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Happy Independence Day to those in the US! 

CelebratingMy birthday was this past Friday, which was a day off at my workplace to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. We didn't do anything big this time. The husband and the girl baked and decorated me a birthday cake, and that was delicious. We also ordered takeout for lunch, beyond that, we didn't do anything major, unlike past birthdays, when we would at least hang outside. July is also when the girl is celebrating her birthday (in another couple of weeks). Earlier this year, I had my eyes set on a bouncy play place to celebrate her birthday with her friends. Sadly, that's scratched off obviously but I'd still like to see if there's something special we can do. She does want a unicorn cake that she once saw at a local bakery so we'll be ordering that. 
Working on It's been a busy weekend so far, working through several projects at the house. The husband added a few shelves to our laundry room closet - it'…

What's Reading this Week! (Sep 9, 2013)

I seem to have had a good couple of weeks in books. It feels good to read and know that I still enjoy it as much as I always did. Currently, I have seven books waiting to be reviewed, and I'm slowly beginning to knock those out of the backlog.

This weekend, I started reading How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman. It's one fast book - the comparisons of this book with Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep is what intrigued me initially, but I hope it is less like the latter than it seems to be hinting so far. Chapman's book holds a lot of mystery and gives you the feeling that something is not quite right with this picture but you're not yet sure where to place your bets.

Today, I'll begin listening to The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. This is one of those nonfiction titles I've heard plenty about but never wanted to read because I don't read nonfiction well. But I've been having great success with nonfiction on audio, making books like these more accessible to me. There are plenty of discs on this audiobook to keep me busy for a good long period.

Next in the list
I have three good books lined up after How to be a Good Wife. Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is top on my list. I've only read one Gaiman book previously (Coraline), which didn't impress me much. But I'm hoping this one will change that opinion. The other two titles are Always Watching by Chevy Stevens and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Review Backlog (Any that you want to see first?)
1. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
2. Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
6. The Baby-Sitters Club graphic series by Raina Telgemeier
7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Comments

Shelleyrae said…
I'll be reading How To be a Good Wife soon as well

Have a great week!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Tanya Patrice said…
Since I liked Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, I'll have to check out The Good Wife (also like the tv series by that name).

Tanya Patrice
Girlxoxo.com
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I wish they'd quit comparing everything to Gone Girl. Having said that, How to be a Good Wife sounds great!
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
I've got quite a review backlog too, hopefully I can catch up at the weekend!
Hope you enjoy Ocean at the End of the Lane, I'm planning to read American Gods or Neverwhere pretty soon.
Athira / Aths said…
Hope you enjoy the book!
Athira / Aths said…
I am so with you on that! Much as I enjoyed Gone Girl, it's not a subject that can have the same appeal the second time round. With so many books being compared to Gone Girl, I just don't feel like reading any of them.
Athira / Aths said…
I am hoping to enjoy Ocean at the End of the Lane. Hope you enjoy your picks too!
There's a Baby-Sitters Club graphic series??? *frantically searches the internet* How did I miss this? Move that up to the top of the review pile!
Athira / Aths said…
Yep! :) And I hope you enjoy the books. I haven't read the original books but I loved the graphic series!
Samadrita said…
I'd really love it if you review Forgive me, Leonard Peacock first.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks for suggesting! I will do it soon! :)