It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 27)

Read:

Not a thing….

Reading:

The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis — I mention that last week and said that I wasn’t sure about it. When I wrote about this week I talked about how our exceptions of a book can alter our experience of reading it. I am further along in my reading and I am enjoying the writing. Can’t say I know what is going on, but I will continue to read.

Other News:

A friend of mine, Christa Allan, author of Walking on Broken Glass, help organize a One Book, One School program at Lakeshore High where she also teaches English. They chose to read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The program was written up in the local paper. It sounds very exciting.

Blogs:

Kim over at Sophisticated Dorkiness got to see 84, Charing Cross Road on STAGE. I’m so jealous. I expressed my love of 84, Charing Cross Road and a few novels in letters this week too.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I continue to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered and I continue to pray for their help and blessings.)

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 6th)

Read:

This week I reread Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. This is  a good paranormal police procedural that involves the hunt for a serial killer. I rarely reread book, so I was surprised to find myself caught up in the action all over again. This is the first book in a series and is set in Louisiana. Diana is a friend of mine and if you haven’t checked out her books, you should.  Visit: http://www.dianarowland.com/

And speaking of writer friends… Another dear friend and local author Pamela Binning Ewen‘s title The Secret of the Shroud just hit the shelves on September 1st. She is currently touring, so if you see her out and about say hi. She’s a great lady.

Reading (or should I say rereading):

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland — This is book two. Book three comes out in January.

Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout — I finished the first “case”, there are three stories in this book, and I loved it! The plot felt familiar so I am thinking they used it for the A&E TV show. I am such a Nero Wolfe fan, I have the whole series on DVD, lots of old radio programs on CD, and I am working my way through the novels.

Other News:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Hugo Award for best novel. Actually it was a tie, but this is the one I’ve read. I really liked it because it was one of those scifi novels that made me want to dig into some of the idea presented. I talked about it here.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug 2nd)

Read:

White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black — This was very good. It was a crime novel full of mobsters, con games, and magic. A teen finds out that the secrets he believes he’s keeping may not be the real secrets he needs to worry about and that the family that is supposed to protect you may be the people who are playing you the most. This was so different from Black’s fairy series and yet just as good. I really like the world order she has set-up.  (Audio downloaded from Audible.com)

The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mysteries #5) by Josh Lanyon — This is the last book the series, and it was really good. It had an interesting mysteries, the resolution to Adrien’s on again off again relationship with his boyfriend Jake, more zany family members, scary temps for the agency, and old jazz music. Adrien is a character you like spending time with. I am sad this is going be the last in the series. (eBook purchased from Fictionwise.com read on my NOOK)

Reading:

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr — I became aware of Nicholas Carr with an article called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in the Atlantic, the ran about two years ago.  I was intrigued.  I have often thought about my Internet usage over the years. I have definitely experienced the phenomenon of my attention drifting before I get to the end of an article, print or electronic. I have on more than one occasion forced myself to read to the end and then write at least two sentences about what I read — because sometimes when skimming, I couldn’t even say what I’d just read. On the other hand, I do still love reading whole books, hopefully shown by this blog. I like books best when they have enough meat in them that I can look up words, research ideas, and copy down quotes for my journal.  I just started this book tonight on audio (somehow I think this is cheating), and so far I’m interested to see where it is going.

The Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann — A co-worker loaned me this book. It is a lot like reading through an episode of the Shadow. I was hoping to settle in to this quickly, but it feels like I read it before which is making it way to easy to put down. The writing is nice and my co-worker LOVED it, so maybe I’m not giving it a fair chance.

ANY MANY OTHERS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED.

Other News:

Forbes online ran an interesting article about poetry and code breaking.  The poem they are talking about can be found here.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 5)

Read:

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (ARC) – This will be available at the end of August. It was Fantastic! The whole time I was reading it I kept think about some Gothic novel, and then when I went to check out her website it said Henry James. It was like duh, that’s the one. Put this one on your Wish List.  I’ll post a longer review closer to the release.

