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I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- July 5, 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 Lion's Game by Nelson Demille
- Denial by Jessica Stern

Books reviewed
- My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Also, check out my June recap.
Plus, I'm holding a birthday giveaway.

Books on my nightstand

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens: Although I received this ARC a long time ago, it has taken me quite some time to get to this. I am finally able to see above my stack of books, and that makes me really relieved. This one especially has been receiving some good attention lately, plus I had read a couple of pages when I first received this book - it was pretty interesting!
Animal Farm by George Orwell: This is quite a short audio book, for which I am thankful. I find this a very different kind of read, with lots of hidden meanings and quirky similarities to human history. I have an hour of audio left, and I'll most likely pick one of those Sparknotes for some "light reading".
Full Moon at Noontide by Ann Putnam: I didn't quite get to this book last week as planned, but I'm starting this one today. This is the story of Ann's mother, father, uncle and husband - their lives and deaths. I've read quite a few moving reviews, so I'll keep some Kleenex ready.







Comments

Jennifer said…
Excellent choices. Have your Kleenex at the ready for Full Moon At Noontide. It is a beautiful book. It has been forever since I read Animal Farm and I am looking forward to Still Missing. Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday can be found here: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2.html
The1stdaughter said…
Oh, Still Missing looks so good, I can't wait to read what you think of it! And you already know I just adored your review of My Name is Memory, just fantastic!

Have a fabulous reading week and if you have a minute check out my reading week at There’s A Book!
Jan von Harz said…
Enjoyed your little history on The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, you have some great titles lined up for this week enjoy.
Aleksandra said…
Both books you've read sound interesting! I hope you enjoyed them! Have a great reading week!
Katie said…
I hope you enjoy your books :) My Monday is here
Maree said…
Hope you have a great reading week :D
bermudaonion said…
Animal Farm does seem like it would be tough to experience for the first time on audio.
Still Missing came in the mail for me this week...I hope to start it soon.

Your books all sound intriguing. Enjoy.

My Monday:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-july-5.html
Oh, Animal Farm...I read it in 9th grade and pretended to "get it" then have re-read it as an adult and got a lot of it. There is a great cartoon (made in 1954 I think) that I used to show my World History classes when we studies the Russian Revolution. It is so dated that the kids liked it and, I think, it helps to understand the book. Good luck!
Marce said…
Lots of great choices. I really want to read Still Missing now but have a few books I have to do read and review first.

Look forward to your review on that one.
Staci said…
Still Missing is on deck for me too!!

Enjoy your week!
I have a Nelson Demille book on the shelf and have yet to read it - I have heard good things about the author so probably should get with it. :)

Have a super week!
I LOVE the cover on your version of Animal Farm:)
Still Missing sounds like a good read. I hope you enjoy your books :)
Julie said…
Animal farm is a treasured read in our house! Hmmm .. I think it would be great as an audio, too ... glad you're liking it!

I'm reading the Short Second Life (actually started it online, but my middle daughter brought over a hardcover copy, so I started on that) .. I really like it so far, so after this, I'll hop over to see your review!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

My Monday: http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-july-5.html
Darn it, I haven't gotten to the Lion's Game yet, you beat me!

Off to read your review of My Name is Memory. I am still on the fence with that one.