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Gah, October? Where did the year go? I'm suddenly realizing we are entering the busiest season of the year and there's going to be tons to do for the next three months. It is unseasonably warmer right now, which makes it harder to believe that it's October. The colors have started changing but it's almost like the trees don't care and aren't even trying to put up a show.  Renovation updates At this point, we have completed two weeks in our house while under renovation. Yes, it's every bit as irritating, annoying, frustrating, dusty, and allergy-triggering as they say a renovation can be. But it's also oddly fascinating seeing your house ripped down to the subfloor and peeking inside walls at the things that are typically hidden inside one. It was also satisfying seeing progress made - there's a wall one day, no wall the next day, and then all openings patched up the third day. This coming week is going to see the most progress - the hardwood flooring

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Feb 22, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event initially hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog, now by Sheila @ One Persons Journey through a world of Books, to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch (Review coming up soon!)
- Open Season by Linda Howard (Review coming up soon!)

- The Chopin Manuscript by Jeffery Deaver and 14 other writers: I decided to give up on this, since after 1.5 hours of audio, it still was not holding my interest. I'm sorry to not put on more effort on this, but maybe I'll give it a try some other time.

I am currently reading

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is a re-read that I am doing for the LOTR Readalong. I totally LOVE this series and plan to watch the movie after finishing this read.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch: I've heard this is depressing. I just started it a while back and so far the book is very interesting. I am reading this with a pen-pal, Cheryl.

My reading plans for the next week

Liar by Justine Larbalestier: I've read more controversies regarding this book's cover issue than reviews, and that's pretty sad, so to speak. I just saw this audio book available, and decided to grab it right away (Result of my new plan to be more impulsive and less obsessive).

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs: The rest of the group with whom I am reading this book already completed it at the start of this month. I had to renew this at the library once since it was due last week. I'll hopefully be starting this over the coming weekend.


Dana said…
Oooh, I read White Oleander a long time ago, and don't remember much about it, but I do remember enjoying it! I hope Liar is a good book despite all the controversy surrounding its cover.
Good luck with the impulsive thing! That's how I almost always read. :-) I enjoyed your review of The Help and look forward to your other reviews. Enjoy your reading this week!
Aleksandra said…
You've had a great reading week!
Happy reading!
The Help, Liar, and the Friday Night Knitting Club are all sitting on my shelves waiting to me be read!
Ann Elle Altman said…
I can't wait to see your review. Should be good because you have interesting books.

bermudaonion said…
I read White Oleander years ago and don't really remember it being depressing. Of course, I do tend to like books like that. I can't wait to see what you think of it.
NancyO said…
I've got The 13th Hour sitting here waiting, so I'll be interested in your review.

Have a great reading week!
Ruth Schaller said…
Hope you have a great reading week! Check out mine at:

Have a good one! :D
Tales of Whimsy said…
Good stuff! You go girl :)
I read a wonderful review about Liar yesterday and now I really want to read it too. Its funny with a ll the hype a while back about the cover, I never did hear much about the story. Now I have and it sounds good! Enjoy it!
Jo said…
Open Season is one of my favorite Linda Howard books. Did you like it? I suppose I should just wait for the review. =)

I have The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs among my TBR books.
PensivePixie said…
I love all your choices. I've either read most of them or they look good! The Liar in particular I had not heard of but it looks amazing!

Happy reading week!
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The1stdaughter said…
Great books! My hubby did his senior thesis on Tolkien and loved it.

I actually have The Friday Night Knitting Club on my TBR book shelf, but haven't been able to get to it. Hopefully your review will make me more eager to dust it off!

Have a fabulous reading week!
Kristen said…
I'm cracking open The Help later today. Have a great reading week!
Anonymous said…
You had a great week!

I've been wanting to read White Oleander, can't wait for your review.
Amy said…
Great list! I'll be reading your review on The Help!
yuan said…
Liar is soooooo good. It's too bad that the story itself is being overshadowed by all the controversy talk on the internet
Jan von Harz said…
I love your titles and would really like to read Liar. I also think my students would like this one. Have a great week reading.
NerdyMe said…
I'm currently reading several books at the moment, and this is one of them...
Athira said…
Dana, I hope so too that Liar is definitely good!

Jennifer G., Aleksandra, Ann Elle Altman, Ruth Schaller, Juju, PensivePixie, Vicki, Amy, thanks! :)

Helen, you should get to them, The Help is definitely good!

Kathy, hoping I'll enjoy it too!

NancyO, I hope to review it soon!

Sheila, glad you heard a good review of Liar! Makes me relieved!

Jo, I didn't like Open Season. :( I wish I did. It was definitely funny and very sexy. The plot was just too thin!

tweezle, thanks for the award! :)

The1stdaughter, Your hubby really did Tolkien for his thesis? I'd love to read it!

Kristen, waiting to hear your review!

Ah Yuan, glad you recommend it! I can't wait to start it then!

Jan, all this gushing is making me want to start Liar right now!

China, happy reading!
susan said…
Justine is a fantastic writer and person.
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Athira said…
Susan, I'm glad to hear that! So far, I am enjoying Liar!!

Book Soulmates, thanks for mentioning! Will check out the giveaway!
Anonymous said…
I never finished White Oleander, for some reason it bored me stiff, and I'm not sure why. The Fellowship, however, could be read innumerable times, and I'd never tire of it. Ever.
Athira said…
dolcebelleza, Sorry to hear that you struggled with White Oleander. I got bored of it too for a moment, but hope the pace will pick up soon!