"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." ~Francis Bacon
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Not much reading today. Today was a day of getting stuff ready for classes next week, a bit of video gaming, and taking a relative to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Which has to be my favorite so far of the Marvel Movies because of the humor and setting (space!with aliens!). Although the first Thor still stand high on the list of great Marvel movies as well. I've always loved the space setting comics though I never read many comic books growing up. The Silver Surfer was one of the comics my dad shared with me as a youngster that I absolutely loved.
Dragon moon was exactly what I expected. A nice steamy and quick paranormal romance. It is 9th in a series but stands well alone. I have been picking these up piecemeal so have not actually read any of the books that were published prior to this one.
Your Lover: The story was complicated and overly angsty and dramatic. I thought this was a graphic novel about the historical love between Parisian painter Marie Laurencin and French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Instead I got a contemporary story set in Korea (my fault for not reading the back blurb well enough I guess.
The Truth is a Cave in the black Mountains: This is probably the best graphic novel I have read all year., I loved the story (But Mr. Gaiman's short stories almost never disappoint). The artwork matched the bleakness and dark thread running through the plot, an I thought the mixture of paintings, pen & ink drawings, and comic style panels complimented the story incredibly well.
This was very different from the books I have been reading recently.
The book follows three different stories. First is the tale left behind in a journal by the friend of the author about his interviewing Juan Capistran (who says he is his grandfather), and the events leading up to the night of the hurricane when the author of the journal disappears. The second story is that of Juan Capistan and takes place in Tula, Mexico in the late 1800's to early 1900's. The third story is that of the town of Tula and it''s rise in Mexican politics and eventual decline during the war for Independence...
The book alternates between the intertwined stories and lets us see the love, and hatred and pain that shapes the lives of the individuals and the town. I actually loved this aspect of the plot best. You get to learn each of the main characters over a period of years (even though the whole book covers a matter of weeks in the modern time). The book was written using papers given to the author by his "dead" friends wife who after finding them many years after his disappearance believes her husband did not die during the storm but instead ran away with another woman. As we read the story further the reasons that influence this decision become more evident.
I sort of forgot about this blog last semester due to the amount of work I had to do. I will be starting my final semester of classes next week, before student teaching in the spring. So, I have a chance to sit down and read this round of the Bout of Books Read a Thon. So Yes! I will participate this time :)
Here are my goals:
Devoted to Reading
As this is my last week before classes I will
be reading as much as I can all week. I do have one day of training to attend
so may only get commute time reading done that day.
Read down some of the bookcrossing registered book pile both
books from other members shelves as well as my own.
The list is undecided at the moment. I plan on starting with Tula
Station by David
I have about 100 pages left in then go onto Dragon
Moon by Rebecca York (new read) and finish
According to Good reads during 2013 I read 219 books. This includes 2 short stories which I don't count in my personal total. So I read 217 books.
Looking at the breakdown to see how many print vs audio books vs e-books I read. I am still primarily reading print copies over the other formats.
Audio book: 37
E-Book: 29 (count includes the 2 short stories from good reads count)
my reading goal for 2014 is to finish reading all the books traded through bookcrossing.com from 2012 and earlier and to take them to the nearby little free library that went up near my school last fall or the local coffee shops take a book/leave a book shelves.
1.) Brazen by Carly Phillips 2.) Fat-free and Fatal by Jaqueline Girdner 3.) Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel 4.) Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett 5.) Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by Nicholas Sparks 6.) A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg 7.) Do Kangaroos Wear Seatbelts? by Jane Kurtz, Jane Manning (Illustrations) 8.) Axle Annie and the Speed Grump by Robin Pulver, Tedd Arnold (Illustrations) 9.) Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake 10.) Mrs. Armitage: Queen of the Road by Quentin Blake 11.) Axle Annie by Robin Pulver, Tedd Arnold (Illustrations) 12.) Baudolino by Umberto Eco 13.) Plainsong by Kent Haruf 14.) Season of Wonder by Paula Guran (Editor) Audiobooks:
1.) Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn 2.) Honor Among Enemies by David Weber 3.) The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch 4.) In Enemy Hands by David Weber
1.) Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley, Peter Dickinson 2.) Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley, Peter Dickinson