Friday, January 31, 2014

A Beastly Week Ends with Books

Wow, another super busy week at work took me OUT! I was so busy yesterday I barely had a chance to look at Facebook and that's actually part of my job! So I'm back today with a quick update on what I've been reading.

The fact is, I've been having a little bit of a reading mania. I want to read ALL the things at once and can't really decide where my focus should lie. That, mixed with a missing Nook HD+ charging cord, make for scattered plans.


Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo is one of TWO books chosen by my face-to-face book club for February. We're getting ambitious! This is a quick book that I've been reading before bed, and while I find it touching and scary as a mother and a Christian, the writing is terrible and I'm still skeptical. We'll see!

The Radleys by Matt Haig is one of those books I could not pass up for $1.99 on Amazon. Haig came to my attention with the publication of The Humans, but since I haven't gotten my hands on that book just yet, I thought I'd start here. This is a wonderfully written vampire story not really for a YA audience and not overtly filled with horror. It's a family story, and the family's problems happen to be heightened by the complications of their vampirism. Really good book so far. 


The Martian by Andy Weir is one of those books I see popping up everywhere lately. I probably would've had this one read in a couple of gulps except I keep forgetting to put it on my tablet, and now the cord has gone missing. Le sigh. I'm not far in, as I've only been reading it on lunch breaks on my work computer, but I really like the writing so far. It's crisp and sardonic. More, please!

And finally, The Woman in White. I've had a distinct lack of brain power because of 1) work and 2) a sinus infection that took me down last week and early this week. I just haven't had the focus to read much of this Victorian tome, though when I have picked it up I'm still enjoying it. We have wedding stuff to do this weekend: marriage counseling appointment with the pastor, printing and mailing invitations. But, aside from those two items, reading Epoch 2 is next on my "will achieve" list!

What's on your reading stack for the weekend? 



33 comments:

  1. Busy week! I'm still on Life After Life. Not sure what is next up -- either Winter People, Swan Gondola or .... Not sure :)

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    1. I'm curious what you'll think of Life After Life. I definitely had some issues with it, but the writing was gorgeous!

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  2. I am a few chapter in to Orfeo... wow, what a unique read. I am really liking it and I was worried there would be too much science. As if there could EVER be such a thing. Ha!

    I am also reading Where's You Go Bernadette and I am in love with it! The cover makes it look so juvenile so I have been putting it off even though everyone was raving about. It's so sweet and a little sad but I am enjoying it.

    I feel as if I need to add one more book to the mix. I typically read three at a time. I can't find one to fit between the two.

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    1. Orfeo...Orfeo. Must investigate this unique read!

      I'm so glad you're loving Where'd You Go, Bernadette! I really didn't know what I'd think of it, but it was lovely and smart and awesome.

      You're GOOD to read 3 at a time. Two is usually my limit, but with my "reading mania" lately, that rule has gone out the window a bit.

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  3. I've not read The Humans, but I quite liked The Radleys. A little genre busting.

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    1. It's a lot of fun. Very smart and engaging so far. I'm definitely reading The Humans if this one stays as good as it is now.

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  4. Arggghhh I missed The Radleys on sale?!?! I loved The Humans.

    I wonder if this reading mania (must read all the books!) is a common New Year thing for us bookworms? I get it every year around this time.

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    1. It might still be on sale? It was one of those long-term sales. It is still on! Get it!

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  5. Glad the sinus infection is cured... no wonder you couldn't concentrate on The Woman in White. I'm reading Wally Lamb's We Are Water (he sure can tell a story) and listening to Ann Patchett read her own essays in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. SO good!!

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    1. Right? That is a lot. I suspect I should be easier on myself. I need to read more of Wally Lamb's work. We broke up after The Hour I First Believed. And I love Patchett. Love!

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  6. I really enjoyed Heaven is for Real. I know it has gotten a lot of publicity, given the topic, but when you look at it from the standpoint of a book, it’s a really great read.

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    1. It was a really good reading experience. Totally made me do the ugly cry, too!

