September 30, 2016 | Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS is hosted by A Daily Rhythm where you showcase the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. The books can be found online, in a bookstore, in the library , or anywhere! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

When Watched Stories by Leopoldine Core

28186245I stumbled upon this read via a Literary Hub article, What About a Woman’s Right to Idleness. I highly recommend reading this article as well as checking out Literary Hub. I became intrigued by the stories within Core’s work that were talked about in the article as I found myself relating to them. I feel as if I spend a lot of time lying around on my bed, floor, couch, or draped over my rocking chair simply getting lost in my own thoughts. I’m really excited to read this book and perhaps even other work by Leopoldine Core. (Also, what an awesome name!)

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

144073I found this book while reading another Literary Hub article, Being Bad: 10 Books Featuring Subversive Women. Again, I highly recommend this article as I selected quite a few books to add to my TBR. The story focuses on one woman, who is seeking indifference, courage and independence in 1930s Paris. Sold.

 

The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR by Brian Tuohy

7696042I came across this author’s material through the podcast Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know. He was interviewed in a two part episode entitled, Sports Conspiracies. Don’t let the title turn you off, I believe conspiracies was used as the topics talked about, game betting, fixed games, and corruption, lacked enough evidence to bring the allegations to court or to the knowledge of the masses.However, the recent charges and corruption brought to light against FIFA were talked about as well. Both episodes are interesting for sports fans and the non-sports minded. The Fix is In, is only one of three books Tuohy has written on the subject of sports and corruption.

The Saint-Germain Chronicles by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

1162534This is a book I physically discovered in real life. I work in a library and while shelving books, I noticed the cover, flipped through a couple of pages, and decided to add it to my TBR. Upon looking up the book on my Goodreads, I learned it was #6 in a series of 27. However, this book is a collection of stories involving the character Saint Germain in various places from the 18th to 20th century (I think I’ll be safe jumping ahead). I am interested in picking up the first book of the series as well. It appears this book series has quite the following.

What reads have you come upon recently? Are any of them different from what you normally read? Share in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays, #WAYRW, is a weekly feature hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions down below.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
“Yes, master.”/”Don’t call me ‘master.’ Makes my balls shrivel up and my teeth crack. Just call me Father Chains.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Yes, as I want to look at all the beautiful architecture and the hanging gardens Scott Lynch describes. However, no, as it seems a very dangerous place for all.

What are you currently reading? What are your answers to these three questions? Share them in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

Hear Here

via Daily Prompt: Silence

Silence. “It’s what I like most about this place.” Silence. “It’s so quiet here.” Silence. “You must have the most quiet job on campus.” Silence. Freely used to describe our environment. Silence…is not what you will hear here.

Here you will hear, the rushing air of the A/C, the swish of pants as a patron leaves the room, the typing of keys on a keyboard, the sudden sneeze or stifled cough, a discussion between scholars, a tour being given to plain faced students, but not silence. Here you will hear, the clicking of a mouse, the scratch of pencils, the muffled whispers of conversing researchers, patrons seeking help in person or by phone, boxes being opened, pages being flipped through, a ringing cellphone a patron hurries to answer by dashing out of the room, but not silence.

This building, this job, this moment is anything *but* silence. Yet, it is the favorite word of choice to describe us, shame us, compliment us, mock us, label us. Silence. Is not something you will hear here.

 

Time Travel by James Gleick | Waiting on Wednesday

Title: Time Travel | Author: James Gleick

Publisher: Pantheon | Release Date: September 27th, 2016

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.

The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological: the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future. (With a color frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

 

My thoughts

Time travel. Enough said.

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Until next post,
Pilar

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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9.14.16 Books You Want to See as TV Shows | Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. There is a new topic every Wednesday where bloggers/booktubers/etc. create their top five list. Join the group today!

T5W: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
Obviously, George R.R. Martin’s series, A Song of Fire and Ice aka Game of Thrones, is a huge success on HBO. Martin also wrote several episodes of a 1980s show called Beauty and the Beast which landed him an Emmy nomination. It is clear that Martin knows how to write stories great for television which is why Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin would make a great show as well. It is a stand alone novel, so there is perhaps only enough content to do a mini series. However, with talented writers I can see this being drawn out into a multi-season show. Also, people never tire of vampires.

