Have You Read Any of These? #1

Hello! Thanks for all the support on my first post this weekend. I really appreciate it!

Today I went to library after getting a little bit of exercise by playing Pokemon Go on campus. I had wanted to select some books so I could start my first Make Me Read It feature, but I realized that I’m not really in the mood to start another series or even a really big book that will take me longer than a week to finish. So I might save that for Spring Break, which, for me, is in two weeks. Then I will be home and be able to select books from my personal library!

So today I picked up five short, random books from the library and thought I’d “haul” them here to see if any of you have read them and what you think. I’ll also share some of my initial thoughts on them down below.screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-12-08-28-pm

Shoplifter by Michael Cho | Goodreads | I will probably read this book first because it is a graphic novel and I bet I’ll finish it pretty quickly. I might also be able to carry it with me on my long days on campus if it looks like I’ll have spare time to read.

This Census-Taker by China Miéville | Goodreads | The only reason I pulled this book from the Leisure Reading shelves is because of its size. I’ve never heard of the author before, but after flipping through its pages and reading the synopsis, I decided to give this book a shot.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | Goodreads | I suppose I’m in a little bit of a spooky reading mood right now, which is why I picked up this book from the library, knowing it was also a pretty short book. It was first recommended to me by an older cousin who also likes to read. And coincidentally it was mentioned in the book I just finished: The Fate of the Tearling. So I figured it’s probably a good time to read this one.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan | GoodreadsOne of my favorite movies is Atonement (2007), which was adapted from the book by this same author. So I’m optimistic that this novel will be a really captivating read, even though it’s a little out of my comfort zone.

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott | Goodreads | I love reading historical fiction and everything about this book has immediately drawn me in. It caught my attention a few months ago, and the only reason I’ve not borrowed it yet is because I’ve felt like I had a lot of time to read and I’ve never read anything by this author. So I’ve been hesitant. It’s the only of the five books I picked up today that is a little bit longer, but I’m looking forward to getting to it soon!

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As I’m just about finished tinkering with the template and layout of this blog for now, I’ve decided to make my first official post of this new blog. In case you didn’t follow me from my old self-hosted blog Book & Pixels, formerly Ink Keys & Other Things, I thought I’d give you a brief introduction to me.

I start book blogging in January 2015 in my final year at Iowa State University where I was working on my B.A. in English lit. That blog was on WordPress.com Books o’ the Wisp, and I had a grand ole time blogging there, but once I started my Master’s at UT Dallas, I realized I wanted something different where I could talk more about my studies and life in general and also wanted to have a bit more control over customization. So I created a new blog with BlueHost and Wordpress.org.

As I anticipate taking a year off before my PhD, I’ve decided to start a new book blog focused more exclusively on books and have it hosted on WordPress.com again, because I think it’s just easier to connect with other bloggers here and I’ve realized I don’t need the extra frills of a self-hosted blog. I’m currently a Master’s student and TA at UT Dallas. This is my final semester here and has turned out to be my busiest yet, so please hang with me as I sort out my life and this blog. :)

To get a sense of the types of content I’ll be posting here, see my Features page with a list of the post ideas I have in mind. I can’t commit to schedule just yet, but I’d like to eventually be posting one of each type every month in addition to the random reading wrap ups, TBRs, etc. that I feel like doing on the spot on any given day. Also feel free to check out my other blog pages to find if you’d to get a better sense of me and if you’d like to follow my blog.

Before I go, I also thought I’d give a reading update. I’m currently reading The Fate of the Tearling, the final book in The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen. I’m loving it so much. I’ve been waiting for this book for almost two years since I discovered the first two and I’m so excited to find out how the story wraps up. I’m hoping I’ll finish this book by next weekend and be able to post my first book review on here sometime soon.

If you want to find me on my other social media places, I’m posting some links below. Some of them still need to be updated to reflect my new blog, but feel free to give them a follow if you’re interested. I’ll be updating them very soon.


Thank you for reading!
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