WordPress 025 – Monthly Wrap-up 003 (June 2013)

Hi everyone, and happy Thursday!

I really love doing these monthly wrap-ups, just seeing how much I’ve read this past month as well as looking forward to what I will be reading next month.  So, this is my monthly wrap-up for June 2013, and I have quite a few books I plan to read soon.  Soon soon!

Finished in June

I was able to finish 2 of the 3 books I pulled from my Book Vase, so I’ll be doing that more each month!

Anthem

Anthem by Ayn Rand

This was shorter than I expected it to be, but it was incredibly thought-provoking for me.  I have my Book Experience up on this, even though I wasn’t able to use enough words to adequately explain or describe what it made me think about.  I think it needs to be taken as a whole and see what you got out of it.

SmokeThief

The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

This one was another surprise, and I’m so glad to have read it.  Good story, nice strong characters, and I already have the next two books that I will hopefully get to one day.  My Book Experience on this is also up, so you can take a look if you’d like.

Rules

Rules by Cynthia Lord

This is a book I’m reading with a student of mine who I tutor (and she picked it out), and I seriously just sat down with it one day and read the entire thing in like… an hour and a half or maybe two hours.  This book just pulled me in, and I loved the relationships between the characters (as siblings, as friends, etc.), especially when they have to deal with things that not everyone knows how to deal with, e.g. autism or speech impairment.  And they are really young as well, so there’s a kind of strength there too as well as some really surprising life lessons.  The one that I have pictured there is a library copy, but I hope to get my own copy one day because it’s a book I’d like to reread.

Inferno

Inferno by Dan Brown

Yes, it was a present for myself, and I finally got it this month and read it in a few days.  I really love his writing style, his story-telling, and his female characters because his female characters have been pretty solid and strong.  I like Robert Langdon as a character as well, and all the twists that Dan Brown puts into the novel.  Never would have thought it was this person or that person, but when he reveals it, it just blows my mind.  I love it.  I was looking forward to this one because it had a lot to do with Dante’s Inferno, which I had to read and study rather deeply in a comparative literature class.  Really awesome.

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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

I’m not going to count this book toward my yearly total because I read this one for class in the first couple of weeks, but it is a pretty good book on writing well for nonfiction.  I had to keep in mind that it’s for nonfiction because some of the things in here conflicts so much with other kinds of writing, like creative writing.  I don’t think it’s as black and white as he makes it out to be.

Planned Books for July

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The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo

Yes, this one was from my Book Vase last month, but I didn’t get around to it, so I will be reading it this month.

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

This is the next book I choose from my Book Vase, and I can’t believe I got Eragon!  It certainly has been on my shelved for a long time, so I suppose it’s about time I read it and see what it’s all about.  It’s like Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games that I need to read eventually to see what all the fuss is about.

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With or Without You by Brian Farrey

I got this book a couple years ago from an English teacher convention, and it just seemed interesting.  I used to read a lot of GLBT literature, some that are very well-written, but I haven’t branched out too much because not all of them are well-written.  I decided to give this a try because hopefully, if it’s at an English teacher convention, it must have some merit.

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Another book I’m in the middle of that was chosen by one of the students I tutor, and it’s about time I give this a read.  I’m pretty sure I can read this faster, but I don’t want to get too far ahead.

And that is it for my monthly wrap-up, and I hope that everyone has another grand month of reading!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 024 – Book Experience 012 – The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe (Spoilers)

Hi everyone, and happy Monday!  I’ve been wondering if I can do something else on Mondays, something Book Experience related but from a different medium, but I’m not sure yet.  I feel like I’m putting these out way too often, and it would be fun to do something different, like I do on Thursdays with the tags.  We shall see.

This week’s Book Experience will be on The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

SmokeThief

So I had the paperback version of this book for a while on my bookshelf, and a couple of months ago, I found a nice hardcover version to replace it.  Normally that’s what I prefer anyway, and I pulled this title out of my Book Vase last month to read for this month.

What interested me about this book was that it said it was about a thief who was a woman, and there’s this guy trying to catch her.  There are also supernatural plots and themes mixed in with it, which is what I liked, and the woman seemed to be a strong female character, especially if she was able to elude capture for so long.  The thing was the romantic aspect of the novel made me unsure whether or not I would actually enjoy it because like I said in the “7 Deadly Sins of Reading” tag (post # 021), I didn’t want the romance to be the thing that ends up breaking the strength of the female character.  And I didn’t want the male character to be… so obviously attractive.  Prince Charmings are too easy.

