Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (5/25)

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  We are a little past the midpoint of the holiday weekend right now and it has been quite nice.  My brother-in-law is visiting, which the kids are LOVING, and we've been out and about.  Yesterday, we went down for a walk a state park that I had not visited in quite some time (and my husband had never visited), which was fun.  It was surprisingly uncrowded and peaceful.  I'll have pictures out in next week's Saturday Snapshot post.

Today, we had planned a hike in the Gorge but, well, things did not go quite as planned.  We made a change of plans and took the kids to the Fish Hatchery near Bonneville Dam instead, and they had a great time.  Yes, pictures of that will be coming soon as well.

Anyway, onto the business at hand....

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Tuesday, May 19 - Book Review: It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane
Thursday, May 21 - Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir
Saturdsay, May 23 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
The Main Book:
The Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen
When I saw this book was coming out, I jumped over to Netgalley and requested a copy.  I loved Andersen's Boleyn "trilogy."  I put that in quotes, because this is kind of like the 4th book in the trilogy.  I'm enjoying getting to know the new characters (historical and fictional!) in this book.

The "Phone" Book:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Usually, my "phone" books are ones I read just for fun, but this one is for next month's book club.  I love that it is set in Oregon, but I wish Forman would just bite the bullet and say that Mia is from Salem so I can count it as my "A book that is set in your hometown" in my PopSugar challenge.

The Short Story Collection
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
For a long time, the only way I could check eBooks out of the library was through overdrive, which was about as fun as having a lobster perform your pelvic exam.  Recently, our library added the 3M Cloud service, which is about 100,000,000 times better. Plus, not many people use it, so the hold lists are much, much shorter. This was the first title I checked out that way and it is working great.  I have to read 3M books either on my iPad or my phone, neither of which are really my choice (I already read light kindle books on my phone and my iPad is big and bulky) so, when the time comes that my Kindle paperwhite dies (and they always do), I think I'm going to upgrade to a Kindle Fire so I can load the app up on that.

The Audiobook:
The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet by Dara-Lynn Weiss
I technically haven't started this yet, but I will at my next workout session.  I've had good luck with my past 2 books when I used them as gym-bait, so I'm hoping the extra dose of a health-related a topic will make it 3 for 3.

The "Daughter" Book:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Sigh, yes.  Still.  I guess I'd better take over the bedtime duties again because, obviously, we aren't making any progress the way we're going now.

Last week, I finished reading:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Audiobook)
Well, what is there to say about this?  I'm one of those people who doesn't do especially well listening to novels in audio form but, since I had previously read this one (numerous times), audio was a good choice.  Sissy Spacek was the perfect narrator for this book.  If you are planning to reread To Kill a Mockingbird before Go Set a Watchman, but don't know how to fit it into your schedule, this is a good option.

Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt (review to be posted 5/26)
For some reason, the publishers sent me 2 ARCs for this book.  I'm not quite sure why that happened but, once I give the copy I did read to my mother, I'll still have another one hanging  around.  I may do a used ARC giveaway later in the summer and, if I do, this title will be included.

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
This was part of my romance experiment.  I still can't say that I enjoy romance novels, but I did enjoy this one.  It was better written than most, it didn't have any of the usual tropes, and it did not contain what my mother would call "a biology lesson."  I'm not going to review it,  mostly because I felt I needed to excuse myself from reviewing romance novels in order to read them with a less-critical eye.

No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi (Audiobook) (review to be posted 5/27)
I don't want to say to much about this book here because I won't be able to stop gushing about it and I still have to write the review.  I expected to really enjoy this book.  I did not expect to love it....

So, that's what is going on in this corner of the world.  What are you reading?

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