Winter Reads

11:37 PM


Guess who wins the award for being the worst blogger for the month of March? Here is a hint: Her name starts with "S" and ends with "Asshole". Life has been pretty busy lately, but, that is for another post. Tonight, I have some reads to share with you lovelies! The stack is a little short this time around, due to busyness as well as the fact that I have been reading a lot of comic books. Read ALL of the things! Anywho, here goes: Winter Reads!

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk-By David Sedaris. I don't have a favorite author by any means, but I have always been a huge fan of David Sedaris. I *may* have declared quite a few times in my life that I wanted to be David Sedaris when I grew up. This book is a collection of animal-themed short-stories that touch on a variety of topics ranging from gossip and the service industry, to love interests that could never be. 

This book is the reason why I can no longer read anything while working out. Some of the stories are gruesome, while others are hilarious. This resulted in me laughing my ass off on the treadmill and freaking the hell out of everyone surrounding me (I mean, more so than usual). I don't love this book as much as his other works, but it serves its purpose. 

A Passage to India-By E.M. Forester. Set against the backdrop of the British Raj, and the Indian Independence Movement in the 1920s. The story revolves around four main characters; Dr. Aziz, Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a trip to the Marabar Caves, Adela finds herself alone with Dr. Aziz in one of the caves, panics and flees. It is assumed that Dr. Aziz attempted to assault her, and there is a trial. The entire ordeal brings about the common racial tensions and prejudices between indigenous Indians, and the British who rule India. 

Can you tell which one of these books was on the Rory Gilmore reading list? Okay, The Hobbit totally is too, but this one is a classic. I had a hard time remembering if I had read this one in high school or not, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It touches on a very tender subject, however, what I found the most interesting was the internal struggle of the four main characters. There is the implication of how each character should think due to society's standards for that time period vs, the individual gut instinct. It is also surprisingly a fast read. 

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Off The Beaten Path-The Nature Conservancy. A collection of short-stories of place, reflecting the variety and character of our diminishing wild land, and in the end, leading to inner places. 

I honesty don't know how I came across this book, and apparently I am not cultured enough to recognize any of those damn authors. Some of the stories weren't bad though! So, if you are a person like me who will literally read an oven manual if nothing else is around, this might be for you. 

The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien. Both a fantasy novel and a children's book, set in a time "Before the dawn of the faerie and the Dominion of Men". The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins to win a share of treasure guarded by the dragaon, Smaug. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous sides of nature and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo gains maturity, and wisdom. 

This book was a Christmas gift, but I mostly needed to re-read this to remind myself of how much I truly loved this story before Peter Jackson butchered the living shit out of it. 

The Silkworm-By Robert Galbraith. The second novel in the series of private investigator Comoran Strike, following the successful resolution of the Lulu Laundry case. While handling a steady stream of divorce cases, and the occasional job on behalf of a tabloid journalist, Strike is approached by the wife of an infamous writer, with a plea to locate him, as he has gone missing. 

This series is shaping up to be pretty good, I honestly love how much the side-characters are developing, which gives me hope that "Good ol' J.K.!" will keep this series going. 

Well there you have it, the books that got me through a very, very cold winter. I know that I am super-behind on posts, but I am hoping to get another one in this week, so stay tuned!

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  1. Sara, you are so NOT an asshole girl! It's like that sometimes. You just have to get away from blogging. Do what is best for YOU! Do what YOU are enjoying at this moment! What a selection of books! I want to read the Hobbit! Some of the other one's sound a little stressful hahahaha Glad you're doing well. Life constantly changes. Just roll with it!
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  2. Definitely not an asshole. You've been busy. Don't beat yourself up. That said, I am so happy to see you back!
    I LOVE anything David Sedaris. I haven't read squirrel seeks chipmunk yet, but I will. And my husband always tells me I should read The Hobbit but I have just never gotten into it. Someday maybe I will read it aloud to Mimi and Ben!

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  3. You're not an asshole! March is not that exciting of a month anyway! I'm happy to see you back though! And wow, you have read a TON. My reading list is very um, not full these days. Yeah. I'm still reading the same book I started in January. Talk about busy. Oy.

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  4. Aw don't feel guilty for not blogging! Real life happens sometimes for sure. I read the silkworm recently and really liked it! I'm reading the night circus at the moment. I'm not commuting at the moment so my reading has definitely decreased! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Congratulations -- you won the award for Worst Blogger of March 2015. It comes with a pile of dog-poop. :-)

    Just kidding, buddy. We all disappear for stretches. I just figured you were sent back to prison for breaking parole. You know you're not supposed to consort with other criminals, don't you?

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  6. I don't know any Sassholes :P, you know you don't have to listen to me right lol. The only reading i do is on Blogs, i can't really get into books

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  7. Love your reviews. Glad you got some good reads in. Its great to see your post, too!

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  8. Looks like some very good reading done ..during the cold spell. Hope you've had a wonderful March and a splendid April, as well.

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  9. Sara my love, I've missed you! I was worried that something happened; but I checked Twitter a couple of weeks back and saw that you were Tweeting so I figured you were taking a blogging breather, and I didn't want to bug you. But yay for your return! I'm personally counting down the days until the next Cormoran book hits shelves!

    xx

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  10. ah, i need to read the sedaris and forster books as well as the silkworm! and i now want to reread the hobbit as well! i need to read all the books.. also, it's totally ok not to blog all the time, haha:-) xx

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  11. So your name is now Sass-hole?! I guess, if that's what makes you happy, then that's cool with me!

    Hmm, I was going to write something useful but I just got distracted by the dancing robot in your Capcha...

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  12. also, had completely forgotten that doctor who scene and seeing it made me so happy, haha! xx

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  13. Looking for some good books to read right now actually. Good you are back :)

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  14. I love to read, I will check out these books next time I am at the library!
    -Jenna <3
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  15. You are far from being an asshole! Never feel like an asshole for actually enjoying your life!! I LOVE David Sedaris!! I have *almost* book he's ever written. He's inspired me to write my own essays but too afraid to share them? Does that even make sense? Anyways I'm so glad you blogged because I've missed you but so glad you're enjoying life!

    xo
    Rachel

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