Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Reading Life (33)

I thought long and hard on whether to participate in Bout of Books this week, but ultimately decided that I just don't have time. I know...me? Pass up a read-a-thon? What is this world coming to?!

Currently reading:
March, Geraldine Brooks
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
The Unholy, Paul DeBlassie III (review on 8/21)
The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams, Daphne Michaels (review on 8/20)

The Typewriter Girl, Alison Atlee

Family Reading Project (20 minutes daily, alternating titles):
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart (on page 177)
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (on page 111)

One movie/One TV show I like right now:
I saw The Giver on Saturday. I really liked it (and no, I haven't read the book...yet). It was actually an emotional movie for me. Very touching and meaningful subject matter.
The Leftovers - who else can't wait to figure out what the hell is going on? Mind blowing!

Gabe is on the Middle School football team. The Donelson Middle Jets. Not sure what position he will be playing, but I'm very excited for him. Just not sure if it's going to interfere with his music lessons at W.O. Smith Music School. I hope not.

I was given another client today so I now have five clients as a virtual assistant with Contemporary VA, along with my author client, Rebecca Hazell, independently. I'm getting ready to be even more busy, if that's even possible.

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

I'm thinking about hosting a read-a-long of either Memnoch the Devil or The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice in October at Castle Macabre, in conjunction with The Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge. Will make a decision on that soon.

TuesBookTalk - We will be reading two non-fiction books in September. Group members can read either/or...or both. Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand and The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins. In October, we always read a horror novel so I'm thinking I'm going to pick some really scary ones for us to vote on. 

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):

Banned Books Week commentary on this blog in September (possibly)
Gothic September at Castle Macabre
FrightFall Read-a-Thon at Seasons of Reading (end Sept/early Oct)
Season of the Witch at Castle Macabre (Oct)

Recent Book Acquisitions (including library check-outs):

James A. Michener's Writer's Handbook - from Paperback Swap
Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James - library

And I got a new Kindle Fire HD!

What's going on in your Reading Life?


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  1. Ohh, pretty new Kindle!!!

    I didn't sign up for Bout of Books this time around either, but not because I don't have the time. I get to read a lot these days so going above and beyond what I'm reading now isn't really a possibility and so I'd feel like I was cheating. But I am trying to comment a lot more this week, so I guess I'm having a private Commenthon. ;) Of course I'll still do FrightFall Readathon because I love October readathons the mostest.

  2. I'm really going to try to jump in on the conversation for Unbroken. We will see if I can make it happen or not. I am already planning on reading it for another book club. Let's just see if I can work out the logistics!!

  3. I never ceased to be amazed by the number of books and events you can have going at the same time and keep on top of - especially now that you're getting so busy with work.

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