Hello there! I’m in the middle of a bunch of books right now, so I thought rather than trying to dredge up an iffy review, I’d do another book chat. I’ve been thinking this is something I’ll do more regularly, partly to reduce stress and keep my posts consistent, and partly because it’s fun.

                Between the movie and the show, I’ve seen Les Misérables at least seven times; it’s my favorite musical. And yet, I have not read Victor Hugo’s original novel, a.k.a. Le Brick (It’s a little less than 1.5k pages). So it’s fortuitous that my mother just gave me the most lovely copy ever.

pictured above: classy elegant swag

pictured above: classy elegant swag

               I put Les Miz on my list of top six most intimidating books back in July, so although I’m excited to conquer it, the confidence lent to me by the style and class of the edition is appreciated. I’m really looking forward to delving deeper into the story I adore, and although I’m only on chapter seven, it’s already illuminating and deepening my understanding of the characters. Good stuff!

                Switching gears from a very old book to a very new movie, I’m going to see Catching Fire this evening!! I’ve been hearing such, such good things. And I thought the first one was flawless. True to the story, perfect actors for the parts, not oversensationalizing or action-hyping… I’m not expecting to be disappointed. Any opinions? Also related to movies, I finally succeeded at renting Say Anything, which I’ve been wanting to see for ages. As a cute romance lover, I guess I feel I won’t be complete until I’m solidly versed in the 80’s teen romance classic scene. I’ve seen Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, so this was the logical next step. Thanksgiving Break is coming up quickly, so I’ll have plenty of time to watch it!

                I’m a big multi-reader, and I’m currently most actively reading three books: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, House of Hades by Rick Riordan, and The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini. I’m loving the first two (not that it was a question for Percy Jackson), and feeling intensely skeptical about The Other Normals. I love Ned Vizzini, but this book is just super weird. However, I’ve seen almost all good reviews, and I’m not very far along. So the jury is still out. Expect reviews relatively forthcoming. Well, no, actually, I won’t be reviewing HoH, because Percy Jackson and the crew are far too close to my heart, and I have an unofficial policy against reviewing anything by Rick. But the other two, yes.

                Oh, and by the way, I’ve been training intensely, and I think my ability to roll a Spanish double-r may be showing signs of nascent existence. God as my witness, I WILL improve my terrible accent. And my listening skills. One day, I shall be fluent!

                So those are my random thoughts. I’d love to hear yours in the comments! What are you reading? Or watching? Or eating? Delicious food is always worth discussing…