Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Wrap-Up, June TBR

Another month over, and for me that means summer is officially here! Which of course means so much time for reading!

I didn't get a ton of reading done this month, because I was in a very intensive course at school and just didn't have the time. I did manage to finish 2 books, however.

The first was Bossypants by Tina Fey

This was a nice fun read. I didn't know much about Tina Fey, and wasn't a particularly big fan of hers, but it's been on my TBR since it came out. I think I wanted to read it because I read Kathy Griffin's book and really enjoyed it. I gave Bossypants 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. It was a lot of fun and what I wanted at the moment. It didn't blow my mind, though. I felt like she didn't really go too deep into anything, and it felt like she was keeping the reader at a distance. This book is not a "tell-all," if that's what you are looking for. It did, however, inspire me to start watching 30 Rock.

Next I read Carrie by Stephen King

This was my first Stephen King ever! And it wasn't even one that I had planned on reading, but my roommate had it on her shelf and none of my books were calling me, so I decided to pick it up. It was definitely disturbing, but I enjoyed it a lot. As a religion major, I think the theme of religious fanaticism really intrigued me and kept me interested in this book.I think it was a good place to start with King. I also gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I also got about 100 pages into Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. This book is going to take forever to read, but I knew that. I'm going 10 pages at a time.

June TBR

I don't do full TBR's on a monthly basis because I like to decide what I read based on how I'm feeling and what I'm gravitating toward at the moment. However there are two book that I think I'll get to this month.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

One of my Goodreads groups has chosen Moyes for the author of the month, and I've heard great things about this book. I'm looking forward to reading it, but a little worried that it won't live up to the hype. Also I feel a little weird reading it now because for some reason the cover screams Christmas to me so for some reason it seems like a winter read.

Then, I think I might read my first Jane Austen ever! (I know, I'm the worst English major ever).

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Book Riot's Start Here suggested that I read this as my first Austen, and I'm going to listen to them because I trust them completely. I just watched the movie last night (reader sin, I know, but I'm the kind of person who likes to know about the story before I read it) and it was SO GOOD! I keep thinking about it! It's definitely got me inspired to finally delve into Austen.

So there you go, there's my May wrap-up and June (partial) TBR.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Emoji Book Tag!

InkBonesBooks over on Booktube created this tag with the help of some other booktubers, and I thought I'd do a written version! The rules of the tag are to pick your 5 most recently used or most used in general emojis and match them up with books. It sounds like all kinds of fun so I decided to give it a shot! I'm going to go with most recently used emoji's for my version. Here is Sanaa's video:

So here we go!

1. The Camel with One Hump

So maybe you're thinking why this is my most recently used emoji. I don't know why, but I enjoy this camel. It is random and cute, and I am drawn to it. If one of my friends sends me a random inexplicable emoji, this guy will be in my response.

Now for a book that goes with it....
I'm going to go with The Stone of Tears, which is the second book in the Sword of Truth high fantasy series by Terry Goodkind. This book is basically just one long drawn out journey, and I feel like a camel kind of gives that same vibe.

2. The Birthday Cake

I guess I am most likely to use an emoji when i am wishing someone a happy birthday, or I talk about dessert a lot.

I'm going to go with White Teeth by Zadie Smith, because this is one of those books that follow generations, so you follow many characters as they age. I happen to love these kinds of books and have read many of them, but this is the one I read most recently. It's an amazing novel, and one of my new favorite books.

3. The Crying Face

I use this emoji when I'm expressing sympathy, or when I'm being dramatic.

I LOVE sad books, so there are probably a lot that I could choose from, but I'm going to choose the only book that has made me cry. Not just tear up or get misty-eyed, but more than one tear rolling down my face. That book it The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Based on the Goodreads ratings, it seems like this book was the Twilight of its day, in that it was super popular but didn't get much respect. But I loved it. It was tragic and sad and I eat that up.


Again, birthdays. Or possibly sarcastic references to my party-girl nature.

For this one I'm going to go with The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. The main character is a social guy, and multiple parties are depicted in the book. That's all I got.

5. The Camel with Two Humps

My friend the camel is back! Look at how adorable he is!

For this special 2-humped camel, I'm going to go with a book in which an actual camel is mentioned, if I remember correctly, and that is The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. I read this book for high school and really enjoyed it, despite its incredibly upsetting ending. It's set in in Egypt, and I'm pretty sure camels are ridden.

So there you go, there's the emoji book tag! What emoji's do you use often?