Monday, April 25, 2016

Q1 Reading Update: the novels

It seems as though every time I write a post I have to preface it with "omg, I'm such a bad blogger, I haven't updated in soo long yadayada-blah-blah". I've decided that this time, I'm not going to do that.  Because, why should I?  It's not like you've been waiting with bated breath, hopelessly curious about what I've been reading (and if you follow me on Instagram @beanreading you're always up to date) but if you have, then yes. I apologize. Especially since I promised this post over a week ago and here it is the last week of April and I'm finally sitting down to write about what I've read during the first quarter of 2016.


Ok, so I've read only 9 novels this year thus far, but since Goodreads counts short stores and comics towards my Goodreads Challenge goal, then so shall I. And thank goodness too, or else I'd never get to 60 books by the end of the year. I've also included some children's novels that I've been reading with my biggest little, and for the most part I'll continue to do that, I won't be including picture books however. (Though maybe I should?)

The Novels:

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic  - I started this book around Christmas and I finished it in December. For me, it's easiest to count books the year I finish them as some books sit on my shelves half-read for years. Literally. The funny thing is, when I finished this book I gave it only 3 stars. But the more distance I get from it the more I like it. I almost want to go back and bump up my rating. 4 months later and I'm more curious about a sequel then I was upon turning the final pages. Definitely maybe picking this one up again in the future.

Six-Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente can do no wrong in my book and this novella was no exception.  I devoured this thing. It's not secret that fairy tale retelling are high up on my list of favourites, but it is so rare that an author stays so true to the heart of the tale, keeping so many parallels intact, all while recreating a highly original and unique tale. Loved every minute of this. My only complaint is the length. Give me more! Better yet, do a whole run of retellings. I'd love to see what Valente could do with The Little Mermaid.

Leviathan Wakes - I enjoyed the idea of this story more than the actual reading of it. Normally space opera is totally my jam sandwich but for some reason this story really dragged on for me. There were definitely some high points though and I'm going to continue with the series. I'm determined to figure out what all the fuss is about. But I fear all the hype has made it impossible for the series to live up to its reputation.

Our Souls At Night - Ugh, this one is hard to talk about. Such a simple, yet touching tale. It gave me so many feelings. Highly recommend.

Me Before You - I may be the only person I know that didn't dissolve into a puddle of sad lady tears at the end of this book. Maybe I'm heartless. Or maybe this book is overrated.

Wuthering Heights - I understand that this is a great novel. A Great Novel. It's a classic. All of that. Even while I was reading it I kept saying to myself, "Wow, self, this is a really Great book. Why did you wait 24 years to pick this one up?". But, BUT a Great Novel does not a Great Reading Experience make. I did not enjoy reading this. I kind of prefer books that don't have me hating every single character. Am I glad I read this? Yes. Am I going to read this again? Yes. But not anytime soon.  (And thanks to Julianne of Outlandish Lit for buddy reading it with me)

Between The World And Me - Possibly the most important book I've ever read.

Vicious - The first honest-to-goodness pageturner I've read this year. Infinitely entertaining. I can't wait to read more from Schwab.

The Graveyard Book- I love Neil Gaiman. He's one of my favourite authors. Again, he dazzled me. I loved Bod and all the Graveyard inhabitants. Can't wait to start my next Gaiman read.

Bonus: How to Train Your Dragon - this book was nothing like the movie. If you go into believing it will be similar you'll be sorely mistaken. The two share nothing in common but the title, and since we're all Hiccup and Toothless crazy around here it was a little disappointing.  Sadly, I feel the book would have been enjoyed a lot more if we didn't have the beloved DreamWorks movie adaptation to compare it to. Another reminder to always read the book before the movie (which was impossible in the case as we didn't even know the movie was based on a book until much later).

So, those are the novels I've been reading so far this year. I'm a long way from 60 but I'm hoping that the rest of the books I read this year are winners. Here's hoping. I'll be back soon(ish) to review the comics and novels I've been reading! Here's to a happy Q2 of great reads!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Top 10 Books of 2015

Hi, hello, Happy New Year, and all of that good stuff. What?? What do you mean we're already well into the second month of the year? It's FEBRUARY? Already?! Wow. December and January have just been a complete blur. A lovely, wintry, bookish blur.

