Monday, August 11, 2014

A Reading Life (32) - Pick-Your-Thon Wrap-Up and my Classics Club Spin Book

Currently reading
March, Geraldine Brooks
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
The Unholy, Paul DeBlassie III

The Typewriter Girl, Alison Atlee

Family Reading Project (20 minutes daily, alternating titles)
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart (on page 166)
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (on page 101)

One movie/One TV show I like right now
Saw Hercules over the weekend and I REALLY liked it. Pleasantly surprised and greatly entertained!
The Knick - Clive Owen is brilliant, as always. Seems like it's going to be a great show.

The boys started school last week at their new school. They are now attending their zoned school and I think it's a good thing. Gabe won't be under constant scrutiny and on a highly positive note, I will have loads of stress off of me since I won't be doing so much driving. Their school is about five minutes down the street. Yay!

Sad day in our world today, as the beloved Robin Williams has passed away. He apparently had long been suffering from depression and took his own life. We must remember to be kind to one another. We have no idea what another person might be going through. That fact makes kindness all the more important in this world. Rest in Peace, gentle soul. You will be missed.

I'm hosting a read-a-long of The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne during Gothic September at Castle Macabre.

TuesBookTalk - We are reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd this month and we're currently voting on a non-fiction title for September. Right now at TuesBookTalk, we are voting on our non-fiction title for September. I'm considering having two reads in September, as I'm not really in the mood to read Unbroken, even though I've heard it's good. I just don't feel like reading about war right now. I'm not in that frame of mind. The other selection we're voting on is The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins.

Lit Collective - we are reading and discussing the works of Geraldine Brooks in August
Caleb's Crossing
People of the Book

Nominations will soon be open for our theme read in March.

My upcoming events (challenges, read-a-thons, other reading events)

I have buttons ready for all of my Fall events - just no sign up posts yet. They will be coming soon. In the meantime..

Recent Book Acquisitions

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back, Ian Doescher - won from Kai/Fiction State of Mind

from Better World Books...
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
The Lady of the Rivers, Philippa Gregory
The Legend of Broken, Caleb Carr

Well, I didn't do so hot on The Book Monsters' Pick-Your-Thon. I probably read about 100 pages all total from The Invention of Wings, The Unholy and Elizabeth. And I didn't write one review. #fail It just wasn't my week for reading.

The Classics Club Spin #7 - They randomly picked 17. My number 17 book was...

What's going on in your Reading life?


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  1. Oh no! Sorry you didn't get a lot read this week. We all have weeks like that. I'm sure this coming week will stink for me reading-wise as we are heading out of town tomorrow morning and won't get home until Sunday night. I'll bring my Kindle just in case though. :)

  2. I've had those weeks where you just can't wrap your head around some serious reading bouts. You have some wonderful, but heavy, reads listed there. I don't feel like reading about war now either or related topics. My spin #17 is a gentle read, thank goodness, Little Women. I have a Cormac McCarthy on my master classics list, No Country for Old Men, so that is in my future.
    Enjoy your reading this upcoming week. I look forward to your fall activities.

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  4. Looks like things are going good! Less driving time is always great. So sad about Robin Williams. He is missed already.

    I've been wanting to read Ancestor's Tale for awhile now by Dawkins. I hope it's good :) Have a great week!

  5. Sounds like a great change in schools. Gage's summer camp was 3 minutes down the road and I goit spoiled! His school starts the 25th and can't come a moment too soon!

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