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Happy Independence Day to those in the US! 

CelebratingMy birthday was this past Friday, which was a day off at my workplace to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. We didn't do anything big this time. The husband and the girl baked and decorated me a birthday cake, and that was delicious. We also ordered takeout for lunch, beyond that, we didn't do anything major, unlike past birthdays, when we would at least hang outside. July is also when the girl is celebrating her birthday (in another couple of weeks). Earlier this year, I had my eyes set on a bouncy play place to celebrate her birthday with her friends. Sadly, that's scratched off obviously but I'd still like to see if there's something special we can do. She does want a unicorn cake that she once saw at a local bakery so we'll be ordering that. 
Working on It's been a busy weekend so far, working through several projects at the house. The husband added a few shelves to our laundry room closet - it'…

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- October 18, 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
-  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

News from over here
Although I only finished one book last week, I ended up beginning three others, so that right now, I am in the middle of 5 books. It could be a while before I finish all of them, but I'm guessing that will happen all at once. I also got two reviews up.

-  Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine
-  Blankets by Craig Thompson (You should read this one! One amazing read and on my WOW list!)

I also have a giveaway of Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick going on, so if you are interested, head on over there.

Books on my nightstand
So, there are five books stacked on my nightstand right now. Or rather, 3 books and my nook, Hobbes. But I'll be getting through only three of them this week.

Planning to Live by Heather Wardell: I started this one yesterday, and while different from my usual reads, I found that I was really enjoying it a lot. It is a fast-read, and at this point, I would say that it is chick-lit, but that wouldn't be entirely right, because the protagonist is also going through a phase of self-introspection, at the toughest site possible - at an accident site - her own accident.
Panopticon by David Bajo: I started this at work one day on my break, and it was a mistake, because I truly struggled to put it down. This book was definitely gripping and a fast read. I don't want to say much right now - if I finish it this week, I'll be reviewing it soon. Besides, this book releases tomorrow, so you may want to check it out soon.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: I'm already saying sigh. Because I've reached Book 5, which is on the other side of halfway. Besides, the first part of the last movie is getting released in a month (for which I am tremendously excited, although I criticize all the Harry Potter movies afterward). I'm already wondering when I will re-read these books again (I do it every year, so I'm sure to be doing this next year).


Comments

pussreboots said…
I think Panopticon will have to go on my wishlist.

Last week was a nice mixture of research, picture books and reading for fun. Here's what I'm reading this week.
I am doing the wave over here about your Harry Potter accomplishments! Woo hoo! Have a super week!
Anonymous said…
I clicked over to BN and read the description of Panopticon. That sounds really good. Hope it ends well.
Jan von Harz said…
I have yet to read Hush Hush so I think I will enter your contest. Hope you are enjoying the HP series. Have a great week.
bermudaonion said…
I'm glad to see Panopticon is so good - the author lives in South Carolina.
Good week Aths! I tried to get Blankets at my local store but they were sold out. I should have ordered it....
Tales of Whimsy said…
Cool eclectic week :)