Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

1.  I watched the new show Empire.  I know I am dating myself, but did it remind anyone else of Dynasty?  Cookie is the new Alexa Carrington!!

 

2.  I saw this on Shelf Awareness’s FB page-and swooned.  I loved this book-and Hugh Jackman.

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3.  I have been in a little bit of a slump with the ARCs I have been reading.  Not really enjoying all that many-until this week.  I read Unbecoming by Rebecca Sherm in one day and I loved it! I can’t wait to write the review.  Have you read any amazing books for review lately?

4.  I booked a trip for my family over the kids’ spring break.  My 16 yr old son and 15 yr old daughter wanted to go to-Disneyworld.  With a side trip to Universal for some HP fun.  While I am excited about going to HP world for the 1st time, I thought-Really?  Disney again?  But then I realized this might be the last time for a good long while, so if they want to go-ok.  I can’t believe how much they love going to Epcot and walking around the different countries.

5.  I am reading Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald- is it me or is this his BEST novel?

6.  Looking forward to getting some skiing in this weekend!  If it has to be cold, then I want to at least be able to ski.

7.   I love my gym (as much as anyone can love a place you go to torture yourself).  It has great treadmills I use during the winter, fun spin classes, and an awesome hot yoga class.  I HATE going to the gym in January.  Everyone with a New Year resolution to lose weight is there.  Good word- get off my freakin treadmill!

8.  Another thing I hate about the gym- the yummy mummies.  I saw a woman yesterday on the machines “working out” with about 5 other women.  Forget that they were working out there jaws about 100x more than anything else.  One woman had full make up on-fully done up- a beautiful top bun, and sunglasses on top of her head- working out?  My age- not some 20 something home from college.  Really?

I guess I don’t actually love the gym- so scratch that.

9.  I actually succeeded in my Goodreads challenge for 2014 and read 100 books.  I was so happy.  I upped it to a whopping 115 this year.  I should have made it 200, because really, failure is failure, whether by a little or a lot.

These are all the thoughts in my head.  I am off to find an empty treadmill, then to hot yoga, so I can witness how much more flexible and agile everyone else is in the class.  While sweating my ass off.

Armchair BEA!!!!

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NoneI am SO excited to have signed up for this year’s Armchair BEA at-http://www.armchairbea.com   For those of us unable to attend the annual BEA in New York City, we are lucky to have the opportunity to participate in this.

 

To start off, they asked each blogger to answer som questions to introduce themselves- here it goes-

 

1.  Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

 

My name is Kerri and I have just started blogging three months ago.  I began my blog to keep track of the books I was reading.  I have been reading books for pleasure since I was eleven years old.  I never realized there were so many people who love reading as much as I do until I satrted reading other blogs!

 

2.  Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

 

I am blogging from a small town in Northwestern New Jersey. It is a quaint little town with lots of small shops and local farms.  It still seems strange to live in the “country” since I grew up in NYC.

 

3.  What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

 

Wow- hard one-I have read some really great books so far this year- I really loved The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow and The Lost Wife.

 

4.  Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

 

I have been married 18 years, and I am the mother of two teenagers- yikes!  My dream is to own a bookstore and live at the beach.

 

5.  Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

 

My favorite post was-Honestly, Do You Keep Reading It?- I asked what you do when you find yourself reading a book you just do not like/aren’t into.  I love it becuase I got so much feedback.  I loved hearing from so many people what they do when they find themselves in that situation- which I think we have all been in

 

https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/04/10/honestly-do-you-keep-reading-it?

 

 

 

Classics

 

Today’s topic is “The Classic”.

 

from Armchair BEA-

 

Fans of classics love them for their universal themes, their understanding of the human condition, the writing, and sometimes for reasons that can’t be explained. Why, reader, do you love classics? 

Today, tell us all the reasons why you love classic literature. What are your favorite classics? If you could give a list of classics to someone who claims to hate them to make them change their mind, what would be on it? How would you convince them to give classics a try? And why do you keep coming back to those old favorites?

