

There. That looks like pretty good variety, if I do say so myself. What are you reading this week? Are you participating in Bout of Books as well?

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Summer TBR

Summer TBR

So many of my book blogger friends are making lists of books to read for summer and I just can’t resist doing it to. A LOT of my books are already packed up for our move, but, so far these have managed to avoid the box (except one, which is an audiobook because, even though I do own it, it IS in a box. Somewhere.).

  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, read by Jonathan Pryce
  • His Only Son by Leopoldo Alas
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (DNF)
  • Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  • A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

With moving coming up and a busy summer planned around it, I’m shooting to read 5 of these. If I get through 5, I will definitely call it a winner. Do any of these jump out at you? What should I definitely read?

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It’s Monday! 

Yesterday, I mentioned that I’m listening to Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and reading More Than This by Eleanor PerenyiSince then, I went and added a book because I just can’t leave well enough alone, can I?

Last night, after the kids had gone to sleep, I found myself wide awake. I blame a late coffee. I needed it, okay? Anyway, I didn’t want to watch anything and I didn’t want to turn any lights on, so I opened my iPad. After trying a couple books, one stuck. And stuck FAST. I read the first 50 pages of The Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Good Golly Miss Molly Is It GOOD. Where’s my iPad, cause I need to start reading again.

What magic are you reading this week?

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