In My Life
Two things: my sister’s finally on her semester break, which means all the book pushing commences! I’m starting her off with Cinder and The Raven Boys. I can’t wait to see what she thinks of them. It’s always fun discussing books with her. Sadly, she has next to no time to read during the semesters when she’s swamped with projects at uni. The other thing is, I’m finally gonna be off for my vacation this week. Exciting stuff!
My latest book haul definitely shows the diversity of my reading tastes. I don’t really confine myself to a particular genre and make a conscious effort to include non-fiction as well.
- Paid Attention by Faris Yakob
- Shadowdry (Wintercraft #1) by Jenna Burtenshaw
- Things I’ll Never Say: Stories about our Secret Lives by edited by Ann Angel
- The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht
- The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
On the Blog
As you might have noticed, I changed things up on the blog and overhauled the theme. I love how it’s turned out because things pretty much now are how I had envisioned. As before, I’ve decided to do away with sidebars. Full-width layouts make for much easier reading, in my opinion, since content is centered.
This week I made a case for cherishing the backlist, given the hype for the newest releases that has become much fiercer as of late. In a bid to not only think about books after reading but also before, I unveiled Confess by Colleen Hoover. Of course, Georgie and I continued with our weekly book photography challenge. This week’s Mise-en-scène theme is playlists.
Over the past week I reviewed Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer as well as Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos. Belzhar disappointed me and left me feeling cheated at the end of it. Material Girls was a much more interesting book to me. Even though I thought the prose and characters could have been stronger, I appreciated the satirical view it presented of the fashion and music industry.
Around the Blogosphere
- Stormy @ Book. Blog. Bake. reflected on her evolving thoughts on love triangles. I’m not a fan of love triangles when they’re clearly just a plot device to fill up pages in a books. But once in a while when the progression comes off as natural, I don’t mind them.
- Sandra @ Tea Between Books though about how languages and translations can affect the enjoyment of certain books. I could relate so much because I grew up with three different languages, progressing from French to German to English in my education. Transiting between all these languages often made me think about what we mean to express and what we actually express. I felt this all the more during the two semester in uni that I took Mandarin. I had to express thoughts with the limited vocabulary that I know. That was tough! And even if our vocabulary is limitless in two languages, words exist in one that don’t in another.
- Hazel @ Stay Bookish put together a master list of links and tips for Book Expo America (BEA). While I won’t be attending, I think it’s a great resource for those who are. As for those of us who aren’t going, these links should satisfy our curiosity about all things BEA.