Currently Reading: Edan Lepucki, David Ignatius, Rebecca Mead (& more) – June 10, 2014

Curently Reading - June 10, 2014

I  had a review written for today, but I decided to bump it to tomorrow in favor of sharing what I’m reading.

California by Edan Lepucki - I’m at the beginning of this one but so far I am enjoying it immensely. Something has happened in the world to make a young couple want to abandon everything they have in favor of living in the woods, and then they find out they’re going to be parents. Ooh, what to do now?

The Director by David IgnatiusThe Director reminds me of a little of reading Chris Pavone’s The Accident, though it’s not set in the world of books, but in the world of technology. I’m never completely comfortable speculating on ALL that people and governments can do with technology (and that’s only what is publicly known), so I read this with my eyes partially hidden behind my hands. Still it’s a compelling read and it has was already optioned for a movie by Scott Rudin back in January, though it’s just been released.

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead – I attended a reading and Q&A of Rebecca Mead’s a couple of months back when she was at The Center for Fiction. I bought a copy and had her sign it, but still I am just starting to read it. When she read, Mead mentioned something that resonated with me. She said that beyond just using books as a means to escape, she wanted to be well-read, which admittedly was probably one of my goals once upon time. At the time I probably thought I knew what that meant, and of course now my thoughts on the matter have completely changed. I am notably less lofty now, but still fascinated by the search for resonance to modern experiences within classic literature. I am looking forward to delving more deeply into Mead’s thoughts and approach to what is supposedly a daunting work of literature. It’s not one I’ve attempted.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – One of my friends (also book club member) has been raving about this book since it was first released in April. We are reading it for book club next week, and though I have unsuccessfully been able to get the title right without looking at the book, I am looking forward to it, because I trust her judgement. It’s also always a lot of fum to discuss YA at book club.

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner – What an odd name for a book. I haven’t gotten to the part where the title has been explained so your guess is as good as mine. The book is said to have echoes  of Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil, which I think it an unfair comparison. This is fiction, and though it’s set in the south, has elements of Santeria, and a murder mystery, it doesn’t have the same. So far it’s an interesting detective story in its own right. Plenty of secrets and intrigue.

Bliss House by Laura Benedict – In the grand tradition of haunted house stories, a woman and her daughter attempt to start a new life after tragedy has brought their family to the brink of ruin. They decide to move into an restore an old family estate. Dun, dun, dun! Remind me to never do that if I ever need to take a break from life. Never a good idea. Creepy ghosts, murder, and shadowy shady figures galore.
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January Recap/Pick of the Month & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (4)

My plan has been to read less this year. I have wanted to make  more deliberate choices about what I read, not rush to the next book, and generally dawdle a little on my way to choosing books that have great promise and end up being really rewarding. So far, so goo. I only read eight books this month, compared to months when I have read anywhere from 16-24.

January 2013

  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • The Little Russian by Susan Sherman
  • The Dark Rose by Erin Kelly
  • Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach
  • Wise Men by Stuart Nadler
  • Lionheart by Sharon Kaye Penman
  • Hysteria by Megan Miranda
  • How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You by Matthew Inman

Additionally, I interviewed:

It was a killer trying to figure out what my pick of the month would be as The Little Russian, The Dark Rose, Rage is Back, and Wise Men are all 5 star reads. All are very memorable. But Rage is Back is totally crazy and it works.

Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach

Last Week I Read

  • Lionheart by Sharon Kaye Penman
  • How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman
  • Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Currently Reading

I’m almost finished with all of these, so my total for this week, might look unusually big.

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  • It’s Your Move by Nick Savoy
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
  • Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Coming Up Next:

Hmm??? No idea yet.

New Arrivals:

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  • Neptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner

Reviewed Last Week:

What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.

Last week I read:

Wise Men by Stuart Nadler

[[[Wise Men by Stuart Nadler]]]

Current Read (s):

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

[[[The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis]]]- This was on my list of books to read before the big Oprah announcement, and I am finally get a chance to start it. I’ve read two chapters so far, and if they are any indication, it seems that this will be a sad story.
[[[Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman]]] – I have a hundred pages left! I really haven’t been reading this as long as it seems I have, it’s just that I really haven’t had all that much time to read the  last few weeks. I have been lucky to finish a book a week.

 Coming Up Next:


[[[Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler]]]
[[[Life After Life by Kate Atkinson]]]

New Arrivals:

[[[The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith]]]
[[[You by  Austin Grossman]]]
[[[There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya]]]

Reviewed Last Week:

Rage Is Back by Adam Mansbach
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.

Last week I read:

[[[Rage Is Back: A Novel by Adam Mansbach]]]

Pick of the  Week:

[[[Rage Is Back: A Novel by Adam Mansbach]]] (Again – Even though this wins by default, it was really good!)

Current Read (s):

Wise Men by Stuart Nadler

Wise Men by Stuart Nadler  – this one is so good that I have been trying to read the  e-galley on my Nook, which speaks volumes because I’m not on speaking terms with my Nook at the moment. If I had a paper copy I would have definitely finished it already. So tired of ALL the screens.

Coming Up Next:

Last week I had thought I would probably finish up the second half of the Penman, but that didn’t happen so that’s again the plan for this  week. I also want to start [[[Julie Kibler's Calling Me Home]]] for the She Reads Book Club. It’s the February Pick. Andi (Estella’s Revenge) has been making the case for Francesca Lia Block.

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
[[[Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler]]]
[[[Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block]]]

New Arrivals:

[[[Hysteria by Megan Miranda]]]
[[[Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block]]]
[[[The Suitors by Cecile David-Weill]]]
[[[Above All Things by Tanis Rideout ]]]
[[[The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley]]]
[[[Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo]]]
[[[Passion by Jude Morgan]]]
[[[The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black]]]
[[[1356 by Bernard Cornwell]]]

Reviewed Last Week:

The Dark Rose by Erin Kelly
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Marmee and Louisa by Eve LaPlante

What are you reading this week?

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