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I have just spent a bulk of my past 24 waking hours racing through the book Big Little Lies. Gosh, it feels amazing to be so consumed by a book that all you want to do is read it at every small or big opportunity. It was hard putting the book down or not thinking about Madeline, Jane, Celeste, or their terribly convoluted lives when I was supposed to be doing something else.


Last Week We drove back from Nashville on Monday morning after two full fun days at the Gaylord resort and one morning at the Hermitage, President Jackson's house. The house itself was glorious (and huge!) - we all enjoyed a good amount of history that day. The resort was a feast for the eyes - all those trees and gardens inside the massive building!

On our drive back home, we had couple of hours to kill so we took the kids to the Dinosaur World in Kentucky. That turned out to be a good decision as the kids had a blast and the adults also had fun learning something new.

Currently This weekend is so far turning…

Yet another Monday! (January 31, 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.


This Monday sure arrived too early. I don't think I read enough or blogged enough last week to merit a new week this soon. Even though I promised myself that I'll space my reading better and not get bogged down by adjacent review dates, I'm still scrambling to finish book after book. Doesn't help that every book I pick is at least 300 pages long.

Books completed in the last week
-  The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik: Did you read my Sunday Salon post where I raved about this book? This one was amazing - one heck of an emotionally charged, compelling read, and if you haven't added it yet, you should - it's the second book this year to make my WOW list!
-  Eaarth by Bill McKibben: As I mentioned last week, this book has been stock full of information - quite a good bunch of revelations! I'll speak more about it this week.

News from over my blog
-  After Bloggiesta last weekend, I actually stayed away from my blog for most of last week. Part of it has to do with a busy week at work, plus getting those books cleared off my nightstand pile.
-  I also happened to install Disqus on my blog. I'm not sure yet whether you guys find it convenient, but it's kind of surprising that most of the commenters aren't signing using OpenID. It's a good thing I know most of you, so I can return the comment love.
-  I posted just one review last week - Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

Books on my nightstand
Right now, there's one book I'm trying to finish for my TLC review this week. Apart from that, I'm not sure what else I'll read. My next committed review date is in March first week, so until then, I want to treat myself to reading whatever suits my fancy. I do have a bunch of half-done books to finish and a whole host of egalleys, so there's going to be quite a lot of choices.


Someone Else's Garden by Dipika Rai: I'm really trying to get into this book. So far, it's slow progress and the writing took me quite a while to get used to. The premise is promising, the characters well-etched, though I could do with far less digressions. My review for this book is scheduled for tomorrow, and I have about 200 pages more to go - will I make it?







Comments

hcmurdoch said…
I don't even really know what OpenID is... I'll have to check it out. I think I am logged in with Intense Debate ID? I am curious to see what people think of this commenting system. For me, it works well and I like that I get an email with your response to me.
Gautami Tripathy said…
Not a fan of disqus..

Have a great reading week..

http://readbookswritepoetry.blogspot.com/2011/01/mondays-mailboxwhat-are-you_31.html
Sounds like a slow one. Good luck :) Happy week dear!
Nicole said…
The Good Daughter is on my list of books to read and I was debating where it should be in the tbr pile. I am glad to see that you thought so highly of it.

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