Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (7/20)

A little late in the game today....I usually type up these posts on Sunday evenings.  However, last night was consumed with a massive fit by BOTH of my kids because I had the nerve to serve them something called--and I'm not making this up--"Kid Pleasin' Chili."  It was actually quite tasty...not that my kids would be able to tell you that.  Grrr.....  Anyway, after all that drama, I decided I needed to just veg in front of the TV and catch up on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes.

So, before I get in to things, I want to do a bit of a PSA for those of you who listen to the Book Riot podcast.  I listened to it this morning as I was out walking and it left a bad taste in my mouth.  The bulk of the episode was their commentary of Go Set a Watchman, which was not surprising.  I am tempted to go off on the rather bad job 2 of the 3 hosts did (Jeff O'Neal actually did a good job--he made sense and remembered to look at the book in its historical context.  Amanda Nelson was just all over the place and I couldn't follow any of her thoughts and Rebecca Schinsky was, well, Rebecca Schinsky).  However, I'm only going to put this one thing out there....


Seriously, if you have not yet read Go Set a Watchman and plan to, do not listen to this podcast (#115, "All the Asterisks") until you're done with the book.  I think they spoiled probably every aspect of that book without even the slightest warning to the listeners.  Yes, the book is out now...but it is just out and there are more than a few people who just haven't gotten their copies yet--either because they are waiting for it to come in at the library (I just checked and the hardcover version has 548 holds at my library--and the audio, large print, and eBook editions all have multiple holds as well), they are looking for an affordable copy, or their pre-order plans bit them in the butt (as they did me...more on that below).

Last week, the Books on the Nightstand podcast also talked about this book...and they did a very good job of warning listeners.  They said at the beginning of the episode that they would talk about it, re-arranged the "normal" order of their show so that their Watchman discussion came at the end, and then warned again before they got into it.  Book Riot, on the other hand, just went all in without the slightest consideration to anyone who might still be waiting to read the book.

On a slightly related note, I also wish that Book Riot had waited a week to talk about this book as I really got the feeling that, with the exception of Jeff O'Neal, they hadn't really formed in their mind what they really thought of things before they opened their mouths and things just sort of came out in a weird emotional mess.

Enough of that....

Last week on the blog, I posted:
Wednesday, July 15 - Book Review: The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet - a Memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss
Friday, July 17 - Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Saturday, July 18 - Saturday Snapshot

Right Now, I'm Reading:
The "Main" Book:
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff
The was sort of a spur-of-the-moment book tour for me and it is the first book by Jenoff that I've read.  I'm about halfway through with it so far and I'm really enjoying it.  It's historical novel, it's a WWII novel, and it is an immigrant novel--all wins in my book!

The "Phone" Book:
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline 
I haven't gotten far into this yet, and I probably won't make too much progress on it over this coming week--I do the bulk of my "phone" reading while my kids are in swim lessons.  My daughter has only one lesson tonight.  She is going to skip her Wednesday class this week so we can use some tickets to the Portland Thorns (Women's MLS) game that I won!  I'll probably be talking about that on this week's Saturday Snapshot.  However, starting next week, my son has swim lessons 5 times a week for 4 weeks.  Ugh!  Well, I should be able to get through a few more books...sigh!

My "Think Deep Thoughts" Book:
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg
I didn't get a chance to think too many deep thoughts this week, only because I dropped EVERYTHING once I started Go Set a Watchman and then things were busy around here at the end of the week.  I'm almost done with this one, so it should be moved into the next section in my next Monday post.

With My Daughter:
Amy and the Missing Puppy (Critter Club #1) by Carlie Barkley
We didn't too as much bedtime reading this week, just due to our schedules, but we're still going through this one.  It is interesting because it is the first "mystery" that we've read, but I can't say it stands up against some of the other chapter books we've read lately.

Last Week, I Read:
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer(finished 7/13, review 7/29)
We had my book club on this on Wednesday and we were all over the spectrum on it.  I was at one end of it....

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (finished 7/16)
You can read my review to see what I thought of it--if this were any other book, I would have posted the review at some point in August.  For this book, though...I had to squeeze it in right away.  Now, here is the pre-order drama.  I had ordered this book pretty much the minute Powell's listed it on their website AND I paid FULL-PRICE ($27.99) for it.  Since Powell's has a store only about 15 minutes from me, I said I would come pick it up.  In the past when I've pre-ordered from Powell's, I've had great luck--the email saying to come pick up my book is there first thing on the morning of release day and I just have to run out and get it.  However, on Tuesday, I kept waiting and waiting for my email.  Finally, that afternoon, I call Powell's to ask about it...and was told that the books to be put out on their shelves (for $19.59) were sent to the stores, but the pre-orders wouldn't be shipped until maybe the next day.  Really?  What was the point of pre-ordering and paying full price?  If I had ordered from Amazon, I would have paid half as much and it would have come right to my door.  This is not the way Powell's should act if they want they want to compete with the big, bad Amazon.  Fortunately, Powell's let me cancel my order and I downloaded a copy from Kobo for significantly less money.  On the up side, this was my first Kobo experience (as an app on my Samsung tablet) and, well, adios Kindle (at least for new purchases!).  It was such an improvement over the Kindle and the Kindle app!  I'll still shop--and even order--from Powell's, but I probably won't pre-order and they may not be my first stop for other books.

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