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Lost in the Dust Jacket

Arthur Rackham from "The Old Woman in the Wood," fairy tale number 123 by the Brothers Grimm

Arthur Rackham from “The Old Woman in the Wood,” fairy tale number 123 by the Brothers Grimm

“I’ve come to love the silence.” She whispered the statement to no one in particular, as seeking solace had recently become her favorite past time. Her words trickled out into the ether and greeted nothingness.

Longing for a new beginning, she searched for solitude between the covers. Only through the pages of never-ending words did she find peace and tranquility. She heard the sounds in her mind, in her soul, preempting the noise of the world. Stories from the outside space were too personal, too intrusive, too raw, too true.

Narrative absorption softened the blow of her own situation. Fantasy swelled within her mind and closed out the awfulness of reality.

A story enveloped her. She felt each character’s embrace, its fingertips gently lingering a moment longer than what felt comfortable but encasing her in safety. She let the moment swallow her. No chance of being forgotten when you’re rooted to the ground.

Other voices called her to rejoin them, asked that she come back to the here and now. Her family wanted her home and needed her to be a part of them. They wouldn’t let her slip away into oblivion.

The girl forced herself into a thinly-veiled metamorphosis, one where she could easily slide back and forth between the states. She acquiesced to stay in the present but only if she could rejoin her characters from time to time. They pulled her back to Maycomb, Narnia, Limerick, Little Rock, Sussex, and West Table — where she only had to worry about their fates and not her own.

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2014 Women Challenge self-reminder

Women ChallengeValentina issued the 2014 Women Challenge and I am bumped it up to Wonder Woman this year in planning to read 20 or more titles written by female authors. My count stands at only ten, so I need to put my cape and gold bracelets on and read!  

Titles read so far:

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories by Karen Russell

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) by Margaret Atwood

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Pigs in Heaven (Greer Family #2) by Barbara Kingsolver

Molly by Sandra White

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (reviewed here)

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story by Ingrid Ricks

And I’m currently reading:

TMI Mom: Oversharing My Life by Heather Davis

The pick for my book club next month is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. It sounds a little like chick lit, but I’ve been assured it is much more than that. My “to be read” list also includes a new title being released by Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress, some Virginia Woolf, and other great female writers, so I’m confident in my ability to meet Valentina’s challenge. I’m not scared!

It’s not too late – you can join, too! Link up and share your titles to support female authors.

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Katy’s top ten favorite book quotes

Top 10Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because Jen is particularly fond of lists. She loves to share lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week she posts a new Top Ten list that one of her bloggers there will answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All she asks is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
My Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books:
1. “It’s not time to worry yet”
2. “She’s got some sort of notion in her head concerning the eternal rights of women.”
3. “Each one of us is left to choose our own quality of life and take pleasure where we find it with the understanding that, like Mom used to say, sooner or later something’s gonna get you.”
4. “one who awakens gradually out of a dream, a delicious, grotesque, impossible dream, to feel again the realities pressing into her soul”
5. “So many books, so little time.”
6. “So this was the rest of his life. It felt like a party to which he’d been invited, but at an address he couldn’t actually locate. Someone must be having fun at it, this life of his; only, right at the moment, it wasn’t him.”
7. “I went to collect the few personal belongings which…I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”
― Colette
8. “And he waited. It was only for a few seconds, but it felt like a small forever.”
9. “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
10. “He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
What are some of your favorites?

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2014 Women Challenge

Women ChallengeIn January I accepted a challenge from Valentina at Peek a Book to read at least 16 books in 2013 that were written by female authors. I am glad to report having met my goal already by reading a total of 22 books by women authors, not including nine children’s books read with my young son that were also written by women. Only 31 of the 70 titles I’ve read so far this year and only two of the six I have going right now were written by women, though.

Can the assumption be made I have a penchant for male authors, or my book club picks more male authors than female, or maybe there are more men writing popular books? Certainly not enough information is there to draw a logical conclusion, but at least I met my goal. My list includes some of my *favorites* of the year, too! It includes:

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn *

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

12 Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis *in top five of 2013 (author’s first novel)

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler *

Brain on Fire:  My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Dahlia’s Gone:  A Novel by Katie Estill *

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls *

The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn *

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Bossypants by Tina Fey *

Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran *

Valentina is back at it again. She has issued the 2014 Women Challenge and I am bumping it up this time. Even though I proved myself a Wonder Woman by last year’s standards, I’m going for a level of 20 or more to get there again in 2014. She says:

Welcome to the second edition of the “Women Challenge”!

