Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Monday!!!! I am a Reading Fool!

Hosted by Super Sheila at BookJourney.
What a fantastic weekend. Like, superb. Greyson is usually with Chuck on the weekends, but since C-Daddy was out of town , Greyson got to hang with David and me. While there was much laziness and cartoon watching and lounging, we also spent the afternoon on Saturday grabbing lunch, playing at the splash park, feeding ducks, and having ice cream. What's better than that??? Not much, I tell ya.

So while we were lounging and Greyson was enjoying Batman cartoons, David and I read. I love that we can lay around and read together, and it's totally comfortable. Like, that's what we do. He has his Nook, I have mine, and we read in peace with breaks to talk and share fun sections of our books.

This past week I finished two books, and how long has it been since I could say that? A while! I knocked off Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Nelson and The Last Girlfriend on Earth: Stories by Simon Rich.

Late in the week, I started Soonchild by Russell Hoban for a buddy read with a group of my bloggy friends who were nice enough to ask me to join them! I managed to finish it up on Saturday morning, and I'll be writing a review of it soon.



I'm currently reading The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michael Faber, along with Heather (re-reading, listening) and Patti from Peppermint PhD. I will be reading it for A WHILE since it's 800'ish pages long. But it does seem like it'll be a quick, enthralling read.


I also dug into the non-fiction choice I've really been itching to read: The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese, by Kathe Lison. It's been forever and a day since I read a non-fiction foodie book, and this one fits the bill. I am about halfway through and I adore it! Lison is funny, I love her anecdotes, and the history of France and French cheese is really informative and fun.

Up next: Who knows! Maybe I'll go for another wild card like The Last Girlfriend. It'll probably be something short until I make more headway into The Crimson Petal and the White.

In case you haven't heard, The Estella Society is hosting a readalong of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. We'll start on July 2 and wrap up on August 13. Read at your own pace and check in when the spirit moves ya! #MeanyRAL




42 comments:

  1. What a nice Saturday! :D Let's see, what did I do that day? Cleaned house, colored my hair, went to the local ball park to watch my town team play baseball. Nothing too grand but it was a good day :)

    Mmmmm, cheese. I'm a Wisconsin girl, so you know I love me some cheese, lol.

    Happy Monday Andi!

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    1. Your Saturday sounds delightful, too! I didn't do a lot of cleaning this weekend, but when I went to put Greyson down for a nap on Sunday, David swept for me! And cleaned up G's toys! Love it.

      You'd love this non-fic about cheese. Srsly.

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  2. OMG, I neeeeed to read that cheese book. I love foodie non-fiction and I've never heard of that one! It's going to make me so hungry though...

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    1. Kelly, yes you do! This one is exceptionally fun and it's pretty short, too. I'm totally taken with it.

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  3. So, I think your theme of the week should be crazy awesome book covers! Very unique this week!

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    1. Rebecca, that's a GREAT idea!!! I've been lusting after all the British covers on the video blogs I've been watching, and today I finally had some cool ones of my own. LOL

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  4. That cheese book looks awesome! I love the cover of The Last Girlfriend on Earth, looks like an interesting read! Enjoy!

    The Monster Report

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    1. A very interesting, funny, snarky read, Kristen!

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  5. That does sound like a nice weekend! I read The Crimson Petal and the White some time ago, so all I remember is that I liked it, but I hope you do as well since it's such a chunkster. That cheese book looks such fun - if you like the whole thing I might just give it a shot!

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    1. Thanks, Meghan! I'm hoping it'll carry me through ALL THOSE PAGES with little pain. So far, so good! lol

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  6. Sounds like a great weekend! I've always wanted to read The Crimson Petal and the White. I've had it for years.

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    1. It's been on my radar for years, so I'm glad to finally be reading it! So far, so good!

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  7. Soonchild sounds like a great read. Good luck with the big book!

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    1. It was really interesting and really beautiful. Lots to discuss, I'd say.

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  8. Those lazy kinds of weekends / days off are the best ever! Between lounging, reading and just hanging out together and a little trip somewhere to have some fun, it seems like the perfect day!

    I would like to read both Soonchild and The Last Girlfriend on earth, based solely on the cover for now ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday... post earlier.

    Happy reading.

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    1. Aren't they??? Super awesome. And their covers are totally representative of the awesomeness between the covers. Swear!

