Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts-February 14

  • I mentioned last week that I had a second interview for a job I really, really wanted. I got the job that very afternoon and I started it yesterday. It is very overwhelming and I have a long commute until I can move closer. I will definitely try to keep blogging the next few weeks and on into the future, but we’ll have to see how everything goes. I made the leap to book blogger in no small part because I needed something rewarding to keep myself from getting too down every time a job opportunity didn’t work out or prospects were thin. I really love doing it though, and I don’t see myself ever wanting to quit reading, so I hope to want to continue blogging as well. But, at the very least, you all will definitely be seeing less of me the next few weeks.
  • Book-wise I finished The Heroes of Olympus series this week. I definitely regretted staying up late to finish The¬†House of Hades on Tuesday night since schedule wise I couldn’t sleep much on Wednesday night before I started the new job, but I also kind of think it was worth it. I want to do a post on the series thus far, but in case I don’t get to it, I will just say that I think handling seven POV characters could have been a disaster, but it wasn’t. I still love Percy and Annabeth best of course, but the focus on some different gods has been fun too. Also, House of Hades was extremely funny and extremely scary all at once. It was pretty cool that it did both. I loved them all and I can’t wait seven months for the last book. I just can’t.
  • I also finally got to Ignite Me, the final book in the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I had wanted to re-read the entire series first, but I didn’t. I read the first few pages of Shatter Me before I got all anxious about starting Ignite Me, since it had been out for a few days at that point. (What a character transformation, by the way. Holy cow.) . I did read Fracture Me, the second novella that takes place between the second book, Unravel Me, and Ignite Me, before I started, which gave me something of a reminder of what had happened at the end of book 2. Plus the third one did a pretty good job of recapping things for us, so I wasn’t confused at all. I do still kind of want to reread the whole thing, because the prose in Ignite Me was so beautiful. The plot was pretty good. It didn’t examine post-war aftermath, which is always a pet peeve of mine, but it was always more about Juliette than anything else anyway and her story ended in a fitting way.
  • Speaking of pet peeves, though, Ignite Me was one of two books I’ve read recently that have blurbs that bug me. Heaven is Paved with Oreos, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, prominently displayed a blurb on the cover that was by Gilbert-Murdock’s sister, Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame). I don’t get the marketing strategy on this one, because, though Elizabeth Gilbert is relatively popular, the intended audience of Catherine’s books aren’t in the same age range as Elizabeth’s readers. The books are written for entirely different people (though both main characters are obsessed with the food in Rome). Ignite Me has a blurb by Ransom Riggs, whose audience at least intersects well with Ms. Mafi’s, but they are married to each other. I doubt he would refuse to blurb her book, or to say anything bad about it, because loved ones always help each other out. (Not I’m really questioning whether or not he likes the book/respects her work, but it is somewhat humorous to me).
  • I’m curious to hear opinions on audio books. I’ve never actually listened to one all the way through, but I’m doing the long commute thing for the next few weeks and my coworker yesterday mentioned he listens to them too sometimes when he’s doing the more monotonous aspects of our job. Do you like them? Do you prefer them to reading? What books do you recommend in the format?
  • I think that’s all for now! I will definitely still find time to check out the blogs of/reply to people who post comments as I always do, but otherwise I will visit you all when I can. Have a great weekend!

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