Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's Monday and Fall is in the air!



Hello, bookish friends! How are you? We had a good week around here. David had his first full week of Pre-K (three half days). I visited my best friend this weekend. In between multiple rounds of Dutch Blitz and many movies, we took a trip to Ukazoo Books in Towson. I got a great bunch of books for $15. They mostly sell used books, but they are all in great condition. If you live in the area, definitely check it out. It's a wonderful place. Here's my literary loot (not including the three books for David that have already been put on the little man's shelves).



Read This Week:
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
By Glynis Ridley

Gone to Ground: A Novel
Gone To Ground
By Brandilyn Collins

Posts from this Past Week:
It's Monday
August Wrapup
Reviews of  Tender Is the Night and The Red House

Reading Now:
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes
Finishing The Hat
By Stephen Sondheim

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
Madame Tussaud
By Michelle Moran


What did you read this week?

25 comments:

  1. How are you liking Madame Tussaud so far? I thought it was a good read and I loved learning about the wax business. Very informative!

    Yay for your haul at the used book store!

    Have a great week :D
    The Relentless Reader

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    1. I'm liking it a lot so far. I love reading historical fiction that gives me a good idea of the time period without feeling tedious. I've actually never been to Madame Tussaud's, but it might be time for a trip once I finish the book!

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  2. Madame Tussaud has been one of my favorite reads of the year. I hope you enjoy! Is that Year of Wonders I see in your stack of new books? I really liked that one as well. Enjoy your week!

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    1. It's really good so far. I'm juggling two books, but making the usual mistake of focusing on one!
      The Geraldine Brooks novel is actually People of the Book. It will be my first time reading any of her work and I am very excited.

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  3. Gone to Ground sounds scary! I will have to read it! Have a great week.

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    1. The author did a great job of keeping the suspense up the whole way through. I hope you have a great week too!

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  4. I read Gone to Ground awhile ago; it was surprisingly good. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. My review is going up tomorrow. I thought it was good, but I was a little grumpy about some of the characterization. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Madame Tussaud was such an intriguing and quick read for me that I really enjoyed it.
    I have to ask.. that polka dotted material under your books (LOVE IT!).. is it the couch, a blanket or what? I would love to have that pattern in my decor.
    Here is my Monday post.

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    1. I am enjoying it too! Have you read any of Moran's other books?
      It's actually one of the pillows that came with our sofa! We got it from Raymour and Flannigan. It's a fun pattern on our beige sofa.

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  6. I sort of forgot about Madame Tussaud until I saw it on your list. I was so excited for it before it came out, added it to my goodreads TBR list and then didn't end up picking it up. I hope you enjoy your reads this week!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

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    2. Take two...
      I was fortunate enough to win a copy of the book. I'm glad I decided to read it sooner rather than later. :)
      Have a fantastic week!

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  7. Love White Teeth, I really need to revisit it at some point.
    How are you finding Madame Tussaud? I liked it a lot, especially as I didn't know too much about the French Revolution before starting it.

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    1. I was excited to find it. I've heard so many wonderful things about Zadie Smith.
      I'm really liking Madame Tussaud so far. It gives you a lot of unique perspective about the French Revolution since Marie spends time among the royals and the revolutionaries.

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  8. Sounds like it was a good week for you. I love the cover of Madam Tussaud. So appealing!

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    1. It is a lovely cover and a great story. :)

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. I hope you enjoy your reading this week too!

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  10. Madame Tussaud looks really good! I love a good historical fiction book.

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    1. I do too. I am realizing that I don't read historical fiction as much as I used to. It's time to change that, I think.

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  11. Finishing the Hat and the Michelle Moran book are both on my tbr pile! I can't wait to see what you think of them. I hope you enjoy your new books and the ones you're reading!
    Check out my It's Monday! post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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    1. I'm enjoying them both, although my husband thought that Finishing the Hat was a textbook because it's so big! I really like Sondheim's approach to writing. He's critical of others, but equally critical of himself.

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  12. Hope you enjoy People of the Book - I did when I listen to it in audio. Great library loot.

    Also interested to hear what you thought of the Jeanne Baret title - I thought the author mixed fact with fiction really well.

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    1. I am ashamed to admit that it will be my first novel by Geraldine Brooks. Better late than never, right?
      I enjoyed The Jeanne Baret book. It was good for me to stretch out of my comfort zone a little as well. I'm not a big reader of science, although this one was not too heavy on the scientific terms.

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