Musing Mondays (Sept. 26)

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Musing Mondays is hosted by Jen at her blog, Books and a Beat.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is currently on your TBR pile?

I’m currently reading…

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I have heard so many good things about this series.  Fall is the perfect time for reading mysteries, thrillers, etc. so I decided to try the first book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny.  I’ve only read the first chapter so far so we’ll see what my thoughts are after reading more of the book.  So far so good though.

Up next I think I’ll read…

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Since it will probably be October when I’m ready for my next book, it will be time for #victober and reading some classics.  If you would like to know more about #victober please see my earlier blog post, Musing Mondays (Sept. 12) where I talk more about it.

I bought the following book(s) in the past week…

I’m going to take a little bit of a loose interpretation to this one today to show you what my husband surprised me with for our 11th wedding anniversary this past Friday…

I’m a huge fan of this series ever since I read them as a child.  I recently reread Anne of Green Gables and I plan to reread the entire series.  I saw this edition of the series and I fell in love with how beautiful these covers are.  However, I heard that they are very hard to find.  My husband is very good at sourcing hard to find items, so I just asked him to help me find them in a passing conversation.  Well, he did more then find them…he bought all of them for me for our anniversary!  Unfortunately, only the first six books in the series were made with these covers.  ugh…why?  Why not finish with the last two books in the series?  They’re so pretty that I’m okay with only having the first six books, but I really wish they made all eight books in the series.

The illustrator for these beautiful covers of the Anne of Green Gables series is Jacqui Oakley.  In the “hunt” for these books for me, my husband spoke with Jacqui Oakley.  Yeah, he will do whatever it takes to find the information he’s looking for.  He said that she was very nice and helped him find the books for me.  He ended up being able to purchase the books directly from the publisher, Source Books.  Maybe I should have thought to look for the illustrator, but it never crossed my mind!  LOL

What is currently on your TBR pile?

My TBR pile is way to large to list here, but I’ll list a few of the top books currently on my TBR pile.  Mt. TBR never stops growing!

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What are you currently reading?  What’s on your TBR pile?

Happy Monday!  Happy Reading!  Hope you have a great week!

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Musing Mondays (Sept. 12)

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Musing Mondays is hosted by Jen at her blog, Books and a Beat.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What obscure book do you think should be turned into a movie?

I have been wanting to read more classics and I was planning to start reading some in 2017.  However, I heard from Kate Howe’s BookTube channel that she is co-hosting #victober with a group of other ladies from BookTube.  They are taking the month of October to read some Victorian Literature.  So, I thought this would be a fun time to dip my toes into some classics and give it a try!  🙂  Kate graciously gave me some beginners classics recommendations and some of them just happen to fall into Victorian Literature.  I have read a few classics and I’ve read (and loved) some children’s classics such as Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden.  So, in order to participate in Victober, I decided to purchase a few classics this week. 

  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte was recommended in another Victober’s co-host video, Ange from Beyond the Page .  It was recommended for beginner’s so I thought I would try it.

One of the five challenges, if you choose to follow them, is to read a piece of Victorian Literature that is not a novel (a play, poetry, essays, etc).  This one wasn’t recommended to me, but while I was browsing the classics, I came across this book of poetry.  I read the first few poems and really enjoyed them, so the book came home with me.  🙂

Co-hosts of Victober

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Yamini-The Skeptical Reader

Ange-Beyond the Pages

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I’m excited to try some more classics next month and expand my reading!   Do you enjoy reading classics?  Do you have any recommendations for a beginner like me who would like to add more classics to my reading?

Happy Monday!  Hope you have a great week!  Happy Reading! 🙂

Book Haul-Beach Buys

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My family and I are just back from a beach (“Down the Shore” as we say around here) vacation in Wildwood, N.J.  Of course, when we found a local used bookstore, Hooked on Books, stopping in was a must!  The store was a bit pricey, but I enjoy supporting local indie bookshops from time to time.  Also, I now have a bunch of new to me books to read that are a great souvenier from our trip.  🙂IMG_4810

It was a lot of fun to wonder through the shelves with my mom and my 11 year old (fellow booklover) daughter.  She actually took
these pictures of the bookstore that I’ve added to this post.  The shop was actually pretty well organized by genres which made digging through lots of books very pleasant and fun.

 

So, now here’s what I bought when I visited Hooked on Books in Wildwood, N.J. :

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They also had a select few new books 20% off so I picked up:

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Have you read any of these books?  Are there any that I should bump up to the top of my TBR pile?

Do you find local bookshops while on vacation?  Do you have a favorite book you picked up while on a vacation?

If you’ve read the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny, do you suggest reading the series in order or can you jump around and only read some of the books in the series?

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July 2016 Book Haul

 

In the month of July, I bought:

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I have heard so many good things about this book, and it’s been on my wishlist for awhile, so I finally bought a copy.

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Orange Vol. 1 and Orange Vol. 2 were the first mangas I have ever read.  To see more of my thoughts, please see my Booktube-a-thon 2016 Update-Books I Read and Reviews post since I read these books for the Booktube-a-thon.

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This is a monthly read for a Goodreads book club that I participate in for August.

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This is a monthly read for a Goodreads book club that I participate in for August.

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To read about why I chose to purchase Transformed and Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall this month, please see my post Top 5 Wednesday-Most Recent Additions to My Wishlist.

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I’m not sure if this series is for me, but I’ve heard EVERYONE GUSH about it.  I decided to pick up the first book  and give it a try sometime soon.

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I also borrowed to audiobooks from Overdrive.  I don’t listen to many audiobooks, but I’m going on vacation in a few days and I wanted some audiobboks for the car ride.

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I’ve heard mixed things about this book, some who love it and some who hate it.  I recently heard it compared to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a story just as beautiful.  That comparison intrigued me, since I loved The Night Circus! I thought I would listen to the book before deciding whether or not to purchase a hard copy.  I’ve listened to about the first hour or so and so far I’m enjoying it.

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As mentioned above, I also bought a hard copy of this book this month.  I actually bought the book first, but when I was checking my library for audiobooks, this one was available.  I checked it out and might listen to it on my way to my vacation later this week.

Those are all of the books I bought/borrowed in July.  Have you read any of them? Thoughts?  Are there any that I should read first?