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message 1: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 895 comments Mod
Hi everyone!

How's your reading going?

This week I finished:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Listened to the audiobook. I liked it ok, but i didn't really think it was a spooky/creepy as I'd hoped. I moved it to ATY's gothic prompt, instead of scary/intimidating.

Kushiel's Avatar - ATY's book I have high expectations for. I really have loved everything Jaquline Carey's written, so I expected to love this one as well, and I did. There was a part in the middle that I was really uncomfortable reading, that I felt was maybe overly descriptive. However, I still loved it overall.

Herding Cats - had a few august hoopla checkouts left, so grabbed a few graphic novels. I love Sarah Scribbles. I'd seen most of them following her online, but it's still fun to read them again. She also had a nice chapter on how to be an artist online.

Milk and Honey - Emma Watson book club pick. I am just not a poetry person. It doesn't really move me at all. It felt like the sort of thing I SHOULD be into, because it's feminist and empowering and everything, but I read through the whole thing in less than an hour and moved on. Nothing really grabbed me about it.

iZombie, Vol. 3: Six Feet Under and Rising - another graphic novel from hoopla, I liked it alright.


When you know your'e settling down for a good read (as opposed to just grabbing some pages here or there because you have time), is there anything that is a must-have? Blankets, special chair, mug of tea etc?

I like to settle into my recliner, fully reclined and I usually have a blanket even if it's summer, because blankets entice cats to snuggle. If it's winter, I might make a mug of tea, or have a glass of water in the summer. I'm excited to get a library once our master bedroom addition is complete, because then I can have a quiet room to read in with no tv in it, if my husband is gaming.

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Daniele Powell (danielepowell) | 170 comments Four more added to the "read" pile, but only one advances my progress in the Popsugar challenge. Now at 36/40+10/10.

The Painted Girls for the novel based on a real person, in this case one of the girls who inspired Degas' ballerinas (he also makes frequent appearances in the novel).

Coraline will be used for the ATY prompt of a book with a weapon from "Clue" on the cover (in this case, a candlestick).

Armada will be used for the ATY prompt of a book related to a word 'born' the same year as me, in this case... video game.

Lastly, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which I picked up because the duration of the audiobook was just right for my road trip. I'm still not sure what to make of this one. I know movies often diverge from the books, but this is ridiculous. Loved hearing Alan Alda read one of the characters, which really lent it an old-time war-story feel.

My last four prompts are Nordic Noir, a book given as a gift (Neverwhere, still in progress), a book involving a sport, and a book with twin characters (A Clash of Kings, also in progress).

QOTW: I like to cocoon. Blanket, cat, hot drink, and good lighting.

message 3: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 895 comments Mod
Danielle, World War Z is one of my biggest disappointments for an adaption! They had a generic zombie movie and bought the rights to a popular zombie book and slapped the bane on it. It makes me sad because world War Z would have been cool as a mocumentary sure movie, along the lines of District 9.

message 4: by Daniele (new)

Daniele Powell (danielepowell) | 170 comments Sheri, I'm not even sure I'd use the term adaptation, even loosely! I just read that the author basically disowned the movie as having nothing in common except for the title, and I have to agree. I think the Zombie Survival Guide is somewhere in my TBR piles... maybe I should have started there LOL

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Susan LoVerso | 322 comments I finished Harbor Lights while on a business trip this week. It was light and fluffy and required no thinking but was engaging enough.

I just put three books on hold at my library, 2 non-fiction and 1 fiction. We'll see what is delivered first and when!

QOTW: I almost always read in bed right before going to sleep. So I'm already cozy in my pajamas, under a blanket, etc. On the rare times I read late afternoon in the summer, it is usually catching up on magazines near dinnertime and I try to read outside on a lounge chair on our deck or front porch.

message 6: by April (new)

April (dwndrgn) | 11 comments I'm not in any challenges so I have nothing to add in that arena.

I've just finished River Marked by Patricia Briggs - this was a reread to enjoy the audio version and it was enjoyable.

Also finished Saint's Blood by Sebastien de Castell which was also good if a bit grim and the author put the MC and his companions through a grinder.

Finished Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler which was good and these characters were also put through a grinder.

Still listening to the audio version of Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson - I'm sad that this is the last book.

Also started in digital audio, Frost Burned the next in the Mercy Thompson series.

Oh and I read Remedial Rocket Science yesterday which was a cute contemporary romance with a geeky heroine.

message 7: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 895 comments Mod
April, good to know the mercy Thompson audios are good, might grab them for rereads. I’m working through Dresden audios, but I’m pretty far back on the holds for the next one

message 8: by April (new)

April (dwndrgn) | 11 comments They are excellent! The Alpha and Omega audios are also good though they are done by a male narrator. And one of my latest favorites is the narrator of The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher. He has a fabulous voice. It is a shame that the second book in that series isn't written yet.

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