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Name: Marylou

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January Wrap-up

WOW...It has been ages since I did one of these..With the issues BL had and my personal life getting in the way I didn't blog enough (*cough* not at all) Soo, 2017 is a fresh start.

 

January was a good month and the theme of the month was "graphic novels". I couldn't find any interest to finish an actual book, but I did finish a couple of awesome comics, thus officially declaring January 2017 my graphic novel month

☕ I finished

 ◈ the American Vampire series (issues 3-8)

American Vampire #1 - Stephen King,Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire, Vol. 2 - Scott Snyder,Mateus Santolouco,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire Vol. 3 by Snyder, Scott (2012) Paperback - Scott Snyder  American Vampire, Vol. 4 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Jordi Bernet  American Vampire Vol. 5 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Dustin Nguyen  American Vampire Vol. 6 - SCOTT SNYDER,RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE  American Vampire Vol. 7 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire Vol. 8 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  

 ◈ and the "Abigail and the snowman" series (issues 2-4)

Abigail & The Snowman - Roger Langridge 

☕ I read the first issues of Sandman and Giant Days

Giant Days Vol. 1 - Whitney Cogar,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil Gaiman  

☕ And some adorable kids books

It Came in the Mail - Ben Clanton,Ben Clanton Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation - Duncan Tonatiuh  

Total month tally: 13

 

Not bad. I do have a lot of "currently reading" books and tomorrow I'm continue with my "Harry potter chapter by chapter" review! Stay tuned!

~M.



Anna Karenina free @Tantor Media

Written: Leo Tolstoy

Narrated by: Lorna Raver

Length: 40 hrs

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:30-06-10

Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina "one of the greatest love stories in world literature." Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation.

Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its famous opening sentence—"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"—to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.

I don't know about you but I am on a mission to get some classics on audio! Every month Tantor Media has a new title for free much like amazon is doing with their "whispesync" deal. For February it's Anna Karenina. I have the title on audible already but I think my version is from a different narrator. It's quite a long book but no matter I'd love to have this on my library!

Get the free audiobook here.

Happy Listening!

~M.



Reading Habits Tag

Hello my bookish friends!! I saw this tag being done by lots of you, so I thought I'd join too! (Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this)

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Yes - a super comfy chair. However, I don't have a favorite position...lol

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I mostly read on my kindle, so no physical bookmarks are involved. I just push the power button whenever I have to be pulled out from my latest virtual adventure. 

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

There are two scenarios: a) I fall asleep reading - if I am lucky i don't accidentally skip ahead many pages when my nose/finger/whatever touches the screen before it goes into sleep mode, or b) life gets in the way - you know eating, talking to other people...etc. 

On the first scenario, it depends on my sleepiness level, but I usually will myself to read "just one more chapter". 

On the second scenario, I prefer to finish a chapter and then close the book. Or you know keep reading....

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

Drink. Coffee, or tea.

In case of a suspenseful novel: eat. My nails. 

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Neither. Okay, maybe music. Sometimes. But no singing. Usually I study with classical/instrumental music. I don't want to confuse my brain.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

Several. I rarely have one book at a time. However, I don't read many at the same genre.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. True story.

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Out loud is only for professionals I paid for when I bought the audiobook.

Or my mom.

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I used to read the ending when I got too anxious about the protagonists' fate. But now I don't do that anymore. I'm all grown up.

Sidenote: If the book is getting boring, I do skim and move forward.

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

I rarely buy physical books anymore, so the precious few I actually bought in the last few months are like new. I am always super careful of my copies.

 

11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. I do make occasional notes on my virtual ones.

 

That's it!

This was fun!! Join in!

Do you want to read from other booklikes' members? Head over here.



Any westworld fans?

Hey everyone! I finished Westworld on Saturday and I have to say I'm impressed.

It was a solid journey through a dystopian future that raised valid and interesting questions about technology and humans; like for instance "Can we create consciousness?". The actors were really good and the overall production was up to the HBO's standard.

 

I liked the conclusion it had and I looked around to see in which book this was based on (usually when something is good on the screen, it's almost always based on a book). Unfortunately there is no Westworld book per se; only the script of the old film (yes this was also on the big screen). 

But there are out there books that have the technology theme and I have compiled an interesting list; I haven't read any of them but some were on my radar even before Westworld spiked my interest on androids. 

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Two more freebies!

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondō

I know I have mostly audible updates but I have been working on coming back to the website! *queue happy music*

 

I have two more promo codes that you have to redeem today! One is Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime" (use code: ACRIME1) and the other is a self help book called "Magic of Tidying Up" (use code: TIDYUP1). 

 

I want to read Trevor's memoir as I really enjoy his show at Comedy Central. Sidenote: his memoir as expected is narrated by him which is a nice touch. I'm not sure what the other book is about but hey, free audiobook! 

Be quick with both as the offer expires today (1/31/2017)!

Enjoy!!



A man called Ove offered free @audible!

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman, George Newbern

This a fantastic bargain! I read the book and loved it and cannot wait to listen to this!