Anyway, in short, this novel really surprised me.  I really enjoyed this and really loved the female character, Clarissa Rue Hawthorne.  She had a crush on the main guy Christoff “Kit” Langford when she was younger, and I was worried that when they met again when they were grown up, she would fall for him again, but nope. She made it difficult for him, and it was oh-so-good.  Kit almost felt like the typical privileged kid, son of the Marquess and Alpha to this clan of drakon, but when he grew up, he wasn’t… too annoyingly arrogant or anything.  He was sometimes the teasing kind of guy, but he was also serious when he needs to be, which was a plus.  Really enjoyed the characters.  Not too sure about Zane thought, only because he was rather young.

And the entire concept of the drakon, shapeshifters who can “Turn” from human to smoke to dragon and back again, was really interesting, and I thought it was executed rather well.  It became rather pivotal in different scenes, and they had to use it with concentration and care in order to escape or whatever, so I liked how that was incorporated into the story with some real use (instead of just having it be something “different” like “Oh look, they can turn into smoke,” and that’s it, nothing else). I really like the images I got from it.

Anyway, this first book prompted me to get the others in the series.  I got the second and third books, which I will show off in this month’s haul, and I hope to read them soon.  However, I don’t believe they follow Clarissa and Kit as much, so hmph.  Anyway, I look forward to them.

Thanks for reading my Book Experience. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 023 – The Name Game Book Tag

Hello everyone!  The weather has been glorious these past few days, and I’ve been sitting outside during the afternoon to read and just loving it.  Of course, I’m mostly reading for classes, but I’m actually ahead of my reading right now for that, which is almost a first.  Normally I’m just bogged down forever by reading, so this week, I’m looking forward to getting a lot more pleasure reading done.

This week, I’m going to do a tag called the “Name Game Book Tag,” which asks you to choose a book that you read/own that begins with the letters of your name.  The person who created it was KimberleysBookNook @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVMZjVsQrfU

Now, most of the people who did this tag on YouTube had long first names, so they only did their first name.  On the other hand, I have a short full name with only 9 letters, and I have 3 N’s and 2 A’s, so I’ll just do my entire name because why not?

Here we go!

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Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

I found this book when I was browsing around in Barnes & Noble a few years ago, and I saw Darcy’s name on the cover.  I thought to myself, “Huh… The only “Darcy” I know is Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.”  So I checked it out, and it turned out to be this!  I didn’t even know this was a thing (now I do), that authors can write essentially “fanfiction” about something as classic as Pride and Prejudice.  I love getting to read it from the point of view of Mr. Darcy, and this was one I really enjoyed.  I read another by a different author, but it was pretty much a summary of what happened without much insight into Mr. Darcy’s character.  I liked the way Regina Jeffers wrote it.

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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This novel surprised me in a way because I didn’t know much about it and didn’t expect much from it, but it was a great read.  I like the character of McMurphy and how he was like, and you can read my Book Experience (# 010) on it if you like.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Perhaps one of the first dystopian novels I’ve read, and it really pulled me into the genre because I think we can learn a lot about humanity from them.

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

I’m familiar with Poe’s poetry and his short stories (I remember reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” as an audiobook in class back in 8th grade, and it was so creepy), but I didn’t know he had written something novel-length.  Apparently, it’s the only one, and… it was really something.  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge reminds me of it.  Fun fact that my professor told me: note the similarity between the names Arthur Gordon Pym and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Anthem

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Just read this and put up my Book Experience on it, and it’s really a deep, thought-provoking book.  It makes me think a lot, which is a plus for any book.

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Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Now this book brings me some nostalgia.  I read it in 6th grade, and I remember my teacher having us try out the Mobius strip, and it was so awesome.  It was rather mind-blowing back then, and I’m glad to have read this book, which makes all school things like reading and math rather fun.

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Holes

Holes by Louis Sachar

I’ve read all the goofy Wayside School books, so I was hesitant to read this one for a long time because I didn’t think it would be “serious,” but man, was I wrong.  I really liked the story, and I was especially surprised by how much I like the story with Katherine Barlow.  So tragic.  And this was one of the books where I didn’t know it was made into a movie, and I watched it with my best friend and enjoyed it as well.

