Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday, Reading, Finally!

After a rough week last week, and after a rocky beginning to the weekend, things have smoothed out and I'm back to reading, blogging, and commenting. I've missed y'all! The weekend was fun as I spent most of Saturday and Sunday having quality time with Greyson, and Sunday afternoon was reserved for a birthday party for Rocketboy filled with pizza, cake, and teenage antics.

After G hit the sack last night, I took a few minutes to finish the book I've been reading for over a week: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. I can't believe I've been reading it that long, but it really wasn't the book's fault. It was an odd book to say the least, and I'm looking forward to writing the review of this one if I can figure out exactly what I want to say about it. THAT will be the hard part!

I have a few minutes to dawdle this morning before I get ready and leave for work, so I sat down with Teju Cole's Open City to see if I really want to read it. As much as I'm enjoying my Tournament of Books reading, I also have that inevitable itch to read whatever I want to, without obligation. I whipped through a quick 20 pages of Open City, and I think I will read it intensely for a day or two and see if I still feel positively about it. It's one of those meandering books that will likely read a little on the slow side, and I think I might be more interested in a good ole plot-driven book at this point. Cinder is still sitting on my nightstand, staring at me!

What kind of reading mood are you in this week?

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  1. It sounds like you had a fun weekend! I did something I haven't done in a long, long time. I read an entire book this weekend! Granted, it wasn't terribly long, but it was so nice to spend a chunk of Sunday afternoon snuggled under a blanket on the couch, Annie-dog curled at me feet, reading and napping the day away. Of course, now I'm behind with my reviews, but I've decided it's a good problem to have.

    It's raining and cold here and I have errands to run, so I better get off my duff and hit the road. I hope you have a fabulous week!

  2. I also will be listening to Open City and Swamplandia soon, and can't wait for them to come up in the rotation. Today, I feel like crawling into bed and just reading the day away quietly. It's been an exhausting couple of days, and I just want to escape, you know what I mean?

  3. Les, It was a fun weekend! Last week turned into something of a reading/blogging hiatus, so it was actually probably good to recharge the batteries. And good for you for reading an entire book this weekend! It's always a special feeling of accomplishment, eh? Even if it isn't terribly long. Sounds like a great weekend of lounging with the pup.

    Heather, I hope you enjoy them! Especially Swamplandia. It seems like a polarizing book, but I rather enjoyed it in all its weirdness. And yes, I know exactly what you mean. I could go for a day of reading myself.

  4. I haven't decided what kind of a reading mood I'm in for this week. I finished Rez Life last night, and I'm trying to convince myself to read Persuasion, but Jane and I aren't really besties, so I need something else. Just haven't decided what that'll be yet.

    I have decided that I'm in a no-housework mood. If the house is dusty, one more week won't matter. Right?

  5. And Cinder was good, so, worth giving into the temptation!

  6. I've been reading a lot of long, involved books. I just want a week of very light reading. I think I'll pick up a couple of the YA books I have on my shelf that are waiting to be read. :)

    Have a great week!

  7. I'm glad things have settled down. I'm not sure what kind of reading mood I'm in yet because I'm pooped today.

  8. Oh, don't feel bad about Swamplandia taking you a week. I've had books I dragged out for months.

    Glad you had a great weekend! I saw your comments about sick Greyson, somewhere (FB?). So happy that he's better and I hope this is a much better week.

  9. Forgot to tell you I'm in a waffling reading mood, so far. I wrote about that in my latest post. I'm reading a book I like very much but one of the characters has cancer and you know how I feel about that. I'm planning to duke it out, if I can; it's very entertaining. The other book I'm reading is kind of heavy so I've got to decide what else to throw in. We shall see.

  10. I look forward to your thoughts on Swamplandia! I've read a lot of mixed reviews but it's definitely a book I'm interested in.

  11. Swamplandia caught my eye a while back. I'll be looking forward to you review of it!

    Here's what I'm reading!

  12. Yay! I'm so glad you're blogging again. I enjoy reading your thoughts on everything. Is that really Teju Cole? If it is, then I need to read Open City too! :-)

  13. Hey Ms. Andi :D Good to have you back! Can't wait to hear what you have to say about Swamplandia!! I've been really curious about that book. Sounds really good and I just love the cover of it so much :D

  14. Jill, I completely agree. The dust will be there when one is in the mood to bust it. Hope you found a good read. I'm trying Cinder.

    Kelly, I'm just a few pages in, but I'm looking forward to reading more of it today.

    Lu, I'm also eyeing the shorter titles and YA stuff to give me a bit of a brain break. The Cat's Table came in on hold from my library's Overdrive service yesterday, but I'm going to wait a few days before I tackle it.

    Kathy, I'm sorry you were pooped! I hope you've recovered by now and are reading up a storm.

    Nancy, so far it's less stressful. We'll see if that holds. lol Greyson monkey is back to his chipper, healthy self, and thank goodness for that. Hell hath no fury like a sick toddler. I hope the book you're reading turns out to be great. I know the "c" topic is off limits. I have Salvage the Bones coming up from the library soon, and I'm worried about the duel no-nos of kids in distress and dogs in one book. It might test my reading strength.

  15. Brenna, it's worth it just to see where you fall on the love/hate continuum. I liked it a lot, so I want to know what you think of it.

    Thanks for stopping in, Leah!

    Natasha! It's good to be back. And yes, that's Teju Cole. He's a cutie patootie, right??? Unfortunately, I set the book aside right now. It's beautifully written, but it's also rambly and meandering, and that's not doing it for me right now.

    Chris! Good to see you, my friend!!! Isn't that cover fantastic??! That's originally what got my attention and then the Tournament of Books participation really sold me.


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