Book Reading Update

Whew, last week flew by, and after the Knitting and Crochet Blog week, I needed a break!

So, I thought I’d do a “books I’m reading” post.

I’ve been reading a lot of little books, and most of them aren’t even worth mentioning. But, I did finish Origins: Spinward Fringe that I mentioned in my last books post. It was pretty good. Not happy that it’s the first book of a long series, because, well, I don’t have enough of an attention span anymore to do those.

The one book I am reading on my Kindle is Winnie and Gurley: The Best-Kept Family Secret by Robert G. Hewitt.

It’s pretty good. I really like it. The author has a great way of telling the story about his family and how he came about writing the book. There’s a lot of family photos, which show up remarkably well on the Kindle, and it helps to get the reader rooted in the story.

Here’s the description: When they met in 1906, Winnie Griffith was the headstrong fifteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy small-town merchant and Gurley Hewitt the hardworking twenty-year-old orphaned son of a Methodist circuit rider. When they fell madly in love, nobody approved. It took them two years to overcome the opposition, and then they married. It was a romantic beginning. This is the story of its tragic end.

Award-winning artist Robert Hewitt is the youngest grandchild of Winnie and Gurley. Throughout much of his life the family conspired to keep him ignorant of his grandparents’ story even as they were hanging onto a large horde of memorabilia and materials that, all together, told the tale. All of it ended up in Winnie’s gargantuan black trunk, the same trunk in which she’d carried her schoolgirl wardrobe back and forth on the train to Rollins College. After Winnie’s death, at her specific instruction, the family gave the trunk to Robert.

So far, it’s proving to be a very interesting read. Even more so due to the fact that my own grandmother lived near Rollins College (so we drove by it all the time) and it was one of the schools I really wanted to go to after high school. So there is that bit of connection there.

 

Saturday was Free Comic Book day, so we went out to our two favorite comic and game stores. We mainly went in to look for a specific role playing game book for me. We couldn’t find it, but we did find another one. See, not all gaming is Dungeons and Dragons. 🙂 I tend to prefer games that are a little different than the typical d20 based rule system. It’s just too many rules and numbers and what dice go with what for me.

We stumbled upon H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands: Roleplaying Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Call of Cthulhu roleplaying) and decided that was the one for me.

This is what’s known as a “source book” and contains extra characters, scenarios and the like for playing within the Call of Cthulhu system. I loved reading H.P. Lovecraft in college, so this seemed like a great plan. Little did I know that it contains a reading list, or as I called it in the car, “homework”, to help put the game master in the mood. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as like I said, I really like reading Lovecraft’s work.

 

Saturday afternoon when we got home, G handed me the Call Of Cthulhu: Horror Roleplaying In the Worlds Of H.P. Lovecraft (5.6.1 Edition / Version 5.6.1) core rule book. Now, there is a newer edition out, so if you’re interested in doing this as well, you may want to go with the newer book. We have this one, though.

Which, of course, means I have even more reading to do. This book is the one that contains the rules, how to run the game, how to create the characters, so on and so forth.

This, however, led to us picking up another book while we were in the book store on Sunday. Gotta read the background material. So, we picked up The Dreams in the Witch House: And Other Weird Stories.

I’m already about a third of a way through it. I forgot how creepy Lovecraft can be. I love that! However, that led to needing something a little lighter to read last night. We were hanging out at the church while G was in a men’s group meeting, so Mr. B and I sat in another room and read (he’s reading one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid stories and loves it). G brought me from the church library a copy of Philosophy For Beginners by Richard Osborne.

Now, the edition we have in our library is from 1974, so it doesn’t look exactly like that, but it’s close. I read a few pages and really enjoyed it. It’s written in a comic book style, and that made it easier to read and understand. If you’re looking to learn about philosophy, but don’t want to have to read a lot of dry, dusty tomes to do it, pick this one up. I’m looking forward to continuing it.

 

That’s all for what I’m reading this week. As you can see, I’m kinda all over the place with my reading. That’s actually somewhat normal for me, though. You’re just finally getting a peek into the madness. 🙂

Short list of books I’m reading

This week I don’t have as many books to report. I finished a couple, kept reading on some, and blew through a bunch of little books that weren’t worth mentioning (remember when I said I hoard books on my Kindle).

First of all, though, I finished The Night Circus. And I LOVED it! Oh, so good. I’ve passed it on to G to read so I can talk with someone about it. It was amazing. It is one of those few books I might just read again.

I also finished Turning Inside Out. Yeah, I’m not really sure what to say about this one. It was sad to read, because obviously what has happened to this woman in her childhood has really affected her. It was a difficult read and I’m not sure I can recommend it to many people. However, if you’re intrigued with how the human brain handles trauma, then give it a go. But have a light and fluffy book prepared to read after.

Still plugging along on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. This is a longer read because it is rather deep and thoughtful. I am still thoroughly enjoying it, though. I just get distracted by different books.

 

New book that I read quickly

 

Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold is a quick little short story that really surprised me.

Description: “As the only woman on the first contact team, xenolinguist Toni Donato expected her assignment on Christmas would be to analyze the secret women’s language — but then the chief linguist begins to sabotage her work. What is behind it? Why do the men and women have separate languages in the first place? What Toni learns turns everything she thought they knew on its head.”

Now, here’s the surprising bit. It mentions crochet. In fact, crochet plays an integral part of the story. Pick this one up! This is another one that I’ve foisted on G to read. 🙂 It’s only about 20,000 words, so really, it’s a quick read.

