Showing posts from October, 2012

WWW Wednesdays (Oct. 31)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll be reading next?

1) What are you currently reading?
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• Home
• All Things New
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew

2) What did you recently finish reading?
• Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (review)
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (review)

First Chapter - First Paragaph(s) - Tuesday Intros (Oct. 30)

This week's choice:

Home by Toni Morrison Originally published May 2012
They rose up like men.  We saw them. Like men they stood.
We shouldn't have been anywhere near that place.  

Teaser Tuesdays (Oct. 30)

Teaser Tuesdayis a bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Anybody can play along!  Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

There were very few passengers, yet Frank dutifully sat in the last seat, trying to shrink his six-foot-three-inch body and holding the sandwich bag close.  From the windows, through the fur of snow, the landscape became more melancholy when the sun successfully brightened the quiet trees, unable to speak without their leaves.

~ p. 19, Home by Toni Morrison

Sunday Salon - Almost there...

As I write this, many of you will already be into Monday and in fact many of you will be into Monday when you read this, but its still Sunday for about another hour or so, so I figured I would quickly write something.

This past week saw me get a little bit closer to the end of Les Miserables and Anna Karenina.  This past Tuesday, saw me have a day off of work due to the fact that the photographer needed the library to do the retakes, even though I had to make up the day later on in the week (I only work 2 hours due to the fact that I am limited to the amount of income I can make additionally to the disability cheque I receive from the government).  Anyways, I was able to get large portions of Anna Karenina and Les Miserables completed to the point that I am expecting to finishing the books by the end of the year.  Its been a long slog and am quite pleased that I have gotten through some very dry parts in both books and the end is in sight and I believe I can get those two books done,…

Musing Mondays (Oct. 29)

This week'smusing asks:

Do you have people online that you often discuss the books you read with? Not just book groups, but individual readers who share the same taste in books?  If so, what do you like best about this? If not, do you wish did?

Answer: No I don't have anybody that I discuss the books I am reading online and while I sometimes would like to have somebody to discuss the books that I am reading with online, I actually prefer talking about them to friends that I think might enjoy the particular books.  I find that sometimes online discussions can be a little short or take longer than if they were in person.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 29)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

What I have reviewed this week:
1) Gone Girl (review)
2) Wuthering Heights (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• Home
• All Things New
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Brontë
Pages: 384
Published: 1985 (Originally published 1847; my actual copy is different then one pictured; am just using this photo because I have it in my album)
Genre: Classic, Historical fiction, Gothic
Challenges: The Classics Club, readalong through Unputdownables, Historical Challenge
Edition: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Description:It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family. (via

Thoughts: I first read this book when I was about 14 years old and at the time, I couldn't make sense of it and by the end of the book, I was wanting to throw the book across the room and probably because of the fact that I was unable to get myself to read the book again.  Of course I was able to understand it more after watching the BBC miniseries that came out a few years ago, I was able to make more sense of the story…

Fall into Reading 2012 - Update #1

I can hardly believe that a month has gone by already.  Out where I am, we have only had our typical fall weather for about a couple of weeks and already I am disliking the cold and the rain; my body doesn't seem to want to get adjusted to it and nor does my apartment for that matter, as it feels cold all the time, but only seems to get warm in the hour or so before I wish to go to bed.  Its very frustrating, but then I think and realize that its less than 2 months until Christmas and I need to probably get cracking on getting my gifts purchased, as I am planning on getting my gifts online again this year, well at least most of them...

Anyways, the reading hasn't been going too great, although I have managed to get 60% of Les Miserables and Anna Karenina completed and its a real possibility to get them completed before the end of the calendar year.  I have finished a few of books since the start of the readathon (one I put the review of the book the day of the start of Fall i…

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
File Size (Pages): 2113 KB (467)
Published: 2012
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Challenges: Support Your Library
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops c…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 22)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

Its been sometime since I have posted something for this meme, but here I go...

What I reviewed this week (or the past month and a half):
1) A Race to Splendor (reveiw)
2) A Farewell to Arms (review)
3) Quiet (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Gone Girl
• Wuthering Heights
• Bleak House
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• A Team of Rivals

Hope everybody has a great reading week!

Musing Mondays (Oct. 22)

This week's musing asks:

Do you ever get crushes on fictional characters?  Name one (or a few), and tell what you liked...

I can't recall of having crushes on fictional characters, at least those that are in books.  TV is another matter.

