Book Buying Problem

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? 皆、元気?

Is it weird that I found the most enjoyment in drawing the stone road? I wish life were as pleasant as my fantasy drawing.

These last two months, I went crazy with the book buying. In my defense, I’ve also been reading a lot! So far, I’ve read 20 books, and I’ve bought 29. Almost balanced, right? Heh. Below is a list of books I bought, along with some relevant comments (an asterisk indicates that I’ve finished the book):

January

  1. I Shall Not Be Moved* by Maya Angelou – It’s embarrassing to admit, but until this collection of poems, I had never read anything by Ms. Angelou. I heard this isn’t her best collection of poems, so I’m looking forward to better reads by her! Bought on BookOutlet (BO – hehe) for cheap.
  2. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – I couldn’t really get into Slaughterhouse Five, so I want to give Vonnegut another chance. I intend to reread SH5 someday too. I bought this book at a bookstore that would SOO not be allowed to exist in earthquake-prone CA. I love that place.
  3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – My good friend is reading it, and so I obviously want to read it too. Plus, I need to read more female authors that are not in the YA genre. Found it on BO.
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – Bought it because it was available in the Penguin Modern Classics edition, and because I know I need to read this someday. Thx, BO.
  5. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino – I paid full price for this at my local independent bookstore (at least I supported a small business). It just looked so clean. Also, a friend who I completely trust with book recommendations suggested it.
  6. The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr – My roommate promised to lend me All the Light We Cannot See, and so I prepared myself for more Doerr. I also wanted some sort of short story collection. I saw it on sale at my local independent bookstore, so I pounced. I have now finished ATLWCS, and I’m excited to read more Doerr.
  7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafrón – I heard some buzz from YT, and saw it at Goodwill (GW) for 89 cents. Done deal. Gotta support the Hispanic/Latino writers!
  8. The Strange Library* by Haruki Murakami – It has been decided that I will collect and own all Murakami books. This book was creepy, yo! BO sometimes has hidden treasures.
  9. Artful by Ali Smith – YTer loves her. Intrigued, so I bought it when I saw it on sale at my local independent bookstore. Recently, I’ve been artsy fartsy. Basically, I’m an artist, so now I wanna read a book about me.
  10. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro – I LOVED The Remains of the Day and really liked Never Let Me Go. This book is supposed to be quite different, but all the true KI fans like it. I consider myself a fan. Also, 89 cents. Wut!?
  11. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Haven’t been enjoying very many YA books as of late. Let’s hope this is to my liking. 89 cents at GW!
  12. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – No idea why I bought this…Is this middle grade and a series? 89 cents, though!
  13. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan – My mom bought the first book for me at a yard sale. I saw the second one at GW for 1.49ish, so boom! — bought!
  14. Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Probably heard it from YT. On sale at independent bookstore. Now it’s mine. Bwahaha. Roommate borrowed it, read it, and enjoyed it. At least someone reads the books I buy…

February

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – This had been sitting in my BO cart for a while. Heard from YT that it was good. One day, it just ended up in my hands. You better be good!
  2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Currently reading. It’s alright. Bought it Target when it came out.
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Buzz book that I found at GW for 89 cents.
  4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – YT recommendation. BO sale made this a pretty cheap buy.
  5. The Humans by Matt Haig – I apparently wanted to read this once upon a time. Found the name in a random sticky note. 89 cents.
  6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – Liked Gone Girl, so then bought this for 89 cents.
  7. White Oleander by Janet Fitch – Oprah says I should read this. Cheap BO buy.
  8. The Book of Lost Things by John Connoly – Heard about it on YT. Supposed to be creepy. 1.49 at GW.
  9. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement – Cover was pretty. Set in Mexico. BO had it for cheap.
  10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – The nerds like it. I’m a nerd. I should like it. 89 cents.
  11. I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín – Set in Chile. Interested in Chilean history. 89 cents.
  12. The Martian by Andy Weir – Cannot see movie until I read this book. 89 cents. #oscarssowhite plug.
  13. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Will eventually read the first book. Bought for cheap on BO. Probz shoulda waited until I read the first one.
  14. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – I’m a snob, so I pounce when I see anything that’s been short/long listed for Man Booker. 1.49 at GW.
  15. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – BO buy. There were enough recommenders on YT for me to finally give in and buy.

Top 5 Books of 2015

2015 was a year of letting go. It was sometimes really hard to live in the reality of my life, so I often hid in the world of fiction. Any fiction was good, as long as it wasn’t my present life. I’m grateful for the escape and the lessons that fiction offered me in 2015.

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I read a total of 67 books. Below is a list of my favorite five:

  1. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is the story of a butler who is in the sunset of his life. He reflects and questions his service to his former master. Ishiguro’s writing is so subtly beautiful in this book. The story itself left me thinking about the sunrise, midday, afternoon, and sunset of my life.
  2. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is the story of a maximum security prison told in the eyes of an unknown prisoner. We learn about the lives of various characters in a prison. I was reminded of the complexity of human beings.
  3. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton is the story of a well-born lady in high society New York. She strives to marry well in order to maintain her way of life. Surprisingly, I found myself relating to the protagonist quite a lot (No, I don’t want to marry rich).
  4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is a story of two people whose lives are intertwined. It was a fast-paced, part fantasy, part love story. This was my first Murakami book, and now I’m addicted.
  5. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson is the conclusion to the Mistborn fantasy series. The books are set in a world where mankind barely survived some great Evil. There are very cool magical disciplines involving metals. The series in its entirety was great. Fantasy is a big investment for both the author and the reader. I’m glad I explored this genre, and I’m excited for future reads.

I look forward to 2016. I’m probably still somewhere in the ~midday of my life, so there’s a lot left for me to do/discover/anticipate both in real life and in literature.

Happy reading!

Is that a fox?

I can’t draw Shibas, but I can kinda draw foxes.

Whenever my sister struts around the city with her newly-acquired Shiba, people wonder aloud, “Is that a fox?” Because I am a troll, I join the masses and ask her this question too.

This post is pointless. Basically, I miss my sister’s Shiba. We’re currently a couple thousand miles away from each other. Long distance relationships are pretty hard. This is a fox_01(2)

 

Peripheral vision

The other day I was in the bathroom and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this blurry ginormous unidentified black blob on the floor. Immediately, I assumed it was the hair of some murderous horror film child who was lying down as she waited for the perfect moment to kill me. I was afraid to confirm my suspicions by turning my head to fully view this unidentified black blob.

It turns out that the murderous child’s hair was actually just my lazy sister’s boot. I’m pretty impressed by my brain’s creativity. Good job scaring the crap out of me, Brain! Why can’t my brain be creative in helpful ways? Terrible thoughts aren’t good for my sanity! I’m pretty sure that if I were in a life or death situation, my brain wouldn’t try to help me survive…it would just accept and imagine my death.

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Living the dream

I recently got a job offer! Hooray! Coffee and boba shops are no longer places for doing homework, filling out job applications, or reading when I’m not supposed to. I am free to read and people-watch all I want. I am living one of my dreams. Ha!

The other day I went to visit friends in LA (specifically the ‘burbs). While I was there, I sat at a boba shop guilt-free. I read 1984 and people-watched.  There was this dude with a cool shirt about pi (that Greek math thing) and I tried to draw him. Too bad he left while I was still trying to draw myself. -_-‘ Behold generic human at a coffee shop being watched by 私 in the attached image!

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