Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Books Read, and Other Tales



Oh, yeah, you're probably wondering about the picture. I sprained my ankle last week. It rolled, which it does pretty often, and then I had to wear snowboots to get around and I worked with this ankle for two days (and I work retail, so I'm on my feet from anywhere from 4 to 9 hours when I work) before realizing that this was not like those other times when the ankle rolled. It did not go back to what passes as normal after two or three days. 

It's a minor sprain, there's a little swelling but not much, and I can walk (well, hop and drag), but it's painful. Sprains are pretty weird. It hurts to stand too long (especially in the shower, for whatever reason) but when I sit, the ankle doesn't like being elongated downwards and starts aching then, too. Hence the air cast.

If you writers out there ever write a character who is short, note that my feet (and I'm 4'11") don't necessarily hit the ground when I'm sitting in a chair. 

I've been trying to write draft four, obviously, having finished the outline. I've written 5 pages, but I'm a little blocked or stuck or something; I can't seem to get inside Miles's head in order to write from his POV. I know I can go back and fix the distance of the beginning when I feel more comfortable with Miles toward the middle. But it's annoying. 

I finished reading my 10th book in my Goodreads "40 Books in a Year" challenge thingy. 40 books is an utterly arbitrary number, really. I know someone doing a 52 book challenge this year. 

Anyway, I just thought I'd tell you a little about the first ten books I've read in 2014. I'm trying to climb out of my cozy historical romance/historical fiction cave a bit. I feel like I read more widely as a teenager. 

So here's what I've read so far in 2014. If I reviewed it on Goodreads (or on this blog), there's a link. Otherwise, genre & star rating. What's everyone reading lately? 

1. Yokohama Yankee by Leslie Helm--Review--History/Memoir/Japanese culture--4 stars

2. The Triangle Trade by Geoff Woodland--Historical Fiction/British history--3 stars

3. Persuasion: The Wild and Wanton Edition by Micah Persell (using Jane Austen's novel)--Romance/Historical Romance--3 stars

4. Emma: The Wild and Wanton Edition by Micah Persell (with Jane Austen's novel)--Romance/Historical Romance--2 stars

5. Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick--Historical fiction/British history--4 stars

6. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford--Review--Historical fiction/WWII/American history/Japanese internment--4 stars

7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen--Classics/Romance/British lit.--3 stars

8. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas--Review--Fantasy/YA--4 stars

9. Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd--Review--Autobiography/Music--2 stars

10. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan--Literature/Contemporary/Brit. lit.--3 stars







6 comments:

  1. This is probably going to sound random, but in the movie Becoming Jane, my favorite part is when she's writing about Darcy and then scratches some words out and mutters, "Too many adjectives." ^_^

    Yeah, like, dude! I was wondering where you've been. I've never sprained my ankle, but it sounds really uncomfortable. I did pull a muscle in my neck once. People have no idea how often they use those muscles until they can't.

    Why did Emma only get 2 stars?

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    1. I love that scene in Becoming Jane--I think I linked it on here somewhere.

      Yup. Sprained ankle. I'm more mobile this week, but I'm trying not to rush it too much.

      Emma's actually one of my favorite Austen novels, but those versions were meant to be like Austen interpretations--Austen with sex, basically. I read the Persuasion one first (it's my favorite Austen) and I liked that one, but the Emma one wasn't as reinterpreted for my liking.

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  2. I just finished Fool by Christopher Moore, but it was an audio book. :)

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    1. Still a story, right? :-)

      I've been reading one book on Kindle and another in physical book form--I've always tended to read two books at once. But yeah, so far, one on Kindle, one in physical copy.

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  3. Hope the ankle heals quickly. I've been wondering about Lady of the English. Can't remember where I saw it, but the title lodged in my brain. Amsterdam is one weird book isn't it?

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    1. Lady of the English was very good. Have you read The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick? That's the first novel of hers I read. And yes, Amsterdam was weird. I didn't ever really get into it as a story, tbh

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