Half-Read Books: A Reading Confession

Today I’d like to show you a pile of books.

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This, my loyal readers, is my pile of half-read books. Aside from a few that I didn’t feel like stacking up on the pile and a few on my Kindle, this is my pile of books that I’ve started and haven’t (yet) finished. Some are from recent weeks. A few, like the Nick Hornby, were started two years ago. (In defense of the Hornby, its columns he wrote for a The Believer, and I don’t feel that they need to be read in a rush.)

It seems like I have a problem. I admit, it is somewhat of a problem that I’d like to fix. There are periods of time when it doesn’t occur, however, reading a portion of a book and putting it down only to have another catch my eye  and start reading that instead has shown me something about myself as a reader. And that is what I’d like to discuss today.

There are many things that plague my reading life. I get easily distracted. I find it hard to sit and read for long periods of time. Because of this, reading one novel could take a week (average, and I’d be pleased with that) or longer. Other readers will devour these same books in a day. Luckily, even with this big different in reading “speed” I think I still enjoy the story the same as devourerers (did I make up a word or just spell it wrong? Oh well.) More on that in a bit. It’s rare that I’ve read a book in one day, but it has happened. Reading one in 2-3 days is an accomplishment for me. Those are often the ones that BLOW ME AWAY, not just blow me away.

I’m not trying to get a pity party going. I know I’m not alone in some of these reading struggles. It’s how we’re built. I can’t, often, read a book straight through even when I love it. I said it. I’m proud. I’m a reader. That’s all that matters. What I would like to focus on is some of the interesting things I’ve noticed in the last few years.

As a kid I devoured some books. When the Animorphs series came out, I read almost the entire series. Many were read almost as they were released. Then I stopped reading, unless it was assigned to me. It was in high school that I discovered books again, but it was also when I realized I don’t read fast. It took me months to read Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls (one of the first books I bought when I discovered the local used bookstore). While I read that, I also started and finished A Farewell to Arms and many of his short stories. I didn’t think much of this until recently.

Once I started blogging, my reading frequency picked up. I also didn’t have as big of a pile of half-read books until the last year(ish). I got busy. My mind started wandering. It happens. A great thing about blogging, and more importantly reviewing, my memory for books seems to have gotten much better. Or, I never gave my memory as much credit as it deserved. This is one of the key factors to not being (t00) ashamed of my half-read pile.

Most of the books you see pictured above, I can jump right back into and feel like I never put it down. It might take a page or two to recall what I need to keep going, but that’s all. I never would have thought I’d be able to finish some books without restarting them, but I feel that I’ve grown as a reader to the point that these things stick in my head for a long time. Well, once I finish a book, I tend to start forgetting things. But that’s what my reviews are for, and one of the main reasons I started reviewing. They help jump-start my memory after I’m done.

*To interrupt your regularly scheduled reading of this post, I’d like to point out that this is the point of the post where real life started calling. I had to stop writing it, and didn’t get back to finishing the post until more than 24 hours later. Ironic isn’t it? Half-written post on half-read books. I now your regularly scheduled reading, already in progress*

An example of this, World After by Susan Ee. This book was released in November of 2013. I got the book around that time and even started it then. It’s admittedly a fast, very engaging read. But I put it down at some point. Read a chapter or two in 2014…and now I picked it back up the night I started this post. this time, I plan on going to the end. I have less than 100 pages to read now and I’m loving the book. Funny thing is that the same thing happened when I read the first book in the series, Angelfall. It went a little more than half-read until close to release day for book 2. The third book, End of Days is coming out in May and it seems that history has repeated itself. Though, when I get my hands on that book, I’ll have to remind myself there’s no fourth book to wait for and that I should read it in one sitting. The series deserves that after what I’ve put it through.

