Sunday, March 27, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of March 25

Oh, I knew the day when I forgot to do a currently reading post on a Friday would come someday; I just thought it would take a couple more weeks. It's Easter, though, so things were busy (that's my excuse, there you have it).

Anywho... I am, in fact, still reading The Kite Runner. I don't know how much I actually grasped when I read it the first time, but I definitely had forgotten about some of these plot twists. I'm really enjoying this, but I'm glad I'm reading it in small increments (for class) to break up the heartbreaking.

And, other than that, I'm not actually reading anything at the moment--I just finished a book! I read Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. It's about four girls who kidnap a member of a boy band (the Ruperts) accidentally, or so our unreliable narrator tells us. My thoughts? Meh. It was funny in parts, and it was cringey in other parts. I'm going to need some time to think about this one, but I think it's like a 3-star book for me. More later.

Up next? I have Me Before You by Jojo Moyes on my shelf! Let the crying begin!

Happy Easter.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Currently Reading: Friday, March 18, 2016

It has been such a long week. I can't wait to just stay home and relax this weekend (aside from the working and the homework and etc.). First up on my list of things to do, though? Finish the book I'm reading.

That book is called The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It's about a woman who leaves Sweden to visit her pen pal in a small town in Iowa. When she gets there, she finds out her pen pal has just died. She decides to stay for a while anyway, and starts a bookshop in the little town.

Books about books can go either way for me--they can either be pretentious or they can make you feel completely at home, like you've just found a new friend who shares all your interests. I suppose there are some in between, but I usually form stronger opinions on these types of books.

I am loving this book. I have family in Iowa, and my family loves books, so this one feels like it was written for us. I'm about halfway done, and I hope to finish it soon. There are some issues with it, but the overall charm of the book overrides them.

And, of course, I'm still reading The Kite Runner for my English class. We're a little more than 100 pages in, and I think I like it more this time than I did when I read it a few years ago. I think this one was meant to be talked about and, on my own, I didn't think of some of the things people are bringing up in our discussions--We've had some pretty good discussions so far. I enjoy seeing how people feel about certain things. Once I've finished it, I might go into more detail, but I really overestimated the amount of plot I remembered, so that'll have to wait.

So that's what I'm reading right now. I hope you can find some time in your weekend to read some good books!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Currently Reading: Friday, March 11

Sometimes I read very quickly, but other times it can take me days to get through twenty pages. When I read slowly, I don't always feel like blogging, since I don't feel that I have anything new to say. BUT. When I read quickly, some books get left behind, since I've read so many in a (relatively) short time. So, I thought I'd start a weekly feature on this blog--I'll tell you what I'm reading each Friday.

Right now, I am reading The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman. It's about Victorian-era England, and some sort of demon hunter club (maybe?), but I don't really know yet, because I'm only 30 pages in. I would have been farther, but I also started It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini on Wednesday, so I put The Dark Days Club on the back burner. The good news is, I finished It's Kind of a Funny Story, so now I'm back to this one!

I've also just started re-reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read it a few years ago, at my best friend's recommendation, and I loved it, but I didn't really think I would re-read it anytime soon. It's kind of a downer book, and while it's very important and very well-written, I wasn't in the mood for that many tears again so soon. But here I am in an English class called Search for Identity, and it turns out we're reading this book now. I guess the tears are inevitable.

That's just a quick update on what I'm reading now. I hope to get pretty far into those books this weekend--so much to read, so little time!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March TBR

I was just looking at my February TBR, and I realized that I have read exactly one of those (Stars Above was fantastic, though, so I don't feel too bad). Also, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie came to my town to do an event, so I had to read a few of her works--I read the novel Purple Hibiscus which I loved, the speech We Should All Be Feminists which I loved, and Americanah which, you guessed it, I loved. I didn't know she was going to be in the area until about halfway through February, so I hadn't put those on my TBR, but naturally they jumped up the list.


All that to say that I'll be shifting Salt to the Sea and Me Before You to this month's TBR. I think March has always felt like kind of an in-between month to me. My school's musical is always in February, and Spring Break and my birthday are next month, so March just seems like a waiting time. That makes it the perfect month to play catch up on my TBR, so here we go--some of the things I've been hanging on to but haven't read yet.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Argh, I have been shamed. Yes, this was on my January TBR. No, I haven't read it yet. I'm still very excited, but there were other things going on when I had planned to read it. See, I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard all pretty much in a row, so I wasn't in the mood for another fantasy or supernatural book. I think I actually went from those to reading a bunch of Colleen Hoover novels (more on those later). So, even though I wasn't in the mood then, I'm in the mood now. I hope to get to this one this month.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Yes, I know I'm so behind on this craze (It came out almost ten years ago!). But I did want to read this a few years ago. My library didn't have a copy. But there it was on the new shelf a few weeks ago, a brand-new hardcover copy of this book! So now it's sitting on my bookshelf, begging to be read. Some day. It's set in a mental hospital, and it's supposed to be fantastic.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Oh, have I talked about how much I love books about books yet? I do. This one's about a woman from Sweden who travels to Iowa to meet her pen pal, but it turns out the pen pal has just died. She then opens a bookstore in the small town. Okay, so there's that (I'm already excited), and then the synopsis on Goodreads says, "Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." I'm in.

 I hope to get to these, and maybe even a few others this month (Here's a note from me a day after I wrote this blog: I started The Dark Days Club and the only thing that stopped me from reading all of it last night was the fact that my eyes actually wouldn't stay open. It's really interesting so far).

Happy reading, everyone!