Book Hangover

Usually when you see the meme about book hangover it’s about how you’ve read such a great book that you are still stuck in that world. This is not that kind of hangover. Mine is from a book binge. I over indulged and now I’m paying for it. I read The Fishermen after The readathon was over and I found myself reading the words, but not really taking it in. I chugged it and by the end of the book, I realized I have no idea what I was tasting. Which isn’t fair. From all accounts it’s a great book, it does not deserve my non attention. I have a stack of great books that also don’t deserved to be gulped. I want to read them and savor them. I want to let the words swirl in my mind. 

So the question is what do you do? Sometimes I recommend a reread. Go back to a favorite book as a mind cleanse. One of my favorite books to reset is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While I am planning on reading it soon, I’m not sure it’s going to do the trick this time. 

Another suggestion is to partake in a kind of a hair of the dog and power through it. Pick up one of your books and push yourself to finish it. 

Or swap to a lesser indulgence. Read a genre you’re not usually into or something that is something you consider a guilty pleasure. I’m not a fan of the term guilty pleasure because you like what you like and there isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Read a romance novel, a YA, a light sci fi novel, comics. Anything that’s different from the kind of book you usually go for.  Read a magazine or go for nonfiction perhaps. Change the format you usually read in. Usually into print? Try an ebook. Usually into ebooks? Audiobooks are great too. 

Sometimes it works just to take the decision out of your hands. I’ve tried the book jar idea. Or ask a friend for the recommendation. I’ve been known to have my kids pick a book for me. That gets interesting. 

Or maybe practice some teetotalism. Take a short break. It’s okay. The world will keep spinning. I’ve been watching Scandal right now. I’m almost done with the last season available on Netflix. I don’t know how to get to season four legally and for free so I shouldn’t be off reading for too long. 

What is your book hangover remedy? What is your book version of chorizo and eggs? 

#Readathon Wrap Up

Hey all! We survived the #readathon. I had a lot of fun, but totally had to pull the plug around midnight. My two boys would rule the house if I went without too much sleep. No one would be happy. I feel like I got a lot done though and it was a lot of fun.

The wrap up:

  • Books read/finished
    • Pearl of China by Anchee Min (finished)
    • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
    • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (finished)
    • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (finished)
    • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (finished
  • Pages Read -1098 pages
  • Hours Read- 14 hours
  • My favorite book of the night was When Women Were Birds. I’m probably going to have to buy this one.
  • The most surprising book was Please Ignore Vera Dietz. When people talk about YA this is the kind of book I want to come to  their mind instead of Twilight. This was real and visceral for me. It felt like something teenage me would have clung to.

Can’t wait to do this again in October! Now I’m going to go binge on some Scandal  and rest my eyes bit from all those words. (Who am I kidding? You know I’m going to read a bit too.)

 

 

Hour 18 Mini challenge 

Next mini challenge wants 3 of my favorite books of the year from a list of categories. 

  • Best book of my reading year: Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić
  • Best fiction book of my reading year: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Best science fiction of my reading year: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Best nonfiction of my reading year: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Best historical fiction of my reading year:  The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

Do you have any favorites this year yet? 

Halfway Mark #readathon

I realized it was time to rest my eyes and take a break so I checked out the official Dewey’s Read-a-thon website. They had a little midway survey for the participants.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve started four and finished two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not sure. It’s going to depend on my mood after I finish Snow Flower.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I have two kids under ten so I’ve had a few. I deal with them by being as quick as possible.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Not much yet. It’s been fun.

Welp, back to my beer and book. See ya!

First Break #readathon

After a few false starts and interruptions (fixing the PS4 for the kids), I made a great amount of progress in my first book. I have a habit of not reading a synopsis after I’ve bought or borrowed a book so imagine my delight when I found out that Pearl of China is about Pearl S. Buck as told by her fictional friend Willow. It’s also a struggle for me because whenever I read historical fiction, I want to jump on Wikipedia and read the facts about the historical figures portrayed. I don’t have that kind of time today.

I’m about halfway through the book which leads me to this question: during a readathon do you read a book all the way through or do you take breaks and swap around? As a natural poly reader I’m tempted to jump to a new book, but at the same time I kind of want to make sure I finish books so I don’t have a bunch added to my already massive currently reading pile (and by massive I mean four). I think I’m going to take a quick shower and decide when I come back.

What’s your vote?

Good morning #readathon

Getting a later start this morning than I usually planned, but my husband, not knowing about the readthon let me sleep in so here we are. Then I had to set up the PS4 for the kids so they could watch a movie. But now I’m here with my coffee (no, that’s not Baileys in there…okay yeah it totally is) and wearing my Book Riot shirt (and Avengers pj bottoms!) so let’s get started. My first book is Pearl of China by Anchee Min.

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See you on the flipside!

Potential Read-a-thon Books

I scoured my TBR shelves and decided I had a wealth of books to choose from so that being said tomorrow is going to be an all print books all the time day. You know I love my ebooks, but my print books are starting to pile up so it’s time to make some room.  