 

 

 

I do love reading classics.  I think sometimes I get so caught up reading the newest and latest books, that I need to make myself pull back, and reach for a classic.  I feel something is a classic that stands the test of time, inspires readers, and reach beyond just one genre.  Classics can be romances, mysteries, science fiction.  I think I began loving classic in which school.  My 11th grade Lit teacher-Hi Mrs. Chapman- inspired this love.  Most kids (gasp) did not appreciate her much, but when we finished reading Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, I knew she was going to be one of my all time favorite teachers.  As I continued trough school, I was able to read amazing books.

 

Some of my FAVORITE classics are-

 

Anything Austen- I love everything written by Jane Austen- with Pride & Prejudice being my all time favorite.

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- took a class in college that centered around this time period and got to love all Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Atticus Finch (to me) is the epitome of the perfect man.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

And of course- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley(thanks again Mrs. Chapman!)

 

 

 

There are certain classic that I have been able to tackle for one reason or the other-

 

Moby Dick

 

Great Expectations

 

Wuthering Heights

 

 

 

I want to join The Classics Club, but have been hesitant up to now.

 

For a first timer, I would recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, or Pride & Prejudice.

 

 

 

What are some of your favorite classics?

Frankenstein

Frankenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover of "Little Women (Andre Deutsch Cla...

Cover of Little Women (Andre Deutsch Classics)

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English: Title page. Austen, Jane. Pride and P...

English: Title page. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: George Allen, 1894. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover of "The Great Gatsby"

Cover of The Great Gatsby

Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

published by St. Martin’s Press

2013

Summary

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who isZelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it. (from Goodreads)

My Review

The “Roaring 20’s” is seriously one of my favorite topics to read about.  I did my senior thesis on this time period for my degree in History.  The marriage of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda has always fascinated me. This book attempts to give us an insight into one of the most misunderstood women of the era.  Zelda, while a very talented woman in her right,  lived under the shadow of her famous husband.

The author begins the story in Zelda’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.  Zelda, just 18, is a southern bell with a fiery streak.  She meets Scott while he is stationed nearby, waiting to ship out and fight in W.W.I.   Written in Zelda’s voice, we follow this volatile couple through their courtship, wedding, and the ensuing years.  Though they are viewed as the golden couple of the Jazz Age, trouble becomes apparent.  Their drinking is excessive and spending lavish.  Scott lashes out at Zelda, then pulls her closer.  Eventually, their relationship begins to deteriorate, but they cannot live without each other.

Ever since reading Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, I have been fascinated with the character of Zelda Fitzgerald.  She came across in some history as the original flapper, Scott’s muse and his downfall.  Hemingway clearly despised her, despite being the consummate ladies man himself.  Fowler’s novel attempt to give a voice to Zelda, to show that she was not who she had been made out to be.  Her portrayal of this talented, misunderstood woman, was well written and engaging.  The author clearly did an amazing amount of research into the times and lives of the “Lost Generation”.  I would definitely recommend this book.

“SO WE BEAT ON,
BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT,
BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST”

-last line of  The Great Gatsby, inscribed on the Fitzgeralds’ headstone

rating- 4 out of 5

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Self-portrait, watercolor, probably painted in the early 1940s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books I read~

I finished reading The Best Of Us by Sarah Pekkanen and While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax.

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This was a great book!  A fun read and a great story.

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I loved this book- definitely recommend it!

reviews posted-

The Best of Us-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/05/the-best-of-us/

A Dual Inheritance-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/05/02/review-a-dual-inheritance/

What I am reading now~

I just started Z- A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.

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I love all things Jazz and 1920’s, so I am really looking forward to this story!

What’s up next~

I am starting to receive ARCs, and I am excited to start reading them!

I have Let It Be by Chad Gayle, Beyond the Storm by Joseph Pittman, and The Family Mansion by Anthony C. Winkler waiting for me!

What about you?