August 1, 2014

Bookworm Friday #6 - Judging Books By Their Covers: Persuasion

Time to get our judgy-pants on again! This time I'm looking at Jane Austen's Persuasion. I re-read this a couple of months ago for the Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club, and I was surprised how much I loved it. I think Anne Elliot might actually slightly edge out Elizabeth Bennet for me at this point. As soon as I re-read P&P I'll probably change my mind again, but let's just say that I really enjoyed Persuasion.

I'm thinking maybe I just read it too young the first time around? So the eight wasted years seemed SO LONG. And the 28 year old heroine seemed positively ancient. Whereas now she seems quite youthful, ha!

Anyway, on to the covers. I like the two in the top row the best I think. The bottom right one just cracks me up. Why were books in the 60s so orange?!

Which cover do YOU like the best? Share in the comments or link-up your own posts below.

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P.P.S. Six months of Bookworm Friday link-ups, awesome! I'm pondering changing it to just #bookwormproblems, since those seem more fun to write. Will any of you be crushed if the Judging Books by Their Covers link-ups go away?

July 30, 2014

Six Degrees of Separation: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You know that game with Kevin Bacon, where you can get from him to any other actor in six degrees of separation? Well - it's time to play that game, book-style! Emma and Annabel host a monthly #6degrees meme, and I thought it would be fun to play along.

This month starts with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I really liked Gone Girl (the plot-twists were awesome, and I totally didn't see one of them coming!) but I'm always a bit hesitant to recommend it because of the language. There is a lot of rough language.

In a similar recommendation-with-a-caveat, I've been listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess). There have been a few chapters where I felt like she was trying a little too hard, but mostly it's been HILARIOUS. Like tears running down my face from laughing so hard while I'm driving hilarious. But she talks about vaginas an amazing number of times. So be prepared.

Another blogger whose book I love is Molly Wizenberg's Delancey. I've been waiting for this one from the library for such a long time, and it's been just as good as I thought it'd be so far. I had so much fun eating at Delancey in 2009; I just wish I'd been brave enough to talk to Molly in person when I saw her there!

I'm also impatiently waiting for the new Robert Galbraith - The Silkworm. I didn't love the first one (it was good, but not as amazing as the reviews made it sound...clearly the discovery that Galbraith is J.K. Rowling's pseudonym influenced all the hype). But I enjoyed the character of the main detective, Cormoran Strike, and I'm curious to see where the series goes.

Another hyped book, which I devoured, was Cress, the latest in the Lunar Chronicles from Marissa Meyer. I feel like it's rare for a series (especially a YA series!) to get better as it goes; but Meyer has pulled it off. I recommend going back and starting with Cinder though: because she introduces a new cast of characters in each book, and I think it might be confusing to jump in at book 3.

I also wouldn't recommend reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue right off the bat when it comes out this fall; go back and read The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves first! Maggie Stiefvater is such a fun author, and I really like the number of boys in these books - so much of YA lit is girl-driven.

When I saw Maggie at the TFOB last year she said that The Raven Boys was partly inspired by The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. My favorite of that series is #2 - which is actually titled The Dark is Rising. It's such a great book, can't wait till my kids are old enough to read it!

So there you have it: from a dark mystery to a classic kids' book in six degrees of separation!

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July 25, 2014

Summer Sickness

If I tell you I'm a little bitter, you won't hold it against me, right?

Because so far this summer, we've had two cases of pink eye, two cases of thrush, three colds, and one unidentifiable malaise between us. IN THE SUMMER. For Pete's sake, what is winter going to be like?

I'm especially annoyed because right at this moment the girls are supposed to be at my parents' house, and Noel and I are supposed to be on our way to a night of fun and relaxation in Scottsdale.

But, no.

We decided that we're on vacation for the next few days, even though we're home and feeling lousy. So we're ordering in food, watching too much tv, and generally being lazy.

Which works out well, since I typically take off the week around our anniversary as my "summer break" from blogging. I may pop in midweek, haven't made up my mind yet, but I may just take the whole week off.

In which case I'll be back for the Bookworm Friday link-up next Friday! Get your Judging Books by Their Covers posts ready!