I apologize in advance, this is a doozy! So much happened in October. I planned on it being one really long post, but after my weekend book purchases, I finally decided to break it into two posts, but there are LOTS of pictures! The five parts of the two posts are: personal update, quick Boston Book Festival recap, Literary Others recap, new books purchased (entirely way too many), and last but not least my regular monthly challenge recap.The first three are in this post and the last two are in the post tomorrow.
But first check out this awesome tweet:
Yes – that is ‘the’ Michael Scott, author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Someone tweeted my review to him and he apparently read it and tweeted me. You have to LOVE social media, sometimes. I’m still grinning about this.
As said above, it’s been a hell of a month. First with the happy news, I’m midway through my third week at my new job and I love it. Not only is it in a beautiful part of Boston/Brookline (left), but I’ve been given a lot of freedom and independence to build a student giving and young alumni program and to offer input for other things as well. I’m excited about the next few months and am really looking forward to the future!
I’ve also spent some time volunteering and supporting my local library! We went to a benefit at a local restaurant and I won a $50 LLBean gift card! (Bought a new belt and someone a present with it.) I also volunteered to help set up the book sale (schlepping lots and lots of boxes full of books) and I helped break it down as well. It was great because I got to peruse a lot of the books and I had my eye on a few, but showed some restraint
On a sadder note, Tom and I have gone our separate ways. It’s been just over a month and I’m going to leave it at that. We’re trying to stay friends and I don’t see why it won’t work, and I of course still have my moments of sadness (and rage), but hey what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger right? Thankfully I have the new job (and my awesome blog) to throw myself into and have never felt so relaxed and ready for whatever comes my way. I’m looking forward to spending time bettering me and seeing who I am when I come out on the other side of all this.
2012 Boston Book Festival
I’m not sure what it was, but this year’s festival just didn’t get me as excited as year’s past. I’m not sure if it’s because of the ho-hum experience I had last year or the lackluster exhibitors this year, but I just didn’t come away with as much of a high as previous years. That being said, I thought it was great and I absolutely ADORED the poster/program design (to the right). I attended three panels:
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again – A discussion on the 75th anniversary of its original publication about the novel itself and its original artwork. I really hope I can squeeze a re-read in before the film comes out, but more importantly I have every intention of re-reading it with a copy of Corey Olsen’s Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in hand, which is a breakdown chapter by chapter of the novel.
- Great Brits and Books – An interesting discussion sponsored by the British Consulate. It touched on Austen, Dickens, Victorian literature, and Peter Pan. It was a little heavy on Jane Austen, but I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading Rachel Brownstein’s Why Jane Austen? which considers the many faces of Austen: heroine, moralist, satirist, feminist and romantic to name a few. I’m also looking forward to reading J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy (which I’ve never read)!
- Edith Wharton: Real and Imagined – I chose this panel on a whim because I remember reading Ethan Frome in High School and not really paying attention to it and as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more and more interested in re-reading those books. After this panel I’ve realized I need to read The Age of Innocence. I’m most excited about reading Francesca Segal’s book The Innocents which Segal uses to recasts ‘Innocence’ in a modern-day Jewish community in London. Not only was she charming, but her writing sounded amazing and I can’t wait to read it!
But what is most impressive – I didn’t purchase a single book. Primarily because, as usual, there were mostly hard back books for $25+ I couldn’t afford, so they went on my list of books to check out from the library at some point. Plus I’ve got about $150 worth of gift cards and Groupons that I’ve purchased recently to spend on books!
The Literary Others Synthesis
Muwhaahaahaa – and you thought I posted my last one of these! Just kidding! I had a great time participating in this event and really enjoyed the books I read. I can’t believe it only lasted a month because it feels like I’ve been reading LGBT books and picking out LGBT characters forever (which I have been really). I somehow, through no actual planning of my own, managed to touch on some of the major aspects of the alphabet soup (LGBTI) and I held my first give away! (And two more amazing people out there couldn’t be found – congrats again Heather and Beth!) Here’s a quick breakdown of the LGBTI as I saw it:
- Lesbian – Israel/Palestine and the Queer International (lesbian author)
- Gay – Second Hand, The Paternity Test, Where Nerves End, Other Voices – Other Rooms
- Bisexual – The Talented Mr. Ripley (my reading into it)
- Trans – The Collection
- Intersex – Annabel
Many of the above books could fit within multiple genres, this is just a quick break down. I clearly over read on the gay male spectrum, but interestingly enough I had many more female authors than male authors. As I said, I enjoyed the challenge and will continue to read LGBT fiction as I’ve always done.
Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s Part 2 post!