Currently Reading Tag

Technology is not my friend at the moment. My laptop is sick and my cellphone is smashed. It’s sad to say, but I’m barely making it through life at the moment. I’ve come to rely a lot on my technological devices and have developed a connection to them that might be an unhealthy addiction. I don’t think I can last long without being tuned in to something. At times I can ignore their absence by grabbing a book, but whenever I get a nag to check Facebook for some pointless thing, I again start to miss the presence of my devices.

So since I am limited at posting on here for the moment, I’ll do some tag posts, which are usually quick and easy to do, and I’ll try to throw in a review or two, if I can, before my laptop is fixed.

This time I’m doing the Currently Reading Tag, which I found on YouTube. It was created by Charly Reynhorse.

How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually read up to 3 or 4 books at once but these days, because of how busy I am and how much my attention span has shortened, I mostly read about 2 books at once.

By the way, I’m currently reading these two:

I really should be reading more of the library books I have but Martin has me hooked and Barbery’s book has a slow pace, not that I want to hurry it along because I love how Barbery writes. I might switch to something different tomorrow.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book? (Do you read a certain amount of pages in each?)

99.9% of the time when I read more than one book is because I can’t decide what to read next so I read everything I’m interested in. I switch books according to my mood, so I read what I feel like reading.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

Not often. If I do, it’s because I either lost my bookmark or I found a bookmark that fits the book better.

Where do you keep the book you’re currently reading?

Wherever I put it: bedside table, bags, dinning room table, my bookcase, etc.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

In the morning while commuting to work. I mostly read when I’m not at home.

How long do you typically read for in one go?

That depends on the book and my mood and my attention. It varies so much that I can’t tell. Sometimes I get through many pages because my mind feels like focusing on the book, but other times it takes me an hour or more to get past a page because I keep daydreaming.

Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I keep the dust jacket on unless the book is very, very heavy or the dust jacket is white – I’m thinking of A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Which position do you mainly use to read?

Whatever position I place myself in. Since I mostly read while commuting, I guess that’s while sitting upright.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

I sure do. Never leave home without it.

How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

Whenever I remember to, which is quite often sometimes.

Who would you like to tag?

Everyone who sees this and would like to do it. Limited access to a computer means that I have less time at the moment to check other blogs, or even my favorite websites. I usually read on my phone but…😥 …I don’t have a good phone to do that on.

The Sims Book Tag

Sims Freeplay

For the past couple months, or rather, since receiving my Ipad mini, I’ve been hooked on Sims Freeplay. I can’t stop playing. Some times I play it so often that I have to take a break, but after a few weeks I’m back on it. It’s such fun! I just wish my Sims had more clothes and that the game didn’t cost so much to play (if you want all the cool stuff).

When I came across this tag on YouTube, I was elated. Not only had I found another Sims fan, but that fan had created a tag based on the crazy Sims. Yeahie!😀 The tag was created by Hailey at Hails Hearts Nyc.

The original Sims: the best author debut.

Unfortunately, I haven’t played any other Sims games except the Freeplay one, which I find very convenient. Actually, it’s the only thing I use my Ipad for.

The question doesn’t specify whether it means an author whose debut novel was published this year or an author’s best debut in general. I’ll go with the best debut novel I read this year and that’s —

Anna and the Swallow Man 1

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. It’s a wonderful, heartfelt young-adult, historical novel set during World War II.

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Bout of Books

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books 17

The Bout of Books readathon is back! I decided to participate again this year since I enjoyed doing so last year. I’m not a fan of week-long readathons, but I like this one because it’s more relaxed. Here’s more information on what it’s about:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 22nd, and runs through Sunday, August 28th, in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. — From the Bout of Books team

I doubt I’ll participate in the challenges and all that because I’ll either forget to or I just won’t have the time. As for what I’ll read, I’ll try to limit myself to the books I borrowed from the library.

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Diverse Books Tag

I enjoy doing tags because they are lighter, more fun posts to do. I usually type one up if I’m procrastinating on doing something else (like getting caught up on book reviews) or if I just want something fun to do that involves books. I also enjoy reading such posts because I usually discover books I’ve never heard of or learn something new about a novel or nonfiction book that I’ve overlooked.

To further promote diversifying one’s reading, Naz at Read Diverse Books created the Diverse Books Tag. I’ve been meaning to do it for some time now and have finally been able to. The tag is open to everyone and it basically asks you to find books that fit certain categories. The books can either be ones you’ve read or ones you would like to read. It’s a great way of learning about books you probably wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.

Find a book starring a lesbian character.

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comic roundup 9

Comics roundup #9: outcast <- genetics

Since I’d yet to read any of the comics I received on Free Comic Book Day back in May, I decided to try a few of them in an attempt to clear my comic TBR. Two of the comics I received for free/discounted was the first issue of Boy-1 and Oddly Normal. I knew nothing about them when I picked them up, which is different for me because so far the majority of comics and graphic novels I’ve read were either recommended to me by a person or through a blog or video, or were based on a topic or person I was familiar with. However, this plunge into something new wasn’t bad.

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“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air1I tend to stay away from books about death, dying, sickness, leaving, abandonment. I don’t see it as me having a problem with others leaving or the permanence of a person who is gone, but maybe it is.

I grew up on a small island with my extended family. My parents were always away. They would visit or I would visit them; but no matter how long those visits were, they seemed short to me. I hated saying goodbye and I still do.

Earlier in the year, Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air was one of the most popular books. The buzz caught my interest and made me want to read it, but when I heard it’s about the author’s battle with cancer and that he later died, I procrastinated on picking up the book. Heavy emotions. I didn’t want to deal with it. I didn’t want to cry. Life was heavy enough without the fall of my tears adding to it. So I avoided the book.

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Olympic Book Tag

Olympic Book Tag

I’m following up my last post with this fun one because I need something to lift my spirit. I’ve been in and out of the doldrums lately so I need something light.

The Olympic Book Tag was created by Shannon at It Starts at Midnight. So since the Olympics is underway, why not do this tag? By the way, I do believe I am the only Jamaican not watching the Olympics right now. I keep forgetting to because I don’t watch much TV anymore (since Suits sucks now😦 ) but that’s why Facebook exists. I get my updates there and so far it seems we’re doing great!😀

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Soledad

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