Archive for March, 2012

Spring Reading Thing Progress

Thursday, March 22nd

I did it! I made it through West of Here! It took some strange turns that I wasn’t expecting – and I’m not convinced that it was very well done. It’s all still pretty fresh in my mind, and I don’t think I’ve have enough time to fully process the entire story. That said, the fact that my first reaction to reaching the end was one of relief to finally be finished with the book is  more telling than anything else. There was a lot of promise in the beginning, but I think there were just too many story lines going on all at once. Overall not a bad read, and it will be neat to get to talk to the author next month at our public library.

Sunday, March 25th 

Just finished The Goose Girl. What a nice story! It was a quick, easy read and an enjoyable story. I think I heard/read somewhere that there are more books following these characters and the land of Bayern. I predict these will make it onto my reading list soon.

Tuesday, March 27th 

I’ve just finished The Princess Academy and really enjoyed it! I’m really enjoying Shannon Hale’s writing, and have put more of her titles on hold at the library.

Twice now I’ve picked up the Guernsey book, excited after all the recommendations and great reviews. It really didn’t grab my attention, though. Granted, I’ve only read a handful of pages, but there was no “hook” for me – and the letter-writing format is a bit off-putting for me.  I’ll give it another shot, but I think I”ll be picking up Wicked next.

Monday, April 2nd

Well, the next time I sat down to read, I realized that Wicked was left in the car – and Shaun took the car to work. So I gave Guernsey another shot. It took me a while, and though I still don’t love the format, I’m warming up to it a bit, and I am finding myself hooked! Yay. It’s on loan from the library on my Kindle, and it’s nearly expired. What a perfect excuse to curl up on the couch and read all night! 🙂


Spring Reading Thing

Jessica here. There are a lot of things I have failed to post about over the past few months, but this is not the catch-up/update post. This is all about reading.
I am a pretty voracious reader. This began around age 5 and although I definitely go through periods where I don’t get much reading done, it’s still true today.  I’m not terribly picky in my choices of books, either. It’s pretty much whatever catches my eye/strikes my fancy at the moment. Children’s books, young adult fiction, mystery, suspense, “fluff,” humor, non-fiction… I’ve even taken a liking to quite a bit of sci fi.


I don’t usually have a “plan” when it comes to reading, but this Spring Reading Thing intrigued me. I’m not going to lie – the possibility of winning some Amazon gift cards played a large role in my decision (I need to fill up my Kindle!).

Without further ado, these are the books I have on hand and on hold at the library. My goal is to get through them, and to add more to this list before the end of spring.

West of Here by Jonathon Evison

This one may be a bit of a cheat; I am about halfway through it already. But I am determined to finish.  Going back and forth between 1890 and 2006 near the Olympic mountains in Washington State, I feel like I should really be into this book – the setting (so near where I grew up), the characters (white and native alike), the way it draws out the impact of the actions of the characters’ ancestors… it all seems like it would be a riveting read.  I am having a heck of a time getting through it, though.
The reason I picked up this book in the first place is that it’s on my new library’s book club for the month. I am looking forward to meeting the author next month and to get the chance to meet other folks in this town (being a recent transplant with no job, my friends are few and far between; what better way to connect with others?)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

I have a friend (honest, I do!). She’s a reader, too. She’s a Jane Austen fan – and a young adult fiction fanatic. She’s the one who introduced me to The Hunger Games, Stephen King’s The Eyes of The Dragon (if you haven’t read this – DO!)
Anyhow, she is often praising Shannon Hale and after more than two years, I plan on finally getting around to reading some of her books.

Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Looked like a good read to me – I’d love to some day make it to the play, too!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I vaguely remember seeing this book on a few of my friends’ lists of must-read books. I will admit that I have no clue what it’s even about. But I’m excited to read it for myself! 🙂

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

That friend I was telling you about? She also raves about this book. She recently even went so far a to buy it for me (yeah, my friends are awesome like that). It’s a honker of book – a bit daunting, if I’m being honest. But if all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to hold my own in our book discussions by the end of Spring! 🙂

Tally Ho!