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Yet another Monday! (Feb 13, 2012)


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

Sheila @ Book Journey wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!

The Face Thief
What is it about Mondays that bring the blues on Sundays itself?

This week, I started reading The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb. I have seen this book on a few blogs already, but fortunately or unfortunately, I don't remember what any of the impressions were. So it feels like reading a book without knowing anything about it. I admit that it is the title that pulled me into the book, but right from the first page, the beauty of the language is very obvious. I have a feeling The Face Thief and I will have a good time together.

Which pages were turned...
-  I just finished reading Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society hours ago and have to confess that this is one of those situations when I really wished the book didn't end. I also finished American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, a book I have a lot to talk about.
-  I am still reading Lynn Sheene's The Last Time I Saw Paris - which I didn't get to last week, but plan to finish this week.
-  Short Story of the week - The Shawl (click for my review) by Louise Erdrich - a must-read in my opinion.

...And other news
-  Review: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
-  Some literary tidbits and news.
-  This stuff is so disturbing - on reading about topics that we find challenging.


Happy reading!


Comments

Sheila (Book Journey) said…
The Shawl has peeked my interest.... :)
The Face Thief looks intriguing

Wishing you a great reading week!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Karen Sime said…
The title, The Face Thief, would get me to pick it up on its own too. Look forward to seeing what you think of it. 
Abbi Hart said…
Love the cover of The Face Thief!
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I'll be interested to see what you think of American Dervish.
You have a nice variety of books...I have sometimes grabbed a book by the title, without knowing much.  It can be a real adventure.  Enjoy!

Here's

http://laurelrainsnow.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/monday-from-the-interior-mailbox-monday-what-are-you-reading-feb-13/
Helen Murdoch said…
I really look forward to your review of Dervish and am now completely intrigued with the Face Thief, knowing nothing about it
Vasilly said…
Looking at your short story post makes me want to read short stories more! Never heard of The Face Thief but it sounds interesting. Happy reading!
Kim Ukura said…
I love reading books when I don't know much about them. That doesn't happen very often, but it's fun when it does! The title of The Face Thief does make it sound good.
Lindsay said…
I loved The Guernsey Literary.... and am interested in reading American Dervish. Hope you have a good reading week. New follower here. 
http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.com/2012/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html
Leeswammes said…
I'm curious as to what you'll think of The Face Thief. Like you, I have seen it on other blogs, it appeals to me, but I cannot remember anything about it. I actually love reading books that I don't know much about - at the time I chose the book (bought it or put it on my wishlist) I must have had a reason to want to read it, but by the time I get round to reading it, I usually don't remember what that was. Ideal!
nomadreader said…
It sounds like you're on a reading streak! I'll be curious how you feel about The Face Thief too. I thought it looked fascinating, but then I read many negative reviews in traditional publications. Enjoy!
zibilee said…
I actually just finished The Face Thief yesterday, and I loved it! It was such an unusual book, and I felt that I learned so much from it. Definitely different than most of my normal reads, but also very intriguing.
Burgandy Ice said…
Fun recap of comin' and going!!  I don't recognize the titles, so I love your little blurbs. Thx!!

Here's mine: Colorimetry
Juju of Tales of Whimsy.com said…
I can't wait for your review of 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
PS When will you be posting wedding pics? I'm itching for more.
Lisa said…
I do that all of the time - I see a book all over and know that I'm interested in it but then I can't remember anything about it when I pick it up!
Pussreboots said…
I have The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book on my TBR.

I caught the flu on Wednesday. I spent much of the weekend in bed reading. Please come see what I've read.
Elisha German said…
The Face Thief does look good. Find me here:
http://bookjunkiemom.blogspot.com/2012/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_13.html
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you get to check it out!
Athira / Aths said…
It was a mixed bag for me. I'll hopefully have my review up tomorrow.
Athira / Aths said…
It's so wonderful to read a book you've heard of but know nothing about. 
Athira / Aths said…
Face Thief is definitely intriguing so far! Can't wait to read more of it.
Athira / Aths said…
I've also loved it when I read books I don't know much about. I've been trying to do a lot of that this year.
Athira / Aths said…
Isn't it wonderful to read a book you barely know anything about. I try to take advantage of that whenever possible, but there are very few books like that (among those I want to read).
Athira / Aths said…
So far it's going great. I think not knowing what to expect helped with that. I should be done with it by this week.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! So far it is interesting, but I still have a long way to go.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm so glad that you loved it! I can't wait to finish it. It is intriguing so far.
Athira / Aths said…
Isn't that fun when it happens? I love not remembering what a book was about, especially if it turns out really good.

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