Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (3/16)

Welcome to another week!  I'm writing this during an unusually strong windstorm here in Oregon.  Windstorms in March are far from uncommon here, but we've been having such nice that this is a bit of a shock to the system.  I guess that is one of the joys of spring--unpredictable weather!

I've decided to participate in Bloggiesta next week and am thinking of things to work on with this blog.  One thing I will definitely tackle is how I index my reviews.  I just don't like the way it is now--the volume of reviews on this blog have gotten to the point that just listing things by rating is no longer working.  I'm thinking of either replacing my current index page or adding another page that lists books by genre.  I'll try and put it together ad see how it goes.

I also toyed--seriously--about moving this blog over to wordpress.  I thought about it and even went and started the process to buy a domain, but then backed out.  Perhaps I'm just intimidated by the process, but I have so much invested in this site that I just couldn't do it.  Not yet, anyway.

In other blog news, I'm starting up a new one.  It has nothing to do with books and it is definitely "secondary" to this one, but I hope it will be successful.  I'll post more about it in my new IMWAYR post!

And now, onto the business at hand...

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Wednesday, March 11: Book Review: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Saturday, March 14: Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
I'm again a victim of book polygamy!  I'll explain as I go along, but here it goes....

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
I remember loving The Dive From Clausen's Pier when it came out, so I jumped on the chance to read this one when it showed up in Netgalley.  I'm only 14% of the way through as I write this and, well, I'm no sure about it.  It has gotten some great pre-release reviews on Goodreads so I'm hoping it turns around, but right now it is just striking me as overly wordy and stressful.

For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
This is my "phone" read at the moment.  Romance as a genre has been getting more attention lately so I thought I'd give it another try.  When I was younger--okay, I was a teenager--I loved romance novels.  Unfortunately, my favorite writer (LaVyrle Spencer) retired in the early 90s and I pretty much gave up the genre after that.  I'll be honest--this one might be DNF'd as it just isn't doing it for me.  I'll give it a few more chapters before I decide if I cut it or not.

Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry
This is the one that pushed me into book polygamy.  I'm reading The Children's Crusade on my Kindle and For the Longest Time on my phone and I needed something in print.  I always read for a while in bed and I've learned the hard way that, when I read on my electronic devices, it makes it harder for me to fall asleep.  I opted for a short story collection so that I could read one story a night, which I think is a pretty good plan for me.  I won a copy of this from the Goodreads First Reads program a few months ago, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I've only read one story so far, but it was interesting and made me want to keep reading.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Yep, still working on it.  Frankly, this week was hard for bed times (when we normally read this book) thanks to Daylight Savings Time.  I heard that they are trying to get rid of DST in Oregon, which I hope happens.  Really, anyone who thinks DST is a good idea should come spend the week following the time change in our house so that they can experience the hell that it brings.

Right now, I'm listening to:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
So, I have two things to say about this so far.  The first is that this is NOT something I can listen to with my kids around--just too many F-Bombs (not that I'm offended by that, but I'd rather my kids not hear it).  As a result, I've been listening to this only exclusively at the gym.  So, the second thing I have to say is that this is a surprisingly good workout audiobook.  I'm not sure why, but it really takes my mind off the pain and helps me get through the workout.  Now, I don't get to workout quite as much as I'd like (and there is a whole story about that!), so it will probably take me a while to get through this one.

Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae
Since I can't listen to Bad Feminist in the car with my kids (and I'm rarely in the car without at least one kid), I started this one to listen to while driving.  Honestly, I don't know if I'll finish this one--not due to any fault of the book, but I'm not sure cozy mysteries work in audio form with me.  This one is, however, interesting enough for me to consider just switching it to a print copy.

Last week, I finished reading:
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
You can read what I thought in the review but I will say that, as soon as I finished this, I added the all the books by Liane Moriarty that I didn't already have on my Kindle to my Kindle.  Yep, I'm hooked.

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner (review to be posted 03/23)
This was one was a rare thing for me: a historical novel about a subject I didn't know much about.  I knew who Coco Chanel was, but that was about it.  I have more thoughts on this, but you'll have to wait for the review.

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell (review to be posted 03/18)
I no longer review Christian fiction--I learned that if I read it with a review in mind,  I don't enjoy it.  So, I usually go into Christian fiction knowing that I won't review it.  This, however, is an exception.  It's the second in the series and I read the first, Into the Free (which I did not review), so I had a good idea what this book was like.  The truth is, the only reason that this book is considered "Christian fiction" is because it was published by a Christian publishing house.  I'm not saying that this is a heathen book, but it is very mainstream and one that I think people, no matter what their religious beliefs may be, could comfortably read.

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