Although it is only October, I'm kind of already thinking about 2014 and what I want to accomplish personally, professionally, and how reading/this blog will play a part in that. I'm definitely planning to cut back on quantity read (this year's goal is 300 and I feel comfortable that I will reach that achievement). Instead I want to try some longer, more challenging reads. For starters, I want to tackle two dystopian classics 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, inspired by this comic I saw on Pinterest. I've never read either and think it will be fun to finally give them a read. I'm not starting them now because I want to give my full attention to War and Peace and checking that off my list. I also want to read some management/leadership books, partially inspired by Brene Brown's Daring Greatly. It gave me some thoughts about communication and vulnerability that I've been using to think about my career and I want to follow up on that. There are also some other non-fiction books I want to check out. I don't know how that will impact the blog yet but I hope it will prove interesting. Is anyone else planning some changes for 2014 already?
The Week That Was plus Giveaway:
This past week was the week of The Scarlet Pimpernel as I shared thoughts on this classic from Jen Ryland/YA Romantics and me. Wednesday saw her review of Diana Peterfreund's interpretation Across a Star-Swept Sea and then on Friday, I unveiled my giveaway (super easy: open internationally and all you have to do is enter-no endless list of bonus entries!)
This is more of a rediscovered obsession with a bit of a story. For about four years, I was super into musicals (I liked them before and still do but it's less intense now) and of course that includes those written by the great Stephen Sondheim. Earlier this month I heard one of my coworkers singing some bars from A Chorus Line and found myself doing work that lends itself well to listening to musicals so I dug out files for Into the Woods because I am so so excited for the musical. I adore Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt, who are two of the stars (also Chris Pine and Meryl Streep) so I hope this is a more pleasing film version than some other musicals as I have not been much impressed in recent years with the film adaptations we've gotten. Does anyone else love musicals or is interested in this forthcoming movie?
|Into the Woods cast|
The Heiresses by Allison Rushby-I've already read this historical fiction about sisters and can promise a positive review of it to come
The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom-it's a contemporary NA, part of a tour from CBB Book Promotions; I'm a bit concerned about the potential steam but I love the premise
Truly Madly Deadly by -although I've been disappointed by the reviews I've seen, this is actually a book I bought so I want to actually give it a read.
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas-I grabbed this from Amazon Vine after seeing some good reviews from bloggers I trust
Invasion by Walter Dean Myers-a WWII YA story looking at Normandy that could prove very intense
Hitler's Secret by Walter Osborne-promises to be cinematic; it looks to be a sequel but hopefully I'll be able to get into the story.
So that's my week; what's up with you?