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AnimalFarm

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Ugh, this book.  It feels so innocent at first, like a fable story because come on, talking animals.  I was thinking they were going to get justice and live happily ever after, but nope.  I didn’t expect it to get so sinister at the end, and it was just terrifying how it got to that point.  Really love it.

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NightSins

Night Sins by Tami Hoag

Haven’t showed off this author yet, even though I’ve mentioned her.  I read many of her books, both the romance ones she used to write and the crime thrillers she currently writes.  I was surprised in the end by quite a few of her crime thrillers because I didn’t expect this person to have done it instead of that person, so I really like that about it.  Also there is a touch of romance, which I can’t resist, between the normally two main characters, and it’s not so cloying or obvious, and it doesn’t detract or distract from the story itself.  Plus, many of her female characters now are pretty strong characters, which is a plus.

And that was my Name Game Book Tag.  It was hard to choose one book sometimes, so I’m glad I got to choose a few for N and A.

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

WordPress 022 – Book Experience 011 – Anthem by Ayn Rand (Spoilers)

Hi everyone.  I hope you’ve all been able to relax with some great books so far.

Today is another Monday, and my Book Experience this week will be on Anthem by Ayn Rand.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

Anthem

I recently found this really nice copy of Anthem, so it’s replacing the other one that I had.  I love the cover and how it looks like old, delicate paper, and it’s one of those paperback novels that randomly has flaps on the front and back covers.  Plus, deckle edge pages.  :)

Anyway, I didn’t know much about any of Ayn Rand’s works, even though I’ve heard so much about her as a person.  I think I had a chance to read one of her novels (The Fountainhead) back in middle school for a scholarship, but I ended up not doing so because… adult novels were intimidating back then.  Kevin did recommend this to me in one of his letters a while back, so thank you!  Also, this was one of the books I had chosen out of my Book Vase last month, so I’m glad to have read it.

First of all, I was surprised that it was much shorter than I realized, since they reprinted a facsimile of her first edition with all of her edits and rewriting for the American edition in the second half of the book.  So, it was really only about 100 pages long.

The themes in the story are definitely very familiar to me, very dystopian as I had guessed, so it reminds me a lot of dystopian books I had already read.  I love the progression of the story as well, the entire journey of self-discovery as Equality 7-2521 broke away from what he knew of the world.  I love the story between Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 (a.k.a. the Golden one).  I don’t think I can properly or adequately convey what these 100 or so pages have laid out; it was a great experience when I read it.  The words, I don’t have enough to explain.

There was one part where the description of the sky just made me go, “Whoa…”  I wish I had such command of words:

“In five hours, the shadows are blue on the pavement, and the sky is blue with a deep brightness which is not bright.”

It’s the description of dusk, by the way.  It just gives me chills.  It’s so good.

This is a rather powerful 100 pages that I’ve read, and I wish I could say more about it, but I’m at a loss.  Feel free to discuss with me, definitely.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 021 – 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag

Hello everyone!  So this Thursday on this very busy week of mine, I’m going to do another one of these book-related tags because I think they’re fun to do, and it will break up the monotony of my Book Experiences.

The one that I choose to do this week is called the “7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag,” which asks questions about books and reading based on the 7 deadly sins: greed, wrath, gluttony, sloth, pride, lust, and envy (and who else besides me learned and memorized what they were because of Full Metal Alchemist?).  The person who created it was BookishlyMalyza @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm0c56gcbsE

Here are the questions:

GREED – What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?

I have way too many books to go through and check all of them (as well as remembering just how much they each cost me originally when I bought them), so I decided to just go for the price that is on the book itself.

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I think my most expensive books that I have are the “Special Illustrated Edition” of both Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown at $35.00 each.  Basically it’s the entire novel, but all throughout the story, they have images of what they are referring to.  Really neat.

GreatExpectations

My least expensive book is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens from 1963, and on the cover, it says it is only 45 cents.  This is probably one of my oldest books too.

WRATH – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I would have to say… J. K. Rowling?

