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#findabook and autumn round up!

Long time, no post! As I mentioned in my last post, I took a much needed hiatus to focus on studying for a major test. Now that I’ve taken the test, I need to shift my energy to writing applications related to that test which means I still don’t have as much time as usual to be reading books and reviewing them for my blog.

Amy's #findabook

When I’m not burrowing my head in application land, I’ve begun circulating a side project that I developed for the blog called #findabook. In order to eliminate clutter from my life, I’ve decided to put books I own in public places to share them with strangers and friends. In order to kickstart the project, I’ve sent a few books to friends via mail (fellow book blogger Amy was sent Bright Lines; my pal Shelly in D.C. was sent Fun Home; my longtime friend Lisa in Austin was sent Brain on Fire; my coworker Loulou was given Americanah) and left a few in public spaces (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeGone Girl, and The Martian). If you find one, please leave a comment and let me know what city you found it in and your name and be sure to pass along the book to someone new when you’re done! Speaking of projects, I’ll also be launching a podcast soon, but more on that later…

I’m still roughly on track to finish 52 books in 52 weeks, aka the motivation that led me to create this blog initially, and I hope the coziness of fall encourages me to spend some more time reading. I’m currently toggling between two books for two different book clubs. I’m listening to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and should have a review of that up in November and am reading 200 pages a month of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for a book club I’m leading. I’m thinking that I’ll post reviews of each of the 200 page chunks since it’s such an undertaking! Have any of you finished or attempted to finish this book before? I’m finding that the shared responsibility of tackling it for my book club has really motivated me through it. Feel free to join me digitally by completing the first chunk by early November or reading the first 400 pages by early December! If you’re joining, let me know and we can have an online discussion about what we’ve read so far!

During my absence, I was also tagged in some fun book blog related things (thank you Amy, Maryan, Chloe, and Alyssa!) that I’ll get to when I’ve officially left application land. I hope you’ve all had swell falls and have been able to cozy up to more books than I’ve had the chance to!

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august round up! & a hiatus…

Hi friends, the August Round Up is coming to your blog feeds a little bit later because I’ve decided to take a momentary break with my blog (cue the classic, “It’s not you! It’s me!). After having a pretty eventful August, in terms of reading, posting reviews, and real life, I’ve decided to take a minor break to prioritize some major life events that are happening, like: 1. This weekend I became an aunt! 2. I should be spending my free time studying for a massive test! 3. I’m currently reading, the extremely long, but insanely enjoyable A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I’ll likely return in mid-October when I’m no longer needing to devote my spare time to studying and will be happy to snuggle up with some fall beverages and a book whenever the opportunity arises.

In order to not feel overwhelmed with backlogged book reviews when I return, I’ve decided to update my books read list to include ratings for every book that I’ve tackled in 2015 even if a review of the book doesn’t currently exist on the blog. You can find the ratings for books read during this summer, but not yet reviewed, just below (and in my jumbo list). I’m hoping that I’ll feel motivated to include reviews of all of them when I return, but I’ll see how I feel in October. In other news, I’m still on track to conquer my goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks! I’ve currently completed 43 books this year, so I only need to finish 8 more to succeed in my goal, which is the entire reason I started this blog!

Here’s a list of books I’ve read this summer, but haven’t had the chance to review. If you click on the book titles, you’ll be taken to each of their respective pages on GoodReads.

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven ★★
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★
  3. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer ★★★
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews ★★★★
  6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen ★★★

Here is a list + links to book reviews and posts that actually got published during August.

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  1. Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam: A Book Release (event; book review here)
  2. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche ★★★★★
  3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel ★★★★
  4. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer ★★★★
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (through a book conversation with Amy) ★★★★★

I also launched my #findabook project, which I may lightly continue during my hiatus, but will definitely devote a full blog post to when I return in October. I look forward to telling you all about it and sharing more books with the world!

Ciao for now! I’ll be back when the leaves start to change. Hope you all have lovely Septembers!

july round up

Here’s a round up of everything that I’ve acquired and posted about during the month of July! I spent my first weekend exploring America’s capital, Washington, DC, for America’s Independence Holiday (July 4th), the second weekend attending Random House’s Off the Page event in Hudson, NY, the third weekend listening to music for days at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL, the fourth weekend enjoying the sidewalk book sale at Greenlight bookstore, my favorite local bookstore, and the last Friday/first weekend of August at my friend’s beach house in the Hamptons! I’m very lucky to have such exciting summer experiences and even luckier to have such amazing friends to share these experiences with!

Because of all of the fun I’ve been having, it’s been harder to keep up with blogging at the same rate I’ve been reading. All of the traveling and weekends away mean I’ve been able to read a lot (yay!) but I don’t typically travel with my computer in order to spend more face-to-face time with my friends (yay! for friendship but boo! for my blog).

A sampling of books that I’ve finished recently and have yet to blog about include: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Hopefully I get my act together and post blogs about these books soon!

I also have some exciting new projects coming to the blog including a conversation about a one of the books above with fellow book blogger Amy at The Literature Life and a cool book swap/share idea that I hope becomes successful! Both of these projects will be posted here when they’ve been fleshed out a bit more!

Book Haul

July’s book haul comes entirely from Greenlight bookstore‘s summer sidewalk sale where I got each of these hardback, gently used books for $5!!!! What a steal!! Which should I read first?

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The books include: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey Lieberman, Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander, Gumption by Nick Offerman, and Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow.

