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Monday, October 28, 2019

It's Monday. What Are You Reading?

So it is Monday and time for an accounting of what I am reading and what books I've recently finished.

  • Mother Daughter Me by Katie Hafner---a memoir about a three generational family who have a hard time adjusting to life together. This is a book club selection. 24% completed. Library e-book.
  • Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton---a Bible Study group book. I'm working my way through it with eight or so other women. 62% completed. Personal e-book.
  • Great Poems for Grandchildren edited by Celeste Frost---I am reading through this large volume of poems slowly, enjoying every moment. Less than 10% complete. Personal print copy.
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorador---This is a delightful YA selection which reminds me of an African Harry Potter. 85% completed. I hope to finish this book today. Library audiobook.
  • Yes Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane---This was the winner of the Tonight Show's Summer Reading Contest. Don and I listened to it on a recent trip but weren't able to finish it before returning home so now we will have to fight over who gets to finish it first. 69% completed. Library audiobook.
Recently finished (reading during the month of October):
  •  Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks---a collection of short stories by the famous actor, all involve something to do with typewriters. I didn't finish the book before it was automatically returned to the library on its due date. I decided to not finish it. I love Tom Hanks but I do not love his writing. Library e-book
  • New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver---I read very little on a recent holiday to Europe but I did finish this delightful volume of poetry. Library e-book.
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson---a mystery recommended by Barak Obama on his summer reading list. I liked the ending but found the rest of the book to be just okay. Personal audiobook.
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde---not sure if this is really considered a short story or a novella. I don't normally "do" scary stories but I found this one to be quite funny. Personal audiobook obtained from AudioSync.
  • Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson---another collection of short stories all about the residents of a fictitious town in Ohio in the early 1900s. I liked Anderson's writing a lot. Personal paperback book.
What's Up next (these books are waiting for me at the library or are in the queue on the hold list):
  • Inland by Tea Obeht---this audiobook was automatically checked out to me from the library last week. I hope to finish up the other audiobooks soon so I can start this one with time to finish it before time is up.
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips---a book club selection. I'm in the library queue and am told it should be available in about two weeks.
  • Brave Face: a Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson---a YA, nonfiction selection. The print edition is waiting for me to pick up at the library.
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Another YA, nonfiction edition waiting to be picked up at the library.
I missed the 24-Hour Dewey Read-a-thon this past weekend but am determined to set aside a full day of reading in the near future. I'll make my own read-a-thon and be the only participant.


  1. Lots of variety in this list! I just finished "A Better Man" by Louise Penny, and am now a little bit into the latest Phillip Pullman.

  2. We have a copy of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People at our library, but it's currently checked out. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one! I've also been interested in Akata Witch. It's currently on my wish list through Overdrive. Thanks for all these shares, Anne!

  3. I loved Ask Again, Yes. One of my favorite reads from this past summer.

  4. Whew! Lots going on in your reading world. Have a great week!

  5. Brave Face is a book I meant to read but forgot about (my TBR is way too long). Thanks for the reminder! I also love Mary Oliver's poetry, they're so, so good! Have a great week.


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