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Weekly Recap #35

Project Clean-Up Currently Reading Shelf is complete! currently reading

I finished four books this week AND dropped one…of course, two books that have been on my CS shelf are still there, but that’s OK. Like I mentioned last week, it’s because I like reading these two in sections.

After all the “real life” books I’ve read this week, I’m in desperate need of some fantasy. Seriously, I’ve read some harsh, depressing books lately.

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Darcy likes magic, too.

I usually try to mix up my reading by hopping between genres so it’s time for magic. I need magic (especially before starting our next Book Club pick: The Submission). Hopefully, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker is the answer.

Also this week…

We went shopping for my nephew’s birthday present this week and (of course) we bought him books (and LEGOs). So you know what that means?!

B&N Recommends

A wonderful list of suggestions from Barnes & Noble! So this time I bought two early reader super hero books for Deac and The Book Thief for me. The recommendations actually related back to EVERY book we bought…kind of. I mean, I’ve never read Catching Jordan (romantic comedy about football) or Blank Confession (a mystery) but they are both YA titles and I might even like them. Progress, BN, progress. Granted Catching Jordan seems a little off…maybe it’s because of the super heroes? In our culture, football players and super heroes seem to go hand-in-hand. Of course, I haven’t read The Book Thief yet…it could be a romantic comedy about World War II.

Weekly Recap #33: Bout of Books Time Again!

Another week, another book read, another book purchased, and Bout of Books 8.0 starts tomorrow! If you want to sign-up, click here. What is Bout of Books? Only a fantastic time where you read a lot. Official blurb below:

Bout of Books“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

Now on to my week!
I finished Gunpowder & Cinnamon by Eli Brown this week — it was a slow start, but I liked the combination of adventure and food. About halfway through, I started to connect a little with the characters. By the end, I was teary-eyed. Not at all what I expected, but a fun read. Perfect for summer (and especially appropriate if you have the opportunity to read it on a boat).

I finally got to a point in MaddAddam where it started making sense. It’s very different from the previous two books in the series, but I think I understand the pattern of the story now so it should be a much faster read going forward…I hope.

I started The Silent Wife — another Gone Girl readalike — and I got a little bored. Unlikeable characters is one thing, but these people seem to be something else.

2013-08-17 20.40.50Our next book club pick is The Submission by Amy Waldman. I went by B&N to pick up a copy and was very excited to discover it on the Buy 1, Get 1 1/2 Off shelves! I’m sure you guys have noticed, but I love buying books at Barnes & Noble because of the oh-so-helpful receipts they give me. This time they recommended 4 additional titles by Kate Atkinson and one title that could actually be considered a HELPFUL recommendation. Is their system improving or is this a fluke? I’m going with fluke. (When She Woke by Hillary Jordan is a FANTASTIC book though, so props to the algorithm for recommending it. I also noticed a display for Fin & Lady so B&N is at least recommending fantastic books this month.)

Other than that, nothing terribly exciting happening. Well, other than my niece that was a tiny baby just yesterday is starting Kindergarten TOMORROW!

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I was 25, she was 7 months old.

Time goes by too fast sometimes. I’m not ready for her to grow up, but it’s already happened, you know? She used to be chubby and squishy and now she’s a tiny person that loves Froyo, having her hair curled, and accessories.

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Almost 6 :-/

We all grow-up at some point, I just wish time would stop going by SO FAST.

Weekly Recap #28

Oh! Library Books, How You Tempt Me!The life of my shelf o’library books is ever-changing. Two weeks ago I felt like I had it under control...not so much anymore. I returned a few books I knew I couldn’t get to, but there are always more coming in. I want to read ALL THE BOOKS, but I just can’t find the time. I think now Fin & Lady is at the top of my list and one of the Marvel books — probably the one about Rogue. Sadly, the rest of the books will probably be returned without reading. :-/

I hate that there will never be enough time to read everything I want to read or to give enough attention to all the worthy books out there. I think that’s why everyone should be OK with abandoning books. Every book its reader, every person her book — they just aren’t all meant for everyone.

New books!To make matters worse we went to B&N where we bought more books. I think it’s great that their receipts reiterate that we’ll like the books we just bought. Today’s “You May Also Likes” included not one, but TWO Jim Butcher books Jesse purchased. All I got as a “recommendation” was more by the same author. Are they trying to tell me that the second book is better or does their system not understand different formats? Does it just go by ISBN? I still think they need to put a tiny librarian inside every computer to do the recommending for them because, as I said before, humans are better than algorithms (especially at Readers’ Advisory). They’d sell more books that way because I would never suggest to someone that they also might like THE BOOK THEY JUST BOUGHT.

