gracerene
17 September 2015 @ 10:00 am
Some of you may remember me posting awhile back, lamenting the fact that I had nobody to discuss books with anymore, and that made me sad. I tossed out the idea of potentially doing some kind of online book club, and several of ya'll expressed interest, so [livejournal.com profile] lauren3210 and I decided to start one up!

We created a comm, [livejournal.com profile] online_bookclub, and anybody who is potentially interested should definitely join up! The plan is to read a book every month, with a rotating monthly theme and book nominations/votes so that everybody can help decide what to read. And then we'll have discussions at the end of the month on LJ posts and in chat rooms so we can talk all about what we've read. It's all meant to be super casual, with people joining it whenever they have the time/desire to participate. Though obviously, the more the merrier!

First Month Starts in October!

Hope to see you over there!

<3
 
 
gracerene
07 January 2015 @ 09:00 am
Because I am obsessed with reading, I'm doing another challenge! :D

My goal for the year is 100 books, and though I have a ton of books just sitting around my apartment waiting to be read, it's likely they will be thrown over for newer, shinier (easier) books. Which is where the TBR Pile Challenge comes in! (thanks for bringing this awesome thing to my attention, [livejournal.com profile] josephinestone)

Basically you pick 12 books that you haven't read yet that have been sitting on your bookshelf for over a year, and you read them within 12 months!

I'm currently finishing up the Heroes of Olympus series before they are due back at the library (1 down, 4 to go!), but then I will pick one of these! Any suggestions about where I should start?

The List
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (review)
2. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen (review)
4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (review)
6. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
7. The Gauntlet Thrown by Cheryl Dyson (aka [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules)
8. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
9. Oh the Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey
10. Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
11. Mr. Perfect by Lisa Howard (review)
12. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Alternates
1. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
2. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

(Wow, finding books was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Turns out I don't have very many books lying around that I haven't read!)
 
 
gracerene
I like to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library, and I'm trying to pick out a free book for October. So I was wondering if any of you guys use this program and have any recommendations? I've been mainly reading m/m romances, but I'm pretty open.

So far I've read:
The Backup Boyfriend: FANTASTIC
Blue Notes: Enjoyable + cross gen :D
A Marked Man: Not a fan. Boring story, no chemistry between the characters, and not great writing.
Winter Wolf and sequel City Wolf: Surprisingly enjoyable, though the last book ends on a cliff hanger...

Like I said, any recs are welcome. Even if you don't have Amazon prime, I'd love to hear if you have any new m/m recs! I've really only been reading about one a month lately, and I miss reading them. :D
 
 
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gracerene
18 September 2014 @ 10:00 am
I've been listening to [livejournal.com profile] mab's podfic of Turn by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl, and it's so hard to pace myself! I only have chapter 12 left before I'm all caught up (though it's so long, it's more like 2 chapters) and it's going to be a struggle not to just give in a go read the fic for the last two chapters! The second half is my favorite part and it's been such a joy to hear the characters and conversations come to life in the podfic. I definitely recommend giving it a listen. It's perfect for commutes and cooking and blocking out boring work chatter and as background for playing The Sims 4....It's been giving me a lot of nostalgic H/D feels, since Turn was one of the earlier fics I read on discovering fandom, and I remember staying it bed until literally 4am reading it on my laptop, just obsessed.

So I've been going through my "Marked For Later" list on AO3, trying to find H/D fics I've been meaning to read. It turns out that The Price of Valour is the fic that has been on my list for the longest amount of time. And, well, it's 400K words long, so that's not exactly surprising. It's a bit daunting, really. But I think I'm going to start it today. The plan is to read one chapter a day to pace myself. Unless I get obsessed. Which is a definite possibility. In that case, I probably won't be sleeping for the next few days!

I actually should probably be reading, Leave No Soul Behind, this wonderful Kirk/Spock fic I was startedon the plane ride back from DC a few weeks ago. It's over 250K words (which is about twice as long as the longest fics I normally read), and I was halfway through it by the time my plane landed. The problem is, I just can't seem to motivate myself to finish it. I think the biggest problem is that where I ended, things were really good. They had just had sex for the first time and the morning after was sweet and there weren't any misunderstandings and it was all lovely. But there is still 125K left to go. No way are things staying happy for the rest of the fic. I'm too nervous to continue! Maybe I'll do the chapter-a-day thing with this one too...

I should also be reading The Silkworm, since I was finally able to check out the ebook from my library after being on the wait-list for ages. I also have the audiobook, so maybe I will listen to that to prevent me from pining for the rest of the Turn podfic. On a mildly related note, I put myself down on the wait-list for The Goldfinch, since I've heard such good things about it (mostly from [livejournal.com profile] kedavranox) and I am number 653 on the list. :/ There are 165 ebooks available, but I still think that one is going to be awhile...

