Saturday, April 30, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of April 29

All right, I forgot again. Every time I think I'm as busy as I can get, I just get busier--I'm a little scared of next week. But stress and hectic schedules aside, here's what I'm reading!

Nothing. At the moment. Although I did just finish reading Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples yesterday, and I'm hoping to get started on the next one soon. It's so good! I know everyone says that, so I was kind of expecting it to hit me over the head with how good it was. But if we're going with violent metaphors for how we like books, I'm going to say this one was more like a poison. You don't really get it at first, but all of a sudden, there's no going back.

As I said, this is an extremely busy time for me--what I'm really hoping to read this coming week is my completed research paper, but I'm like 8 pages of writing away from that, so we'll see how it goes. I hope I get some time to read, but if not, I'll try again next week!

Happy (almost) May!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Currently Reading: April 22

One more week down--one more week closer to summer and all the reading time I can imagine (except for time at work and packing and moving to college and everything). But hey, I don't have to think about that for a while.

I still haven't had too much time for reading--when I do read, it's mostly books/articles for the research paper I'm working on. But I did decide to take the evening off last night and read about 100 pages of Voyager, the third book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. It's getting good. As I think I mentioned, I wasn't loving the first part of the book, before Claire and Jamie got back in the same time, but it started picking up once they did.

I have a couple books waiting for me on my shelf that I'm a little more excited about, though, so I might pick up one of those (I'm especially excited about Jesse Andrews' new book, The Haters. I don't know what it's about, but it's from the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so my expectations are high).

Okay, time to go read now. Have a good weekend!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Currently Reading: April 15

Oh, you guys, it's Friday. And I have been reading almost nothing this week! Since school started again after Spring Break, I have been doing homework (or, actually, procrastinating) and then going to bed. I've probably read about 15 pages since Sunday.

BUT Sunday was good. On Sunday, I finished A Clash of Kings, read Lumberjanes vol. 3, and read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (I was on a plane, so uninterrupted reading time!). I really enjoyed all of these books, and I was excited to jump into another Colleen Hoover book when I got home, but I just started Maybe Someday like last night.

The senioritis is bad. I haven't felt like doing any schoolwork or reading lately! But I really enjoyed the Lumberjanes bindup, so I'm thinking I might read a couple more graphic novels now--it doesn't feel too much like work, you know?

I don't know how much reading I'll get done this weekend, but I'm glad to have a little bit of time anyway! Happy reading!

(Oh my goodness. It's a sign of how tired I was that I hit "save" instead of "publish" on Friday. But now I can come to you from after the weekend and tell you that I spent my Friday evening-and Saturday morning before work-reading Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. It's the story of the creation of the musical Hamilton and includes annotated lyrics. Honestly, I think I would have loved this no matter what it was, but it was really good, guys. It was really good.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hamilton Book Tag

Pop quiz!
Q. What's my favorite thing to do? A. Read
Q. What's my current obsession? A. Hamilton

Have you all listened to Hamilton yet?? I've been listening to the cast recording almost non-stop (ha) for months. I still can't get over it. It's a hip-hop musical about the founding fathers, and it's so good. I don't know if I can put into words what it is about this musical that I love so much, but it's there. I love it.

Anyway. There's a book tag about Hamilton going around (Maureen over on Booktube started it, I believe), and if you got the answers to my pop quiz right, you'll know why I had to do it. So here it is, the Hamilton book tag!

1. The Room Where It Happens--A book world you would put yourself into
The obvious answer here is the Harry Potter world. And just because it's obvious doesn't mean it's not my answer.

2. The Schuyler Sisters--An underrated female character
I'm heading back into my childhood for this: Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. She was always my favorite. Whenever the Baudelaire orphans got into trouble (which was all the time), she'd tie her hair up and get them out of whatever mess they were in. Yes, Klaus and Sunny helped (and I love them too!), but Violet was the one in charge.

3. My Shot--A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them
I'm going to have to go with Mark Watney from The Martian. He was abandoned on Mars, but he still used his skills as a botanist to survive. I don't know about you, but if I were alone on Mars with a defective space suit, I'd probably give up. He did not throw away his shot!
4. Burn--The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read
I don't know if this counts, but Me Before You. SPOILERS--I just finished this and even though I saw it coming, it was still heartbreaking. I also understand why Will made that decision, but come on, give Louisa some more time with you. This relationship ended before it really even got to start.

5. You'll Be Back--Sassiest villian
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Honestly, this is on my list of books I'd recommend to anybody. It's a graphic novel about Nimona, a shapeshifter who becomes the sidekick to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. This works for "sassiest villian" in so many ways--Ballister Blackheart is sassy, Nimona is sassy, and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the "hero," is also pretty sassy. It's just a fantastic graphic novel.

6. The Reynolds Pamphlet--A book with a twist that you didn't see coming
In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks! This is a seriously underrated book. I read it last year, and I'm still shocked. It's about a boy who has been able to create alternate worlds since he came out of a coma as a child. Not only is it a great twist, it's also a great book. I think sometimes the twists are meant to elevate the reader's opinion of the book, but this one would have stood out even without the twist.

7. Non-Stop--A series you marathoned
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Well, sort of. When I started them, the only ones that were out were Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. So I read those three right in a row. Then, a few weeks later, Fairest came out. So I read that. Then I had to wait 8 long months for Winter to come out. (I eventually read that.) The point is, I marathoned the first three books, and they were fantastic.

8. Satisfied-- A book with multiple POVs
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I've read so many books with multiple POVs, but this series uses the POVs so well. (Okay, technically, it's more like an omniscient narrator focusing on multiple characters in different chapters, but I'm counting it as POVs.) I'm never confused as to whose chapter I'm reading, and each one adds something to the story, as opposed to the books that could have done without the extra POV. 

9. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story--A book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history
I think Harry Potter's another obvious (and correct) answer here, but I'm also going to say Game of Thrones because we will still be waiting for the next book. 

10. Stay Alive--A character you wish was still alive
Oh man, how do I choose just one? Don't get mad at me for using Harry Potter again, because it's my childhood, but I'm going to go with Hedwig from Harry Potter. Not because I think she's any more important than any of the other devastating deaths in that last book, but because my little 9-year-old self had waited for that last book to come out for so long, and my mom was reading it to my sister and me (as she had done with all the other books), and Hedwig died in the first 50 pages. I was not prepared. I was expecting lots of deaths, later, sure, but Hedwig? Before we even really got into much of the action of the book? I am not ashamed to say that I cried over that owl.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! And if you haven't listened to Hamilton yet...listen to Hamilton.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Currently Reading: April 8

This week is my spring break, and I had big plans for my reading. Big, big plans. I haven't really read that much, though, because of work and very important sleeping. BUT. I am very excited about what I am currently reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, the second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). 

 I really, really enjoyed the first book, but they're intimidating books, you know? You really have to pay attention to who's who and what's going on with the politics of it all. So I wanted to be able to give it my full attention; not just read thirty pages after I finish my homework. So I'm reading it now, and I'm loving it! I'm about 500 pages in, and it's great. I'm really glad I've gotten into this series.

Speaking of intimidatingly long series, I'm also about 300 pages into Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, the third book in the Outlander series. It didn't really get me interested until right around that 300 page mark, though, and by then I had decided I was more excited about Game of Thrones. So I'll come back to Voyager when I finish A Clash of Kings.

Happy reading!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Currently Reading: April 1

Happy April! All right, I know I say this a lot, but I can't believe how fast everything is going. Is it just me? Anyway, I thought I'd share what I'm reading, and then I realized, I'm not actually reading anything at the moment.