Sunday, April 9, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading - April 10 #IMWAYR

So...I guess I need to do an update after last week's update.  Sadly, my mom passed on Tuesday morning.  It wasn't unexpected, but it is still hard.  We will be doing a memorial service in the summer up here (my parents lived in Arizona, but our family was all over the place).  I did lay a little low this week, but I'm working on getting back into the swing of things.

Of course, I really won't have any choice but to get into the swing of things, as this week is going to be quite busy.  My son starts T-ball this week, which should be...interesting.  We'll have to see how he likes it.  My father-in-law and brother-in-law are coming down at the end of this week for Easter, which will be great but I need to clean the house!  That, my friends, is the story of my life...a messy house most of the time, with spurts of mad cleaning when guests are coming!

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I'll admit that I have a few more books going than I'd like (I swear, one of these days I'll get back down to just 3 books at once!).  However, there are actually reasons for that--and I didn't make any progress on a couple of these this week.

On Second Thought is the first book by Kristan Higgins that I've read.  I know she has quite the following and I even own some of her other books, but I just haven't given her a try yet.  This book came a month or so ago in my Send Me Swooning box and I'm trying to get to my newer books sooner rather than later, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Perhaps the fact that one of the main characters is dealing with the death of her husband should have warned me off, but it didn't. I'm actually enjoying this one quite a bit!  Higgins has a great, light style that just sucks you right in.  I'm not too far into it yet, but the characters are fabulous.

So, I didn't read anything in The Nightingale this week.  People are telling me how sad it is and I just don't think I'm up for it right now.  Normally, I would just stick this one right back into the TBR, but it is for my book club this month.  I'm not sure if I should just call it now or hope that I get in the mood to tackle it in time for our next meeting.

Instead of reading The Nightingale, I've been reading The Queen of the Tearling.  I figured I needed something that was completely out of the norm for me and this is it.  So far, I'm enjoying it.  My one stupid nitpick is that the chapters are looong!  Normally this isn't a problem, but I get most of my reading for this one while I'm waiting to pick up my kids or while I'm getting my hair done, so it is a pain to have to stop in the middle of a chapter.

I did start These Heroic, Happy Dead: Stories this week.  It is definitely heavy, but the stories are quite short so it is easy to handle.  I'm trying to read one a day, but it isn't quite working out like that.  Oh well!  It still is nice to have a book that is NOTHING like what else I'm reading to break things up a bit.

There was no writing this week, so there was no progress on Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere).  I'm okay with that, honestly.  Given what has been going on, I get to take a little break.  I also didn't get to the gym, which means I didn't get to listen to any more of In Her Shoes...which is a bummer.  I really need to get back to the gym..

I did finish Miss You this week.  I'll be reviewing it later this month, so I don't want to say too much about it now....beyond the fact that it really was sort of the perfect book for me to be reading right now.  It also put me in the mood to watch something like Notting Hill or Four Weddings and a Funeral, as it does have a very strong British rom-com feel.

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