5.31.2014

MONTHLY WRAP-UP: MAY 2014


I only read four books this month. Not quite sure how that happened, but yeah. (And one of them was a kid's book.) I'm part way into about 5 other books, but I have had trouble settling into them. So there you go, that was my month.


I was quite busy on my blog, though. I re-did it not once, but twice, trying to get a new look I was happy with. I also wrote a good number of posts.

Reviews:

Other posts you might have missed:

It was also my birthday, so I got all kinds of spoiled with... you guessed it - new books! I've got lots of reading to do this month, and I'm hoping to get through more than four!

What did you guys get up to in May? Share, share, share!

STACKING THE SHELVES #23


Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought - also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks where I don't buy books I'll scramble around my shelves and find some books I haven't shared in a StS post yet! 



  1. Another Life Altogether - Pretty cover!
  2. The Museum of Intangible Things - Even prettier cover!
  3. The Dark World - I love this cover too, but it also sounds like it'll be a bit like the Mortal Instruments series. Something to do with seeing ghosts and fighting demons.
  4. Then and Always - This is supposed to be kind of like the movie Sliding Doors. A woman gets in an accident and when she wakes up, she's in someone else's life.
  5. A Complicated Kindness - After reading All My Puny Sorrows, Karen and I decided we'd like to read another of her books. Starting with this one.
A couple old ones I dug out and a couple of new ones. So that's my week in books, what about you guys?

5.30.2014

#BOOKQUOTES FEATURING GROUCHO MARX

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. 
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Groucho Marx, who is also responsible for one of my other favourite quotes: "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."

5.29.2014

Armchair BEA - Expanding Blogging Horizons

http://www.armchairbea.com/

The Day 3 topic for Armchair BEA that I've selected is:


Expanding Blogging Horizons
What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way.

(To find out more about Armchair BEA and to join in the fun, go here.)

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This is an interesting topic, because I've discovered through blogging that there is so much more going on in the online book community.

I started out this blog with a mind to post reviews. That was pretty much it. Then I found that I occasionally had opinions on things. Opinions I wanted to share, or just to work out by writing about them. So I started posting the occasional discussion post. I didn't actually think anyone would find my little bookish corner of the internet. I didn't expect any followers or for people to much care what I had to say. I guess it was more of an online journal I was keeping so that I could look back on the books I barely remembered reading, and to encourage myself to engage with the literature I was consuming more fully and deeply.

Over the past year, however, my relationship with both my own blog and the online blogging community has changed.What began as something of a small personal project and hobby has morphed into an actual thing. I have a few followers now - people who like what I have to say enough to want to see more of it. Which is both incredibly flattering and humbling. But I think the most important element for me is the interaction I have with other bloggers and bookish folks. You guys leave me comments and they make my day. I love hearing what your thoughts are on a topic or book I've written about, and I love it when a comment becomes a conversation.

Which is part of why Twitter has become such a huge part of my blogging experience. I don't use it to drive my blog - I normally don't even remember to share links to my posts. I use it as somewhere I can have more of those direct interactions that I've found in comments, but in real time, and at greater length. It's also somewhere I keep an eye on what's happening in the bookish world and what you guys are talking about and, more importantly, reading.

Looking back, even a year ago I had no idea what this experience would become. I've learned so much, I've constantly changed and updated my blog, added new link-ups and participated in Readathons. I've "met" other bloggers and even, I hope, gotten to know some of you well enough to call you friends. I feel more a part of a community in this little online network than I have experienced outside of university, and while I'm still a small little blog, I feel like I've found a place.

I don't know if this is really what the Armchair BEA folks meant with their question, but it's where my mind took it, and it seemed like a good opportunity to reflect on how far I've come - both as a blogger and member of the online book world. It's one I'm proud to be a part of.

What about you guys? How has blogging helped you expand your horizons?

5.28.2014

In Memory of Maya


Maya Angelou's books have been on my TBR list for longer than I'd care to admit, and yet I have never read any of them. Today she passed away, and her death has me thinking about what I do know about her.

