Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's an ice day here in Texas, so even though I have "the day off," I'm currently up to my eyeballs in social media monitoring. And making chili!

What a reading weekend! It seems to be the case lately that I barely read during the week...maybe at lunch sometimes, and then I binge read on the weekends while Greyson is with his dad. This arrangement works fine for me when it comes out like it did this week.

This weekend I finished:


Could there be two more different books? Probably not. I enjoyed Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, the first in the Southern Reach trilogy so so so much. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin was a good read, but less successful than Annihilation

I also gulped down a bunch of comics...


Edward Scissorhands is quickly becoming a favorite. I mentioned in an earlier post that it's a continuation of the film rather than an adaptation. Edward teams up with Kim's (from the movie) granddaughter Megs to help reign in an invention gone wrong.


Batgirl #39 and Lumberjanes #11 are a delight as always, and Bitch Planet #3 continues to win me over.

What's next you ask? 


I've wanted to try James Baldwin for a while. I had Another Country out from the library, but it was due back, so I'm jumping in with Giovanni's Room. The writing is gorgeous already, just a few pages in, so I'm excited to continue. And I just can't resist the lure of Hausfrau any longer!

What have you been reading? 



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  1. Comics really seem to be hitting their stride these days. I've heard Hausfrau is amazing!

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    1. I think so, too! I know I'm reading more because of writing for Panels, and I'm finding SO much great stuff! Love it.

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  2. Oh - what I would give for a binge reading weekend! Sounds delightful :) I'm so excited about Hausfrau as well...will hopefully get to start it soon.

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    1. I read a few pages the other night, and I think Hausfrau is going to suck me right in. Yay!

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  3. I tend to do a lot of my reading on weekends too. I envy you your ice day. It is -15 right now with a -29 windchill but we are in school. The day is bright and sunny. You can see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Oh my gosh! Those temps are crazy. We Texans don't do so well with the driving in ice since it's not a regular occurrence. I'm glad to have the day off and I'm glad the university called their day off last night, so there aren't a bunch of crazies on social media. :D

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  4. I wish Connecticut had gotten the memo about it being an ice day... my 1.25-mile trek to work was all ice! Thankfully I avoided falling on my butt. :)

    Yay for binge-reading! I was in a bit of a slump for most of the weekend, but I successfully busted it with A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. I mentioned this elsewhere already, but if I ever have kiddos, this one is going on their bookshelf. Such a great little story.

    And now I'm in the mood for even more fantasy! I'm thinking The Night Circus might be up next.

    Enjoy your chili!

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    1. Eeeek! That sounds treacherous! We don't do ice. Well, we really don't do precipitation. Not happily, anyway. lol

      I've never read ANY Le Guin! I can't believe it either.

      Ooooh! I loved The Night Circus!

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  5. Those comics look sooo good! Hope you stay warm today :)

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    1. They were super good! Thanks, Leah! Warm and toasty so far.

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  6. I'm currently reading Hausfrau :) Enjoy your reading, Andi.

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! I hope you're enjoying Hausfrau!

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  7. It's always a good feeling when you find fantastic comic series. I'm waiting until The Lumberjanes goes on sale, so I can just buy the whole series. I hope you enjoy your day off!

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    1. I think you will LOVE it! I think the first trade comes out in March, maybe? They're so pretty!

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  8. No snow here today, although we got more than enough on the weekend and are due for more tomorrow -- ugh! I've had more than enough of winter (it feels like - 34 with the wind chill at the moment).

    I hope you are able to enjoy some of your day off. Nothing ever closes for the weather here, no matter how cold or snowy (I wish it would, a snow day would be nice).

    I have to admit to never having heard of Hausfrau until this past week. I'm going to have to check it out to see if it's something I might like.

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    1. We had three ice days this week and it's rumored there will be more tomorrow. Oh my heavens! I hope not. Hausfrau is intriguing so far.

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  9. For me, it's Monday, and what I'm still reading. I need to lighten up but haven't found the book to do that with just yet.

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    1. I had a really hard time settling on a book. Still don't feel totally settled, but Hausfrau is definitely a step up from totally afloat!

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  10. Well I guess I'm moving Annihilation up the list!

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  11. Ok, how do you get individual issues of comics? I have picked up several larger collections or graphic memoirs from the library, but I'm sure there is an easier way to read one issue at a time!

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    1. Comixology.com!!! I love downloading. They get delivered to me directly on their release dates. I don't have a comics shop nearby, so this is my best option.

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  12. Wow, great books this week! Annihilation is one of my new all time favorites. I'm so sad that the Southern Reach trilogy is already over. I want more time in Area X (not really, that would be terrifying). Also, excited to see what you think of Hausfrau! Everybody is in love with it and I really want to see why!

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    1. It was sooo gooood! I'm just glad all the Southern Reach novels are already available and I don't have to wait for a next installment! Area X is totally freaking terrifying, and I love being sucked in. Hausfrau is different. I have a feeling those flowers on the cover are a ploy!

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    2. The second book is slow, but it's worth it just to get to the third book!

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  13. We actually got rain (gasp!) yesterday. I'm pretty sure that's as close as we're going to get to ice this year. Which is fine with me!!
    Hausfrau has the most bee-yoo-ti-ful cover! I have no idea what it's about, but I swoon whenever I see the book.

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    1. Uh oh! In TX we'll take anything we can get. The lake levels here are low and scary. Bring on the snow and ice! Hausfrau is sinister in its own special way. Those flowers are a ploy!

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  14. I miss binge reading. I look forward to it sometime this summer when I can pawn the kids off on my mom. :)

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    1. You shall experience it again!

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  15. urgh, Google eat my comment. I hope you are enjoying Giovanni's Room, I need to read that book, since I've just finished Go Tell it on the Mountain

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    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that. Google has been a butthead about comments lately. Giovanni's Room is so gorgeously written. I know it's going to make me cry at some point.

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  16. I have seen Hausfrau on a lot of lists, I hope you enjoy it!

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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