Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Madness!

All the things! I have an early meeting starting in a few minutes, and my three online classes kick off today. AND it's the first day of Bout of Books!!! AND I had a great Dog Days of Summer Readathon this weekend! So here we go...

I got sidetracked with #ddsummer yesterday, so I did not finish any additional books until the wee hours of the morning (technically today, so it will count toward Bout of Books). I was having a hard time, finding Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto, a bit of a slog. It wasn't really what I expected, but once I accepted it for what it was, I flew through the remaining pages. I ended up liking it and rated it 3/5 stars on Goodreads. It probably deserved more like 3.5.

Total #ddsummer books completed: 3

  • Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken
  • George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I also started Summer at Tiffany, by Marjorie Hart, yesterday, so when I finish this one it will count toward Bout of Books. It's a light, fun memoir about two University of Iowa students who go to NYC in 1945 to spend the summer working as shop girls. By a twist of fate, they manage jobs at Tiffany and Co. I'm enjoying this one and speeding through it.

Also in my Bout of Books pool for the week:
  • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
We'll see what sticks!

  • 100+ pages per day
  • Finish a classic (The Painted Veil)
  • Finish a book that's been on my shelves forever (Watchmen)
Are you doing Bout of Books this week? What are you looking forward to? 

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