In My Life
I’m on a week-long vacation, during which I’ve a fair bit of downtime and limited wifi access. Figured it might be a good time to catch on some books I’ve been wanting to read. To account for my reading moods, I made sure to include a mix of books from various genres. Still, they each require a little more concentration on my part.
- Subcultures by Ross Haenfler — Studying subcultures was one of the most engaging things I did during my undergrad study of sociology. While this is a book on the basics, it’ll be fun to freshen my knowledge.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — I have never read this before, so it’s time to correct that. Also, this book will count towards the “classic romance” prompt of the Popsugar Reading Challenge as well as my personal goal to read more classics. Also, with so many books claiming inspiration from this classic title, I have no way to assess that until I read it.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare — The hype completely passed me by for this book. But I like the UK special edition design and a book I received for review referenced this one. And so, here we go.
- The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht — This is for the Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt to read a play. While I did read another play this year already, I used that one for the Pulitzer Prize book prompt already. It’s been extremely slow going, so I hope I will be successful before my vacation’s over.
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth — This is a re-read and buddy read with Sana and Lillian. I’m crawling through it and I can’t even pinpoint why. I liked it very much the first time I read it. Now my mind keeps screaming for distractions. But I’m determined to finish Insurgent before the end of the year. Besides, I want to compare it to the movie, and I need to finish this, so I can finally read Allegiant.
- The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder — Couldn’t leave my Advent calendar at home, now could I? I mean, sure, I could’ve left it at home and caught up on my return but where’s the fun in that? I want my daily snippets.
This year I’m participating in Broke & Bookish Secret Santa, aka at #TBTBSanta! It’s my first time, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My answers to the prompts during sign-up were extremely vague while the ones from my person were pretty detailed. Hah. Since she doesn’t share a lot of personal stuff on her blog, I was super glad for her elaborate replies. In any case, it was fun putting together my box for her and I hope she will be excited when it arrives.
On the Blog
Graphic novels are slowly gaining ground in my life. Prior to August this year I hadn’t picked up any in years. Friends with Boys by Erin Hicks didn’t wow me but continued to assure me that there’s a place for graphic novels in my life. I also reviewed The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall, which was such an entraining mystery novel, made better by the narration.
Adobe Digital Editions has been very problematic for me, so I finally spoke out about it. Despite my frustrations over it, there aren’t any alternatives. That’s the worst part about ebooks and digital rights management — readers are locked into fixed systems.
Regular features that I posted this week were:
Around the Blogosphere
This week’s round-up only consists of a couple of blog posts that caught my eye. I’ll be back with a more comprehensive round-up next week when I’ve returned home. Meanwhile, show these wonderful people some love and visit them.
- Christina @ Christina Reads YA put together a grand list of YA books to movies & TV adaptations. She rounded up as much news as she could about recently optioned books and I’ve gotta say, that list is massive, even though it might not even be exhaustive!
- Beks @ Novel Dreams noted 5 things she thinks all fantasy novels should have.
- Crini @ All About Books open up the Around the World 2016 challenge. Basically, participants rack all the places they visit through books. There also are mini challenges for anyone who’s interested. I’m definitely taking part. Are you?
- Alex @ Fiery Reads weighed in on the cover change of The Winner’s Curse, stating that girls in dresses matter.
- Carrie @ Once Upon a Dream debunked 5 assumptions people make about bookworms.
Alexa S. says
What beautifully wrapped presents, Josephine! Whoever gets them is a lucky gal ;) Also, I too actually picked up City of Bones to try again (I’ve read it before, and got all the way to book three). I really like this cover!
Alexa S. recently posted Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016
Have you seen any of the movie adaptations of Pride & Prejudice? I really like the newer one with Kiera Knightly, and I actually enjoyed the book, too. I hope you do as well! I’m curious to know if you’ll like TMI series. It’s, uh, long, haha.
I’m definitely doing Crini’s Around the World challenge, and I can’t wait! I love maps, and she’s made it so easy to transfer pins from the spreadsheet.
I hope you enjoy your vacation!