Despite never having read her work (and don't worry, that is a situation I plan to rectify ASAP), I have always held her in high regard. She is one of the fierce tribe of trailblazing women who took life by the balls and strove to be extraordinary. She did more in her life than most people could accomplish in five lifetimes, and she did it with grace, generosity, and no small amount of spunk.

I have spent a lot of time today reading Maya Angelou quotes - there are a lot of them, and they're all pretty awesome - but I think the one above is my favourite. It sums up not only what I imagine Angelou to have been like, but what I consider to be a pretty decent philosophy for girls and women the world over.

RIP, Maya. Your words live on.

Armchair BEA - Introductions

http://www.armchairbea.com/

I'm getting started on this a little bit late because I wasn't really sure if I was going to participate. But after seeing a few of the posts that have gone up, I've decided to jump on in! Since I'm late getting started, I'm going to try to do a few posts over the next couple of days to catch up!

To find out more about Armchair BEA and to join in the fun, go here.

So this is my post for Day 1, starting with a little bit about myself!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?

I'm Emily, and I've technically had this blog up and running since 2009, though I've only started seriously blogging over the past year. I got into it because I reviewed new releases for an online arts & entertainment magazine and I wanted somewhere I could do the same for books that weren't brand new as well. Over time, though, I've discovered that I love participating in link-ups and writing the occasional discussion post, in addition to reviews. I'm blogging from the west coast of Canada. 

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 
 A place for me to talk about books as obsessively as I want without getting shushed! I'm on Twitter as @Backlist_Books, on Facebook here and on Instagram as @west_coast_kid.
You can find all my social links in the sidebar over there --->

3. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 
Over the past year I discovered the YA genre, and I've been reading a lot of YA books because I feel like I have SO MUCH CATCHING UP TO DO!!! I'm starting to mix in more of a variety though, so you'll be seeing more "grown up" books reviewed as well. 

I love to read because... well, what don't I love about it? I love being transported to another world by a really good book. I love meeting characters I'd never come across in real life, an experiencing their diverse lives. I love that reading teaches me about the world and about what it's like inside other people's heads. I think it's as close to magic as you can get in the real world, and that my mental health always suffers if I'm not reading enough. Books are my teachers and friends. 

4. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 
As I said, last year I discovered YA. Thanks to a little book I'm sure none of you have ever heard of (*sarcasm*) called The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I know it's predictable, I know there's a ton of hype about it right now, but that doesn't change the fact that this was an amazing book and most definitely the best one I read last year. 

This year I've read a few really great books so far, so it's hard to pick just one! The top three are The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett and All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (thanks, Karen!)

5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 

There are so many amazing book sites and blogs out there, many that I haven't discovered yet, that it's hard to make a manageable list. But here are a few I've enjoyed in the recent past (in no particular order): 
  • One More Page... - For thought-provoking and impeccably written reviews of a great variety of books - both adult and YA.
  • Writer of Wrongs - For truly GIF-tastic reviews that will make you giggle out loud in the most embarrassing manner.
  • Chrissi Reads - Chrissi does a great many reviews and link-ups, but one of my favourite things she does is discussion reviews, where she'll essentially transcribe a conversation she has with another reader about a book. I love this interactive style, and find that it makes me feel like I come out of it with a more in-depth perspective on the book.
  • Notebook Sisters - For hilarious content of all stripes. 
  • Outlandish Lit - For the quirky and...well, outlandish reader.
  • The Broke and the Bookish - Home of the epic Top Ten Tuesday link-up!
  • Books Galore - For one of the sweetest bloggers in existence who does a ton of reviews of YA books as well as weekly link-ups and discussion posts.
  • Book Riot - Okay, so this one isn't really a book blog, it's a book site, but it honestly is one of the best bookish places on the interwebs, so I had to include it. They have varied contributors, so whatever your genre or bookish area of interest, they'll have something for you. They also excel at coming up with amazingly original topics and ideas that never cease to blow my mind.
While these are the first to come to mind at the current moment in time, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Check out my blog list over in the sidebar for more! ------>

6. Share your favorite book or reading related quote.
I'm going to cheat and pick a few:
  • "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C. S. Lewis
  • "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
  • “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” - John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
That was one more than the required 5, so I'm going to stop there! If you've written your own BEA intro post, share the link and I'll come check you out, or feel free to share some of your own answers to these questions (particularly quotes - I LOVE book quotes) in the comments!

