A little bit of reading…

Or at least I would like this week to involve a little bit of reading. It’s July 2nd, which means the Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon officially kicked off yesterday. I found myself on the busy side of things, so I accomplished little reading. Today, I hope, will not be a repeat of yesterday! Either way, I took a trip downtown for a scheduled library raid to pick up several books. Although most of the books I plan to read are from the library, I won’t make an official Library Loot post. I don’t have an exact “reading schedule,” either, but here is what’s set for Summer Lovin’ week!

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CURRENTLY READING:

I thought I would have finished Neftzger’s book by now, and I easily could have. I enjoy her writing and the story immensely, told in fairy tale-like fashion, and the book proves highly readable. What stands between me and finishing The Orphanage of Miracles are other books! You might say I started Summer Lovin’s Read-A-Thon a few days early, as I took the weekend to read up through the third book in Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. (What can I say? The series is addicting. Thank you, Tamora Pierce.)

As you can see, I also started Battle Royale. This is for Underrated Bookers, a group run by Rebecca (thebooker) on Goodreads. From the Underrated Book Project, books are chosen each month. For this month, the group picked books from the dystopian genre: Battle Royale, Ready Player One, and The Darkest Minds, so if you’d like to take part feel free to join the group! (You do not have to read all three books.)

Moving on to library books, now…

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I’m starting the library loot list off with leftovers. Yes: these are the very same books from two weeks ago. You can bet I’ll finish Lioness Rampant, if not this week then certainly by the following week.

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I am terribly excited to read this stack! I’ve said recently that I am itching for fantasy and steampunk, and, well… steampunk took over. My one and only worry is that I won’t enjoy these books as much as I’d like to. I can’t say I’m new to steampunk, as I do love the fashion and steampunk concepts that are used in films, but I am new to steampunk in literature. I’ve read so-so and mixed reviews for The Pearl Wars and Boneshaker–though I must say that my eagerness to read them doesn’t waver. I think the most promising out of these three might be Westerfeld’s Leviathan. His Uglies series isn’t for me, but Leviathan sure does have an appeal.

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Again: another great stack I look forward to. The Darkest Minds has sat on my to-read shelf since before its publication, and I am hoping to use Underrated Bookers as an excuse to finally read it. The sequel is due out soon enough, so I really do hope to make room for it at some point during July.

Of course, I believe I mentioned The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Wildwood Dancing in a Top Ten Tuesday post, which I still hope to read before summer turns into fall. I admit that I’m most antsy to start Jemisin’s book, as the summary and cover have a fancy, wondrous appeal that I have trouble denying.

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Sky Castle is a quick children’s picture book, which I discovered in the library’s catalog as I hunted down steampunk titles. Just to clarify: Sky Castle is NOT a children’s steampunk picture book, but I don’t deny the allure of one. I also have Melina Marchetta’s The Piper’s Son here, and I’m awfully excited to read it. I loved Saving Francesca, so I am eager to start the companion novel, like, right now.

Naturally, as an ATLA fanatic, I need to read The Search, where Zuko teams up with Azula to discover the truth of what happened to their mother. I weep tears of joy. Really, I do–and for a couple of reasons. The first being: Azula. She alone is one of the best villains I love to love, and I love her character all-around. (As I do Zuko. How can you not like him?) Secondly: we may finally learn the truth! ATLA’s finale slapped me across the face when the creators left this cliff hanger dangling on all of our faces.

Last up…

book 2Yes, we all know I picked up Battle Royale to read and finish, but the one book–above all other books–I am dying to read is Airman by Eoin Colfer!

Eee! What is that sound? Squeals of excitement and bliss.

Once I finish The Orphanage of Miracles and Battle Royale, which books am I picking up next? Who knows. As much as I want to read Airman, I am known for neglecting my own books so that I can plow through towers of library loot. I’m also a mood-ish reader, and I will waste a day trying to figure out which book out the many I should read.

Problem solved:

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I point out: the creepy-faced reading mug, for it has an actual face, and I refuse to drink from it.

I pooled together titles that interest me and wrote their names on paper scraps before placing them in my “reading mug.” If I ever have difficulty choosing what to read, I can blindly pick a title. Suddenly: choices becomes less problematic.

(Remember: sign-ups for the Summer Lovin’ read-a-thon are open through July 6th! Just before the 24-hour reading marathon starts.)

Happy reading!

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More books!

Booksbooksbooks! I was 1 of 4 winners from Savindi’s giveaway last month, and look at what arrived in the mail this week:

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

As noted in the caption, pictured above is Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale — another book of many that I’m anxious to read. Although published several years back, the title only recently grabbed a hold of my attention; albeit, the grip was loose (and entirely my fault). The summary stared me down and directly in the eye, but I’m an idiot, because all that crossed my mind was Casino Royale. I love James Bond and I love James Bond movies, but I’m not sure how I will fair with a James Bond novel.

It’s like this: before I watched Shutter Island I noted to read the book, and I certainly tried… Dennis Lehane may write some thrilling mysteries, but the genre and I have a rugged acquaintanceship. I’m simply not all too interested, so Shutter Island was quietly put down after twenty-odd pages. (A bag hides my face, and its name is Shame.) I did enjoy the movie, however — as I expected — and I’m always ready for a Mystic River re-watch.

With all that said: BATTLE ROYALE IS NOT CASINO ROYALE. Battle Royale‘s summary stared me down all right: the raised eyebrow, lips in a firm-pressed line, eyes piercing and indifferent. It stings. It’s the look that oozes superiority by right of a wounded ego and says, “I’m better than that.” Then, not long ago, idiocy lifted (or some of it) — whisked away like a blinding mist — and I read the summary. For the most part, I think Battle Royale and I are now friends, and maybe we can become best friends if we like each other enough. I’m counting it toward the Books in Translation challenge, naturally.

Also in my mail:

At 17, I became fascinated and almost (read: almost) obsessed with Kate Chopin and her work during a college English course. The ohh and ahh and I think I love you, Kate Chopin never reached the point where I begin pasting, taping, and pinning author quotes to my walls and notebooks. Don’t misunderstand: I did, still do, and probably always will adore Kate Chopin’s writing.

I first discovered Desiree’s Baby in my world literature class, and then I later had the opportunity to read and study (not all but) most of Chopin’s other short stories. Sadly, though, I still have not read The Awakening. I expect good things.

Wilde and Brontë’s books present me unfamiliar text, but since I’m familiar with their plot and adaptions I hope to enjoy both play and novel. I eagerly want to start each of these books (Battle Royale, mostly), but I have one “problem”: library books.

It’s precisely why I always find trouble trying to read the books I do own, and it’s precisely why I often refrain from new purchases. For one, I have immense difficulty deciding which books to buy (which results in splurges), then there’s the HASSLE of choosing which to read first, and then there are my library check-outs with due dates.

A weekend full of reading! (Also: movies. I’ll finally watch The Secret World of Arrietty.)
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