Well, now that we've gotten that out of the way: Welcome to my first official post of 2016!

In 2015 I read a total of 54 and a half books (I tried REALLY hard to finish The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic but it just dragged on for ages, honestly the thing could have easily been 200 pages shorter without losing ANY of the plot, but I digress.) Of the 54 books I read, I only gave 3 2-star reviews on Goodreads (two of which were for YA novels, and one was for a "memoir" that I have been trying to erase from my memory ever since - I'd really love those reading hours back). I gave 13 3-star reviews (meaning I liked, but didn't necessarily LOVE these books). The rest of the books I really quite enjoyed and gave all 4 or 5 star ratings on Goodreads (all while, of course, neglecting this blog and failing to actually post coherent reviews, but really, who cares?). I gave a whopping 26 books 5-star ratings, so I'd have to say I have a pretty great reading year. All of this is just a crazy, rambling, round-about way of letting you know that for the most part I enjoyed what I read in 2015 and would now like to share with you my top ten reads of 2015. (N.B. Narrowing it down from 26 to 10 is going to be super hard on my Libra sensibilities, so these aren't going to be listed in any particular order)

 

  1. Just Kids - Patti Smith 
  2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  4. American Gods - Neil Gaiman (also The Ocean at the End of the Lane) 
  5. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  6. The Color Purple - Alice Walker 
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling 
  8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor (is it cheating if I list the entire trilogy here???)
  9. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
  10. Tiny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed 
  11. Honourable Mention (like, so, so close to being in the Top 10, but I just couldn't decide which other book to bump off the list, and plus Neil Gaiman is already in the top 10, right? So I decided it was ok, and then I realized I'm the boss here, so that makes it totally OK): The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman 
These were the books that really stuck with me even after I closed the final pages. These are the ones I stayed up late reading and couldn't forget about when I was busy doing life things that wasn't reading. I'm happy to say that my list seems pretty diverse in terms of genres, topics, authors of both genders and I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of classics that made it to my Top 10, as I don't consider myself to be a huge classics reader. I think my favourite read of the year was Harry Potter, because I got to read it with my mini for the first time, and he loved it! All in all 2015 was a really good reading year and I'm lookng forward to what the stacks have in store for me in 2016. 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Station ElevenTiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear SugarHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Their Eyes Were Watching God
Animal FarmThe Color PurpleAmerican Gods (American Gods, #1)Just KidsWe Have Always Lived in the CastleThe Ocean at the End of the Lane

I have been loving peeking at the top ten lists of blogs that I regularly follow and have been adding books to my 2016 like a crazy person... there are more books on there than I am physically capable of actually reading, but I'm looking forward to that challenge. Although I find it nearly impossible myself, I'd love to know what your favourite read of 2015 was! Help me curb my tendency to buy beyond my bookish means by recommending just ONE book you read last year. (I know how hard it is, believe me)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir


The Martian
"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"


UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT: I did not love this book.

I thought the story was really interesting, and I of course rooted for Mark Watney's survival just as much as the next person. BUT... there is just so much SCIENCE in the book. I'm not a huge science person. I love scifi, don't get me wrong. But actual, real, school-learning science? Ehh, not so much. The narrator/author goes into these scientific explanations for everything that happens, he can't just say "the equipment exploded". No, he has to go into WHY it exploded, what the chemical reaction was that made it explode, the physics explanation as to how the angle at which he landed kept him from being seriously injured, and so on and so forth. To me it felt as though at least a third of the book is explaining science, it was like reading a textbook for me at those times. It took a lot of the enjoyment out of the reading experience. Because I spent so much time trying to understand the science going on in the book, I lost the immersive experience that I love about reading a truly enthralling story.