Garden Spells & First Frost by Sarah Anderson Allen
The Waverley Family series reminded me a lot of the movie Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman. This book series would be a perfect to create a whimsical TV show around. The books are set in a charming small town, the Waverley’s are a source of local gossip due to their “gifts”, there is a mischievous fortune telling tree, and a dash of romance. Sold!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Easily a series I can see on CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family) as it deals with teenagers and high school, but since the main focus of the book is suicide I think a platform like Netflix would be the best place to create the show as it would do this heavy topic justice. The writers of Jessica Jones come to mind in pulling off this book to tv adaptation.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Broken Monsters is a stand alone book, but since Lauren Beukes writes from various points of view including the killer, I can see each season being a new killer and a new investigation to be solved. Similar to what American Horror Story does. Also, the other worldly happenings when the killer “creates” his victims would be amazing to see visually.

Blood &  Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
The main reason I would like to see this adapted into a TV show is to have it redeemed from the awful movie that was made from this work. I can easily see this being a series on the CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Teen werewolf girl falls in love with a human, but must hide her secret from him all the while dealing with family pack obligations and another werewolf seeking her affection. Hello, love triangle!

*BONUS*The Girls by Emma Cline
I love this book and people will forever be fascinated by the Manson Murders. The Girls by Emma Cline would make a great mini-series. Again like Thirteen Reasons Why, I think Netflix or a platform that allows for serious/heavy topics to be explored would be the best fit for the show as the book deals with sexuality, coming of age, murder, relations between adults and children, child abuse, drugs, and sex.

If these book to show adaptations occurred, which show(s) would you be excited to watch? What book(s) do want to see made into a TV show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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Fall 2016 TBR: September, October & November | Seasonal Reads

Crunchy leaves. New boots. Finger-less gloves. Soft leather jackets. Cool autumn breezes. Sitting around a crackling fire with friends. The sensation of magic in the air. My perfect fall. However, I live where it is summer 90% of the year, so I will be creating the sensation of my imagined fall in these great reads below!

Fall 2016 TBR

  1. Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut
  2. H.P. Lovecraft Classic Stories by H.P. Lovecraft/Published by Arcturus
  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  4. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad series) by Tana French
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  6. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
  7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  8. The Vegetarian by Kang Han
  9. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  10. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  11. Pointing with Lips: A Week in the Life of a Rez Chick by Dana Lone Hill

 

What books are on your TBR? Share in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

9.7.16 Characters You’d Want as Family | Top 5 Wednesday

t5w-logoTop 5 Wednesday is hosted by Gingerreadslainey of Booktube. Each month a list of topics are given out on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group. Each Wednesday we list our Top 5 relating to the specific topic for that week. Be sure to check out the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads to join in on the fun!

Characters You’d Want as Family

  1. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)– I would enjoy having Luna as a cousin. Spending the summers at her house, learning about all the other wordly creatures and theories that are even too “weird” for the wizarding world. She is my favorite character from Harry Potter due to her ability to go through life in her own world and seeing it differently.

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  1. Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter series) – I’m the oldest out of my sister and I, but if we were to have older brothers I would have loved for it to be Fred & George. While I may not particularly enjoy all the pranks pulled on ME, I certainly would cherish the moments of mischief they let me join in on.

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  1. Sydney & Claire Waverley (Garden Spells) – The Waverley sisters have a certain *magic* as all Waverley’s do. They would make the best aunts in my opinion. I’m picturing Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet from Practical Magic. Sydney would style my hair to look magnificent while Claire created a delicious spread that we all enjoy on the lawn next to the mischievous apple tree.

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  1. Ser Davos Seaworth (Song of Fire and Ice series) – I enjoyed Daavos’ relationship with Shireen and have always got an uncle vibe from him. The kind of uncle who tells who wild tales of his youth or giving an insight into how your Mom/Dad was before you entered their lives. I think his tales of his smuggling days and being the Onion Knight would be a delight!

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  1. Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog series) – Of course no family is complete without the family pet and I think Hank would do his best to protect us from all the “dangers” and critters trying to cause a ruckus at the ranch.

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What character(s) would you like as family? Share below in the comments!

Until next post,
Pilar

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