In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as much as time permits. Here’s a little more about It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? from the current proprietor, Book Date:
“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!”
This week I’m going to keep it simple, most especially since I’ve really just started most of my current reads. I’ll break it down by medium:
I currently have two audiobooks in progress:
Travels by Michael Crichton is the last title I need to listen to in order to judge the Autobiography/Memoir category for Armchair Audies. I’m about 2 hours in and it has thus far revolved around Crichton’s time in medical school. The jury is still out as to whether I want to spend 14 more hours with this. There are moments I’ve enjoyed, but we haven’t left Boston. Christopher Lane is a new to me narrator and I’ve enjoyed his performance, especially when there was pot smoking involved. He’s very convincing.
I started this 25+ hour audiobook just before Armchair Audies began. This probably wasn’t my smartest move, but I love Simon Vance and I have no self control when it comes to his audiobooks. We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen tells the story of Marstal, Denmark, a port town beginning in 1848. The story is narrated by the town (which I love), but has thus far focused primarily on the men of the Madsen family. This is the title I listen to when my Armchair Audies title is on CD or when I’m doing laundry. I would do laundry all day, every day, if Simon Vance were reading to me. Shh… don’t tell my family. They’ll only make more. I’ll finish up when Armchair Audies season is over and I’m looking forward to it.
I use my iPad mini as my eReader. More often than not, eBooks are my reading material of last resort. In the car I read audiobooks. When there is light available, I read in print. So when there isn’t light or I don’t have my print read with me, that’s when I read an eBook. Case in point: yesterday. I took what I thought was a quick trip to pick my daughters up from their riding lessons. I knowingly left my book at home. Their trainer has been sick, so they asked if they could stay longer to bag bread. I was proud of them for wanting to help her out, so I agreed. As I result, I started The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. So far, so good. I’m curious to see how this story takes shape.
I just finished – and loved – Immaculate Heart by Camille DeAngelis Sunday afternoon, so of writing this post, I haven’t officially started Shelter by Jung Yun, but I’m very excited to do just that. I picked it up with a Barnes and Noble coupon and I’ve heard good things about it. It’s about a couple who have lived beyond their means and it catches up with them. The very idea of financial insecurity fills me with anxiety. Given my recent experience with Everybody Rise, this should be an adventure for my heart.
That’s what I’m reading. Are you reading anything good?