That being said, I did enjoy Mark Watney's smart-a** personality, his ingenuity is insanely impressive, and if I was stranded basically anywhere, I would want this guy there with me. I loved a lot of the other characters as well, I thought the human-interaction portions of the book were really very interesting. What was going on at NASA, for instance, and what was happening with his crew mates, that is what saved the book for me. If the book was 100% Mark Watney on Mars, it would have been a 2-star book, for me. But as a whole, and for having great characters, it gets a three-star rating.

Review originally posted on Goodreads. Let's be friends over there cuz, let's be honest, I remember to blog sporadically like every 2 or 3 months and I don't review every book I read and don't you want to know what I'm reading in between blog posts?  Yeah? Awesome. See you over there, ohh, or on Twitter, or Instagram! We can be friends all over the internet! You can tell me how wrong I am about this book, or how good the movie was if you've seen it. It'll be a good time.

Monday, October 5, 2015

September Reads 2015

I didn't blog much (read: at all) in September. Truth be told I didn't get much reading done either. It was a pretty hectic month to be honest. I've never been one of those people who get through stacks and stacks of books each month (unless I'm reading a lot of YA, which I'm not), I'll usually get through just one or two novels a month. Occasionally I remember that I have a stack of comics to get through as well and I cross a few of those off my list as well. September was like that.  I managed to read two novels, two volumes of comics, and I finished off a short story collection that was started in August. I think I did alright:

Moral Disorder and Other Stories The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Station Eleven
 Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope Saga, Volume 5

  1. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood: I love everything I read by Margaret Atwood with very few exceptions.  I think my issues with this book were more about my problems with short stories as a whole and not reflective of her amazing skills. All the stories in this collection revolve around the life of a single woman and the relationships in her life, and how they shape and affect her. Her writing itself is fabulous, but I personally had a hard time not reading this collection as if it were a disjointed novel. I originally gave it three stars and then bumped it to four because of the gorgeous cover and it felt like blasphemy to give the literary ambassador of my country (Oh, Canada) anything less. 
  2. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King: I signed up for the #HailtotheKing Challenge back in January and it took me all of nine months to finally get around to cracking open one of his books. The Gunslinger was my first Stephen King read and I enjoyed it much more that I expected to. Yes, it was confusing at parts, and yes, you could tell it was written by a writer early in his career. But you quickly get over those things and enjoy the book for what it is: a truly great story. I have definite plans to continue with the series and maybe even explore more of King's works. I have somehow managed to compile a small collection over the years without ever cracking a spine. It's definitely time to remedy that. 
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: This book was our NovelTea Book Club pick for the month of September, and I am so glad it was since I have a horrible habit of stockpiling amazing books and taking forever to get around to actually reading them. And this book was just that: amazing. It was dark but also hopeful. I actually had two dreams about an apocalypse while reading it, and I truly believe that if I'm having dreams about the book I'm reading, it's a real winner. Go now and read this book if you haven't already. I've been kicking myself for putting it off for so long. 
  4. Low: Volume One by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini: From dystopian  novels to dystopian comics. This one was breathtaking both in storytelling and in art. The face of the Earth is uninhabitable and the last of mankind now lives under the sea, with resources and oxygen reserves running out. One woman has the hope and resilience to try and find a probe on the surface that has returned to Earth after years of searching space in order to find a new planet to call home. I wasn't really into it at first as I found the opening pages to be a tad confusing, but it all falls together bit by bit and by the end I was totally hooked. I'll definitely by picking up Volume Two and some of Remender's other works, such as Black Science
  5. Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I cannot say enough about how much I love Vaughan's work, and this series especially. This wasn't my favourite volume of the series so far as not a lot seemed to actually happen, but I can tell it's leading up to something big and that is something that I am excited for. 

What I plan to read in October: 

Half-Blood BluesI haven't been doing well on my challenges this year (like at all) except for the Stephen King Challenge (above) which was easy enough as it only involved reading 1-3 books (1 and done - checked it off my list at last), so I was really hoping to get through some of my challenge books this month (and maybe also a few new releases that I have been eagerly awaiting all year). So far I have started Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan and I am really enjoying it. It's really put me in a mood to read more WWII fiction and watch more movies surrounding that era (The Imitation Game is now on Netflix in Canada and it is FANTASTIC). Other than that I'm just really going to play it by ear. I'd like to maybe sneak in a few spooky reads this month. Dracula is on my Classics Club list, but I haven't fully decided if it's the one I want to read yet. 

