Update/One Month Left!!!

I know I’m cutting it close guys, but don’t worry.  I have 11 books left!   True I’ve never read that many books in a month but it doesn’t mean I can’t!  I have quite a few I’m halfway through and a couple short ones that should help me along.  I can’t believe I made it this far!  Almost 30 books!  Last year, I only read 25! This, by the way, does not count all the books I had to devour for my thesis earlier this year.  I’m not sure I would count those. lol

So here’s what I’ve been reading as of late:

The Lake House by Kate Morton:  If you haven’t read my review of this title click here.  Needless to say, it is well worth your time.  I am referring to both the book and the review, of course. 😉


Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island: is a beautiful conclusion to a timeless love story that has been dear to my heart since childhood.  I watched the movies over and over with Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie.  I loved how Gilbert just kept giving to Anne even when she gave little in return.  Deep down they both knew she cared more than she liked to admit.  I’m not this kind of girl.  I tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve.  However, I can understand Anne’s fear of change.  It’s scary.  Even when it’s the good kind of change, you can never get back what you had before.

I didn’t care for the third movie since it was one of those “It’s Gonna Suck Until the VERY End” kind of movies.  Which is why I might stop here with the Anne of Green Gables series.  I’m probably kidding myself, but I like the idea of leaving the two of them on the bridge, together, promising forever to each other.  I guess I don’t care for change that much either.  *Commence balling hysterically*  Yeah, you could say I like Anne of the Island.  If you loved the movies, or you’ve always just wanted to try reading the story of this strange little red-haired orphan with a sensitivity to how her name is spelled, you should dive in with both feet.  Favorite quote:  I have a couple 😉

Anne: “I wouldn’t want to marry anybody who was wicked, but I think I’d like it if he could be wicked and wouldn’t.”

Gilbert: “I have a dream,” he said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends — and you!”

(Here comes the moment!) “But I’ll have to ask you to wait a long time, Anne,” said Gilbert sadly. “It will be three years before I’ll finish my medical course. And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls.”

Anne laughed.

“I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU. You see I’m quite as shameless as Phil about it. Sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more `scope for imagination’ without them. And as for the waiting, that doesn’t matter. We’ll just be happy, waiting and working for each other — and dreaming. Oh, dreams will be very sweet now.”


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Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink:  This book was geared more towards men.  It was, after all, written by an ex-navy seal.  However,  I found it very motivating and filled with a basic common sense you don’t often find.  He had a no excuses policy as expected from a military man.  However, he also gave you specific tools to fight the mental battle you have with yourself when you are trying to avoid a task.

He taught how to break everything down to one small task at a time.  I find when I am overwhelmed and feeling inadequate this does help me to simply continue moving forward.  It is counted as progress when you simply do not stop.  This is by far some of the best advice I’ve ever received.  (Thanks, mom!)

Jocko tells you to take control of your life by taking ownership of it.  It’s yours!  See what I mean…common sense.  Instead of being afraid of the challenges before us we should be terrified of sitting on the sidelines.  This is our life, our game, let’s play!  One time I asked my Dad if he would teach me some basic self-defense.  His first lesson surprised me.  How to take a hit.  I was confused.  Um, isn’t the point of defending yourself to avoid getting hurt?  My dad taught me otherwise.  He said success depends on how many times you can get hit, experience a setback and keep getting up.  I feel like I need to watch Rocky now.  lol

Fav quote: “Do not reason with your weakness.  You cannot.”


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Sourdough: Or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market by Robin Sloan

I finished this book in about two days.  My first experience with the author Robin Sloan was his amazing Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.  I think I have a short glowing review on Goodreads, here.  Needless to say, I’ve been dying to read something else from this author.  Unlike the main character in MP24HB, this one is female.  Which I didn’t realize for some odd reason until I was about a third into the book.  Don’t ask me why.  *shrug*  I was ecstatic to realize I had been reading the main character’s name Lois as Luis.  LOL

Anyway, this book has the same fascinating feel of MP24HB.  It’s witty and entertaining and I LOVE Sloan’s writing style.  Take a look at some of these quotes:

  • For all the Harry Potter fans: “Here’s a thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.”

This is just plain witty.  It’s funny cause it’s true 😉

In describing a character (Chaiman) Sloan characterized him like this:

  • “Chaiman, with the sweet face and the earbuds never not leaking dance music, rode the motorcycle and delivered the food.”

He could have just said he’s always listening to music but no.  He makes it sound like he is a music making being that oozes sound wherever he goes!  Robin Sloan really gets my creative yet quirky writing skills up to par!  This one got five stars!

It’s basically the story of this girl named Lois.  She’s a young, successful, yet unhappy software engineer.  Sloan has a fascination for computers and AI, so it tends to show up in his writing in fun and irresistible ways.  As Lois tries to find a way to calm the ulcers forming in her stomach from working crazy, inhumane hours, she happens upon a takeout menu of a soup and sandwich shop with no address.  She falls in love with the spicy soup that burns her throat and surprisingly soothes her stomach.  However, just as she has found the secret to a happy digestive track, her saviors have to close down their establishment.  Yet, before they go, they have a gift for their “number one eater” (that’s what they call her).  They give her a starter to their signature sourdough bread.  Lois is surprised, sad, and confused.  She’s even more confused when the starter she barely knows how to maintain starts to manifest a mind of its own…

Yeah, see if you can put that sh*t down!  LOL


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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King:  I really don’t have the room or time to cover this title appropriately.  This book taught me so much about writing.  I think I’m going to make it an annual read, which is something I’ve never done before!  The funny thing is (confession time) I’ve never read a Stephen King novel.  *gasps*  Truth is, I don’t ever intend to read a King novel.  I’m not a horror person.  It just doesn’t tickle my fancy.  King taught me with reading and writing to not ignore that voice that tells you what’s true.  There’s that little voice that tells you how you really feel about something, good, bad, or ugly.  It’s funny how you can learn so much from a writer that you would never read.  I’ll give you a little more incite to all I learned (and I learned a lot) next time!

-Sarah

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