Dear fellow Babblers,
I’ve decided at 4:26 this morning to tag myself in Michaela at Journey into Books, Mandy at Book Princess Reviews, and Emma at A Dreamer’s Library for the Mid Year Freak Out Tag. If you’re a book geek like the rest of us book bloggers who live off the thrill of fictional universes and live vicariously through our favorite characters they you will absolutely ADORE these gals’ sites, so definitely check them out. No! Wait! Not yet! Finish my babble first! You started, mind as well finish!
My post is being written before the sun rises as a response to my insomnia. I usually don’t have such trouble sleeping and, maybe its the fact that I’m super hungry with nothing at home to eat, or it could be that I’m worrying over my future having recently graduated university, or… My Goodreads challenge is set at 100 books this year and I’m only at 29 ?!?!?! This, my lovelies, is what happens when you begin babbling for a living. But, in my defense, I’m a book babbler so of course some time is taken away from reading to babble about what I’m reading!
So, lets get started on the Mid Year Freak Out Tag which just about sums up my life this summer.
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017 ?
Typical bibliophile answer: ” So many, how can I choose ? “. Dude, just choose, you ain’t gambling a life here.
I would definitely say The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (check out my full musing over the novel here), I adored the novel for its mystery, suspense, slight romance – an 800-page read that I would gladly read over again if there weren’t still so many other novels still waiting for me in my TBR pile!
A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside (another full musing can be found here) is another book I especially enjoyed. Burnside is originally a poet and even though, in my reader experience, it’s difficult for authors to switch between literary forms, Burnside is not only a great poet, but has proven, with A Summer of Drowning, to be a phenomenal novelist as well.
2. Best Sequel Of 2017 So Far ?
How do I say this without losing the 72 followers that I have been awarded during my month-long career so far as book blogger…?
Mehh – who am I kidding? I’ve read no series yet this year despite the year being halfway through.
If only J.K. Rowling would continue with the Harry Potter Series or Lemony Snicket would make a dramatic return with more of his slanderous torture of the Baudelaire children then perhaps I would have something to offer y’all in terms of a favorite, but here we are with yet more of my endless nonsense… Next question puh-leese!
3. New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To ?
Oooo! Oooo! Ooo! I know. Guesses anyone? Come on now – educated guess bibliophiles, or are you still lamenting over the disappointment we all felt in reading Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (another babble for another day, but only if ya stick with me here !).
Okay, I’ll give you a hint: Any of you read my last post on Throwback Thursday ? We entered Murakami’s surrealistically fantastical imagination with a reveiw of Kafka on the Shore.
Yes! Whoever said Men without Women is right on target! Okay, so Haruki Murakami is definitely not for every reader out there. Some of us like magical realism, while others like political literature… and then there’s Murakami. His novels and short stories are so fulfilling for me. The way he traverses through multiple character’s minds and leads us into climactic situations is just what I want in my reading experience. He builds pscyhological suspense and makes us think about our everyday life in creative new ways that leads us to change our very perceptiosn about reality.
I’ve recently fisnisehd his collection of short stories, The Elephant Vanishes, and I look forward to kicking off my July TBR with Men Without Women (but first I’ll be reviewing The Elephant Vanishes as well as finisheing and babbling on Herman Koch’s Dear Mr. M). Men Without Women is yet another collection of Murakami’s short stories. It conists of seven narrative-seeming tales which bring the author’s allusive thinking together with a series of vanishing cats, solitary men and powerful meditations – all which reflect his romantic and evocative thinking.
4. Most Anticipated Release Of The Second Half Of 2017 ?
Before writing and posting I usually read others book reviews and participate in discussions just to give me some inspiration for my own writing. As a result, I come across a lot, and I mean like A LOT of books and authors that I have never heard of and hear about new releases which make there way across the computer space into my physcial TBR pile. I just read Jasmine at How Useful It Is‘ (FYI: if you ever want to be a successful book reader/blogger/writer – anything bookish – visiting her site is an absolute must! It’s so creative and her posts are always a pleasure to read so I reccommend for all!) review of Emily Bain Murphy’s The Disappearances and I’m already fantasizing the sun coming up on America the Beautiful’s July 04, the day of the novels release. The premise, a mystery surrounding a mother’s death and the lives her children are thereafter swept into, seems really intriguing and I just may find myself snuggled in a corner on my country’s birthday reading The Disappearances.