All you have to do is go "redeem a promo code" and type in " CALLEDOVE1" then claim your free copy!

The code will expire on 31st of january so hurry up!!!



2017 Dystopia Challenge Sign-Up post

Goal: Read/review 6 dystopian books - Rebel

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0 out of 6 books

 

Bingo Card ✭



2017 Reading Assignment Challenge - Sign Up Post

In this challenge you make a list of all the books you WILL read in one year, depending on what level you pick (so 12 books is one book per month)

This challenge is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading.

2017HW

Goal: 1 book per month from the list below - Level 1

(0%)
0 out of 12 predetermined books

 

Last year the challenge started okay but I failed in the end..Plus I never made it to upload the library card on time!

This year I am going for level 1, to make things easier for myself.

Here is my list of 12 books I pledge to read in the upcoming year:

 

The Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaThe Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsThe Lie Tree - Frances HardingeRevenger - Alastair ReynoldsThe One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica WoodThe Heart of Henry Quantum - Pepper HardingThe Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil GaimanThe Book of Lost Things - John ConnollySix of Crows - Leigh BardugoA Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria SchwabThe Widow - Fiona BartonEcho - Pam Muñoz Ryan

 

The Rules:

◈The 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st.

◈You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)

◈Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2017. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read!

◈You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2017 and they must be at least 100 pages.

◈Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month. We’re doing away with the complicated and often confusing extra credit this year, but you’ll get a chance for a fresh start each quarter (details below)

◈At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2018) for you to link your progress. Details below, but… The link-up will be open for the first 7 days of the new quarter and we will randomly select a quarterly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveway will be open Internationally.

◈Tweet your progress to #2017HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from us.

There will also be a grand prize drawing in January 2018. The number of entries you get in the grand prize giveaway will depend on how you perform in the quarterly Report Cards and what percentage of books you read from your list. The quarterly giveaways will be based on that quarter alone, so even if you can’t complete the challenge for the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to win!



I'm so impressed on how smooth the site loads now! I had many issues with it like a lot of you and eventually got frustrated and gave up. However I read yesterday about recent developments over at GR and I'm glad the site is working properly again!



I love this!!
I love this!!

After watching the coverage and the disheartening result of the 2016 US presidential election, this made me smile!

 



Happy Halloween!

Have you seen the new doodle from Google? Such a fun game!

Swipe away in this #Halloween #GoogleDoodle Score: 82540 (link: https://g.co/doodle/jssht3



"Equations are magic, and all formulas are spells"

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

❝Noah holds the old man's hand, the man who taught him to fish and to never be afraid of big thoughts and to look at the night's sky and understand that it's made of numbers..❞

There are so many reasons that this short novella touched my heart strings. It came as no surprise however as mr. Backman is one of my fav authors: he just nails the old folk-young kids dynamic, with each of his books exploring a different one. On "And every morning the way home gets longer and longer", Noah's grandad is slowly descending into the abyss of Alzheimer's and together they try to come in terms with it.

We learn just how ordinarily extraordinary he was earlier in life, about his job and the story of how he met and lost the love of his life.

 

I laughed and cried while reading this and can't wait for his new book coming this spring!

50 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader80%Reviews Published2016 NetGalley Challenge Challenge Participant



The Best of Edgar Allan Poe free audiobook from Tantor Media

Written Edgar Allan Poe

Narrated by: Todd McLaren

Length: 6 hrs

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:20-12-10

The name Edgar Allan Poe conjures up thoughts of hearts beating long after their owners are dead, of disease and plague amid wealth, and of love that extends beyond the grave. The richness of Poe's writing, however, includes much more than horror, loss, and death. Poe's stories teem with irony and black humor, in addition to plot twists and surprise endings. Living by their own rules and charged with passion, Poe's characters are instantly recognizable—even though we may be appalled by their actions, we understand their motivations. This collection contains eleven of Poe's best stories.
They are "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Premature Burial," "Ligeia," "The Black Cat," "The Oval Portrait," "Berenice," "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," and "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether."

Looking for more Poe to read for the Halloween bingo? Then take a look at this here.

Happy Listening!

~M.



Mid-Event Survey

Hey everyone! Just a quick update before heading to bed (it's two o'clock in the morning here in the netherlands)

 

1. What are you reading right now?

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman 
2. How many books have you read so far?

3 e-galleys (before you start cheering let me add that they were children's books)
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I haven't made a firm list so I'm not sure yet..
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes I had to eat =P

Plus I watched a movie (citizenfour - excellent documentary btw)
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The positivity of everyone involved! +So many great mini challenges!!



“A Book and a Snack” Challenge

I just joined in the readathon and just on time for a yummi challenge!



Lies and Truths..

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
❝It still seemed so magical that I could do that, and that he would kiss me back. So magical that we showed our weaknesses to one another, our fears and our fragility. ❞
This is a romance book mixed with drama and suspense. "We Were Liars" had a gorgeous prose and I loved the way it was presented.

Actually, the less you know about the story the better (that was emphasized enough in a couple of reviews I read of the book, making me want to read it more). So: read it.

The bottomline truth? you will not regret it.



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