My Goodreads Quotes

Allison’s quotes

"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right--in the way that's best for us."
Do you really believe that, Mother?" Peter asked quietly.
Yes," she said, "I do believe it--almost always--except when I'm so sad that I can't believe anything. But even when I don't believe it, I know it's true--and I try to believe it."— E. Nesbit

Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Lover Tag + Updates

Jemma from the Sherwood Storyteller tagged me!  I thought it would be a lovely way to end my accidental hiatus.  Thanks for tagging me, Jemma!

1. What book are you currently reading?

I've just cracked the spine of The Glorious Cause, by Jeff Shaara.  I'm a history nerd, and I'd love to brush up on the Revolutionary War, but textbooks can be so boring.  This novel will be a fun way to study.

2. What's the last book you finished?

A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans, by Michael Farquhar.  Double-nerd!  Actually, I'm doing research for a writing project.  Nothing inspires me like history!

3. What's your favorite book you read this year?

Ugh, hard question!  After perusing my Goodreads list, I would say either The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, or The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater.

4. What genre have you read the most this year?

Definitely fantasy, with a side of the classics.

5. What genre have you read least this year?

Does graphic novel qualify as a genre?  If so, definitely that.  I love a well-written graphic novel as much as anyone else, but I'm fussy about the art.  (My taste in art is much more exclusive than my taste in writing.)  The three webcomics I follow are The Silver Eye, by Laura Hollingsworth; The Dreamer, by Lora Innes; and my absolute favorite, Daughter of the Lilies, by Meg Syverud.  I'm obsessed with it.

6. What genre do you want to read more of?

I'd like to read more nonfiction.  I consistently forget how well-written and entertaining it can be.  Whenever you attach the concept of 'improving yourself' to writing, it strikes me as less fun.

7. How many books have you read this year, and what's your goal?

I've read 82 books this year, with the rough goal of reading 100.  I don't buy into number-of-books goals; it adds stress to reading.  I only set one on Goodreads to track the number of books I read.

8. What's the last book you bought?

I have been very good and not bought any recently.  The last book I bought was Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.  It's the summer reading for UNC Chapel Hill.

9. What books do you have out from the library?

Approximately sixty books on American history.  I'm excited about this project.

10. What books can't you wait to read?

The Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling, comes out in two weeks!  Not to mention I've already reserved The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud, and Ghostly Echoes, by William Ritter.


I've been squashed getting ready for school.  I've bought dorm supplies, signed up for classes, gave notice at work, and am ready to move in-- let me check my phone timer-- twenty-six days, not that I'm counting.  I'm a declared English major, but I plan on switching to the classics or double-majoring.

Good things, all.  But it does put me seriously behind in blogging.  I know I've said this before, but guys?  I promise I'll blog more during the school year, when I have a reliable schedule.

Anyway, I tag Hannah at the Writer's Window, Ghosty at Anything, Everything, Emma Clifton at Peppermint and Prose, and Sarah at Dreams and Dragons.


Jemma Tainsh said...

Looks like you've been reading a lot of good books this year!
I can't wait for Ghostly Echoes! It's so soon!

What's your writing project?

Thanks for taking the tag!

Allison Ruvidich said...

@Jemma- Remember the genre I mentioned I hadn't read? Graphic novels?

There ya go. ; D

Sarah said...

Sounds like you've had a pretty good reading year. Thanks for tagging me- I'll get to it as soon as I can.

bethcaron said...

I am looking for books like Lirael, East, Deerskin and Daughter of the Forest.
Do you have any suggestions?