I did finish three books over the last week (despite all the hours wasted playing Candy Crush). But that only proves that even if you do read more than the average American, you will still never get to read every book ever written. The good news is that all this reading now might save me from a dull brain in my old age.

This week’s reads:

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl (August 20th) — Great start, less than stellar ending. I haven’t read her first book, I hear it’s fantastic.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (October 1) — Very funny book about a socially awkward man looking for a wife. I kept thinking of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (July 30) — I’ll admit, I wanted to read this book just for the cover (first spotted in USA Today’s Summer Books post). The insides live up to the outsides. Amy Einhorn publishes good books, y’all.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how from one book to the next, I was noticing connections…yeah, add set in Australia to this month’s list. Rosie, Husband’s Secret and, a couple of books ago, Lexicon, all took place in the land down under. Makes me want to go to Australia real bad, guys.

Happy Reading!

Humans are Better than Algorithms.

(For some things.)

We recently purchased two books at our nearby Barnes & Noble. When we got home, I grabbed my purchase out of the bag and never bothered to look at the receipt. Today I saw it on the counter and noticed something attached to it.


You can probably guess that we bought something related to George R.R. Martin…

There’s nothing wrong with B&N trying to sell more books. I get it, they’re in it for profit. My problem is that we bought TWO books: The Clone Sedition by Steven L. Kent and The Lands of Ice and Fire — a book of maps for the George R.R. Martin series — the first one is ignored while the “suggestions” for the second just suck.

As a librarian that does Readers’ Advisory often, it’s really annoying to see businesses waste paper with such lame recommendations. I understand that people who buy a map collection of a fictional world probably like the series, but isn’t it also pretty likely that the same person has READ the series and related books? AND they probably don’t need to know about A Dance with Dragons TWICE. Wouldn’t it make more sense to try to get them hooked on a new fantasy series? Maybe some Patrick Rothfuss? B&N certainly isn’t getting more money from me based on this list. I’d rather them save a tree and not print it.

Furthermore, this lame-o list doesn’t even take into account the first book on our receipt. The Steven Kent novel is straight up science fiction, not fantasy. They at least could have offered up some Orson Scott Card or a Star Wars book. (Just a guess…I don’t read the series, but Jesse does. He loves himself some Star Wars novels and I’ve been trying to get him to read Ender’s Game before the movie buzz gets crazy.)

Barnes & Noble should hire a tiny librarian to sit in every computer and generate these lists on the spot…or just not print them.


As I’ve mentioned, I bought a Nook Simple Touch and so far I love it. The only problems are that I forget about the books because they aren’t in front of me AND I buy random things that are on sale. So far I’ve purchased just a few titles, but I’ve downloaded even more free public domain works and a couple of eGalleys from NetGalley (I’ve borrowed from the library, too!). However, I want to make sure I’m reading what I’m BUYING! So here’s where I’ll keep my list of titles I’ve purchased and why I bought them (some are for silly reasons and eventually this list will make me feel bad for spending money on something I haven’t enjoyed yet — I’m trying to be more aware of my frivolous spending).


  • Entwined by Heather Dixon – $0.99 – Epic Deals from Epic Reads
  • The Unidentified by Rae Mariz – $0.99 – Epic Deals from Epic Reads
  • Bumped by Megan McCafferty – $0.99 – Epic Deals from Epic Reads (Read it already & I loved it, the follow-up is out this year!)
  • Tides of War by Stella Tillyard  – $2.99 – Randomly spotted it and it’s a title I’ve heard good things about.
  • The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – $1.99 – I liked the cover…
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan – $1.99 – I loved this book when I read it and I couldn’t pass it up at this price! (Sadly, it’s no long that price)
  • To Kill A Warlock by HP Mallory – $0.99 – It looked cute…
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – $2.99 – Orbit US eBook Offer
  • This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future by John Brockman – $0.99 – I’m a sucker for future shaping ideas…
  • Bone Dressing by Michelle Brooks – $0.99 – Discovered during Bout of Books 3.0!
  • Hollowland by Amanda Hocking – $0.99 – Zombies.
  • Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking – $2.99 – Zombies…the sequel.
  • The Seeds of Wither by Lauren deStefano – $1.99 – I felt “eh” about Wither, but I liked Rose.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman – $1.99 – Nook Daily Find!!!
  • Water for Elephants – $4.99 – I have no idea.
  • Salt by Mark Kurlanksy – $2.99 – I’ve wanted to read it for a while, so I thought…I’ll buy it.


  • Guernica by Dave Boling – $2.99 – Nook Daily Find…I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction.
  • Jane by April Lindner – $2.99
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – $2.99
  • What the Dickens? by Gregory Maguire – $1.49
  • A People’s History of the US by Howard Zinn – $2.99
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – $1.99
  • The Best American Short Stories 2011 – $1.99