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Monday, February 3, 2014

A Reading Life (27)

First week in February! One month into 2014 and I can't honestly say I haven't accomplished anything. I did take on two new clients with my virtual assistant job. Yay!

Listening To: I am SO loving A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I seriously do not know what I will listen to next that will captivate me the way this is.

Books finished:
Becoming Josephine, Heather Webb (review)
The Ghost Orchid, Carol Goodman

Take Charge of Your Life, William Glasser, MD 
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon (TuesBookTalk)
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (Read-a-long at Unputdownables)
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
Possession, A.S. Byatt (I'm struggling with this so it will be an ongoing, s-l-o-w read)

Coming Up:  
The Gendarme, Mark Mustian
My Classics Club Spin selection...wonder what I'll get!?
I Am Abraham, Jerome Charyn

Watching: Black Sails started last week and I think I'm really going to like it. I'm enjoying Helix on SyFy too. Rake with Greg Kinnear (sp?) is pretty endearing so far. The Following totally blew me away tonight. Wow! Downton Abbey still holds the same thrall for me. Loved last night when Cora said to Robert, "Come to bed and dream about ragtime." Too cute, and on purpose, I'm sure. Elizabeth McGovern starred in the 1981 film, Ragtime. Well played, DA! I was sad for this season of American Horror Story to end. Coven was my favorite installment of the three by far. Can't wait to see what they come up with next. Would love to have a season set completely in the past, like before the 20th century.

Making: I made this Crockpot Meatloaf and Potatoes last week. It was going around Facebook and I just had to try it. Best meatloaf I've ever tasted. And the potatoes are wrapped in foil so they're baked potatoes and come out perfectly cooked. I made crockpot meatball subs tonight. I'm also making Six Sisters' Stuff Slow Cooker Lasagna this week (I'm substituting sausage instead of beef).

Grateful for: all the awesome people who participated in my read-a-thon last week. Thank you!

Looking forward to: deciding on when to have Sit Down and Write 5 (my write-a-thon) and the monthly library sale this weekend (that's a given, right?!).

Books I received or purchased: 

For review
Dominion, C.J. Sansom

PaperBack Swap:
A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin

The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
Lost, Gregory Maguire
Allegiant, Veronica Roth
Nightwoods, Charles Frazier
Breadcrumbs, Anna Ursa
Swan, Frances Mayes
The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak
The Harlequin, Laurell K. Hamilton
The Lady in the Tower, Jean Plaidy
The Exile (Graphic novel), Diana Gabaldon

What's going on in your reading life?


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  1. Those potatoes and meatloaf look fabulous! I need to get on Game of Thrones. I've seen the first season but have yet to read the books. Looks like you had a great haul of books this week! Hope you have a fabulous week!

  2. I do not know how you keep so many books straight all at the same time!

  3. I am determined to make 2014 the year I start reading Martin's series! I just need to find where I put the first book!!

  4. I don't really know anything about Josephine as a woman, only that she was Napoleon's wife and he supposedly was very much in love with her. Intrigued by this one!


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