Friday, April 3, 2015

The Book Chat: What are you reading?



I can't tell you how excited I am that Jessica has brought back The Book Chat link up. It is one of my favorites!

This week's topic is: What are you reading? 

Well, I'm glad you asked. Because at any given time, I'm usually juggling 4 or 5 different books. #BooksAreMyLife

Here goes:

 When I first started reading "Gone" by Michael Grant, I immediately thought: "Ugh. What a rip-off, this book is just like 'The Dome' by Stephen King." And yes, while there are some similarities, Grant takes the book into a whole other direction. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else..."

Everyone under the age of fifteen disappears one day. To top it off, there's a giant sphere around the whole town and no one can get in and no one can get out. But when some of the teens reach their 15th birthday, they too disappear. Isn't that freaky??? I'm almost done with this one and I really like it. It's the first book in a series, so I will definitely have to read the others as well. If you like YA fiction, you'll like this. 


 I'm so excited to be reading "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It's one of the most popular books about writing out there, so I'm not sure what took me so long to read it! This is our first book club selection for the Write or Die Book quarterly book club that I co-host with the wonderful Shelly from Shelly's Cabaret. Join us! 

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: 

"If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life."

I purchased this book for my Kindle, but I feel like I need to also get a physical book copy. It's one of those books where I want to highlight stuff and underline quotes and just feel the pages in my hands! 


 Stephen King is my absolute favorite author. Have I mentioned that? Haha. I love getting his new books as soon as they come out, this one is no exception. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: 

"In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings."

This one is intriguing to me. It's a bit different from the subject matter that King usually writes. I'm reading this for The Chronicles Book Club that I co-host with my lovely friend Stephanie from In Her Wonderland. Join us! This one is a monthly book club. 


So, there you have it, my list of current reads. Quite an interesting mix, eh? Tell me, what are you reading now??? 


P.S. Speaking of books, I just signed up for the Books and Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. I've participated in this swap a few times before and I absolutely love it. Basically, you send your partner 3 books - a book from their wish list, a book that you have read and loved, and a book that you haven't read but looks interesting. And your partner does the same for you. Pretty neat, right? Sign ups close on April 6th, so if you'd like to join, click on this button below. :) 



21 comments:

  1. "Gone" sounds really great. I'll have to keep my eye out for that one. I've already read "Bird by Bird" (sort of) so that's why I've been quiet on that front. I'm witholding my good opinion until you've all had your chances to digest it. Although, when I go to Hawaii and have access to the library system again, I'll see if I can borrow a copy as a refresher.

    What am I reading? "Focus" by Leo Babuta and a "Best of" short story series by Russian authors. I'm actually in the middle of a couple more, too. I do that sometimes. I read depending on mood and bounce back and forth between books. Hugs ^^

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  2. I'm like you and feel like I need a physical copy of Bird by Bird. I've also started reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington and I'm loving it - the more information I can get about self care, the best.

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  3. American Sniper right now. I have a bunch of books I want to read. I love reading.

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  4. I will definitely need to get on the Stephen King book. I just read -and loved- Mr. Mercedes and there's no such thing as too much Stephen King!

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  5. oh I need to get on bird by bird! I'm reading Bones + Harry Potter + Sherlock + a book about Lincoln because I have no control over my attention span.......

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  6. I've finished reading 3 books in a row this Holy Week. But that's in between working still. Business as usual at the office. Actually, crunch time as it's the quarter close. Still, I juggled it.

    Happy Easter, Mia! :)

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  7. I'm currently reading Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. :)

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  8. Hi Lani! I like what you said about your reading depending on your mood. I do that, too! :)

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  9. Hi Sheryl! I will definitely have to add Thrive to my TBR list. Self-care is one of my goals for the year. :)

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  10. I have seen the movie, but have not read the book yet. Which is rare for me, it's usually the opposite! :) I'm with you - there are so many books I want to read!!

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  11. Oh yes, I loved Mr. Mercedes, too. King is the King. ;)

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  12. Haha, I'm the same way. And yay, Harry Potter! :)

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  13. 3 books, that's awesome, Lux! :) Happy Easter.

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  14. Ooh, I will have to look those up! Thanks, Morgan. :)

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  15. Bird by Bird is my favorite thing in the land. AND YES, you need the physical copy -mine is covered in dog ears and highlights and notes in the columns!

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  16. I've been meaning to read Gone for awhile. :) And Bird by Bird!! I'm so happy this book was chosen. I have a physical copy as well as a Kindle copy because I love the book so much.

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  17. So glad to hear that! :) I can't wait to finish it.

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  18. Ahhhh. I have to get it. :) That's exactly what I want to do with the book.

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  19. So glad to hear that you love it, Crystal. :) I can't wait to finish it.

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  20. Would you believe I have never read a Stephen King book? I need to! Maybe Revival is a good place to start.

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