Are you guys reading anything good?
 
 
gracerene
14 July 2014 @ 10:42 am
[livejournal.com profile] hd_tropes started posting. This fest is brilliant and I am crazy excited. the first two entries are up and that are fantastic.

Prompting is still open at [livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest. It closes tomorrow, so if you have any last minute cross gen plot bunnies, go leave them now! :D

Prompting is also still open at [livejournal.com profile] hp_creatures and [livejournal.com profile] hp_sexstars. I actually left some promtps at [livejournal.com profile] hp_sexstars, which I'm quite proud of. I really don't like reading "sex worker" type fics for my OTP, but then I realized that I have so many other HP pairings I ship and the prompt ideas worked much better. ;)

In other news, I've been wanting to re-read Reparations & Foundations by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl, since it's been about a year since I last read them and they always make me so happy. BUT, I have so many other fanfic and novels and books and such to read, that I couldn't really justify re-reading 300K+ words that I have already read twice before.

But then [livejournal.com profile] mab posted another chapter of her Turn podfic (which I am going to start listening to the second she's finished it all), and I decided to go searching for a podfic of Reparations. Turns out [livejournal.com profile] 6shotamericano has recorded BOTH fics! I downloaded them both and just finished Reparations and it is just FANTASTIC. I'm about to start Foundations. I don't listen to podfics often, but this makes me really want to because the story just really comes to life. Her Draco and Harry voices are particularly fantastic. Seriously wonderful podfic, can't recommend it enough!

ALSO, my Hogwarts Library order arrived over the weekend and I finally read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! So much fun. I think I will read Quidditch Through the Ages next. Problem is, now I have such a craving to re-read the whole HP series. I haven't re-read them since getting into HP fanfic, so I'm a bit curious to see how my perspective has changed, and if I read things differently. But when will I find the time to re-read the 7 book series for the nth time?
 
 
Current Music: Foundations podfic
Current Mood: cheerful
 
 
gracerene
10 April 2014 @ 11:50 am
One of my more specific New Years Resolutions was to read at least 12 books. Before college I used to read ALL the time, usually multiple books per week, but I stopped making time for personal reading once I got busy with classes and homework and textbooks. I've since graduated, but it's hard to get back into the habit, especially since reading fanfiction has seemed to take its place.

I've decided to keep a post with the books I've read just to see progress! My newly formed book club should help with this, but since some of the girls are going to be moving away in a few months, I can't count on it alone to get me through the last part of the year.

Books I Have Read in 2014:
1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth (technically 3 books, but I'm going to count it as one)
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
5. Promises by Marie Sexton
6. Maze Runner by James Dashner
7. Cut & Run by Abigail Roux
8. Merrick by Claire Cray
9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
10. Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes

Currently Reading:
• Moneyball by Michael Lewis (for April's bookclub)
• The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Things On My Bookshelf I Still Need to Read:
• Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
• Persuasion by Jane Austen
• Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
• Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
• A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
• Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
• Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (actually my roommates, but I want to read it)
• Oh the Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey
• Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
(read the first book when it first came out, bought the last two, then my friend borrowed the 1st and 2nd book, left them at her parents house 2 hours away from Seattle, and moved to Germany for a year. I am DYING to read the last two, but too stubborn to pay for books I already own....this one might be awhile)
 
 
Current Music: In My Place by Coldplay
Current Mood: hungry
 
 
gracerene
04 December 2013 @ 01:38 pm
I have seen a ton of people doing this Book Meme on LJ and on tumblr and I have been wanting to join in for awhile, so... I've always been a huge reader and I actually still have a list of "books to read" that I got in high school from my freshman Honor's English teacher that I have been steadily working my way through. Anyways, not a lot of * on this list because I find it extremely difficult to leave a book unfinished, even if I don't like it that much...But there were actually several book son this list that I have never even heard of!

I used to read at least a book a week in high school, but when I got to college, that number dropped dramatically. If I had time to read, I was reading textbooks. And then I discovered the wonderful world of fanfiction my senior year of college, and that became my funtime reading, because it was so much easier and quicker to read short sexy stories than a classic novel (despite the fact that several of the fanfics I've read are novel-length). I graduated this last June though, and I think it is time that I get back into reading. Fan-fiction is awesome and some of it is so so well-written, but this list has made me miss some of the subtitles of the classics :)

List of 100 Books Below! )
 
 
Current Music: Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
Current Mood: productive