Monday, January 11, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - January 11, 2016

Well, it was the first full week of 2016 and the first full week back at blogging for me.  I'm glad that I took the break at the end of the year, because it really felt good to get back into the swing of things.  I'm typing this up on Sunday afternoon, because it is far less stressful than watching football!  (Thanks for nothing, Minnesota! Go Packers!)

Anyway, onto the reading at hand.  As I was saying, I'm writing this up earlier than I usually do so it is very possible that, by the time this post goes live on Monday, I will have already finished at least one of my in-progress books.  So--if you follow me on Goodreads and this doesn't jive with what I have there, that is why.

Right now, I'm reading:
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
I loved The Rose Project and I've been waiting for a break in my reading schedule (you know, the one that took over my life in 2015) to get to this.  Obviously, I had high expectations for it.  So far, I am enjoying it but, honestly, I'm not sure if it is living up to what I had hoped it would be.  I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it so far, so it really is too early to say for sure.

The Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne
This is the one I'm hoping to finish today (Sunday) and I can tell right now that it is going to be a hard book to review.  That isn't because of anything against the book or the author, but it is because of the American publisher.  I was reading this book and got the feeling that it was not the first book in a series, even though nothing on Netgalley indicated that it wasn't a standalone novel.  When I looked it up on Goodreads, I saw that it is actually the 3rd book in a series.  I decided that I would put this aside and read the first 2 books before going back to it, but I couldn't find any copies of those books.  Then I found an interview with the author (actually it was a question someone asked her on Goodreads) and she said that, yes, this is the third book in the series--but it is the first book to be published in the US and the first 2 books would be published at a later date (as well as the subsequent books).  Really?  Why would a publisher do that?  I mean, it is already an established series in Britain, so why not start with the first book?  Grrr!

Right now, I'm listening to:
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I didn't get to the gym as much as I wanted this week, which means that I didn't get to make too much progress on this one.  Since it isn't something I can really listen to with my kids around (unless I want to put on headphones and ignore them...which, while tempting at times, I really shouldn't do), I'm limited to when I can listen to it.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
I started this one for 2 reasons.  First of all, all the popular kids are reading it and, secondly, I'm pretty sure I can safely listen to this around the house while the kids are around.  However, this audiobook is 37 hours long, so I'll be listening to it for a very, very long time!

Last week, I read:
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (review 2/18/16)
First book started became the first book finished!  This was a pretty quick read and reignited my interest in Colonial and Revolutionary History (which is probably reason #3 for me to start Alexander Hamilton).

Last week, I listened to:
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Brower (review 3/3/16)
I actually started this at some point in 2015 and left it languishing in my Audible app.  As I said above, I can't really listen to Beautiful Ruins with my kids around, so I thought this might be a good choice to have playing while I putter around the house.  Frankly, it probably wasn't the best choice as Lyndon Johnson and the Clintons all had a tendency to talk like a sailor.  Luckily, though, my kids never really paid attention so I don't think I soiled their lily-white ears with this one.

As for what is coming up next...I have a few more Netgalley books to get through, so I'll probably start one of those after I finish The Scent of Secrets.  I'm not yet sure what my next print book will be--I'm waiting on a book that I agreed to review.  If that is here by the time I finish The Rosie Project, I'll read that.  If not, I have a book from one of my postal book clubs waiting for me!

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