Friday, June 5, 2015

A Reading Life (38)

Conversation with myself lately...

Me: "Why do you never finish a book during the set read-a-long time?" 
Myself: "I don't know."
Me: "Well, it's pretty lame."
Myself: "You're not my real mom!!!"

Yes, that's right. I have been rebelling against reading within a constrained schedule which doesn't work out too well with my monthly read-a-long, bi-yearly retreat group and this read-a-long event I'm hosting for the next five months (more on that at the end of this post). Hence the overcoming procrastination book below. I'm really trying to do better. Honest. I'm just a work in progress. Like that novel a writer took their entire life to complete. Yup, that's me. 

Keep calm and soldier on...

Currently reading
Solomon's BrideRebecca Hazell
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
In the Woods, Tana French

A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (Still moseying along)

Family Reading Project (20 minutes daily, alternating titles)
We are getting ready to start our reading after the boys get back from their dad's this week. I think we are going to start with The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson.

TuesBookTalk - We are currently reading The Once and Future King, T.H. White for June.

Lit Collective - We are reading Tana French books for our August retreat. The first three in her Dublin Murder Squad series:

In The Woods
The Likeness
Faithful Place

Book Hauls

Better World Books - Have I mentioned how much I love them?

Geist, Philippa Ballantine
The Prisoner of Heaven, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Hollow, Jessica Verday
Let Me In, John Ajvide Lindqvist (I've already read this...a favorite. Will read again)
The Lottery, Shirley Jackson
The Witchcraft of Salem Village, Shirley Jackson
Home Before Dark, Charles Maclean
All the Women of the Bible, M.L. del Mastro
The Pen Commandments, Steven Frank
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination (will it help? Probably not. lol)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Egypt
The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Roman Empire

My last library sale

Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke
Kate's Choice, Louisa May Alcott
The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire #3), Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
The Hallowed Ones, Laura Bickle
Ancestral Hungers, Scott Baker
The Witches' Kitchen, Cecelia Holland
We Are Water, Wally Lamb
Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty, Joan Haslip
Winter of the World, Ken Follett

In case you missed it, I'm hosting a five month long read-a-long event which coincides with four of the perpetual/long-term reading challenges I host - The MEGA Perpetual Challenge Read-a-Long.

Each month, we will be reading a book that works with each challenge:

June - The Fantasy Project: A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
July/August - The Michener Challenge: The Covenant, James A. Michener
September - The Never-Ending Anne Rice Challenge: The Wolf Gift, Anne Rice
October - The Stephen King Challenge: Salem's Lot, Stephen King

You can read more details at this post and there is also a page in the menu above which is the hub for the event. I hope you will join me!

What's going on in your Reading Life?


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  1. MaryKate SullivanJune 5, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Looking forward to the Tana French August retreat! I have In the Woods on my Kindle and I'm thinking that's going to be my weekend read :)

  2. Oh damn - did I just realize that this girl, who's been having the same problem keeping up with scheduled reading, has hopped on to the Michener and French readings? This may end badly!

  3. Yay! Glad to have you with us, MaryKate. :)

  4. lol We may have a huge fail on our hands. We could start a mutual support group to get us through. Something like, "Did you do the reading? No? Get your ass on!? snicker

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