Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? August 21 #IMWAYR

Well, we're heading into the last week of summer in our house--and we're starting it with a bang.  Monday morning is the big eclipse--we're getting 98% totality at our house--and the kids are very excited.  We're stocked up with our eclipse glasses and I'm hoping to do a time-lapse video of the whole thing.  After that, it is all about getting ready for school to start again, which happens a week from Tuesday (and we are all excited about it).

Before I forget, I've received some emails and DM's on Twitter that my guessing game is just too hard.  So, I'm giving a few more clues.  First, go check out the post (the clues there are in the review and marked with **).  Now, here are the additional clues.
1 - She has 2 Oscars, but only one is for acting
2 - She is an author in her own right, namely of children's books
3 - She also sings and can be heard on a movie soundtrack released this year.
4 - If you look very closely in the label on this blog (in the right sidebar), you will find her name hidden there

Also, this is a pretty well-known name so I think that anyone can figure it out with just a bit of googling.  You have through Tuesday to enter and I'll choose one winner from the correct answers to win a $15 Amazon e-card.  You can enter on the original post.

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!  Also, if you are participating in the meme, please be sure to link to your blog in your comment so that I can visit!

I'm back to a manageable number of books to read at once!  I need to learn to limit it to 3 (one print, one eBook, one audio), but sometimes it is just so tempting to jump in with another title.

I received Priestdaddy: A Memoir a few months ago from the Book of the Month Club and just haven't had the chance to get to it yet.  I'm only about a chapter in, but I just love the writing.  I'm not quite sure where the book is going yet, but I'm enjoying the journey so far.  I've heard this is also quite good in audio, so I may give that a try as well at a later date.

I've enjoyed the books by Renee Carlino that I've read in the past, so I pre-ordered Wish You Were Here as soon I saw it was coming out.  Again, I'm not far in and I'm not sure where it is going.  I will say that the beginning feels a little frantic and I'm hoping that doesn't last much longer.

I read Eleanor and Park a while ago (you can read my original review here), so I'm doing an audio re-read.  I'm about halfway through and it is definitely worth it.  I was a little wary of the narrators at first--they were both fine, but a little vanilla.  But, as the story progressed, they both (especially Park, read by Sunil Malhotra) began to shine.

I finished 4 books this week, which is pretty good considering this week was a busy one for us.  The first was Bombshell (Hollywood A-List), which was ultimately quite disappointing.  The set up is interesting enough--a Hollywood A-lister and the nanny for his child.  However, there were some real issues with this one.  It definitely took some big steps towards the rape zone.  I don't think it ever fully got there, but there was quite a bit of glorified sexual harassment in it.  I have some real problems with books that do that and I won't be reading further in the series.

I enjoyed Full of Life by John Fante more than I thought I would.  I don't want to say it is exactly dated, but it is pretty clear that it was written in the 1950s.  Still, it was interesting to see how attitudes between men and women have changed since then.  But, really, I loved John's relationship with his father.

This Time Around was a sweet, quick read that totally got the Portland setting down.  The main relationship wasn't as fraught as I'm used to in romance novels, but the characters were both well-drawn and there was a far amount of humor to get me through.

I finished listening to Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular.  As I said last week, I was previewing it to see if it is something I would get for my daughter--which I think I will, but not for a few more years.  But if you are looking for a good book for a tween girl, this is the one I'd suggest.

This week on the blog:
Wednesday, August 16 - Audiobook Review: "The Clockwork Dynasty" (don't forget to enter your guess!)
Saturday, August 19 - Saturday Snapshot

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