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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

Yet another Monday! (January 10, 2011)


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.

Yikes! It IS Monday! Not really my favorite day of the week, except for the prospect of checking out all the weekly round-up posts. At least, I can finally say that I'm out of my extended reading and blogging rut, due to a heavy interference by life! I haven't had a great week in reading, but I have my neck deep in three books right now.

Books completed in the last week
Don't laugh (no, really!), when you see the first book I finished this year!

-  Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney: I somehow cannot get enough of this series. It's so wonderful to laugh crazily at a book - laugh genuinely at innocent jokes! This is my fourth book of this series so far, leaving me just one more. I started reading this series first over my vacation. I never imagined I would be so addicted to a middle-grade book.


Books on my nightstand
I have some 3-4 books from last year sitting here as well. Somehow, if I don't finish a book soon enough, I lose interest in it. Does anyone else suffer from that? But for now, these are the books I'm reading.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: Not surprisingly, this is the book at the top of my pile. I'm more than halfway through and enjoying this series more with every page. After the last movie to be released this year, I wonder what more can we fans wait for? All that anticipation for the next book, the next movie is actually going to cease now, and it's not a great thought to ponder. Oh sure, JK Rowling has hinted that the series may not be over, but I'll wait to see if it's true before getting my hopes up.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: This is the first book that I'm reading towards my personal reading challenges of this year. I haven't got in that far, but Ann Patchett's writing is surely eloquent and beautiful! If not for the more delicious Harry Potter book, I would be curled with this one right now.
Harlem is Nowhere by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: I requested this galley purely out of curiosity about Harlem. Depending on who I ask, I hear different stories of this place. It certainly has me intrigued. I have so far read just a chapter of this book, and am having mixed feelings about this one. It is a wonderful piece of history, but a bit rambling, so it's hard keeping my focus.

Comments

I loved Bel Canto!

Here is my post!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Silly life. Always getting in the way ;)

I wish you a relaxing week with tons of down time :)
Jan von Harz said…
Harlem is Nowhere has me intrigued too. Hope you enjoy it and I will be interested in reading your review.
No worries here - last year I started the year off with a Harry Potter book and I thought it was an excellent treat! No doubt that the Wimpy Kids book are too :)
Nina said…
How fun is it to find a perfect book series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules sounds like a hilarious read. :)
Have a wonderful reading week.
Some interesting titles to choose from.

Dollycas
http://dollycas.blogspot.com/
I loved Bel Canto! And the Wimpy Kid books are super fun, though I did tire of them by #4 :-) Have a great week!
Anonymous said…
Love Bel Canto. You almost want to read it while listening to Opera because the language flows so much like classical singing.

Enjoy.