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  9. Alright, I'm about to brag a little... Ready? So this one time, Emma Donoghue visited my blog because I wrote about her and how much she loves writing about hookers. Anywho, she was like "You need to read The Crimson Petal and the White." And I was like, "Wait. Did Emma Donoghue just recommend a book to me?!" Which is a long way of saying I need to read THAT book. Because now both Andi AND Emma told me to.

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    1. OMG!!! See the personal e-mail I just sent you because I could not risk you not seeing my squeeful response.

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  10. Oh that sounds fantastic!! What a great weekend =) I studied...for an Accounting test...blah! I have read much of anything except audio books for a long time. Hopefully school goes quickly and I can get back into those lazy Saturdays!! For now I'll enjoy them through you =) And...I still have The Crimson Petal on my shelf....maybe I'll dust it off!

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    1. Eeewww, accounting tests don't sound fun at all! Audio is still better than nothing. A book's a book! Definitely dust it off when you're not afraid of a chunkster. If I'm bogged down in other things I have a tendency to stay away from them.

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  11. Reading with your honey sounds wonderful to me! David needs to write a guest post about what he's reading.

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    1. Oooh, that's a good idea, Kathy! I may see if he's interested in doing that.

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  12. Sounds like a perfect weekend!

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  13. Oh, I've been so curious about The Last Girlfriend on Earth! Reading short little books really helped me jumpstart this week, it was much needed.

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    1. I've kept the short reading going on through the week. It's really keeping my reading excitement up. Review of The Last Girlfriend on Earth coming soon!

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  14. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Isn't it great when you can sit along with someone and they have their books (or ereader!) and you have yours. Love that.

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  15. Woohoo for relaxing weekends! I did manage to finish Monsters of Men on Saturday, so that makes it a pretty book happy weekend. :)

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    1. That's awesome, Lindsey! I'm dying to get back to the series, but I have a few others I need to clear up first.

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  16. So happy that you and David can read together. Not my love and I, he's a nonreader, but at least we can take walks together...right? ;)

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    1. As long as you have something like that, Bellezza. Whether it's reading, cooking, long walks, or whatever. Good stuff. ;)

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  17. How old is Greyson? Hugh's nearly 2 and over the last few months he's become so much fun to take places, since he's reached the age where he's hungry to learn and play! But water is still something he hasn't experienced much, and I really want to give him a chance to enjoy it lest he grow up a bit afraid of it like I did. :)

    I love looking at the covers of these books - I saw the Sociopath book on Shelleyrae's blog the previous Monday, and I've seen The Last Girlfriend on Earth somewhere, can't remember where, and I love that cover. Looking forward to hearing if they're good reads too.

    I've had The Crimson Petal and the White for a while now - Faber's Under the Skin is one of my favourite books so I buy his novels and short story collections whenever I come across them, but I haven't yet read any of them! So bad. I think the size of Crimson intimidates me too - I used to think nothing of reading huge long novels ten years ago, but these days I don't have the concentration or patience for them it seems.

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    1. Hey Shannon! Greyson is 3. It's a great age and so much fun. He's so full of life and humor. I never know quite what's going to come out of his mouth. lol

      Sociopath was good -- even if it had some issues. And The Last Girlfriend on Earth was AWESOME! Nothing bad to say about it.

      Crimson is intimidating in size, but it's a quick, easy, engrossing read. I'm enjoying it so far. I know what you mean about the loss of patience making you back off of longer reads. Same here.

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  18. Cheese? A book about cheese??? Has someone been reading my mind? Must. Get.

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  19. ENJOY your week. Looks like a great lineup. Love the book covers..especially the cheese book one. :)

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday!! What are You Reading?

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  20. Sounds like an awesome weekend!

    CHEESE! Ok, I love cheese. Probably a bit more than is healthy but nonetheless, cheese is tasty. And that book also sounds tasty so I think I need to get my hands on that. Literature and cheese...what could be better?!

    Yay for finishing books! I've seen the Vonfessioons of a Sociopath around quite a bit recently and it really is tickling my fancy but I'm slightly worried I'll get freaked out. Maybe. We shall see.

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    1. LOL, I'm a big cheese fan myself. Reading the book gave me some motivation to widen my cheese horizons, actually.

      Sociopath is a little freakish, but probably worth it.

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