Thursday, October 17, 2013

What I've Been Reading

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Since I took the week off, I felt like this would be a good opportunity to discuss what's been going on (book-wise) for the past month or so since school has started. So come on in, kick off your shoes. Do you want something to drink? Tea, perhaps?

Okay, now that you're settled...

What I've Been Reading

Since school started up again I've been busy, to say the least. A lot of the books I've been reading are for school, some of which I've reviewed here (see The Alchemist and The Road).

The Sun Also RisesSiddharthaThe AlchemistThe RoadCrime and Punishment

And I've also been reading my last manuscript for my internship with Inklings Literary Agency, which was an amazing experience! 

Now that I have a short break before I need to read the next book for school (All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy- I'm really excited to read another McCarthy novel!), I'm reading The Sky is Everywhere per Dahlia Adler's excellent recommendation.

The Sky Is Everywhere
Seriously, this book is breaking my heart in all the best ways.

And in other book-related news...

I'm now in charge of my library's YA book club! This is a.) exciting and b.) sad, which I know is a weird combination. 

A.) Exciting
Of course I'm thrilled to get to run one of my favorite activities! I already have a whole herd of ideas running through my brain. I'm also flattered that my librarian asked me to take over! 

B.) Sad
The librarian I mentioned above, the one that started the YA book club and who is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, got a promotion at another branch. And while I'm really excited for her, it's also hard to say goodbye! (But her new branch isn't so far away, so I think one of the book club's activities will be a field trip...)

Next month's book is Thirteen Reasons Why, a book I read years ago and loved. Can't wait to read it again and to get discussing! 

As for everything else, the latest Reader's Report came out not too long ago, I shared a giant book haul collected over 3 weeks, and Inside the Industry will be returning soon with two more interviews!

Phew! So that's what's been going on with me. What books have you been reading?

11 comments:

  1. You really have been busy, haven't you? Sad about the YA-centric librarian leaving your branch! It always bites when someone you really like leaves work. I always feel like I'll never see them again.

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    1. I really miss her, but we're keeping in touch! :)

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  2. OMG you've been rereading some classics. Even if it's for school, it's still pretty impressive. Also the Sky is Everywhere is so effing amazing. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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  3. I just finished reading The Sky is Everywhere. Seriously, about five minutes ago. It broke my heart and made me smile. Beautiful book. Very exciting about the book club! ~Pam

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    1. It is SO beautiful- love that book so much!

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  4. Congrats about heading the YA book club (even though the news is bittersweet for you). I instantly clicked on your link for "the alchemist" and was sad to see the book left you feeling "meh." I recently read a YA book about alchemy and absolutely loved it! Perhaps you could give that subject matter one more chance? The book is called, "The Riddle of Prague" by author Laura DeBruce (http://theriddleofprague.com/about/). It is a YA thriller with so much going on I won't even be able to skim the surface. Hans Silna, the very likeable and witty main character, has gone to Prague to settle some family affairs and reclaim her ancestral home, "The Rockery." I think Hans says it best, "The good news is we have The Rockery back; the bad news is I’m being chased all over Prague by an immortal psycho killer.” She has not been given an easy task at all and soon finds her family home is linked to the grand experiment of immortality. There is murder, kidnapping and edge of your seat suspense that makes this an extremely enjoyable read. Not to mention she meets a charming and handsome friend named Alex to help her solve the mystery :) Every book needs a little romance! Hope you will give it a read!

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  5. I really really liked The Alchemist :( I'm sad you didn't like it. I read it when I was interning way too many years ago and it totally struck a cord with me. Congrats on your new super fun job! eeee! So excited for you!

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    1. I liked some of the themes of The Alchemist but found some of it lacking. I definitely understand why so many people love it, though!

      Thank you! It's not really a job, but I'm looking forward to it! :)

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