Monday, November 05, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Share what you (are, have been, are about to, hope to be) reading or reviewing this week. Sign Mr Linky at Book Journey and visit other Monday reading roundups.

With this post I have finally implemented something I've seen on other blogs and found recommended during Blogiesta:  I've created a template for this meme post so that in the future I can more quickly put together my posts and readers can know what to expect and where to find the things they are most interested in.

The sections of this template:

Intro (here)
My Week in Review (list of books finished and links to bookish posts in the previous week)
Reading Now (my current reading list broken up into NF and Fiction)
Upcoming (scheduled reviews and blog tours and list of finished books awaiting reviews)
Recently (links to bookish posts in the last few weeks)
New Arrivals: (lists of recently acquired ARC broken up into snail mail, email and Net Gallery)
ARC in waiting (a list that is getting shamefully long)

My Week in Review:

Finished reading:

The World Without You by Joshua Henkin (I reviewed this in June but had not quite finished it yet and only discovered that while shuffling around my ARCs in preparation for the read-a-thon last month.  Had to back up a couple chapters and then proceed. I would like to either post another review or update the one I posted in June but I have three blog tours this month on top of NaNo and this stay and Mom's and travel  back home Thanksgiving week so I'm not sure where the time for it will come from.  I will say read this book.  It was one of the best of the ARC I read this whole year.)

There were no bookish posts this past week.  My focus was on visiting with family, helping my mom and sister, starting NaNo, fighting a virus, and recovering from a face plant after falling over the open dishwasher door Halloween night--split lip, bruised cheek, bruised ribs, whiplash.

But I seem to have found more time for reading since I got here in spite of all of that...


Reading Now:

Non-Fiction:

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton (Part of my ROW80 reading in craft list)
Get Your Loved One Sober by Robert Meyers (Research for a fiction WIP)
What to Do When There's Too Much to Do by Laura Stack (Part of my attempt to organize my life around my priorities. So part of my ROW80 reading list)
And So It Goes by Charles J. Sheilds a bio of Kurt Vonnegut.  (I've posted about this biography of Kurt Vonnegut several time in a kind of reading journal. It is past time for another.  Part of the fun I'm having reading this is in stopping to read the stories he wrote as the narrative reaches the point where he writes them.)
This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias Freese (I've posted a reading journal post for this collection of personal essays also.  It is past time for another.)
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Muller
Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff

Most of these I plug way in at a snail's pace--a couple chapters per week as that is my preferred way to read non-fic.  It sticks with me longer. I'm closing in on the finish line for several but as I get close on one I tend to add two or three more. There are some not listed here because I don't read in them weekly.

Fiction:

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton  (for blog tour this week.  think what a novel by Dr. Seuss might have been like!)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness  (audio from library)
A History of the Present Illness by Lousie Aronson (Net Galley. This was in the NF list last week because I was confused.  It reads like literary NF a bit like Oliver Sacks but Net Galley lists it as Fiction)

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon  (the ebook I was reading aloud to my Mom while staying there in March and April. These short little lighthearted chapters are almost like stand-alone short stories with beloved characters and make great bedtime reading for adults wanting pleasant dreams)




Upcoming:


Blog Tours:

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton --a YA fantasy-- Nov 7
One Moment in Time by Glenn Snyder --Literary-- Nov 12
Curiosity Killed the Kat by Elizabeth Nelson --mystery suspense--Nov 15
My Journey As a Combat Medic by Patrick Thibeault --memoir--January


Books I've Finished Awaiting Reviews:

The Land of Decoration by Grace McClean
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg   Part of my attempt to organize my life around my priorities. So part of my ROW80 reading list.   I discussed this in such detail in my mid-week ROW80 check-in post it was practically a review and I'll probably copy/paste much of what I said there into the review.



Recently:

Finished reading:

Hellfire & Damnation by Connie Corcoran Wilson

Bookish Posts:

Review:  Hellfire & Damnation by Connie Corcoran Wilson

Author Interview:  Connie Corcoran Wilson  and giveaway for ebook of Hellfire & Damnation  Giveaway endedl October 31.

My thon post My Brain on Books XI

The Literacy Mini-Challenge I hosted.









Primal by Deborah Serra  A thriller about a mother defending the lives of her children from escaped convicts who invaded their camping site.

My review for this blog tour was posted Monday October 8th






Sheila's BBW Shindig
For Banned Book Week I participated in Sheila's shindig and reviewed Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume






New Arrivals:

By Snail Mail:  NADA
By email:  NADA
From Net Galley:

A History of This Present Illness by Loren Aronson
A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Muller
Never Give in to Fear by Marti MacGibbon


ARC in waiting:


The Civilized World by Susi Wyss (another ARC that got lost in the mix before I'd finished it.  Have not posted a review for this one either and can't remember when I received it but it had to be at least a year ago before I started packing for our move and likely before NaNo when I typically stop reading fiction while I'm so intensely writing it.  This is a collection of interlocking short stories set in South Africa and I remember I was quite enjoying it.  I've had to start it over.-- And now I've forgotten to bring it with me and won't get back to it until after Thanksgiving)
The Variations by John Donatich
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith   My husband read this and loved it and is after me to read it so he can talk about it.
The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller  Nobel winner!!
Skios by Michael Frayn
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor del Arbo
Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman
Winter Journal by Paul Auster a memoir from an American literary figure that really excites me.
We Sinners by Hanna Pylvaine.   It's another story exploring the impact on family life of a fundamentalist religion.  One of the themes I'm drawn to like Pooh to honey.
The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton  This is for an upcoming blog tour
Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010 compiled by The Organization Breaking the Silence

If anyone reading this states a preference I may let it weigh my decision as to what I begin next from the above list.

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