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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

Yet another Monday! (April 25, 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!

Another week of some good reading!

Books completed in the last week
-  Far to go by Alison Pick: This was a total WOW! You should check this one!
-  The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke: This was a really wonderful and touching memoir about grief.
-  The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds: What a well-done graphic novel based on the original Odyssey by Homer.

News from over my blog
-  The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke (ends on Wednesday Apr 27)

Reviews up!

Books on my nightstand
There are some exciting books on my stand this week, and I can't wait to get through them!

In ZanesvilleIn Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard: This is certainly one delightful novel about a 14-year old girl protagonist. In some ways, it reminds me of Finny, The Secret Life of Bees, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and many other books with quirky young main characters who are funny and yet so innocent!
The Lost GirlsThe Lost Girls by Amanda Pressner, Jennifer Baggett, and Holly Corbett: Ok, this is one HUGE book! Almost 550 pages, so it will be a miracle if I finish it in time for my review next week! But I've been so fascinated with stories of people dropping everything and going globe-trotting, so I can't wait to read this!
KamchatkaKamchatka by Marcelo Figueras: I couldn't find much background about this book, but I believe this was first released as a movie and then made into a book. At least the movie release date precedes the book's. Either ways, it sounds fascinating - set in Buenos Aires, from the perspective of a 10-year old, whose family is going into hiding.


Knittingmomof3 said…
Oh your to be read are wonderful! Enjoy your reading and your week. My Monday:
jules Ablaw said…
What a great selection of books!

Happy reading,
Young1 said…
I have the Odyssey by Homer on my Kindle Mac App waiting to be read but i just cannot bring myself to do it!

I checked out your giveaway and sadly only US! But i will get a copy of that book as just read a great review and am chomping at the bit to get into it! Another PIE addition!

The Lost Girls is another book i want to read sounds like something i want to do but cannot bring myself to drop all responsibilities so i may have to live vicariously through the book! Plus it will be an addition to my chunkster challenge!

Have a great week Aths :D
hcmurdoch said…
Sounds like you've got good books going this week! On your recommendation I got Far to Go on my iPad
Lettie Jacobson said…
I nlove how you put books in my nightstand as like you I always have a collection of books on mine!
I agree Kamchatka sounds fascinating and The Lost Girls sounds like fun !
Have a good week!
I enjoy books with quirky characters...In Zanesville sounds like a must-read. I've also had my eye on The Long Goodbye.

Pussreboots said…
Coming up I'll be reading a Harry Harrison book, more manga, more assigned reading for school and whatever else strikes my fancy. Come see what I finished this week.
Ooh, you've made In Zanesville sound fabulous! I'll be watching for that review.
Chinoiseries said…
Haven't heard about Kamchatka before, but it sounds fascinating. The only other book that comes to mind is Room (which I haven't read yet either). Sheila @ Bookjourney is also reading The Lost Girls, had no idea it had so many pages... it does sound like a good read though!
A book based on Homerus' Odyssey, that I need to check out :)
book journey said…
I have to look at your Far To Go review... how can I not - a won review is hard to pass up :)
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you, Jennifer!
Athira / Aths said…
The first step to reading The Odyssey is acquiring it - so at least you have that ticked off! I don't think I could bring myself to read it either - it's not just the book itself, it's the language. I would probably sleep through it.

I know what you mean about The Lost Girls. I would love to do something like that, but I don't think I could ever.
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Far to go.
Athira / Aths said…
I love coming to this meme every week and checking out what I can add to my stand. It's got a feel of serendipity to it.
Athira / Aths said…
In Zanesville is a really quirky and fun read! I can't wait to finish it!
Athira / Aths said…
It is certainly fabulous. The protagonist is so funny and witty! I can't wait to finish it!
Athira / Aths said…
I had no idea The Lost Girls had so many pages either. I'm flabbergasted, lol!
Vasilly said…
Yay! I'm glad that you enjoyed The Odyssey! I want to re-read it before returning it to the library. Kamchatka is a book that I've recently added to my tbr pile. I had no idea that it was a movie first.
Misha said…
Seems like you had a great week in reading!
Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras looks interesting. I did not know about a graphic novel adaptation of The Odyssey- maybe I should read that since I could not read the original.
Nise' said…
Glad to know you are enjoying InZanesville. I have it sitting on my stacks.
Athira / Aths said…
I believe you introduced me to The Odyssey, so yay for you! I'm glad I read it! I've been seeing Kamchatka quite a bit lately, so I can't wait to start it.
Athira / Aths said…
The graphic adaptation of Odyssey is really good! You should check it out. It's a great read for those of us terrified by the original Odyssey.
Athira / Aths said…
In Zanesville is really good! I can't wait to hear your thoughts, should you read it.