Book Beginnings and Friday 56: Uncle Silas

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted anything… So without further adieu…

Uncle Silas  by Sheridan le Fanu (a book I picked up at random from the library).

For Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader

It was winter–that is, about the second week in November–and great gusts were rattling at the windows, and wailing and thundering among our tall trees and ivied chimneys–a very dark night, and a very cheerful fire blazing, a pleasant mixture of good round coal and spluttering dry wood, in a genuine old fireplace, in a sombre old room.

For The Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice

I’m cheating a little with this one and including several lines, since they’re more interesting together.

At that moment the door of my father’s study opened, and Mrs. Rusk, with her dark energetic face very much flushed, stepped out in high excitement.

“The Master says you may have the brandy-bottle, Madame, and I’m glad to be rid of it–I am.”

Madame curtsied with a great smirk, that was full of tangible hate and insult.


Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This Friday’s book is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

For Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader

I wore a black suit and a white shirt, a black tie and black shoes, all polished and shiny: clothes that normally would make me feel uncomfortable, as if I were in a stolen uniform, or pretending to be an adult.

For The Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice

Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

For shame on me, I really haven’t read many of the classics.


Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell. I somehow missed out on this one in school.
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I was *supposed* to read this in school. Whether or not I did, however…
  3. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I own this book, so I have no reason not to read it. After buy it though, I discovered I’m not a fan of Bradbury’s writing style. I think I’ll have to bite the bullet and just read it one day, since it it both a classic and short.
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker. Although if I read it now, I won’t be able to avoid picturing Winona Rider, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Oldman in the roles.
  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett . I started this book as a kid but never read past Mary moving in with her uncle and Professor McGonagall Mrs. Medlock. But I loved the movie as a kid so one day I’ll re-start and finish the book.
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger . Missed out on reading this in school too, although honestly…. I don’t particularly want to read it… But it is a classic…
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I’ve only read the scene where Franksenstein sort of, kind of, but not really described how he created his monster.
  8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I haven’t read this, even though I own it in several languages.
  9. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. As someone in the mental health field, I feel like I need to read this.
  10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Same comment as above. There are a lot of interesting books out there on mental illness. (Although I understand this one is a bit racist and misogynistic…)

Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Eyre Affair

This Friday’s book is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.


For Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader

My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don’t mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle.

For The Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice

Revenge had been a prime emotion keeping me together over the past two weeks. Without a burning desire to see Hades punished, I might not even have made it at all.

Wishlist Wednesday: The Paper Magician

Today I’ll be participating in Wishlist Wednesday from Pen to Paper. So what do I want to read:

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

At the start of December, I stumbled on The Paper Magician on someone elses blog (sadly, I can’t remember whose it was…). The idea behind the story is that magicians are trained to only work in one element, and Ceony Twill would love to work in metal. Sadly, she’s been assigned to work in paper and is sent to learn from a paper magician (perhaps THE paper magician?). At some point, I heard it compared to The Night Circus.

Now, I could probably dowithout the romance that apparently blossoms between Ceony and her teacher (I’m very picky when it comes to romance in books and often times what’s written doesn’t so much capture my imagination as it does make my eyes roll). But I was very interested in this idea about restricting magic to only one medium, and I’m curious of what paper magic will involve.

I requested the book and its sequel, The Glass Magician, from my local library. They were already ordering the books and a few days later I noticed the hold status changed from”on order” to “pending”, And I thought ‘Oh great! They must’ve received the books and now just have to process them.” Unfortunately, the processing (or whatever they’re doing) is taking FOREVER.

So everyday I check back in to see if it’s ready for pick up. I can only hope that day will come soon.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Books

Keeping up with this blog in 2015 has been tricky, not from lack of drive or will but from lack of internet… I blame Comcast. Anyhoo, I wasn’t going to attempt a Top Ten Tuesday post since they usually take me longer and involve looking up stuff on Goodreads, but my internet connect is looking good right now for now.


Ten Books I’d Love to Read with My Book Club (Were I to Have One)

My psych grad student peeps were mulling over the idea of starting a psychology book club… Then we realized we don’t have time for that sort of thing… The books I’ve chosen are ones that seem thought-provoking or at least interesting to discuss.

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I’ve actually already read this one, and I taught it to my elementary school class in Korea. Yeah. It was a fun class, but I couldn’t go all that in depth with the discussion. The main thing I’d want to discuss: What’s the deal with that carnivorous vine island?


 2. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

This has been on my To Read List for years. This book’s depiction of the meat-packing industry so disgusted Teddy Roosevelt that it lead to a revolution in government oversight of food preparation… even though it was focused on the much broader issue of social justice.

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The true story of how one woman’s somehow-immortal cells were effectively stolen from her and used to create the polio vaccine, IVF, gene mapping and other medical and scientific breakthroughs… and yet her family was never compensated…

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The struggles of a boy with (I would presume from the summary) Asperbergers as he investigates in a Sherlock Holmes style the murder of his neighbor’s dog.



5. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

A gifted professor struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s and the unraveling of her memory. Soon to be a major motion picture staring Julianne Moore! This story hits home for me since my grandmother died a few years ago from Alzheimer’s. I remember how difficult it was, not just for her but for her children to watch her turn into “Dark Mommy” as she lost her memory which warped the rest of her mind.

6. California by Edan Lepucki

I first learned of this book on The Colbert Report (which sadly is no longer with us). The story concerns a pregnant couple struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic (I think) California landscape. It seemed thought -provokey. Plus, you know, Colbert Bump.


7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

One boy’s journey to solve the mystery of the key in his father’s closet after said father is killed in the September 11th World Trade Center Attacks.This story seems likely to be very sad but maybe it will also be uplifting?



8. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

I have absolutely no idea what this book is about, but people tell me it’s amazing.




9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I have absolutely no idea what this book is about, but I don’t think I’m suppose to. What I gather is that it’s a multi-generational/time period epic that explores the meaning of life and love… I think?




10. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

Because Asimov. Also, even though he’s known for his science fiction, his arm chair detective mysteries are worth reading. I love his mystery anthologies. He introduces each short story with a brief blurb that is occasionally about the development of the story, but often times not. Either way, he’s clever, funny, and just the right amount of self-deprecating. Honestly, Asimov is one of the people, living or dead, who I’d want at my hypothetical dinner party.