Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (1/19)

So, bummer over here.  The Pack went down.  I actually didn't expect for them to win--Rodgers was injured, but the came close and they played well (except for the last part of the 4th quarter.  Seriously, what was up with that?).

Oh well, I have at least chosen my hashtag for the Super Bowl: #imjustinitforthecommercials



Last week on the blog, I posted:
1/13 - Book Review The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
1/14 - Book Review: The Divorce Diet by Ellen Hawley
1/16 - Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
1/16 - Winter Mini-Bloggiesta 2015
1/17 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
I was worried when I started this one that it would be too saccharine for my tastes--lately, I've been wanting a bit more, I don't know, "edge" to my reading.  While I won't say it has edge, I don't find it overly sweet and it's keeping my attention.

The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons by Heather A. Slomski
This is a collection of short stories that won the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award.  I've really gotten into short story collections lately--in no small part because I can read them along with my other books--I can read a story or two a day and then go back to my novels and non-fiction.  I'm only a couple of stories into this on yet, but it is delightfully quirky (so far...now that I've said that, it might morph into gothic horror or something...)

Iscariot by Tosca Lee
I'm reading this one for my church's book club.  I think it recently won an award for best Christian Fiction--and it is definitely better written than a lot of Inspirational fiction.  I'm not that far into it, but I'm enjoying it so far.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
I thought my daughter and I would be done with this one by now but, as I said in my Saturday Snapshot post, this has been a rough week at our house.  My daughter is definitely enjoying it and I'm pretty sure we will be reading the sequel soon.






Right now, I'm listening to:
1776 by David McCullogh
I'm making pretty good time with this one and I think it is a good audio book for people who enjoy history.  However, I wouldn't recommend it for non-History people as this is pretty straight down the line and a little academic.








Last week, I read:
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Yes, I finally finished it!  I waffled a bit about whether or not I would review this one, as it is a but on the "unreviewable" side, but I will have a post up about it on February 6.  I will say this, though:  If I never see another footnote, it will be too soon.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Well, at least it was a quick read.  My review will go up on February 12.

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
I really enjoyed this one--I had been wanting to read O'Connor for a while--but I won't be reviewing it right now.  I have The Complete Stories waiting on my Kindle and, since all the stories in this collection are included that collection, I'll get them all at once.







In Other News:
I am doing two challenges this year--although I'm cheating just a bit because there is a lot of overlap between the two.  I'm doing the Book Riot "Read Harder" challenge and the Pop Sugar challenge--I've put up tabs for both challenges so that I can keep track of what I've done and still need to do.

I'm not normally a fan of reading challenges as I've found it just adds extra pressure to my reading.  However, I liked how these were structured and I feel that it will help guide my reading instead of controlling it.

There is one item on the Pop Sugar challenge that worries me--a book set in my hometown.  As far as I know, the only book set in my hometown is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and I have no desire to read that.  So, if anyone knows of any other book set in Salem, Oregon, please let me know!

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