Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

i'm unconsoled, i'm lonely, i am so much better than i used to be

It's been a nice quiet week since I submitted my second draft. I'm going to be seeing my thesis advisor tomorrow evening, so I figured I'd finish my blogging to calm my nerves.

I read six things since my last blog post, but I haven't read anything new since two days ago when I watched the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who episode with my friends. I've been having a Doctor Who hangover I guess. I'll probably finish the ten other Doctor Who stories that were released this year to give myself some kind of literary hair of the dog. Feeling very proud of my HSPH friends because I just got a text about the Yolanda fundraising we're doing in lieu of the Christmas party, and it's great to know everyone's sticking together. I miss them all a lot.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson swept by really quickly. It wasn't something I'd recommend to my friends, as the writing was all right, but a bit predictable, and nothing I really looked forward to reading or finishing. It is super short so I stuck by it and, well, that's that.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer made me tear up at four in the morning. I really didn't know what I was getting into, much like every time I read a book nowadays, and I really enjoyed how the author set up everything, and how the characters aged together. Everything was pretty much perfect to me, and I will definitely re-read this again when I want to get stabbed in the chest. I'm probably going to work through the rest of her novels eventually.

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything [And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway] by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan was adorable. Magnus and Alec are too adorable for words, and seeing Magnus, someone who we've been really getting to know in these stories, act the way he was acting in this book? Precious.

Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman is the last ebook story released for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and was interesting enough that it's making me read the rest of the stories. I've been listening to the Big Finish episodes, so I guess it's the 50th's effect on its Whovians :))

Horus Rising by Dan Abnett is a great set-up to what I can tell will be this HUGE, sprawling story, and it's the first book of the Horus Heresy one of the series that makes up the backstory of WH40K and I was pretty pleased by it because the POV dude, Loken, is so very great! My dungeon master told me to read it, and I went into it with GOOD FAITH and then I got terribly spoiled by googling a term I wasn't familiar with and I ended up calling the DM and kind of cry-complaining about how everything hurt. I may have complained for two days. I'm itching to read the next one, but there are so many books I have to read... excuse me as I brood on my wrongdoings.

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis is the first book of his sci-fi series. I should have known that the man who wrote Narnia could world build like a champ, and Malacandra was vivid. There's a lot of things there that one would expect Lewis to provide in a narrative, religious stuff notwithstanding, and I'm p. excited for the rest of the series.

Now Reading:
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, which is apparently the great-grand daddy of the Russian novel, and I'm still reading Uncommon Grounds which I dip into every so often.

Reading next:
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City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Next 20:
1. Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
2. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
3. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
4. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
5. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
7. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
8. Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
9. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
10. Servant of the Underworld by Aliette Bodard
11. The Scar by China Mieville
12. S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
13. Parasite by Mira Grant
14. Babayaga by Toby Barlow
15. The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel
16. Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
17. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Ness
18. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
19. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
20. False Gods by Graham McNeill
21. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

HAHA, I know it says twenty but, umm, let's pretend it's twenty, okay? :D <3

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