Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You're swamped with work, but somehow your reading slump weighs more heavily on your mind. While you're still ahead of your Goodreads reading challenge, your progress has slowed to a crawl. Piles and piles of unread books taunt you with their unpeeled price stickers and a light coat of dust. Your phone is loaded with dozens of e-books, so you shouldn't have an excuse not to read, but you still aren't reading. Nothing to add to your bookstagram, no quotes for your Twitter, no new recommendations for your friends. Countless people have probably felt this way before, but something about this reading slump makes you feel completely alone.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WWW Wednesday 18

This meme/link-up is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

What are you currently reading?
 I'm reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle for the first time and it already feels familiar, like Anastasia Krupnik or Little Women or any of my childhood favorites. 

What did you recently finish reading?
Since my last WWW Wednesday was months ago, I've just linked the books here  
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
What Things Mean by Sophia N. Lee
Found by Isa Garcia
Sula's Voyage by Catherine Torres
Anthem for Doomed Youth (Penguin Little Black Classic) by Wilfred Owen
I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
Blue is the Warmest Color (graphic novel) by Julie Maroh - I haven't seen the movie, but I loved the aesthetic and the story of the book
Trese: Murder on Balete Drive (graphic novel) by Budjette Tan
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner - Each installment of this series catches me off guard
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale - I thought Becky asked herself all the right questions, and that their relationship was better and lovelier than I'd expected
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman - an interesting combination of neuroscience, grief, creative thinking, and obscure words. Some of my favorite names for love were She For Whom All Flowers Bloom Early, Inertia Canceled, and Foundling of the Here and Beyond.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan - a detective/crime novel with a Jesuit forensic anthropologist racing to find a serial killer

What do you think you'll read next?
After A Wrinkle in Time I'm planning on reading Love Story by Erich Segal, which I stumbled upon in my local Little Free Library. I think I got the 1970 edition, which is pretty cool.

Friday, May 5, 2017

I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou

I just finished reading I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou. "Our Grandmothers" is beautiful. Another favorite of mine, "They Ask Why," is shorter so I'll put it here.

They Ask Why

A certain person wondered why
a big strong girl like me
wouldn't keep a job
which paid a normal salary.
I took my time to lead her
and to read her every page.
Even minimal people
can't survive on minimal wage.

A certain person wondered why
I wait all week for you.
I didn't have the words
to describe just what you do.
I said you had the motion
of the ocean in your walk,
and when you solve my riddles
you don't even have to talk.


I don't read much literary criticism so I don't know how to critique a poem, but this one (and most of her poetry, honestly) sound like singing to me.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shelf Control: Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Fore more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post by Lisa of Bookshelf Fantasies, here.

 This week I'm writing about Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, a selection of war poetry published under Penguin Little Black Classics.

'Tonight he noticed how the women's eyes
Passed from him to the strong men that were whole.'

The true horror of the trenches is brought to life in this selection of poetry from the front line.

How I got it: This was part of the bookstore receipt amount I needed for the discount card.
When I got it: Maybe six months ago.
Why I got it: Little Black Classics have always been tempting for me. They're so small and cheap, the perfect travel companion, and though I don't always enjoy minimalism in book covers, it makes sense for large collections such as this, and where I feel any sort of embellishment would overwhelm the tiny book. But this volume was particularly enticing, since I'd read a snippet from the titular poem in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. That was my favorite letter from that book, so I just had to get this.  

(I'm actually halfway through this volume by now, but just got around to finishing this entry today. Hope it still counts.)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac


(PDF version) via Austin Kleon on Tumblr 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Currently reading one letter from Isa Garcia's Found every morning and it's just... it's so good? Like, she tells me stuff I never knew I needed to hear and I actually feel like she's telling me personally and I thought I would be uncomfortable reading the letters about God but they were super comforting and I was more uncomfortable reading about love and anyway... I love this book and I'm not even halfway through.

Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God by Isa Garcia, illustrated by Crae Achacoso:

Isa Garcia believes that everybody deserves love letters. She wrote these letters in Found for you: the girl who has been feeling a bit lost; the girl who likes to run from pain; the girl who is ready to go; the girl who is a lot of things at one time or another. Isa knows that there are days when you would need to be reminded that you matter, you are not alone, and the world is a far better place with you in it.
In this book, may you find a friend who takes you as you are, a safe space for your secret hopes and fears, and the assurance that no matter where you are in your life right now, you will always be found. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shelf Control: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Canor

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Fore more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post by Lisa of Bookshelf Fantasies, here.





Synopsis from Goodreads:
From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

How I got it: I needed a certain amount in accumulated receipts to get a bookstore discount card and I was within P500 ($10, I guess) of the amount and this was the last book I bought for the card.
When I got it: Yesterday.
Why I want to read it: I've been hearing great things about the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for years (and have enjoyed the fanart greatly) but couldn't get into podcasts. More of a visual person, I guess, so I jumped at the chance to join the fandom in a way I was used to. 
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