Friday, October 31, 2014

Midnight Rambles and the Bookish Lust List

Maybe more like 3 a.m. rambles. As many of you already know from the social medias, I had a blood transfusion this morning to help correct a severe case of anemia. I've been iron deficient all my life, and typically it's been corrected for years on end with a month's worth of iron pills. Earlier this year, I tested low, took a month's worth of iron pills, and assumed I was good again like all those times before. No dice! The crap (former) PA at my doc's office didn't bother telling me HOW LOW I was, and I didn't take the iron long enough to correct the issue. I found out the truth when I went in for a sprained ankle last week.


All-in-all, it was an easy procedure, I feel fine aside from the unrelated allergies kicking my butt right now, and I'm hoping I came out of this with at least some minor super power like x-ray vision or a little mind reading. Right now it just looks like a day of rest renders me unable to sleep. I konked out watching Gilmore Girls earlier, and now I'm wide awake.

So what better time to round up some books that are calling from my TBR? Given, my funky reading moods may mean that I don't get around to these as soon as I'd like, but this is at least what's calling to me.


I grabbed Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery (volume 1), by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch, from Interlibrary Loan. I had big plans to read during my transfusion, but napping and TV ended up being the thing that kept my mind off being trapped in a hospital bed. I hate sitting still! Nevertheless, this one is a total winner, and I will probably finished it during lunch at work today. 

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, is on everyone's lips and blogs lately. When I found it for $6 on Kindle, I took the plunge. 


I bought John Saturnall's Feast, by Lawrence Norfolk, months ago. What's not to love about food, the 16th century and Saturnalia? I mean, really? 

Sweetness #9, by Stephan Eirik Clark,  is lingering on the edge of my mind. Has been for months, Looking back at these picks, it appears I'm in the mood for light sf. I can handle that. I usually get in the mood for sf and historical books this time of year. 

Finally, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, is one of the books I can see from where I'm typing in bed. It's another book that's been whispering in my ear for months. 

What's on your list of whispery, insistent books? 






32 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to see you're feeling okay (even good enough to read)! I've been desperate to read Station Eleven, too, and can't wait to see you get to The Goldfinch at some point.

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    1. Me too! I feel slightly less wilted today, which I'm taking as a good sign. I'm putting The Goldfinch on my "must read before the end of the year" list in hopes that doing that doesn't kill my desire to actually read it. As for Station Eleven, I've been so fickle about fiction lately, I'm almost afraid to start it.

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  2. You've had a rough month! I'm glad the transfusion is behind you and you're full of iron!

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    1. Me too! I feel a bit better already.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear that you're laid up, but hopefully you're feeling better! And - it's a great time to read! I loved The Goldfinch and have Station Eleven on my TBR.

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    1. It's back to work today, and I feel a bit better already. :) I hope we BOTH love Station Eleven!

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  4. Hope you can relax this weekend with a great book... or three!

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    1. Me too! I need to de-clutter my house (it's driving me nuts), but there's not much else on the docket.

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  5. I'm glad you are feeling better. Just rest up and keeping thinking about those books :) I've been thinking of reading The Goldfinch as well, but just haven't taken the plunge yet. I've seen Station Eleven everywhere, but I'm not so sure about that one. Take care and have a Happy Halloween!!

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    1. Thanks! The Goldfinch looks like such a commitment, but after reading so many good things, I really want to try! I still have iffy thoughts about Station Eleven (the blurb just isn't that great), but I'm putting my faith in some of my fave bloggers and booktubers on this one.

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  6. The Rat Queens is such a kick-ass book! I haven't been in the mood for reading but I have a ton of nonfiction that I'm hoping to conquer in the next month. Now that I think about it, All About Love by bell hooks has been on my mind.

    I'm glad everything went okay. I'm anemic too and it sucks how fatigue you can get. I hope you and Greyson have fun today!

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    1. Isn't it??? I love what I've read so far, and I can't wait to ILL more installments. I'm definitely in for non-fiction November. So weird that non-fic is my slump buster. The bell hooks sounds great. Anemia does suck, a lot. I didn't realize how tired I was!

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  7. The Norfolk book sounds fun! And don't you just hate it when doctors suck. It happens far too often.

