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Vacation Reads 

As of a few days ago I was between books. I finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and I loved it. I think it’s my second favorite of his. (The first being the Stand). I don’t want to go into this too much right now because we read it for book club and we haven’t met yet. Maybe a week from Monday I’ll post a review.

Anyway, I was between books, which normally isn’t a probelm, but starting next Friday night, hubby and I are on a much needed vacation amd I had already decided what  to read. The two books I’m bringing with me are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by JK Rowling. Well, I couldn’t go a whole week without reading, and I couldn’t justify starting a new book for a week just to put it down while we go away, so I started The Cursed Child. 

I just finished Act 1, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I do like the characters and the premise, I’m just not sure if I like what the characters are doing. I will finish this one either way, and then I’ll give you my full review of it.

Without giving any spoilers, how did you like any of the books mentioned? 

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Current Reads

As promised, here are the books that I’m currently reading. 

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’m on chapter 33 of 39. I can’t tell you a page number since I bought the trilogy in one book on my Kindle. It think a I’m only 26% done, but that’s for the whole series. So far, I’m really liking it, and I’m curious as to what’s going to happen next.

2. The Betrayal: Lost Life of Jesus by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. I’m about 200 pages into this one. I’m reading this one for book club so I don’t want to give too much of my opinion on it quite yet, other than to say I’m intrigued by it.

Up next will be Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and The Reluctant Emissary by TM Toombs. I’m hoping to get these five books done before I go on vacation in mid July, so I can read The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them both by J.K. Rowling

What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations.

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All Day Reading Day

I’m not feeling the greatest today and it’s cold and rainy out so I made the executive decision to have a reading day. These are my favorite days and today, I’m hoping to finish The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve got roughly 200 pages to go but I’ve got all day. So Leonard (my stuffed hippo) and I are curled up under the blankets, my candles are lit, coffee poured, jammies are back on, and the washing machine is going. 

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I Had a Crazy Ridiculous Idea

I should be a book reviewer. Like professionally. For money, perhaps through a newspaper or magazine or radical idea blogging. I not sure why it took me so long to figure that out. It would be a great way to combine my journalism degree with my love of reading. Now I just have to find said newspaper, magazine, or blog. (Any suggestions would be great).

In the meantime I’m going to review books here. Better than I have in the past. I’m hoping to brush off the dust of journalism and get back to writing in that style. Fair warning, you guys are the lucky winners that get to be my guinea pigs and read them. 

I also,  here’s a shocker, need to go to the library and research. I need to see what others do and imitate what I like and make my own hybrid style. 

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Free Little Library

​I don’t really feel like writing today. So instead I’m going to read. I just got a ton of new books over the weekend and I can’t wait to start all of them.

Here are some of the new books I got this weekend.

That and I was distracted by a different book dilemma. I filled my 5 shelf book case. Yes. Filled it. So I spent about a half an hour trying to come up with a solution for that. I decided to put a few on my bedside table as my to read in the near future books. Then I went through all of the remaining ones and picked out the ones that I’d be ok parting with. If I have to. This summer I’m hoping to recruit father-in-law (or someone else handy) to help me build a free little library to put outside my house. I live on a busy street though so I’m not sure if it would be a good place for one. 

What do you when you have (dare I say it?) too many books? 

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Bronte Sisters

​Last night I finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. Thus completing my Bronte sisters reading list. (I’m not sure what to read for “classics” now. Any recommendations? Assume I haven’t read any of them. However, Dracula and Frankenstein are off limits because I’m going to be reading them for book club).

I didn’t really like Wuthering Heights. Mainly because I didn’t see the love between Catherine and Heathcliff. That and all the characters seemed whiny to me. I watched the movie (I don’t remember which version) and I liked that better than the book. Blasphemy, I know! 

I loved Jane Eyre. I loved the characters and I was glad with how it ended. My mom and I read this one together and tonight we’re going to watch the movie and compare it with the book. 

The Tenant (which I’ve been spelling wrong this entire time. How embarrassing) of Wildfell Hall was a close second to Jane Eyre. I enjoyed the characters here too and the narration was pretty good. I think this was my favorite ending of the three although I was pleased with how the other two ended.  I feel like I have to find a movie of this novel too. Was one made? Does anyone know? 

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Reading Binge

​I’ve been on a reading binge lately. I just can’t put either of my books down. I just finished Tick Tock by James Patterson, and I loved it and I’m also reading The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I’m close to finishing that one too. I’m pulling an all nighter tonight as I’m in for work at 4 am (not looking forward to it but it will be nice to be done at 8 am do I really shouldn’t complain too much). So I’ll probably finish it tonight.

I’ve also got a book in at the library, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, assuming I didn’t wait too long to pick it up. Figures, I start a book club and then the book I ordered a couple mobths ago finally comes in. Oh well, I was born with a reading list that I will never finish.

What are you reading? I’m always looking for new books. 

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I Started a Book Club

I’ve had a bad case of the winter blues this year. I think it was mainly boredom and not seeing the sun for over two weeks. (See my other blog for more details on that) So, as a way to quench the boredom I toyed with the idea of starting a book club. The idea was to get me to read other books that I normally wouldn’t, and it was something to do.

I talked it over with my mom, and with her encouragement, I decided to go ahead with it. I’ve got four lovely ladies who agreed to join me in this project, and I’m truly looking forward to reading what the recommended.

Now, this isn’t going to be a typical book club where the members get together physically and discuss. This is solely going to be an online group. Which is great for me as I’m an introvert and I speak better with my fingers. So I created a group on Facebook called, wait for it…Book Club. Creative I know. The writer in me is just awe inspired.

Let me know if you’re interested in the list of books we chose or in joining. This is not just for women, so don’t feel left out if you’re a man. I’d enjoy getting  male perspectives on the books that we’re reading.

What have you guys been up to lately?

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Reading Update

My Mom and I, on Christmas Eve, decided to read the same book at the same time. We’ve done this once before, and we read two books, but then we stopped. (I’m not really sure why, maybe she knows). So we read Dead Girls Don’t Blog by Pamela Frost Dennis (which was my choice) and now we’re reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (her choice).

Dead Girls Don’t Blog was pretty good. I’m not really a mystery type person, but the title sounded intriguing so I got it on my Kindle. (I did a “free” search about blogging, hoping to get a few books on increasing readers, monetizing, and other helpful information. I’m a nerd, I know, and this was what came up.) I guess there’s a whole series by this author, but I’m too cheap/not sure if I liked them enough to buy them, even though my mom said she would get them for me.

Jane Eyre is ok. I stayed up late reading it last night and at first I wasn’t too sure about it, but it has gotten better. I don’t want to say too much because I’m further than my mom is and she reads this blog. I’m making the rounds of the Brontë sisters, so now I need to find something by Anne. Any recommendations?

Separate and apart from reading a book with my mom, I’m also reading Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice. So far I’m liking it, but I’m only 20 pages in. (I like to read a “real” book at work and a Kindle book at night, thus the two books going at the same time).  This wasn’t really my first choice, in fact I’m not even sure if it’s on my reading list, but I’m waiting for the library to e-mail me to tell me that the book I ordered is in.

What are you reading? I’m always open for interesting books!

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

​I finally finished Wuthering Heights!  I’m not really sure how I felt about it. I didn’t really like any of the characters that much, but at the same time I had to know how it ended. And now I do.

I’m glad I read it, but I probably wouldn’t read it again. I can now add that to the short list of “classics” that I’ve actually read. I can post that list at a later date if you’re curious. 

I have two more books to finish, and I’m almost done with one I should just sit down and read until I do finish, but I don’t really like it that much so I might just give it up.

What are you reading?