Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? January 15

Greetings from the germ factory!  As I wrote in my last Saturday Snapshot post, both kids are sick (although one is doing better than the other).  Fortunately, they are having a 4 day weekend from school, so they haven't missed anything...yet.  I'm hoping at least one of them will be ready to go back on Tuesday.

Pretty much, someone has been sick since the beginning of the school year.  Last week it was me, with another bug (which is why I had no IMWAYR post up), and now the kids.  Logic would say my husband is next, but he seems to dodge this bullet every single time.  Can you tell I'm a little bitter?

Anyway, the upside of this is that we are having a very quiet weekend, which gives me a chance to catch up on some reviews, get this post written, and maybe--JUST MAYBE--get some reading done.  Yay for that!

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 have 3 books in "active" mode right now.  The first is The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner.  This one is one of those great female friendship books that probably fell under the erstwhile category of Chick Lit (I'm one of those people who has retired that term.  Instead, I consider them to be either Romance or, like this one, Contemporary Fiction).  I'm not far into it yet, but I'm finding it to be quick read, which is great for 2 reasons.  One, the book I just finished ended up being a more trying read than I expected and needed something that was a change of pace.  Second, I have a lot of books that I need to get through for reviews, so anything that goes quickly is a great help to my schedule.

She Regrets Nothing looks to be one of those rich people in New York novels that I am on the fence about.  When they are good, they are really good.  When they are bad, they end up getting thrown against the wall (which will not happen with this one, but only because I'm reading it on my Kindle).  I'm only 10% into this one, so I'm not sure which way it is going to go yet.  Stay tuned!

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas is a novel I've been meaning to read forever.  I gave it to my father-in-law for a Jolabokaflod book last year, thinking he might pass it back to me--but no!  He loved it so much he gave it to someone else!  Then, my friend mentioned that it was actually better in audio, so I decided to cash in an audible credit to give it a try.  Wil Wheaton narrates it and he is surprisngly great.  It's not a surprise because I thought he wouldn't be very good, but surprising because he does a lot of things that irritate me about other narrators.  He speaks quickly, sometimes forgets to breath, and it sometimes sounds like he's seeing these words for the first time.  However, instead of just being a bad narrator, it comes across as he's just so darn excited to be reading this book!  And, frankly, that is infectious and is keeping me tuned into this story.

So, that is my reading for right now.  I'm trying to be more disciplined about finding reading time, so I'm hoping to have a new slate of books next week.  In the meantime, here is what I posted on the blog since my last update.

Tuesday, January 2 - 2017 in Review and 2018 Goals
Thursday, January 4 - Book Review: "Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life" by Shelley Tougas
Saturday, January 6 - Saturday Snapshot
Tuesday, January 9 - Book Review: "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
Thursday, January 11 - Book Review: "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline
Saturday, January 13 - Saturday Snapshot

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