5.27.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People I'd Like to Meet


This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is a Freebie, which means I get to pick my own topic. So I pick.... (drum roll please)...Top Ten Bookish People I'd Like to Meet.

I like this because it'll allow me to highlight some of my favourite bloggers, as well as a few authors and other bookish folks.

Book Bloggers:

1. Karen from One More Page... - Because she's smart, eloquent and a lot of fun to chat with on Twitter. She's also a Canadian blogger (from my hometown, no less, though she defected to Toronto) and her tastes in books run similar to my own. She hasn't been blogging for that long yet, but I already find myself getting excited whenever I see she's got a new post up!

2. Julianne from Outlandish Lit - I very much enjoy chatting with Julianne. Her tastes in books are so different from the norm, which I find refreshing, and she's smart, spunky and highly entertaining!

3. Gillian Berry from Writer of Wrongs - Well, obviously. Her reviews are arguably my faves because I love her tone, irreverent sense of humour and excellent use of GIFs. Also her dog Ginger seems pretty awesome.

4. Stacie from Books Galore - One of the sweetest, most humble and yet prolific book bloggers out there, particularly if you consider that she's a young mum of a beautiful little girl. She always replies to comments - in fact, she'll engage in entire comment convos - and she's great at finding time to stop by and comment. Something I'm pretty horrible at, so I aspire to. She's also British, so I love imagining her accent when I'm reading her comments!

Honourable Mention:  Katrin from Land of Candy Canes and Martha from Quick, Cheap and Pretty. They're not technically book bloggers, hence not including them in the actual list, but they are bookish folks, and I consider them both friends despite never having met them. So they have to be on the list.

Other Bookish Folks:

5. Neil Gaiman - I just finished reading Fortunately, the Milk, and it has renewed my enjoyment of the way his mind works. Plus he seems like a smart but down to earth bloke.

6. Pretty much everyone who writes for Book Riot, but in particular Rebecca Schinsky. I just love how fiesty, smart and creative she is - both in her published articles and on Twitter.

7. Matthew Quick - Not only do I love his writing and his quirky characters, but he will take the time to interact with readers on Twitter and just seems like a super cool dude.

8. Rainbow Rowell or Rita Leganski - I think these two women are extraordinarily talented writers, and both their books have left lasting impressions on me. Not only that, but they've both taken the time to have small interactions with me on Twitter, which has left me feeling (aside from vaguely star-struck) that they are the sorts of people I'd very much enjoy having a little chat with. You know, if I could get past being star-struck and regain my ability to talk.

9. Maggie Stiefvater - Because funny. Also, though I haven't read many of her books yet, she has impressed me with her ability to create passages that made me stop in my tracks to re-read and wallow in her words. She's also another author who will respond to fans on Twitter. Seeing a theme here?

10. Douglas Coupland - I currently live in Coupland's hometown (and was born in it) and so I've always felt this kind of affinity with his writing because I can put myself into his settings easily. I like that he not only is Canadian, but that he really uses that in his work. He values his roots, and he thinks they're worth sharing. He wrote City of Glass, which is the utimate insider's look at what Vancouver is really like.

In hindsight this might not have been the best topic, because the list is full and I feel like I'm just getting started! Who would you guys love to meet in person?

5.25.2014

The Sunday Review: THE OUTSIDERS - S.E. Hinton


**Warning: There are some spoilers for the early plot of this book (though nothing more than in the book description on Goodreads), so if you prefer to go into a book with no idea what the major plot points are, don't read this review!!


According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. - Goodreads

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I've long meant to read this book - not only is it a modern classic, but it's lauded as being the genesis of the Young Adult genre. It's also an epic, personal, deeply emotional representation of what it's like to be a teenager caught in the web of social stratification and all the conflict and consequences that result.

It's not easy to find your place in the world. You're born into whatever social situation you're born into, and it doesn't much matter what you could have been capable of in another life. What matters is surviving in this one.

