Saturday, August 31, 2013

What I'm Reading ~ End of August 2013

I'm currently in a started-but-not-finished stage of reading a lot of different books. I think I'm not yet acclimatized to using the reading with my Kobo on the 3-week library loan period. I didn't have so much of a problem with that with tree books, but with ebooks I've not quite found the rhythm yet. I also find it harder to gauge how long a hold will take to come through, so I can get a whole bunch arrive at once and oddly if feels like you can't requests that many with only being allowed 15 holds (and only 15 borrowed items) at a time. Why that feels like 'only' I don't know, as I never make it through them all! But, I'm going to keep working on it though, and hopefully will find the way!

Finished Reading

Last time I wrote, I was still in the middle of both GSP: The Way of the Fight by Georges St-Pierre and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff but now I have finished both books. I absolutely loved GSP: The Way of the Fight, and was very inspired by Georges St-Pierre and his extreme dedication to continually honing his craft. I loved how he drew on both classic and new philosophies, and always was looking at things from from a perspective of where he could learn and apply this learning to his fight. I found this fascinating, and it made me really think about whether or not perfection exists, because there is always going to be the drive to improve in different ways and different directions. Perhaps things really are every changing, and perhaps that is a good thing.

On a completely different note, I also finished the young-adult novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, which was an extremely challenging read from an emotional perspective. I was drawn to read it as it's received loads of acclaim as well as an upcoming film adaptation. Once I get an inkling that I want to read them, I don't tend to read synopsis or descriptions because I often feel they spoil the experience of letting the story unfold. This book challenged that choice, made me feel differently on the importance of knowing what you are getting into as I was completely unprepared for the harsh, realistic content in contained. This also makes discussing this book very complicated because I still feel strongly about not giving out spoiler-y information, but I also feel like it I can't recommend it without sharing what I believe it's really about. For a book that starts with a YA and mildly romance feel, I wasn't expecting an emotionally gutting experience.  It's way heavier that I had any idea it would be.  It is very well written, and I thought the characters were fascinating but it was way too heavy for me. As such, I'm at a loss of what to say about it (if you want a synopsis, Wikipedia can hook you up), other than I felt I needed to recover from reading it.

Currently Reading

The Selection
by Kiera Cass

For 2 years in a row, The Selection has been on tap to be a TV adaptation and for 2 years that hasn't panned out. Oddly not that the adaptations isn't going ahead, I've started reading it. Weird timing, but that is how things go sometimes. I initially was going to describe it as either utopic or dystopic, but it isn't either although it does have that feel.  It depicts a very scaled society where people have a number rating that equates to the work they can do, and therefore the amount of money they can make.  There is also a monarchy element that plays front and centre to the story as a young prince doesn't have any princesses to marry, and therefore The Selection is created for 35 women 'of the people' to compete to be his bride. The description doesn't actually appeal to me, as it feels like it's a future set but rights-wise is a total throw back. But I started reading it out of curiosity and the highly organized society always piques my interest, and I was suprzied to be swept into the world very quickly and was able to fly through it at a very fast pace. Sadly, my library copy expired so I'll have to catch up with again when it's available again.

Hello, Harlequin!

The other books I've started are both Harlequins. I needed something refreshing after the heavy emotional experience of reading How I Live Now, and I discovered the library has a bunch of Harlequin bundles to choose from.  I opted to go with Copper Lake Encounter by Marilyn Pappano from the Harlequin Romantic Suspense August 2013 Bundle and Claimed by the Immortal by Rachel Lee from of the Harlequin Nocturne August 2013 Bundle.  I've enjoyed both of them a lot. A lot.  It's total escapist reading, and I actually ended up picking one where I'm 100% the target market (Nocturne) and completely not the target market (Suspense), and it's been wild to see how I react to the different-by-similar stories/character introductions/conflicts/etc. for the two stories. I've found that really engaging from a storytelling perspective. I also find it a lot of fun to look at what kinds of stories are grouped together from historical to millionaires to want-a-or-have-a-baby-centric (that's a new one), and the classic ranch/cowboy themes which seriously has a total Canadian opportunity for a setting just waiting in the wings for that one.  

Next on the Horizon

Someday, Someday Maybe
by Lauren Graham

I was so excited when this came up on my library queue (the hold list was quite long!), it's based on, but a fictional version of, her experiences in the acting scene during mid-90's New York. Yep. I'm ALL OVER THAT. I did a Gilmore Girls watch last year, and was very impressed with Lauren Graham in that show so I'm really curious to see her efforts as an author. This book only recently was released but already has a TV adaptation in the works with The CW.

The Returned
by Jason Mott

Keeping with the TV adaptation theme, The Returned is also being adapted into the 2014 mid-season TV series Resurrection. The book (and series) are about a what if scenario, and that is what if people who were dead and buried one day appeared if no time had gone by. I feel like I'm missing a piece of the adaptation puzzle though, as the TV series appears to be based on this book which just released Aug 2013, but there is also a French TV series called Les Revenants, which has almost the same plot but is based on the film They Came Back. Perhaps there isn't a connection between the two series and it's just a current hot topic to explore.  Bizarre side note: The Returned is *also* a Harlequin, I just found it on their site quite by accident.

Those are the books I'm currently reading, and getting ready to chomp into next. What are you reading these days?

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Suzie Ridler said...

Fascinating! And isn't it frustrating when you run out of time and the book "poofs!" and you have to get in line again to continue. That happened to me with Kitchen Confidential. It's going to take me a year to get through that one.

Shannon, you are absolutely inspiring me to consider the Harlequin Nocturne books. You made such a good point about why they would be a good read.

Sounds like The Selection was a good choice and you finally read some, tumble into that world only to have it taken away and it isn't going to become a TV show!

I had not thought of reading books that are going to be adapted to TV, that's a fascinating angle and makes you realize it is happening more and more.

Shannon said...

I know! I love that I can get eBooks out of the library but I still have to find the rhythm of using them, and they feel like they take longer to read but I'm sure it's just an adjustment. I did decide to buy one though, because I just couldn't wait. I haven't tried non-fiction on eBook yet.

After I posted this I did a bit of a double take on admitting that I am reading the Harlequins! But in truth, I've really been enjoying them, and I'm happy it inspired you to consider reading them!

There are so many books that are being adapted to series! Marina & I follow that as a trend now over at Before the Dawn and I tell you, the news of new series is just bursting at the seams. It's a fascinating trend (I think True Blood and Game of Thrones had a lot to do with it).

Suzie Ridler said...

Me too Shannon, it seems to take me quite a while to get through an ebook. I can understand buying instead for something you just need to have.

I can understand the Harlequin double take but I am glad you wrote about it. They sound like fun and perfect for me, especially the supernatural ones. I had no idea they existed!

I bet you and Marina has a ton to talk about now and wow, amazing how two books really have impacted the TV world.

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