If you've got any quick spooky reads to recommend for October, please let me know!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Bout of Books 14

Bout of BooksI'm really excited about this, I have been seriously slacking on my 20 Books of Summer challenge and have fallen WAY behind (like, I've been reading the same book for the entire month of August behind), so hopefully, this readathon will help me kick my butt into high-gear. Actually, the kids being away at camp will probably be the biggest kick in the pants to get some reading done... You should totally join in.  What is Bout of Books all about, you ask?

From the Bout of Books team:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

I'll be updating my progress here on this post as well as on twitter and instagram so hopefully you'll come find me and let me know what you're reading.

I'm aiming for to at least get through 100 pages a day, I feel like this is totally doable since the kids are away, but also not overwhelming, because I still have a full-time job and, you know, a life to deal with and stuff. I'm not putting together a formal tbr for this readathon as I like to just read whatever strikes my fancy, but I'd like to finish 2 books this week (but I'd honestly be happy with finishing just one and wrapping up my current read) and hopefully take part in at least 1 challenge.

UPDATES

MONDAY:
Pages read today: 57
Pages read this week: 57
Notes: Super tired today after work, and fell asleep when I should have been reading. So far not doing super awesome at my 100-pages-a-day goal. Planning on making up for it tomorrow.

TUESDAY:
Pages read today: 106
Pages read this week:163
Notes: Not a bad reading day, I hit my goal of 100 pages which is pretty fantastic. Yay me.

WEDNESDAY:
Pages read today: 58
Pages read this week: 221
Notes: Today I only read on the train, I'm not feeling super productive this week.

THURSDAY:
Pages read today: 69
Pages read this week: 290
Notes: Not much read today (I've been binge watching Luther... OMG sooo addictive) but finished American Gods finally, yay!!

FRIDAY:
Pages read today: 11
Pages read this week: 301
Notes: I read one short story today from Margaret Atwood's Moral Disorder. This one is going to be my next commute book. My boys came home from their week at camp tonight so I didn't read at all this evening. Totally worth it.

WEEKEND:
Pages read today: 0
Pages read this week: 301
Notes: We had soccer tournament/bbq/festival Saturday and martial arts class and family dinner on Sunday so no reading got done over the weekend, but lots of fun family time <3.

Total Pages Read This Week: 301
Total Books Read This Week: 1

FINAL THOUGHTS: 


I didn't manage to reach my 100-page-a-day goa;, but I did manage to finish my current reach, which was pretty dense. Bout of Books is such a laid back readathon that I am totally satisfied and don't feel like a failure at all with how I did ;) 

How did your reading week go?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Handling An Overwhelming TBR List

I used to keep a handwritten list of all the books I wanted to read. If I saw a book in a store that looked interesting but forgot to write it down on the list, it would be forgotten. Probably forever, never to be read. Generally, my written list would have anywhere from 50-100 books on it at any given time. This system wasn't perfect, but it worked usually. Unfortunately, I forgot to write new books down often, and a lot of books I wanted to read or meant to read never actually got read. This both frustrated and saddened me. And then I discovered Goodreads (thank the Book Gods for Goodreads!) 

Now I could browse new books, rate and keep reviews of the books I’d read, AND keep a TBR that wouldn’t get misplaced or forgotten! I’m crazy about Goodreads, I absolutely love it. I never forget to add a book to my list anymore. BUT (yes, there is a but) I also have more books on my TBR list than I ever had before.  My TBR list on Goodreads is over 700 books long. That is a crazy amount of books. Even if I read 100 books a year (my goal for next year is only 50 – double what it was this year) it will take me SEVEN years to get to the end of the list. That’s before considering all the books I will probably add to the list during the 7 years it take me to finish the list in the first place. 700 books, and it’s not getting any longer.  

