This month so far, I have read twice as many pages as I read in all of May. I feel this frenzy to keep reading. On the other hand, my goals at keeping up-to-date on reviews is not an obsession. I get more and more behind on reviewing with each book I finish, and I’m not feeling an urge to write about these books. I need a bit more balance.
Books I’ve finished and need to share thoughts on.
- Nom de Plume by Caramela Ciuraru. An advanced copy from BEA. I enjoyed it.
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I cried so hard through the end of this one. I have a book club meeting discussing it on Wednesday.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I didn’t love it, so I am not sure how to write about it for this blog. I so hate getting hate comments!
Posts in progress:
- (Kids Corner) To the Moon and Back: Picture Books about the Moon
- Steinbeck: Intro to the Classics Circuit Tour (for Classics Circuit site)
- What I want to read: thoughts on all the Steinbeck books I now want to read for that tour!
- Reading Reflection: thoughts on some bookish quotes I read.
Books I’m currently reading or want to read in the next few weeks:
- Your Child’s Writing Life by Pam Allyn. So inspiring to me to be a better mom (which is a bit hard to do when I’m reading so much…)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. For next month’s Classics Reading Group meeting.
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray. For fun. I need something really funny to read.
- Half Broke Horses (halfway done) and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The later is my book club read for next month, and I’ve never read the other, which I have wanted to read for a long time.
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. For the upcoming Classics Circuit.
I feel like lately I’ve been reading fewer classics on my currently reading lists. The same thing happened last year, mostly (although last summer I also tried to read Victorian.) I just get in a “modern fiction” mood when the sun came out and the weather got warm. I also have recently begun accepting review copies, and this is gearing me more toward newer works. I really do want to keep focusing on classics: this summer may just be an anomaly.
So, anyway, if I’m busy reading all these books, when will I get a chance to post on the one’s I have finished? How do you pace yourself? How do you get “in the mood” to blog about your recent reads?
Yesterday evening I returned home from my classics book club meeting very sad. We read Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and when I last read it, I remember wishing I could read and discuss with other classics readers. My classics reading group (last year, a total of four of us) agreed to give it a try this year.
Alas, the people in my group, different people from those who gave input on this years’ books, were nothing but scathing in their thoughts of Mrs Dalloway. It was too much work, there were no chapters, nothing happened, the characters were flat and boring (!). In short, they got nothing out of it.
I can relate to that feeling. I recently read The Red Badge of Courage and felt only joy when it ended because I was not enjoying it at all. But this was particularly hard since I so enjoyed my reread.
This post contains thematic spoilers for Mrs Dalloway.
After the last Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I decided to regularly feature new bloggers I’ve found. I haven’t been doing a great job of doing this regularly. I’m going to try again! I’ve named this feature “Silver and Gold” after the scouting rhyme I used to sing. I plan on featuring bloggers I’ve been reading a long time and bloggers new to me.
Make new friends, but keep the old: One is silver and the other gold.
These are not all the bloggers I meet at BEA. I’ve selected a few to share with you; I’m saving others for another day. Some of these are new-to-me bloggers and others I’ve been reading for a long while.
- I stood in line for a while with Pam from MotherReader.com. She blogs about children’s and teens books, and recently hosted the 48-hour book challenge.
- While waiting in a different line, I also met Lisa, a librarian from New Jersey, who blogs at Shelf Employed, also about children’s books.
- Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness and I started our blogs at about the same time. Kim blogs about literary nonfiction and fiction, and it was so fun to finally meet her at BEA.
- Heather from Age 30+ Books was one of the first bloggers I met at BEA. Heather blogs about all different kinds of books, from fantasy to nonfiction and literary fiction.
- Colleen from Books in the City is a new-to-me blogger: she blogs about fiction, especially immigrant stories. Since I’m fascinated by my own immigrant ancestors, this sounds very interesting to me.
- Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog writes about classics a lot. But I also have to give her a shout out for her recent awesome post about Retro summer reads.
That’s it for now. As I said, I met tons of other bloggers, new and old at BEA! I’ll highlight some more in the next Silver and Gold spotlight.
Have you visited these awesome bloggers?
Three books I ended up reading during the 48HBC were about slavery, plus I’m still in the middle of Gone with the Wind, which provides a quite different perspective on the institution. I really enjoyed the topical reading, because it’s giving me a more holistic view of slavery in different eras through different eyes.
Of the three 48HBC books, one was a fictionalized true story, another a nonfiction Newbery honor book collecting true stories from former slaves, and the last was another award-winning book for children/young adults about slavery during the Revolutionary War. All three were excellent, and I am glad I’ve read them all, especially close together.
The title of the fictionalized true story, All Different Kinds of Free, accurately captures my afterthoughts on this topic, for slavery (and its counterpart, freedom) comes in all different forms. The three books all differ in style, setting, story, and passion. (more…)
Book bloggers come in all shapes and sizes — with blogs of all shapes and sizes. While nothing I heard at the Book Blogger Convention was amazingly original, I found it gave me lots of motivation to keep blogging my own way, and to try to think out of the box a little bit. Plus, I loved meeting fellow bloggers! (more…)