One of the downfalls of this half-reading habit is that I often tell people “yea, that book is on my TBR” or “It’s next on my list. Can’t wait to read it.” Seems innocent enough. Turns out that I say this much too often, and even if I did start the book soon after saying that, I come to realize I have a long line of books on my Kindle that I said I was going to read months ago. This happened in the last few months of 2014. I met many new authors, got myself some great looking books (and also had some gifted to me), had the intention to plow through the pile. I think, as of today, I’ve read two from the pile. That’s almost nothing. I don’t feel too guilty about this. We have our reading speeds. We have lives. No one expects things. I just don’t like feeling left out of things, especially when I interact with most of these authors daily.

So, to all authors out there: You may remember (or not) whether or not I have your book on my pile(s). You may remember that I said I’d be getting to it soon. I doubt that soon came soon enough. Luckily, I don’t forget most of what I own, and I have every intention of reading it in the next ten years. (Eh, figured I’d close this out in a light note.)

As always, comment with your thoughts. Do you half-read? I’m sure many of you can’t fathom it. Totally understand that too. I know some of you probably start from the beginning, as well. For me, that’d get into rereading territory, and that’s a topic for a totally different post.

Speaking of topics for posts, I’m running on empty here. Tell me what you’d like to read. Tell me if you’d like to write up your own guest post. I’m open to almost anything. Just shoot me a message though the contact form with topic ideas or guest post inquiries. I’d love to hear from you all about anything (almost anything. I have my limits…maybe.)

Now, to read more of this weekend’s book…WORLD AFTER

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Books on Books

…no this isn’t a post about books having sex with other books. Well, I hope it’s not going to be like that. That could get awkward with all the high risk for papercuts. Let’s not let my mind wander further into that land of weirdness right now.

Books on books. What’s this all about? Well, I just finished reading Susan Hill’s Howards End is on the Landing and loved it. I’ve never read any of her novels before, but this one was mentioned on the Books on the Nightstand podcast  and like many books Ann and Michael mention, I felt the need to buy it. As you might remember, I found it at a garage sale last month and it became book number 2000 for my collection. So anyway, I finished reading this book today after stretching it out for a month. I didn’t want to finish it to be honest. It’s a shortish book (236 pages), so that was a task. I seem to enjoy when an author dedicates a book to talking about books.

It might seem dull, even to people who enjoy books, to talk about books passed the extent of a book review or blog post, but what I find happens more often than not, a writer brings in so much about life, a book’s author, history, and more. They turn into explorations of those topics, almost leaving the book behind. That’s why Hill’s book was enjoyable to me. Through her discussing the books she read from her home’s shelves for a year (without buying any new books, as her challenge to herself dictated), I got to know her. I got to learn about authors she’s known in her life and others that influenced her. I also learned that I’m not alone in they way I might impulse buy books or feel guilt about not reading a book I bought until years later.

Another notable “book on books” author is Nick Hornby. I love his books, but what I also enjoy his column, for The BelieverStuff I’ve Been Readingwhich has been compiled into a few collections so far. I think this was my first taste for someone writing about books. Hornby’s style really makes the column what it is, but it’s also the sharing of his reading life and lack of regret for certain habits (which many of us book lovers share) that keeps me coming back for more.

I’ve read a few more books in the past that fall under this category, and a few that barely do. I’d say memoirs in which an author talks about his/her writing life have a similar spot in my heart. I remember reading Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life and ending with the feeling that she was human like the rest of us. The same goes for other writing memoirs. Whether it’s a book loving author or an author writing about life and writing together, it grips me and makes me feel like I’m not so alone in some of my feelings about things. These people aren’t always extraordinary, but are just as interesting as if they did lead extraordinary lives.

Next time you pick up a book, or just look at one of your shelf, think about all that’s attached to it. The events that lead to you bringing it home or how you felt the last time you read a book by the same author. Books aren’t just objects and aren’t just the words types on the pages. They have a life of their own, and we’re lucky to be able to share the journey and add to those lives.

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Do you enjoy reading about books? What are some of the books on books that you’ve enjoyed in the past? I’m always looking for more suggestion because my collection, though vast and diverse, doesn’t have many more to satisfy my craving of this type of book.

P.S. – One of the most dangerous things to come from reading books like this is that a TBR pile is almost guaranteed to double or triple. It’s unavoidable as books sound amazing as you read and have to write them down to check out later. You’ve been warned.

