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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 3

It's Monday What are You Reading

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!”

Despite having a root canal on Monday (and the infection that followed it), finding out yesterday that my daughter’s science fair project is due on Monday, and trying to get my Grandma’s handwritten memories typed up before her first birthday in heaven (April 29th – I’m at 30 pages typed right now and have a single subject notebook and a half to go – I’m loving this time with her!), I got a lot of reading done last week. You’ll see some changes between my report from last week and today. Here’s what I’m reading now:

Audiobooks

I finished The Water Diviner last week. It was an interesting story and the narrator was pretty good. I am not sure how it was nominated for Audiobook of the Year, though. I then started my last Armchair Audies title, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I have mixed feelings about this book. I don’t believe she wanted it published and what I’ve heard from others hasn’t overcome it. Still, it’s the only Audiobook of the Year nominees left for me to listen to in order to judge the category, so I decided to take the plunge. That my library had a copy of the audiobook sweetened the deal. This is a short audiobook at just seven discs. I’m two discs in. Reese Witherspoon is just okay for me. Her voice is pleasant and she can do an angry old lady, but her male voices need work and there isn’t any passion in her narration. I felt like I’m listening to someone like me reading the book. Quite honestly, I’m bored by the story and uninspired by the narration. I’m considering DNFing it. John Lee and The Flight of Dreams sounds so much more appealing right now.

Cover of Go Set a Watchman

eBooks

I still haven’t started a new eBook yet. The mood hasn’t hit me yet.

Print

I read and really enjoyed The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse last week. While there is some discussion about taxidermy, it wasn’t often terribly graphic and, when it was, it didn’t last long. It wasn’t as Gothic as I’d hoped, but I enjoyed the main characters and the setting. I’m hoping to review it later this week.

Although I haven’t officially started reading it yet (I am going to try to read the first chapter before bed tonight), my next book is The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston. It’s a short book that sold me with it’s cover. I hope it’s good.

Cover of The Crooked Heart of Mercy

Reviews

Since my original goal to start me to write more reviews has actually happened since I began this meme (woot!), I decided to add a section to highlight the reviews I wrote in the last week. In case you missed them, here are the reviews I wrote:

Immaculate Heart by Camille DeAngelis
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

This week, in addition to reviewing The Taxidermist’s Daughter, I’m planning to review more Armchair Audies titles:

Keep Moving written and narrated by Dick Van Dyke
I Must Say written and narrated by Martin Short

If I don’t get as much reviewed as I’m planning, it will be because I’m spending time with my Grandma and her memories. It’s all good. 🙂

So that is what my reading and reviewing week is looking like. How about yours?

3 Comments

  • At 2016.04.25 08:55, Heather Fineisen said:

    I’m judging the Armchair Audies, too, and I hate listening to those uninspired narrations. I feel better about moving ahead now. I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman but am not sure about it. Glad you’re doing better from your root canal. Happy Reading!

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    • At 2016.04.25 09:01, BermudaOnion(Kathy) said:

      Oh, having your Grandma’s memories is such a treasure! I hope your tooth is doing better.

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      • At 2016.04.25 16:03, Kathrynh said:

        Ouch for the root canal. Hope it has improved heaps, bummer to get an infection. I think quite a few readers have felt like you over Go Set a Watchman, I opted not to read it. Hope this week brings good things for you.

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