It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away. My sisters will be in town all week, and with all of next weekend being spent celebrating the holiday, I don’t anticipate much reading time. I love this time of year though, and I’m not looking forward to the long months after the holidays where winter seems to stretch on forever. We have had a long week of snow and freezing temperatures and the thought of enduring this for almost three more months is a little gloomy.
What I finished:
It appears as though I finished a lot this week, however it looks more ambitious than it was.
Library of Luminaries is a fun series that only take 10-20 minutes to read. Each book contains bite sized information about the subject and the fun, whimsical illustrations are a fantastic addition. I have now read two of the four books (Frida Kahlo being the other), and definitely plan on reading the other two eventually. It almost feels like cheating though to include these in my book count because they are such quick reads.
In a Dark, Dark Wood showed up in my Overdrive queue a week ago, after putting it on hold months ago. I really enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10 over the summer, so I felt that this would be a quick, thrilling read. It certainly was. I would say I actually enjoyed Wood better for two reasons: it held my interest pretty much from the beginning and the protagonist wasn’t completely annoying. If you like psychological thrillers, this is a worthwhile one.
The Santa Claus Man was an interesting look at New York City a hundred years ago. It is the story of John Gluck, Jr. and his Santa Claus Association, which answered Santa’s mail and delivered toys to the children of NYC. It had a lot of insight into the time period and was a festive holiday read.
Down Among the Dead Man is one I finished right after I wrote last week’s post. It was a pretty good read if you are morbidly fascinated by autopsies an dead people, however I would recommend the following books (these were fantastic) over this one: Morgue, by Vincent DiMaio and Working Stiff, by Judy Melinek.
I am 2/3 of the way through Swimming Lessons. It is not being released until February, however it is the first “exclusive” that Book of the Month has done, meaning they exclusively were able to release it a couple of months early. It will be interesting to see if they start doing this a lot in the future. This was my family’s BOTM choice so it will be interesting to see what everyone thinks of it. It is the story of a marriage, told both by the couple’s adult daughter, and also through the wife via old letters. I really like the way it is set up, although the story overall isn’t what I expected.
I began Only Love Can Break Your Heart last night on Hoopla, so I really don’t have much to say about it yet, although it has a 100% rating on Litsy, was a BOTM pick earlier in the year, and if I’m not mistaken, was one of Liberty Hardy’s top 125 books of the year. So really, how could I not read it?
I finished The Abbot’s Ghost: A Christmas Story, by Louisa May Alcott last week. It was a readalong on Litsy and the consensus was that it was just so-so. I felt the opposite of a lot of the other readers, in that the beginning was very strong and then the story fizzled out.
I am now reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time (I think). It seems so familiar as I’m reading it, so I’m not sure if it is just because it is a well known story or if I read it as a child and forgot. Either way, I will be reading it for the next month and have no plans currently to add another book to my Serial routine, as I have really enjoyed taking my time with just one book each morning instead of two.
What is everyone else’s week looking like?
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