What’s On Your Nightstand: June 2016

What's On Your NightstandWhat’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. It’s basically a wrap-up, though not as detailed depending on how you structure your reading wrap-ups. The meme is held the fourth Tuesday of every month. (I assume that means the last Tuesday of a month that has 5 Tuesdays.)

I’m still trying to work out how to format this because I don’t want it be too similar to my quarterly wrap-ups. For this post, I’ll do as before and list what I recently read, but I’ll also give a sentence or two on how I reacted to the book.

Books read:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief 10th anniversaryThe Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief audio book was the first thing I completed this month. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy as much as I did when I first read the physical copy. I didn’t like how it was narrated or the voice used for Annabeth, which sounded kind of whiney to me. If I continue to reread the series, I will return to the physical books instead.

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Weekend Reads #50: Book Haul #24

No discussion post this time, just a book haul to sum up what I’ve acquired since my last one. And it’s not a lot either. I think I’m burnt out from buying books. I don’t even want to see a bookstore. I own so many books I haven’t yet read that whenever I see a bookstore, I get that overstuffed feeling that I usually get when I’ve eaten too much. This is new for me. I never pass up on a bookstore visit.

I don’t see this as something bad. This overstuffed feeling is helping me to save money. Chances are I won’t visit a bookstore until this feeling dissipates. I don’t know how long that will take but either way, I’m grateful.

Physical books

bookhaul collage 16

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #16: It’s Been a While

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

Because of my spotty blogging back in May, I haven’t had a chance to do one of these posts. I believe the last one I did was in April. Well, here I am with a long one to make up for lost time. The following are books I discovered in the past few months that I’d really like to get but probably won’t until I get a Barnes & Noble coupon. By the way, I’m convinced that the mailman is taking my coupons. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten one and I’m sure he thinks I order too many books so he’s depriving me of coupons. Meanie mailman!

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“The Martian” by Andy Weir

The MartianThis is the most surprising book I read this year because I didn’t expect to like it. Despite all the hype, I thought I would give up on it because it is way outside my comfort zone. But Mark Watney’s voice pulled me in. I liked his sarcasm and optimism, which kept me reading and hoping for his survival. The scientific technicalities dampened my interest a little but the characters’ personalities and my curiosity about how the story would end kept me reading.

Quick summary:

The Martian is a science-fiction novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Mark Watney was left behind when a sandstorm swept him away from his crew. Stranded with no way to communicate with his crew or NASA back on Earth, Mark has to rely on himself — strength and knowledge — to survive Mars, a planet that does not support human life.

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Try a Chapter Tag

I recently found myself between books and indecisive about what to pick up next so I decided to try this tag that I found on Amanda Center, a booktube channel. The tag was perfect for helping me to decide what to read next. The only drawback is that I wanted to start reading more than one book immediately. The tag was created by Malia at BookParadise, another booktuber. The guidelines are as follows:

Choose 5+ books you’ve been meaning to read.

Read up to the first chapter, prologue included.

Decide if you’ll complete it or set it aside.

I was really excited about doing this tag. A little too excited, actually, because I decided to choose from a sample of 11 books. I’ve decided that I will choose 1 nonfiction book, 1 long-ass book, and 1 quick read. They are:

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Two Illustrated Books: “The Arrival” and “Jane, the Fox, and Me”

I guess these mini reviews will become more frequent as I read more short books. This time I read two illustrated books that I borrowed from the library. Both were quick reads, but the story in both were quite touching. I’ll start with my favorite of two. (Click the images below for a larger version.)

The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Quick summary:

The Arrival is a graphic novel in which the story is told using only pictures. The story is about a man who must leave his family behind as he travels to find a safer place for them to live because something large threatens his country. He travels overseas to an immigration agency elsewhere and gets a pass to settle in a new land that is very different to where he’s from.

People are close to the creatures in the new land, which they keep as pets, and the man has to adjust to this as well as the different language and food and surroundings. He makes new friends and learns their history, but his mind is always with his family. After working enough, he is able to send for them.

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‘Spring Has Sprung’ Book Tag

Summer has started but here I am with the ‘Spring Has Sprung’ Book Tag because I was tagged to do it ages ago but kept skipping it because I couldn’t think of an answer to the first question. I was tagged by the awesome Orang-utan Librarian, whose blog makes you think and laugh out loud. The tag was created by B.G. at Getting Through Anxiety.

The rules:

Answer the questions.

Nominate whoever.

Post the tag image.

Have fun!

And with the last rule in mind, let’s get started!

Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book inside and out?

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Weekend Reads #49: More Thoughts on Jane Eyre

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

Yea, I got more to say on this book.

In my last discussion on Jane Eyre, I spoke about how Rochester was disabled to atone for his sins and to be humbled and tamed for Jane. This time I want to focus on St. John who, despite his piousness, is one of the most horrible characters in the story.

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Friday Face-Off: Exploding Golden Fools….or Clowns

The Friday Face-Off is a bookish meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best.

I’ve been behind on these posts lately due to lack of time to draft them so I’m trying something new by writing them up before Friday. I’m writing this on Monday. See, improvement! Well, since I’ve missed two Fridays, I’ll catch up with them here.

June 3 theme:

In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded

A cover which features an explosion

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Taunting Thursday

Here I am with a Taunting Thursday post. In other words, a random-ass post. But taunting is a perfect description for Thursday because Thursday hints at Friday, which is almost here, and we are all happily anticipating the arrival of Friday because that means WEEKEND!!! Unless, of course, you work in retail and have to work on Saturday in which case you’re dreading Friday because everyone who doesn’t work on Saturdays shops on Saturdays and are a nag on Saturdays especially in the morning.

That’s what Thursdays make me think about.

It’s such a nag, Thursdays. Work takes longer, your boss finds obscure things for you to do, the heel of the shoe you’ve been wearing all week breaks, and once you start to think you’ve got a little reprieve from the bone-wearying week, you remember that one errand you had to run on Monday but forgot to and has now escalated into something more tedious.

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