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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! (May 16, 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!


Last couple of weeks, I barely read a word, mainly because there was a lot happening at my end, and also because I did get into a reading rut (could be the wet weather or the reading pressure). So, rather than brood about it, I just let myself take a break. I may still not be ready to be back, but I sure as heck am excited about some of the books that I want to read.

Books completed since the last update
-  The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg: Teen-angst is the best medicine to reading ruts, in my case. I definitely enjoyed this read a lot. Though some parts were a bit cheesy, it was still entertaining.
-  Vietnamerica: A Family's Leavetakings and Homecomings by GB Tran: Ever since I heard about the release of this graphic memoir, I had been itching to read it. When I finally saw it in my library, I just grabbed it, rut or no rut. This made for a beautiful read!

News from over my blog
Reviews up!
I did a spring cleaning on my nightstand as well, as some of the books have been languishing, and I figured a change would help me bounce back faster. So it's a totally different set of books that I'm reading now.

The Boy in the Striped PajamasThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: I read a tiny bit of this on Friday, and I enjoyed it. So I can't wait to read the rest of it and be pulled into Bruno's life. I know the rest of the world has already read it, so I'm determined to "catch up"!
The London TrainThe London Train by Tessa Hadley: I just loved the sound of this book the first time I heard about it and was doubly thrilled when it was on the Orange Prize longlist (It didn't make the shortlist however). I can't wait to finally start it.
The Jack BankThe Jack Bank by Glen Retief: I had to set this book down for a while, but that's not due to a lack of interest. On the contrary, I've been waiting to get back to it. Now that my nightstand looks more respectable (ahem), I can't wait to read this.
















Comments

Knittingmomof3 said…
 You have a fantastic week scheduled, enjoy!    My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2011/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-39.html
book journey said…
I have wanted to read Lonely Hearts Club for a loong time.  And Boy In The Striped Pajamas.... wow... I can not wait to hear what you think of it.  SO GOOD.  Follow it up by seeing the movie... it will break you into a zillion pieces.... it did me.
Books in the City said…
I am looking forward to your thoughts on London Train.  An author of short stories once told me that Tessa Hadley was one of her favorite short story authors.  I have been meaning to read her ever since
Chocolateandcroissants said…
 I could not read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-I saw the movie and found it truly haunting.
Pussreboots said…
This week I finished up the manga I had on hand. I typically read an issue over my morning cup of coffee. Come see what I'm reading this week.
BookBelle said…
I've been in those ruts before.  You're taking a good approach.  Just stop reading until the urge hits again - cuz it always does!  Here's mine:

http://bookbelle0819.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_16.html
Jan von Harz said…
I would love to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as I have heard some amazing thoughts on this one. I have been in a bit of a rut for the past month myself, but am hoping when school ends that will end too. Have a great week!
Christina T said…
I still haven't read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas but I really want to. I enjoyed your review of The Lost Girls. I have that on my TBR list and won't allow myself to buy it until I finish Sideways on a Scooter. I hope you get out of your reading rut soon. I agree with you about The Lonely Hearts Club. I enjoyed it when I read it last year. Have a wonderful week!
hcmurdoch said…
 Lonely Hearts Club sounds like the perfect remedy to a rut. I am definitely feeling the need for an entertaining, light, fun YA read!
Jenna said…
Taking a break from reading while you're in a rut is really a smart thing to do. I think when I force myself to read when I feel like that the book suffers from my negativity. Also, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The London Train! This one's been on my list for a while.
I hope you have a great week of reading!
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks, Jennifer!
Athira / Aths said…
I do plan to check out the movie too, right away! I was inspired by your twin reviews to give both a try.
Athira / Aths said…
That's nice to hear! I'm not a big fan of short stories and I've only read one chapter of this book, so I'm not sure how it is. But it's good so far!
Athira / Aths said…
I haven't watched the movie yet, but that's on its way from Netflix. I do plan to watch it, but I know.. I've heard that it can be a very emotional read/watch. I hope I can sit through it.
Athira / Aths said…
I agree! Previously, I'd just keep reading and before soon, many of the books get negatively rated. By taking a break from reading, I really managed to get some fresh air.
Athira / Aths said…
 I used to get in ruts towards the end of semesters too. Maybe it's a combination of exams and the busyness and the anticipation of the vacations. I hope you get out of the rut soon!
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Sideways on a Scooter! I hope you enjoy Lost Girls too!
Athira / Aths said…
I thought you read Lonely Hearts Club. I feel like I did see a review on it on your blog. If you haven't you may enjoy it. It's a nice read especially for girls, since the protagonist really comes into herself and decides she can't let boy issues dictate her life. I can send you my copy if you're interested.
Athira / Aths said…
I
agree! Previously, I'd just keep reading and before soon, many of the
books get negatively rated. By taking a break from reading, I really
managed to get some fresh air. The London Train is looking good so far!
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks for dropping by!
Allison said…
 I've been wanting to read THE BOY IN THE STRIPPED PAJAMAS for a while. How are you liking it?
Athira / Aths said…
So far, it's a great read! It reads quick too. I haven't reached the emotional parts yet, but it's good so far.
I've been curious about In Janesville...hope you enjoy all of your books.

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
 I'm curious about London Train.
Athira / Aths said…
 I hope you read In Zanesville! It's a really entertaining read!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm liking it so far! I can't wait to get back to it!
What a great list of books! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is one I've been intending to read for ages. Hope you enjoy the rest of it, and all your other reads this week.
Meghan said…
 I was so affected by the Boy in the Striped Pajamas when I read it but I know everyone else didn't agree. I'll be interested to see what you think!
Zohar said…
I have been looking forward to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for about a year. One day I will....
Darlene said…
 I really need to do some spring cleaning on my night stand.  It is a disaster.  I've wanted to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for a long time now.  One of these days I will.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I'm enjoying Boy in the Striped Pajamas a lot! I'm glad I finally picked it up to read.
Athira / Aths said…
I did read mixed responses to Boy in the Striped Pajamas, so I have been curious to know what I would feel. There are some aspects that feel far-fetched to me, but overall, it reads well do far.
Athira / Aths said…
Soon.. soon, pick it! :) I remember saying that for a while too, so I hope I finish it asap!
Athira / Aths said…
 I hope you get to read it soon! I kept promising the same thing for a while, so I'm glad to finally pick it up.
Cheesy books are fun somethimes. ;)  
Misha said…
  I am very curious about The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg - I can't seem to decide whether I want to read it. And omg! You've The London Train! Ever since I saw it on the Orange Prize Longlist, I've been dying to read it. I will be looking forward to your review.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I agree! :) 
Athira / Aths said…
@twitter-173299951:disqus  Lonely Hearts Club is actually pretty cute. If I liked it, you just might. I happen to be a very tough audience for YA books. :)

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