Ponyboy is an incredibly smart, observant and sensitive kid. He loves to read, he's got a way with words and he is incredibly insightful. He sees things in the world around him that others simply take for granted. But Ponyboy is also a greaser. Greasers are the epitome of the phrase "wrong side of the tracks." Brought up without money or privilege (and often without engaged parents - or any parents at all), most of them are petty criminals and brawlers. But underneath this rough exterior is a deep sense of loyalty - loyalty born of being the underprivileged. The outsiders.

The bane of their young lives are the "socs" (pronounces soshes - short for "socials" or "socialites"), the rich kids who get off on terrorizing greasers who are unlucky enough to find themselves outnumbered.

Our story really begins the night Johnny, a greaser who had been very badly beaten by a gang of socs not long before, and who had never been the same since, kills a soc who is threatening to drown Ponyboy. This one act of self defense is the first of a string of dominoes that leads to a final showdown between the socs and greasers, the loss of someone in their defacto family, and a discovery of love between brothers - both blood and non - that runs deep.

Written by Hinton when she was still a teenager, the story has a rawness and an authenticity that makes it a timeless portrayal of both class conflict and youth. At its heart, it is a tale of retribution and a lesson in snap judgements and what harm can come from refusing to look past the surface.

It's pretty much impossible to read this book without becoming emotionally invested, and there's a decent chance of tears. It's not hard to identify with Ponyboy - particular if you're a reader. He's a sensitive, smart kid, and one you're rooting for despite the odds stacked against him. There are some great literary references mixed in with greaser dialect, most notably the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost that led to the famous quote, "Stay gold, Ponyboy."

It's not a long book, nor is it difficult to read, but it is impactful and shows up on high school curriculae for a reason. I definitely recommend reading this if you're a teenager, remember what it was like to be a teenager, or just looking for a really great story.

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Book Title: The Outsiders
Author: S.E. Hinton
Series: No
Edition: Paperback
Published By: Penguin Modern Classics
Released: 1967
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Social Conflict
Pages: 136
Date Read: April 1-26, 2014
Rating: 9/10

5.24.2014

Stacking the Shelves #22


Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought - also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks where I don't buy books I'll scramble around my shelves and find some books I haven't shared in a StS post yet!  


It was my birthday last week, so I got a few new books to add to my collection! 




  1. Fortunately, the Milk - My husband managed to find not one, not two, but THREE books that I both don't already have, and am very excited to read. This one, I've already finished. It's a kid's book, but it's highly entertaining, and I love the illustrations. I'm a huge fan of Gaiman's books for kids - The Graveyard Book and Coraline are amazing. This one is just as good.
  2. The Serpent of Venice - The hubs just finished reading Lamb, and loved it. I've only finished one of Moore's books so far, though I've started several (not the books fault - epic bad timing and lack of focus - I enjoyed what I read of each). This is his newest book and is based, like Fool, on one of Shakespeare's plays - this time The Merchant of Venice. (It also has blue page-edges!)
  3. The Griff - A graphic novel by - you guessed it - Christopher Moore! This sounds highly entertaining, and right up my alley.
  4. The Steady Running of the Hour - About the unknowing heir to a vast fortune, and something about an early expedition to Everest. Also it was all over Book Riot for like weeks, so I think I was brainwashed.
  5. All the Light We Cannot See - The converging stories of a young, French, blind girl and a German Resistance tracker during WWII. There's other stuff, but overall it sounds really intense and while I've never read anything by Doerr before, I've heard he's excellent.
  6. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - I read part of Then We Came to the End and liked the writing. I've been meaning to go back to it ever since, but here's a brand new, sparkly book. So I may start here.
  7. Everything Leads to You - I admit that the cover drew me in, but Gillian Berry's review clinched it.
  8. No Relation - I've heard so many good things about this book, so I'm really looking forward to diving into it!
  9. Norwegian Wood - One I'm somewhat ashamed never to have read!
  10. Listen to the Squawking Chicken - Another Karen recommendation (well, she's persuasive, okay?), I have high hopes for this story. I know I won't connect to it as personally as Karen did, but she told me that there's something for everyone between these pages, so I'll read it looking for what speaks to me.
  11. Born Weird - This sounds sort of like sleeping beauty... but not. It's the story of siblings who were each blessed at the moment of their birth by one special power. Intended as a gift, these powers inevitably turn to curses and the children, now grown up, must try to get these powers reversed before their grandmother's death at which point they'll be stuck with them.
  12. The Other Typist -Set in the '20s (roaring or otherwise), this seems to be the story of a prim, proper woman led astray. This could go either way, but was intriguing enough for me to want to give it a try.
A lot I can't wait to read here, that's for sure! What about you guys? Any new books you're dying to talk about?