When my list was around 500 books long, I started to let it stress me out. I started to think, “maybe I should stop adding books to my TBR until I’ve read all of these first”. And then I realized that if I stopped adding new books, I would forget about them – and then I would never have the chance (however unlikely) to get to them. 

The way I look at my TBR list now is as more of a “someday maybe” list. It’s for books I don’t own, or don’t have the desire to get at the library in the immediate future. The books I choose to read are very often chosen by how I feel – do I feel like reading a mystery just because it’s on my TBR? More often than not, the answer will be no. And I’ll choose something else on a whim. Even though I take such a relaxed approach to my TBR list – (which is very different from my TBR pile, which is unread books I actually own) not everyone does. If looking at an overwhelming TBR list gives you hives, I’ve put together a list of tips that might help you. [If you've read anything on project management, some of these may look familiar to you ;)]
1) GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
Unless it’s for school, your TBR list is supposed to have all the books you want to read on it for fun. Are you going to enjoy your current read if you’re stressed about finishing it so you can move on to the next book on the list? Probably not. Reading for pleasure is usually a relaxing pastime. It’s not homework. It’s not your job (unless it is your job, if so, you probably don’t need a list like this one). Give yourself a break, cut yourself some slack. Stop telling yourself you have to finish all the books. You don’t have to, you want to, and that’s a different beast entirely.
2)LIMIT YOURSELF
If you can – personally, I don’t like to do this, but if your list is out of control and driving you nuts try it out. How many books did you read last year? Double that number and you have your TBR limit, it'll be challenging, but not insanely overwhelming. Try not to let your list get past 50 titles, or 100 if that number doesn't scare you.
3) TIME LIMITS
If keeping a running list of 50 or 100 is still too much, try giving your lists a time limit such as books you’d like to read in the next month, or in the next year. Once that time is up, consider if the books left are still interesting to you. If they are, and you intend to read them soon, add them to next month’s/ year’s list. If not, forget about them. (You can always re-add them later if you really want to)
4) ONE IN ONE OUT
Try to avoid adding too many books to your list at once (my downfall), maybe consider adding a new book to your list every time you cross one off? My mom taught me to employ this method when it comes to clothes shopping and believe me when I say that it has saved my closet. Why not your TBR list?
5) BE REALISTIC
I am not under the illusion that I will somehow win millions of dollars in the lottery, retire at 25 and devote the rest of my free time (which would be ALL of my time) to reading all of the books that I could ever want to read ever. (I can admit that it is a dream of mine, but I know it’s not a realistic one.)There is no way that I will ever, realistically, get to the end of my ever growing list. And I’m ok with that. Be realistic about your expectations and keep your list to a number that you think you can actually get to the end of, if getting to the end really matters to you.
6) DON’T DUPLICATE
Your list I mean. Compare the books that you want to read against each other. Are there books on your list that are very similar to one another? Do you really need to read 3 different series about fallen angels? Do you really need to read 4 different epic fantasy sagas – all with more than 10 books in each series? (That one may just be me). Probably not. Compare similar books closely, read reviews of each. Decide which books you may prefer, and say goodbye to the others. Trust me, I spent the better part of a year reading nothing but paranormal/vampire-centric romances, I read everything from Twilight to the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series. And while I loved them, I can readily admit that I am sick of the genre overall. I don’t have to read another vampire romance again. You’ll feel free. And the sight of yet another fallen-angel series on a book store shelf won’t make you nauseous.
7) BE CHOOSY 
Be choosy. Be picky. Be persnickety. Scrutinize every book you consider adding to your list. Are you familiar with the author? Are the reviews good? Generally, unless it’s a book I KNOW I will love, I tend to trust in the popular opinion. If 1000 reviewers on Goodreads gave a book less than 3 stars, I probably won’t love it. It might be an OK book, but when it comes to the books that I actually want to give my limited time to, I prefer great ones over the mediocre. 
8) OUTSOURCE
I modified this tip from a project management guide. While it may not be feasible to get someone to do your reading for you à la Cath and Levi of Fangirl, you can get your audio reading on while you are doing other things, like driving or walking the dog. Try audio books and you can knock off a book that might take you a couple days to read in a  much shorter amount of time, without even trying.
9) SORT AND SEPARATE
Try sorting through your TBR list and try separating the books you want to read into different categories. Maybe separate your YA from your adult fiction. Try separating your classics from your contemporaries. Maybe separating them by topic would work for you, all fallen-angel related books on one list, all zombie novels on another (maybe reconsider tip #6). Looking at smaller lists that are sorted into categories will be less overwhelming, and it will make it easier to find the books you feel like reading at the moment. Feel like reading a horror? If you’ve got a list dedicated to the genre, you’ll find something quicker than searching through a list that has every book you could ever dream of reading thrown in together.
10) REMEMBER FUN
There are a lot of books on my TBR that I consider books I “should” read. The autobiographies of Nelson Mandela and Gloria Steinem come to mind, but there are lots of others. Remember tip #1 (it may just be the most important tip of all) this isn’t homework. No one is telling you that you have to read anything you don’t really want to. Not crazy about classics but feel like you should read more Jane Austen? Don’t. You don’t have to make a fun hobby into work. I tried forcing myself to read stuff that wasn’t exciting me and that’s how my last reading slump happened (someone remind me to write a post about how to get out of a slump). If thinking about reading a book on your list doesn’t excite you and make you want to pick it up now, ditch it. You can always re-add it later if you change your mind.
BONUS TIP – for the utterly desperate
KILL YOUR TBR
Throw it away. Delete it. Get rid of the whole thing. Take a break from Goodreads and move forward on a book-to-book basis. Choose your books based on what you want to read right now. And once that book is done chose your next read. You can go on like this indefinitely or you can return to a TBR style list if you ever get stuck on what to read next. Or you can try a website like whatshouldireadnext.com.
 How do you handle your TBR List? Do you have a separate TBR Pile of physical books like I do? Have you tried any of the above tips? Will you? Got any other tips to share? Let me know!

