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Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Monday and I'm still reading....

It's Monday! What are You Reading? is hosted by One Persons Journey through a World of Books. Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

I'm embarrassed to admit it AGAIN that I am currently stuck in slow books so my list looks very similar to the list I created two weeks ago. But here is what I'm reading, listening to, and what's on deck...

What I'm currently reading:
1.  The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman- I've only just started this book but Goodman is often compared to Jane Austen, my favorite, and the book sounds intriguing.  Here is the summary from Goodreads: "Bicoastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays." This is for book club next week.  Get cracking, Anne!

 2.  Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen- These are all short or incomplete works by Jane Austen. I'm stuck in the first story, Lady Susan, which is written in the style of personal letters.  Thought to be one of Austen's earliest attempts at writing it doesn't live up to her standards.  No wonder she never had it published in her lifetime.

What I'm currently listening to on audiobooks:
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly- I know, I know, I know.  I have been listening to this book for nearly three weeks. It has over 15 hours of recorded audiobooks and I am on the second-to-the-last CD. The book just took an unexpected twist which has reignited my interest.  I like the information about the French Revolution but find the modern-day story a bit tedious.  Look for my full review soon, I hope.

What I just finished:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan- a haunting debut novel about the many faces of racism in the deep south in post WWII America.  This story still has me in its grip.


What I plan to listen to next:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding- I've never read this dystopian classic, plus it is only 4 1/2 CDs long.  I should be able to listen to it in a week.

What I hope to read next:
Stolen! by Lucy Christopher- this is the only remaining 2011 Printz Award/Honor book I haven't read, yet.  Kids who have read tell me it is good! I sure hope that it isn't full of whiny teenagers. I'm sick of that whiny tone-of-voice from the batch of books I've recently been reading.

What are you reading/listening to right now?


  1. Stolen is a great book. I hope you enjoy it! Right now I'm reading Choker by Elizabeth Woods it's really creepy. :)


  2. I've heard great things about Revolution. No worries - it always takes me many weeks to finish audio books because I only listen during lunch and sometimes in the car (but my old VW doesn't have a CD player(!!) so I can only listen if I take the newer car somewhere).

    So glad you loved Mudbound! It is the kind of book that sticks with you.

    I just read Lord of the Flies for the first time a few years ago, too.

    Enjoy your books this week!


  3. Oh, Mudbound! Wonderful book. I still think about it and I read it about a year ago.

  4. That's all right, I've been in a bit of a rut lately myself. That's interesting that Lord of the Flies is considered dystopian. I guess the society the boys create for themselves is dystopian but at least it's not THE society of the world. Have a great reading week :)

  5. Are you listening to the William Golding-read version of LOF from Pierce County Library? It's cool that it's read by the author...but he doesn't have the most exciting of voices...


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