I don’t know about you, but I have a massive pile of books that I intend to read someday. Most of them I picked up at used bookstores or tag sales along the way, a small portion I bought at a bookstore and just never read and at least two were gifts. The problem, for me at least, is that I love to re-read books. Also, I read a lot of series books. So if a new one is coming out I feel like I should re-read at least the latest one in the series. And right now there are at least three different authors coming out with new books in series’ that I read. For the curious those authors are Robin Hobb, Diana Gabaldon and now Anne Rice. I feel like there is a fourth, but I can’t think of who it is right now.
What all this means is that my “to be read” pile has been neglected a lot this month. And may continue to be neglected for the next couple months. But it’s there and keeps growing. Maybe I’ll try to alternate between a new and old books for April.
How big is your “to be read” pile? Tag me (@fallen_peach) in a photo of yours on instagram, I’d love to see what you have on deck!
This Reading Thursday I want to pose a question to you: Do you stop reading a book once you realize you aren’t enjoying it anymore? Or do you push through?
I finally finished reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and about halfway through I almost stopped.
Having finished it, I almost wish I had stopped. The book is beautifully written, but I started getting bored halfway through (and a friend had already noted the direct similarities to Hamlet so I should have known what was coming) and the end …. was more poetic than explanatory, which kind of annoyed and disappointed me. In the end, it isn’t a book that I enjoyed and it isn’t something I’ll be keeping or really recommending.
I loved the beginning, though, so it really had potential to be a book that I would fall in love with. And I think that is what kept me reading to the end. There have been books that I’ve refused to finish, but lately I’ve been having trouble giving up books I’m not enjoying anymore. Nickel and Dimed is another example of a book I stopped enjoying but finished reading. The Sparrow is another.
Next time, I think I’ll try harder to just stop reading. But what about you? Do you have trouble putting away a book before it’s done?
Welcome Back, Reading Thursday posts!
I missed talking more about books on this blog. Considering I MAKE BOOKMARKS and read all the time, it seemed weird that I wasn’t blogging more about them. So I’m bringing back my Reading Thursday posts!
These posts aren’t really reviews. I’m not a reviewer. It’s more a start of a conversation and me raving about the books I like and ranting about the ones I don’t.
Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest falls under the first category. I’ve been a fan of hers since I first picked up Boneshaker, and Fiddlehead does not disappoint as the final book in the Clockwork Century series. A mix of alternate history, Steampunk and zombies with strong characters, both female and male, these books are just plain awesome.Clementine is another in the series, but that appears to only be available as an e-book right now. It’s equally fun.
In Boneshaker, the first of the series, we learn about how the Boneshaker was driven into the ground and released a yellow blight gas that turned most of Seattle’s citizens into zombies. We follow Briar Wilkes inside the walled off city in search of her son and learn about the people living inside the city using masks and tools and fighting zombies along the way. We also learn that the Civil War has been going on for a lot longer than it actually did and that the United States is truly split in two. And that zombies are beyond the walls thanks to a drug being made out of the gas.
The remaining books in the series follow different characters in different areas of the country and Fiddlehead brings a good amount of them together in an epic conclusion to end the war and deal with the zombies. Lincoln and Grant are characters in Fiddlehead, which I thought was handled really well (and with some fun surprises) but ultimately the story belongs to inventor and ex-slave Gideon Bardsley and ex-confederate current Spy Maria “Belle” Boyd and their separate missions to tell the world about the zombies and upcoming disaster and stop the disaster, respectively.
Like I said, I’m not a reviewer. But I love these books. I love the characters, the world, the way the story is told. Have you read them? What do you think of Fiddlehead?
Every Summer, the Pequot Library in Connecticut holds a massive massive used book sale. There are two tents and a room in the building full of books. And every year I come home with more to add to my “to be read” pile. This is the pile for both Matt and myself, although I know I want to read the books he picked and he might read one or two of the ones I did. It wasn’t as big as I thought it might be, which is good since I’m running out of room.
Have you read any of these? Which should I start with?
p.s. Outlander note – I’m almost through with Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. It’s the last in the Outlander series before the new one in March. Saturday I read a little bit and LITERALLY had to put the book down to finish another day because SO MUCH HAPPENED within like 30 pages. I was yelling at the book a lot and needed a day or two to absorb everything that happened. It’s going t be a long wait till the new one!
As June begins, I choose another of my business books to tackle. I tend to collect them and not read them. This month I’ll be reading, taking notes from and deciding whether or not to keep Craft Inc. Business Planner by Meg Mateo Ilasco.
I remember when I bought this book, years ago. It was towards the start of building fallenpeach, specifically when I started thinking about doing craft fairs. I think that’s why I’ve chosen this book for June – since June is Craft Fair prep month for me. I remember reading through it once and then getting distracted by something else. I’m not even sure if I got as far as using the charts inside.
As with last month, I will keep you posted on how helpful this book is for me and what I think of it. I’m excited to start this one because I’m hoping it will spark some new ideas and inspirations.
Have you read Craft Inc. Business Planner? Was it helpful for you?
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The Fiery Cross is the 5th book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. And it took me a ridiculously long time to finish reading it.
I love this series. The characters are beautifully written, the mix of genres is fantastic and I’m always happy to dive back into Claire and Jamie’s world. But Fiery Cross was lacking something. It felt slow moving and a bit boring at times. I still cared about the characters, but the plot was moving way too slowly for me. I kept wanting to take breaks from the book but trudged on instead because I didn’t want to forget what was happening. I think I read every moment of every day that the characters experienced. And then … the last 30 pages or so were … awesome. Things happened at a quick pace and all of a sudden I remembered why I love these books and started getting ready to dive into the next one. What I don’t understand is why it took that much of the book to get to that point. I realize that these books are epic and there was a lot to set up, and probably even more to set up for books to come, but I’m hoping that the next book moves a bit faster than this one did.
Have you read these books? What did you think of The Fiery Cross?
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Earlier in the month, I picked Organize Now! as my business/organizing book to tackle during May and I’m proud to say that I have finished paging through it with a week to go. All of the post it markers you see above are gone and the book has been put into the Tag Sale pile.
This book is not intended for me. I don’t have a house or kids, and I am already fairly organized. While I did take notes (using my Note 10 tablet!) on several chapters and give myself some new organizing goals, most of her suggestions I either already participate in or don’t apply to me. She has some really great ideas and I wish that this was a book that I could take out once a year and use to re-evaluate my goals, but I know that it isn’t for me so in to the tag sale pile it goes.
I will say that for someone who is not too organized or someone who has more house or family to organize, this book would probably be really helpful. It’s organized by category/room and set up so that each section is a one week project. I liked that each chapter ends with a breakdown of the things you should accomplish weekly, every three months and once a year. Remembering to accomplish these things every three months or once a year will be the tricky part, but I’m already working on my calendar organization so that I can make notes much further down the line.
Two of my favorite tips from this book:
– Use a three hole punch and a binder to store old bills
– Clean out your wallet weekly
Have you read this book? Was it helpful to you? What other organizing books have you read? What’s your favorite?