Monday, May 16, 2016

Bout of Books 16 Wrap Up

Saturday's challenge was to share your favourite Bout of Books memory and I commented about the time I won a challenge during Bout of Books 14 and got to choose a free book from The Book Depository and I got Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which is an awesome book. I actually ended up buying it for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law and she loved it, too.

Yesterday there was no challenge, it was a free day. And yesterday I fell off the wagon a little bit but I don't regret it because I had a great day. I did some yard work with my husband, then we went to the city and saw the new Captain America movie and went for supper. It was a really nice day.

So, my wrap-up:

I finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I really enjoyed this book.

I read the new volume of Rat Queens and I liked it a lot but I want to read the next volume now, which of course isn't out yet. I like this series a lot. It's pretty unique and the characters are all badass.

I read What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. It was a nice, quick read. It was okay. It was a little too spiritual for me (I know it's a spiritual book but still.) but I didn't mind it because I was able to plow through it in a day. 

I started the new volume of Fables but I haven't finished it. I actually only read one chapter because I ended up taking yesterday off from the read-a-thon. I am excited to keep reading this one, though, This seems like one of the longer Fables books and I'm excited to see where the story goes.

So overall, I am pretty happy with myself because I normally only read one book in a week or sometimes it takes me two weeks to read a book depending on how long the book is and how often I read.

I had a lot of fun with Bout of Books this week and it kind of got me out of a reading slump I've been in for a few months now, which is great because on Friday 5 of my library book requests came in so I have a lot of reading to do! 

The next Bout of Books will be August 22 - August 28.

Check the Bout of Books blog for more details and updates.

Happy reading!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bout of Books: Freaky Friday Photo Challenge

Today's Bout of Books challenge is to "share a photo of you or your books in a creepy setting to celebrate Friday the 13th!"

I went down to our basement storage room which is creepy because it is super dusty and full of spiders (and spider webs). I took a super old book and edited the photo to black and white for added creepiness.

Progress Update: I am about 80 pages into What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey. It's a quick read. If I don't feel like finishing it tonight I'll finish it tomorrow morning. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bout of Books: If You Like This, Try This

Today's challenge  is "If you like this, try this." The idea is to recommend a book based on something. ex: if you like Victorian romance, you should read Pride and Prejudice.

I have actually done this a few times on my blog, making bookmark-like images recommending books you may like if you like certain popular titles.
(Here, here, and here)

So I thought I'd take a different spin on it this time. I chose some musical albums and recommended books based on the themes and mood of the albums!

If you like listening to this, read this: 

Beyonce  - Lemonade / Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche

about the experience of being a black woman in America, written by a black woman in America.

Taylor Swift - Fearless / Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

about high school, first loves, best friends, family, relationships, and being a teenage girl.

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds / The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

set in California; very reflective; poetic; exploring love, life, grief, family, figuring things out, losing somebody, finding yourself.

Lorde -  Pure Heroine / Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

angsty; introspective; referencing literature; about the experience of being a teenager, being bored, doing nothing, feeling nothing, feeling everything, and growing up.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon / The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

just beautiful explorations of how it feels to be a person. so lovely.

The Beatles - Abbey Road / Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

whimsical; emotional; catchy; lots of imagery; surprisingly deep.

Beach House - Teen Dream / Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

pensive; emotional; beautiful; thinking about yourself and what you want out of life and if it's enough.

David Bowie -  Blackstar / This is Water by David Foster Wallace

beautiful reflection on life, death, how to live a good life and leave something behind when you go; written by a man who died tragically and too young.

Progress Update: I finished Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons. It was pretty good but now I want to read the next one which isn't out yet. I think I will read the Oprah book next.