Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Reading - And Stuff

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? is a weekly event to list the books  finished last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finish this week. It was created by J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but is now being hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books!

I feel like shit.

My gracious, loving, generous, 16-month-old Greyson has officially shared his back-to-daycare cold with me. Now the snot monster is trying to devour my cranium from the inside out. Ugg. Can you tell I'm teaching a SF/Fantasy class this term? My description is taking on an Octavia Butler quality. Sorry.

So anyway, I haven't been reading A TON lately due to some very strange and troublesome developments on the homefront of which I will not type, but I have been reading a little bit on a consistent basis. With this snailish pace in mind, I've almost finished Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch. As a lover of books about books, this one is clearly of interest. Three years after her sister's death, Sankovitch decides to read a book a day in order to slooowww her life down and deal with her grief. A BOOK A DAY?! Who does that? No one! Because most of us have to work. BUT, if I could do it, I certainly would. More thoughts on the horizon. Should finish this one by week's end.

My TBR pile is looking dead sexy right now, too. Not only did I download lots of books for $0.99 each recently (thanks to HarperPerennial e-books!), but I also have a juicy stack of review books calling my name. I'm currently reading Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France. It's one of those memoirs about leaving life behind and moving into a dilapidated house in France. Think Under the Tuscan Sun, though that was obviously Italy.

I also received an ARC of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. You may remember me throwing a digital hissy fit because I couldn't get this one from NetGalley -- DE-NIIIIED! But receiving an actual ARC after I requested it directly from the publisher was SWEET! I haven't started it yet, but I fully expect to be punched in the face by its awesomeness in the coming weeks.



What's swirling in your bloggy, bookish world? Anything I need to read?

40 comments:

  1. I hope you manage to banish that snot monster soon. Seeing lots of people reading The Night Circus, it's on my wishlist for when my TBR gets lower (as if that ever happens).

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  2. I am so very curious about The Night Circus!

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  3. Very jealous of your ARC of The Night Circus. I hope you enjoy it.

    Also, hope things will be more okay on the homefront soon. As well as that you feel better from your cold.

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  4. Feel better soon. The best book I read last week was Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. Please come see what I finished and what's up next.

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  5. Andi I totally love your scifi descriptions. What a wonderful class to teach. Yay.

    Feel better.

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  6. I too am jealous you got your hands on The Night Circus. But so not jealous of your snot monster. Hope you feel better soon!

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  7. Oh man! Getting sick right at the beginning really stinks! I hope you feel better soon.

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  8. Oh man, summer colds are the worst - I hope yours runs its course soon. All of the books you mentioned look good to me.

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  9. Oh no :( Sorry to hear you're both sick! Hope y'all get better soon…and I'm VERY curious about The Night Circus!

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  10. I requested The Night Circus from the library. I am really curious about it!

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  11. those sound interesting. i think i will add the night circus to my goodreads list.

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  12. I hope the home stuff improves soon - that is absolutely no fun to deal with. And i hope your cold goes away soon - E doesn't seem to have a cold but I suddenly have one which I am blaming directly on daycare...E is hardy like an oak tree but I - I, am not.

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  13. Sorry you're sick!
    I could read a kid book a day. :<)
    I've just begun a biography of Hadley Richardson Hemingway. I didn't want to read the new fictionalized version. And on the Kindle am reading Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov, a delightful book, like nothing I've ever read before.

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  14. I will be interested in hearing your thoughts about The Night Circus. I loved the writing and the setting but was not UBER into the plot or the characters- they seemed somewhat one-dimensional in such a rich and detailed, three-dimensional setting.

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  15. I hope your feel better soon. I can't wait to read your review of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. It's a book that I liked but didn't love until near the end.

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  16. Ahhh! I'm so jealous you got The Night Circus! I tried to get it too. :( Stupid Netgalley. :(

    I hope you're feeling better! The boy caught a cold too, so it's just a matter of time for me...

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  17. Ellie, snot monster is doing much better now, though not totally banished I'm sorry to say. :) And I know what you mean about the diminishing TBR. It never seems to happen to me either.

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  18. readerofthepack, (love that name!) I am curious, too. I'll keep ya posted.