I definitely won’t get to all of these, but I like to have a bit to choose from. I decided to go with short story and essay collections, as well as some historical fiction which usually are quick reads for me as long as I don’t fall down the rabbit hole of looking up the real people on wiki as I read. I threw in a YA book and a few just shot books. More bang for my buck really. 

From bottom left

  • Inferno by Dan Brown 
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (hidden under Moore)
  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans 
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
  • The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  • Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (hidden under Gaiman)
  • Honor by Elif Shafak
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Any recommendations for books off the piles that should get higher priority? Any that you are also wanting to read? 

Last Minute Prep and Plans

Suddenly my husband has to work on Saturday. You know what else is going on Saturday? Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Guess what I’m doing? Kids get a free day to play the Wii-U (something we save for the weekends anyway). Mama’s got some books to read. Me being me…I’m going to be spending today prepping. I have to make a list of books I can get through. For me,  read-a-thons are not the time or the place to pick up Murakami or Joyce. I usually reach for genre fiction. Books where that I usually don’t have to search for a lot of metaphor. Ones I can get through easily. I love readathons for this. It helps me get through a huge amount of back list. Graphic novels and my single issue comics are also on the list as well as any YA that might have been hanging around.

I also need to make sure I set some rules for myself as far as social media is concerned. I like to update as I go, but sometimes I go from updating twitter to scrolling through and -woah did you see that article on Tatiana Maslany? I have a couple choices here. I’m thinking my best bet is to only open my blog page and my twitter in the browser. it’s tempting to use my phone only, but I’ve got Sims Freeplay on there and that shit can be addicting.

Then there is what music to listen to while reading. While not usually, I do like listening to music sometimes. The problem is finding the right kind of music. I can’t listen to anything really catchy. Then I’ll be singing along instead of reading. Lately I’ve been into Sleater-Kinney or Pink’s new duo You+Me. I could use some help in this category. Is there a good Spotify playlist I should be subscribing to?

Off I go to prep. I’ll update in a bit to let you know what books I have planned!

 

Mid Week Shuffle

I’m hoping to get some posts up soon, but we swapped internet providers kind of (we went from Comcast business to Xfinity) and we’re still working out the kinks. I just wanted to stop in and do a little book check in.
On Sunday my husband went in to start the outline of the sleeve tattoo he’s masterminding (it’s going to be intense) so for eight hours it was just me and the spawn. They were allowed a day of Wii-U and I settled down with a stack of books I’d been neglecting. I got so much finished! Some had been ones I’d been working on for awhile and some I managed to finish in one sitting.

  • Sex Criminals Vol 2. by Matt Fraction(print)- Another solid installment. I like saving SC as a trade. It’s definitely one of those binge comics for me. If I didn’t do the trade I totally see myself letting it stack up until I had the complete arc anyway.
  • Ms. Marvel Vol 2. by G. Willow Wilson (print) – MM is the same for me. I like having this chunk of storyline to read instead of just a sliver. Loved the Wolverine cameo.
  • The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith (print) – I thought it was a mostly fun read. The friend zone section kind of made me sad, but all in all, I’m glad it wasn’t of another pick-up-artist nature.
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow (print) – I used to play World of Warcraft years ago and this one struck a cord with me. Go for the art and stay for the message.
  • Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (print) – This was an impulse buy from my local when I saw it on their signed shelf. I was not disappointed.
  • Dark Debt by Chloe Neill (ebook) – This is the latest in Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series. I’m pretty sure the series is getting close to finishing up and I’m still hooked. I like a lot of snark with my violence so this was on the mark as usual.
  • War Dances by Sherman Alexie (print)- My first Alexie! I was enthralled which says a lot since I have a hard time with short stories. I need to pick up some of his other ones next.
  • Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (Scribd) – Loved this collection of essays. Like Bad Feminist it struck a lot of cords with me.

That was just one day! In the last few days I also finished a few.

  • Empress by Shan Sa (Oyster) – I was almost 50% through before I remembered I’d read this before. I wasn’t sure because it’s similar to Empress Orchid by Anchee Min which I’ve also read. I finished it anyway because I couldn’t exactly remember how it ended. Well worth the reread.
  • The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman (ebook)- Amanda from Book Riot has been RAVING about this one. Still, silly me, I took her ravings with a grain of salt. Silly me. I kept getting mad when I had to put it down to help out the kiddos with something. It’s probably one of my favorites of the year so far. Go get it. Now!

What’s your reading been like so far this week?

 

 

Tiny Letter

Until I can figure out how to embed this thing into the site itself, I’m going to leave this link here if you’re interested in subscribing to my TinyLetter. I’m thinking it’s going to be once a week on Sundays and it’s going to be about all the non book things that I love or maybe things I don’t love and want to rant about. So be ready to read about television, movies, tattoos, and the like. Really anything that catches my fancy.