Monday, October 15, 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.

My Week in Review:

The  week was mostly about prepping for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: which took place Saturday.  I read in four different books.  Started only one, the audio book and finished none unless you count four complete short stories.

The four titles:

Hellfire & Damnation by Connie Corcoran Wilson
A History of the Present Illness by Lousie Aronson 
Joshua Henkin's The World Without You
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness  (audio)

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

New Arrivals:

By Snail Mail:

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton

Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010 compiled by The Organization Breaking the Silence

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


Hellfire & Damnation II by Connie Corcoran Wilson  a collection of short stories in the horror genre. Organized around Dante's 9 circles of hell in the Inferno.

My review for this blog tour is slated for this Wednesday Oct 17th

and the author Interview with giveaway for Thursday Oct 18th


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


 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-alone short stories with beloved characters.  This tends to be my bedtime read which is why I seldom read more than one chapter at a time and that not every day as my eyes are usually already fried by the time I am laying down.

I continue plugging away at the same several NF as I have for weeks or months now.  I'm creeping through most of them tho for a couple I'm closing on the finish line.

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.   I finished this one and am working on a review.
What to Do When There's Too Much to Do by Laura Stack

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

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

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 Vonnegut.  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 a collection of personal essays

And these nine ARC novels some of which I've had for weeks and in a few cases months:

The Land of Decoration by Grace McClean  I actually read this once already, months ago, but am in the midst of a careful reread.

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.

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

0 tell me a story:

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