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There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- August 2, 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
Zilch. And that's due to lack of trying. I spent most of my last week catching up on blogs, moving to a new temporary apartment and catching up with friends. So my reading definitely suffered.

Books reviewed

Books on my nightstand
I can't wait for Thursday to come, because that's my last unofficial day at school. Of course, there will still be more small things to do, but they will be small. I have a few titles lined up for reading.

Crazy by Han Nolan: I started reading this one last week, and find it pleasantly intriguing. It is told from the perspective of a boy whose father is mentally disabled and mother is dead. This boy has several virtual friends, with whom he communicates on a regular basis. He insists that he isn't crazy because he is aware that his friends aren't real, but well, I'm not too sure about that. We'll see what happens.
The Passage by Justin Cronin: I wish I had started this long back, but something keeps pulling me back. Is it a fear of not liking this book so much as I hope to? And that's why I don't buy a book when it's hot. I made an exception here, and it's not working too well for me. Ah well, no point whining now.

Tell me your pick
I have five books on my Summer Challenge left to read this month. (Before you assume that I probably did well on this challenge, let me assure you that there were just six books on the list.) I'm not sure if I will get to all five, but I want to get to as many as possible. I'm letting you decide my next read. At the moment, I am finding it hard to decide on one, since all five are appealing to me. So which one of these five do you think I should pick up first?
  1. Breathing Lessonsr by Anne Tyle
  2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  3. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  4. Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
  5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Comments

Kelly said…
I really want to read Crazy and The Passage, so I hope you enjoy them! I've only read The Secret Life Of Bees, so I vote for that one, it's a great book! :)

Mine's here.
I haven't read any of the 5 books you mentioned, sorry!

Ah the Passage... I have a feeling I'd prefer the movie better than the book (along with My Name is Memory which I couldn't finish). I don't quite get the hype.
Rebecca Chapman said…
Good luck with The Passage, I really loved it. Hope Thursday comes quickly for you
Jan von Harz said…
The Passage took me two weeks to read, but I am glad I did, it was an interesting book. My vote Secret Life of Bees amazing story. Have a great week.
NancyO said…
Hi Aths! I vote for Bel Canto -- wonderful book.

I hear you on getting nothing read...I don't know why but I was incredibly busy last week myself!

Have a great week and congratulations!
Your reading may have suffered this past week, but catching up with friends is SO much more important!

I vote for either Bel Canto or Secret Life of Bees I really loved both of them. Can't wait to see what you choose
Marce said…
I realised I can't go for the hyped books if I am uncertain, I am always right and should have decided not to read it.

The Secret Life of Bees movie was amazing, on my favourite list so I choose that, I will read it but maybe in a few years so I don't remember the movie so vividly, but that was 2 years ago.

My post.

http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html
Crazy sounds like such a good book! Hope you like it.

Out of that list, I've only read The Secret Life of Bees. It was a cute book - give it a shot!
Aths we all have weeks like that.... I tend to beat myself up a bit when I cant read and I have to learn to knock that off - life happens - and should :D

I am listening to The Passage on audio and I am hanging in there - I am really not sure what I think about it yet and believe I am waiting to see how this will all come together. From what i am told, it is suppose be awesome. Hang in there :D

Hmmmm.... a book choice. You have good choices. I am going to go with Bel Canto because it is on my shelf unread and if you read it you may motivate me too as well :D
bermudaonion said…
You can have your own personal read-a-thon after Thursday!
Unknown said…
I loved The Secret Life of Bees so that would be my pick. Have a great week! My Monday is here

http://kyliesreads.blogspot.com/2010/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html
Anonymous said…
Crazy sounds really good. I'm interested in reading your review once you're finished. I'm still waiting for my library copy of The Passage to come in, but can get into it. Have a great week! :)
Ash said…
My reading hasn't been so great lately either, and also because of moving. Glad to see you're planning on reading The Passage!
pussreboots said…
I had a good week last week but this week my reading has slowed down. I've been busy instead with freelance writing. I'm two days late in making the rounds. Here's what I'm reading this week.