*gasp*

Well, of course, I love (love love) how she had written Snape.  Snape is one of my favorite characters of all time, so harsh, so tragic, and deep deep down in a place where almost no one knew or understood him, he had this other side of him.

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However, starting in Book 5, the main/major plot didn’t… seem as interesting as before (even though Voldemort himself came back from the… almost-dead), and it just got more and more disconnected with me.  The introduction of the horcruxes and the final battle between Harry and Voldemort didn’t draw me in very much.

Plus in Book 5, how Harry got so absurdly angry at Ron and Hermione where it was basically a page worth of ranting in all-caps, it just… didn’t do it very much for me sadly.  Snape’s single line of all-caps was much more powerful and gave a greater impact than Harry’s rant.  When you overuse something, it tends to lose its power/impact.

GLUTTONY – What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

For this, I’m going to say the romance novels written by Tami Hoag.  I rarely have time to reread anything, but romance novels seem to have a kind of stigma attached to them anyway, and it’s something that I’m rather “critical” about too.  I’m wary to try out the romance genre because I don’t want… instant falling in love and hopeless damsels in distress and all too perfect guys.  Give me flaws!  (More on that later.)

LastWhiteKnight

I actually started off with one called The Last White Knight that I got from a book sale on my university campus a few years back, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it very much.  The next ones I read were both crime thrillers, which I really really liked, so when I like an author, I set out to read as many books as I could written by him/her.  Tami Hoag first started off writing romance, so I read a lot of those as well as her current ones.  Her romance ones early on were a pretty fast read, but they were a bit too cliche at times, but I got through a lot.

SLOTH – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Hm, there are a lot of books that I have started in the past, but I haven’t picked them up again to finish.  I did finish some these past couple of months, so I am working on them.

MystReader

The one book I do want to continue and neglect no further is The Myst Reader, which has three books in one volume based on the computer game Myst.  The books are called The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti’ana, and The Book of D’ni.  The sketches in these books are beautiful.

PRIDE – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

Uh… I like to talk about any books, as everyone can tell by my Book Experiences.  Any and all books, I think there is something to say about each of them.  I suppose classics make me sound more “intellectual,” but really, as long as you get something out of a book, no matter what it is, that is already meaningful!

LUST – What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

I’ll be answering for both because in my mind, I do have some idea of what I find “attractive,” as in the characters I would go for in a story.

Male – I find that I love the tragic male characters, those who have a lot of flaws and imperfections, those who have a past that might be painful, those who might be considered anti-heroes, those who might be misunderstood, misjudged, the underdog, the badass, the ones that people might end up hating and think are jerks, etc.  I don’t know why I love them either because they are the complete opposite of the guy you would bring home to meet your parents. Still, I love them so much.  <3

Female – Female characters are more difficult I find because I don’t really have a list of female characters who I really admire.  I like strong female characters and that they maintain that strength, even if they meet some guy.  Sometimes, female characters start off strong, but then when they meet someone, they fall for him and immediately crumble.

I like to point to Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as a strong female character, but I am reading The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe as part of my Book Vase pick last month, and the character of Clarissa Rue Hawthorne has real potential.  I thought it might start off as a standard childhood crush, but when they meet again years and years later… she is still awesome.  Strong, determined, even rejecting him.  And the male character, Christoff “Kit” Langford, isn’t too bad either.  At least not as bad as I thought he might be (i.e. “too perfect guys”).  I love it!

ENVY – What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Inferno

I actually gifted myself already!  I normally don’t buy new books, since I have other ways of getting them cheaper, but I had to buy Inferno by Dan Brown, the fourth in the Robert Langdon series.  I love how Dan Brown writes and have read all the novels he has published so far.  This one is going to about Dante’s Inferno, which makes me geek out even more.  I can’t wait to read it!  I just received it today in fact.  Yay!

And that was the 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag, almost late today with my post, but only because… I’m just busy forever I guess.  Too many things to do!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

WordPress 020 – Book Experience 010 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Spoilers)

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great summer.  I started classes already, which involves quite a bit of reading, but I’m definitely trying to make time to read for pleasure as well and still do this because… I love doing this.

This week, my Book Experience will be on One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

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So, I don’t remember if I mentioned this somewhere before, but I picked this up to read because one of my coworkers was reading it, and he said he didn’t quite understand it.  So, I thought, “Well, why don’t I give it a try?”  I did have it in my collection, and it was one of those must-read books that I didn’t really know much about, so it was as good a time as any to get started on it.

