Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursentary: Let's Talk! What Are You Reading?

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After relaxing with an episode of Sherlock and then getting interested in the filibuster I didn’t really think about what I was going to post today. I mean, I could write something about Sherlock Holmes or Cruel Beauty, because I’ve been meaning to—but hey. It isn’t every day that a filibuster happens and you get to watch. (Just look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.)

I’m gonna keep it simple today.

Between work and volunteering at my church all week as an A/V tech, I’ve had hours and hours to read, which is why I have finished so many books. (And, like I said, the last time I devoured books with such vigor and lack of discrimination was eighth grade, I think—which was actually the summer I discovered my favorite series.)

Anyway, I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading over the last few days and then get some thoughts on what you’re reading, too!
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
  • Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega [review]
  • Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy [review]
  • Stung by Bethany Wiggins
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Say Cheese, Medusa! by Kate McMullen

My favorites were The Outsiders and Stars Above (although only the former broke my heart), but these are actually all quite good. Stung and Shadows of Asphodel are the most problematic, for entirely different reasons I shan’t explain this instant. But despite all those troubles, I feel quite sure here that that these are all beautiful books and I regret reading 0% of them.

They were all just nice. *sighs with happiness and joy*


Enough about me, though—tell me about you! What books have you read this week, and which ones were your favorites?


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16 comments :

  1. Ha, love the gif. *whispers* I actually haven't heard of any of those books (except Stars Above, haven't you talked about that one before on your blog?) but I'm glad you've read so much lately!

    At the moment, I'm reading His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, and it's pretty good so far but I'm only a few chapters in.

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    1. *whispers back* I don't think I've talked about Stars Above because I only read it a few days ago? I guess? I think I talk about The Lunar Chronicles all the time, though.

      I've heard many good things about that series! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  2. Stars Above is definitely not as sad as some other moments in the series, but I also thought it was a nice way to wrap things up.

    I think you're the first person I've "met" who has also read Click Here. It's not one of my absolutely favorite books ever, but it's one I tend to grab off the shelf when I just want a quick, light read.

    This week, I'm rereading This Is What Happy Looks Like, but recently finished reads were Salt to the Sea, The Siren, and The Watch That Ends the Night (apparently my last library trip was nautically-themed?). All three were pretty good, but I think the last one was my favorite of them.

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    1. Yes, it was a pretty cool collection of stories, if I do say so myself. :)

      Yeah, the author came to my library and I got a free copy from her! It's an interesting story, I think, and quick and light are good words to use for that.

      Yo—nautical books for the win! I'm glad that you enjoyed them, though! Thanks for stopping by, Jameson!

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  3. Right now I'm almost finished with Ross Poldark with Winston Graham. On the whole I love it, even though they're a couple lines that haven't aged so well. On the whole it's very well-written and very romantic, without being sappy at all.
    I also just started To the End of June, a nonfiction book about the American foster care system. Depressing, but very good. ALSO just put a hold on Child 44, which looks really neat.

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    1. That's nice that it's still good, even if it isn't perfect. :)

      Oh, yeah. I have to imagine that would be very depressing. I hope you like Child 44, though!

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  4. Stars Above= kakskadshdsfa ks<3<3 lkf;klakjlfas *flails* It just made me want more, especially the last story !!! I remember reading Click Here.... when I was in 7th or 8th grade and I actually really liked it!! Yesterday I finished 2 books. One (In Cold Blood) was summer reading for my english class, and the other (Legend) was for fun. (I motivated myself to read the required one with the second book). I liked both of them. And now I just need to finish The Raven Boys. what is a filibuster?

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    1. I know, the last story was adorable. In the kind of embarrassing way that made me have to force myself to read Kai's speech so I didn't just stop reading.

      Nice! I didn't realize that I'd run into so many people who enjoyed Click Here when I announced the fact!

      In Cold Blood... Some people read that at my school, and I feel like I probably should too. Truman Capote and all that.

      A filibuster is when people have to delay legal proceedings by standing up without breaks for as long as they can until an agreement can be reached. This most recent one lasted almost 15 hours!

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  5. I read the click here... book ages ago. And I read stars above and the outsiders this year and both were excellent. I'm almost at the end of Shadow scale and it is so good -- the most diverse fantasy I've ever read/ I just finished this Changes Everything for school, (I had to read it for school twice in sixth months, annoyingly) I'm also reading The Riddle by Alson Croggon (and a character death is making me sad...) Also I do AV at school and I love it and I'm the only girl and I'm taking a class in it next year and GO YOU for helping out.

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    1. Stars Above and The Outsiders are both so good, no? I haven't read those books, but if it's all that you say, I'm quite curious! Also, I am sorry that you are sad. :( STOP DYING GOOD CHARACTERS!

      THANK YOU SHANTI. I am the only girl volunteer for A/V at my church, so yeah. GO US, my friend. GO US.

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  6. Right now, I am reading Have a Little Faith by Candy Harper. It's for younger teenagers but I'm still a young teenager at heart and Faith is quite funny. I don't know if I'll finish it this week, though. I'm slow when it comes to reading...

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    1. Well, if it floats your boat, then you just keep sailing, girl. It's okay if you're slow when you're reading! Just enjoy the journey. :)

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  7. I just added The Outsiders to my TBR because it looks good :)

    Recently I finally read the first two books in the Firebird series, and they were awesome - it's the first time time I've read books based in a multiverse.

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    1. IT IS SO GOOD. So good...

      Ooh, that's fun! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much. :D

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  8. I loved The Outsiders! It was assigned reading in 8th grade, and I think it was one of the first books that affected me deeply. Glad to see you liked it too!

    I'm reading Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix right now which is a horror book laid out like an Ikea catalog which is super fun.

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    1. It was assigned reading in eighth grade for me, too! :D It was a very different book than anything I'd read before.

      XDDD That is so funny, I think I want to check it out!

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