This challenge will make us want to read more books of any kind written by women, so choose whatever you like and get involved!
Set your level and, if you like, leave me a comment on this post listing your three favourite women writers, in order to suggest new names to other participants as well.

Here are mine (they are just the first ones coming to my mind):
* Simone De Beauvoir
* Fannie Flagg
* Joanne Harris
Rules:

* anyone can join;
* you don’t need a blog to partecipate: if you are a non-blogger please leave a comment with a link (if you review elsewhere) to your review or with the list of the books you read and the level you choose;
* audio, e-books, bound books and re-reads are ok;
* create a sign up post on your blog and post the link in the Linky below (scroll down please, it’s at the end of the italian translation);
* challenge goes from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014;
* here you can link for your reviews.
Levels:

Level 1: BABY GIRL – read 5 books written by a woman author
Level 2: GIRLS POWER – read 6 to 15 books written by a woman
Level 3: SUPER GIRL – read 16 to 20 books written by a woman
Level 4: WONDER WOMAN – read 20+ books written by a woman

It’s never too late to join!
Have fun and good luck! 🙂

Perhaps part of the challenge’s purpose is to introduce readers to authors they’ve otherwise never read, which I had the pleasure of doing in 2013.

My favorites, though, remain Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker, and Octavia E. Butler. Lucky for me, I have a ton left of each of their bodies of work to finish.

Accept the challenge yourself, and join in the fun!

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www Wednesday (Sept. 18)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… www_wednesdays

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This meme is sponsored by MizB at Should be Reading.

*PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here. Thanks! :D

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran and listening to Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (trying a second time).

Moranthology

  Prodigal Summer

What did you recently finish reading?

Our last book club pick was The Twelves Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, and it was was tragically sad and excellent at the same time!

12 Tribes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club will read Truck: A Love Story next. We need something light after reading Hattie.

Truck

 

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www Wednesday (August 21)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…www_wednesdays

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Link back to the the original post at Should be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

I haven’t finished this month’s book club choice, although we’ve already discussed it:

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And I just started reading:

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What did you recently finish reading?

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next month’s book club pick looks interesting!

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www Wednesday (July 24)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…www_wednesdays

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Link back to the the original post at Should be Reading.

Now I’m listening to

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I just finished

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my review

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Next I’ll read

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www Wednesday – June 26

This weekly book meme is hosted at Should Be Reading.
www_wednesdays
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
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It is very good so far!
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It’s too soon to tell about this one, but Neil Gaiman rarely disappoints.
What did you recently finish reading?
ImageMy review is here.
What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you reading?  Join in the fun and link back to Miz B’s original post.

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www Wednesday (June 5)

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
What are you currently reading?
 
What did you recently finish reading?
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading
book KH
Recently I finished
book DE
and reviewed it on goodreads.
And I plan to read
book NG
which is apparently a prologue to his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  I love Neil Gaiman so much!
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What are you reading?  Share it here or link back to MizB’s original post.  Happy reading!

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www Wednesday (May 8)

This is a weekly meme hosted  at Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

www_wednesdays• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Having perhaps previously set the bar for all future post-apocalyptic stories, I am currently reading Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.  It is barely dated from its 1949 copyright.

Our current book club read is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, which I am enjoying on CD.  Its premise is not one I would usually pursue — a doctor’s death in the Amazon jungle is investigated by his colleague — so I’m glad being in a reading group broadens my choices.

What did you recently finish reading?

Long ago a friend recommended The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, which I just finished reading and liked very much. It was a bittersweet story of a kind-hearted misfit.

I also just finished The 25th Hour by David Benioff and loved it!  There is a movie version with Edward Norton as the main character, Monty, who is in on the verge of seven years in prison.  Norton’s face was my mental image throughout the whole book, which was definitely not a bad thing.  I loved the book and guiltily loved Monty’s bad boy persona.

What do you think you’ll read next?

In staying along the same old post-apoc vein, I’d like to read Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven next.  It’s been on my “tbr” list way too long.

Join in the fun and link your list back to MizB’s original post!

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