5.23.2014

Time for a Change!


Wait! Stop! No, you're not in the wrong place - I've just updated my look a little bit! Consider it my blog's version of a new summer 'do. I got so tired of my old header which, let's face it, was just a really bad quality photo of my recently-read shelf. But I'm no genius web designer, and I didn't really want to shell out the big bucks to pay someone to redo the whole thing. I finally put some time and effort into it, and came up with a slightly cleaner, slightly more mature look with some nice spring-like colours.

Not sure if I'll stick with this - I'm still playing around with some other ideas - so don't be shocked if you come back next week and it has changed yet again! Bear with me, I want to get it just right.

What do you guys think? Better? Or did you like the old header more? Let me know what you think!

5.22.2014

The Book Blogger Test


The lovely Stacie over at Books Galore tagged me to participate in this post. It's basically a list of book-related questions on topics that I may or may not have mentioned on the blog before - mainly to help you guys get to know me even better! So without further ado, let's get started!

What are your top three book hates?
  1. Broken spines
  2. Bent or torn covers
  3. Missing pages
Describe your perfect reading spot.
Either in bed, with the pillows just right, or in a comfy armchair with a blanket and a purring kitten.

Tell us three book confessions.
  1. I have been known to buy a book I already have because I like a new edition better.
  2. I don't lend books out to people because I've had too many returned in bad shape. But I have a hard time telling non-bookish people this, so sometimes I'll lie and say I don't have a book or that I've already lent it out to someone else.
  3. I very often judge books by their covers.
When was the last time you cried while reading?


The Fault In Our Stars. Oh my god, the tears!



How many books are on your bedside?
Probably 10-20 - I use the shelves in my bedside table as extra bookshelves, plus the one or two I'm currently reading that sit on top. So yeah, lots.

What is your favourite snack while reading?
It's not exactly a snack - but the best thing while reading is a cup of rooibos chai tea. Yum.

Name three books you'd recommend to everyone.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and a recent addition - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (though it was a close call between this and The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski).

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf or bookcase.
Scroll up to the top of the page.... there ya go.

Write how much books mean to you in three words.
My best friends.

Now it's my turn to tag a few people! I tag:
Julianne over at Outlandish Lit
Karen at One More Page
Katrin at Land of Candy Canes

Feel like answering these questions? Share your link in the comments!

Life of a Blogger: 101 Things I Hate


Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Novel Heartbeat. Every week there's a new topic, not related to book blogging. This week's topic is the other side of last week's: 101 Things I Hate. (For a full list of topics - past and future - go here.)

