So really. I’m not back to stay, but I do have some time off work. My hubby and I have been up north in Illinois / Michigan visiting friends and family. In between the traveling and reuniting with loved ones, I’ve had just enough time to sit still, breathe easy, and think about books and how much I miss writing.
Top 5 Wednesday Topic: 2019 Reading Resolution
My reading resolution in 2017 was to read 30 books. I read 28. My reading goal for 2018 was 40 books. I read 35. My Goodreads goals haven’t panned out as planned, but 35 is still better than the single digit number of books I would have read if I hadn’t been tracking my progress. So I like to think.
This year, I’m swirling 35 books around in my head as a compromise. I also considered trying again for 40 books. Thoughts? Should I shoot high with my 2019 goal or meet myself in the middle?
Top 5 Wednesday Topic: Books you Didn’t Get to in 2018
1. The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions.
I was in San Francisco briefly in November, and my must-do list basically consisted of Alcatraz and book shops. Sadly, Alcatraz was closed due to the smoke from Campfire. On the bright side, I hit those book shops! This cover caught my eye in Christopher’s Books on Potrero Hill. The back cover read like a magical, modern take on an old adventure: The Canterbury Tales. I didn’t think twice about buying it, and I’m excited to see if this book lives up!
2. How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England: A Guide for Knaves, Fools, Harlots, Cuckolds, Drunkards, Liars, Thieves, and Braggarts by Ruth Goodman
dung bellies drunken sow
nitty britch knave
waggletail flirt bitch
These insults came packaged neatly in a 10 by 8 inch hardcover, also from Christopher’s Books. It was a must. Shakespearean culture explored through the grungiest of vocabulary pools? Yes, yes, yes.
3. The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This Russian novella is about a rash, lovesick tudor working for a wealthy general. He is hopelessly addicted to roulette. It’s a bit perfect; Dostoevsky was writing to pay off gambling debts accrued because of his own roulette addiction.
This book was another conquest from my bookshop excursion in San Francisco. It came from City Lights, which got famous for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. One of the founders went to court on charges of publishing obscene material… it was a whole thing. Knowing this, I meant to get something beatnikky and politically charged, but sometimes the book chooses the reader, Harry.
4. Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough
A. I’ve been on a bio binge.
B. I liked how the pages were cream-colored and the font was maroon and old-timey.
(Sometimes that’s all it takes for Barnes and Noble to make twenty bucks.)
5. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My brother recommended this book to me. I got it with an Audible credit and so far, it has not disappointed! The story begins with an innkeeper in a fantasy, medievalish world where something is most definitely off. There is a hint at magic and some dark, unknown force that manifests itself as demon creatures. I was intrigued from the start, but I have been assured multiple times that it gets better and better and better and better.