Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



                 



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The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading
The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading
Rose, Phyllis


Add another title to my list of favorite Books About Books. Phyllis Rose (almost) randomly selects a shelf in her library with the goal of reading...more
            
Mar 15, 2014
       
Black Lake: A Novel
Black Lake: A Novel
Lane, Johanna         

Lane is a masterful dancer. She leads off with a chapter in which it is clear that things in the lives of the Campbell family are a mess. Then she lea...more
             
Mar 15, 2014
       

The Divorce Papers
The Divorce Papers
Rieger, Susan

Rieger tells the story of a messy divorce through the e-mails, letters, and legal documents sent back and forth between clients and lawyers and their...more
    
Mar 15, 2014
       

Emil and the Detectives
Emil and the Detectives
Kästner, Erich

Emil is off to visit family in Berlin. On the train, he has his money stolen. But the thief underestimates the boy from whom he has snatched the money...more
     
Mar 15, 2014
       


Family Life
Family Life
Sharma, Akhil

The Mishras can envision nothing better than America from their hovel in India. Somehow, the family makes its way to America, but the real America tur...more
            
Mar 15, 2014
       


I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50


I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50
Gurwitch, Annabelle         

Fifty. You can say all you want how fifty is the new forty, but the truth is there: fifty. Fifty brings with it all the things that fifty has always...more
    
Mar 15, 2014
       



The Moon Sisters
The Moon Sisters
Walsh, Therese         

Their mother is dead and Olivia knows she must head out to the setting of her mother's longtime work-in-progress story, and, of course, her sisterJazz...more
             
Mar 15, 2014
       

The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off
The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off
Brown, Carolyn

It's not a brand-new story (think Fannie Flagg) but it is a story worth hearing again. Man cheats on wife. Wife seeks revenge. Great setting (c'mon, w...more
            
Mar 15, 2014
       
The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep
The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep
Claflin, Willy

Good, old-fashioned, country storytelling that is really hard to find anymore. There is something, even in this day of Internet and gaming and social...more
             
Mar 15, 2014
       
Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers)
Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers)
Jones, Daniel         

Expected too much from this one. Go into it expecting a few odd stories and a couple of insights into modern love and you will walk away satisfied, I...more
       
Mar 15, 2014
       
The Burgess Boys
The Burgess Boys
Strout, Elizabeth

I almost gave up on Burgess Boys. I was a third of the way in and I wasn’t feeling that I-can’t-stop-turning-the-pages feeling like I did when I read...more
    
Mar 15, 2014
       
Orfeo
Orfeo
Powers, Richard

I love Richard Powers. I don’t know a thing about music or genetics or anything else Richard Powers often writes about. It doesn’t matter. I love his...more
    
Mar 15, 2014
       
The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife
Ness, Patrick

I liked it at first. In the middle, a little less. By the end, I was annoyed and bewildered. (That’s the honest-to-goodness truth. You can stop reading...more
    
Mar 15, 2014
       
The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy, #1)
The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy, #1)
Crossley-Holland, Kevin
       
I’ve read to the end of the first book of a trilogy and I want to read on. This doesn’t happen to me very often. Usually, book one is enough. Often, m...more   
Feb 16, 2014
       


Frog Music


Frog Music

Donoghue, Emma         
Be prepared. Donoghue is going to take you into the real world of misfits of the San Francisco of 1876. It isn’t ruffles and lace. Before you close th...more    
Feb 16, 2014
       


The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else


The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else
Beha, Christopher R.        
Beha has had much illness in his young life. Beha has had much loss in his young life. When he lost his job and moved him, he decided to challenge hims...more    
Feb 16, 2014
       
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
Kupersmith, Violet


I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn’t what I got. And I’m glad. I like to be pleasantly surprised. Frangipani Hotel is a plea...more
    