I’ve Been Awarded The Booker Award By S.M. Boyce

I was recently nominated for The Booker Award by the super awesome S.M. Boyce.  Read the post that I was nominated on, from her blog.

“The premise here is pretty simple. This is an award for literary and book-centered blogs.” – Boyce

My mission is to:

  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award and force them to make a post (maybe not force).

I’ve never been good at picking my favorite anything, let alone books. But I have it some thought and I found five that are very high on my list, if not ON top of the non-existent favorites list.

*Note in no particular order

1) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is one of the books I read back in high school that stuck with me enough to read again later on. I used to read a lot of Hemingway’s book (most of his published works). This one stands out a bit more than others because it’s a memoir. I got a glimpse of his life and envied certain aspects. As a young impressionable high schooler, at the time, I wanted a life like what’s found in the book. I still have that younger part of me that wishes I could go to Paris and write all day (there’s much more to the book than that though).

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

2) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

I first came upon this one from the movie by the same name. After falling in love with it, I needed to buy the book. After reading about McCandless’s journey I’ve also fallen in love with the book. I envy what McCandless did by going away from societal norms and living off only the bare essentials.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. (read more on Good Reads)

3) Riders on the Storm by John Densmore

This autobiographical account of the Doors drummer, John Densmore, and his life with Jim Morrison was my first dive into anything to do with The Doors. From there I started listening to the music and love it now. But what’s better is that the book itself turned me on to reading more musician’s autobiographies. It’d great to see the first-hand accounts of the musicians themselves. Much better to read (in my opinion) than biographies, even about the same people.

Here is the book that Rolling Stone called “the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors’ brief but brilliant life as a group”.

4) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

My top five all-time book list HAS to include a book full of top five lists. It has to. It might be my favorite novel ever (sorry everyone else). The story is great, the writing is genius, and I’m not ashamed to say I LOVE the movie based off the book. Never have I been able to say that a movie is almost word for word what the book is (this has nothing to do with the book love I guess). Just read it, especially if you’re already a Hornby fan. I love the guy’s writing.

It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby’s narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way—on vinyl—and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music. (read more on Good Reads)

5) The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

*I didn’t choose this book because the author nominated me. I chose it because of the reasons I stated above 😀 It’s just that good

This is one of the first Indie published books that got me on the reading path I’ve been on for most of the year. In a way, you can say that without this book (and a few other great books I’ve reviewed many months ago) this blog might be MUCH different or not exist at all. Reading Lichgates was a jumping-off point for my dive into the “Indie Revolution.” I didn’t look back. It’s such a well written book. It touches just enough into the high fantasy genre, the New Adult AND Young Adult age levels, and poetic journeys to make it accessible to many readers, even though who might not think they are into some of those aspects. I know I wasn’t much of a reader of this type of fantasy. Now I want to continue in the genre. I also want to continue my journey through Ourea alongside Kara, the Vagabond. I can’t wait until (around) my birthday when book book, Treason, is released. That’ll be a happy day for the book world.

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it…and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most of them want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.  (read more on Good Reads)

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To finish this post off, I’d like to nominate 5 other bloggers, and fellow book-lovers. The nominees are:

C.J. Listro

Jess Fortunato

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Miranda Stork

Amber Jerome-Norrgard

Review: Some Short Ones For Shorter Works

Over the last week or so, I’ve been going through some of the shorter pieces of fiction on my kindle. Because these aren’t full on review books and since they are short stories I don’t have very much to say about them. But despite that, as I also try to do, I write some sort of a review. Here are a few of the things I’ve been reading lately. Enjoy 🙂

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Title: In the Land of the Blind – A Zombie Story
Author: Robert Swartwood
Rating: 3/5 Stars

This was a zombie story, like the subtitle suggests. But it was an interesting take on the genre. The twist to the genre was a little confusing at first. This made me a little iffy on whether or not the story worked for me as a whole. Other elements of it worked well for me though, once I got past the reversal of the zombie label.

This short story was intriguing enough to make me want to know more about the world it was written in. What lead the world to be the way it is, etc.

