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I’m back! & Filling the Shelf

Posted by on November 20, 2017 2:58 am in Book talk | 8 comments

Hmm, is this thing on?

Yes?

Well, hello then! Hello and welcome back!

(feel free to skip to the Mailbox below  for the books! 🙂 )

It’s been two months since I last posted here but honestly, it felt like a year. So much has happened…

We moved. It was a move we had long wished for, from our tiny condo in the city to a house out of town. I still love the city but I love having trees and quiet even more! This being said, that move was SO exhausting. I can’t remember ever feeling this tired, discouraged, just, feeling like I wanted it to be over with a.s.a.p. By the time we moved it I just felt empty. Even though I love the new place, so much energy had been spent I just needed time to pick myself up.

Meanwhile, I neglected the blog and it sort of disappeared from online. Oops! Obviously it’s back now, I only need to pull a few posts from the archives and add them back.

As we reached November I started to feel better. Slightly optimistic. Energized. I made plans to fix the blog, to participate in Nanowrimo… and then my mom had a cardiac event (infarctus). She’s home and okay now, but that was the scariest thing I’ve faced so far in my life. I’m still trying to figure how to handle this. She’s okay, but she’s not; her heart is weaker and it’s still early (not 3 weeks yet). There are risks of it happening again, and that’s scary. We won’t know much before her followup in February. My mom is my rock, my everything, and though I’m an adult, I’m not ready to be without her yet. So, I don’t know. My brain has been shuffling between anxiety and hope for the past few weeks and to be honest, I’m a bit of a mess.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. Fingers crossed and trying to stay positive! If you’ve got any comfy, heartwarming reading recommandations, send them my way!

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Through all this I’ve missed reading and talking about books and blogging – so I’m back. I’m hoping bringing back a bit or normalcy to my life might help. Here are some of the books I’ve recently added to my shelves. Looking forward to all of these (though Oathbringer was more of a birthday gift for the Man, as I still have to catch up with this series!)

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (audio) – Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson – Artemis by Andy Weir

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker (audio) – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (audio) – Scythe by Neal Shusterman (audio)

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam – Hunger by Roxane Gay

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Filling the Shelf

Posted by on August 7, 2017 3:53 am in Book talk | 7 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday everyone!

I promised 2 weeks ago that I would be more reasonable with books, and I was. Yay me! I’ve been extremely busy and stressed lately (selling a condo and searching for a new house will do that to you, for sure!) so while I’ve done a bit of reading, I haven’t had a lot of time for book shopping.

I was going to have only 2 books for this post, but earlier this week Audible had Wild Seed on sale, and then I found, a bit over a week early, The Stone Sky at the bookstore. You guys know I’ve been waiting for this book all year, so of course I brought it home! And now, I’m in this weird place where I want to read it but I also don’t want to because then it will be over…

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin – Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (audio)

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Thoughts on : My Siter Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Posted by on August 4, 2017 2:28 am in 3 stars reads | 2 comments

My Siter Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Audio narration : David Linski
Genre : YA, contemporary
Stand alone

About the Book  :

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the manipulation she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Che’s always been Rosa’s rock, protecting her from the world. Now, the world might need protection from her. 

My Thoughts :

Once more, I find myself labeling a book with the dreadful “great idea, disappointing execution” tag. It’s been a trend lately in my reading life, but I’m not sure if I’m unlucky or if my tastes and expectations have, unknown to me, changed?

My Sister Rosa isn’t a bad book. I enjoyed a lot about it, in fact. It’s slow (in a good way), dramatic, unsettling, with a good suspense.

Rosa was absolutely fascinating and, most importantly, realistic. The author wrote her in subtleties, enough that we would doubt what was going on and question everything – even Che. She was complex rather than comic-book evil, which in turn made the relationships people built with her equally fascinating.

Other than Rosa, I was captivated by their parents and how differently they reacted and acted along the story. Their decisions explained so much about Rosa and Che, and this had me wondering about the choices I would make in their place. I’m always thankful for books that help me observe the world in different ways.

But Rosa wasn’t the narrator : Che, her big brother, was. And so much of the story was spent on Che’s romantic life and his boxing. I simply couldn’t connect to him; I thought he was uninteresting, and he only really shined when standing besides his sister. I found myself bored through long stretches of the audiobook, even though I absolutely enjoyed David Linski’s narration.

It’s too bad I couldn’t appreciate Che as a main character, because I found the ending to be very fitting. If My Sister Rosa intrigues you, I’d say go ahead and give it a try; despite its flaws, it did raise interesting questions and offered a unique, unnerving story. I know I’ll still think about this one for a while. It wasn’t a favorite, but it’s okay : not all books need to be!

Filling the Shelf

Posted by on July 24, 2017 2:36 am in Book talk | 10 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello everyone and good Monday!

I hope your week was good! We had an eventful and stressful one, and as is often the case, stress made me too distracted to do much reading. I started like 7 different books but finished only one… but I actually reviewed it! Have a look if you want to know my thoughts on the audio of One of Us is Lying !

I usually try not to buy more than I read (keyword being : try), but this week is particularly dramatic. Four of them were used/on sale though, so in terms of budget it’s not too bad, but I’m planning on not buying anything for a short while. We’ll see how well that holds soon!

This week I’m mostly excited for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which I have heard amazing things about, and Wonder Woman Unbound, which should be interesting.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (audio) – The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – Updraft by Fran Wilde

The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig (audio) – Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau (audio) – Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley

What books did you recently add to your shelves?