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Book Blogger Hop - March 1-7

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The Book Blogger Hophas moved to the Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  I hope you are able to join me.

This week, Billy asks:

You're going on a long train ride. What books will you bring to read?
If I were going on a long train ride, I would probably bring War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Booking Through Thursday - Current Events

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This week,Booking Through Thursday asks:


One of those quick, easy questions that I ask periodically because the answer is always changing: What are you reading right now? (And, is it good? Would you recommend it? How did you choose it?)

I am reading a number of books at the present time, but one of the books that I am reading is War & Peace.  I didn't actually choose to read it at the present time, as I joined up a readalong for the book.  I would recommend it.






WWW Wednesdays (Feb. 27)

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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?


Answers:
1) What are you currently reading?
• Outlander
• Titanic: Voices from the disaster
• Crime and Punishment
• War and Peace
• The Whole Truth
• HP and the Order of the Phoenix

2)What did you recently finish reading?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (review)

3) What do you think you'll be reading next?
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Musing Mondays (Mar. 25)

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This week, Miz B at Should Be Reading asks:

Describe one of your reading habits.

One of my reading habits is to listen to one of the many podcasts that I subscribe to as I read.  I don't know why I do it, but I think that I partly do it to block out the stuff that is going on around me and to just concentrate on what I am reading for however long I am listening to the podcast.  I started the practice of listening to music while I was reading or studying back in high school and for some reason it helps me concentrate on what I am reading.

Till next week.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (Feb. 25)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted byShelia 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) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)
2) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Order of the Phoenix
• Crime and Punishment
• War and Peace
• The Whole Truth
• Titanic: Voices from the disaster

What's up next:
The Giver by Lois Lowry (I know I said that I would read it last week)

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 435
Published: 2002 (originally published 1813)
Genre: Classic, Fiction
Challenges: Classics Club, Pride & Prejudice bicentenary Challenge
Edition: Paperback
Source: Personal

Description: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. (via Goodreads.com)

Thoughts:  I quite enjoyed the book and liked how the miniseries incorporated so much of the book into the miniseries.   Sure this is my favourite Austen book…

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Title: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Pages: 389
Published: 2012 (originally published 1937)
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Challenges: 2013 TBR Pile Challenge, Classics Club
Edition: Paperback
Source: Personal library

Description:Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon… (via Goodreads.com)

Thoughts: Before I give my actual thoughts of the book, I have to confess something.  The cover that I am showing here isn't the one that I read from.  I lost that particular copy of the book and am not sure where that particular copy has ended, so I bought a new copy of the book and I…

Sunday Salon - A good reading week

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This was a good reading week.  While last week was also a good reading week, this was also a good reading week, as I managed to finish two books within 24 hours of each other.  I haven't written the reviews of the two books, but I am hoping to get them up later today.

It was also a good week for my reading because I was thinking about what else I wanted to read and yearning to read the books that I have on hand was strong.  And I think that my reading slump is over, at least for the time being.  And it was just a good week in general, as I was able to get myself into more of a normal routine and I am hoping that I can establish more of a normal routine in the coming weeks (seems that I am becoming more and more a creature of habit).  Maybe it was the fact that there are signs of spring coming (while trees aren't budding yet, there are signs that trees are about to come out with the slightly warmer weather and the fact that I have seen tree pollen things coming out and the gra…

Book Blogger Hop - Feb. 22-28

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The Book Blogger Hop has moved to the Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  This is my first time doing the hop since the move and I hope you can join myself and others in the hop.
Anyways, Billy asks this week (yes, shock, a male book blogger): 
Which do you prefer most: a printed book or an e-reader?  While I really like the portability of an reader and the fact that one can read really large books on an  e-reader without making one's wrist sore and can put a lot of books on an e-reader, I have to say that there is nothing like a printed book, technically an e-reader is a printed book, but understanding the context of the question and personally I prefer a book printed on paper, but I am starting to prefer using my e-reader.

Mailbox Monday - February 18

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their homes during the past week. Mailbox Monday, for February, is being hosted by Unabridged Chick.

A little over a week ago, I went to the bookstore a picked up a couple of titles, but like all my purchases, who knows when I will get around to reading them.


Musing Monday (Feb. 18)

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This week, Miz B at Should Be Reading asks:

Tell us what you are reading right now.

At the moment I am reading a number of classics.  They aren't short by any chance but are all over 300 pages.  I am finding The Hobbit the one that I seemingly the least interested in, although the reader that I am listening to for Crime and Punishment isn't exactly me feel enthralled with the book either (the reader has a rather thick eastern European accent).

Even though it is a long book, I am really enjoying War and Peace and liking the fact that each of parts within the books are fairly short and are only about 100 pages. I know some of you may be intimidated by the length of the book, but I think its a book that can clearly be tackled.  And the chapters within each part are only a few pages long.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (Feb. 18)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted byShelia 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) Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (review)
2) The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Order of the Phoenix
• The Hobbit
• Crime and Punishment
• Pride and Prejudice
• War and Peace
• The Whole Truth

What's up next:
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Sunday Salon - Trying to get back in the groove

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The last month and a half has been somewhat difficult for me and if you follow me either through my Facebook account or through my main Twitter account, you probably know this.  But in any case, I think that I am slowly turning around.  And one may ask why I may think this.  Well, the last few days, I have been reading for several hours and feeling as though it isn't a chore.  I think also going out for dinner several nights last week helped, as it got me out of the house on those evenings.  Part of the reason that I hadn't been "feeling" like myself is that I refused to go and spend money either on books or fatty, processed food and trying to work through my emotional stuff by not going to things that I consider a crutch.  And despite what one of my friends said, I wasn't trying to do to much by not going to those things that made me feel good for a moment and then made me feel lousy later on.  Even though I am not a great follower of Oprah, there is some truth…

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley

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Title: The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Author: Alan Bradley
Pages: 368
Published: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Challenges: 2013 TBR Pile Challenge
Edition: Paperback
Source: Personal

Description:Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce didn’t intend to investigate another murder — but then, Rupert Porson didn’t intend to die. When the master puppeteer’s van breaks down in the village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is front and centre to help Rupert and his charming assistant, Nialla, put together a performance in the local church to help pay the repair bill. But even as the newcomers set up camp and set the stage forJack and the Beanstalk, there are signs that something just isn’t right: Nialla’s strange bruises and solitary cries in the churchyard, Rupert’s unexplained disappearances and a violent argument with his BBC producer, the disturbing atmosphere at Culverhouse Farm, and the peculiar goings-on in nearby Gibbet Wood — where young Robin Ingleby was found hanging just five years be…

Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth

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Title: Call the Midwife: a true story of the East End in the 1950s
Author: Jennifer Worth
Pages: 376
Published: 2008 (first published 2002)
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Biography
Challenges: Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Edition: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:Life in London's docklands in the 1950s was tough. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites - this was the world that Jennifer Worth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Babies were born in slum conditions, often with no running water.

Jennifer Worth describes the romance and beauty of the great port of London, the bug-infested tenements, the spectre of disease, the sense of community and the incredible resilience of women who bore more than ten children. Funny, disturbing and moving,Call the Midwifebrings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure. (via Goodreads.com)
Thoughts: I really quite enjoyed this book, although it to…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 4)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted byShelia 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:
Nothing

What I am planning on reading this week:

• Order of the Phoenix
• Call of the Midwife
• Pride & Prejudice
• The Whole Truth
• Definetely not Mr. Darcy
• The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag • Silver Sparrow and a few others...
What's up next: Nothing at the moment...