@Melmar I will have to send Washington Black late and unfinished due to unexpectedly early induction of baby. Unless you would like me to finish it up this week, I will send it today or tomorrow. Mother and baby are both well, and will hopefully be released early today. #LMPBC
I'm going to do my best to finish Washington Black for @TheReadingMermaid & @Andrew65 's #readathon this weekend. I have no stepkids this weekend (plus) but am suffering 8-month pregnancy bipolar complications and may be coming down with my second bout of pneumonia this pregnancy (minus). But it's my #LMPBC book, and my last chance to finish it on time.
Balanced description of research currently in progress to bring back extinct species. Very interesting, though writing could be more engaging.
Full Review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/11/07/the-re-origin-of-species-by-torrill-ko...
I know this isn't a book. But how can I resist this for the gunpowder, treason, and plot prompt? #RRSciFiMonth
Well, I have a lot of cleaning to do today (yay audiobooks), have a childbirthing class tomorrow (boo, no reading), and have some spare time on Sunday. I can try to make 13 in that amount of time. 😁 I'm going to estimate that I've read 30 minutes already today.
I haven't the foggiest idea what my first Sci Fi book was for the #RRSciFiMonth prompt, but this series was my favorite when I was a kid. I started reading them in the fourth grade. So it's pretty close to my first.
I found this book confusing as it drops the reader into the middle of the action with no backstory. I don't know who I'm supposed to be rooting for, as every character seems to have good and bad characteristics. I am wondering if I missed too much being a Black Panther newbie (and really a newbie to superhero comics in general). But I will continue with the rest of the story with hopes that things will become more clear.
I have decided at the last minute to spend the next little-over-a-year reading all the Dresden Files books. Would anyone like to join me? I will start with Storm Front in November, and if people are interested, can post discussion questions on November 30. You are welcome to join later in the year, if you've already started the series and don't want to reread the first few.
This was an amazing book. Everyone should read.
For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/30/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas/
My favorite 2018 nonfiction read this year was Killers of the Flower Moon. It was a well-researched and interesting account of the Osage murders that took place in Oklahoma in the 1920's. Suggested for readers of general nonfiction, true crime, and recent history. #NonfictionNovember
Castley Cresswell lives with her 5 siblings, docile mother, and abusive father. She is taught to believe that her father is a prophet of God. She begins to question this life view when she meets a boy who treats her like a normal person. I was surprised to rather like this book given the mediocre reviews I've seen on it. For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/23/the-cresswell-plot-by-eliza-wass/
@SMayWrites There is a group on LibraryThing this past year that has been reading The Realm of the Elderling at one book every two months, and even that seemed a quick pace for them (I think they voted to take a month or two off in there). So one a month may be too fast. But that's your choice, should you decide to do a group read.
Finished Ben Sasse's Them, about how political tribalism is an effect of the breakdown of culture from overuse of technology and the misuse of media (focusing on the stupid, sensationalized stuff instead of important issues). Some good points were made. Some boring bits included, too. But I give 4/5 stars because Sasse did a good job of remaining unpartisaned. For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/22/them-by-ben-sasse/
Really? They're comparing a 26 hour audiobook by George RR Martin to a 126 hour masterpiece? The same "scope and grandeur"?!!!
Finally finished my galley copy of And I Darken, by Kiersten White. I hadn't read it in all these years because the beginning was slow...but it picked up towards the end, and now I am interested in continuing with the series. It is the story of a female Dracul (Dracula) of Wallachia. It's good to see a female anti-hero.
For my full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/16/and-i-darken-by-kiersten-white/
I'm grumpy today - not sure why. But I need a break from the kids. So once my husband gets home for the weekend, I am going to have my own, personal grumpy readathon. It will last all weekend, or until this strange wave of pre-partum depression ends - whichever comes sooner. I will try to read a total of 16 hours. #GrumpyReadAThon
This is a memoir of growing up poor and white in Ohio. It is touted as a book that will help you understand why Trump was elected, and it makes some pretty compelling agruments about why his family switched from Democrat to Republican. However, it also gives some less-than-compelling arguments.
For more details, see my full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/10/hillbilly-elegy-by-j-d-vance/
Superbly executed stream-of-consciousness story about a woman who is serving two life sentences in the California State prison system. This book was not about plot, but the characters and setting were what makes Kushner's novel Booker-worthy.
For my full review, see my blog: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/04/the-mars-room-by-rachel-kushner/
My intellectual stimulation for the day. Helping myself cope with my mom's Alzheimer's diagnosis. So far, it's depressing, but helpful.
A very compelling read which says so much about the heart of a woman. It's my first Atwood, and I'm eager to read more. Suggestions?
To read my full review, go to https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/02/the-handmaids-tale-by-margaret-atwood/
My intellectual stimulation for the day. I'm trying to learn a bit about ancient Greece, though this book mainly covers art and shards with a bit of copper and grains so far. Not lively enough reading, as shards mean little to me. I'll try one more chapter (next week) and see if I want to DNF it.
I really tried with this book. But sadly, I just could not find myself interested in the verse. It is a beautiful book, filled with color pictures of the plates. This Goelet version has new translations which (I'm told) flow better and are more true to the meaning of the plates than the old Budge version, which was translated when the understanding of the language was more rudimentary.
Hour 14 of #24b4Monday - Just got this book from NetGalley, so thought I'd read it for a while. The first chapter was interesting, though a little scattered.
Hour 7 of #24b4Monday - first chapter of Auerbach's Mimesis. Still going strong!
Hour 4 of #24b4Monday - with mixed shame and pride, I am finally reading my NetGalley ARC of And I Darken. Good so far!