I keep seeing things for this book everywhere! It hasn’t even been out a month and there is already a movie lined up. I saw that the audiobook was available through Overdrive at the library and decided to jump on the bandwagon. The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and tells the story of a teenage girl who was in the car when one of her childhood friends is shot by a white police officer. So far, although Star’s story is very different than my own, I really appreciate the perspective this book gives.
I was introduced to Nadia Bolz-Weber a few years ago and loved her book, Pastrix. She, like Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans, and Sarah Bessey, offer a broken and beautiful picture of Christianity. Books like these help me sort through the baggage of the fundamentalist evangelical church of my childhood. They help me stay true to my faith and grow in new directions.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is books that you read in one sitting. Now that I’m working full time, I’m not able to read for hours on end anymore.
So here is a list of books and series that, if possible, I would have consumed in one sitting. I couldn’t limit it to just ten.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell
His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Selection series by Kierra Cass
Everything Rainbow Rowell has written
Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
Saga comic series by Brian K. Vaughan
Everything Morgan Matson has written
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Everything Sarah J. Maas has written
Have you read any of these? What books have you read that were so addicting you couldn’t put them down?
Last fall, I read Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me and found it insightful and enjoyable. I was thrilled to hear she had a follow-up book coming out. My library was kind enough to purchase this upon request and I look forward to spending time with it.
YES, this is the third time this book has appeared in my Inbox//Outbox feature. I’m actually reading it this time. I’m taking it slowly and am about 130 pages in. So far, I am absolutely loving it. Continue reading →
Don’t you just hate it when your day becomes ruined by a book?
I sure don’t.
You see, when you read as much as I do, stories become familiar. They fall into patterns. As you read, you think, “I’ve seen this plot before. I’ve met these characters. I know how this is going to end.” Without realizing it, your standards skyrocket and a couple of things can happen: you become a snob or you lower your standards. I’ve done both. There are times when I’ve turned up my nose on stories because their predictability is beneath me. There are also times when I’ve pushed aside that critical voice and chosen to enjoy things for what they are.
All the while, though, I have this tug in the back of my mind–this nagging desire to read that one story that is going to sweep me away and leave me breathless. My subconscious knows what kind of story it longs to get lost in… I just need to go out and find it. This longing propels me forward, keeps me reading. Despite genuinely enjoying almost everything I choose to read, there’s always the hope that the next book will be it. Continue reading →
Finally, I’m on the last of the currently published A Song of Ice and Fire books. I’m always daunted by the size of these books, so I’m listening to the audiobook on the way to work. Aside from his inability to do female voices, the reader is fantastic. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the story.
This is my current post-breakfast-curl-up-in-a-chair-drinking-tea read. It’s a collection of short essays by Lewis on one of my favorite topics–the concept of story, particularily fairy stories. I really enjoy Lewis’s fiction and his Christian nonfiction works, but in this one, his expertise as an academic shines through and it’s wonderful.
My mom and I have been watching the second season of Outlander lately and Scotland has been on my mind. I am fortunate enough to have ventured to this beautiful country twice and fell more in love with every visit.
My first visit to Scotland was in November, 2013. I spent a long weekend with my study abroad group in Edinburgh and we did a day trip to the Highlands. My second visit was in April 2016. This time, I was alone. I did a three-day bus tour of the Highlands and Isle of Skye, followed by a few days revisiting Edinburgh.
Now… Outlander. Diana Gabaldon’s books aren’t exactly high-brow literature, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good. I came to the series a few years ago–about a year after my first visit to Scotland. The television show was just about to premiere and an extended relative recommended the books to my mom, who then passed the word to me. Intrigued by the premise–a World War II combat nurse goes back in time 200 years–I ordered secondhand copies of the entire series from Amazon. Continue reading →
Continuing with my newfound obsession with comic books, I’m delving into this large volume that tells the story of an ex-superhero during her attempt to live a normal life. I’m not super thrilled with the art, but hope the story will make up for that.
This book caught my eye while shelving at work this week and I brought it home. I’m not sure if or when I will actually get to it, but dystopian classics are on the front of everyone’s mind these days with the political climate. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything serious, so hopefully this will be one I actually get to reading. Plus, the new Hulu show is coming out, and it would be nice to be familiar with the source material before watching it.
Who wouldn’t want to hear their favorite authors speak together on the same stage?
Recently, I was inspired by staff at Eventbrite about putting together a dream panel of authors I’d like to see at a conference. Eventbrite is an organization that helps people create and share events that bring communities together. For more information about their conference management tool, check out their website.
I love attending conferences, but have sadly never been to one that is book-related. (That is likely to change now that I’m working as a librarian.) Still, I assume that most events follow similar structures and that there is a great deal of freedom in what goes on in a panel. That being said, I spent some time brainstorming what group I should bring together. There are so many genres that I love and so many topics that would be interesting to explore. I ended up settling on…
Jane Austen has a bit of a cult following. While I may not be as rabid as popular culture depicts some of her fans (see 2013 film, Austenland, for an example), she’s one of my favorite writers.
My relationship with Austen’s work began when I was thirteen. Having skipped after school basketball practice to go see the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in theaters with my mom, I loved the story so much I went straight to the school library the next day to check out the book. I loved the book so much that I read it three times in a row.
My fondness for Austen has only grown over the years. I had read all six of her novels by the time I graduated high school and have revisited all of them since. I had the pleasure of getting to study Sense and Sensibility in college. As I’ve aged, I’ve come to understand her characters on a deeper level. When I was younger, I identified with the playful and witty Elizabeth Bennett. These days, I connect most with the sensible Elinor Dashwood and have developed a soft spot for Anne Elliot.
In 2016, I had the privilege of spending three months living in the English countryside. When I arrived, I learned that my new residence was only a fifteen minute car ride from Chawton, the village where Austen lived from 1809-1817. Naturally, I had to go.
My visit to the Jane Austen House Museum took place on a Sunday afternoon. I went with a few friends, whose love of Austen ranged from casual movie-watcher to rabid book snob. We were a diverse group, hailing from the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Isn’t it wonderful that people from all over the world can come together through a love of literature? Continue reading →