Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Updates

Hey everyone! I hope you're having a great Friday so far!

So this week has been pretty crazy. I don't know if you've heard, but the eastern part of the US has been experiencing some ridiculously cold weather and terrifying snow falls. I'm in Ohio, and it definitely isn't as bad here as on the coast, but the temperature has been dangerously low. Yesterday, it was so bad that all classes were cancelled at my college. Which never happens. I can't even pretend to imagine what it must be like in the states with temperatures even lower than here. Anyway, what I wanted to say is STAY WARM! Stay cuddled inside under the blankets.

Anyway, apart from nearly losing my ears walking to classes earlier this week, not much else has been going on. I haven't gotten much reading done, mostly because I was in a really icky mood earlier this week, but I'm much better now, and did manage to finish one book, albeit it was for class. But it was super good!

You can take a look at what I read this week, and plan on reading this weekend.

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
This is the book I read for class. If you've never read it, I insist that you pick it up. Now.

The Last Rewrite by Jason Myers
This is Jason Myers' latest book that he very kindly sent me last week. (Thank you again!!) I'm absolutely loving it, which ins't surprising because I've loved everything I've read by him. This book is seriously amazing and Jason Myers is one of the best authors I've ever read. And he's just a super cool dude in general. I don't think this book is available at the moment, but you definitely need to check out his other work. Head over to his website  and follow him on Twitter. Also, if you want check out my review of his book Blazed, which is really me better (by better I mean basically incoherently raving) explaining why I love his books.

What have you read this week or plan on reading this weekend?

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- The Alex Crow

The Alex Crow
 by Andrew Smith
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: YA, Science Fiction  

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Goodreads Synopsis:
 Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, award-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century . . . and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.

Is there really any explanation needed for this one? I mean, it's Andrew Smith. Andrew. Freaking. Smith. Of course this book will be spectacularly weird and amazing.

Until next time,

Waiting on Wednesday is a fabulous feature hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thank you!

I just want to take a quick moment to thank ParajunkeesView for her post on HTML and give her credit for the fabulous boxes that will hopefully make my blog less boring for you guys. So thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial and the lovely HTML code. I really appreciate it!!!

*Review* Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December by George Saunders
Publisher: Random House 2013 
Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary, Adult Fiction 
Source: Library borrow/ e-book 
Rating: 4/5

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Goodreads Synopsis
A new story collection, the first in six years, from one of our greatest living writers, MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and New Yorker contributor George Saunders.
The title story is an exquisite, moving account of the intersection, at a frozen lake in the woods, of a young misfit and a middle-aged cancer patient who goes there to commit suicide, only to end up saving the boy's life.
"Home" is the often funny, often poignant account of a soldier returning from the war.
"Victory Lap" is a taut, inventive story about the attempted abduction of a teenage girl.
In all, Tenth of December is George Saunders at his absolute best, a collection of stories and characters that add up to something deep, irreducible, and uniquely American.

There was a lot of hype when this book first came out a couple of years ago, and I remember really wanting to read it, and then for no particular reason it fell off my radar until recently, when I decided I needed a nice break from all the novels I'd been reading.

Man oh man, this collection! Absolutely fabulous! While there were a couple of stories I slogged through as they just didn't interest me too much, as a whole, I love this collection. Saunders has an interesting way of writing that really puts you in the heads of his characters and makes you question what's really going on.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I can't wait to get my hands on more of Saunders' work.

Until next time,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Updates

Good Morning everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous day so far! I don't really have much to say this morning, but I thought I'd at least let you all know what I'm reading, mostly because I'm absolutely in love with this first book, and seriously can't wait until I finish it to gush about it.

Tenth of December by George Saunders

This is a collection of short stories that was published a couple of years ago. I remember seeing it around and wanting to read it, but never getting around to it, and I totally hate myself for waiting so long to pick this up! What I've read so far is absolutely amazing! These stories are so riveting that I just want to plow through, but so complex (in a good way!) that I just have to force myself to take my time so I miss anything. I don't even know. They make my heart hurt and my brain spin, which for me means this collection is outstanding. I really can't wait to finish it!

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

I'm also reading Hard Rain Falling for an English class, and although I'm not too far into it yet, I really like it so far. More to come on this one.

Okay, so this wasn't much of an update, but I've got to get to class now, but I'll be back soon!

Until next time,

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello Again!

It's been awhile guys, I know. But I'm back! Mostly...  Let me explain.

As you might know, I'm a college student, and anyone who's experienced college life knows that between classes, work, eating, and sleeping, there really isn't a lot of time left over to breathe, let alone blog. Which is why, in an attempt to not overwhelm myself and still stay involved in this awesome community, I'm going to aim for only two posts a week of varying topics.

Hopefully this will work out, and I won't let myself get discouraged as I have in the past if I fall behind or miss a week. This really really is a fabulous community, and coming back to it fills me with more joy than I can express. I can't wait to share in the love of all things books once more!!!

Until next time,