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Hello you guys! I seem to have forgotten how to blog with everything going on around here. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Hope you all are coping okay?

Last week Things finally got to some semblance of a routine this week and I've been finally feeling better and in charge of my emotional faculties. I've taken over one of the upstairs bedrooms and set it up as my office-cum-homeschool room. In other words, the room is a big mess, but both my daughter and I are able to navigate the room fine as everything in the room has a meaning in our own brains. We're both very organized that way. I've been using a sit-stand desk for my work laptop and I'm a little glad that I got to try this system finally. When I'm not working, I'm helping the girl with her letters, numbers, or fun activities. Trust me, this is difficult but we worked through the system this week, and think we have it under control. My father-in-law watches my son during the day as the little ma…

Yet another Monday! (April 18, 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!


I love weeks like last week when I get a lot of reading done. Especially when each of the books have 300-odd pages!

Books completed in the last week
-  The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry: This was a sweet read! It was my first experience reading a fiction title with a foodie background, complete with recipes.
-  The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer: I actually enjoyed this more than I expected to. I've been saying this all day yesterday - Meg Wolitzer's writing is so beautiful that even if this book was missing in plot and characters (which it wasn't), I would have still remained hooked to the book.

News from over my blog
Reviews up!

Books on my nightstand
In a sense, I'm glad April is winding up. I've had a strenuous reading month and I'm eager to read for pleasure next month. Reading new and upcoming titles is cool, but that is stressful too, you know?

The Coffins of Little HopeThe Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert: I haven't been able to read much of this last week, because of other books calling my name, but I still have just 40% left in the book, so I should be done in the next couple of days.
Far to goFar to go by Alison Pick: I know my review of this book isn't up until Wednesday and I still have half the book to go, but can I gush already? It's not often that I come across a book that hooks me from the first page and makes me sure that this is a WOW book even before I know where the book is going, but this one is IT.
The Long GoodbyeThe Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke: There's going to be a lot of death and grief to handle here, so I hope I'm up to it. Still, I've heard good things about this one. I only hope it grips me quickly because I will have just a couple of days to devote to this one.







Comments

Knittingmomof3 said…
You enjoyed The Uncoupling far more than I did. I adored The Coffins of Little Hope and I will be reading The Long Goodbye this week. Happy reading and enjoy your week. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-35.html
Sandra said…
I loved Bel Canto (I read your review). Hearing so many good opinions of Coffins, and death and grief makes O'rourke's sound like my kind of book. My recent reads have been posted. Have a good reading week.
Nicole said…
I was just re-reading some of the passages in The Uncoupling and marveling over Wolitzer's writing. It was so easy to get caught in reading what I had just read. It's a book I continue to think about.
Samita said…
I'm not familiar with these books, I hope you enjoyed them :D
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
I like the Far to Go cover. It makes me think of that film, What Dreams May Come.
It looks like you're in for a good reading week.
hcmurdoch said…
Wow! I cannot wait to read your review of Far to Go (and the, of course, add it to my TBR list). Way to set the anticipation! Have a great week
book journey said…
I can not wait to read The Kitchen Daughter! My library does not have it.... I may suggest they order it :) Have a super week!
Young1 said…
I really want to read The Uncoupling i have seen it about almost everywhere! Have a great week! :D

Oh i updated my PIE list!!
Darlene said…
Hi Aths, I just followed your great blog! I'm just reading The Uncoupling now and I'm still not sure what I think of it - it's definitely different. I'll go and read your review after I finish it. The Kitchen Daughter I hope to read soon! Now I'm off to find your review of A Thread of Sky since I just finished that one recently. Have a great week!
JP said…
Wow! Far to Go looks amazing... I'm adding it to my Amazon cart now!
Misha said…
I can't wait to read The Uncoupling! Far to go by Alison Pick sounds great - I will be looking forward to your review.
Happy Reading!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I'll be looking for your thoughts on The Long Goodbye. So far, I really like it!
Athira / Aths said…
The Long Goodbye is pretty good! I'm surprised because I assumed it will be monotonous, but it's really intriguing.
Athira / Aths said…
I know, right? It's the kind of book you should read to savor the writing at least, even if the themes don't agree with you.
Athira / Aths said…
I did! Thank you for dropping by! :)
Athira / Aths said…
I haven't heard of that film. I need to do that! :)
Athira / Aths said…
I hope so. So long as it goes like last week!
Athira / Aths said…
Yes, you will have to add it to your TBR! Watch out for a totally gushy post coming up tomorrow! :)
Athira / Aths said…
You should definitely suggest that they order it. It was a cute read!
Athira / Aths said…
I am going to check out your PIE list right now! Yay!
Athira / Aths said…
I agree, Uncoupling is certainly different - it's not something I would usually pick up, and it's not something I completely identify with, but oh, that writing - it's so beautiful!
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! I hope you like it. I'm absolutely spell-bound!
Athira / Aths said…
It was certainly a different read. The writing was definitely beautiful! I plan to review it next week.
hcmurdoch said…
Me again. I tagged you in a meme on my blog (Four Things)
christa @ mental foodie said…
I can't wait to read your The Kitchen Daughter review. Just got it from the library after I read good reviews on diff blogs :)
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! Can't wait to hear your thoughts! I will be reviewing it this week.

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