#readbyatt: Update the Third

by Kim on March 25, 2013 · 3 comments

I have to admit, I haven’t been entirely surprised by some of plot twists. Without being too spoilery, I think I’ve been reading under the assumption that Randolph and Christabel did have a relationship and that the relationship was much more involved that even Roland and Maud suspected. So when certain revelations came about in Sabine’s diary, I wasn’t shocked.

#readbyatt: Update the Second

by Kim on March 18, 2013 · 6 comments

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Whew, section two of this read-a-long was a doozy. It was slightly more pages than the first section, and boy, did that chapter with the letters take awhile to get though.

Anyway, I liked the format from the last recap, so I’m going to use that again. (If you missed it, here are my thoughts from chapters 1 through 6). You can also catch my co-host, Lu’s, thoughts on this section here.

#readbyatt: Update the First

by Kim on March 11, 2013 · 15 comments

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Woo! I’m made it through the first six chapters of Possession! This is a feat I have never accomplished, so I feel like a read-a-long winner no matter what happens next.

I’m not sure how to structure these updates, so I’m just going to meander and see where this goes. Feel free to join up the conversation in the comments or leave links to your posts there too (I’ll watch today and make sure they don’t get sent to spam).

Even though I’m not really behind with reviews (which was the purpose of doing mini-reviews in the first place), I decided that I like the format and want to keep it up. As a way to balance out my reading, I’ve decided to mostly focus on fiction in mini-reviews and save “real” reviews for nonfiction. Fiction gets covered extensively by other bloggers who write much better than I do, so I feel comfortable leaving the territory to them.

Anyway, for this pair of reviewletts, I decided to focus on two recently-released books that made my cry: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

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Happy Friday! Today is doubly exciting: It’s the end of the week, and it’s the day that Lu (Regular Rumination) and I chose to announce the super informal read-a-long we’ve organized for A.S. Byatt’s Booker Prize winning novel Possession.

Why Possession? Well, it’s on my pile for the 2013 TBR Challenge, which is one appeal. But more importantly, it’s a book both Lu and I have tried and failed to read at least once before but that we really want to get through. Many readers that I know love this book, and I want to love it too (or at least give it the old college try).

It’s no secret that I have a little soft spot for dystopian fiction. And while I wouldn’t necessarily classify the two books I’m going to review here dystopias, both Arcadia by Lauren Groff and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker have these currents of things falling apart  running through them that I found very appealing. Ultimately though, what makes both of these books great reads in their main characters and the journey each goes though during the course of the novels.

This week I finally had an “enough is enough” moment and decided to focus on finishing at least one book, Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marsha Pessel. There’s sort of an interesting back story to this book. When it came out in 2009 first came out I was really interested, bought a used hard cover at Half Price Books, bought it, and proceeded not to read it.

Reviewletts: Catching Up on 2012

by Kim on January 2, 2013 · 24 comments

I like to start out each new reading year with a clean slate, so I decided to do some mini-reviews of all the books that, for whatever reason, I ended up not writing about more fully this year. It’s a mixed bag — there are a few books I just didn’t have much to say about, and there are others that I had many thoughts but never got around to writing them down. There are several that I just felt “meh” about, and several others that I loved.

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Not to worry, I didn’t forget about my last book list of 2012: the books that got away. These are books that either came out in 2012 that I wish I had gotten to read or books that I bought in 2012 that have languished on my shelves unread. This list isn’t exclusive to books published in 2012, but includes several books that have come out in the last couple of years. There’s also a poll at the end of this post to help me pick which of the books I bought I should make a priority to read first.

Last December I signed up for my one and only challenge for 2012, Adam’s (Roof Beam Reader2012 TBR Pile Challenge.  The goal of the TBR Pile Challenge is to read 12 books that have been your “To Be Read” pile for at least an entire year. And you’re allowed to put 14 books on the list, in case two of them end up not working out.