Well this should be easy! Here's my 101 for the week, in no particular order:
  1. Unfairness
  2. Bullies
  3. Waking up early
  4. Going to bed early when I'm not tired
  5. Insomnia
  6. Annoying noises when I'm trying to sleep
  7. People who are mean to animals
  8. Crocs
  9. Baby pink... well, pretty much anything
  10. Not having enough time to read - particularly when I'm reading a really exciting book
  11. Series I love ending
  12. Series I love ending unsatisfactorily
  13. Waiting in line
  14. Waiting for a book I can't wait to read (*ahem* Landline *ahem*)
  15.  Being bored
  16. Unexpected rain
  17. Wet feet
  18. Jeans that turn my legs blue
  19. Sad people
  20. Tights worn as leggings
  21. Rude people
  22. Kale
  23. Artichokes
  24. Goat cheese
  25. Mushrooms
  26. Sardines
  27. Mud
  28. Really sweet and fruity cocktails
  29. Straight rum
  30. Cigarette/cigar smoke
  31. People who smoke in the bus line
  32. Crowded buses and trains
  33. People stepping on my feet
  34. My phone battery dying in the middle of my commute
  35. Being hungry
  36. Fighting
  37. Conflict in general
  38. Mondays (unless it's a long weekend, in which case YAY)
  39. White chocolate
  40. Licorice
  41. Bubblegum
  42. Mouth breathers
  43. Close talkers
  44. Reality TV
  45. Particularly Jersey Shore
  46. Commercials
  47. Small spaces
  48. Heights
  49. Cleaning the bathroom
  50. Cleaning the kitchen
  51. Okay, cleaning in general
  52. Hemp seeds
  53. Brown rice, most of the time
  54. Sunburn
  55. Cold feet (literal and figurative)
  56. Being scared
  57. Being lonely (though not being alone - I quite enjoy that)
  58. When my cats take up 90% of the bed and I wake up squished into a corner with a sore neck
  59. Weird noises
  60. Being grumpy
  61. Clothes shopping
  62. Particularly for pants
  63. The end of a vacation
  64. Throwing up
  65. Being sick in general - unless it's just sick enough not to go to work, but well enough to watch trashy TV and read all day
  66. Strong smells (particularly synthetic floral ones and strong aftershave)
  67. Losing things
  68. Buying a replacement for a lost item... and then finding it the next day
  69. Commuting
  70. Mediocrity
  71. Needing to pee when driving long distances
  72. Public bathrooms in general (ew)
  73. Germs
  74. Squelchy food (like cooked mushrooms and a lot of meats)
  75. Meat in general
  76. IPA
  77. Brazil nuts
  78. Tiny airplane seats
  79. Bad hair days
  80. Rushing
  81. Being late
  82. Being tired
  83. Poachers
  84. How we treat the environment
  85. Dirty city streets
  86. Being really far away from nature
  87. Drizzle for DAYS
  88. Being hot and sweaty
  89. Forgetting to bring a book
  90. Running out of things
  91. Not having time to browse properly in a really good bookstore
  92. Having to go to sleep just as I get to a really good bit in my book
  93. Characters who won't listen to me when I tell them DON'T DO THE THING and do it anyway
  94. Annoying songs
  95. Needing to pee just as I'm falling asleep
  96. When my cat hides behind the dryer
  97. Being annoyed
  98. Moths (seriously, we've got them and they NEVER GO AWAY)
  99. Freshly washed jeans
  100. Cold oatmeal
  101. Blood tests
Okay, I'm sure there are a bunch more things I hate, but those were what came to mind first! What are your biggest dislikes? Share any of mine? Tell me in the comments!

5.21.2014

WWW Wednesday #21


It's time for this week's WWW Wednesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading blog (head over and check them out!).

This link up asks three questions
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll be reading next? 
Here are my WWW answers!


What did I recently finish reading?



I finished this a few days ago, but I'm still digesting. I read this based on the review by Karen over at One More Page and man, was she right. It's a sad but beautifully written book that, despite being sad, isn't depressing. If that makes any sense. I found myself completely drawn into Yolandi's narrative, and I felt like I got her, even though I've never been through anything like this (the book is about her relationship with her suicidal sister). Definitely recommended.




What am I currently reading?




I got this for my birthday yesterday, and dived right into it. It's a kid's book, full of amusing illustrations, and the type of kid's story I totally love. It's funny, absurd and completely entertaining - of course, since it's Neil Gaiman's work! I don't care that it's a kid's book, I'm loving it.






What do I think I'll be reading next?



I haven't really decided what to read next yet, but it could be any of these three books! Kissing: A Field Guide is a review copy I received from my favourite publisher, Cleis Press, and I've been doling it out a chapter here and there (you know, to make it last) - but I might just dive right in! No Relation is a book I've heard a lot about - notably from Karen (yes, again). It's supposed to be excellently written and amusing, so I'm looking forward to it! And last but definitely not least is The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore's newest book which I received as a birthday present. Tough decisions, guys!

What about you? What have you recently finished? Share in the comments!

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