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.
This week, I mostly struggled with my reading. Weekdays are not a great time for me to read, so if I start a book on Sunday/Monday, I'll still be reading it all through the following Friday/Saturday. The big downside to this is the book starts losing its appeal after a couple of days. I'm usually careful about what I read on weekdays, but with all the review copies and library books piling up, it's not easy. Pressure-free reading seems to be disappearing! That said, I did get a few reads out of the way, and plan to spend more time this week reading, since Bloggiesta is this weekend, and I'll have to pamper my blog a bit.
Books completed in the last weekHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: It felt great to kick-start this year with an old favorite. It could be a while before I pick the next book of the series, and I'm trying not to pull it out of the shelf, because then I'll have to read it.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney: And that's the last book of the series I had yet to read. I found this one the funniest of the lot, or maybe I enjoyed it more knowing that I finished all the other four books as well. I read the newest (the fifth book) first. It helps to read in order, but it doesn't take away your enjoyment of the series.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: Ever since I finished this book, I've been asking myself why it took me two years to finally pick this one and read it. Because, I was totally blown away by it! It was simply WOW! Clearly, that's the first book to go on to my 2011 WOW list!
News from over my blog
I'm finally beginning to tackle the books I read towards the end of last year. I still have a few more reviews to post, over this week and the next. The first one to go up was a 2010 favorite, Room by Emma Donoghue. Meanwhile, I also spent some time ruing the fact that I struggle to randomly pick a book from my library (or even bookstore, as happened yesterday). Along the same lines, Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness was talking about the missing serendipity in book browsing on her blog yesterday. Seems to be a problem ailing book bloggers lately.
Books on my nightstand
For the first time in a year, I'm beginning to see some structure to my nightstand. I would usually have 5-10 books piled up here, and even then I'll go pull up a new book from the shelves. Maturity or discipline? Or learning the hard way?
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova: After absolutely loving Still Alice, which made my 2010 WOW list, I requested this book at the library soon as I saw it on hold. At the time of writing this post, I'm about 80 pages in. Somehow, it has been slow and slightly boring. Or maybe I don't know where it's going, and am expecting some magic right away. I do hope this book stands up to Lisa Genova's first book. I hope I don't cry as much, but if I do, I'll know the tears are well-spent.
Eaarth by Bill McKibben: My first book by Bill McKibben, I'm pretty excited to read this. There's a lot of number-crunching in here, and at the same time, a lot of new stuff, or rather stuff new to me. I know our environment is going through a major illness right now, but just how bad it is - that was a revelation.
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik: I requested this galley from Netgalley, the bane of ereader readers (Did that confuse you?). Unless I am up to my eyes in work this week (which does seem likely to happen), I'll be reading this on my phone. Thank technology for the Overdrive app on my phone which makes the geek in me thrilled at bringing micro-reading to work (micro to mean device size here).