currently reading

Hello! I’m going through a bit of a phase with my reading… I can’t seem to stick to any book in particular, and it’s because they’re all so good!! Seriously I’m overwhelmed with my “to-be-read” list on GoodReads. And since discovering the free online reads on pulseit.com, in addition to the e-books NetGalley is providing me (I only requested so many because I didn’t think all the requests would be accepted!), there’s a plethora of stories demanding my attention. And here they are:

chantress

Chantress is the current free read on pulseit.com (’til May 12th).  It just came out in hardcover yesterday, so it’s pretty cool to get the chance to sneak a read so early on! It’s set in the 1600s, but seems to be in an alternate world where singing is outlawed (I think it’s a form of magic). Pros: a magical atmosphere/vibe that is engaging. Cons: the 1600s are typically a bit early for me. I prefer later time periods, but the language in this book is accessible and not stuffy. I’m only 6% in, so I can’t really say much more.

fatal likeness

A Fatal Likeness is available on NetGalley. It’s the second in a series, which I didn’t know when I requested it. But I’m almost halfway done and I haven’t had any issues with not knowing the backstory of Charles Maddox, the main character. The story is an imagining of possible events in the lives of Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. I know next to nothing about any of them, other than knowing some of their works. I can’t say I’m a big fan of poetry and I never felt interested in Frankenstein. This book however is holding my attention. I’ve recently read, or started reading, some pretty cheesy and not-so-well-written young adult books, so this one is a breath of fresh air. The writing is meticulous and lovely, not a grammatical error to be found (a relief after some brutal ARCs). I love a good mystery, and this is impressive. The timeline shifts from present to past, and the events surrounding a possible murder are slowly unfolding. Loving it.

quicksilver

Quicksilver is legit. I mean, I bought this baby in hardcover the minute it came out. The companion to Ultraviolet, how am I not already done reading this?? Well, it’s kind of hard for me to rush through it. I read Ultraviolet in one day, in one sitting, last summer. I don’t want to accidentally read this one too quickly- I really want to savour it. So incredibly irked though: I got Ultraviolet signed IN PERSON when R.J. Anderson was at my local library. When I bought this one, I was like: aw man, too bad it’s not signed. About a week later, in the very same bookstore I just purchased my copy from, I saw a stack — A STACK — of autographed copies of this. I mean, what the? How did I grab a non-signed copy? Grr. Anyways, parts of the chapters in this are divided into sections by binary code. And there’s physics and engineering… loving it!!

whats left of me

What’s Left Of Me is making me think! It’s a dystopian set in an alternate world where every body contains two souls at birth, and by about age 5, one of the souls takes over and the other… disappears. This story is about what happens to someone when the second soul doesn’t disappear. How can the non-dominant one, the one that’s forced to hide in the background and has no control over their body or voice, survive?? It’s gripping so far, I’ll tell you. Reminiscent in a way of The Host, in that there’s a lot of internal battles. (But in this book, one of the two “minds” isn’t an alien…) I got this from the library in the town where I work. Because yes, I belong to the library there too now! Can there ever be enough access to free books?? No. Never.

What are you reading currently?

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weekend loves

Hi there! Long time no post…

Just a quick little “currently” to catch up with you.

{Current reads}

let the sky fall drawing of the three the essence

Let The Sky Fall : I just started this, but have to finish before the 14th, because I’m reading it online for free! Check out this site – Simon & Schuster relaunched their teen reads site, and now adults can join. They post excerpts from new releases, and occasionally – like in the case of this book – they post a link where you can read the entire book for free, for a limited time!! Can’t really go wrong with that. And I love my teen fiction, heehee. So anyways, what’s it about? Wind elementals, a.k.a sylphs. Super cool, and very different. I’m enjoying it lots.

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three : Apparently I read Stephen King now! Haha, who knew? Well, I’m not going to rush out and pick up copies of, say, The Shining… (horror and I don’t mix) but actually, I’ve always been intrigued by what I’ve seen/heard regarding his fantasy series The Dark Tower. So I got the first book, The Gunslinger, from the library. And at first, I was unimpressed. I even considered stopping without finishing (this was in the first third of the book). It seemed like a weird western… not at all what I was expecting or hoping for.

But then! The book took a turn for the AMAZING, when it transitioned into an incredible epic story. I’m talking- there are parallel worlds, micro/macroscopic universes, and a far-future that is oddly similar to our medieval times. Yep. It hooked me! I’d say the last few chapters were incredible. So, upon finishing that one, I decided I’d keep going with the rest of the series. And- book 2, here we are!

This second one is completely different from the first so far, but I still like it. More Roland!

Oh, and PS- the postscript written by Stephen King was hilarious- he was writing about how most of the questions you have upon finishing the book don’t even have answers yet. Despite his odd, cat-like appearance, and the fact that he makes zillions of dollars from books that I feel may be mediocre (not having read them, I can’t completely judge, however… I do) I kind of get his appeal.

The Essence (The Pledge Book II) : I started this a while back, then had some eye issues when my focus was all messed up so I had a hard time reading books… so here we are. Somewhat disappointed that I purchased the hardcover of this, because since then my library has purchased a copy. I don’t own the first book, so why I did this still baffles me. Anyways, so far the second book isn’t as impressive as the first. Less romance, less excitement. A bit more intrigue, so I have hope. I want to finish this soon!

{Current music}

Still songza-ing it up and discovering more new indie bands. And in the car I’m listening to Mumford and Sons. My two favourite songs currently are: Winter Winds, and Roll Away Your Stone.

