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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Love

Happy Valentine's Day, book people! I hope you got to spend at least part of the day doing what you really love: reading!

Okay, I know, it's the day after Valentine's, but close enough.

This week I'm working on the massive (over 1,000 pages) A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I'm enjoying this book very much, although I'm only halfway through it. There's a Macbeth allusion, among other attractions.

This is my thirteenth book of 2015, and with the exception of ARCS, every book I have read this year has been from my TBR collection (sorry, can't technically call it a stack or a pile). Thus, I am doing quite nicely on the TBR Double Dog Dare hosted by James Reads Books.

For a class I'm teaching, I'm reading The Narrative of Frederick Douglass for probably the fifth or sixth time. It's still completely mesmerizing and inspiring. At the end of 2014 I bought a hardcover copy of Colum McCann's Trans Atlantic so that I can read it again. I got an ARC from LibraryThing, and I loved the book so much (it actually made me cry, and not just a few tears). The time Douglass spent in Ireland is and important part of Trans Atlantic, and it is one reason I loved the book so much.

Other books I'm reading right now are mostly for school or for my writing practice. I seem to pick books up, read a chapter, and then put them down for a while far more than I ever used to.

I wish I were better about writing reviews as soon as I finish a book. I'm really behind in writing and posting reviews, even of books I really liked.

Share your book love in the comments: are you working on your TBR pile? Do you have a book that you read and loved recently? Share the book love....


Iliana said...

Happy Valentine's Day! You are doing great on your reading goals. I think I need to stop going to the library for a bit. My TBR Collection (I like that!) is out of control.

bermudaonion said...

I worked all day Saturday so didn't get any reading done. It sounds like you're having a great year in books so far!

Space Station Mir said...

I also wish I was better at writing reviews immediately after finishing, it gets intimidating to catch up! At the same time, sometimes I find it's hard to review a book immediately (especially, for some reason, one I really liked). Sometimes they take time to grok.

Bybee said...

I'm reading A Game of Thrones and I'm hopelessly behind with my reviews.