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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? -- May 10, 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
- What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
- Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
- The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

Books reviewed
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

I am currently reading

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See: It has been sometime since I listened to an audio book. I just started with this one for the World Party Challenge.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: Now that I finished some of the books that were taking some time, I'm back to Hogwarts. Yay!

My reading plans for the next week

Ever read a Nelson DeMille book? I loved his The General's Daughter and Plum Island. The latter introduced me to one of my favorite bookish characters, John Corey. You have to love his sass! While the John Corey series can definitely be read out of order, The Lion's Game is the second book featuring him, in chronological order.

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a book club read. After the plenty of good reviews that this book received, I'm keen to see what all the hype is about.

Have you ever watched the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries? I quite liked the movie and it is always interesting to see what influences a certain person to do what he later becomes famous for. The movie was done pretty well, but I didn't feel that it really convinced me about the change in Che Guevara or feel as strongly influenced as he was. I now plan to read The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Che Guevara for a deeper insight. Oh, and I'm reading this for the World Party Challenge as well.

Did you sign-up for the Glorious giveaway?


Climbing The Stairs is one I really want to read!

Have fun at Hogwarts - I envy you.... I dont know when I will get back there :)
Zia said…
Love the Harry Potter series. Have a great week!
Rebecca Chapman said…
The Snow Flower book has a lovely cover. I hope you have a good week full of reading.
Sam McCall said…
Great book choices. I tried to read Nelson DeMille and for some reason couldn't get into his books. Not sure why. Great blog too by the way.
Jan von Harz said…
Love all things Anderson she is such a terrific writer. Speak was a great book and is read a lot by my students. You have a great line-up this week. Enjoy!
bermudaonion said…
I think you'll love CeeCee Honeycutt - the characters in it are fantastic!
I thought Motorcycle Diaries was pretty good as well. Not a favorite of mine, but really interesting and well done.

Snow Flowers is on my TBR (especially after loving Shanghai Girls)
Tales of Whimsy said…
Snow Flower looks interesting :)

I hate Che but I must say: dang he was hot once ;)
I thought Snow Flower was pretty good. I have a feeling you'll like it more than I did. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt is one I really want to read. Enjoy!
Anonymous said…
I love Harry Potter, and The Goblet of Fire may be my favorite in the series, though it's darker than the ones that came before it.
Lydia said…
Love The Lion's Game!

Here is my Monday!
Super Librarian said…
I loved Speak as well as many more of Laurie Halse Anderson's books.

I want to reread Harry Potter from the beginning, but I can never find the time!

Here's what I'm reading this week:
Cat said…
I loved Snowflower - hope its as good on audio which is something I've never tried. Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Happy reading!
Ah, gotta love Harry Potter. I need to re-read that series, too. I miss it so much!
Unknown said…
I look forward to Cee Cee Honeycutt and have heard nothing but good things. And I loved Snowflower. Curious to know how the audio version is.

About elephants, Aths, I love them too! I read about an elephant sanctuary where people can go for a week and volunteer. I would LOVE to do that.

Thanks for visiting :)
Alyce said…
I've been zipping through the HP audio books, and am almost finished with the 3rd one. I figure I'll have to switch over to reading them at some point because I read so much faster than the audio books play, and those last few books are so long. Then again, there's something to be said for savoring the experience. :)