Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (1/26)

Well, I'm glad to say that I think I've kicked the flu.  Now, I 'm just dealing with the lingering nasty cold, but I'll take that over what I was dealing with last week.  My daughter is now dealing with a fever and I can't tell if she now has the flu or if it is something else.  According to my mother, we have a case of the "Januaries" where we all just pass germs around to each other.  My son was sick a bit last week, although he's 100% now, and my husband has been dealing with a lingering cold with his own, so I'm going to agree with my mother's diagnosis.

I was not able to truly participate in National Read-a-thon day.  I tried, but I conked out a couple of times.  Also, my husband decided to come down and watch television where I was reading so, you know, that happened.  All that being said, I still think it is a fabulous idea and I put feelers out to a Book Bloggers group about putting a team together for next year's event (if they have it again).

I will say I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked this week.  For a couple of days, I was just too sick to even read.  Still, here is how my week shaped up:

Last week on the blog, I posted:

Right now, I'm reading:
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
I'm actually starting this (Sunday) evening, so I don't have much to say about it yet .  I did see this recommended on a BookTube video and thought it looked fun.  I almost didn't get it--I had it on hold at the library and today was the last day to pick it up. Yes, I dragged myself out of the house to go to the library (and the grocery store...)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (translated by Alison Anderson)
This is for my February book club and I was very glad it was selected because I already had it sitting in that pile of books.  I'm enjoying it, but it is pretty dense, so I reverted to a method I used to use when I was trying to keep myself to a schedule.  I broke the book into 7 equal parts and I read one section a day.  I know, it's a little OCD.  However, it really helps with this book.

Iscariot by Tosca Lee
I have to admit that I didn't make much progress on this one this week.  There is really no reason for this other than my Kindle (how I'm reading this) was not near my recliner.  Some weeks are just like that, folks.

Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren
Another book I haven't made progress on, although my excuse is less pathetic.  Or maybe it is more pathetic, I don't know.  My voice did not hold up during this bout of the flu and I couldn't read aloud to my daughter.  We have 2 chapters left, so I'm hoping to finish it up this week.

Right now, I'm listening to:
1776 by David McCullough
Yep, still working on it.  You would think that I would have gotten at least some listening done this week, but no. You see, I try to limit my kids' TV viewing under normal circumstances.  However, when sickness is in the house, all bets are off.  If the kids are sick, I let them watch TV to keep them quiet.  When I'm sick, I use it to keep the kids out of my hair.  Boy, my son is going to go through withdrawals when the TV goes off.....

This week, I read:
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
I've seen a lot of bloggers saying that they are waiting on pins and needles to read this book.  I almost felt a little bad about reading it when they were all waiting, but, well, not THAT bad.  Anyway, I won't go into too much detail about it as I have my review waiting to go.  It will be posted on February 9.

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
I feel like there should be a drum roll with this one.  I've had this book sitting in that pile for more than 2 years...and I finally read it!  What made me take the leap?  Well, I agreed to review the sequel (The Reluctant Midwife) for a blog tour and thought I'd better read this one first.  In fact, I agreed to read the second book so that I would be sure to finally read this one!  My review will be posted on February 17.

The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons by Heather A. Slomski
I'm kind of in love with short story collections right now.  I'm in 2 postal book clubs and, for both of them, I received short story collections as my first book of the year!  It was nice because my reading schedule is a little cluttered at the beginning of the year (I have 4 blog tour books, plus The Midwife of Hope River, and my book club books) and the short story collections I could easily read alongside my other books.  Because I have 3 novels going right now (yes, I'm crazy), I'm not doing a short story collection at the moment, but I have a couple waiting in the wings.  The review for this one will be posted on February 19.

So, that's my week.  I'm really hoping this week is more productive--and healthier--than the last week!

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