Let's Read Something New

Hi there! My name is Alissa, and I love to read, but I can't seem to get away from fanfiction. So here I am, trying to get motivated to read original works again. Picking up a book is so hard.

The Art of War - Thomas Cleary, Sun Tzu

Maybe this was the wrong time to be trying to read this, but man, I was so uninterested in this.

 

DNF

My aunt gave me a box of Danielle Steel books when I was in high school. I appreciated the gift considering I like to read, but then I realized they were romance books, and never opened them. Now, I don't have an issue with romance novels. I read my way through the original V.C. Andrews books, so romance novels aren't bad, I just wasn't into them at the time. Now? I feel the need to talk shit about romance novels, so it's time to go find them and pull out the card for the many romance novels on Amazon. :D

Please Read - Signal Boost for Fellow Reviewer Frank Errington

Reblogged from Lornographic Material:

Hello peeps. If you spend any time in the horror community, you might have run across a reviewer by the name of Frank Errington. He’s simply an all-around good dude in an all-around crappy situation. He needs a kidney. Currently he’s looking for a live donor. I asked him if I could boost the signal with my blog and he said sure, so below you will find an image of Frank and a phone number. You can call Frank direct and he’ll give you info on how to find out if you’d be a suitable donor. I tried, but the transplant people told me my prediabetes automatically disqualified me. Maybe you can help.

 

Take care of each other,

 

E.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

I've never been so happy to finish a story before. Finally, Cthulhu appears, Thurston laments that he's now tortured by the thoughts of the monster, and I actually don't care.

Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

Thurston takes a trip to New Orleans to investigate more and finds a newspaper from Sydney, Australia that details an account where a man finds another Cthulhu figure. Thurston pieces together everything that has been going from prior to his uncle's death to the article from the newspaper. In the next issue, all of this will be resolved, and I can finally clear this story from my reading list.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

I don't know who creates these reading time estimations, but it takes way longer than 9 minutes to read anything written by Lovecraft. Just looking up words takes like a minute alone.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde, Inga Moore

The ending was alright. I don't know what I was expecting, but the ending was happy at least.

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde, Inga Moore

These twins are fucking terrorizing this ghost. Like, damn, let the ghost haunt the house in peace. And apparently the daughter can help him pass on. This sounds like a trap.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde, Inga Moore

This story is so obnoxious. It's great. I love it.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde, Inga Moore

I expected a horror story, but instead I got a comedy about a family of skeptics who move into a haunted ass manor, turn into believers, and completely ignore a murderous ghost to the point of indignation. I'm in love.

Just downloaded the Nook app since I have a B&N account and a Nook Simple (poor thing is collecting dust). Completely forgot I had World War Z. I should probably finish reading that at some point. It was actually pretty good.

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft continues to build his tale through the narrator Thurston, who in turn explains why Angell had recognized the young sculptor's statue. In this section, Thurston explains that his uncle had first come across mention of Cthulhu during a meeting of the American Archaeological Society twenty years prior. Inspector John Raymond Legrasse hails from New Orleans and has brought with him a relief of Cthulhu that his men had found after they'd broken up a cult meeting. Only one of the members gathered recognizes it. This is followed by Thurston recounting Legrasse's tale of how he came about it.

 

Lovecraft really loves portraying non-whites as animalistic and non-Christian practices as devil worship. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

So, uh, that was really sad. First off, Hildegarde was petty and so was Roscoe. They completely believed he could control his aging. Like??? That's not how that works. Roscoe had no type of respect for his father and just thought he was a burden.

 

The worst part was his slow decline to newborn. Like it was clearly a metaphor for old age, but like, it was the fact that he was visibly a baby that makes it so much sadder??

 

I need a hug now, or some tea at least.

SPOILER ALERT!

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

Well, to begin with, I've always wanted to read The Call of Cthulhu given how much its mentioned in pop culture. With that being said, Lovecraft loves his big words. I kept my phone open to Google just in case I had to google some unknown word (which I did at least 4 times, and I'm only a fifth of the way into the story.)

 

So, the narrator, Francis Wayland Thurston is recalling how he found out about Cthulhu. His great uncle George Gammell Angell has just passed, and since he was his uncle's heir, he gets to clean out his uncle's office at Brown University where he is a linguistic professor.

 

I'd say that I was impressed by the fact that this ninety-two year old man was still working, but there's a history professor at my college whose probably older than him who's retired but still comes in to work for funsies. Clearly, they both love their careers.

 

Anyway, Angell's died, so Thurston is cleaning out his stuff when he finds a locked box. Unlocking it, he finds a relief of Cthulhu and his uncle's notes on the subject. A young artist gave him the relief to help him understand the glyphs. He'd created the piece, inspired by weird visions and dreams he'd been having. For a time, Angell and the artist continue to meet because the artist is still having these weird fever dreams, though this ends after a week long episode towards the end of March, which results in the artist losing his prophetic connection.

 

With his main connection gone, Angell investigates the matter, questioning other acquaintances. He finds that artists and poets have had similar experiences. Now Thurston is interested, but only because he's trying to figure out what his uncle was up to.

 

That's as far as I've gotten in the story. I'll admit, I'm a little intrigued. So far, it's not as easy to read as Benjamin Button - I had to dedicate a journal to taking notes while I read. Doesn't deter me, though. It just means that this is going to take me some time to finish.

SPOILER ALERT!

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

So kids at Yale mocked Benjamin, and he plots revenge. His dad takes him out to meet people and he ends up meeting and marrying Hildegarde, who like older men. They have a son named Roscoe (I'm too black not to find that amusing). Ben loses interest in his wife because she's gotten old (forty isn't even that old!). He goes off to fight in the Spanish-American War, comes back, and realizes he's still getting younger as he gets older.

 

Like, okay, the aging thing is weird. I can understand him being upset by that, but I'm still hung up on how he's just straight up disinterested in his wife now that she's old. He better not cheat. 

www.serialreader.org

Hey, so there's this cool app that I'm currently enjoying called Serial Reader. It's free for iOS and Android, and you get to read the classics in little bitsized chunks everyday. I love it so far, and if you want to be able to read ahead and get other cool features, it's just $2.99. I'm not a pro member, but the instant I get money to spare, I'm definitely purchasing the membership. Plus, you can also request stories you'd like them to make available.

 

So yeah, go check it.

Currently reading

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn by Sophia Chester