For some reason, even though the back said that it was set in a mental hospital, and it was clearly about a mental hospital, and that was already in my mind, BUT I kept picturing a prison system because I was watching way too much OZ at the time, and the whole environment of both felt similar enough.  Very strict schedules/routines, what you were supposed to do; you were controlled by the authority and how things work in the system, and there is nothing you can do about it.

However, when McMurphy came in as a new “Admission” into the hospital, it was clear that he wasn’t part of and wasn’t going to be a part of the system.  Clearly a rebel, but I thought the way he rebelled was pretty priceless because he doesn’t go off and cause trouble and get in trouble (like pick fights and/or kill people like those people in OZ did in prison), but he does it more subtly just to mess with people’s heads, most especially Big Nurse (whose name is Ratched… which keeps reminding me of the word “wretched,” which isn’t too far off).  Just looked oh-so-innocent-like, but he’s clearly not.

Like how he made a ruckus about someone having stolen his clothing the night before, so he was standing there in just a towel, getting the Big Nurse and all her employees all flustered, and she demands that someone get him some clothes this instant!  And once they do, McMurphy just innocently drapes his towel over her shoulder and revealed that he had a pair of shorts under there all along.  So smug, and she was so mad, I’m sure.  I would be too, but on the other side, I thought it was brilliant, challenging authority in that way.

Of course, he starts to raise the bar again and again, trying to see just how far he can push authority before it snaps, and Big Nurse Ratched is trying to not snap under any circumstances because that would mean she’s the weaker one, that she can’t handle him, that he’s won, etc.  All that.  If she punishes him, then it is like a victory for him, regardless of anything else.  And slowly, McMurphy is winning everyone over, and Chief was a pretty interesting character as well.  A very quiet character who sort of wanted to blend in and not be bothered, but he’s clearly a big guy, from what I imagined him to be.  And it was McMurphy, who drew him out and eventually helped him get out.

The ending that sort of became the climax was definitely when Big Nurse Ratched was threatening the other patients (and I almost typed “inmates” there) to get them to submit and fold under her to show that she still has the power over them, but then McMurphy just tears through her clothes and revealed to everyone that no matter what, she was still “just” a woman, which probably made her “weaker” in their eyes just like that.  Like it was a realization to them… which is real sexist and everything but… that’s what I got out of it.

Also the ending killed me like the ending of George Orwell’s 1984 killed me.  Though not as much as 1984… more like the ending of season 1 of Game of Thrones (the TV series) with Khal Drogo.  In fact, it’s almost exactly like it— except I love Khal Drogo way way~~ more.  *tears*  Whyyy?

Alright, so that’s my Book Experience on One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  If you have your own Book Experience or thoughts on this, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 019 – Book Haul 003 (May 2013)

Hi everyone!

It’s June, and that means I get to do my book haul for May 2013!  I didn’t think I was going to get a lot of books last month, but then I found out from my dad that the library near where I work was having a book sale in the middle of the month (he just knows these things because he visits libraries everywhere all the time).  So, thanks Dad!

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There they are: 21 hardcovers and 8 paperbacks.

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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Like I told the people there at the library book sale, I heard good things about this book, so I thought why not give it a try?

ForOneMoreDay

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I actually saw this book first when I was there, and I saw how it was by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie.  Didn’t know much about it, but reading the summary got me interested in the story, so I picked it up.

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A Promise to Believe in by Tracie Peterson

This is the first book in a series that I accidentally bought the second book in.  I would really love it if the publishers of series somehow note down that a certain book is 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. in a series, so I know I need to buy the earlier ones!

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

I have heard about the Inkheart series, and I do have two of the books, but I haven’t read them yet.  Still I picked this up just to see how it is.

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I must say, I am intrigued by the cover of this book.  Black angel wings.  Fallen angels?  All that.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

The colors on the cover are beautiful, and I have yet to read Ender’s Game, but I picked up this book anyway.  Good to give things a try.

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The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

This is about bookshops and a young person who loves books, so this is like… a story of me!  Sort of, but not really.  I think there are a lot of different characters in here, very… not normal, so this will be interesting for sure.

