Howdy, Strangers

I haven’t blogged in over two weeks and I laughed when I looked at my last post. Oh the plans for readalongs. I was so clueless. Why did I not realize that the combo of a full-time job and graduate school courses would work together to crush my reading dreams!?
 wtf crying rebel wilson melissa mccarthy laughing gif GIFAnyhoo, this semester is tough. My courses contain 15 weeks worth of content smooshed into an 11 week class (intro to reference) and 7 weeks (rare book librarianship).

I did manage to finish one book; Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson. It was good, but certainly drafts of Jackson’s writing. It lacked the punchy polish of her other works, but I’m so glad I read it.

The only other exciting thing to report on is that last week I saw Roxane Gay speak and bought her new memoir, Hunger. She signed it for me and I was a total dork and could think of nothing meaningful or witty to say. I was starstruck.

When I’m not doing homework I’m working on a new bullet journal and reading Harry Potter. It is all my brain can handle. I’ve assured myself that July will be better. Leave me with my delusions.


Readalongs and Pottering with Potter

In addition to working full time and trying to be a competent parent, I’m also neck deep in course work. Right now I have 27 articles to read, chapters to analyze, and projects to start on.

Instead I’m blogging and anticipating reading a bunch of fiction in the coming weeks. Well see how those plans play out.


This weekend the first readalong begins. I’ll be reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier with Allie, Andi, and Heather. My goal is to finish my current read tonight or tomorrow and then dig into the gothic goodness.



The second readalong ALSO starts next week. I was browsing Twitter and was digging Alice’s witty commentary. I decided to check out her blog and discovered that a biography of Wilkie Collins readalong is starting June 14th. Yes, pleaseandthankyou.


Next up is The Readers readalong of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. This readalong will be very special. I’m going with a few girlfriends to a cabin in Tennessee for an “book nerd summer camp.” Sort of like a readathon, BUT IN PERSON. A few of us are going to read the book and then discuss it on our trip.


This next readalong is my own invention and in honor of the 20th publication anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Pottering with Potter! Instead of re-reading the series (for the millionth) time in a mad rush, I’m going to slow things down and read one book a month until the end of the year.

June: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

July: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

August: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

September: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

October: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

November: Harry Potter and the Half  Blood Prince

December: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

Let me know if you’d like to join in!

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Readerly Rambles: 6/5/2017

dickensHowdy, strangers. I didn’t think I’d be away from the blog for over a week, but I just finished up an intense few days at work and then had a much needed mini-staycation with my family. I’ve read gobs the past few days and that’s been really lovely.

What I Read: In late May I really kicked into a reading frenzy. I finished my re-read of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which was fabulous except this read I had this tiny tingle of frustration. I don’t give two shits about Pip. Seriously, he is nauseating. I felt a sliver of sympathy for Pip as a child, but nothing past that. He is annoying and I think if he had a Twitter account he would be forever harassing women and then being all upset when women are uninterested in a romance or tell him he is full of crap. No use for Pip. What I really wanted was alternate universe Great Expectations. In an alternate universe, I image Great Expectations is written by George Eliot and centered on Estella. She is by far the most interesting character and I’m more interested in her perceptions (shut up, Pip, no one cares). Great Expectations garnered 4 out of 5 stars for me because I cannot get the alternate universe copy.

The second book I read in less than 24-hours and it had me enthralled. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue was AMAZING. This novel follows a Florence Nightingale trained nurse, Lib, deep into the Irish countryside where Lib has been asked to observe a young girl who claims to have not eaten in four months. The historical detail is vastly interesting and Lib’s story is compelling. I wasn’t sure if deception, cruelty, or God was at play in the novel and it kept me turning the pages. I rated this 5 stars on Goodreads, but it is probably more of a 4.5 as the ending is a bit problematic for me.

What I’m Reading: I’ve been digging into Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson. This is a collection of her unpublished and some unfinished work. Mostly good stuff and then really great stuff that isn’t complete and makes me sad because I want more Shirley Jackson.

What’s up Next: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier is next on my TBR pile!

Happy Reading!