I’d recommend this books to some people. Just remember to keep an open mind when beginning it. I was caught off-guard.

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Title: Real Lies
Author: Liana Brooks
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Quick short story. Enjoyable. A little strange occurrence set into a “routine” day on the job. I’d read more adventures involving this MC.

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Title: Tuned In To Love
Author: Karen Jarabek
Rating: 4/5 Stars

This short story grew on me. I wasn’t too sure if I was in to it at first because it seemed to go off on a tangent for a small section. It would have been a welcomed tangent if this were a novel, though. I feel that it would allow for a little more character development…but it wasn’t a necessary addition to this as a shorter piece. The later half of the story drew me back in, and boosted my rating a bit for it.

It’s a good read, overall. Light, not taxing at all. Great for an afternoon of relaxing.

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Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Alexandra Richland
Rating: 3/5 Stars

This was a good story. An enjoyable short read. I honestly wasn’t expecting some aspects of it and felt it was out of place for the beautifully written way it started out. I won’t tell what it was as to not spoil the story, but I feel it took away from it overall.

I wouldn’t not recommend this for someone to read. I just felt like it could have been handled a little differently. I’d pick up another story from Richland in the future.

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Title: Olalla
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I’ve never heard of this story before and randomly found the audiobook (great way to get reading done while walking the dog). I’m glad I found it. Another story from R.L.S. and this time with a little vampire action.

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Title: The Polysyllabic Spree
Author: Nick Hornby
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Another great collection from Hornby. I need to get the second one of these three to read now 🙂

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Title: Taya Bayliss – Treasure Hunter
Author: E.J. Gore
Rating: 2/5 Stars

I knew this was a short story. It’s only 50 pages. But in those 50 pages almost nothing happens. The build-up is almost novel paced; it’s just that drawn out. Then the last two chapters is when something happens but it’s almost brushed over like nothing.

I think with some editing. I marked off enough errors that could have been caught with at least another read through. But also I think an editor could have suggested lengthening the story so that there was something worth reading and/or beefing up certain aspects so the characters actually became interesting (in the very least).

So, I was disappointed by this story. It’s the first in a series, not sure how this could lead to more stories. It seemed self contained enough to me.

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Title: Shrek!
Author: William Steig
Rating: 3/5 Stars

I see that the movie took many liberties with this story. I enjoyed the movie(s) a lot. This book, not as much. There were good parts. I like that Shrek just went around doing what he wanted, but I think it could have done with a little more something. Even for a children’s story, I think it was lacking. Still, it’s somewhat worth checking out, if only to see where the idea for the movie came from.


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Title: Beauty Dominates The Beast
Author: Hannah Hale
Rating: 2/5 Stars

It was starting out ok (still new to this whole erotica stuff), but then it just ends. I know the ending is implied but couldn’t there have been a few more pages to end it properly? A little disappointed in that.

Authors I Love Part I – Nick Hornby

I want to start getting into the habit of writing more for my blog, since most of what’s here so far has been reviews and a few random things. I decided, after discussing with some friends, on doing a post on my favorite author. This idea is more a base of what I will be posting today and in future installments.

I find it impossible to choose who my favorite author is. While it is true that I have a hard time choosing a favorite anything, I feel that a favorite book, author, or anything else dealing with books would be harder for me than say, picking what my favorite food is.

Well, here goes nothing.

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For this first “Authors I Love” post will be on one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. Like most of the choices I’ll make for this series of posts, I won’t know exactly why I enjoy these authors. As the post starts to take shape, I’ll be sure to come to the realization…I hope.

I first discovered Nick Hornby several years ago. There was a movie I enjoyed that I have only seen sections of on Comedy Central, by the name of High Fidelity. From what I had seen of the movie I decided that I’d want to watch the entire thing. It wasn’t until about two years later that I came across a DVD copy of it. I quickly picked it up and devoured the movie. I watched it almost every time I felt like watching a movie.

Why did I start talking about a movie on a (mostly) book based blog? Stay with me, it’ll all come together in a few sentences.

