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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

I have a few days until my Middlemarch readalong officially starts, so I’m trying to fit in a couple of books that are just for fun this week. I recently finished The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, which I liked. I had seen the film that is based on the book when it came out in the theater, but I have to say that I preferred the book (no big surprise). Although the movie is good, the book gives you a better understanding of the characters’ motivation and a more realistic resolution. My only gripe with the book would be that the main character, Pat, is sometimes portrayed as being a bit too childlike to be believable.

I’m now deep into the third book in Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series of crime novels, which are set in Atlanta and feature an unusual detective-hero. I have really enjoyed getting into these books as they’re a nice change of pace from my usual reads and are very well-written, with strong plotting and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The main character, Will,  is complicated and endearing, and I’m curious to know how he will develop over the course of the series. If I have time, I’ll probably sneak in another one of these before December.

And then, it’s Middlemarch all the way! I have a feeling this chunkster will keep me busy through the holidays, but I’m looking forward to it.

What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

I haven’t done one of these in a while because my reading has been kind of scattered lately, although I did wrap-up Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon this past week. I had posted my review of it earlier this month when I wasn’t quite finished, but luckily my opinion didn’t change at all–awesome book.

I’m about a third of the way through Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell. It reads like a cross between Kate Morton and a chick lit novel. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not really working for me at this point. After I finish that one, I’ll be tackling Diane Setterfield‘s latest, Bellman & Black, and an upcoming non-fiction book by Ann Patchett, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I’m particularly looking forward to that one.

But the best news of the week is that I’m on vacation, so I’ll have lots and lots of lovely reading time. Hopefully I’ll get through all of the above and then some. What I’m really in the mood for is a book/series that is completely engrossing, the kind of book that makes you want to dive into it and not come up for air until it’s finished. Any suggestions?

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

This past week I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I really liked. Rowell has this way of portraying young love that is just so realistic and lovely. There’s a scene in it in which the main love interests first kiss, and it rang so true to me that it was like I had lived it myself. I also enjoyed the way that book treats the subject of fanfiction, and it honestly made me want to run out and write some, although I’m not sure what I’m a big enough fangirl of to write fanfic about. Maybe Veronica Mars? Buffy?

I’m trying desperately to finish Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon for Wednesday, as I have a book tour stop for it on that day. It’s a good book and I’d love to just sink into it, but unfortunately real life (work) is getting in the way. Bah.

Up next is Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell, a writer whom I read years ago and liked. I’m looking forward to reading her work again, this time as historical fiction.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

My lovely summer holidays are officially over (wah!), but I’m trying not to be too sad about it. I just wish that September wasn’t coming up so fast–even faster every year it seems. The girls are staying with their grandmother until the end of August as I’m back to work, so it will be here before I know it.

I read two books this past week, Moranthology by Caitlin Moran and Late Lights by Kara Weiss. I’m still working on The Song of the River by Sue Harrison, but I have a review coming up for that on Friday, so I need to be finished by then!

In honor of Austen in August, I’m still hoping to sneak in some more Jane before the end of the month. I started Sense and Sensibility but am only a few chapters into it. I also borrowed The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson from the library. It won the Pulitzer Prize last year and I’ve never read a book set in North Korea, so I’m really looking forward to that.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

I’m on vacation this week (yes, again–one of the many reasons I love living in France), although this time I’m not going anywhere. The girls and I will be on our own for a few days, then it’s my youngest birthday and we’ll have a celebration with family.

This past week, I re-read Persuasion by Jane Austen, part of my Austen in August efforts. It always amazes me how reading the same book multiple times can result in such different reading experiences. I still loved it, but certain aspects of the book struck me in a way that they didn’t the first time around and I noticed so much more. Once I get my thoughts together, I’ll be putting up a post.

I’m currently reading a couple of books that I have scheduled for review later this month, including Late Lights by Kara Weiss (short stories) and Song of the River by Sue Harrison, which is set in prehistoric Alaska. Once I’ve finished those, I’ll settle back in with some more Austen, probably Sense and Sensibility.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

Since coming back from my vacation, I’ve not been very efficient in the reading department, which just goes to prove what I’ve always believed to be true–real life puts a cramp in my reading style. Until retirement, then (only another 25 years to go), I guess I’ll have to make due with the free time I have.

I started The Almond Picker by Simonetta Hornby while still on vacation, but I haven’t picked it back up since coming home. It’s well written but very, very slow, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get interested enough to finish it.

I did finish one book this past week, Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker, which was the long-awaited finale to her Emperor’s Edge series of books. It was a fun read but felt a bit rushed and the writing was sloppy at times. There are also some inconsistencies in the plotting that probably could have been caught with closer editing. Still, it was nice to finally get a resolution to the series.

I’m halfway through Moranthology by Caitlin Moran, which is hilarious. It’s a collection of her work that’s been printed elsewhere, but as I’d never read anything of hers before, it’s all new to me. I’m really enjoying dipping in and out of this one, and I definitely want to read How to Be a Woman next.

I also started The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes, which I borrowed from the library, and I’m enjoying it so far. The main character is a bit of a mystery at this point and I’m interested in learning more about her and her backstory.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.

I finished two books this past week–Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (on audio) and Forged in Blood by Lindsay Buroker. Both were good, although I especially enjoyed Eleanor and Park. If you haven’t read that one yet, what are you waiting for? I’ll definitely be looking for more books by Rowell.

At the moment I’m reading two e-books, Imperial Woman by Pearl Buck and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I’m not far enough into either one to pass judgement yet, but I immediately got caught up in Imperial Woman, which is a fictionalized biography of the last empress in China and so far highly readable.  Life as We Knew It is one that I checked out from the library and is the first in a dystopian young adult trilogy. So far it reminds me quite a bit of a book I read earlier this year, The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker.

I’ve also downloaded (but haven’t started listening to yet) the audiobook of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, which I’m looking forward to.

What about you? What are you reading this week?