{Current food}

Nutella is haunting me. I managed to consume an entire jar in a week. However, despite this addiction, I’m also experimenting with this anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Seriously though? That is a lot of beans/legumes. My tub of hummus can only go so far. But interestingly, Himself and I have discovered a liking for basmati rice (the recommended rice!) Also, I haven’t yet quite figured out how to interpret “unlimited quantities of asian mushrooms”. Hah.

{Current wishlist}

I’ve been updating my pinterest style board with tons of coral, navy, and mint for spring. I covet this necklace like no tomorrow, however upon visiting the neiman marcus website I’ve discovered it is $2065.00 so…. unlikely. Haha. But I bet I could find something similar on etsy!

I’ve also still got my eye on a rose gold watch like this one, but am waiting for a super deal to come up. The batteries in my current watch seem to be operating whimsically (i.e. it can take 2 hours for 2 minutes to go by, according to the watch) so it may be time to just cash up and invest in a nice new one that will last. What do you think? Do you buy cheap watches every so often, or invest in one quality watch?

……

That’s about it for my currently. Work is going well – I love my new coworkers – and it’s refreshing to not be worrying about whether my hours will be reduced. We’re having super rainy weather right now, but it’s warming up. I love spring.

I’m off to do a bit more reading! xo

currently: {episode 9}

Hi there! I’ve been reading up a storm this week… 6 books came in at the library for me, and they’re all high on my to-be-read list. Right now I’m reading Eve & Adam by Michael Grant (of GONE fame!) and Katherine Applegate. It’s a really, really quick read, and quite gripping so far!

So, other than that- I am currently…

{wishing} that I could fit like an extra three to four hours in my day. Seriously, I’d love the time.

{thinking} about whether or not I should leave the house this evening. I could venture out to the mall for a bit… or stay snuggled up with my book. Not sure yet!

{cooking} (ah, what’s with all the cooking prompts!! Mine are always so boring…) Anyways, I’m not currently cooking anything, but I still have to decide what to eat for supper tonight. Hopefully something quick, as hunger seems to set in lightning-fast.

{drinking} orange juice. Himself has been fighting a cough/cold for weeks, and my throat seems to be hinting at something, so I’m trying to stay hydrated with good stuff (i.e. not just coffee).

{working} on this blog post :)

Link up here:

HK

currently: {episode 8}

Merry Christmas!! Hope yours was wonderful- ours certainly was… Himself and I had a chance to spend time with both sets of parents, as well as each other (I love Christmas mornings at home, just the two of us!). Tomorrow’s my birthday! And I only have 3 working days left at my Old Job… it’s certainly a time of change and growth.

Currently, I am…

{obsessing} over 2013 and all of the exciting changes it brings. I’ll be starting off my thirties… starting a new (happy) job… and who knows what else! I am so thankful for 2012 and the opportunities it has brought. I have bright thoughts for the coming year, and I can’t wait to start fresh in January (anyone else think of the new year like that? A fresh new open-ended slot of time?)

{looking} for more books as good as the few I’ve just read. I seem to be in a tear-jerker mood, and The Language of Flowers, which I just read yesterday, as well as Vaclav & Lena and The Snow Child all fit that bill. However, they were also all incredibly uplifting as well as devastating. I highly recommend all three. (I haven’t posted reviews for them because I wasn’t able to effectively review them – they were too incredible. You just have to read them for yourself!) I’d love any recommendations for similar stories.

{improving} my diet, I hope. Since getting married, I’ve definitely put on some newlywed pounds, which I would dearly love to see the end of, haha. I’m trying to be more conscious about my food selections… which in turn will hopefully improve my overall well-being!

{learning} that turning 30 isn’t as big a deal as people say it is. My coworkers kindly suggested I was turning 25 this year, which even if they’re lying, still makes a gal feel good! I’ve never had a birthday where I woke up and “felt older”, but I feel like this one will have a bit of an aura of excitement, if only for the newness it brings. I’m always forgetting what age I am right after my birthday, but I have a feeling I won’t forget this time!!

Link up!

HK

currently {episode 5}

Hi! In this first week of December, here’s what I’m currently up to…

{making} up a christmas and birthday wishlist on pinterest. I love wishing for things! And what I love even more is opening a gift and getting something you weren’t even expecting, that turns out to be better than what you wished for yourself. Like many others, my Style pinboard is huge, and I always pin things with the wish that I’d magically have all of the outfits to wear.

{thinking} about my job interview, which was today. I feel like it went well!! But I really really don’t want to jinx it. My lips are sealed until later in the week when I get the news. There’s still one more interview to get through if I do hear good news this week, but I know I’ll be totally preoccupied until I hear back. Ever try not to think about something? It’s tough.

{loving} Days of Blood and Starlight! It’s good news: book two is not a disappointment! I’m only on page 80-something, but it’s looking like this will be a satisfying read. Which is why I’m taking my time, to better enjoy it.

{cooking} amazing grilled cheeses made with thick farmer’s bread and gouda. Gouda melts crazy-well, did you know? I usually use cheddar or mozzarella, but I bought the gouda for a change, and was in love with the result. Himself ate two (with bacon added), so they must have been good!

{dreaming} of cats. Well, last night I dreamt that we rescued like 20 cats from this flood… they were adorable and magically all got along with Leela and Inara. That was a night-dream, which I don’t usually have any control over. In day-dream times, I’m dreaming about christmas with our families, yummy baking, and time off from work.

Here’s a link-up to other currentlys… what are you up to?

HK