Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Currently reading...

I used to do an entire post on what I was reading this week, just to keep everyone in the loop. It made my blog more journal-like, but at the same time I got to talk about a variety of different things that don't make it on Hitting On Girls in Bookstores. So I thought I'd start doing it again. What are you reading this week?

This week I'm torn between reading The Rook and rereading Cloud Atlas. I've had a long standing love affair with all things David Mitchell. Number 9 Dream? Check. Ghostwritten? Check. Black Swan Green?* Check.


My fanboyishness for Mitchell has extended to forcing one coworker to read Cloud Atlas (she liked it). The rest of his work is now living on my desk at work, ready to loan out if anyone ever brings him up.**

I guess it's a good thing that Cloud Atlas is going to be a movie, and that it has Tom Hanks in it, but really, if he fucks this up there will be no forgiveness on my part. But it looks like a nice movie, what with Hugo Weaving (the most under appreciated actor ever) also starring in it.

Don't fuck this up, Tom.
The Rook was actually a recommendation--kind of--from Lish McBride (Necromancing the Stone). She had brought it up at a book event recently that it's the kind of novel she's always wanted to write. I can't say I blame her, it's inventive, it's fun, it's funny. I'm really enjoying it.

Not to mention that I also had a sleeve-off with Lish McBride that night as well (more on this later--with pictures).

Also, I am completely obsessed with a poet named Sara Teasdale right now:
When I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Though you should lean above me broken-hearted,
I shall not care. 
I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough;
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now.
Her poems are passionate and brutal, dark and morose, romantic and anti-climatic. She died young and didn't write very much, but what she left behind is something that I've come to appreciate. You can find most of her poetry online for free, and Amazon even has free ebooks of her works.

The discovery of this poet can only go to Ann Aguirre. Who has written at least two favorite series of mine: Enclave and Sirantha Jax

*Funny Note On Black Swan Green: This one was a gift. In return I gave them to The Devil Wears Prada. It seems like an unfair trade-off.
**I also keep Douglas Adams in my desk.

21 comments:

  1. I love these kinds of posts. We used to go around the table and say what we were reading at the end of each staff meeting.
    I'm reading a ton of graphic novels (I'm a Cybils panelist). Some are better than others. I'm also reading The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines, which has been touted as a 40s noir Veronica Mars. It is not as snarky as my beloved Ms. Mars, but so far it's pretty entertaining.

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    1. Ohhh good. I was worried no one would comment.

      I haven't read a good graphic novel in a while. Veronica Mars = amazing.

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    2. I can heartily recommend Hope Larson's work and Hopeless Savages by Jen Van Meter (I think that's her last name).

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  2. I just finished All These Things I've Done which I see you are reading right now. It was pretty good. I would say it was the most believable dystopian I've read in a while in the sense that I could see how society could become the way it is in the book. The love story was a little cliche, but I liked the mob storyline better. I'm supposed to be reading Persuasion for a book club, but I'll probably pick up One Day by David Levithan next.

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    1. I am not reading that right now. The Goodreads widget lies!

      Persuasion is a very short one. Good choice. I drove myself crazy earlier in the year reading and reviewing every single one of her novels.

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  3. I NEED to read Cloud Atlas. I keep trying to avoid the previews because I don't want to give anything away. Beautiful poem too. I like the idea of this post as well.

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    1. Thank you! I used to do it every week, but it kind of fell out of habit. It makes my blog look more journal-y, but I don't have a problem with that.

      The Cloud Atlas preview does not give much away. At least not to me, as I've read the book. It looks like it's going to be amazing, though.

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  4. Approved, again. I could make a long list of the things I love about this and why you should keep it up.

    Also I don't know about Cloud Atlas. Probably because I never watch TV? I try hard not to watch movies before reading books but I've never heard of either. FAIL.

    Mostly mostly mostly, I LOVE Hugo Weaving. Always.

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    1. Thank you.

      You need to read the book.

      Yes. I have mad respect for him, and no one even knows who he is. El-rond, Agent Smith, V, etc.

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    2. Asheley, We should read Cloud Atlas TOGETHER. Then go see the movie TOGETHER. Oops. Maybe not the last part. I wish we lived closer.

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    3. Lauren, I would totally read this book along with you! It would be amazing if we lived closer, I agree. Then we could read all the books together and then see all the movies (like the Chaos Walking movies). It would be awesome.

      Reading the books TOGETHER is so fun because I love talking about them as we go! We need to make a list of all these readalong books...

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    4. Lauren, I would totally read this book along with you! It would be amazing if we lived closer, I agree. Then we could read all the books together and then see all the movies (like the Chaos Walking movies). It would be awesome.

      Reading the books TOGETHER is so fun because I love talking about them as we go! We need to make a list of all these readalong books...

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  5. I just had the same idea for my blog post today, I've been so busy and bogged down feeling I felt like if I didn't just post something, I'd probably stop blogging for awhile. I just can't let down my 7 followers that way! (*snort*)

    I was at NY Comic Con this past weekend and on Thursday (Professional Day) I got a bunch of ARCs and a few of them I'm considering bumping up to the top of my TBR List.

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    1. Haha. I started out with zero, and I don't even mind the followers thing, I do it for the comments only. My fear--normally when I post something--is that no one will comment on it.

      I really need to go to this Comic Con thing.

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    2. I'm not going to get to all the ARCs I got, if you want I can email you a list and send you the ones you might be interested in.

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  6. I saw the trailer for Cloud Atlas yesterday and thought "That much be a book" even though I really had no idea for sure until I read your post. I agree with you about Hugo Weaving and have more faith in him than Tom Hanks.

    I'm currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I have The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling on my nightstand and am going to start it by this weekend. I have high hopes for both, which probably means I'll be let down.

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    1. You can kind of tell when a movie is a book first, because typically they come across as having more substance than an original screenplay. Hugo Weaving is amazing.

      I really need to get on this Raven Boys thing. Everyone is reading it. Let me know what you think of the Rowling, I'm holding off reading it for now.

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  7. I just started Cloud Atlas not long ago. I'm on part 4 and really enjoying (although I found part 1 a little difficult). It's my first David Mitchell novel, but I will definitely be reading more of his work afterwards. I've heard good things about The Rook but really don't know anything about it. Either way enjoy!

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    1. Stick with it (part one is really difficult), and it'll reward you times ten when you finish it.

      The Rook is a really exciting British spy novel. It's kind of blowing my mind.

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  8. I haven't heard of The ROOK but it sounds intriguing. I recently read CLOUD ATLAS. I think I missed something, because I thought it was fine, but I just wasn't blown out of the water like I hoped to be.

    I'm reading A GAME OF THRONES right now and really enjoying it, especially the storylines of Arya and Daenerys. Hopefully I'll be able to watch the show once I finish the book.

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    1. I was blown out of the water the first time I read it. It's more Mitchell's style, and the way he uses different kinds of narratives, that intrigues me.

      I could not get into Game of Thrones. I found it to be too... descriptive. I also didn't like some of the themes of the book.

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