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Dead Man’s Puzzle by Parnell Hall

So I love Sudoku and love completing it, and there’s this mystery story revolving around Sudoku?  I don’t know how it can work, but I can see how it can work too.  Can’t wait to read this.

FallingBodies

Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark

I believe the main character has a very interesting outlook on life, and it has been challenged by tragedy, so I would like to see how he comes to terms with it.  Why am I always drawn to tragic characters?

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I don’t know much about this book, only heard about it briefly here and there, and I think it’s about growing up and coming-of-age.  However, I really like the cover of the book.  Really eye-catching.

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The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie

So, this is a very interesting set-up because this is actually like a cover that holds the book inside as well as 20-some pages of these bits and pieces of clues that the character will be finding in the story.  So it’s rather interactive, and I can follow along as I read and maybe try to figure out the entire mystery before they do.  Really cool, and I hope that all the pieces are there, otherwise it’s like getting a puzzle and one of the pieces are missing.

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Marley & Me by John Grogan

I got so many different editions of this book, but I haven’t even read it yet!  Even though it’s about a dog.  But I think this is the most beautiful edition out there.  So pretty.

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Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

I’m a bit iffy about the premise of this novel, how an Austen-obsessed girl is transported back through time to the Jane Austen era, but… it’s Jane Austen, so I should give it a try.  I mean, why not?

BrideCollector

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

I bought another book by him before, and this seemed just as equally interesting.  I’ve been into the whole crime thriller genre for a while now, and I’m getting back into it because I’m watching some forensics-related series on Netflix.  So yay.

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Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael

It almost reminds me of Shakespeare in Love, basically a story revolving around the author and how they end up creating and writing their greatest work while dealing with their own lives.  I rather love Jane Eyre, so it would be interesting to see what comes of this.

Vanished

Vanished by Joseph Finder

This and the next book is the first and second of a series (and yes, I ended up having to buy this one because I didn’t realize Buried Secrets was the 2nd in the series).  But the main character is named Nick, and I have a lot of fondness with that name.

BuriedSecrets

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

I probably did buy this book because it said “Nick” down there.  Somewhere, deep down inside me, I hope that the character does the name justice.  I’m weird like that.

CrimsonPetalandtheWhite

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

So I had the paperback version of this for a long time, and then I found this one, so I bought it.  Still haven’t read it yet (I’m going to stop using that as an excuse once I actually read all of the books in my collection), but I will get there.

Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I’ve been trying to fine Snow Crash by the same author for a while now, but then I saw this one and the next book, and I thought I’ll give these a try first since they sound real interesting.  I’ll be able to see if I like his writing style.

Quicksilver

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

You probably remember this from my “Big Books Tag” where I showed off this as one of the biggest books that I haven’t’ read yet.  And this is why!  I just got it.  :)

JaneAustennovels

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

I found this collection of Jane Austen novels, and I just snatched it up quick.  Very awesome find.  Sometimes you never know what you might find!

X-Men

X-Men by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

A novelization of the movie I believe, and Wolverine is my favorite character, and I really love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, so it will be interesting to see if there are more insights to him.

HisDarkMaterialsseries

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, and I’ve never even seen the movie yet, even though my dad bought it a while back.  I actually didn’t know it was a novel until I saw this, so I decided to give it a try.

Choke

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

So, after finished Invisible Monsters, I decided to give more of Chuch Palahniuk’s works a try, and I found this one in like the reference book section… I think because of the anatomy on the front?  Who knows.

TenderBar

The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

I don’t know a thing about this, but this was a World Book Night 2013 book, and I participated in the first annual one in 2012 as a book giver (if you remember from my first bookish post), so seeing this out there seemed so sad.  So I picked it up.

FightClub

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Heard good things about this and the movie, both I don’t know much about, but at least I have the book now, so I’ll be able to read it and see what it is all about.

LiesMyTeacherToldMe

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

A nonfiction book, and I think this is very interesting to find out what we’ve actually missed in history because of this mentality that the victor is the one who writes history.  What is one the other side that we normally don’t know about because we grew up in this one way of learning about history?

Alrighty, that’s all 29 books.  While I do have a lot of reading for class during the summer, I hope I’ll be able to read more for pleasure too and get some things done.  SO many good books out there, and they need to be read!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!