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday, what are you reading? (July 27, 2015)

So, July has been a super slow reading month for me. Like, SUPER SLOW. It has seriously set me back in the #20booksofsummer challenge, but I'm not complaining, and I'll tell you why:



This book is gorgeous. It's buttery smooth and oh-so-captivating. It truly pulls you into the story and it feels as if you've been transported to the 60s and really gain a true sense and understanding of the times. I didn't fully understand all the references or instantly recognize each famous or influential name that was dropped (there is so. much. name. dropping.)... I mean, it's not really my fault Brian Jones died over 20 years before I was born, amiright?? But, artistic references flying over my head aside, it doesn't take away from the fact that this book is gorgeously written. It's raw and honest, and there is so much beauty in that.
In it Patti Smith reminisces on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and it reads almost like an oral history being told to you by a wise old friend. There is so much insight, and ideas about art, music, creativity, and the creative process. There is really so much to take away from this book.
I really took my time with this one (over 2 weeks!), and it was definitely worth every minute. Usually I try and get through books super quick (the tbr pile ever beckoning me), this was the first time in a long time a book truly grabbed me and held on. I was in no rush to finish it. In fact, I'm a little sad to have reached the end. It is book to savour, to spend time with languorously pouring over the words. It's a book that requires some reflection. And is definitely deserving of a re-read, or two. Or more. With a pencil, highlighter, notebook, etc. I had heard maybe a handful of Patti Smith songs before reading this book, but now I have a much deeper appreciation of her talent. I will definitely be seeking out more of her work, both musical and otherwise. 

Currently Reading: 

  • Emma - Jane Austen (I've been impossibly behind on my Back to the Classics and TBR challenges, so I'm trying to remedy that)
  • A number of comics: I might make a separate post on all the comics I've been reading lately if I feel like it. I've been reading comics since I was a little kid stealing borrowing from my older brother, and I feel like they deserve their own post. So glad to see comics regaining their popularity in recent years. They so deserve it. 

What are you reading??

And if you've got any comics reco's pls let me hear em!