First Line Fridays #17

I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

Published: July 2015

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Pages: 352

Genera: YA SciFi

Series: Nope!

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Fifteen more….

Books read:

31. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire     5/5 Stars

32. Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle     4/5 Stars

33. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Charlie Anson)    3.5/5 Stars

34. The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (Scott Brick)     4.5/5 Stars

35. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4/5 Stars

36. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz (NetGalley)     3/5 Stars

37. Breaking Up is Hard to Do … But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell (NetGalley)     2/5 Stars

38. If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men by Matthew Inman (NetGalley)     2.5/5 Stars

39. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by The Awkward Yeti (NetGalley)     4/5 Stars

40. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (various narrators)     4.5/5 Stars

41. Lies We Tell Your Kids by Steve Hoover     2.5/5 Stars

42. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh     4.5/5 Stars

43. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg     3/5 Stars

44. Brimstone By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Scott Brick)     5/5 Stars

45. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child  (Jonathan Marosz)    5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 3.8

Audiobooks: 5.25

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few, up to 5 of them are from smaller publishers

Reviewed on Blog: 0

Bookshelf TBR: 4

Comments:

So this post is so delayed that my ‘next ten’ was almost 20 by the time I got around to this so I split the difference and made it 15.  

These books were a mixed lot.  At the start of this list, I really really loved Down Among the Sticks and Bones and have bought a copy and will be re-reading before the year is done.  But I was also browsing NetGalley and read several comic books, most of which were ‘meh’.  I was feeling sad that I hadn’t really found any new favourites yet this year but boy did that change with the last handful of books.  I thought I was going to be hard pressed to have a top 3 or 5 books this year about a month ago but at this point I’ll have no trouble with finding books, it’ll just be hard to order them from most favourite to not as most favourite. 

4 more TBR bookshelf books were read in this bunch!  I’m really proud of the concerted effort I have made in knocking down my physical TBR pile on my bookshelf.  However, I gained 2 more books from a friend and bough one more and thus I’m still basically where I started, with 11 unread books still on my shelf.  This goal is starting to feel like an epic saga, with a slow start, a push forward then losing ground followed by more progress and lost ground.  Yet despite being more or less where I started at the beginning of the year, the average ‘wait time’ for the TBR books on my shelf has been reduced (I think… now I need to calculate that…).  What’s more is that despite all this gaining and losing ground, I have now read 6 of my original 12 and gotten rid if one of the others, so if I never get to 6 or less by the end of the year, at least I have done that.  Honestly, that makes me very happy.  Also, I discovered a few unexpected surprises on my shelf which is another bonus to this challenge. 

I’ve officially crossed my randomly picked number between 30 and 50 for my Goodreads yearly book goal and rapidly closing in on 50 books this year.  I’m doing way better at this point in time then this point in time last year and am so happy and proud of my reading so far.  Now I am reassessing and considering coming up with another goal to hit but really, I’m reading tonnes and enjoying myself which is the real goal here.  

Would you Rather

I saw this post over on My Bookish Dream and liked the questions so I stole it to do it!

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift-card?

As I prefer to read physical books and I don’t read or buy so many books, I think the $5000 gift card, if it had no expiry date, would be perfect for me.

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

I love Harry Potter, but I really can’t imagine what I would really say to her.  I also don’t read poetry.  However, I’d rather meet a deceased poet as they could give me a refresher course on how to read poetry, insight into whether they actually write all the symbolism stuff English class makes you look for or that is just extra bonus to the writing, how they write poetry, some other people’s works to read, etc, etc.  It would be an interesting conversation I think.

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favourite book for one day?

Tough one, because if I wrote a famous book it would be famous for being bad, but I would be rich.  However, to pick just one world would be hard, then you would have to return and the world I think I would pick would be interesting but possibly deadly.  But I love to travel, so visit the Land of Tortall!

4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favourite fictional love triangle.)

I actually don’t have a favourite love triangle since most are obvious from the start and I almost never oppose the author’s pick of couple.  EXCEPT IN ONE VERY TERRIBLE OCCASION.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Travel.  VE is just not the same as going and experiencing all the places. Also at no cost I would hire a private chauffeur to get to see all the places.

First Line Fridays #15

I was born in the city of Bombay…  Once upon a time.  No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947.  And the time?  The time matters, too.  Well then: at night.  No, it’s important to be more…  On the stroke of midnight, as a matter of fact.  Clock-hands joined palms in respectful greeting as I came.  Oh, spell it out, spell it out: at the precise instant of India’s arrival at independence, I tumbled forth into the world.  There were gasps. And, outside the window, fireworks and crowds. A few seconds later, my father broke his big toe; but his accident was a mere trifle when set beside what had befallen me in that benighted moment, because thanks to the occult tyrannies of those blandly saluting clocks I had been mysteriously handcuffed to history, my destinies indissolubly chained to those of my country.  For the next three decades, there was to be no escape.  Soothsayers had prophesied me, newspapers celebrated my arrival, politicos ratified my authenticity.  I was left entirely without a say in the matter.  I, Saleem Sinai, later variously called Snotnose, Stainface, Baldy, Sniffer, Buddha and even Piece-of-the-Moon, had become heavily embroiled in Fate-at the best of times a dangerous sort of involvement.  And I couldn’t even wipe my own nose at the time.

Published: 1989 (a year before I was born!)

Publisher: Various over the years, my copy (not the pictured cover) is from Avon

Pages: 552

Genera: Adult Fiction, possibly magical realism

Series: nope

Also noteworthy: This is a ‘classic’ that has won many awards and has been made into a movie by the same name. 

Books I’ve read that are older than me #1

So this was going to be a one-time post, until I saw the number of books I have read that are older than me!  I was honestly surprised there were so many, and not all of them were because of class or were read as a child. 

1955     The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

1964     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

1980     The Clan of the Cavebear by Jean M. Auel

1970     The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

1983     Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

1985     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1990     Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

1980     The Twits by Roald Dahl

1949     1984 by George Orwell

1988     Matilda by Roald Dahl

What books have you read that are older then you?  What was your most recently read older-than-you book?