Monday, May 11, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (5/11) and a MAJOR catch up!

I haven't done one of these Monday post in what seems like forever!  The truth is that things have just gotten crazy in the real world for me.  I never knew how crazy the end of the school year is for parents, and I'm in the midst of it now!  At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would not post reviews in June and December--and that is my plan for this year.  Next year, however, it will be MAY and December!

So, anyway, I'm going to do this post in sort of an upside-down manner today.  I'm going to do a recap of everything I've read since my last update and then I'll catch you up on what I'm currently reading.

Because the list is rather long, I'm not going to include cover pics here.  If there is a link, it will go to my posted review.  Otherwise, I'll jot down a few quick thoughts about each title:

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty (finished 3/10/2015)

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner (finished 3/10/2015)

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell (finished 3/13/2015)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (finished 3/20/15)

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer (finished 3/21/15)

Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson (finished 3/22/15)
I read this one to satisfy the romance novel item in the Read Harder challenge.  I have to admit that Romance is a genre that I find somewhat perplexing.  I should like it--I enjoy a good love story as much as the next person--but I rarely enjoy "Romances."  This has become somewhat of a quest for me...I'm searching for romances I enjoy and the reason why I don't enjoy the others!

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (finished 4/1/2015)

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins (finished 4/7/2015)
This one was to satisfy the poetry item in both challenges.  I really enjoyed it, but I didn't feel that I could really review it because I don't reach much (or any) poetry and am far from a casual expert on it  But, if you are like me and someone who doesn't read poetry, Billy Collins is a good place to start.

Paper Towns by John Green (finished 4/7/2015)

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue (finished 4/17/2015)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (finished 4/20/2015)
This title came from one of my postal book groups and it was a re-read for me. I first read it when it came out and I didn't enjoy it and, sadly, the re-read did not improve my opinion.  I know a lot of people adore this book, but it just doesn't work for me.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (finished 4/20/2015)

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy (finished 4/20/2015)

Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Fiedland (finished 5/2/2015; Review to be posted 5/13/2015)

Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry (finished 5/6/2015)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (finished 5/7/2015; Review to be posted 5/15/2015)

Okay, so there is that.  Now, here is what I am currently reading:

The Main Book:
It's Not Me, Its You by Mhairi McFarlane
This one is for review and so far, I'm enjoying it, but it is really light and pretty predictable.  I'm hoping that something to redeem it comes out in the last 3rd of the book.

The "Phone" Book:
Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro
This one reminds me a lot of Wild in that it deals with a woman's relationship with my mother.  Unfortunately, I haven't really had time to dedicate to this one, though.

My Audiobook
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I've been wanted to re-read this one before Lee's "new" book comes out, but I realized that listening to it would really the only way I could fit it in.  I'm enjoying the audio more than I thought I would!

With My Daughter:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Someday, we'll finish this...

So, who knows when I'll finish these.  I did catch the dreaded stomach bug from my kids (on Mother's Day!), so I guess I'll read between the vomiting.

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