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Cold morningsFor the past few days, we've been waking up feeling very cold. I've tried my best to ignore the season shift, but this morning, comfort took precedence and the heater has finally been turned on, if only for an hour. So while the afternoons are significantly warmer, the rest of the day and night is not. Personally, I love sweater weather, and with this year being a dud so far and not having been friendly to my wardrobe, I'm looking forward to some retail therapy.
Fall is about sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, wagon rides, corn mazes, so much good ole fun, and did I already say sweaters?
But, oh wait, we are still in a pandemic. Right, we'll find out what this year's Fall is going to be about. Even if some of these places are open, I know we won't be visiting any this year, so we are all going to be very sad. Maybe I'd try the corn maze - last time I went, it was not crowded at all, but we will have to …

Yet another Monday! (April 11, 2011)


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

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


So I missed posting this whole weekend, but I used up the time reading. I also didn't get to visit anyone over the weekend for the readathon, and part of me is now terrified to open my reader. I think it's time to use Google Reader's useful Mark All As Read button.

Books completed in the last week
-  Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata: I never heard of this book until a few weeks ago, but can't even stop gushing about how awesome this book is! The child protagonist, Katie, is simply wonderful.
-  A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei: Yet another awesome book with excellent women characters! I can't wait to review this one.

News from over my blog
Reviews up!
Books on my nightstand
This week, I was on some sampling spree. I was at some bookstore almost every day of the week, and each day, would pick a new title to test. I picked up The Blue Notebook by James Levine to read, but couldn't make much progress with it. It was a good read, but the metaphorical writing was just not making an impact. I know Helen's going to be disappointed about that, so I'll be giving it a try once more. I also picked The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer to read, and so far I don't know what to think of it. It is certainly well-written but I'm on the fence about the unfettered writing about sex. These are the books I'm reading this week.

The Coffins of Little HopeThe Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert: Thank goodness for egalleys and smart phones. I don't even miss a book now when I'm on the road or at work. However, this book isn't holding my interest too well. It's a nice work of writing and supposedly suspenseful, but I'm not feeling kicked enough to want to know more. I hope that changes soon.
Far to goFar to go by Alison Pick: I've had an eye on this book for quite a while. So when I saw this book on the TLC tour list, I just had to go in for it!
The Jack BankThe Jack Bank by Glen Retief: I actually started reading this last week and love it so far. Glen's writing is really vivid and awesomely descriptive, but I found that I can only read it one chapter at a time. That helps also because I keep wanting to put it down and think a bit.




Comments

Misha said…
I was eying Far to Go on goodreads the other day :D It sounds really good. I will be looking forward to your review.
Kristen said…
I really liked A Thread of Sky too and should have a review up tomorrow. I'm sorry The Coffins of Little Hope isn't keeping your attention better. I read and enjoyed it myself.
I'll be watching for your review of The Coffins of Little Hope - I've heard it's really good. Have a great week!
hcmurdoch said…
You're right, I got all excited to see the Blue Notebook on your list, but if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't. I am intrigued by Kira-Kira!
I've seen Far to Go around the 'sphere...and I'm curious. Hope you like it. As for The Uncoupling, I received it this week (downloaded from Amazon, actually!), and I'm looking forward to it. I'll be watching for your review.

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book journey said…
I like it in those rare times where I just get to read :) A Thread Of Sky is in my TBR and I can not wait to give it a try! Have a super week!
Vasilly said…
All of your books look great! Happy reading!
Cinnamon Owl said…
I really enjoyed Kira-Kira as well, it is a book I promote at work all the time to kids.

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Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to start it either. It does sound amazing!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm looking forward to your review of A Thread of Sky! I'll be reviewing the day after you do.
Athira / Aths said…
I've heard so too! I hope it picks up soon.
Athira / Aths said…
You should read Kira-Kira! I actually sent you a tweet about the book last week. I think you will find it an awesome book to recommend to your students. It's beautiful. It talks of the prejudice that Americans of Japanese origin faced - it's told in the voice of a young girl, Katie, and there's so much innocence about her. It doesn't even feel fake reading the voice of a little girl. A lot of immigrants and foreign-origin people in any country have probably felt like Katie at some point.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope to get back to The Uncoupling some time soon. It was really intriguing - the bit I read. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts.
Athira / Aths said…
I wish I had more opportunities for serendipitous reading. It truly felt pressure-free.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad I finally got to read Kira-Kira. It truly was amazing!