Sunday, June 28, 2015

Library Books June 2015

This will be a short post! I typically post library books mid-month and we are staring into July right now.  I took the picture earlier but forgot to post. These are all from the public library, which is a rarity for me! I usually use our statewide academic library borrowing system if a book exists within it, or even request books from interlibrary loan more often than I go to the public library. It's about convenience, not that my public library doesn't do a good job (they do, mostly, except when they censor books.)
Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser
Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

Two out of three of the genres represented here make sense to be available at the public library but not found in any of the academic libraries in the state. Not many academic libraries have a strong graphic novel collection (Daytripper) and personal health/pop science/diet books are more of a public library thing. I have seen a few of the vegan bloggers I follow turn to paleo and start eating meat again after health problems, and one of them recommended the Kresser. I found it disappointing for several reasons - you really can't be a paleo vegetarian, so I'd really have to make a huge change, and all but 10% of the book is the same old stuff - sleep, drink water, move your body. 

The graphic novel I had on my to-read list a while but a review sent me to find it, it was glowing and effusive. I enjoyed it but perhaps not to that level.

The Herrera is a book I spied as I walked out of the library with one of the others. I loved the title and that got me to pick it up. The description of living along the border in Mexico sounded current and it looked like a quick read. It's sometimes difficult to find modern Mexican literature that has been translated (and isn't just the standard authors) so I was quite pleased to come across this one.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reading Envy 033: An Undulating Thrum

Jenny sits down with Ruth and Elizabeth, two readers who connected via Goodreads. As listeners of numerous reading podcasts, their reading experiences are varied and rich. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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Books featured:

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
The Aloe by Katherine Mansfield
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Stoner by John Williams
Armadale by Wilkie Collins

Other mentions:

"The Readers" podcast and group in Goodreads
Virginia Woolf
Elizabeth von Arnim
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Wonders by Paddy O'Reilly
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
D.H. Lawrence 
BookTubers (Google it!)
Firefly (TV show)
The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
A-Team (TV show)
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Wake by Maia Sepp (can you spot the thrum?)
Dear Sugar Radio
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Anthony Trollope
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Virago Publishing
Persephone Books
NYRB Classics
Nancy Pearl

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reading Envy 032: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

Jenny sits down with Luke Burrage at the Science Fiction Book Review Podcast Pub to discuss one short story collection. This is posted outside of the regular Reading Envy schedule as a bonus episode. And in tribute to Luke's posts, here is an attempt at a book selfie. (It is harder than it looks! I only succeeded in getting my fingers to look like they are going up the cover being's nose.) There is a link to Luke's regular podcast below.

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It all started with an SFF Audio Podcast Readalong that Luke, Scott, and I all participated in. Since then, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever has appeared twice on the Reading Envy Podcast - on the very first episode, where Scott discussed "The Screwfly Solution," and then again on Episode 002, because I had gone back and read the rest of the collection. Luke went back and read the rest of the stories more recently, and asked if I would discuss it with him on his podcast. I agreed and thought I'd crosspost the episode here as well. 

Sometimes, books follow you around for a while. Their words or ideas linger. You don't mind reading them again. James Tiptree, Jr (AKA Alice Sheldon) is simply one of those authors. Whether you come at her from a science fiction perspective or a feminism perspective, I think you will find something of interest. Please listen to our discussion for more on the stories in this collection.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Reading Envy 031: Hideous Realism

Jenny sits down with Jesse Willis at the Reading Envy Pub to discuss books we have read recently. It gets a bit long but that's how Jesse's podcasts always go.

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Featured books:

The Crogan Adventures: Catfoot's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michele Houellebecq
The Sword Of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers by Tom Standage
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

Other mentions:
Decoder Ring Theatre audio dramas
"The Scott Pilgrim guy" AKA  Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sweet Valley High series
(we meant epitaph)
Lovecraft's Pillow 
The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft
The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft
Pavane by Keith Roberts (also mentioned on RE 004)
The New Annotated HP Lovecraft
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sea-Kings of Mars by Leigh Brackett
Michio Kaku
Bruce Chatwin
John Buchan
Milan Kundera
Philip K. Dick
History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jenny's Books Added April and May 2015

Somehow I forgot to do this in April but here I am, talking about the books I've added in April and May.
The Elliott, Baszile, McTeer, Odell, and Joy are purchased and signed during the SC Book Festival. I should probably still post about that day.

When I went to Powells in March, I bought two books - the Byrne and the Birkett. The Birkett is for my Oceania reading project and the Byrne I always intended to buy. After I bought it I found out that my review is quoted inside.

The two Tevis books are books I'd read already but wanted to own, and I went to her signing last month.  This is the same Joni Tevis from the podcast, episode 029.

I got the Laura Ingalls Wilder book as a gift from my step-mother-in-law. She had intended to get it for me for Christmas but the first print run sold out and it was hard to find for a while. It is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to reading it, because Little House on the Prairie was a major part of my chidhood.

The Danielewski and Stephenson were purchased on the same day; I'm currently 200 pages into the Danielewski.  Another gorgeous, beautiful book. I've heard the audio makes for an immersive experience along with the print, so I need to check it out.

The cookbook was sent to me because of my JennyBakes blog presence.

I also went on a few galley/ARC request sprees after finishing most of what I had previously been approved to review. There are a lot of great books coming out in the next year and I always appreciate the opportunity to read them early.
I have some reading to do! I won't comment on all of these but I will point out that I met Julia Elliott at the SC Book Festival, so she is on this post twice! I used to work with Srdjan Smajić , and this is his first novel, published by Underland Press and mentioned in Episode 21 of the Reading Envy podcast. Three of the books - Karr, Pastan, and Jemisin - are by authors I have read before. One of my work-related reading goals this summer is to read about creativity, and the Gilbert is coming along just in time.