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  19. Thanks, Iris. I'm trying to tear through my reading of a couple of other books in the meantime to hurry up and get to The Night Circus. We'll see how it goes.

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  20. pussreboots, I'm off to visit your blog next!

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  21. Thanks, Christina! Those descriptions just jump up and bite me sometimes. :) I'll be digging into more of the sci-fi in coming weeks. We're wrapping up a unit on fantasy -- mostly based on fairy tales.

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  22. Thanks, Amanda! I'm on the mend. :)

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  23. Thanks, Trisha. It sure does! I have a long bunch of hours and prepping on my hands and now is not the time for sneeziness and queasiness.

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  24. Thanks, Kathy! So far, so good with the summer cold.

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  25. I expect great things from The Night Circus, Chris. We'll see if it lives up!

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  26. I hope you enjoy it, Kailana!

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  27. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it, Kia!

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  28. Courtney, Greyson seems to be pretty vulnerable to all the little baby illnesses that make the rounds at daycare, but he's happy all the way through them. It's hard to tell when he's not feeling well if there's not a runny nose or something to show for it. I'm glad he's the happiest baby ever, though. :)

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  29. Nan, I could probably knock off a children's or YA book a day, but as for the regular kind, not so sure. Although, she did have some guidelines. In general, nothing more than an inch thick which translated to 300 pages or less.

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  30. Aarti, that's an interesting observation. I'll have my eye out. I'm curious if and how it'll live up to the hype.

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  31. Vasilly, I loved it in parts, but there were some ineffective bits overall. Meant to write a review today but haven't gotten around to it. Hopefully tomorrow!

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  32. Heather, I hope you manage to dodge the kiddo cold. Mine seems to be getting better, thank goodness.

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  33. I really enjoyed Tout Sweet; even more than The Tuscan Sun series which became a little "I'm here and you aren't" to me. Although, that could just be the Jealous Monster speaking. Probably. Hope the Snot Monster goes away soon. :)

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  34. I actually pre-ordered The Night Circus a few days ago, which is something I never do. I was hoping it might make the time to release go by sooner. So far, it's not working.

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  35. The snot monster seems to visit you on an annual basis, doesn't he? Hope you can kick him out quickly!

    Octavia Butler. Now that name rings a bell. I think we had one of her books on a sci-fi display. Need to peruse the shelves today at work. Anything specific you can recommend by her?

    A book a day? Even if I could, I doubt I would try. I like to savor my books. They'd all become one huge blur if I read that many that quickly.

    I hope it starts to cool down for you down there. Unbelievable heat, even for TX, huh?!

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  36. Bellezza, I haven't read a single one of the Tuscan books. Liked the movie, so that's really what I'm mentally comparing it to. I'm really liking it! I suspect I'll finish it up and post a review tomorrow. Nothing like scraping the review deadline. Ooops!

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  37. Jill, there sure is a LOT of buzz about The Night Circus. I just hope it lives up.

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  38. Les, the snot monster is an annual visitor, unfortunately! Seems like this cold is clearing up pretty quickly for which I'm thankful!

    I haven't read any of Butler's book yet, but I've enjoyed some of her short stories. "Blood Child" comes to mind first. We're reading it for my SF/Fantasy class. I hear lots of good things about her novels, Kindred and Fledgling.

    I'm also a savorer. I rarely tear through books unless they really grab me. And truthfully, even if they do really grab me, I like to languish with them. The Little Stranger is a perfect example. I could've read it in three days, but I didn't want to let it go.

    And yes, this TX weather is RIDICULOUS. We got some abbreviated storms and showers yesterday but not much to speak of. It cooled things down a tad early this morning, but it looks like it's headed right back up to 106 territory today. MISERABLE!

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  39. It was Kindred that I had heard good things about. I'll have to get a copy, as well as The Little Stranger. That one sounds like it would hit my Top Ten of 2011!

    I sure hope you guys get below 100 sometime soon! I think I read somewhere that you've had 55 days of 100+ so far this summer. And Waco was 110 today. UGH!!

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  40. I was denied on Netgalley for The Night Circus too (but didn't think about going directly to the publisher-lucky you)!

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