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Monday Mini ~ The Martian by Andy Weir

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

Going to a bookstore with a fellow book lover can be dangerous. Dangerous to your pocket book for obvious reasons, but also dangerous to your preconceived notions of what you’d enjoy reading. When I went into my local Barnes and Noble with my friend Cassandra I had no intentions of buying anything outside of my lit fic, historical fic safe zones. I left with The Martian.

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Crown ~ February 11, 2014 ~ 384 pages

I do not read Science Fiction. That I loved Ready Player One and Redshirts I attribute to the power of audiobooks and just how much darn fun Wil Wheaton is as narrator. Oh, yeah. And then there’s Lexicon. I’m not sure what genre that really falls into, so that doesn’t count. I turned up my nose when Cassandra pulled a copy of The Martian off the shelves at Barnes and Noble. “I don’t read Science Fiction,” I said as she made me read the first line of the book. I never set the book back down on the shelf. Imagine my surprise about a month later when I tore through the pages of The Martian as greedily as I did The Headmaster’s Wife, a book that was pretty much written with me in mind. It was full of science and math and I gobbled it up as if those weren’t my least favorite subjects in school. I will never be an astronaut, but I’m thankful that my  imagination (and good visual memories of Gravity) didn’t realize that I do not do Science Fiction. It grabbed on to Andy Weir’s world and buckled in for the joy ride.

I loved this book so much that for the past hour or so since I’ve finished it I’ve had Pherell Williams singing in my head and I don’t do “Happy,” either. Michele explained the phenomenon to me comments to my Facebook post. We are so very much alike as readers after all. I couldn’t even admit it there, but I will now. I love Science Fiction. I’m just not well read in it – yet. I need to start paying strict attention to Bob’s reviews.

Monday Mini ~ The Headmaster’s Wife

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

I’m back from Sin City a little poorer, but no worse for the wear. I’m going to kick off my first blogging day back from vacation with one of my favorite books this year, The Headmaster’s Wife. Novels that take place in boarding schools are my kryptonite. I have no idea why because I’ve never attended let alone visited one in my lifetime. Luckily there doesn’t have to be a logic explanation for why we love the books we do.

Cover of The Headmaster's WifeThe Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Thomas Dunne Books ~ February 25, 2014 ~ 288 pages

Arthur Winthrop followed in his father’s footsteps and became the headmaster of the Lancaster School in Vermont after attending the school in his youth. He is proud of his vocation, but there’s something not right with him. He was found walking around Central Park in the winter completely naked. He tells his story after he was picked up and brought in for questioning. From those first moments I was drawn in to his life and had a difficult time leaving when my life invaded. While Arthur seemed to have inherited his father’s talents for running a posh school, those years he spent attending Lancaster while not being among the wealthy never left him. I was aghast at the things he admitted to doing as a result, all the while wondering where his wife was and where exactly she fit into the situation. It was not at all as I had expected. From the moment that started to become clear I read well into the night in order to finish the book. I don’t even remember being tired at all the next day. I was too busy evaluating myself and where I continue to allow insecurity and jealousy to sprout like weeds through what is a full, happy life.

I typically buy eBooks when they’re on sale for less than $3. While I had my eyes on The Headmaster’s Wife before it was published due to my love of boarding school reads, I hadn’t pre-ordered it. When this review came in I immediately bought the eBook at full price. I never once looked back. Why should I? I’ll be reading it again.

The Housewife Wannabe Chronicles, Ceiling Fan Edition Ft Jolie Kerr

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When my husband suggested that I name my blog Literate Housewife it was not without a little irony. Homemaking is not a science to which I excel. Until recently I never even aspired to excel at it. Now that my kids are getting more independent I’ve been trying to do a better job embracing the […]

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Wednesday’s Review ~ Lexicon by Max Barry

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Lexicon by Max Barry Published by: The Penguin Press Published on: June 18, 2013 Page Count: 400 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Hardcover I received in the 1st Book Riot Quarterly Box. Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback (as of 4/1/2014), eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: At an exclusive training school at an undisclosed location […]

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Filling in the Blanks ~ 03/18/2014

In an attempt to breathe some new life into blogging, I’ve been thinking about ways I could mix things up. I need some things I could post on a regular basis that could be quick and fun. One thought that kept recurring was to post the answers to a weekly list of questions. This feature […]

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Monday Mini ~ Elizabeth I by Margaret George

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Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review. I have been very remiss in capping off the wonderful reading event […]

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In Praise of BookRiot’s Quarterly Box

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This is the post I should have written in December when I received the very first Quarterly Box from Book Riot. They put this together through the Quarterly website. I had no idea that this was a thing. The concept is that you subscriber to a company’s quarterly subscription and every three months you get […]

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Wednesday’s Review ~ The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon Published by: Knopf Published on: February 11, 2014 Page Count: 336 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook digital download provided to me by the publisher for consideration. Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio Narrators: Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur Audiobook Length: 10 hours 46 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, […]

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Filling in the Blanks ~ 03/11/2014

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In an attempt to breathe some new life into blogging, I’ve been thinking about ways I could mix things up. I need some things I could post on a regular basis that could be quick and fun. One thought that kept recurring was to post the answers to a weekly list of questions. This feature […]

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Monday Mini ~ Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman

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Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review. Much of January and February was a blur of family related responsibilities, […]

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