As I was saying, I loved this movie. While I can’t pick a definite favorite book, few movies have even come close to bumping this one out of my top five (yes this is a reference to High Fidelity and I tend to use it in everyday life, as well.) This is why upon looking at the back of the DVD case, when I saw near the bottom of the credit section “based upon the book by Nick Hornby” (See? That’s how I pull all this together. Pretty obvious where I was going with it.) I NEEDED to find this book and READ it.

So in time, I found a copy. I read it. I loved it. The strangest thing about it all was that I loved both the book AND the movie almost equally. This is due to the fact that I have never (even now) run into a movie that has stayed as true to the “script” of the book. I say script because if felt almost as if the writers of the screenplay handed out copies of the book instead of a printed out script. There were that few alterations, and scenes removed. The only up front changes were Rob Fleming, the main character’s name was changed to Rob Gordon, the setting was also changed to Chicago from being in London. These are very minor, even though they are in your face, changes. It’s still a very urban setting and Gordon is a more American name (if there is such a thing).

I suggest those interested to watch the movie and read the book. I really don’t care what order you do it in, I’m not sure that it matters since neither ruined the other in my experience.


Do I love Nick Hornby as an author solely on ONE book? No, that would be just plan silly. Well, I mean it’s a great book and still my favorite novel of his, and it is possible to enjoy an author this much based on one book (especially if he or she has written just one,) but there’s more from him that I love.

So far I have read five of his books. I own ten of them, and there’s a total of about eleven if you don’t count some short stories and anthologies that are available. I think I’m doing fairly well with reading him. I didn’t care for only one book out of them so far as well, also a good sign. That was A Long Way Down. I just didn’t enjoy the style it was written in. It was a book about four people who were all going to jump off a roof on New Year’s Eve. They don’t jump and the rest of the book is about how they cope with their lives, and about the little group they formed together to figure things out and all that. That’s fine with me, it wasn’t the story that made me not care for it. The book was told from the point of view of all four characters, with each chapter being told by a different one. There was also some overlap among the events in the chapters. I found it hard to follow because Hornby did a great job creating different personalities and way of conveying the story for each character. That lead to some confusing during the switching and I lost the flow each time I started a new chapter. Because of this, it will have to be reread to fully appreciate the book.

I have also read About a Boy, another book-to-movie and SlamSlam is Hornby’s attempt at a YA novel. I loved this books as well. I feel that he did a great job to reach out to the world of YA readers. Also I enjoyed that it was about a young skateboarder who idolized Tony Hawk, and memorized Hawk’s autobiography (a book I read twice as a teenager). The book deals with teenage pregnancy and growing up and stuff. Read it, love it, at least I hope you do.

Aside from his novels, which I at first held my love of Hornby in, he has brilliant non-fiction collections. The one I read so far is Shakespeare Wrote For Money, I am also in the closing articles of The Polysyllabic Spree. These two books, along with Housekeeping vs. the Dirt (a book I plan on buying soon,) make up the collected articles Hornby wrote in The Believer, a literary magazine where he published a column called “Stuff I’ve Been Reading.” The column was his monthly telling of what he had bought and read that month, or not bought and not read, as was sometimes the case.

The blatant humor found within his non-fiction makes the works he discusses (even) Charles Dickens and some other dated authors enjoyable to read. I tend to savor the non-fiction much more by reading one or only a few articles at a time. It helps me remember that non-fiction doesn’t have to be dry reading like a text-book, but can have the same hook and raw wetness as any novel could.

Along with the humor is an honesty in which Hornby makes a point to show he’s not a puppet for anyone to order around. In the “Stuff I’ve been Reading” articles, if Nick hasn’t bought books or hasn’t actually read anything for that month, he’ll come out and say it and explain that he’s only human. He also jokes during these times about his bosses at The Believer being a group of robed men and women who’ll punish him for these faults in his reading life.

