Book Nympho

A reader consumed by a love of books.

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

Goodreads SummaryValancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.

I just started reading this book.  So far not much has happened and I can't say I'm really liking Valancy's character that much.  She's afraid of EVERYTHING and lets all the crazy people in her life push her around and walk all over her.

I will say that L.M. Montgomery's writing does an excellent job of illustrating the fear and frustration she feels.  I'm starting to feel fed up just reading it.  But I hope whatever actions she takes to break free of her life will be worth the initial dislike of the main characters.

DNF: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty  - Libba Bray

I picked this up because I kept hearing such good things about it.  I also really enjoyed Beauty Queens which is also by Libba Bray so I thought I might enjoy this one too.

At first I got pulled in because a lot of interesting and mysterious things were happening. But then as the story progressed I just started caring less and less about the characters and the story.

The story centers around a group of girls and they were all really mean and shallow and I just couldn't connect with them and their drama.  Plus the main character, Gemma, is a bit on the negative side and I didn't find her funny or quirky.

Plus the book is quite long (403 pages) and I read on the Kindle and kept glancing at the bottom and was dissapointed that I hadn't read any further.  So that's a sure sign that the book isn't catching my attention and I didn't care enough about the mystery to keep reading and find out what was happening.

Last month I hit 100 books read for this year!!  This is a new record for me as I usually read 100 total throughout the entire year.

How many books have you read this year?  What's your record?

Photo credit.

This Book is Full of Spiders

This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It - David Wong

Yikes!  What a cool book cover though.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm - George Orwell

This was book #21 of the 30 day challenge.  It was my first time reading it and even though I was familiar with the plot, it was still a great read for me.

I'll post a full review on my blog soon!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard

This was book #19 of my 30 day challenge.  It was also the first time reading this book and it completely lived up to its reputation.  I found it so enchanting with such a beautiful story that holds a lot of lessons for any reader.

I loved it so much I've now got a little prince background for my computer with the famous quote, "Here is my secret.  It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

The Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka

The Metamorphosis -  Franz Kafka

This was book #16 of my 30 day novella challenge.  I'd been wanting to read it for some time now and am glad I finally got around to it.  It wasn't at all what I was expecting but I'm still glad I picked it up.

3 Free Books!

Turing Evolved - David Kitson Coding Isis - David Roys The City of Refuge - Diana M Wilder

I just downloaded these three books free for Kindle on Amazon!

You can find tons of free ebooks via Centsless Books.  They update often and are broekn down into categories so you're bound to find something you want to read!

Warning though, this site is guaranteed to make your TBR grow!!

Washington Square by Henry James

Washington Square (Oxford World's Classics) - Henry James, Adrian Poole

Book #15 of 30 day challenge.  It was an enjoyable enough read but I didn't really care for the characters that much.

I think I'm going to watch the most recent film adaptation though and see how they compare.

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever - Bill Willingham;Chris Roberson Cinderella, Vol. 1: From Fabletown with Love - Chris Roberson, Shawn McManus

Book #13 of the 30 day challenge.  This is a graphic novel with an interesting story and lots of depth.  Very enjoyable and a must-read for fans of graphic novels and the Fables series by Bill Willingham.

The first book in this spin-off is Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love which I read earlier in the year and was introduced to the Fables series through that book.

100 Underappreciated Books

Looking for an amazing but little known or appreciated book?  Check out this list of over 100 books recommended during Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

I hope you find a new (or new to you) book somewhere in this long list!  :-)

A Race to Splendor

A Race to Splendor - Ciji Ware

What a gorgeous cover!

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama

This book was recommended by Girlxoxo in her post on 10 Books from 10 Countries.

It looks like an interesting and uplifting read.


Status: added to my TBR!!  :-)

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

I just saw this book in the Any New Books email newsletter and it looks fantastic!

Here's the plot summary: Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not...

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (205 pages)

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

This is the 11th book I've read for my 30 novells in 30 days challenge.  It wasn't what I was expecting but it was still a good read.

30 Novellas in 30 Days

I'm trying to read 30 short books in 30 days this month.  So far I've read 10 and today is the 11th so I'm only 1 book behind!  All the books I've read so far are on my 30 Novellas in 30 Days shelf.  I'm not sure what my next book will be...maybe A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness now that I've got a copy from the library.

Currently reading

Sex and The Single Girl
Helen Gurley Brown