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Refreshed from a road trip | Weekly Snapshot

I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

What's Reading this Week! (Oct 28, 2013)

The spookiest day in the world is coming up soon, and in my book that is the beginning of the end of the year. Although I read very little during the first half of the year, the second half made up for it mostly.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Over the last two weeks, I finished only two books - Monsters of Men and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I enjoyed the Chaos Walking trilogy quite a bit and Monsters of Men brought it to a nice conclusion. Since I never reviewed any of the books of this trilogy, I'll do it in one post. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was an amazing read. It brought to mind another book - Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian but I think I loved this one more. It was sad, moving and occasionally made me worried for the narrator but it was also very uplifting and made me feel very hopeful by the end.

Next in the list
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Last night, I started reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, which is another title that I've been intimidated by but ended up loving from the first sentence. I found it on the Oyster app on my iPad, and being eager to try this app, I joined the trial and decided to give the book a go. I'll talk more about what I think of Oyster in a later post, but for now, both the app and the book are pretty good.

Reviews posted
1. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (Very thrilling!)
2. The Dinner by Herman Koch (Loved it!)

Review Backlo
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
2. Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
3. Quarantine by Rahul Mehta
4. MetaMaus by Art Speigelman
5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
6. Maus by Art Speigelman
7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
8. Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
9. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
10. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
11. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Have you seen the movie version of Perks? It's well worth watching.
Jenny @ Reading the End said…
Oh wonderful Chaos Walking books! I can't wait to hear what you thought of them. Are you planning to read Patrick Ness's new book, More than This? It's slower to start than the Chaos Walking ones, but it's fantastic in its own way.
Helen Murdoch said…
Perks of Being a Wallflower really is a good one. It will be interesting to see how the movie does.
pattismith said…
I need to get busy reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower so I can see the movie. My oldest daughter really enjoyed it.
bellezza said…
I noticed that The Perks of Being A Wallflower is on of the books World Book Night has chosen for givers to give away this year. I really want to read it!
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
I really need to try Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I remember being a bit annoyed by the ending of the Reluctant Fundamentalist, as always I wanted more answers!
Athira / Aths said…
Not yet! That's next on my list.
Athira / Aths said…
I'd like to read that one. I'm intrigued by it plus I liked the Chaos Walking trilogy enough to want to read more books by this author.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm hoping to get hold of the movie sometime. It should be pretty good.
Athira / Aths said…
I need to watch the movie too. The book was amazing and I have a lot of hope for the movie.
Athira / Aths said…
I noticed that too and was so thrilled. That book deserves to be on that list.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm enjoying the narrative of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It is pretty fast-paced so I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes.
Kim Ukura said…
I borrowed The Perks of Being a Wallflower from my boss, but haven't read it yet. Clearly I need to soon!
Meg said…
I remember reading and loving The Perks of Being a Wallflower as a teen, but I definitely think an adult re-read is in order! It's amazing the difference a decade and a half can make, eh? Also, I missed seeing the movie in theaters . . . must track it down!