October Twitterature 2013

Taking a mini-break from my Beyond the Basics essential oil series, and will return to that soon. Until then, here’s a little bit of what I’ve been reading lately.

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Since my post last month I’ve been a busy, busy lady and I’ve only finished 3 books.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: Loved this one thanks to Sheila great recommendation. I was not disappointed. You won’t be either. #alsohighlyrecommend 5 outta 5

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: Listened to this on Audible. Got all my wheels spinning. They are still spinning. #spinninginagoodway 4 outta 5 (maybe 4.5)

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: Read this with my book club this month. I was running short on time to get this finished so it was another Audible book for me. 3.5 outta 5

Joining Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Twitterature Link-up

Find me on GoodReads to see what’s in my queue and which ones I’m working on currently.

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  • http://deliberatereader.com/ Sheila

    Oh, yay! So glad you liked Stead’s book. I think The House of Mirth is probably a 3.5 for me too. It would probably only be a 2.5 for overall likeability, but the excellent writing bumps it up higher.

  • Jeannie

    Very interested in your comment (and Sheila’s, below) on The House of Mirth: I’d give it 5 out of 5 and would consider it one of my top 5 of all time: http://prinsenhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/01/my-top-five-books-ever.html
    It’s not very upbeat, though. It’s OK if you just give it 3.5 … really … sniff, sniff …

    • Anne Bogel

      Top 5 of all time? Wow. Maybe I need to move it UP my list.

    • http://deliberatereader.com/ Sheila

      I have trouble fully appreciating books that are bleak, and to me The House of Mirth is bleak. I know, that’s my own issue, and it doesn’t speak to the literary merit of a title, but still. It plays a big part in books I pick for myself (as opposed to books I read for book club or other reasons), and it absolutely plays a role in my final rating for a book. I don’t disagree with anything you wrote about it in your post – I just can’t fully enjoy it.

      • Jeannie

        Yeah, I do completely see your point. A friend of mine hadn’t read the book but saw the movie (with Gillian Anderson) and she said, “That was the most depressing thing I ever saw in my life!” And I had to agree with her (although the movie was not a very good rendering of the book). HoM definitely is bleak — tragic even. I wouldn’t recommend it to my own book club for that very reason. But I have read it about five times and something about it just draws me. So there you go.

        • http://deliberatereader.com/ Sheila

          I wish I did appreciate bleak stories more – so much of classic literature tilts that way, and makes me avoid it. What’s strange (to me) is that I love nonfiction that can be fairly bleak/depressing/hard to read. Why I struggle with it when it’s fiction I have no idea. If anything it seems like it should be the other way around.

          And Gillian Anderson is NOT at all how I pictured Lily. Maybe I just can’t get her X-Files role out of my head and she was fine playing her, but I’m not seeing it.

  • Anne Bogel

    I loved the first two, though in very different ways. (“Got my wheels spinning” is a great way to put it.)

    I’ve never read The House of Mirth. Maybe I’ll get there one day. It’s not super-high on the list, and it’s a long list. :)