Is It Really Technology?

Thirteen months ago I wrote about Spritz, a speed reading technology that Michael finally mentioned on Books on the Nightstand this past week. And even though I think it’s an awesome technology for non-leisure reading, I want to talk about something else.

2015 04-09 Turtleback Cover

I don’t remember when I bought this, but it was definitely pre-2003 and I completely forgot I owned one until I stumbled across it last December in a desperate attempt to find my passport. I decided to write about it as I’m trekking through The Witching Hour which clocks in at over 1,000 pages and the cover was starting to get pretty beat up from being shoved into my bookbag constantly. And this will most definitely help out with that. If you didn’t read what the left half of the photo says, I’m sure you’re asking what the hell is that?

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March Recap 2015

2015 03-15 Coffee ShopsSo far 2015 is turning out to be one hell of a roller coaster. Every time something great happens it’s like there’s someone waiting to smack you in the face before you get too excited or stay happy for too long.

The major positives are 1) we’re 1/4 of the way through the year so we’re past the “Monday” of 2015. 2) We beat the record so all the snow was worth it. And 3) Most of the snow has melted in Boston (even though it snowed this week), and we’re finally starting to see signs of spring including a couple of 50+ (10C) degree days over the past two weeks and the sun is out a lot more than it has been. It never ceases to amaze me how an extra 10-15 minutes of sunlight a day can seriously improve your attitude! As the weather has been so iffy lately I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops and curled up reading books, and thus the starting photo. (Yes that’s a spoon pushed into the cement.)

Other things happened and many more are still happening, so for now on to the books!

Books and Bookish
This was a fast month for reading, but according to Goodreads, I’m still TWO book behind! It must just be from February where I only read three books and something I’m refusing to call a book. I’ll catch up I’m sure!

The books I did read this month included one library book (Funny Girl), two “to-be-read” books (Tender as Hellfire and Emma – Yay JABC!), two galleys/ARCs (Shadow Scale and The Anxiety Toolkit), and one book a friend loaned me way too long ago (Crome Yellow), thanks Nick!

Recent Acquisitions
2015 03-20 Anxiety GalleyAccording to my spreadsheet I was really good in March! I only purchased one book and received one from a publisher (at my request). I purchased a copy of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed after recording episode five of Come Read With Me! The book I received from the publisher was The Anxiety Toolkit by Dr. Alice Boyes, which I cannot recommend enough. Seriously, go check out my response and then get a hold of a copy somehow.

What’s Next?
2015 03-12 Madrid PlanningI’m already most of the way through my first book of April (Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks) and I’ve already got the next few lined up including that Anne Rice novel I mentioned last month and the book for episode six of Come Read With Me with my friend Emily.

On a non-book related note (which you know I’ll make book related). We’ve started planning, and mostly finished, what we will be doing in Spain this coming summer. I’m hoping to quick read Don Quixote as I know I’ll see the famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza statue in Madrid, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. Either way I’m very VERY excited and can’t wait to be there.

Hope everyone had a great month!

Other People’s Bookshelves #53 – Geoff Whaley

Geoff W:

Hey Everyone! Check out my bookshelves on “Savidge Reads: Other People’s Bookshelves!”

Originally posted on Savidge Reads:

Hello and welcome to the latest Other People’s Bookshelves post. If you haven’t seen it before this is a series of posts set to feed into the filthy book lust/porn and either give you a fix of other people’s books and shelves. This week we are off to Boston, yes the place I have always wanted to stay longer than the 24 hours I once did and home of my favourite series Rizzoli and Isles – though hopefully there won’t be any murder today, to join Geoff who blogs at The Oddness of Things Moving and has a podcast (which I am secretly hoping he will one day invite me on to discuss Rebecca) Come Read With Me. You can follow him on Twitter here. Before we have a nosey through his shelves, let’s find out more about him…

I currently live in Boston, Massachusetts and took a…

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February Recap 2015

2015 02-15 King of the SnowAnother month gone. I know they say the years go by faster the older you get, but this is getting ridiculous. Maybe I was just too busy, or maybe I just don’t have a grasp on time with so much snow covering everything, but 2015 is 1/6th of the way over and I’ve no idea what happened.

February was a rough month personally and professionally. It’s never a good sign when one aspect of your life drains into the other aspect in negative ways, and I honestly couldn’t tell you which bled into which more, but either way it was just a gross month. But that being said I did have an excellent last weekend of the month when I went skiing with my sister and a bunch of friends for a belated birthday and Christmas present! (See photos below.) The photo directly above is of me in South Boston standing on a snow bank. I could touch the One Way sign and was taller than the street light. Thankfully, snow is starting to melt, but we’re LESS THAN TWO INCHES from the all time record (107.9) and I can’t help but think, “Bring it on!”

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CRWM #04: Twilight

CRWM04The highly anticipated (perhaps the only anticipated episode ever) of Come Read With Me has arrived!

In case you hadn’t heard, I read the infamous Twilight Saga last year. It took her more than five years, but my oldest friend finally wore me down and I read it for the podcast. It wasn’t as bad as I expected and it even made it on to my best books of the year list last year, mostly for the story and not the writing. UGH. We honestly could’ve talked even longer about the rest of the series, but as you’ll see I hadn’t quite finished the second novel when we recorded.

Download it here: CRWM #04 (Right click and “save as.”)

As a special bonus there are two bloopers on this episode, one at the beginning and one at the end! I hope you enjoy it! I’m making plans to record episode five, but still need to find additional locals for the next few episodes.