5. Biggest Disappointment ?
Heavens. Dare we even go there… The Circle, without a doubt was just a terrible read and I, as a book babbler suffered so much in reading that book and it just may explain the reading slump I’ve been having to deal with since finishing it. For more on this book babbler’s horrid mental breakdown read my honest review here.
6. Biggest Surprise ?
I discovered, like most of us, Lang Leav in the poetry section of my local Barnes & Noble and instantly fell in love with her voice. The way she describes and touches upon themes such as memory, dream and sleep, and coming-of-age love is so charming that I would have expected a novel from her to be somewhat similar. She published her first novel, Sad Girls, in March and it is indeed a teenage tale with all the elements of young love and depression that we recall from her verses, but the language went totally out the window. The book is heavy in dialogue and the descriptions are brief, but, in my opinion, are compensated for by the unique plot twists and chilling ending. Likewise, a full and honest review of Sad Girls can be found here.
7. Favorite New Author (Debut Or New To You) ?
I have babbled too much on Murakami so I won’t bore you there again. I think Donna Tartt has earned this slot. The Secret History was the first book I read from her, followed by The Goldfinch and The Little Friend (discussion and review found here). Her characters are always unique – not always likable, but definitely have a way of causing us to confront certain pieces of reality such as the power that art has over us and how we deal with hate and seek revenge.
8. Newest Fictional Crush ?
The Russian bad boy from The Goldfinch, Boris. He definitely screams ” YOLO ” with his underground griminess and sketchy silhouette.
9. Newest Favorite Character ?
Harriet from The Little Friend just because she reminded me of a mix of Tom Sawyer and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird (on of the few books that I was required to read in high school that I loved and wouldn’t mind rereading). Harriet seems to get away with just about every little one of her childish schemes – I wouldn’t have minded having her as a play-friend growing up.
10. Books That Made You Cry ?
I’m a big girl, and big girls don’t cry.
11. Book That Made You Happy ?
A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham. It’s a retelling of all our favorite tales from childhood such as Jack and the Beanstock and Hansel and Gretel. I loved Cunningham’s use of intertextuality and the animated illustrations accompanying each tale. I think it mainly made me happy because of the nostalgia I felt as I was reading, remembering reading these classic tales as a child and reflecting on the different in Cunningham’s retelling.
12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaption You’ve Seen This Year ?
I’m not a big movie goer, probably cause you can’t talk in the theater the way you can stop, think, and talk while reading. I only went to see the new Beauty & the Beast. Sure, it was charming, but I prefer the book soooo much more. I like to imagine and recreate the faces of characters in my imagination and traverse the fictional world an author creates for me on my own – can’t be done with a movie.
13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year ?
Well, I’m pretty new to the book blogging community. My blog is not yet a month old so it’s pretty difficult for me to choose any one review given that I’m still learning the ins and outs of book blogging, despite my having been an avid reader all through childhood and as a student of French and Comparative Literature in university.
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought Or Received So Far This Year ?
I wouldn’t call my choice beautiful but perhaps intriguing – The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (yes babblers, MORE Murakami!). The story itself isn’t all that great, but I think Murakami was more interested in making the reader feel or imagine what it means to be trapped in a strange library with little means of escape and a likelihood that, should one fail to fulfill the demands of the creepy librarian, his/her brain will be eaten by the library. The reader moves through the book sort of in a notepad style by slipping the pages over. Most mages are filled with colorful illustrations of the characters as well as the library.
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year ?
There’s been so much talk here lately on the Shades of Magic trilogy that I feel a tad bit like a bimbo for still not having yet read any of the books. And, obviously, more Murakami!
I also hope Tartt writes some more soon – I absolutely adore her descriptive writing style and the fictional universes she manages to create and interweave with the reader’s own world.
16. I tag ?
ALL, yes all, of my fellow book babblers.
Comments ? Questions ? Got any recommendations ? Read anything babble-worthy lately ? Let’s touch base !
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