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By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Jan 11, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
- Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

I am currently reading

The Bell JarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: So after holding it off for quite a few months, I am finally starting up with this book. As I mentioned in my last It's Monday! What are you reading? post, I am curious to read this book, and understand the parallels between Sylvia Plath's own circumstances leading to her eventual suicide, and that of the protagonist in this book. I find myself very interested in books centered around women who underwent some sort of a mental breakdown. Some day, I want to pick up Girl, Interrupted, as well!

Night Runner by Max Turner: I am halfway through this book, and it only just got interesting. I can't say I care much for it, so far. The writing style is quite different and it took me some time to get into it. I am still not quite clear where the story is going, but heck, there's only half a book more! Hopefully, I will finish this book today!



My reading plans for the next week

The HobbitThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I have read the LOTR series a couple of times, except for this one. Though technically not a part of the LOTR series, it serves as a prequel to the series, covering Bilbo Baggins' adventures. I am reading this book for the LOTR Read-Along, and am excited to get cracking, so to speak!

Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan (Audio book): Each of the 5 stories in this book are told through a child's voice. I am curious to read this book (or rather listen to it), after hearing of its many positive reviews and some not-so-postive reviews.

Check out what others are reading here!

Comments

Jan von Harz said…
You have quite an eclectic range of reading materials for the week planned. Enjoy
Katrina said…
I LOVED Girl Interrupted! Also, I got this book from Goodreads called Thaw by Fiona Robyn it is a journal of a woman who plans on committing suicide in three months. I haven't read it yet but it sounds like something you might be interested in.

You can check out what I am reading at Bloody Bad
Sasha said…
Wow, great books. I've always wanted to read Sylvia Plath's novel, but for some reason, I'm afraid it would be like her poetry (and I "outgrew" the confessional around 13). Now I'm starting to think it just might work in prose. And, well, mental breakdowns, /confetti

:]
Kristen said…
Looks like a good reading week ahead of you. Enjoy!
Stephanie said…
The Bell Jar is terrific if you're interested in depression (or have been through it). The Hobbit is wonderful too.
"The Bell Jar" was mesmerizing! It's been awhile since I read it, though, so I should put it on the "reread" list.

My post:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html
Ruth Schaller said…
Nice list of books! Love the covers! Hope you have a great reading week!
Anonymous said…
I read Night Runner a week or so ago, and thought it was pretty entertaining. Hopefully you enjoy the second half of the book.

Here's my Monday Round Up.
Athira said…
Jan von Harz, Kristen, Ruth Schaller, Mary, thanks!

Katrina, thanks for the book suggestion. I hadn't heard of it previously, so am excited to add it to my pile!

Stephanie, glad you recommend The Bell Jar and The Hobbit!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow, glad you recommend The Bell Jar!

Sasha, I hope you do try The Bell Jar, as well! And year, poetry is not my forte either.

alitareads, I hope to enjoy 2nd half of The Night Runner too!
Anonymous said…
I have Max Turner's on my list. If it takes me that long to get interested, then I won't make it. (lol) I'm a bit too ADD.