Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading (1/12)

Well, folks, I'm writing this up on Sunday (which is when I usually write these posts) and it is the 3rd quarter of the Packers/Cowboys game.  I thought I'd better write this now because who knows what state I'll be in once this game is over.  There are two options:

1 - The Packers lose and I'll be sad
2 - The Packers win, and they'll have to play the Seahawks next week and I'll be a mess.

I'm a Packers fan, my husband is a Seattle fan and for the last freakin' year I've had to listen to him gloat.  Actually, longer than that.  Remember that game on September 24, 2012?  Yeah, that one.... We still argue about that one.

His entire family are huge Seahawks fans and my family, well, they all root for different teams but are united by a dislike of the Seattle team...and my father hates the Seahawks with a passion he usually reserves only for the IRS and dentists.  Until recently, I had no strong feelings either way about the Seahawks.  I even wore a Seahawks shirt for the Super Bowl last year.  However, this past year and the behavior of, ahem, some people (and, despite his gloating,  my husband is not one of those people) have swung me back over to my side of the family.

Oh well, at least I'm not too invested in the Broncos/Colts game tonight--I just want a team that can beat the Patriots.  Because, you know, my husband thinks the "Pats" are named after him....

Finally, go Oregon!  I can't say that I'm a "Duck Fan," but I do root for the local team no matter who it is (and I am partial to teams of the green and gold persuasion), and the national Championship is no small thing!

Okay, okay...enough football!  I know my mother, if she is reading this post, has already clicked off.  It is a great disappointment to her that I watch football.

I haven't done this before on these posts, but I like it when I see it on other IMWAYR posts, so here you go....

Last week on the blog, I posted:
1/6 - Book Review: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
1/7 - Audiobook Review: Girl Walks Into a Bar... by Rachel Dratch
1/9 - CD Review: The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection by the Laurie Berkner Band
1/10 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm Reading:
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Sigh...I didn't especially like Divergent and I definitely didn't have a burning desire to read the next book.  However, my husband and I recently watched the movie--which I found so-so, but he liked--and then he wanted me to read this to tell him what happens.  Why, I'm sure you're asking, can't HE read the book?  Because, well, because.  That's why.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
I'm reading this at a rate of about a story a day, so I should be done with it in a couple of days.  I will say that it wasn't exactly what I expected, but I'm really enjoying it.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Okay, folks, I'm going to finish this one soon!  I've been just chipping away at it for long enough and now it has taken the place as my "primary" hardcover to read.  If all goes well, this will be down in the next category next week!

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
My daughter and I haven't been able to make much progress this week due to a number of evening events going on.  Our evenings for the next week are pretty open so we might be able to finish this one this week, too.

Right Now, I'm Listening To:
1776 by David McCullough
It's been sitting on my audible shelf for long enough.  I wasn't sure if I would like it--I had to return Team of Rivals because it just wasn't working for me in audio form, but this one is different.  I don't know if it is the writing style, the narration, or a combination of both, but 1776 translates quite well to audiobook format.

Last week, I read:
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot (Gunning)
I went through this book pretty quickly as it is really "in my wheelhouse."  (I think I've been listening to too many Book Riot podcasts).  It's historical fiction, it is about a charismatic historical figure, and it is a character driven novel.  Review to be posted on January 29.

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
WOO-HOO!  I FINALLY FINISHED THIS ONE!  It's not that it is a hard to read book, I was just reading it in such small chunks.  However, this week, I decided to just get through this book and Pioneer Girl.  I'm not going review this one, but I will say I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read the Grimm Fairy Tales in their (almost) original form.

Last week, I listened to:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Yep, this one totally lived up to the hype and it is FABULOUS in audio book form.  I'm not going to review it, though.  I tried to write something up, but I couldn't get much past I loved this.  So, you know, you should listen to it.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Another one that was on my Audible shelf for a while.  I don't know if this will appeal to everyone, but it should definitely appeal to parents.  I loaded it onto my husband's phone and hopefully he can get past the title and actually listen to it!  Review will be posted on February 4.

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