Monday, June 15, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (6/15)

I didn't do a Monday post last week, simply because I had read very little that week. While this week was more successful when it came to reading, it was still crazy busy.  I keep thinking that things will calm down next week--but it never happens.  I was looking at our calendar and, MAYBE, in late July I'll have a quite week!

I did want to share this pic as I found it incredibly true...although I'm sure my husband and his 2 big screen TV's might disagree....



You know, just a little something to think about!

Now, onto my recap for the past 2 weeks...



Right Now, I'm Reading:
The Main Book:
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
This one started on my phone but earned the "main" status once I finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.  I loved that book and I think I'll enjoy this--but let me say this...those two books should NOT be read at the same time.  The premise of both is similar, Perdu is very much like A.J. Fikry, and their bookstore--despite one being on a small Island off Cape Cod and the other being on a barge in the Seine--sound identical.  There are a few things I read that took place in the early pages of one of those books, but I can't remember which!

The "Phone" Book:
Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair
I don't have much to say about this book right now as I just loaded it up.  I've been wanting a novel set during the Revolutionary War and it had been a while since I read a mystery, and this meets both criteria.  It's the first in a series, so I'll probably continue with it if I like this one.

The Audiobook:
Liberty by Garrison Keillor
I ended up returning the book I was listening too--it just wasn't working in audio form.  I knew that Garrison Keillor was a safe audio bet, but I wasn't sure about this story.  I'm over half way through it and I'm still not sure about it.  At this point, I'll definitely finish it, but I might just have to write it off as not his best once I'm done.

With my daughter:
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
TWO MORE CHAPTERS!  Seriously, folks, I promise you that this one will be listed as COMPLETE next week!  This book should not have taken as long as it has...the only real reason is that my husband does the bedtime routine more often than I do and we only read this when I'm on duty.






In the past 2 weeks, I finished reading:
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (finished 6/3, review 7/17)
This was one of those cases where the book had my attention all the way through, but I still found it problematic.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (finished 6/10, review 7/21)
This is one where fate stepped in.  This book has been near the top of my TBR list for over a year.  Yet, every time I would get ready to read it, something would come up and it would get pushed down again.  Then it showed up through one of my postal book groups so I had to read it, and I was so glad I did!

Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (finished 6/11, no review)
Okay, here' s the thing. I know that graphic novels and comics are having a renaissance right now and I think that is great!  The problem is that I just don't enjoy reading them.  I'll admit it is all me--it's just not my style.  I liked the story with this one, but I just found it a chore to read.  Sigh.  At least I could cross another item off my challenge lists.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (finished 6/12, reveiw 7/23)
This is another one I've been wanting to read forever...and it was worth it, even with the confusion I mentioned above with The Little Paris Bookshop.  So good!

Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie (finished 6/13, no review)
This was such a fun read!  I'm really becoming a Sherman Alexie fan, but I'm going to have to pace myself with his books.  I'm not going to review this one, simply for logistical reasons.  I took my time reading it and I finished it right before it was going to be automatically returned to the library (it was a 3M download).  I tried to check it out again, but someone had had it on hold....so I couldn't refer back to it to write my review.  So here is what I thought in a nutshell: a fantastic short story collection!






So, there you go...now I need to format this post so I can get to bed.  'Night, y'all!

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