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  7. So, are they making a movie of Heaven is for Real? I saw a preview at the theatre the other night that had a different title, but sure sounded like it? Another one that likes The Martian? No wonder my TBR is always crazy... I blog hop. lol

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    1. Huh. I'm not sure, actually. I hadn't heard of a movie, but it sounds like something Hollywood would latch onto! LOL, same here re: blog hopping. It's dangerous!

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  8. I keep switching between books, and I'm usually a book monogamist. You might want to discuss with your pastor the fact that your influence is causing me to be unfaithful in my reading.

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    1. LOL, he says I'm forgiven. And yeah, the switching is killing me! I'm trying to focus.

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  9. I'm kind of feeling the same way lately, there are just too many good books coming across my shelves! I'm SO excited to hear that you're enjoying The Radleys, it's one of my TBR Challenge books :)

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    1. It's seriously awesome. Loving it!

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  10. We'll Andi you sound extremely busy and should maybe take it easy. Wedding arrangements are always a hassle. Good luck with it all and take some good medicine for that nasty sinus infection. :)

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    1. Thanks, Didi! I think my sinuses are finally on the mend. Whew! Took long enough. The wedding planning will continue until the last minute, I'm sure, but we've got the big stuff out of the way!

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  11. Interested to hear what you think of The Martian! I'm a little frustrated with my book club because the organizer keeps only wanting to meet every other month... I want to meet more than that!

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    1. Oh no! That sucks. Book club definitely needs to be steadier than that. And I'm looking forward to digging into The Martian. Now that I borrowed a Nook cord from my mom, I'm off and running.

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  12. Aaaaa, I am behind on reading The Woman in White! I have to knock out Epoch 2 soon! I may try to read a little bit of it this afternoon during the Super Bowl. I think that would be okay. I'm not THAT excited about the Super Bowl, so it doesn't need my full attention.

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    1. The discussion for Epoch 2 is next Monday. I think I mistyped and scared some people into thinking it was this Monday. Oooops!

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  13. Oh, those Victorian tomes definitely take focus and crazy work weeks, sinus infections and a bad case of reading mania are not conducive to focus!

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    1. Amen sister! Hopefully I'll be back on the reading road with this one now.

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  14. Enjoy your reading Andi! I'm doing Rebecca and Allison's book club, but I've also started reading Miss Peregrine's yesterday and I'm almost done.

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! I was really tempted to try out the book they're reading now, but I'm trying to be better about not adding (much) to my TBR. I'm doing a pretty decent job whittling it down!

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  15. I'm almost finished with Anna Quindlen's latest novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs. It's quite good and I'll be sorry when it's over.

    I'm also listening to The Silent Wife and should wrap that one up in another day or two. It's good, but I really, really dislike one of the characters. If Bellezza hadn't recommended it, I might have quit early on.

    I've got 11/22/63 on my Nook, but I've put it aside while I work on these other two. It's quite a chunkster (perfect for Nook reading) and I didn't want to spend a month reading only one book.

    As for what to read next? I have Iron Lake by William Kent Kreuger in my stacks from the library. Bellezza and I plan to read this one together. It's due back to the library on the 9th (already??), so I better get crackin'!

    Have a great week, Andi. Stay warm!

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    1. I love Quindlen's non-fiction, so I should really try some of her fiction!I'll be curious what you think of The Silent Wife. So many great reviews, but I haven't been very tempted to pick it up. 11/22/63 is seriously huge. I have it on my Nook, too, but I haven't started it because it'll take forever. lol Good luck with whatever you pick next!

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  16. I wonder if The Radleys is still on sale? Lol. I have been wanting to read that and totally forgot about it!! I am encouraged by your opinion of it being good so far. I am running over to Amazon right now!

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  17. I am mere pages away from finishing Epoch 1 in The Woman in White. I need to catch up and finish this thing soon, so I can finish my other book for a book club I'm leading this month! I need more time to read!!

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  18. I've heard good things about The Martian. I want to read that one!

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