On Tap Tuesday 11-29-11

So what’s on tap for me this week? I still have the two books from Thankfully Reading Weekend to work on: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I think I should have Storm Front finished later this week or beginning of next week, but Cutting for Stone will probably be a longer term read with its 600 pages.

I’ve also been slowly listening to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on audio. It’s interesting, but I usually only set aside about an hour every few days to to listen to it, so it’s taking me a long while to get through it. I’m like that with audiobooks, this is only my second one I’ve listened to, but I can never seem to make myself just sit down and listen to a book.

I really want to get into some narrative non-fiction but I don’t know what to pick up. I’ve really been wanting to find some more local eating/sustainable eating books. I’ve read Animal, Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and loved it! It’s one of my favorite books of all time and I recommend it to anyone who will listen. I’ve also read most of the books by Michael Pollen, Food Matters by Mark Bittman, and Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith. So those are out. Any suggestions?

Hope everyone is off to a good start on their week and is recovering from their food comas nicely!

Thankfully Reading Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Sunday evening everyone? How did everyone do with their Thankfully Reading Weekend goals?

I myself, didn’t get any books read, but I put a pretty good dent into Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and I started Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I’ll also be the first to say that I am sadly a slow reader at times. Seems to vary from book to book. I also haven’t read any at all today. I decided to give myself a day to knit on whatever I wanted before I had to get back to Christmas present knitting.

I really enjoyed Thankfully Reading Weekend though. The mini challenges were fun and it was a great way to discover other bloggers and have them discover me as well. I’m hoping to keep up with as many as possible and hopefully we can create a nice reading community. That’s the main reason I started blogging, to connect with other readers and people who love books as much as I do.

So I hope you all are winding down from the holidays and aren’t dreading Monday morning too badly. Hopefully you can squeeze a few more hours of reading in this evening!

Day Two of Thankfully Reading Weekend

I’ve done a bit better with my reading today than yesterday. I got about forty more pages of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese read. That is, before I ended up falling asleep and taking a three hour nap….guess I was more out of it than I thought from all the holiday festivities.

I still plan on getting a little bit more read on it this evening, and tomorrow promises to be a lazy Sunday. I might switch over to Jim Butcher’s Storm Front tomorrow, but honestly I’m at such an interesting point in Cutting for Stone I’m not sure if I will manage to break myself away from it.

Book I am Thankful For

One of the books I am thankful for came out this year. It’s the Night Circuss by Erin Morgenstern.

Picture courtesy of Indiebound

 

Why am I thankful for this book? Because it’s one of the most magical books I’ve read this year, and in fact it is currently in my top ten books of all time. Erin Morgenstern has managed to write such an elegant tale that it truly captures your imagination. She has described the circus in such rich detail it has became a character in the book. You become invested in its way of life and what happens to it as well as what is going on with its inhabitants.

 

I read this book in the fall and it definitely put me in that mood. Something about the description of the circus made me crave caramel apples and popcorn, and I felt like I could feel the crisp air as I imagined being able to wander from tent to tent in this magical circus.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone has full bellies and has enjoyed time with friends and loved ones. Definitely had a great day here! Now I’m just planning out my Thankfully Reading Weekend books and my shopping adventure for tomorrow.

As far as my book choices go, I think I’m going to rotate between Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier, and Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I think that’s good variety and who knows, one might suck me in and dominate my time, but I wanted to have a few on standby.

I’m planning on heading out to a few stores this weekend, but the one I’m most excited about is heading out the new local bookstore on Saturday. They are participating in their first Small Business Saturday and offering 25% off their entire selection of books. Awesome! And on top of that they are doing a coffee tasting, taste up to five of their coffee flavors for $3. Should be fun and I hope that they have a large turnout!

On Tap 11-23-11

I missed my On Tap Tuesday yesterday but wanted to make up for it today.

I finished Zone One by Colson Whitehead(http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385528078/colson-whitehead/zone-one) yesterday. Good book, with interesting concept, not your typical zombie apocalypse novel. So last night I started Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375714368/abraham-verghese/cutting-stone). Should be right up my alley with the medical side of things and I’ve heard great things about it.

As for what’s on tap…..I’m honestly not sure. I have books on my shelf that I go I want to read that, but not right now. I really want something kind of fun and uplifting after reading Zone One. So I’m putting the question out there: What else should I pick up this week?  I’m thinking I might want two or three books to rotate through for Thankfully Reading Weekend this weekend so give me your suggestions. And go ahead and throw me your suggestions and check out Thankfully Reading weekend details here http://www.jennsbookshelves.com/2011/11/12/thankfully-reading-weekend-2011-edition/ and don’t forget to check out the #thankfulreading hashtag this weekend on twitter!

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

photo courtesy of bookfever.com

Time for my first book review! The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon is not a new release but
I recently finished it and loved it so much I had to share.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay follow the lives of two Jewish cousins leading up to and during World War II. Joe Kavalier makes a daring escape from his homeland Prague just prior to its German occupation and makes his way to New York and into the home of his Brooklyn cousin Sam Clay.

Sam Clay has been living with his mother and grandmother in a small apartment in Brooklyn while working a small time job in a company that sales small gag and toy items (think whoopee cushion ads in the old comic books). Meanwhile he has big ideas that he tells everyone and he somewhat has his mother convinced he is on to bigger things. When his mother ushers Joe into his room that first fateful night, his gears start to turn and his develops his greatest idea yet.

The book chronicles their life over the next 10 years. The ups, the downs, the parties and the war. The book is well written and the addition of the footnotes made me forget at times that I was reading a fiction novel. Michael Chabon really brings the characters to life and while some events seem outrageous the way Chabon portrays them it seems to fit seamlessly in and it seems like a probably event in the lives of Kavalier and Clay.

Comic books play a central role in the book, Joe and Sam start out as two kids with a crazy idea and manage to make it in the beginnings of the comic book genre. Chabon describes the difficulties of the genre’s start and even throws in a few of the Kavalier and Clay story lines.    I’m not a comic book fan myself yet and new little about the genre, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. It actually made me more interested in trying it out and made me want to research more of the history.

So don’t shy away from the tale if you think it’s just a book about a couple of boys and comic books, it is so much more than that. It truly follows to boys striking out on their own during a time that the United States and world at large was changing.

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I wanted to announce that I will be participating in the ThankFully Reading weekend next weekend. Hosted by the blogs Jenns Bookshelves and Beth FishReads. The post can be found here (http://www.jennsbookshelves.com/2011/11/12/thankfully-reading-weekend-2011-edition) Lots of other blogs will be participating and we will be posting about what we are reading, participating in some challenges and tweeting about what we are reading with the hashtag #thankfulreading. If you have a blog and want to participate sign up, she also mentions about participating through comments and remember to check out the #thankfulreading hashtag next weekend for lots of fun Thanksgiving weekend reading!

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