 

Current book on the Kindle

 

Origins (Spinward Fringe) by Randolph Lalonde.

Description: “It is the distant future and one man, Jonas Valent, is letting his life slip by. He is employed by Freeground station as a port traffic controller, a job he took after completing a tour in the military. His only real joy in life is his participation in true-to-life military simulations with a cadre of friends who come together regularly to defeat challenges made to test the brightest military cadets and officers alike. These restricted scenarios stand as an addictive preoccupation that is so enticing that they ignore the potential repercussions of breaking in to participate.

When someone betrays their identities to the Freeground Fleet Admiralty, Jonas and his friends are faced with a far greater challenge: to venture out into the more populated regions of the galaxy to acquire technology and knowledge. They are tasked with laying the groundwork for the Freeground Nation in their efforts to reconnect with the rest of humanity, and to secure the armaments they might need to defend themselves from encroaching enemies.

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins is a collected trilogy that chronicles the early adventures of an ambitious crew. Their leader, Jonas Valent, has the least to lose and everything to gain as he tells the tale of his first tour as Captain of a ship tasked with making allies and discovering new technologies for the good of his people. This simple mission becomes more complicated as the crew ventures further into the settled fringes of the galaxy.”

I’m not sure what I think of this one yet. It’s interesting, and it’s keeping me intrigued. Science Fiction is usually not a genre I gravitate to on a regular basis. But, the story line sounded interesting. We’ll see how long this one takes me to read and if I get sidetracked by other Kindle books.

 

The other books I’ve gone through are either silly little books that didn’t excite me or tell me anything new, or books of a more personal nature that I’m not going to share here. 🙂

 

There won’t be a post next Saturday about books as I’m participating in the Knitting and Crocheting Blog week starting on Monday and running through Sunday. I’ll pick back up on the following Saturday. Hopefully with a lot to share!

Books I’m Reading

Welcome to a new post called Books I’m Reading. I’m a voracious reader and I thought it’d be neat to share with you all the books I’m currently reading (or have recently finished).

Small note before we begin, all of these links will lead you to Amazon and do go through the Amazon Affiliates program. Whether you buy any of these books, or something else, if you use these links it’ll throw a little money my way. I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Let’s go, shall we?

 

 

Most favorite book EVER!

My current obsession is a book I wanted to get for a while and when it hit our local library’s new shelf, I snatched it up. It’s The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It sat on the side table for nearly a week because I was trying to finish up another book. When I finally sat down on Wednesday afternoon to read it, I started flying through it. It’s so absolutely good. I finally had to stop myself on Wednesday night or I would have stayed up all night to read it. Very very rarely does a book grab me like this.

But it’s beautiful and vivid and amazing and I can’t tell you much without giving stuff away. So, instead, we’ll use the description from Amazon:

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.”

I need to finish this, but I almost don’t want to. It’s so good I know I’m going to be sad when it ends.

 

 

The book that’s making me think

Another book I’m reading right now is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. It’s…interesting. I don’t know how else to describe it yet. I’m just over halfway through it. It’s really challenging me to think, and I like that.

Here’s the book description (again, from Amazon):

“Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader’s Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.”

 

 

The book currently loaded on the Kindle

The two books above are the rare regular books I’m reading. I typically read everything on my Kindle. I love my Kindle because I can hoard books and not take up space. 🙂 I tend to go through and find books in big batches online, load them on the Kindle, and then read every night before bed. I have weird taste in books, and I like a lot of non-fiction books. This is one of them.

Turning Inside Out by Phyllis Lily Jules is an autobiography by the granddaughter of the guy who created the Master Cleanse. I just started it Thursday night, but so far it’s very interesting. If I finish it by next week’s post, I’ll tell you what I think.

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“In an outer world that is impossible, an inner world grows out of the wreckage. Built by a little girl too young to know how it might be done, she did it her way and then lived with it all. This is her story. Searing, shocking, yet holding treasures deep where it matters.

Granddaughter to the man who invented The Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse, she knew a different man from what the world pegged as a new-age healer. Behind Stanley Burroughs’ public face was another one. That was the face she saw. That was the man she knew. Knew too well.

This is an autobiography set in the present, during the time of its own writing, but rich with the experiences of a shattered childhood. It shows the consequences of abuse, corruption, and evil on a small child and the woman she grew into – a woman saved by her unique means of engaging with her own psychology. And equally saved by her unique appreciation of beauty. Beauty that can be found even in an ugly world.”

 

 

The book I’m proud to have finally finished

Long book was long. Really long. I’m a fast reader and this one took me nearly three weeks. I think some of it was the writing style. Not that it was an older book, I’ve read plenty of classics and can easily follow older styles of writing. I think it was because the author would get me to a point where I was really following something and then jump to something else. But, I really did enjoy this book. It’s a classic and I’m trying to read all of those that I didn’t read as a kid. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. I almost didn’t think I’d get through it, but I’m not one to quit a book once I pass a certain point. So, I got through it.

Description:
“Becky Sharp is a poor orphan when she first makes friends with the lovely Amelia Sedley at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies. She may not have the natural advantages of her companion but she more than makes up for it with her wit, charm, deviousness and determination to make a success of herself whatever the cost. Vanity Fair is the story of Becky’s spectacular rise and fall as she gambles, manipulates and seduces her way through high society and the Napoleonic wars.”

 

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’m reading and may think about checking some of these out. If you do, let me know what you think!

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