Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's Monday again, so let's talk about books and snow!



Hello again! Fancy meeting you here.

This week, we had a really nice Ash Wednesday service at our church. We all ate dinner together, and then had some time singing and writing our pain and sins on papers before nailing them to the cross. Then on Friday, the hubby and I got D on the bus to school and headed out of NJ to visit my best friend. We spent Friday together with my friend and her boyfriend and lots of yummy food, wine, and Cards Against Humanity. On Saturday morning, we went out for crepes for breakfast and then to Ikea. By the time we left the store, the snow was really coming down. The husband and I decided to get on the road and finally made it home about 6 1/2 hours later, which is 4 1/2 hours longer than the trip usually takes...

I'm sure you all know about the craziness that is going on with some book bloggers these past few weeks, so I won't rehash here. But I do want to say thank you to the bloggers who encourage us all to be honest about our reading and our lives. They give us the courage to admit our struggles to read faster, blog more, and be some sort of perfect super people. When we can see each other's imperfections and humanity, we all become kinder and better people. 


Read This Week:
Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection, #1)      The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time         Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
 Castle Waiting                      The Sound of Music Story         Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
 By Linda Medley                   By Tom Santopietro                    By Lucy Kinsley


Did Not Finish:
Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway
Death of a Diva
By Brigitte Goldstein

I really have trouble with putting books aside if they are not working for me, but I am trying to be better about that. There are too many books out there for me to continue reading books that I am not enjoying. In the case of this particular book, I felt like I had read a lot of pages where nothing had actually happened. The conceit of the story was a young woman who was shocked by the death of a beloved actress. But the girl in question had only met the actress once and I was never sure why she would feel that loss so deeply. Instead of the murder story connecting to WWII as promised in the description, the author seemed to spend a lot of time going off on tangents about the young woman's parents or living in New York City.



Posts from this Past Week:
I wrote my weekly It's Monday post and discussed the books I had read, reviewed Some LuckLost and Found, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, and wondered about the classic novels that you didn't love with  The Problem with Classics.


Reading Now:
How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much
How To Be A Heroine: Or What I've Learned From Reading Too Much
By Samantha Ellis


Up Next:
The Thing Around Your Neck
The Thing Around Your Neck
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


What are you reading this week?

22 comments:

  1. We're getting ice in Texas right now and the university where I work has already called off classes. I still have to monitor social media, but it's still better than a da in the office! :)

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    1. Hooray for working in your jammies! :)

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  2. I don't move in the circle I guess of book bloggers who get caught up in drama, just come across it occasionally. The Sound of Music story looks interesting. Hope you enjoyed it.

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    1. I loved it. There was a lot of information and it made me want to go watch the movie again! :)

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  3. I know nothing about the drama, either, luckily. I'm very interested in the book about heroines. How did you like The Sound of Music Story?

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    1. The Sound of Music Story was great. I learned so much about one of my favorite movies!

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  4. That sound like a nice service, I like how spending time together and sharing food can bring together.

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    1. I agree! So much of creating community is just in being together and getting to know each other.

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  5. I didn't know there was any drama, but guess it's maybe a US thing?! I always try to be honest. But polite.

    (I hope!!!)

    Deb

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  6. It's so hard to set books aside. Even when I know a book is NOT going to work I struggle with marking it as DNF. I think it's the sign of a mature and wise reader though, so I keep working on it ;)

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    1. I'm glad to know I am not the only one! I guess we will both have to keep working on it. :)

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  7. I loved Relish, and everything else by Lucy Knisley. Hope you enjoyed it also! The snow was crazy here as well, I was out of work for two days this week (plus President's Day!), and my car stayed buried all week. It was insane!

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    1. Now I have to pick up the rest of her books! Relish was great.

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  8. What do you think of How To Be A Heroine? I like the sounds of it.

    I rarely finish books I'm not enjoying - there are too many other great books out there to spend time with rather than wasting time on something you don't like.

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    1. I just started it but it's very interesting so far. The author contrasts the heroines of literature with her own life and it's so fun to reexamine the characters you have loved for years.

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  9. Hooray for snow! (Although not hooray for driving in it. It's a lot prettier when you're safe and warm inside. I'm glad you made it home safely.)

    How to Be a Heroine looks like a fun read for us book lovers!

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    1. That's what I've been saying! Winter snow is beautiful when your fridge is stocked, the power stays on, and you don't have to go out anywhere!

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  10. Woah, that was quite some journey - I hope it was worth it. Haha!

    Relish looks interesting, look forward to your thoughts on that one. In terms of book reviewing, I think honesty is the most important thing for all parties involved.
    :-)
    Life’s Open Pages

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    1. I really liked Relish and the author has a whole bunch of other graphic novels. I'm excited to dig in!

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  11. I struggle to put books aside if I'm not enjoying them, but I'm getting better at it. The Sound of Music book looks good, many years ago I did the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, it was fun!

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    1. I'm trying to be better too. It seems like it should be easy, but it's just not!

      The Sound of Music tour sounds so fun. They talk about it a bit in the book.

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