It’s Monday & I’m Never Going to Finish All the Books on My Shelf

June 13, 2016

No, seriously. I still have ten left in the stack that I want to get to before the move, and I don’t think it’s going to happen. Also, reading them is starting to feel like work now–probably because I am trying to read them in a specific order. It might be time to start jumping around the stack.

This past week, I read:

Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other StoriesDear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories by Norma Fox Mazer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The best stories were the title piece, the first story, and “Chocolate Pudding.” But these are all honest, real, and raw and, as someone who will likely be a spinster, I appreciated the last story a lot.

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Two weeks ago, I saw:

Love and Friendship

I forgot to mention that I went to see Love & Friendship, which is based on the novella Lady Susan by Jane Austen. I am not a huge fan of Austen’s books, but I think they translate really well to screen. I should state up front that I’m also not super into period pieces. However, I liked the humor in this, and I loved how Lady Susan was always ten steps ahead of everyone else. This movie is very talky-talky, so if you don’t go in much for that, you might not like it. I am generally a fan of talking movies, though, so this worked for me.

Also, I haven’t read the book but the movie kind of makes me want to and, as I said, I’m not a huge fan of Austen’s books, so it definitely has that going for it.

I do have to say that I don’t get the title at all. It didn’t seem to match the movie. Maybe I’m missing something, though. I think Lady Susan would have worked just fine. I mean, it is all about her and her machinations after all and not really all that much about friendship and Love & Friendship is so darn generic (I kept mistakenly calling the movie Love & Acceptance, for example). Ugh. Anybody else who saw it have an opinion on the title? (ETA: Duh, the title is meant to be ironic. But still, generic and bland, especially given the rest of the movie.)

As of today, I’m reading:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


I was feeling kind of slumpy (and it’s almost time for The Cursed Child), so I decided to reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (I mean, it’s only been a little over a year since my last reread of Prisoner of Azkaban, so. It might be time is what I’m saying.) I’m about 1/3 of the way through, and I can tell you right now that the beginning of the book needed way less Quidditch. Also, there’s a lot of great foreshadowing and framing in all of the opening scenes when they head to the World Cup and before they get to Hogwarts. You know, minus the Quidditch match descriptions.

My plan was also to sign up for the Potterhead July Blog Festival, but I (a) totally missed the sign up AND (b) will be moving in July so it’s probably not the best time to commit to anything. I am looking forward to reading the posts, though.


Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is one of my favorite people on Twitter, and my colleague highly recommended his book, so I finally decided to read Shadowshaper. I’m listening to the audiobook, and Anika Noni Rose narrates. I’m digging it so far.


Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins

I’m participating in a blog tour for Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins at the beginning of July. I’ll be starting this one later today.



Happy reading, everyone!


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  1. Angie aka Ms. O

    I want to see Love and Friendship! I haven’t read Lady Susan, though. I mean to be honest I’ve seen more JA movies than reread the books. I don’t reread enough. Awesome, awesome books deserve rereadings!

  2. Elisabeth Ellington

    I had totally forgotten about that Norma Fox Mazer title, but I read it many, MANY years ago. Seeing these old books show up on your blog is a trip down memory lane. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan (have you read Emma? So very snarky and wonderful) but rarely get a chance to see movies just for me, and I’m pretty sure Love & Friendship would be a hard sell for my 13 yr old son. So…. someday in the future! I wonder if the filmmakers somehow combined Love & Freindship (as originally mispelled by Austen), which is a parody and juvenilia, with Lady Susan, which is an unfinished novel/novella from much later in her life?

  3. Beth @ Library Chicken

    I read Shadowshaper months ago and now my 17 year old is reading it (he’s trying to catch up to me by reading all the CYBILs finalists so I take him out for dinner and we argue about what should’ve won). I liked it a lot.

  4. Sharlene

    I keep meaning to read Older’s books! Will have to get on that bandwagon soon.

  5. Naz

    I hear that the audiobook of Shadowshaper is excellent! I await your review.


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