Reading:

Bone Dance by C. J. Parker – I can’t wait to get back to this one, but I own it and the Alan Bradley below only has a 14 day check out for the library.

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley ( I love this guy’s author photo) — I checked this eBook out from our public library’s new OverDrive website. I’m very excited about the library adding this feature to their catalog.

Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills (aka Karen Miller) – I downloaded this from Audible.com.

Wish List:

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon reviewed by Dead Book Darling.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 28)

Read:

Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (audio from the library)– this is the third book in the Grandma Dowdel series. While, I love the first two book. I thought this one was cute.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (audio from Audible.com) — this one rocks. I have enjoyed every installment of this series and can’t wait for the next. The first book Skulduggery Pleasant was named Irish Book of the Decade.

I posted my review for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, which I’d finished reading last week.

Reading:

Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance by C. J. Parker (e-book)

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (audio), the reviews have been mixed so I’m not rushing to start this.

I don’t have any idea what print book, I’m going to read next. I’ve been reading a lot of magazines that have piled up in the last few weeks. I did buy The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson ,as an e-book from B&N,which I’ve seen one or two reviews and an ad at Unshelved.  I also picked-up Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins, Night’s Rose by Annaliese Evans (this book came before Prince of Frogs), and Confessions of a Demon by S. L. Wright for the bookstore. So I might read one of those.

Wish List:

Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson — This book was recommended over at The Cajun Book Lady.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

What I’m Reading This Week (June 14)

Read:

The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans — I liked this one and while I was looking forward to the next book, I realized I’d read Book Two first. My review is here.

Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise (audio) — Classic Cruise, fun and funny with hi-jinks and a dog.

Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler — was wonderful. My review is here.

The Picture Books —

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile — a very funny children’s picture book which my best friend checked out from the library for her preschool class and insisted I read. It was awesome!

The Wishing Table by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Eve Tharlet — I picked this one because this story was the basis of one of the stories in Alison’s Wonderland and I couldn’t quite remember the original. I got to the library where I was teaching early and started flipping through their fairy tale collection.

I picked up these others as well. The Bremen Town Musicians retold Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Janet Stevens — picked because I Love Janet Stevens illustrations and Babushka retold and illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak.

Reading:

The Brontes Went to Woolworths  by Rachel Fergurson — I’m only two chapter into this one, I can’t discern a plot and I’m waiting for the author to take a breath.

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen — I’m really enjoying this audio book. It is LONG so I’ll be at it a while longer.

Wish List:

Night’s Rose by Annaliese Evans (on order)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (on order)


In the Mail:

Ondine by Ebony McKenna via The Book Depository

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What I’m Reading This Week (June 7th)

What did I read this week? A little of this and a little of that, to be honest. I didn’t finish anything. I did teach my very first (and successful) class on Telling Family Stories at the Abita Springs Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.  I’ve three classes this week, too!

Reading:

Everything I was reading last week, unfortunately.

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans
Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler
Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, and Mimi Hellman

From the Internet:

I ran across this article, “What Comes Next After Steampunk and Zombies?”, on I09 via a tweet by author O.M. Grey. This is a really good article on a topic we often bandy-about at work.

Quotes:

turns-of-phrase from the various things I’ve started or have run across.

“…which gave me a fresh perspective on what happens when people read my stories – the alchemical process whereby words on a page become living flesh and blood in readers’ minds.” — Harper Fox talking about the cover art for her upcoming novel via Carina Press.

“I generally like my crime violent, my heiresses leggy, and my detectives drunk…” — John Green recommending Lulu Dark.

“Why fables and rhymes and stories of years gone by? Because the familiar cadence of these magical tales cling to us like the fabric of dreams.” — Alison Tyler

“Centuries never start or end on time, and any serious reader of English literature can tell another that the eighteenth ended in 1798, when Wordsworth and Coleridge detonated the Lyrical Ballads, thereby blowing up the orderly colonnade of Augustan oaks and clearing the field for the Romantic era’s giddy booms.” — Thomas Mallon, Stolen Words

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.