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I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- May 03, 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
I didn't do much reading this week, mainly because of work burnout. I spent much of the weekend sleeping and catching up with my online life. Here's what I finished:
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
- Push by Sapphire

Books reviewed
- The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice (Audio Book)
- Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden (Don't forget to sign up for a giveaway of Glorious)

I am currently reading

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman: A friend of mine in Goodreads recommended this book to me. It's reading a bit slow, but it's getting interesting. Laura Lippman's writing style is definitely captivating.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: I couldn't make much progress on this book over the week, but I can't wait to get back to Muggleworld Hogwarts.

My reading plans for the next week


Lately, I've read some good reviews of The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser. The synopsis of this book has interested me enough to want to try this, I haven't read much lit on the laid-back mid-west, so this is something that I am looking forward to.

The other two are group reads for two of my book clubs. Susan @ Black-Eyed Susan's first recommended Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman. It's been a really long time since I last read a book based in India (hint, hint to self). It will be as close to returning home as possible, for now.

Two months back, I read a lot of reviews of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The subject matter and the reviews interested me enough to want to read this. I am not sure if I will get the time to get to it, but it's worth a try!



Did you sign-up for the Glorious giveaway?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet looks really really good. Happy reading this week :)
Rebecca Chapman said…
I have never ready anything by Nicholas Sparks, but I think I should get into it.

I finished of the Goblet of Fire this week and am starting on Order of the Phoenix. Ah, good old hoggy Hogwarts (isn't that what the sorting hat sings?)
Jan von Harz said…
I need to go back and reread all the Hp books, although I really don't have time now. Hope you continue to enjoy them. Have a great week.
I really, really want to read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It sounds so good! Enjoy!
bermudaonion said…
It looks like you're in for some good reading!
PUSH is SO on my TBR (and near the top), but it is constantly checked out of my school library. I'll probably wait until summer then check out all the books I've been drooling over all school year!
Lydia said…
The Lumby Lines is SUCH a cute book. And it's the perfect compliment to the tear-jerking of Hotel. Great reading for you this week.

Here is my Monday: http://thelostentwife.net/2010/05/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-19/
Kristen said…
Climbing the Stairs looks great. I love books set in India. And I've seen really good reviews of The Lumby Lines recently too which crack me up because I have had that book sitting on my shelves since it came out years ago and now I'm all fired up to actually read it. Weird how the publishing/reviewing cycle works!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Climbing the Stairs has a mesmerizing cover.
Wendy said…
Hang in there with the Lippman novel - that ended up being a GREAT book for me...by the end you will definitely be captivated :) Looking forward to your review.
Bibliobabe said…
"What the Dead Know" was my first Lippman book. I really got into it. You will love "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - I thought it was amazing.

Here's mine:
Bibliobabe

Happy reading this week!
I have to read Laura Lippman. I had one of her books checked out and had to return it unread because it was late. Now I am "that girl" that has to check books out again :)

Have a great week of reading!
I hope you enjoyed Push! I didn't get to finish that book, but I read the majority of it.
Lisa said…
Boy were the two books you finished this past week as different from each other as they could be!
Betty said…
I loved the entire Harry Potter series. There were alot of rainy days this week so started an interesting new crime fiction book called The Ovary Wars by Mike Hogan. So far, it's very thought provoking and provides a look at what non-violent bloodless terrorism could could do the the US.
Ash said…
The midwest is laid-back?!?!?! Who knew? ;)

I'm at work burn out right now. Obviously, because I'm avoiding my paper. Goblet of Fire is my favorite HP book. Hope you're enjoying it!
Christina T said…
Climbing the Stairs and Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet both sound good to me. I hope you enjoy your reading this week. It is always a joy to reread the HP books. I want to try to reread all of them this year before I watch Deathly Hallows part I.

Have a great week!