Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? - May 1 #IMWAYR

Phew!  It looks like I'm doing a 2 week update here.  Last Sunday was just busy enough that I didn't get a chance to write up this post.

Is it just me, or is this year just flying by?  I completely freaked out when my kids' last school lunch menu for the year came in.  I am NOT READY for summer!  As I was telling someone yesterday, I am a parent during the week until 8am and then after 3pm...I am completely unprepared (as usual) for 24/7 kids.

Anyway, this is one of my two hectic times of year (the other being the Christmas season) and my reading has taken a bit of a hit.  I had to DNF or return a few books to the TBR because they just weren't working for me.  Part of this is because I'm still not in the mood for heavy, emotional books right now...but also because I just have too many other things going on.  I think once I get back into the summer routine, I should be able to get back to "normal" when it comes to the books.

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.  Please visit her blog to link up and join the fun!

I've cycled through quite a few choices for my print books and I think it is a little misleading to say that Everywhere and Every Way is my "main" book, as I'm almost exclusively reading it in the bathroom.  But, hey, it's light and fun so far, which makes it a good choice for toilet reading.  I'm probably going to start a real "main" book tonight, but I haven't yet decided what it will be.

Yes, I'm still working through The Queen of the Tearling.  I'm enjoying it, but I can't say that I find it enthralling.  I'll have to see how it all ends up, but right now I'm on the fence about continuing on in the series.  Also, this really feels like a book I should read in the fall/winter, which might be impacting my experience with it.

My other two titles are re-reads.  I read Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I several years ago, shortly after it was released and loved it.  I think my daughter is now the right age for it, so I've started reading it to her.  We aren't far into it, but she seems to be enjoying it.  I'm not sure if her pleasure stems from the fact that the main character's little brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows in the first chapter (I swear her eyes lit up during that part!), but whatever.  Her little brother is far too big for a mere murder of crows to carry away.  This is the first book in a trilogy, and I haven't read the second or third books, so I'm looking forward to getting back into this book and then reading on.

Hey!  I got to the gym (once) this week!  That means I actually made some progress on In Her Shoes.  I'm glad that I've read this before because, thanks to my lackluster gym habits of late, there would be no way I'd be able to follow the story if it were all new to me!

As for what I actually finished, I did read some romance novellas that were entertaining fluff, but I also finished <>Oryx and Crake.  I really enjoyed this one, even though it is bleak (and bleak is not normally working for me at the moment).  Unfortunately, I was still reading it when The Handmaid's Tale started (and, of course, I had to watch the first 3 episodes right away) and, well, that's a lot of not-unrealistic dystopia to handle at once.  I do plan to read on in the MaddAddam trilogy, but I think I'm going to wait a while before I start the next volume.

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