I think there’s also a common connection that can be found in the books I have read so far from Hornby, that is why I keep reading and enjoying his work. In High Fidelity, Rob is dealing with being in his thirties and still trying to figure out relationships and life. About a Boy a grown man who still has a lot to learn about being a responsible adult. A Long Way Down, four people fed up with where life has led them, even if a few are being a big dramatic about it than other, and finding that things can work out ok. In Slam a teenaged boy looks to a “fictional” Tony Hawk for advice in growing up and fathering a child.

There are a few different age groups among his stories, but I really connected with each, especially when reading these in my teenage years. I looked at the future knowing that not everyone will have their head on straight and confusion was a normal part of life. There’s nothing new about this. The issue can be found in a good number of books. But the way in which Hornby brought it to me through his books has given him a special place in my mind and myself as a person that won’t soon be forgotten.

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I hope some of this was insightful into why I enjoy the author, Nick Hornby. I knew it was going to be difficult to convey what I felt on the subject, I find it hard to express what I enjoy for many things, not just books. Most of the time I just KNOW that I like something and that can be enough to live by. But this was fun and I think I’ll continue to squeeze out words to express why I love certain authors.

Not only do I look forward to comments on this post, I encourage you to tell me your favorite authors and why. That is if you feel like sharing. No pressure people 😛

Going Away for The Rest of The Week

I’m going to be visiting my girlfriend for the remainder of the week. In that time period I should be able to finish at least one of the two books I’ve been reading, but won’t have time to sit down and write a review of it till sometime when I return home. Because of this, I felt a little update on my reading was a nice idea.

The first book to briefly discuss is Nick Hornby’s The Polysyllabic Spree. This is the first of three books which compile just over a year’s worth of his articles from The Believer. So far I can say from other books I’ve read (High Fidelity, About A Boy, Slam, A Long Way Down, and Shakespeare Wrote For Money,) that Hornby is one of my top five authors (yes an inspiration from High Fidelity.) In his articles, Hornby writes about his reading and book buying month. This is similar to how I’d like to get in the habit of writing on this blog. True, I’m not as great of a writer nor do I have as great of a comedic style as Hornby does, but I’d like to try.

Because I don’t want to start reviewing this book right now (I’d end up ranting for ages and have nothing for a real post on the book later) I’ll say a quick something then get on to the next book. In short, Nick Hornby’s articles as around the books that he has bought and the books that he has read in the given month. He’ll add a few that he’s been given and some that he’s been meaning to get to occasionally, but mainly it’s a discussion on the bought and read ones. He also discusses his life surrounding the reading life he has, which is always fun. OK, on to the next book for brevity’s sake.

The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton, read  it, that is all. OK, no seriously though, I’m close to being half way through the book and have had to force myself to only read a few chapters at a time in the last few days in order to get other things done. I’m starting to jump into the realm of paranormal, fantasy, etc. genres. In a world flooded with images of Twilight vampires and what seems like endless books trying to make it in the same way as that series, there are actual books and series being published (whether from big names or by the authors themselves) that ARE worth reading. I’ll admit, I’ve been weary about even touching a book that has these fantastical elements in them. I’m a man, I read anything from classics to Stephen King to Dr. Seuss, but I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be comfortable trying out a book in a genre where the main readers (at least I once thought) are 14 year old fan girls.
I was wrong; at least with this book and a few others that I have briefly looked at. This book hooked me in from the beginning. All the hype that I was seeing all over the place about it was spot on.

I don’t have many other opinions as of now about the book to discuss, which is good because I almost started a big ramble about nothing that I have enough authority or knowledge to start rambling about. I’ll just say this, check out the book. I feel comfortable saying this even without finishing the book yet. Here’s even a link to read up about it. Click right about HERE.

On last brief statement. I just read the sample chapter of a book called Lichgates by S.M. Boyce. This is the first book of a trilogy entitled The Grimoire and from the first chapter I know it’s going to be action packed and a great read. Not many first chapters can spark my interest like this one, but I don’t read many stories that start out with a bang like this either. I will probably purchase this book in the coming weeks (after I read a few I’ve had lined up first, of course.) Read the chapter here, for FREE

Ok, that is all for now. I look forward to writing about both of these books when I return (if the get read that is.) Enjoy the week and hope there’s great reading going on.

-Rob