Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Week's Reading

I skipped out on "It's Monday! What are You Reading?" earlier in the week because I was uberexcited to share my review of Ruby, by Cynthia Bond, but I'm back with a recap today. I mentioned here on the blog recently that I've only read one book this month, but I'm happy to report that I'm up to a WHOPPING two now!

After finishing Ruby a couple of weeks ago, I moved on to A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, and while I was enjoying it, I wasn't feeling any pull to pick it up. I played lots of SIMS3 and painted my nails a bunch before I decided to move on to another book. And I managed to pick a magic book!



Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, by Molly Wizenberg, was a quick, fantastic foodie memoir about opening a pizza restaurant with her husband. Wizenberg is the author of the successful food blog, Orangette, and she's written another non-fiction foodie book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. I shall read everything she's written ever in the land. I could've finished Delancey in one go if I'd had the time, but as it was, I finished it in three sittings.

Now I'm on to The Book of Life, the third installment in the All Souls trilogy from Deborah Harkness. You might remember that Heather and I found the second book, Shadow of Night, so absolutely eye-rolly that we strained our optic nerves, but we're still reading this one together because even after the eye rolls, we need to know what happens to wishy-washy witch, Diana, and overprotective vampire macho man, Matthew.

What have you been reading this week? Are you manically flipping pages or having trouble tearing yourself away from other things? 




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  1. This--"You might remember that Heather and I found the second book, Shadow of Night, so absolutely eye-rolly that we strained our optic nerves"--is so true. I'm a little nervous about what the third book will be like!

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    1. LOL, I have my doubts, but we'll see. I'm about 25 pages in, and I'm just trying to hard to remember what the hell is going on that I haven't been annoyed yet.

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  2. Woot! Let the eye-rolling begin!!

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  3. I haven't read the Deborah Harkness books, but I can't wait to see what you and Heather thought based on your last opinions!

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    1. Haha! It's bound to be colorful. That's all I can say.

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  4. I didn't finish that Ozeki book either - just couldn't get into it enough I guess. That Delancey book sounds terrific!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! LOL I was beginning to think so. I might go back and try to finish it because I want to know about this ending everyone talks about.

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  5. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Book of Life. When you finish reading it, let me know if I can skip Shadow of Night and go straight to book three.

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    1. Ha! My only hesitation telling you to skip it would be...TONS of new characters are introduced. Scads, I say. Though, she is pretty good at recapping and reminding/explaining what came before because I remember so little of that middle book. Except the eye rolling.

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  6. I wasn't a huge fan of Shadow of Night, but I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches... so I'm really curious about how it's all going to end.

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    1. I liked A Discovery of Witches, too, but ugh, Shadow of Night. Just...ugh! lol Hoping for the best with this last installment.

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  7. What I'm reading and what I SHOULD be reading. Two different things. LOL. I am reading The Three and flipping my Kindle pages quickly. It's taken me away from The Goldfinch which I must read for book club but the pacing is so slowwww.

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    1. Right??? I still want to read The Goldfinch one of these days, but it may have to wait until the weather turns cooler and I can hunker down. We'll see.

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  8. LOL, I can't wait to hear about the eye-rolly-ness of the third book. I haven't read the series, but I kind of want to so I can join in the eye rolling. I mean, I'm a REALLY talented eye roller.

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    1. Dude, you need to get on this eye-rolliness. It's fun in a ridiculous way.

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  9. I've been so tempted by the Harkness by the cover but unless you give it raves I may have to let it go. Too many books out there to read eye rolling ones where I haven't committed to the series already. I LOVED Delancey! So great! I think I liked it better than her first book.

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    1. It is a good cover and hard to resist. I'll definitely keep you posted about the amount of eye rolliness. Delancey was great, wasn't it??? I want more more more from her!

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  10. Delancey's cover is so warm and inviting. Sounds like something I'd really like.

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    1. Isn't it? I just adored it.

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  11. I did both of the other Discovery of Witches books on audio, which was good because when I started to roll my eyes the story kept going! I haven't decided if I care enough to continue -- I might just read some summaries and call this trilogy good :)

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    1. LOL, that is definitely the up-side of listening as opposed to reading, Kim! This one is a lot of fun so far.

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  12. As long as no one sparkles, I'll be a happy camper. And dude...Molly W! I devoured A Homemade Life last month and I just bought Delancey last weekend. I am determined to finish Wolf Hall before I dive in, though. So it could be months. I think I have Homemade Life hiding in the read pile in the closet if you want it.

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    1. No sparkling! There's even a joke about that in the book. hehe DUDE(tte), I will totes take Homemade Life off your hands.

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    2. And it hurts me to even think if reading Wolf Hall.

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  13. I'm hoping to read Delancey later this year. Loved A Homemade Life when my book club read it a couple years ago - we each made a recipe, too. Most delicious meeting, ever!

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    1. I'll definitely have to get hold of A Homemade Life, JoAnn. Sounds right up my alley, and now that I know I love her writing, I'm sold!

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  14. I also want to read The Book of Life, but I guess I need to start from book #1

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    1. Haha, yes! There's a lot of ground to cover, Melinda.

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  15. Haha, there is definitely something wonderful about the fun of a terrible/wonderful book. I hope you and Heather enjoy all of your eye-rolling! :)

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    1. Thank youuuu! Not as eye-rolly as #2, I'm happy to report.

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  16. Delancey is on my TBR and reading your review, I can't wait to read it! I'm hoping it will be better than Delicious! by Ruth Reichl which I read recently and was disappointed. I also want to see if it might be a good book for my mother-in-law who is a bit of a foodie.

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    1. Yay! I hope you love, love, love it! I just won Delicious in a blog drawing, but I'll go into that one with reasonable expectations. :)

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  17. I just raced through The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters this week. Going to a party tonight and the author will be there so I wanted to be able to say I'd just finished another of his books but I also really enjoyed it. Love when you pick up a book that is just the right book at just the right time.

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    1. Isn't it great when it all clicks just right, Lisa? I'm hoping for more of that in July. lol

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  18. Didn't now that the third book is coming out already! I too was a bit iffy about the second book but I really want to know what's gonna happen!

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  19. I used to follow Orangette, but it's been a year or so since I last read her posts (had to cut back somewhere!). I've got A Homemade Life in my summer reading stack. Maybe I'll get to Delancey once I read the first book. I'd love to visit the restaurant next time I'm in the PNW. Looks so inviting!

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