Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday!

This week I’m reading… nothing.  I haven’t picked up a book that has stuck in a few days.  I tried:

·         Burial Rites by Hannah Kent which I started a while ago,
·         Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (re-read),
·         Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (re-read),
·         The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, and
·         The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente

I keep picking them up and putting them down, forgetting where I was or having my mind drift to a different story line.

I think this is a mini book hangover because I read A LOT last week.  I finished St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell which I LOVED, I re-read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, which I also loved, and I read All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack. Overall a good week! I’m just looking for the right book to snap me out of it.

On the audio book front, I've been listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling as part of my goal to re-read the Harry Potter series this year.  Typically I prefer my audio books to be of the non-fiction flavor because I get lost in the plot lines of audio fiction, but since I know this story so well it’s been the perfect piece to listen to for a few minutes at a time.  I've really enjoyed listening to this before bed, because if I fall asleep I am not worried about losing my place or not knowing what is happening.

I’m not planning on picking anything else up this week, hopefully I will just “find” the right book, or take a break to catch up on my favorite reality TV shows.

Happy Reading J

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  You can visit her blog here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

January Wrap Up

So, January is over.  FINALLY.  I was sick for the entire month, first with a viral infection and then with an upper respiratory infection.  I am so happy to see the sickness & snow behind me for the month! Despite being ill (or maybe because of it?) I was able to read five books in January which puts me at 17% of my 2015 Goodreads goal.

I read...
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (mini review)
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Drown by Junot Diaz

I listened to...
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (did not finish halfway through)

...for a total of 990 pages read and 11.25 hours listened!

I have plans to write a review for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass but I am still rolling my thoughts around inside my brain, and I plan on doing a Junot Diaz overview once I finish his other two books.

I am still plowing through St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell, which I will definitely finish this week as I only have 50 pages left; and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which I have made no progress on in over a week.  These will be the first two books I finish in February.

Historically, February is my best reading month of the year.  I find it strange that I read the most in the shortest month, because I don't know where I get the time but I am looking forward to it.  In the spirit Valentine's Day, I love to read YA-Romance books (such as Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) but I don't have any on my queue yet for the month.  Since I am revisting Harry Potter this year, I may make February my re-read month and go back to all of Stephanie Perkins' books.