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to dig in. I'm really trying to be sensitive to my reading moods or I'll just end up ditching it. Don't wanna do that. And yes, docs suck wayyyyy too often.

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  8. I have the same issue with the iron. They think because of my Celiac the damage to my intestines makes it difficult for me to absorb iron. The pills do nothing and my last test I measured 6. He mentioned a transfusion to me. What was your number, if you recall? What's causing your anemia?

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  9. I'm so sorry your sleep schedule got all thrown off. Hopefully everything will be back to normal for you soon!

    I am waiting (impatiently) for my copy of Station Eleven to arrive. I can't wait to compare thoughts!

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  10. A sprained ankle AND a blood transfusion? What a load! I hope you get well soon. I have great plans to make The Goldfinch my Christmas holiday reading this year - I hope we both like it!

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  11. Oh my goodness, I had no idea! Hope your super powers are showing up today and that you're feeling great. :)

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  12. Great list! I hope you get to feeling better soon!!

    Also - random sidebar - if you're not already in it, I'm in a group for bloggers on Blogger on FB, and if you'd like to join let me know!! :)

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  13. I guess Readathon really did take a lot out of you! Feel better soon and read, mama, read!

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  14. Well then. Station Eleven for 5.99 has just been purchased. Enabler. XOXO

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  15. My dear sweet friend, you have to take care of yourself! I hope the transfusion does the trick. You're a bad influence, I just bought Station Eleven for Kindle....shame on you! I didn't accept much for Nov/Dec pub dates with the intention of catching up a bit, heck I still have tons of books just from the last few months unread. Be well, it's just a little over a month til I'm back in TX....lunch date again!!!

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  16. Glad you're doing ok, Andi! Ya had me worried there for a second.

    Yes, get to The Goldfinch!! I listened to the audio and thought it was quite good. It's a train-wreck, but still worthwhile. Now I'm eager to read her other novels.

    I guess The Orphan Train and Olive Kitteridge are two that are calling to me. They've been on my nightstand forever! I'm still enjoying 11/22/63, which I finally picked up (after a long break) on my trip to CA. Who knew reading an ebook on my phone would be so convenient (and enjoyable).

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your extra hour. I plan to sleep. :)

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  17. Goodness, I missed the whole transfusion thing! Hope you're feeling better! Station Eleven is whispering to me, too; it just hasn't made it's way into my house yet. But I've really enjoyed her other books so I'm looking forward to this one. All of the big books are whispering to me from my shelves - must mean it's getting cold and I'm thinking of really curling up with a book.

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  18. Glad you're okay! I've realized your posts aren't coming to my email anymore :( I'm going to have to check into it and may resubscribe!

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    1. Lol, I WILL resubscribe if I figure out they haven't been coming in.

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  19. I hope you're feeling tip top shape ASAP and a little rest will hopefully do you much good! Hmmm. whispery books. Since I've been slogging through Drood for so long I'm now at a loss as to what to pick up. Think I'll focus on Nonfiction this month...just need to figure out which to pick up first!

    Thanks for the heads up on Station Eleven. Got it! :)

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  20. Eek! Glad the procedural was relatively simple and painless but still sounds like no fun. I hope you get well rested and read something wonderful very soon. Looks like you've got some good choices. Look forward to seeing what you pick! As for my own TBR pile nothing is really whispering at the moment. It kind of feels like they're all a bunch of 4 year olds on a sugar rush - Pick Me! No Me! No Pick Me!

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  21. The nonfiction book Unbroken is whispering to me to read it before the movie comes out at Christmas. I must. I hope you are feeling better soon. best wishes. http://www.thecuecard.com

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  22. Hope you're feeling better now.
    Have a great reading and relax!=)

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  23. Station Eleven's one of mine, for sure! I've been hearing about it everywhere, and my library's copies are perpetually checked out. I'm just waiting for my ebook hold to come in, which I think will happen sooner than my physical copy hold. WE'LL SEE.

    I'm glad the transfusion went okay! Poor you! Eat plenty of sturdy comfort food!

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  24. Hope you ae feeling better, Andi! Jason's mom has needed to transactions in the last year for low iron and I know it knocks her out. Here's hoping for at least one superpower!

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