Book Reviews

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Posted book reviews include: Modern Romance by Aziz AnsariBeyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige HillThe Circle by Dave Eggers, and Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (which was technically published between the end of July and this post…). Of these, I definitely recommend Bright Lines the most! Check it out!

Thanks for reading my round up 🙂 I hope your July was also snazzy!

june round up

Hi folks! This June Round Up is coming to your computer screen a little late (though I may be starting a trend here…) because a lot of summer traveling has been occupying my attention. In the past few weeks, my high school best friend, my boo, and one of my college best friends all came to stay with me on separate occasions. As I’m writing this, I’ve just returned from a July 4th trip to Washington, D.C., to visit another one of my college best friends and it’s the first time I’ve been in front of a computer in days. In fact, I originally hand wrote this blog note on the train from D. C. because I was taking a break from “screen time” all weekend.

My traveling isn’t going to stop anytime soon because this coming weekend, I’m heading up to Hudson, NY for Random House’s Off the Page event. I won two tickets to the event through an Instagram contest and am very excited about the event and visiting upstate New York! Hudson is allegedly adorable and very picturesque so I’ll be spending an extra day exploring the quaint town. You can expect a post all about the event sometime in the next week… as long as I manage to post it before I depart to Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival… I’m a busy bee who can’t be in one place for long it seems!

In the meantime, check out the following book reviews published in June and let me know what you think:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

stardust undocumented by dan-el padilla peralta Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

My June Book Haul includes:

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
  • Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (ARC from Penguin’s First to Read program)
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I also finished a few of the books above in June that I haven’t been able to blog about yet due to the abundance of traveling and friend fun that I’ve been indulging in. You can expect reviews of finished June reads Beyond BeliefThe Circle, and The Interestings coming to the blog soon!

As summer continues to progress, I’ll strive to stay on top of my book reviews, but it’s so difficult when I’m also trying to enjoy the outdoors and spend less time hunched over my many digital screens! As soon as the boringness and limited sunlight of fall settles in, I’m sure I’ll return to being on my book review A-game.

I hope you’re also enjoying your summer as much as I am! Adventure on!

may round up

The May Round Up is finally here! I had tried to post it at the end of May right before I left for Chicago last weekend, but I was having some issues with my WordPress site that prevented me from doing so. Thanks to the WordPress gods (aka moderators), my blog is officially back on its feet and shouldn’t be crashing again anytime in the future. Thus, the May Round Up is arriving during the first week of June. Sorry about that!

This month I indulged in way more audiobooks than normally because I’ve been listening to them while walking and running around the absolutely beautiful Prospect Park. My listening will probably decrease as soon as it gets cold again, but I’m hoping to spend as much time outside and listening to audiobooks as I can for the foreseeable future.

Without further adieu, here is a round up of May’s book reviews, books acquired, and backlogged book reviews.


 May’s Book Reviews

We Were Liars by E. LockhartThe Short and Tragic Life of Robert PeaceAnna and the French Kiss

The Marriage Plot

Lord of the Flies

Our Kids

Local Girls

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May’s Book Haul

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All Souls Giveaway

  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Backlogged Book Reviews coming in June

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  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (I meant to post this during May, but it’s scheduled to be posted soon!)
  2. Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
  3. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
  4. Hollow City (Miss Perengrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Are there any books in the May Book Haul that I absolutely need to read soon? I received The Book of Life from a Penguin giveaway (!!), but I haven’t read the previous books in the series yet, so I’ll need to acquire those before I can dive into the book I won. Have you read this series before?

I also won another giveaway (!!!) from Random House, but I can’t announce the details of that contest just yet. Looking forward to telling you about it soon!

april round up

My book blog has been active for about a month which means I’m officially able to post my very first monthly roundup! Despite the fact that this is first month that the blog has really been active, I’ve got a ton of backlogged reviews of books (11 to be exact) read earlier this year that will be uploaded as I acquire more time to finally write the reviews (you can see sneak peeks of the reviews by checking out my GoodReads account). My goal is to read 52 books in 52 weeks and to eventually have a full 52 reviews posted by December 31, 2015. Thank you for joining me as I document my journey!


 April’s Book Reviews

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie audiobook cover

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook Cover

 

Check out my reviews for the above books by clicking the book covers or by clicking the book titles here: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post reviews for all of the books I finished in April. In addition to the above books, I finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and those reviews will be coming in May!


April’s Book Haul

These are the books that I received during the month of April and may or may not be books that I was able to actively read during April. Books that are from the library have an increased likelihood of being read sooner due to the limited time that I have access to them.

Local Girls New York Regional Mormons Singles Halloween Dance Our Kids The Reptile Room

The Marriage Plot

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook Cover

 

 

 

 

  1. Local Girls by Caroline Zancan; Advance Reader Copy ebook from Penguin First to Read
  2. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker; paperback from my friend Katherine when she came to visit me from Chicago in April
  3. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam; hardcover from my work
  4. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket; hardcover from my partner when I saw him at a wedding in Dallas last weekend
  5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library; currently reading
  6. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library
  7. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; audiobook from Brooklyn Public Library

As I move forward with posting my book reviews, I’m hoping to balance adding a backlogged book review for every new book review that’s posted. I’m aiming to post the following January + February reads during the month of May.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Lord of the Flies The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

 

 

 

 

  1. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

& that’s it for my very first reading round up! Thank you for reading! If you have any tips for making my round ups more interesting to you, please share in the comments! If you feel inclined, check out my very new Instagram account and follow me on Twitter.