I’ve been in a weird mood since I finished Fossil Hunter by John Olson and Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin. I read It’s Not About Me by Michelle Sutton and enjoyed it, though it was a young adult novel… it’s amazing how much I didn’t have in common with the characters – even when I was 19. I’ll try to go into that later, though – it was a great book and I think would be a good read for teenagers who are struggling with physical boundaries in relationships. And I normally love the young adult genre, by the way.

Since I finished these books, I’ve started The Heretic’s Daughter and I’ve found it a bit depressing, but it is about a girl’s life during the Salem Witch trials. I guess you can’t always have the happily-ever-after stories such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond (a young adult fictional account of a girl who is accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials). I’ll probably finish it eventually, but for now it’s going back on my bookshelf in my to-be-read (to-be-finished, lol) stack.

I should be receiving some books to read and review soon. I’ll post the titles as I receive them – there will be some Christian fiction, some general fiction, and a few children’s books. :-)

I’ve just started reviewing for BookLoons again (I reviewed for them about a year ago) and according to the rules of the site I’m not supposed to put more than a paragraph or two of my reviews anywhere else – so if you wonder why you have to click in to the site to read the rest of some of my reviews… that’s why. :-)

So I’m looking for something interesting to read while I’m waiting to receive books to review. I requested a few books from the library (The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and The Queen’s Secret by Jean Plaidy) and will probably go get those today. Can you believe I’ve never read any by these authors? Well, that’s not entirely true – I have read quite a few of Victoria Holt’s (same author, different pen name for Jean Plaidy). It seems to me that people who read Jean Plaidy are pretty impressed so I thought I’d give her a try.

Here is today’s Booking Through Thursday question:

Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

I tend more toward the “treat this like glass” side when it comes to my books, I’m afraid. Especially if it’s my books. If I get a library book that is beat up I don’t worry too much about it, but I don’t like to further the demolition of the poor book. When I buy a book I’m pretty careful – I don’t think I’ve ever bent the cover all the way around so I could hold the book with one hand. That’s abuse, I’m pretty sure!

Watching other readers mess up their books definitely makes me flinch. lol

So what are you reading/going to read, etc? Feel free to leave a link to your post here in the comments!



9 Responses to Literary Update and Ramblings

  • You know, the more answers I read, the more determined I am to OPEN this book that I’m now reading. It’s so stiff. I’m on page 53, and it’s a chore to read it.

  • I tagged you for a “book meme” at Another Road to Ramble if you want to play!

  • I just finished up Until We Reach Home, I really enjoyed this book and hated for it to end.

    I bend my pages, a habit I am trying so hard to break!

  • Oh! We must be “kindred spirits” (LOL! sorry, I couldnt resist!). I am the exact same way.

    And I loved your Daddy’s Girl post. That’s such a fun age!

  • I look forward to your reviews, Lindsey. As far as book reading, I treat my books as gently as I can. I do often have a book stuck in the door slot in my car that can tend to get a little more dog eared than the rest, but I do try to keep them as nice as possible. I am the type of person who will pass along books to friends so I really try to make sure that they are as good as they can get.

  • Wow! I didn’t know that Victoria Holt had books under a different name! I’ll have to check them out.

  • The Other Boleyn Girl is a fabulous book! I read it about a year ago, and it “stayed with me” for several weeks. It was a real page turner and made me feel like I stepped back in time and was a part of all those events.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • I love the books I’ve read by Philippa Gregory. You’re going to love The Other Boleyn Girl. I’m waiting for The Other Queen to get back into the library.

    As for reading books: if it’s a paperback I don’t mind bending the cover back to read with one hand. If it’s a study book (bible study, etc) I don’t mind dog earing the pages either. And I’ll write it my books too! :)

    Thanks for submitting again!

  • I recently added “Heretic’s Daughter” to my Amazon wishlist based on various blog reviews i read.

    I bend paperback pages but not hardcover since those come with built in bookmarks! LOL

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