It’s Monday, 2 September – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

So here we are, the unofficial last day of summer. I really don’t know where the summer has gone, and with it all the intentions I had for reading. As I saw summer winding down I took less time for reading to work on projects I wanted to get done this summer, so I am happy to say I got many things accomplished in that regard.

I think my pleasure/blog reading will slow down even more now that class starts on Wednesday. It will be a lot of reading and writing for class – but I will be sure to try and keep up here too, I have a feeling reading and writing for school will get me doing even more personal reading and writing.

I am nearly finished with Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride and am working on & Sons by David Gilbert (from LibraryThing Early Readers). This week once I finish up The Ghost Bride I plan to start Divergent by Veronica Roth. When I posted on Facebook asking friends if they had any books to recommend, a few mentioned the Divergent series, then I saw that a movie series based on the books comes out this next Spring, so I want to read the books now.

How about you? What are you reading this week?

Here are my last week in review:

Books Finished:
None

Reviews Posted:
None

It’s Monday, 5 August – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

So I took a little summer vacation at the site. I hope you having all been doing well and having good reading weeks. This week I am reading and planning to finish J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements. I’m more than halfway through and I’m finding the style and the stories interesting and at times, very enjoyable. I have a line-up of other books to read – some beachy reads and some review books. I’m not sure what I will dive into first.

It is already August, can you believe it?! How are you doing on your summer reading goals? I could be doing better, but it’s the summer, and I have been enjoy it.

Here are my last few weeks in review:

Books Finished:
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Sisterland: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reviews Posted:
Sight Reading

How about you? How was your week last week (or more) of reading and what are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, 25 February – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

As I had hoped, I did get back on track last week, finishing up a book, getting a review up on the site. So I am feeling good.

I finished up and posted a review for Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington. There are some great stories about the fashion world over the last fifty years, and the included photographs and Grace’s original drawings are fantastic.

I started reading Hillary Reyl’s book Lessons in French (I won this from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer), and am still working on Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run and Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Reviews Posted:
Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington (I won this from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer)

I am loving the sunshine and am thinking good thoughts that spring will be on its way soon – and with it more reading and posting.

How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?

It’s Monday, 21 January So What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday! It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

It was another good reading and blogging week for me. I hoped to finish The Night Circus, and I did! OMG – it was amazing, I really did not want it to end. I can’t say enough good things about that book, but I will try when I work on the review this upcoming week.

That was the only book I finished, but I did make some more good progress in Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

I received a book for review: Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin. The book’s release date is January 29th, so I will start that book this week and hope to have it finished and a review up for next Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

Here’s my last week in review:

Book Finished:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Reviews Posted:
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Widow Clicquot by Tilar Mazzeo

So that’s my week. How about you? What did you finish up in your reading world, and what will you be picking up next?

What Are You Reading Monday, 14 January

Happy Monday! It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

My reading week was a pretty good one, at least I was able to accomplish what I had hoped: finishing True Believers by Kurt Andersen. It was solidly enjoyable, but sometimes seemed to stretch on a big too long (but not as long as another of his books I read, Heyday).

I started up two new books: Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and a biography entitled Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (and please no spoilers to last night’s episode – after watching my Patriots win, I watched the Golden Globes). I only just started them both this weekend and hope to get through each pretty quickly since I am really enjoying them both. For pleasure reading I am not sure where I will go once I finish those up … not that I don’t have plenty of options!

And just a side note (and a little personal pat on the back), I am a magazine junkie – and hate to get rid of them until I read them, so my magazine rack had gotten to a point where my stack was half-way to reaching the top of the arm of my couch. But I am happy to report that I have made excellent progress and most of the many magazines I get are up caught up to the January issues.

So that’s my week. How about you? What did you finish up in your reading world, and what will you be picking up next?

What Are You Reading Monday, 7 January

Happy first Monday of 2013! It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

Last week, with the start of the new year I spent some of my reading time on reading for my thesis, so I didn’t finish up any new books to report on here, but I have made good headway in Kurt Anderson’s True Believers. This book should hopefully be finished up this week and I’m not sure what else I might start, maybe I will finally start Night Circus, since I have that in paper form, and when I need an e-book I’m thinking I might start Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, because yes … I am loving that show and want to know more on the factual side! My week will also include more thesis reading – really, I can copy and paste that sentence into every Monday post for quite awhile now!

What about you, what are your reading plans for the week? Happy Reading!

What Are You Reading Monday, 31 December

It’s the last Monday of the year and time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

The holiday brought a good reading week – I hoped to finish up both Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility and The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar Mazzeo — and I did. I also started Kurt Anderson’s True Believers because I needed something to read on my Paperwhite in the dark (since The Widow was a paper book, how novel right, haha – sorry I shouldn’t end the year with a bad pun, or any pun really).

My final reading numbers were not as great as I had hoped for the year – it just got away from me. But I am back to the blog and back to more regular reading. For 2013 I hope to finish up at least 50 non-school/thesis books. It’s a tall order, but one I am committed to trying to reach. And I commit to more posts and more commenting on your blogs. I appreciate all the feedback I get from you, and promise to stay more in touch with you all.

Now, what to have as my first start-to-finish read in 2013?

What about you? What are you reading, and what will you start your New Year reading?

 

 

What Are You Reading — Monday, 24 December

Well, here we are — the last full reading week of 2012. I can’t say that this has been my best reading year for quantity, but I have read some amazing books this year, and some true (but enjoyable) brain rot … yes I am looking at you Mr. Grey. And, it’s Monday, so that means it is time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

1594135517.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_I did not finish up any books last week, but I did begin Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility, which I am truly enjoying – many nights I found myself reading “just one more chapter” before I fell asleep. The book had me right from opening up at a Walker Evans photo exhibit – period fiction and a photography piece, I am in!

 

 

 

Widow ClicquotI should have Rules done hopefully soon and I have decided to end the year reading what I think will be a very appropriate book to bring me to the New Year – The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It. Seems like a good story to know before toasting the New Year. I borrowed this book a long time ago and it has just been sitting on my shelf, so this is also a good start to one of my (many) resolutions – to get through many of my “To Be Reads” that are anxiously awaiting me to pick them up off my shelves.

How about you? What are you reading this last full reading week of 2012?

P.S. – To those of you who celebrate, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

It’s Monday, which means it is time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

Book I Completed:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

Books I Am Reading:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

What about you … what are you reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

Back to blogging means back to Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” I always found this a good way to help set me up for a good week of reading, and get some great new ideas of books to read thanks to your comments.

Book I Completed:
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

Books I Am Reading:
The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

A little bit about why these two books. For The Map of Lost Memories, I got it as an Early Reader’s copy from LibraryThing. The book is due out on August 21st, so I will not post a review or any thoughts until then.
For Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I am currently training for my first half marathon, which I am so excited about, so this book seemed like a great one to add to my “shelf” (in this case my e-book collection). I’m not that far in, but so far so good.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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