Monday, May 18, 2015

Its Monday...What Are You Reading? (5/18)

I'm a little behind on this post--I try to have them go up Sunday night, but yesterday (Sunday) was busy, busy, busy here! The kids sang at church--my daughter more so than my son.  My daughter, who is six, got really into it--we were sitting in the last row and we could hear her over everyone else.  My son, who is four and a half, is not yet a fan of public performance. Oh well.  After church, the hubs and I worked in the yard (there is still a lot to do, but I'm hoping for "after" pictures to post for this week's Saturday Snapshot!) and then we went out for my Mother's Day dinner.  I was sick last Sunday, so we celebrated yesterday.

With all that, I didn't get a chance to write this up last night, so here we go....

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Wednesday, May 13 - Book Review: Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
Friday, May 15 - Audiobook Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Saturday, May 16 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
The Main Book:
Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt
I've started leaving little notes on my goodreads updates for books (well, this book) as I go along in an effort to remember what I was feeling when I read the book when it comes time to review it.  If you want to know exactly what I think so far, you can check over there.  For here, there, I'll just say that I'm hoping that this is a book where everything ties up at the end.

The "Phone Book":
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
This is another foray into romance and my attempt to understand--and respect--the genre a bit more.  On the up side, this book doesn't have any of the usual things that really annoy me in romance novels (at least not yet).  On the down side, we have a valium-addicted bitter ex-wife and a mid-life crisis ex-husband, both of which are dealing with the death of a child.  Add to that a father with Alzheimers.  Folks, this book is anything but a walk in the park.  Because it is part of my romance experiment, I most likely won't do a full review of it once I finish.

My Audiobook
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Like Bad Feminist, I'm mostly listening to this at the gym.  I mean, I've already read the book multiple times, but this is my pre-Go Set a Watchman re-read.  I will say that I do find something new in this book every time I read (or listen) to it.  Oh, and Sissy Spacek is a fabulous narrator.  I'm not planning to review this when I'm done because who hasn't yet read To Kill a Mockingbird?

With My Daughter:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Okay, this is getting ridiculous!  We're just going to have to buckle down and get this one done.  One the issues holding this up is that my daughter loves to read on her own, which is great, but this book is a little advanced for her.  Lately, given the choice, she'd much rather read to me than me read to her.  Still, we just need to get this one done.

Last week, I finished reading:
It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane (finished 5/11, review to be posted  5/19)
This one was for a TLC book tour, so you should be seeing this title on a lot of blogs soon (I think my review is the first stop).

Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro (finished 5/11, review to be posted 5/28)
From Netgalley-this review probably should have come out a little sooner--the book was published at the beginning of this month--but I ended up reading this one on my phone.  I over-booked (ha ha, get it?) myself in May and reading this one on my phone was the only way I was going to be able to read it.

The Martian by Andy Weir (finished 5/12, review to be posted 5/21)
I've been waiting forever to read this one!  It is the selection for one of my book clubs this month and I try to read those books no more a month before the meeting.  If you look at the dates of these books, you can see I finished this one in about a day.

So, there you go!  I'm looking to finish 1-2 books this week, so we'll see how that goes.

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