Monday, October 28, 2013

It's Monday!

Thanks to Sheila of BookJourney for hosting!

Good morning, friends!!! So I actually finished a book this past week. Just one, mind you, but I think my slump may officially be dying down. I just didn't realize I needed more Julia in my life...


I gave My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme a big fat 5 stars on Goodreads! I just loved it, and I'll have a full review coming up soon. 


Now I'm thoroughly digging into I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith, and it's just a delight. What else can I say? 

Coming up soon...

I'll be reading The Slynx, by Tatyana Tolstaya, for an International Reading group on Goodreads, and I'll be diving into The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, for my in-person book club. 

What are you into now, or what are you anticipating from your stacks? 








30 comments:

  1. I think I climbed out of my slump this weekend, too! I've been wanting to read I Capture the Castle for so long, so I can't wait to see all of your thoughts.

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    1. That's awesome, Shannon! I Capture the Castle is such a cozy, awesome book. The plot isn't fast-moving, but I love the language and the setting. Especially during this time of year.

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  2. A few good books right in a row, hooray, that's the best :)

    The Joy Luck Club! I haven't read that in eons but I remember that I adored it.

    I'm reading a book about Oscar Wilde's wife right now, it's pretty darn interesting.

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    1. Isn't it??

      I'm so glad to hear that you adored Joy Luck Club. I read a few pages of it the other night, and I think I'm going to enjoy it, too. And the Oscar Wilde's wife book sounds cool!

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  3. Wow, it sounds like I need more Julia in my life too.

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    1. Definitely! It was so fun and I could absolutely hear her saying all of the things in the book.

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  4. Still pushing my way through The Goldfinch (pushing is the wrong word). I'm thoroughly enjoying but dreading the ending. I don't want to wait another 11 years for a Tartt novel. Glad you slump looks like it's on its way out!

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    1. Ahh, I hope she doesn't wait another 10 years, but given her past showing, I think we will probably have to do just that. Arrgh.

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  5. I've been in a major slump for over a week. I think my husband's back issues have been too much of a distraction. I've been watching a lot of tv (Parenthood and Dexter) and picking up and putting down dozens of books. I can't even settle on an audio book at work. Hope this breaks soon!

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    1. That could definitely put one in a slump, Les! I hope he's on the mend. Wishing you good reading very soon!

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  6. I am so glad you are loving I Capture the Castle! I, too, love Julia Child and I have My Life in France sitting on my shelf. Ack! Too many books to read.

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    1. I adore it! Cassandra is a trip--as is her family. And I NEEEED to know what all you got at that charity sale. I'm off to stare at the pic and try to decipher soon!

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  7. I liked The Joy Luck Club but I wasn't blown away by it or anything. I'm reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, and it's sooo good so far!

    Do you cook like all of your meals from scratch or are you just a foodie at heart and love to read about it?

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    1. OOH!! Have I gushed to you about NoViolet Bulawayo yet? She graduated from the same English dept that I did! Wooo!

      And no. I would say I cook homemade stuff probably 5 days a week. I'm a big fan of cooking stuff up on the weekend and eating it leftover for work lunches and dinners. I usually get bored of leftovers around Wednesday, so I'll do an easy fall back like tilapia or something. I am a total foodie. I used to cook WAY more at home and almost no processed but it's been hard with my work/kiddo schedule lately. Thus, the batch cooking.

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  8. I think I'm *finally* pulling out of my reading and blogging slump. Cheers to that! I need to make time for I Capture the Castle. It's one of my "I'm embarrassed I haven't read it" books.

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    1. YAY! I have noticed you posting more, and I hope your slump is going away from here! Castle is so fun so far!

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  9. Those look awesome, great picks!

    New bloglovin' follower
    Have a great week!
    My Monday’s post!

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  10. Yay for Julia Child busting the slump! I can't wait to read that one. Also I read The Joy Luck Club a few years ago, and I remember really enjoying it.

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    1. Right-o! Glad you liked The Joy Luck Club, and I hope you enjoy Julia as much as I did!

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  11. Hurray for both My Life in France and I Capture the Castle! I'm not familiar with The Slynx, so will be curious to hear more about it. The Joy Luck Club is on my Classics Club list.. will get to it eventually.

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    1. The Slynx looks like it'll be a trip. It's a Russian novel in translation about a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Eeek!

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  12. The Joy Luck Club is such a good book. I enjoyed it for its honesty about mother-daughter relationships. If you loved My Life in France, I would recommend Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo. It's such a fun biography/self-help book on the chef.

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    1. I can't wait to read Joy Luck, and thanks for the rec: Julia Child Rules! Sounds great!

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  13. I really should pick up the Julia Child book, I've heard wonderful things. Hope you have a wonderful reading week.

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  14. I've been meaning to read I Capture the Castle forever! Thanks for reminding me :)

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  15. I am late to the party with my response but I am reading:

    The Shining Girls
    The Abominable
    How to Be a Good Wife

    I've read the Julia Child book and loved it. I read Joy Luck Club ages ago but enjoyed it enough to read it twice. The movie was one of the better adaptations, imo.

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  16. I'm reading "Paris in Love" and "The World's Strongest Librarian." Anticipating "We are Water," my signed edition just came in the mail!

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  17. I loved I Capture the Castle. Hope you continue to enjoy it. Currently I'm reading two books and one is a mystery of course :)

    Can't wait to hear more about The Slynx - - that looks interesting.

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  18. I Capture the Castle is one of my all-time favorite books! And I have to admit that the movie version isn't too bad either.

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