Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to someone very special.
This is my bike. She gets me through the rough times. She is old, old, old, but is in great shape. She has survived two hurricanes, flash floods, and my own carelessness. She has a bike basket, she currently has a plastic bag over her seat because lately, the weather has been trying to kill me. It has been a race against the storms here in Virginia and it seems every day I have to decide how likely it is that I will get struck by lightening on my way home. I also have to avoid hecklers… let me just say it right now: NO, Toto is NOT in my basket. NO, you may not ride your motorized scooter next to me. NO, I do not like it when you shout foul words at me, in any language. I DO NOT appreciate it when you sneak up behind me and set off a fog horn off and scare the crap out of me so I almost crash my bike. How much gas did it take you to stall there and bother me? OH YEAH, I’m only burning calories baby.
So, after much reorganization of my challenges page, I decided it was time to take stock, it was time to really get to working on these challenges here, because I signed up for them and I’m going to finish them! So I took a good hard look at the library books I had out and decided it was time to take some of them back that had been sitting in my TBR pile since February. I figured, if I haven’t read it by now, if it hasn’t grabbed my attention enough that I’ve picked it up since February, then it might be time to take it back to the library. So take books back, I did.
And return home with more books, I also did.
I stayed true to my word, by picking books meant for challenges. But, I also raided the YA section and the DVDs.
Books for Challenges!
Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez: I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time. I’m currently working up the courage to read 100 Years of Solitude in Spanish, but was craving some García Márquez for the right now. The NYT Book Review, in a review of the new biography about García Márquez by Gerald Martin claims that this is the author’s most impressively written novel. So, naturally, I can’t wait. (A-Z Challenge)
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham: Okay, I have NO clue what this book is about. Apparently it is science fiction. It is on the 1001 list. I chose it for my A-Z Challenge. Clearly, based on the cover and this picture alone, I am excited.
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar: I checked this one out a while ago, but never got to it. After seeing it on A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook’s “Big Gay Reads” list, I decided to check it out again. After doing this meme, I realized I hadn’t read much GLBT literature, and I wanted to fix that. Plus, I had already picked it for the A-Z Challenge. So many wins all around.
Books Just Because
White Noise by Don Delillo: I do not like Don Delillo, we are not friends. In all fairness, I’ve only read one book by him The Body Artist, and I did not get it. And I slaved through all of its puny 80ish pages only to find that they took it off the 1001 list. It was at that moment that I realized that it was okay to stop reading the books on The List sometimes. But I’m also a glutton for punishment, so I picked up White Noise.
Widdershins by Charles de Lint: Folks have been asking me what I think the best book to start reading of de Lint’s and I didn’t have a good answer. I did, however, realize that I needed to read more de Lint! So I picked up Widdershins because it follows two of my favorite characters – Jilly and Geordie.
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters: I read Fingersmith before I started blogging; therefore, I never got to tell you just how much I loved it. It’s so not my thing, mostly because of the time period. But add a super compelling plot, great characters, and WHOA KNOCK YOU DEAD twists and turns and I was hooked. Reading another book by Sarah Waters needed to be done, so I’m taking care of it. Right now.
YA yah yah
After reading a heavy book like The Grapes of Wrath, I just need need need some YA to make me happy. I took care of that today.
Extras by Scott Westerfeld: I read the Uglies trilogy, I’m looking forward to the movie and I thought I’d go ahead and finish it off by reading this little extra (lol, see what he did there?) novel that is set in the same world but with different characters.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: John Green has been on my radar for a while now. Lots of folks have praised his new novel Paper Towns and I’ve seen An Abundance of Katherines on quite a few blogs. I’m really looking forward to it, especially after seeing this over at Bookshelves of Doom.
Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin: Since starting my blog, one author I’ve heard a lot about has been Ursula Le Guin. I saw this trilogy in the NYT Book Review and the cover caught my eye when I was going through the YA shelves this afternoon. (OUT III)
There you have it. I know, I know. I didn’t balance out my library account. I left with more than I returned. That’s what it’s all about.