This week in reading….


1797415_10154339583170094_3709402812466632385_nI’m doing better!! My badly failing reading life seems to be getting back on track which means that my contentment levels are a little more stable as well so I’m feeling rather “yay me!” at the moment. I’ve even got a requested review or two in the pipeline so there’s that as well – it feels like “giving back”. After quite a too-long while of feeling a little not-myself I am surely on track to being normal (for me!) again.

I’ve been spoiled with a new book to read as well: The Quick by Lauren Owen. It’s not often that I find myself with a relatively new book in my hands so I’m quite excited to get properly cracking with this one. So far I’m enjoying it.

The only problem is that I bought a whole other bunch of books at Art in the Park on Saturday (I should really just stay away) so there are a few others calling my name right now too. I’m going to ignore my reader’s ADD though and I’m going to try sticking to one at a time like a good reader.

Or maybe….

The Snow Child ~ Eowyn Ivey


The Snow ChildThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very serious but beautiful novel about a couple who make a child out of snow. Ivey describes Alaska in a way that makes you want to live there and experience it all first hand. Magical realism has very quickly become my favourite genre, and while I do feel that this one could have done with just a smidge more “magic”, I could not help falling in love with it.

 

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This time around I “read” this book by listening to the audiobook. I must admit I enjoyed it one hell of a lot more than I expected. Yes, audiobooks are kind of “different”. You can’t skim through any boring parts and you can’t speed read or re-read parts that you really love. But – you can “read” while you cook and do all sorts of other things and in my book that is friggen awesome. Stephen Fry was my reader of choice (I imagine there are possibly others) and he was brilliant of course. Sometimes his “voices” got to be a bit much (wowee!) but all-in-all I really loved it.

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The Peach Keeper ~ Sarah Addison Allen


The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wish I could give it six…

I am in love with Sarah Addison Allen. I know it seems like such a trite thing to say but she really caused a breakthrough around my own writing. I will always love her for that. Aside from the latest Allen – which I haven’t been able to get my hands on because I live here – this was the only one I hadn’t read. It was kind of expensive (I don’t know why her books are so expensive here in SA) but my brother got it for my birthday anyway. It was a kind of silly and predictable read, but in a¬†gloriously satisfying way. I kind of expected just about everything that happened to happen, but it was comforting, happy making. I think that’s pretty special. If you write things that make people happy, then you are kind of friggen fantastic.
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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy ~ Helen Fielding


Bridget Jones: Mad About the BoyBridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was convinced that I hated this book until I got to the end. Silly me… Ever choosing the side of nostalgia… There’s something about Bridget that I very much relate to. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. I don’t think I’m “like” her so much as I just “get” her. Of course there are times when I want to wring her annoying little neck, but it seems that whenever I come to the end of her stories I kind of can’t do anything but smile a smile of endearment.

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Oh Twilight!


So I’m not a fan of Twilight or Fifty Shades or The Hunger Games books (funny enough I didn’t mind the movies – mostly due to my unoriginal girl-crush on Jennifer Lawrence – the books were just “meh”) but I’ve been kind of trying to be a better person lately and actually just “be nice” or “be quiet” and try to distinguish between “utter trash” and “not for me”. But….then I came across these videos and they made me laugh so now I’m probably just going to share a few.

I would like to note that I do not hate Kristen Stewart. I’m not nuts about Bella (or whatever) but I’m cool with KS. When I read the first Twilight book I was kind of disappointed because the hype made my expectations really high and I was dying for something to replace my Harry Potter obsession (I read it after it was popular but before people started admitting it was crap) but I kind of just shrugged and went “Meh, this is just not for me” and moved on. Then I read the second book and, being in a more empowered sort of state myself, kind of had to stop before I tore the thing to shreds. I kind of even liked Edward in the first book. By the second book I loathed them both. Too much ridiculous!

So yeah….

I thought I’d share this because it’s funny…

The Lorax ~ Dr. Seuss


The LoraxThe Lorax by Dr. Seuss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I read this book I cannot help but marvel at how well the movie portrayed the very essence found between the pages. I cry every time I watch the movie and I cry when I read the book. I like to think that the rhyming words are soothing to my son’s ears and that they lull him into a calmness that readies him for sleep.
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Harold and the Purple Crayon


Harold and the Purple CrayonHarold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was super excited to discover that my son absolutely loves this book! I kind of expected him not to like it because it is so simple, but as soon as I was done he shouted “Again, Mom!” Silly kid makes me melt. And there I was thinking that the kid wasn’t paying attention! What I personally love about this book is the the beautiful imagination it must have taken to come up with it. It’s not hard to see how this book has remained popular for so long.

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Children’s Book Week


10256499_10154169391275094_1680627886525252558_nIt’s been a disgracefully busy this week and unfortunately when that happens my poor Noah bears the brunt of all my neglect. Of course he is gloriously understanding and is quite happy to just steal hugs and kisses when he can, never bemoaning his lack of attention. I heard today that this week is Children’s Book Week. Of course, the source of this information was a random post on Facebook so it could be pure rubbish. I like the idea of a week dedicated to children’s book though so I decided to curl up with my little man this evening and have a bit of marathon reading session. We got through about six books before the little man decided that he was exhausted and therefore done humouring me. We’ll have to get through the others tomorrow night I guess…