|This picture belongs to me. So does this coffee.
I’m gonna drink it while I tell y’all about my bookish stresses.
|Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy|
I’m audiobooking this and following along in print because 1) I want to read more classics and 2) I really want to see the movie. I had no idea when I started it that it would be so emotionally enveloping. I knew absolutely nothing about this story going into it. NO. THING. That being said, I have made more faces and felt more feelings with this book than I ever would have imagined. There is NO WAY I would be able to get through this book without discussing it with someone that already read and loved it.
Thank you Hannah for going through this one with me because otherwise, I’d just be a mess the entire time! I love it. Except when I am torn up over it. And even then, I kind of love it too. (For example, the other day something happened and I had to stop reading it for a whole entire two days. I was all stressed out. Then I took a deep breath and dove right back into it. I love it. Oh, Anna!)
I’m about one-third of the way through this chunkster and I have absolutely NO CLUE about what’s coming up AT ALL. So NO SPOILERS, please! I need it to stay completely unknown to me!
Oh! You guys, this book, this book….I love it so much. So very much. I’m in it for the long haul.
|Wither and Fever by Lauren DeStefano|
The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano is hands-down one of my favorite series ever. It is dark and it gets darker, and I anticipate that Sever could potentially be the darkest of them yet. I am re-reading them because it’s almost time for the final book (counting down the days!) and you guys, they are indeed so much better the second time around. These books! Just, aaaahhh. The first time I read them, I was in awe of how Lauren DeStefano could take an absolutely bleak and horrible, dark and creepy world and write it with such a beautiful language, such flowing words. The first time I inhaled the books, reading super quickly. This time, I’m taking my time, savoring each word. Reading super slowly. Catching every detail. I am loving it. So much.
I’m reading along with Heather, and I’m enjoying this so much because this is her first read! It is always so wonderful to read a favorite book or series and re-live it through someone else’s eyes for the first time.
I’m scared to pieces, absolutely petrified, of what is to come in the third book! I won’t spoil anything for anyone that hasn’t read these brilliant books yet, but will ____ find _____? Does ______ get ______? What about ____? Grrr! I have a million questions like that and I promise you that I will have my answers! I will! But not before I pace the floors, chew off all of my fingernails, yell, cry, and probably pass out a time or two. Not joking!
|Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand|
You know, it’s kind of funny how this came to happen. I initially planned to read this series because it would be completed in 2013. I decided to go ahead and read it now because I’ll be attending the Pitch Dark Days event near my town in a few weeks. Author Cynthia Hand will be there – hers are the only books that I had not read by the authors on the panel. So it seemed perfect, right? Time to start them!
When I started Unearthly a few days ago, I didn’t realize that everyone and their brother was reading them too! I was already discussing them with Lauren, who was ecstatic that I was finally reading them. But Hannah coincidentally had started the book at about the same time too. It seems like we’ve gotten sucked into this world at about the same time, in about the same way, and we are both apparently loving it a ton.
I can only speak for myself when I say that OH MY GRACIOUS I AM SO STRESSED OUT ABOUT THESE BOOKS, YOU GUYS. I LOVE THEM TO PIECES AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY WILL TURN OUT! At the time of this blog post, I have finished Unearthly. As soon as this goes to press – the very second – I will begin Hallowed, which is sitting calmly to my left, and will probably read the heck out of it until I finish. And I don’t know what I’ll do until I can get my hands on a copy of Boundless, the last book in this trilogy. I’ll probably panic. Y’all think I’m joking, but I’m not. I call this Bookish Stress.
I’m reading other things while I’m reading these books, of course. They’re really not stressful though. And they’ll show up on the blog soon!
What books make you feel BOOKISH STRESS?
I know I’m not the only one out there feeling it!
Also, have you read any of these books in my pictures?
Love them? Hate them?
Tell me about your experiences!