Sunday Salon - Just a little something

Just wanted to say hi.  I don't have a lot to say this week, except that I have some very weird obsessions.  Take yesterday morning for instance.  I don't know why, but I was up at around 5:38 am and it made me start thinking about some dried thyme that I had been hankering for.  No I didn't want to eat it straight out of the bottle, but I wanted to refill my bottle and on Friday, I was unable to find anything at the store.  True, I didn't know what it was called, but honestly, I couldn't find a bottle of it.  I was able to find the ground stuff, but I wanted the dried leaves.  I had about a tablespoon left in the bottle that came with the spice rack I had gotten a few years ago.

So when I woke up on Saturday morning, I searched the internet  to find what it was called, as I did not know what it was called.  I knew that I didn't want the ground stuff, of which I already have, but I honestly prefer having the dried stuff, as the stuff smells amazing when you b…

Quiet - Susan Cain

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
File Size (Pages): 2099 KB (352)
Published: 2012
Genre: Non-fiction, Pop Psychology
Challenges: Support Your Local Library
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description:At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people,Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar …

Sunday Salon - 24 #readathon post-mortem

Due to circumstances that were beyond my control,  I was unable to conduct Dewy's 24 readathon in what I consider a proper reading area.  So I spent most of the readathon while traveling, which actually was great because I was able to get a lot of reading done due to the lack of distractions available to me; basically no TV or videos were available for me to use during the day nor did I have other things I would do while at home.

Anyways,  I read three books during the readathon.  I read the section of Wuthering Heights for the Unputdownables readalong, about 6.5 hours worth of Les Miserables (which got Vol. 3 of the book completed for me), and a little over half-way through Book 4 of Anna Karenina completed.  Overall, I am pretty pleased with what I was able to complete during the course of the readathon and am looking forward to April, when I hope that I will be able to finally do the 24 hours...

Got only one review done this past week, but not the book I completed on Friday e…

24 Hour #Readathon reading list

In about 5 hours, Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon will kick off for its October edition.  I am not going to make it to the kick-off, as I need to get as much sleep as I can, as I am spending most of the day in a car traveling.  But I will be doing at least 9 hours of the read-a-thon (its a 9 hour trip from where I am to where I am going) as I travel.  Most of the read-a-thon will be done on my e-readers and through the downloaded podcasts I have gotten through LibriVox, but I will be reading some more contemporary pieces as well.

I don't plan on updating my blog throughout the read-a-thon, as I will be in transit for most of the day.  So I will be updating through my main twitter handle @melissawiebe.  If you want to see my updates, you can find it there.  And because of the fact that I won't have access to some of my books, I will be updating my goodreads account occasionally.  I hope to have a conclusion post up either late Tuesday evening or sometime Wednesday.  I know its…

#bookbloggerhop (Oct.12-18)

This week, the Book Blogger Hop is going off to Soon Remembered Tales and the question for this week is:
With Autumn upon us and Halloween drawing near, what books remind you of fall? What ones do you enjoy reading that are about autumn? I don't really have one book that I read that reminds me of fall, but I tend to read books that are darker or set in areas that are cooler.  I basically read a lot of classics during this time period.

Booking Through Thursday - Burn

Booking Through Thursday asks this week:

If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be? This is a difficult question to answer, but if I had to answer truthfully, I would have to say it would be the leather-bound copy of The Secret Garden that has colour plates in the book.

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

Title: A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway
File Size (Pages): 568 KB (332)
Published: 2012 (First published 1929)
Genre: Classics, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Challenges: The Classics Club
Edition: E-book
Source: Purchased

Description:Set in the waning days of the First World War,A Farewell to Arms(1929) is the epic love story of American ambulance driver Frederic Henry and British V.A. D. Catherine Barkley, drawn together yet torn apart by the tides of war. (via

Thoughts: It was okay.  While I liked the overall story of the book, I just felt that Hemingway's use of voice wasn't my style and felt that the interaction between Frederic and Catherine was basically surface level type of conversation and that they really had no depth to their relationship.  And if it weren't for my book club group reading the book, I probably wouldn't have read it.  Its not that its a bad book, its just that I felt that there wasn't really anything deep be…

The Classics Club - Reading the Classics

For October, The Classics Club has asked:

Why are you reading the classics?
Honestly, I don't really know why.  I think part of the reason is that I want to give myself a bit of a challenge, but also because I enjoy reading and I have always enjoyed reading the classics and several of the books that I wish to read at some point are classics.