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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Yet another Monday! (February 21, 2011)


It's Monday! What are you reading this week?

SheilaOne Persons Journey through a world of Books wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!


This post is taking me a while to put up. I just finished watching Hotel Rwanda, and am still pretty dazed, shocked and angry. I'm also thinking about Egypt and wondering why freeedom is such a hard thing to have. So while I try to set these thoughts aside, let me think about the books I read this week.

Books completed in the last week
-  The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: What a beautiful writing! You always need that in character-driven novels, and this book certainly had it!
-  Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun by Geoffrey Canada: A well-done graphic novel set in Harlem and with a really good insight into the almost-lawless streets where Canada grew up in.
-  Stitches by David Small: This was such a fast read, I was amazed. It was certainly moving too - adopting the idea that pictures can say so much more than words.

News from over my blog
Books on my nightstand
I did some compulsion-free reading last week, but this week is going to be governed again by review and tour deadlines. I need to do this more often. Since I haven't yet checked what review dates are coming up, these are the books on my radar right now.

BehemothBehemoth by Scott Westerfeld: This book is just as interesting as it's prequel, Leviathan. The next book, Goliath, is coming out on Sept 13th, so I'm really looking forward to it - it's the last book of this trilogy. Of course, I won't be surprised if a fourth book is also released, since we all know that only Scott Westerfeld can get away with four books in a trilogy!
Shadow TagShadow Tag by Louise Erdrich: I've been hearing a lot about this book - both good and bad. But my interest is piqued! I haven't read any of Louise Erdrich's earlier works, this one sounds intense as it is, so I can't wait to find out.







Comments

The1stdaughter said…
Oh! You are reading some great books! I had no idea there was a graphic novel version for Anne Frank's Biography. How interesting! And I've really wanted to read Stitches for some time.

Have a fabulous reading week and if you get a second stop by There’s A Book! :)
carol said…
Enjoy ur reading week

carol
I have The Weird Sisters on Sparky, my Kindle...and can't wait to dive in! Shadow Tag was an intriguing read...parts of it were tedious, to me, but overall...good. Hope you enjoy your week.

Here's MY MONDAY MEMES post.
Lisa M said…
Looks like you have some great books going this week. Enjoy your reading. Stop by and see me if you have a little time. http://bookskidsanimalsandmore.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_20.html
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
Oooooo Scott! Love him!
Jan von Harz said…
Weird Sisters is a book that sounds like one I would thoroughly enjoy, and I really want to read both of Westerfeld's book. Great variety in your book this week. Hope you have a wonderful week!
book journey said…
I have to get my hands on a copy of Weird Sisters - everyone is raving about it! :)
I keep reading great things about Shadow Tag, so I think you're in for a treat!
Joann said…
Shadow Tag does sound interesting,enjoy!
Athira / Aths said…
I didn't know either that there was a graphic novel version of Anne Frank's Diary. I chanced upon it in my library, and I'm so glad I read it!
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to see what you think of the Anne Frank graphic book!
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I heard parts of Shadow Tag was tedious to read. I'm concerned about that, but I may still give it a try. For now, I had to postpone the read, thanks to two reviews due next week.
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to start Shadow Tag! I hope I enjoy it too!