Monday, February 8, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - February 8, 2016

Happy Day After the Super Bowl!  If you are still recovering, I feel for you...  Our game-watching was pretty low-key.  I started to feel a little off before the game and ended up spending the afternoon chilling and watching the game (which, of course, will be reflected in my #FitReaders stats...sigh!.

This week ended up being fairly busy, so I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked.  Our weekend was packed--Saturday was all about Girl Scouts and then, as I said, I was just so busy sitting on the couch on Sunday.  (However, I think it was just what the doctor ordered as I feel much better today).  I think I'm going to have to start scheduling in reading time because that is one thing that has been falling by the wayside lately.

Right Now, I'm reading:
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Swedish Dystopia--I'm not sure if I should be delighted or frightened.  I'll admit I'm currently on page 8, but it does suck you right in.  I think this book might end up being reminiscent of Never Let Me Go, which I found to be a wonderfully creepy book.  I'm pretty sure this will be a book that I won't be able to put down, so I'm expecting to fly right through it.

Bluebonnets for Elly by Sandra Nachlinger
Two things happened:  First of all, I plugged in my Kindle to charge and then forgot to stick it back in my purse and then I installed the Kobo app on my phone.  I purchased this book a while ago because Sandra is a regular reader of my blog and I'm all about supporting those of you I've gotten to know through this blog.  However, it was in my Kobo account, which I was only using on my Galaxy tablet (which never seems to be charged...).  So, when I found it in my Kobo account I decided to give it a try.  So far, I'm enjoying it--it's a fun little romance.  I probably won't do a full review of it on the blog (because I sort of know Sandra and, well, I'm biased) but I'll do a mini-review in he IMWAYR post after I finish it.

Act Like It by Lucy Parker
Yes, another romance.  This one should be a quick one--and it is set in the West End theatre world, WHICH I LOVE!  I'm not far enough into it yet to really have any opinions about it, but I'm expecting it to be at least an enjoyable jaunt.

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett
This is the perfect book to keep by the toilet.  No, that is not a commentary on the quality of the book.  Instead, most of it are short pieces--like 2-3 pages--which is the perfect length to read a little bit while you, ahem, do your business.  This is for my March book club (March 30th, I think), so I have plenty of time to get through it.

Right now, I'm listening to:
No real change, except I'm almost done with Beautiful Ruins.  Oh, I still have about 30 hours of Hamilton to go....

Last week, I read:
The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley (review 2/16/16)
This one took me longer than I had hoped--mostly because I was only reading it at night.  It's my first "solicited" review of the year and I'm still working out my thoughts on it (and I'd better hurry up because my review goes up in a week!)

Last week, I DNF'd:
The Virgin's Spy by Laura Andersen
I wanted to like this one, I really did.  I loved the first "trilogy" but, frankly, Andersen should have just left it at that.  This new trilogy, centered around the children of the characters in the original trilogy, just is not doing it for me.  I got though the first one, The Virgin's Daughter, and found it lackluster.  I made it 40% of the way through this one when I realized I had no idea what the plot was supposed to be.  I do enjoy Andersen's writing, but it wasn't enough to make this one worth it.  (Also, the titles are poorly chosen because Elizabeth I, who has a daughter in these books, is obviously not a virgin.  Little things like this really bug me....)

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