Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Currently Reading (I don't normally read more than three books at once, but ...)

HELLO MY FRIENDS! I started a new job two weeks ago (some details coming soon!) so the books have been piling up. This is the result of my current inability to finish books before starting new ones. It will be a miracle if I can complete even four of these in April.


Books on the back burner:


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (hardcover)
I stopped reading The Book Thief in September, but I REFUSE to give up. It was just bad timing when I started it. Just curious — is there anyone out there who *doesn't* like this book?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (paperback)
This is the book I was supposed to read with my boyfriend (I almost typed book boyfriend, LOL) but he finished the whole thing on audiobook and left me in the dust. Now I just don't want to read it, but he asks me about it everyday *starts pulling hair out of my head*

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
My loan expired yesterday, so I have to wait a while before I can finish this hefty book. It's a re-read so I'm cool with leaving Hogwarts for a little, but it's my first time listening to it on audiobook. The narrator, Jim Dale, is excellent. I love the different voices he uses, especially Hermione's (it's weird) and Umbridge's.

Books for daily living:


The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith (hardcover)
I'm part of a community group at my church, and this is the book we're reading through together. To be completely honest, it's not that great. I like Smith's illustrations, but he brings in too many ideas. Each chapter is supposed to be focused on one aspect of God, but he never fully gets his point across.

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (paperback)
Contrary to my feelings about the previous book, I love this one so far! It teaches ways to study the Bible with both the heart and the mind. I love reading the Bible, but I have a hard time dissecting it and verbalizing what I've learned. My hope is to gain more understanding (but I know I will never fully "get" everything!) and stay passionate.

Books I switch between:


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (paperback)
I bought a physical copy of City of Bones back in 2013 and tried to start it, but I couldn't get into fantasy back then. Luckily (for me) it blew up and now everyone is talking about it! I didn't want to miss out, so I picked it up again and am enjoying the majority of it! If you've finished the series, which book was your favorite? I know I have a long way to go!

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (e-book)
I'm only 60 pages into this one, so a lot of things can change, but so far: the author writes a very interesting perspective on how Christians believe they are to act and think. I really had no idea this would be so focused on Kate's faith, which I'm fairly happy about. I'm a Christian, so I'm really looking forward to discussing this book in the future. Whether you're a Christian or not, how did Things I Can't Forget change the way you view faith?

And finally, the book I'm actually reading:

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (hardcover)
As some of you may know, The Winner's Kiss is the last book in The Winner's trilogy — and it was finally released today! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO MARIE RUTKOSKI. I really wanted to have a clean slate (aka have zero books on my "currently reading" list) before starting this one, but I've been in a mood. A mood where I just can't seem to finish anything. But it's fine, because I know I'll enjoy this one! And according to my past reading experiences, I read more if I enjoy something. (Bad books slow me down.) If you're looking for a new trilogy to read, let me convince you to start this one :)
What are you currently reading? Do you let yourself bounce from book to book? Are there books you've left aside, half-read, but don't have the heart to mark it as "DNF" (did not finish?) Can you read more than one book at a time?

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