Monday, July 16, 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.

[This is a placeholder until I can get the rest of this post prepared.  We've been without Internet for over six hours and it is still spotty and unreliable.  I can't wait any longer for a 'maybe' as I've been awake 24 hours already.  It may be as late as noon before I return to complete this post as I intend to allow myself the luxury of enjoying a good sleep in cool bedroom for the first time in over a week.  The heatwave broke and  temps only went into the low 80s this afternoon which is one reason I didn't lay down at 3pm as was my developing habit.  It never got hot enough to trigger the desire and I wasn't watching a clock.  My first clue of the time was when I lost connection shortly before 5pm.]

It is after noon on Tuesday now and we are still experiencing spotty Internet access but I'm going to finish prepping this post trusting that at some point I'll be able to post it.

This past week I finished reading the ebook for Bookjourney's Read-a-Long for Daphne du Mauier's Rebecca.  And  the PDF ARC for  The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal.  No reviews written yet let alone posted.  The Read-a-Long post/discussion day is set for July 17 which it is already as I type this but I see nothing happening at Sheila's regarding it so I don't know what is happening now.

And the blog tour for Bantwal's book is in August.  For this tour I'm to post twice: a review on August 7th and an author interview with giveaway on August 8th.  I'm excited as this is my first author interview.  I've already got the answers to my interview questions back from Ms Bantwal and can't wait to share them.

I have continued reading the ebook I was reading aloud to my Mom while staying there in March and April: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  The short little chapters are almost like stand-along short stories with beloved characters.

I have been home for a month now and the theme of that month has been 'catching up'.  I'm still feeling quite overwhelmed by everything that still needs tending to but thanks to the heat wave of the last ten days I've made good  progress on both the read and crochet fronts and along with the crochet the streaming video front which would have taken the seat behind the back seat if not for the it being too hot to breathe.

Reading lost a lot of ground from the beginning of my first several month stat at Mom's that began in early January but it has reclaimed its territory and then some.

Besides the Karon novel which I will continue to read over the next week or three and then probably move on to the next novel in the series, I also continued with the several non-fiction books I've had going for some time: 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton
Get Your Loved One Sober by Robert Meyers
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher

All four of those are research for the writing side of my life.  The third one for a character tho I won't deny I there are potential real life application for the info.

I am taking all four slow as that is my preferred way to read non-fic.  It sticks with me longer.

I am still targeting for review Grace McCleen's The Land of Decoration which I read the week I was preparing for the trip back to Mom's near the end of March and loved but I have had to start rereading it what with the first time being in the midst of upheaval and the emotional impact of it carrying its own upheaval due to the emotional triggers rooted in my personal history which I am having difficulty separating out from the 'legitimate' author-intended emotional impact.  Tho maybe I'm mistaken in thinking that is necessary.  If even possible.

The narrator protagonist is a pre-teen being raised in a fundamentalist Christian sect that is so similar to the one I was raised in, it might even be the same one or the parent sect to the parent sect of ours.  The author doesn't name the sect though.  She is being bullied at school because of the strangeness her faith imparts on her in the eyes of the other kids--just as I was.  And she escapes the pain of this isolation through elaborate daydreams and building of a model of the Promised Land aka Land of Decoration out of scraps, trash, weeds and clay.  Just as I did if you substitute story dreaming, reading and writing and the world building of those stories in my daydreams.

I have also returned after a long hiatus to Say You're One of Them by Uwen Akpan.  It is actually multiple stories of various lengths and I set it aside after reading a nearly novella length one several months ago.  I started the next story yesterday after finishing the Bantwal book.  I'm reading the story set on a bus.  Can't remember the title of it and don't want to open the ebook right now.  This was an Oprah Book Club selection several years ago and at the time I could not get my turn with the library book before the O Book Club met to discuss.  I had been able to read the first story tho as gave away a pdf of it.  The first two stories are quite disturbing as is this one shaping up to be.  The theme of them all seems to be the terrible situations life deals to children in Africa.

I've always read multiple non-fic concurrently but I nearly never used to read two novels at once let many now?  They are not all listed here.  Only the ones I spent time with this past week and/or intend to spend time with in the coming week.  Besides Grace McCleen's novel I more review copies lined up:

These two NF which I began last winter and have posted a kind of reading journal for but need to get back to before I have to start over:

And So It goes by Charles J. Sheilds a bio of Kurt Vonegut

This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias Freese a collection of personal essays

And these six ARC novels which I've have for weeks and in a few cases months:

The Variations by John Donatich

The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

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

Two more review copies came in between Saturday and Sunday:  

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

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

I have been anxious to get back the library books I was reading before my first trip to Mom's in January but I'm still looking for my library card which I can't remember seeing since our move the day after Christmas.  I may just have to report it missing and get a new one.  Again.  The last time was just last fall.  I was sure it would turn up in the sorting and unpacking from the move but I've been through everything I think.

1 tell me a story:

Elisha German 7/21/2012 5:06 PM  

I wanted to be part of the read a long but I had too much going on reading wise. Have a great weekend:)

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