Monday, February 18, 2013

A Reading Life with Mailbox Monday

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and also by The Sunday Salon.

Listening To:  Walgreens has those little portable speakers for portable audio equipment on sale so I'm hoping to get one for my CD player so I can finally start listening to The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater while driving.

Book finished: Since my last Monday post, I have finished Persuasion and The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan.  (Click titles to read my reviews)

Reading: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (still), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Shining by Stephen King, Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky,  The Waste Lands by Stephen King (I'm SO behind on this read-a-long).

What I have left to read this month...Yikes:  A Tainted Dawn by B.N. Peacock for review (book tour) on Friday, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Plague by Albert Camus. Dune is for the SciFi Experience, but I may have to switch to a shorter book to complete the "challenge." Maybe The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? I'm also supposed to be catching up on review books. Doing a stellar job...not! I might be able to squeeze in The Arrow Chest, at least. *fingers crossed*

Coming Up Next:  My Classics Spin book (#14 on my list) is Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.  In March, I'm participating in the Take Control of your TBR Pile challenge. I have no tours scheduled and will only be reading books from my personal library although I might allow myself one review book.  ;O)  Not quite sure what titles I'm reading yet...well, except for Cold Comfort Farm that is!

Watching:  Yes, I'm pissed at "Downton Abbey"...again! I'm sure everyone who watched last night (pretty much) is. No spoilers, but let me know if you're hopping mad too. "The Walking Dead" last night was SO intense. Edge of the seat...loved it! I saw "Django Unchained" on Saturday. What a fantastic film! I'm a huge Tarantino fan anyway, but this movie was just unbelievably good. I finally rented "Paranormal Activity 4." Pretty scary and creepy. They seem to get more scary each time a new one comes out. Or is it just me? I will say, mom was pshawing at first and then ended up thinking it was scary too. LOL!

Making:  My cooking continues to be a hit with the boys. Makes a mom smile. Last week, I made a sour cream enchilada recipe with chicken. I'm going to try it this week with beef. My meatloaf is a big hit too.

Grateful for:  My ob/gyn doctor. It has been four years since I last saw her and she is SO wonderful. She talked with me at length about my life now. All the changes with the separation and all and it really helped a lot. Sometimes speaking with a neutral third party is what a person really needs.

Looking forward to:  the OSCARS on Sunday! Woot! I've seen a lot of the films that are nominated this year which makes for a better experience while watching, in my opinion. I'm really rooting for Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress. Not sure who else yet. There are so many great performances. Hopefully, I will get to see "Lincoln" or "Argo" this weekend before the airing of the show.

Picture: My grand nephew who turned one last week.  Isn't he a doll!?


Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is being hosted by Unabridged Chick this month.  (You can click the book covers in the BookBox to view the book(s) on Amazon)

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Anastasia by Colin Falconer...from the author

HFVBT--book tours--
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau (April)
The Seduction by M.J. Rose  (June)

Lifetime of Achievement: 7 Goal Setting Strategies that Work by Jordan Maylea Ramirez...Pump Up Your Book tours

A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath...from Andrea @ A Chick Who Reads
The Lobotomist by Jack El-Hai...from Wonders & Marvels giveaway

The Blood of Alexandria by Richard Blake
The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
Bloody Mary by Carolly Erickson
Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Sonnet Lover by Carol Goodman
The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

2013 Stephen King Desk Calendar



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  1. This post is almost overwhelming for ME to look at everything you have to read coming up soon. It reminds me what I need to read, and how it is like half that, and how it still overwhelms me a bit. But whose fault is it? Mine of course! And I love it though.

    Downton Abbey made me want to throw something at my TV. I would be willing to pledge money to PBS if people would just stop dying on that show.

    I couldn't finish Gone Girl. It was my first Abandon of the year (hopefully not a sign of anything to come). I would love to know your thoughts.

    Your great-nephew is soo cute :)

  2. I re read Persuasion this year. I love it so much and read while on a trip to Bath which made it even more enjoyable.
    I read Cold Comfort Farm many years ago and from what I remember really liked it.
    Have a great week :-)

  3. You've got quite a list of currently reading books. Stephen King or Anne Rice books would be good for me to read as part of your Spring into Horror readathon. I haven't read either author's books (probably because I am a big chicken) but willing to give it another try and broaden my reading horizons. Good luck and enjoy your reading this week!!

  4. Great book week. And, I know what you mean about Downton. I'd actually finished the series last month and I'm still in shock, although I'm really curious about how the show will be without Matthew. New love interest for Mary and the chauffeur is Robert's only son in law. So much potential.
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  5. Such a sweet photo! As far as TV, I've just started on season three, so I have a ways to go, but I'm caught up on The Walking Dead--well, sort of. I haven't watched the latest show. Right now, I'm reading a good book, so maybe I'll catch up as soon as that's done.

    Sounds like you are doing well! It's a slow process and you are giving yourself time. Kudos to you!

  6. Wow - you're a busy, busy girl! How do you get through it all? I've cut back on review books for a bit to try to catch up. I don't think that will ever happen though!

    I agree The Walking Dead is intense and so good. (I hate the governor!) So glad to hear your Dr. appointment went well and your grand nephew is adorable! Enjoy all your goodies!!

  7. I hope you enjoy your shows and books this week! (I would love some home cooking - I'm not much of a cook.)

  8. GREAT book titles. Your Grand Nephew is ADORABLE!!

    ENJOY him and your books.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. Your nephew is a cutie! Hope you've been doing well Michelle.

  10. Wow - you had quite a haul of books. You seem to be doing well on your reading. February does feel like crunch with the shorter month.
    I haven't schedule quite so many review commitments in March but I still have lots I want to get read.
    Glad you had a positive visit with your doctor.
    Happy reading and cooking!

  11. Oh - and that grand nephew IS adorable. :-)

  12. Oh, your great-nephew is adorable! We've got one who's a little over one and what fun they are at that age.

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