Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (1/5)

Well, back to the grind, eh?  My kids are back in school today, which mean that SCHEDULE has been imposed on us!  This is not a bad thing, but there is a bit of shock when you have to jump back
into it after 2 weeks.

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Okay, onto this week's readings!

Right now, I'm reading:
I've decided that 3 books (and 1 audiobook) at once is ideal for me--one in hard copy, one on my Kindle, and on for my daughter.  That being said, I have 6 books (and 1 audiobook) going right now....

Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot (Gunning)
This is one of those books that has been sitting on my kindle--when I did my first DNF of the year (more on that below), I decided to pick something that just looked like fun and this was it.  So far, it has lived up to my expectations.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Strangely, I had never read this before I started reading it to my daughter!  How can that have happened?  I very vaguely remember seeing a movie version when I was kid, but the book is all new to me.  Oh, and I'm using it to mark off Task # 19 on Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I've given myself permission to not read every.single.footnote and it is going much faster now!  I may go back at some time and really read all the footnotes but, when I found myself reading about crawfish, I realized the footnotes were not the point of this book.

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
I've been wanting to read O'Connor stories for quite some time, so this one came onto my list at just the right time.  I also have The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor on my kindle, which I may start after I finish this so that I can say I read them all.

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
This is my first book for a blog tour of the year.   I read Liza Palmer's previous book and quite liked it, so I thought I'd give this one a try.

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
Yep, still plugging away at this one!  I can't really say much more but I'm getting through is 2-3% a day, so it will stick on this list for many weeks to come.

Right now, I'm listening to:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Jacqueline Woodson
I've been wanting to read this, but I didn't know that it was written in verse until I heard the audiobook plugged on the Books on the Nightstand podcast.  I'm not very good at reading poetry, but I do love listening to it, so I thought I'd give the audiobook a try.  I'm also going to use this to mark off Task #14 on Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.

Last week, I finished reading

The Snow Queen retold by Sarah Lowes, illustrated by Miss Clara
My son's babysitter is a Barefoot Books ambassador and I placed a big order before Christmas.  This is one of the books I ordered from her from my daughter and it was quite interesting.  I knew that The Snow Queen was the basis of Frozen (which....sigh! my daughter's favorite movie) and I wasn't familiar with it.  All I can say is that Disney took about 3 million liberties with the original story. No review.

The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Book Club Book for January!  The review will be posted on January 22, the morning after my book club discussion.

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
The review for this one will be up on January 6 (tomorrow!)  I won't say much about it now other than that it made me feel that I should be reading Virginia Woolf (more about that below).

Twelve Dancing Princesses retold by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Miss Clara
This is another book I got for my daughter from Barefoot Books.  I was slightly more familiar with this story as I read The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine last year.  My daughter loved both this one and The Snow Queen and, if you are looking for some great books to give to kids, you should check out Barefoot Books (my Ambassador's webpage is here).  No review.

Last week, I finished listening to:

Christy by Catherine Marshall, read by Kellie Martin
Woo-hoo!  I finally finished this one!  I'm not going to review it, simply because it took me so long to listen to the whole thing. In retrospect, this probably wasn't the best book for me to experience as an audiobook, simply because of its length, but I'm glad I (finally) got through it.

Last week, I DNF'd:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
As I said, I felt I should read something by Virginia Woolf after reading Vanessa and Her Sister.  Well, I tried, but Virginia Woolf and I just do not mix.  One of my goals for this year was to be more willing to DNF books I don't enjoy and, well, this--my first DNF--happened on January 1st.  So there.

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