Sunday, April 01, 2012

Week in Review (13)

Random Thoughts

Another month over and done with. It is crazy how quickly time flies!  I will do a month end post in the next few days. In the meantime, another week of reading is over and done with. The Once Upon a Time challenge is in full-swing. I haven't read as much for it so far as I would like because I am reading Titanic related books for the Titanic Week at Historical Tapestry. It is now a two week event, actually. It will run from April 9, 2012 to April 22, 2012. I am just finishing up The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott for it. Then, I have The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe to read. It is nice to be reading all these books. I always have enjoyed the Titanic as a subject matter for books, but I have been neglecting it rather badly the last few years. 

I think for the month of April I am going to try and read some fantasy poems to tie in with Once Upon a Time. If you have any suggestions please let me know! Our participant list got a bit small for March, so hopefully we can pick some people up for April. Lu will be posting the wrap-up for the month on Monday. She didn't want it to get lost amongst Bloggiesta posts. There will also be the winner announcement.

Challenge News

I read The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. Speaking of the Once Upon a Time Challenge, the group read of Mistborn: The Final Empire starts today. I will hopefully be joining in! Carl and I will be posting about the first half of Spirits in the Wires by Charles de Lint tomorrow.

Weekly Reads

My uncle is a history buff like me, so the other day my mother asked for a gift suggestion. I chose this book so I could read it, too. Yes, I am just that nice! It was actually really interesting. I enjoyed reading about the Halifax connection to the Titanic. The rest of the book touched on the actual sinking and other events that I have read about several times before. It made me think I need to read a book on the Canadians on the Titanic and my library had a copy. (Borrowed)

Well, I found this rather boring. The pictures were nice, but the story didn't do much for me. I don't know if it was my mood or what... Just one of those things! (Library)

It is always nice when you can't spell so then you wind up wasting lots of time trying to find a picture you know is saved on your computer. Anyway, this book was a very readable book about the Titanic. It reads as a novel, which I could appreciate. It wasn't really dry at all and that's a high mark for non-fiction. I also enjoyed the way the author chose to look at things. If you are looking for a Titanic non-fiction I suggest this one. (Personal Copy)

I have heard lots of good things about this book, so I was happy that my library had a copy. It was a very interesting look at the correlation between women bikers and the feminist movement. I enjoyed it! (Library)

Currently Reading:
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Spirits in the Wires by Charles de Lint
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Weekly Posts
Poetry: Read More/Blog More - A Monthly Event - Month 3
Friday Reads - 10th Edition
Saturday Snapshot - March 31, 2012

New Additions

I am doing really bad with keeping track lately... 

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (gift card)

um, let me think here...
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe (Harper Collins)
Gilded Lives, Fated Voyage by Hugh Brewster (Harper Collins)
Borderline by Allan Stratton (Harper Collins)
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Random House)

Harper Collins Canada shared this post about Titanic related books. I was going to buy them, but well, Gutenberg had most of them... So, I got:
Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters by Various Authors
Letters from the Cape by Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (Passenger)
A Journey in Other Worlds by John Jacob Astor (Science-fiction by Passenger)
The Loss of the S.S. Titanic by Lawrence Beesley
Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn (Sister of Duff Gordon. This is credited as a first in romance.)
Letters from Egypt by Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (Passenger)
The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson 
Titanic by Filson Young

Maybe I will read some and see about guest posting on The Project Gutenberg blog.

I also have from NetGalley:
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
American Rose by Karen Abbott
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

And then for a TLC blog tour I have an advance e-copy of:
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (which is saying I only have a day left to read it! I hope that is a mistake...)

I will just post everything:
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
Down These Strange Streets edited by George R.R. Martin
Shockoholic by Carrie Fisher
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
How to Read a Poem by Molly Peacock
A Good American by Alex George
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Wheels of Change by Sue Macy (Read)
Collision Course by Gordon Korman 

Sorry for the overload! I was a bit slack this month... And, now, I am off to finish The Dressmaker so I can speed-read my way through Out of the Silent Planet in case it really does expire tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Wheels of Change sounds like my kind of book! Happy reading!

    1. It was really interesting!

  2. Sounds like you've got a lot of good reads going on. Titanic week sounds like fun.

    1. It was a lot of fun putting it all together. :)

  3. I've always wanted to read C.S. Lewis's science fiction trilogy!

    I'm planning to read A Million Suns this month - Dad said it was even better than Across the Universe, which I loved.

    Have a great week, Kelly!

    1. Me too! I really need to get the sequels now.

      I hope to get to A Million Suns soon. I saw your review...


  4. PPPPpssssstttTTT! I'm having a giveaway of A.S Byatt's Angels and INsects in case you are interested... I do think you would like the Angel story especially... THey're short and not "too" Byatt-vocabularized.

    1. I saw, but I did not win... :p


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