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I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

Yet another Monday! (February 7, 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.

What a week and weekend it has been! I managed to get a lot of posts out of the way this week, and spent the weekend clearing off a lot of items from my don't-you-dare-procrastinate to-do list. I did manage to cross out some items, but there's still a long way. When will the day come that I won't have a single item on my list?

Books completed in the last week
-  Someone Else's Garden by Dipika Rai
-  13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro: What an innovative way to tell a story - through pictures and a narrator who makes us feel that we are trying to decipher this puzzle, and not just reading about someone else putting the pieces together.

News from over my blog
-  New Feature! Ash and I just started a new eco-friendly feature, Leif Reads! Don't forget to check it out! We plan to read one book each month for this feature and talk about it once a week. Also, don't forget to check our first posts that went up on Friday - here and here.
-  January sure was a month of busyness for me - check out what I did!

Reviews up!

Books on my nightstand
Well, I'm officially clearing out my nightstand today, because my family's going to stay with me for 3 months, and I want to spare them any anxieties thanks to the tons of books lying around. I can't help what the mailman brings in or what I carry in from the library, but my nightstand and shelves will just have to get pruned up a bit. (At least my dad loves to read, so maybe I can tempt him a bit by planting some good thrillers around.) I was supposed to clean up on Friday, but well, you know, some of the books were asking me to read them right away, and I didn't really feel like abandoning them on their shelves - not yet. You know how that goes?

Little Princes by Conor Grennan: It took me a while to start this, because I was expecting it to be a bit "deep", and after a few recent deep reads, I wanted something light. But on starting this book, it totally surprised me. The author's writing actually made me laugh - in a book that has been giving off "serious topic" vibes!
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: I usually do not pick a book to read while it's going through a hyped-up phase. And this book has certainly been popping up all over lately. For some reason though, I haven't really let the hype get to me yet, so I'm looking forward to reading this book soon.


Jan von Harz said…
Shaprio's book sound interesting and I have heard good things about Little Princes. Looks like a good reading week. Hope this one is enjoyable too.
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I'm glad to see you enjoyed 13, rue Therese! You should think about joining the Reagan Arthur Books Challenge. I'm really looking forward to Little Princes so I hope you love it too.
Kristin said…
I can't wait to read 13 rue, Therese - it sounds so good!

My It's Monday post can be found here.
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
That Little Princes cover is so adorable. I am totally looking forward to your review. Good luck hosting the fam :)
Athira / Aths said…
I know, right? 3 months is a long time for me too, after having moved out of my home 5 years ago. They came to the US when my brother was in hospital. No one knew how long is the best time for them to stay because we didn't know what kind of help my brother will need. So they took the longest period they were allowed by the US govt - 6 months. They've been in NY, LA, and SF so far, now they're coming to rustic VA, lol. Nice change of pace, eh?
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad you enjoyed Weird Sisters! I can't wait to start it.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope so too! Thanks, Jan!
Athira / Aths said…
Kathy, you're tempting me! I am going to have to look at the challenge this weekend! Little Princes is great so far, I can't wait to finish it!
Athira / Aths said…
It was really enjoyable! I hope you like it too!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad to hear that it was a good read even with the hype! That has been worrying me.
Athira / Aths said…
That sounds like a great blog! I will definitely check it out! Good luck!

You have to add 13, rue Therese! It was entertaining!
Athira / Aths said…
Oh I'm glad I'm not the only one to feel surprised by it - almost as if I judged it too early? I'm going to check your review!
Athira / Aths said…
Someone Else's Garden was a good read! I hope you check it out.
Athira / Aths said…
I've been seeing The Weird Sisters a lot around too! I'm trying to make sure that the hype doesn't get to me.
Athira / Aths said…
Yes. :D It is so far not what I expected, and all in a good way! I can't wait to read the rest of it.