The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.
This Week’s Question
How do you decide the order of reading your books? During a Readathon, I try to read through my books one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical book or digital read. If I feel rushed to catch up on my goal, I’ll listen to an audiobook while I’m reading another story at the same time.
How do you decide what order you read your books? Let me know in the comments!
Synopsis: It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club–a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.
Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history.
Why I Want to Read It:
I enjoy reading historical fiction, and stories centered in New York City hold a special place in my heart! Since I used to live in New York, reading these tales bring back fun memories. I’m looking forward to when this book is released to the public!
I’m currently reading two books at the moment. I never thought I would take on such a task, but I was willing to take up the challenge.
After reading ‘Six of Crows’, I searched my local library for a copy of ‘Crooked Kingdom’, but no luck. The book is only available in 2 library branches in Hunterdon County, and both copies were checked out. So yesterday I placed a request for the story. Hopefully it will be available for pickup next week.
In the meantime, I began reading my NetGalley ARC of ‘Is There Still Sex In the City’ by Candace Bushnell. This book shares the adventures of dating and relationships in New York City in your 40s and 50s. Bushnell and her friends are experiencing divorce and other major life changes, and the idea of venturing through Tinder and social media is new, anxiety-inducing terrain to walk through. I’m about 35% through the story. Since I used to live in NYC for a few years, I love reading about the neighborhoods Bushnell speaks about in her book.
As I began reading Bushnell’s book, I decided to pick up the audiobook version of ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have an Audible subscription, and just purchased one book so far a few months back. I was very interested in buying a book with multiple characters, and ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ seemed like a great fit.
This is a historical fiction novel, documenting the rise and fall of a notorious rock band with a beautiful lead singer. Listening to the book brings back memories of me watching ‘Behind the Music’ documentaries on VH1, listening to bands sharing the joys and sorrows of their time in music. I’m about to begin listening to the chapter when The Six begin touring for their second album.
I felt so enthralled by ‘A Blade So Black’. This is a modern retelling of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, set in Atlanta, Georgia. Alice is a young, African-American woman, balancing the stress of high school and an over-protective mother while fighting the Nightmares plaguing the magical world of Wonderland. In this version of the Lewis Caroll classic, Alice is recruited into fighting dark creatures shortly after the death of her father. ‘A Blade So Black’ follows Alice’s path as she learns to understand her abilities, her enchanting mentors broadening her mind on the history of Wonderland and its magical history. A threatening entity enters Alice’s life along the way, causing her to make some choices that alters the lives of her mentors (and her modern world friends) dramatically.
I enjoyed reading this version of Alice. It’s so refreshing seeing a Woman of Color portrayed as a hero, being supported by other figures of power. I also enjoyed reading the modern twists of classic characters like the Mad Hatter and the White Queen. There are brief mentions of the figures that shaped the classic story of Alice in Wonderland, adding on to the plot of this current tale. This story kept me interested down to final page.
‘A Blade So Black’ is a truly enjoyable book. I can’t wait for L.L. McKinney’s second book, ‘A Dream So Dark’ to come out in September!
I wish I could read more of my current story during the week, since it’s a high page count. I’m still tackling my books about a couple chapters a night. Some days I have some time during my break, but I don’t want to get to used to reading then, since I usually get work tasks done. It does sound odd to do work assignments during my break, but since I don’t receive any prep time during the day, I usually spend my break times working. So I only get my reading done in the evening. I can manage a couple chapters before I fall asleep. Depending on what I’m reading, I need to pull myself away from the story, since I do value my sleep. Weekends are so valuable for personal time!
I’m about halfway through ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’. The way that people assimilate to a leader’s outlandish routines is pretty astounding. It makes me wonder when the ‘breakthrough’ point will emerge.
I watched a YouTube video last night on a man explaining his reading routine. He talks about spending some nights reading until dawn. I really admire his motivation to read so much. I don’t think I could ever read like that, since I love my sleep. I really admire his passion for reading, though!
I’m really liking ‘Daughters of the Lake’ so far. Wendy Webb loves going into a historical account of the characters involved in her plotlines. It’s very helpful for me, since I feel like it helps build tension for the pending drama that’s sure to take place.
I enjoy exploring many book blogging sites. Since I love to read and write, my ultimate goal is to begin a page if my own. Poetry also holds a strong place in my heart, and I want to express that devotion through the content I post on a daily basis.
Every evening I try to make a point to do some reading. I really want to reconnect with my literary side, so I’m working hard to maintain some amount of reading each day. I began reading ‘Daughters of the Lake’. I’m only on Chapter Four, but it’s a pretty good read so far. I’m hopeful to finish the book by the end of the month. Work has been very long and tiring, and I’m realizing that the need to keep up with my passions is vitally important.
I finished reading my Book of the Month selection for March, ‘Not That I Could Tell’ by Jessica Strawser. It turned out to be an engaging read. The story centered around the small community of Yellow Springs, Ohio, as a group of women are left to figure out the whereabouts of one of their friends after a night of drinking and conversation. One of the neighbors left to put the pieces together is a young working professional named Izzy, who is struggling to rebuild her own life after a sudden heartbreak. This story navigates the delicate line between maintaining anonymity for the sake of protecting the safe space of home while reaching out to friends at the first sign of distress. ‘Not That I Could Tell’ kept me reading to see what would happen to the neighborhood women of Yellow Springs as events unfolded.
It’s a rare moment when I’m home from work at 6pm, yet here I am at home, at 6:05, watching the evening news. Usually my job has me busy from very early in the morning until after 6…and I’m working until 6pm the rest of the week, due to the center being short-staffed. So I’m savoring this ‘early day’.
Two positive things happened when I came home. I received a letter from Quest Diagnostics. I held my breath as I opened the letter, since I thought it was another bill (they’ve been asking for high bill payments lately). When I opened the letter, I discovered it was a check, for the amount I paid for the last bill. The stated reason was ‘duplicate payment’. It sounded confusing to me, but I was happy to receive the money back!
I also received an email confirming my shipment for the Book of the Month Club. I came across the Club online. It’s a monthly subscription service, where you choose one book out of 5 selections. I’m really looking forward to what the story is like (it’s a mystery novel…the genre is not usually my go-to, so interested in reading something new).