Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride, right? Last week I was wishing (or hoping) that back to school would mean more reading and reviewing time for me. Well, that didn't happen but at least the number of books still to be reviewed didn't get any longer! This meme is hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Books I completed this week are:

Daughter of the Bride by Francesca Segre
Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis by Robyn Harding
Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle
Half Empty by David Rakoff
She's Gone Country by Jane Porter

Bookmarks are still living in the middle of:

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Great Lakes Nature by Mary Blocksma (this is going to take me all year as I read her year's entries on the corresponding days of this year)
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell

Reviews posted this week:

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
What We Have by Amy Boesky
The Last Rendezvous by Anne Plantagenet

Books still needing to have reviews written (as opposed to the ones that are simply awaiting posting):

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Quickening by Michelle Hoover
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye
The Miner's Daughter by Alice Duncan
Miss You Most of All by Elizabeth Bass
How to Mellify a Corpse by Vicki Leon
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare by Arliss Ryan
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Rainy Lake by Mary Rockcastle
Ill-Equipped for a Life of Sex by Jennifer Lehr
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow
Finding Marco by Kenneth Cancellara
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Up From the Blue by Susan Henderson
Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
The Laments by George Hagen
Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz
Proust's Overcoat by Lorenza Foschini
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny Nelson
A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis
Cooking With Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson
Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Sex, Drugs, and Gelfilte Fish edited by Shana Leibman
Daughter of the Queen of Sheba by Jackie Lyden
The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter by Holly Robinson
Daughter of the Bride by Francesca Segre
Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis by Robyn Harding
Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle
Half Empty by David Rakoff
She's Gone Country by Jane Porter


  1. Kristen, I don't know how you'll get through all those reviews you have waiting to be written. If I don't write a review of a book in about the three minutes after I've finished it I forget way too much.

    As an aside I still can't get over calling a book Sloppy Firsts. Does this have any connotations in the US? It mustn't. All I can see/ponder when I see Sloppy Firsts is sloppy seconds (please don't google it if you don't know what it is, it is rather crude). I don't think they could ever release it in Australia with that name.

  2. So the secret to your reading quantities is that you're a vampire and never sleep? Posting blogs at 3:19AM.... Oh wait a minute, no babies but a new puppy. That explains everything, never mind -- no sparkly vampires here :)

  3. Wow... I feel a bit better about my to-review books - which only numbers about 9 right now. How do you plan to catch up?? Looks like you had another great reading week. Enjoy your books coming up!

  4. Wow, that's a lot of books to review! I am embarrassed to still be living in the middle of (okay, no, more towards the beginning of) Dickens' Little Dorrit. I'm afraid I haven't gotten any further for a long time now because I keep putting it aside for other books that can be read more speedily!

  5. Oh I can't wait to see what you thought of The Quickening...I read it a while ago...
    Found you through Mailbox have a great blog:)

  6. You had a good week. I think I have She's Gone Country coming for review. That will be a fun one for me since I do not like westerns, country music or cowboy reads... yes... I am drawn to this book. :)

  7. My review backlog has reached 8 or 9 or it could be 10 LOL and I alternate between shi*!ing myself and complete denial!

    Nag, nag, can you post reviews for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and The Lotus Eaters, they are both on my tbr pile and I want to know whether to push them up the priority list :-)

    Have a great week and happy reading and reviewing Kristen.


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