Monday, June 11, 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.

During Bookjourney's Read-a-Long for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (see my post here) I started reading the book aloud to my Mom.  We finished Saturday evening and this evening we started At Home in Midford by Jan Karon.

I've been at Mom's this time a bit over a month and expect at least another week.  I was home for one month and a week between this visit and my January-March stay here.  Unlike in March when I was able to read 8 whole novels while here I have not been able to read very much this time.  That is partly due to more responsibilities this time but also somewhat to the several crochet gifts I had going for friends and family in the area and the fact that I've started making time for writing again having joined ROW80 and the June Camp NaNoWriMo and JuNoWriMo with the same story project for each.

But I made time to read the blog tour book that I put up a review and giveaway for last  Thursday: Spartacus by Ben Kane.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Category: Historical Fiction

Available in Print and eBook, 480 pages

From the publisher:

Long the stuff of legends, Spartacus is known to most modern readers through the classic Kubrick film version of Howard Fast’s novel. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus—Roman army auxiliary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees.

Immediately after finishing that book I began this one for another blog tour.  My post is supposed to go up during the we hours Tuesday which gives me about four hours as I type this:

The Concubine Saga by Lloyd Lofthouse
Publisher: Three Clover Press
Category: Historical Fiction
Available in Print and Kindle, 621 Pages

From the publisher:

No Westerner has ever achieved Robert Hart’s status and level of power in China. Driven by a passion for his adopted country, Hart became the “godfather of China’s modernism”, inspector general of China’s Customs Service, and the builder of China’s railroads, postal and telegraph systems and schools.
 However, his first real love is Ayaou, a young concubine. Sterling Seagrave, in Dragon Lady, calls her Hart’s sleep-in dictionary and says she was wise beyond her years.
Then tomorrow I need to start Joshua Henkin's The World Without You for a book review going up sometime next week when the book is scheduled to be released.  I'm really looking forward to this one as I loved his Matrimony.

Publisher blurb:

It’s July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday. The family has gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, an intrepid journalist and adventurer who was killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq.
The parents, Marilyn and David, are adrift in grief. Their forty-year marriage is falling apart. Clarissa, the eldest sibling and a former cello prodigy, has settled into an ambivalent domesticity and is struggling at age thirty-nine to become pregnant. Lily, a fiery-tempered lawyer and the family contrarian, is angry at everyone. And Noelle, whose teenage years were shadowed by promiscuity and school expulsions, has moved to Jerusalem and become a born-again Orthodox Jew. The last person to see Leo alive, Noelle has flown back for the memorial with her husband and four children, but she feels entirely out of place. And Thisbe —Leo’s widow and mother of their three-year-old son—has come from California bearing her own secret.
Set against the backdrop of Independence Day and the Iraq War, The World Without You is a novel about sibling rivalries and marital feuds, about volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, about the true meaning of family.

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