So I completely didn’t stick to my reviewing schedule at all. I rarely ever do. It tends to happen when I’m reading books simultaneously and I finish one that I can’t not write about the second it’s done. This was one of those weeks. Regardless, I did find time to reflect on a lot; here’s what happened on the blog this past week:
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- Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
- Tuesday Post, where I highlighted my top 10 favourite authors, and shared a few excerpts of current and upcoming reads
- Took part in the cover reveal for My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool
- Celebrated 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Friday’s Feature & Follow, where I talked about what genre of book I would write, and what I’d buy with $100
- Review: Ink by Amanda Sun
- Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
I picked up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, because I own the first book which is on my TBR list. And as I mentioned before, I tend to spend money on books I’m missing from series. I’ve always thought ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ had such an interesting premise, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Riggs was continuing on with a series. I have some catching up to do!
I’d never heard of any of these titles before, but an hour and a half of perusing, bargain hunting, and achy arms resulted in a haul of some worthwhile finds at the bookstore. I snagged China Dolls by Lisa See, Spare Brides by Adele Park, Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman/Laurie Calkhoven, Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir, Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill, and Cain by the late and brilliant José Saramago.
I received my first book subscription box over the past week, which was such a pleasure. I love getting packages in the mail, I really do. This one is from OwlCrate, a monthly YA subscription box. The November theme was Myths & Legends, so I just knew I had to sign up. This is what I got:
- Soundless by Richelle Mead, which came with a bookmark and temporary tattoos from Vampire Academy
- A mermaid pocket mirror from My Clockwork Castle
- A Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson series) bracelet from The Colorful Geek
- A castle locket necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
- Sleeping Beauty tea from Adagio Teas (Note: I’m so in love with this tea. It smells incredible and is fantastic any time of the day)
Life & Such
It’s very rare that I read non-fiction books unless they’re for school or a biography on someone whose work I enjoy. But lately, I’ve been reading more and more, especially books related to library operations, book publishing, and literature in general. I guess I got so used to being in school for this stuff full-time over the last year, and now that I’m doing it part-time and my school readings aren’t as piled up as usual, I found myself missing it. So I took a stroll down to the library a few days ago during lunch and checked out some books to fill that void. The first is called How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard. I mainly picked it out because I thought the title was hilarious, and I thought about many conversations I’ve had with people about books they’ve liked that I’ve never even heard of. It’s pretty hard to do that if neither of you are — pardon the horrible pun — on the same page. I still haven’t read it, ironically enough. But I’m looking forward to what Bayard has to say. The second book is This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière. This one I picked up because of it’s lovely cover. Then I read the synopsis and was extremely intrigued. Eco has always been such a fascinating person to me, so to be able to read a play-by-play conversation between him and Carrière, a screenwriter, actor, and fellow bibliophile, is a treat. The book is basically a conversation between the two (it literally reads as a huge transcript split into chapters) about books, the fate of books in this generation that relies heavily on technology, collecting books, and more. It talks about how physical books will survive and surpass the digital age, and Eco alludes to that theory really early on with this quote that I thought was brilliant: “The book is like the spoon: once invented, it cannot be bettered.”
Do you agree with Eco? Disagree? I mean I think we all share the same answer, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, how do you deal with conversations with people who talk about books you’ve never read?
Leave me a comment! And have a fantastic week. 🙂