Sunday, May 7, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? - May 8 #IMWAYR

I come to all this week from the throes of allergy season.  We've had rain for so long that, as soon as the sun came out, so did all the pollen, mold, and whatnot that normally appears in stages throughout the spring.  I've been a mess for a few days--I think I've developed a resistance to Claritin.  It had been my go-to allergy med, but it was doing nothing for me.  I gave Zyrtec a try (or at least a knock off of it) and my allergies are better, but I've been feeling light headed all day.  Sigh.  I guess I deserve this with all my complaining about the rain!

On a better note, this is the first "normal" week that we've had in a while, although our weekend was busy.  The kids are now doing their countdown to the last day of school, which I just can't believe it.  I think our summer is going to be fairly busy, so I'm not sure how much of a break it will be--but hopefully it will be fun!

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!

Well, it looks like I've gotten my "currently reading" list under control, but don't be deceived.  There were a few in-progress books (and an audiobook) which I didn't touch this week, so they aren't included here.  I also finished a number of books this week and haven't yet decided to what to read next (because heaven forbid I finish all the books I'm currently reading before starting another!).

I've been wanting to read The Girls forever, but I've waited until now because it is this month's selection for my IRL book club.  I'm not far into it yet, but it is pretty mesmerizing.  I'm really interested to see how this one turns out and I'm pretty sure we'll have a pretty stellar discussion about it.

Miss Jane is another one that I would never have picked up on my own, but it came through one of my postal book groups.  I'd never heard of it before, but so far it is quite interesting.  It is also a nice change from many of the other books I've been reading

Wildwood is still a big hit with my daughter.  I explained to her that the "Impassable Wilderness" is Forest Park and that we can actually go there, and now she is quite excited--I'm not sure if she will remain excited or will start to get a little anxious as we get into the weirder parts of the story.

As for what I finished this week....well, I can't say there were any high points, but there was at least one spectacular low point.  I did finish one romance, which was pretty run-of-the-mill and I just don't have much to say about that one.  However, I have thoughts about the other books I finished.

First off, I finally made it through The Queen of the Tearling. I enjoyed it, but I didn't find it compelling.  What I mean by that is that the experience of reading it was enjoyable, but I never really felt the need to pick the book up.  I'm not sure if I'm going to read on in the series--I did hear that the 2nd book is better, but the 3rd book is weak. I did put the second title on my Amazon wishlist, just in case there is a good deal on it, but I probably won't continue if that doesn't happen.

One book I had been looking forward to reading is 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.  It was a quick read for me, but it just didn't work for me.  I didn't find it especially readable and they main character just wasn't interesting to me.  Looking over the online reviews, it sounds like it is a book that people either love or hate, and I fell into the second group, which was disappointing.

Now, I'm embarrassed to admit this one.  Look at the cover of this book.  Yes, this is a romance...starring Colonel Sanders...and, yes, the woman is holding a drumstick.  My friends, this is the infamous Tender Wings of Desire.  Hey, it was free on Amazon and how can I not read a romance novel written by Colonel Sanders and published by KFC.

The truth is that I am never getting that hour of my life back.  It is a "historical" romance (which is a mismatch with the cover) and, not a good one. Folks, this book is so cheesy that I laughed all the way through.  For a comic experience, it was worth it--I'm just not sure the book was supposed to be funny.  But, hey, at least I can say that I've read it!

So, that's it for this week.  Maybe by next week there will be a thriller staring the Hamburgler or a Ronald McDonald cozy....

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