Feb 16, 2014
       
My Year with Eleanor
My Year with Eleanor
Hancock, Noelle
       
Noelle is full of fears. She is afraid of all the usual things, like heights and public speaking. And she has many, many other fears, big and small...more    
Feb 16, 2014
       
Orphan Train
Orphan Train
Kline, Christina Baker        
       
There are a few easy ways to tell if a person loves a story. Sometimes the reader will want to read the book again. Sometimes the reader will tell oth...more             
Feb 16, 2014
       


I Am Not Esther
I Am Not Esther
Beale, Fleur


Is she Esther? Her new family tells her she is. Or is she Kirby? That’s the name and the identity she has grown up with. Who is she, really...more             
Feb 16, 2014
        
Burial Rites
Burial Rites
Kent, Hannah         

Agnes is condemned to death in Iceland. Until she is to be put to death by the state, she is assigned to live with a family in a remote part of the co...more
    
Feb 16, 2014
        
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times
Clark, Roy Peter
Blogger? Twitter-er? Short-short fiction writer? Read this book.            
Feb 16, 2014



              







What are you reading today?!




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between.  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from. I love being a part of this and I hope you do too. As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

21 comments:

  1. I like the new layout of your books with the comments. Easy to read!

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  2. I found several of your new-to-me titles interesting to hear about. I am curious about The Shelf, and wonder if the author explains why she chose that particular part of the alphabet for her experiment. Was it random, or did she check out what books were in that range on the shelf before she started? Just wondering :) have a great week.

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  3. Several of the books you've read are on my TBR list. I loved Orphan Train, as did the members of one of my book clubs.

    My recap: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/03/weekly-book-recap-59.html

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  4. I like the way you did this post! I didn't see any books that you're currently reading. ;-)

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  5. We have a few in common. I hope we get to read them all!

    Check out what we are reading this week.

    Also check out our OUAT 4 year Giveaway.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

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  6. I've read a couple of Emma Donoghue's other works - Room and The Sealed Letter - both of which I enjoyed so I might just give Frog Music a go. Her novels seem to be vastly different but what they have in common is her brilliant writing.
    Happy Reading!
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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  7. Holy cow, that is a lot of books! I have Orfeo sitting on my shelf, so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :)

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  8. I like how you displayed your books! Several of those sound good- I'll have to do some clicking and look a little closer at a few of those. :)

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  9. great list and catch up!
    well done, Deb =)

    and a huge fan of short writing here, so now I know there's a book on it to support my habits ! cool -
    thanks for sharing - HapPy Reading!

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  10. Sorry to read about The Crane Wife. I have it on my shelf. I enjoyed The Divorce Papers too.

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  11. Nice lay-out, long list! Good to see you enjoyed My Year with Eleanor. I found it very inspiring.

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  12. I remember loving Emile and the Detectives as a child. :)

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  13. Thanks, Harvee. I like this layout, too.

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  14. Rita, the author of The Shelf chose the shelf she did based on a set of criteria (not just one author; variety of genres, including one classic). But it was also a little random.

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  15. After I read Orphan Train, I liked it so much that I talked my book club into reading it.

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  16. I didn't post anything I'm currently reading, Natasha. I didn't have room; I had too many reviews to post!

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  17. I liked Frog Music a lot, but, like her other novels, it's not a cheery story.

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  18. Yes, that is a lot of books. I've been writing up reviews as I have gone along, but I haven't gotten around to posting until now.

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  19. You might have an entirely different take on Crane Wife. I thought it was erratic.

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  20. Love the idea of The Shelf. Having worked in a library though I wonder how the shelf changed over time due to other items being borrowed, shelf shuffling and weeding. I currently have I See You Made an Effort on my request list at the library - hope the person before me returns it on time! You can check out my Monday here http://www.kyliesreads.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_24.html

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  21. What a week for you. You certainly read a lot.

    I read the whole way through The Burgess Boys but didn't think it was that great.

    I loved THE ORPHAN TRAIN and BURIAL RITES.

    THANKS for this great list.

    Have a great week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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