domingo, 16 de marzo de 2014

Currently | Soaking up the sun

shamelessly stole got this idea from Kim, who blogs at Sophisticated Dorkiness. She reviews the most amazing books, so go read her blog!

Bookshop Caravan
Source: weirdthingsinbookshops

Time: 21:07

Place: At home

Eating & Drinking: Nothing. I just had a bacon & cheese croissant and a frozen yoghurt with strawberries and chocolate.

Reading: I finally got a good reading weekend! I finished A Tale for the Time Being, and the second National Episode, The Court of Charles IV. I've also started Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue, a nonfiction book on WWII, since March is Women's History Month. I'm finding it easy to read and a bit light on the content, but it makes for a great introductory text.

Writing: Not that much. A couple of reviews.

Watching: Castle, Scrubs, and my all-time favorite show, Gilmore Girls.

Listening: Just finished The Court of Charles IV. I guess I'll go back to WTNV for a while. Also, a friend showed me Nujabes this week, and I've had his music on repeat. His take on rap and jazz was unique. Listen to Feather and see what I mean. It's sad that there will never be new songs by him.

Loving: A great and packed week. The weather has been lovely, and I've spend most days outside with friends or family. I'm even a bit tanned! (By tanned I mean not white as paper, which is my usual complexion)

Hating: Unfortunately, I'm going to have a surge of work soon, so I don't know how constant I'll be regarding blogging and reading.

miércoles, 5 de marzo de 2014

Watchmen - Alan Moore

Summary (from Goodreads):

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

This was a huge gap in my graphic novel knowledge and I had to remedy that. After reading V for Vendetta, I knew I was going to like Alan Moore's version of superheroes, although I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting myself into. I really loved this. Caveat: I think it will be best appreciated by readers who are familiar with the traditional superhero lore.

Watchmen starts with the murder of a famous superhero, which is an atypical, but great way of starting a superhero story. Indeed, the whole structure of the comic made me think of noir detective fiction of the really gritty kind. The mistery drives the pace of the whole novel - it is really entertaining. But there's much more to this graphic novel than just entertainment.

martes, 4 de marzo de 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that anyone can answer. All you have to do is link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and add it to the Linky widget.

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

sábado, 1 de marzo de 2014

Currently | On a reading slump

shamelessly stole got this idea from Kim, who blogs at Sophisticated Dorkiness. She reviews the most amazing books, so go read her blog!

Vintage Books
Source: Vintage, via Again Behold the Stars

Time: 12:30

Place: At home

Eating & Drinking: Russian Earl Grey Tea

Reading: After my presentation, I thought that I would get more real free hours after work. Instead, I have undertaken yet another project, completely unrelated to the previous two, so I have many papers to read if I want to catch up. Conference season is also right around the corner, so I also have to prepare conference sessions and posters. I love every minute of it all, but I'm neglecting my books. Enough whining. I have finished Watchmen and I'm still reading A Tale for the Time Being, which I'm loving.

Writing: Work reports.

Watching: I've been too tired to consistently watch any show. I've been turning on the TV and watching random programs and any Gilmore Girls episodes I come across.

Listening: Nothing at all. I'm planning on starting the second National Episode, The Court of Charles IV.

Looking forward to: reading outside. We got a couple of sunny days and I took the opportunity to be outside as much as I could. However, we got a snowfall and the temperatures dropped again, and it looks like March is going to be really windy and wet.