Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

My reading this past week was characterized by my inability to stick with one book. I started quite a few and then set each aside to start yet another. Reviewing was thin on the ground too. On the plus side, I've started Christmas shopping so I am accomplishing something! This meme is hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Books I completed this week are:

The Naked Gardener by L.B. Gschwandtner
City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell

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
The Vagabond by Colette
Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float by Sarah Schmelling
A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Reviews posted this week:

Finding Marco by Kenneth Cancellara
Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

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

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
The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
Huck by Janet Elder
Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell
I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee
Never Trust a Rogue by Olivia Drake
After the Fall by Kylie Ladd
Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman
The Lacemakers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri
The Known World by Edward Jones
Victory Over Japan by Ellen Gilchrist
Web of Love by Mary Balogh
Pure Dead Frozen by Debi Gliori
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 edited by Simon Winchester
The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit Fai
The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal
The MacKenzies: Cole by Ana Leigh
Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Running the Books by Avi Steinberg
The Time in Between by David Bergen
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
Destiny Unleashed by Sherryl Woods
Grayson by Lynne Cox
What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
Hollywood Ending by Lucie Simone
Falling in Love Again by Cathy Maxwell
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Semper Cool by Barry Fixler
The Naked Gardener by L.B. Gschwandtner
City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell


  1. I am curious about The Naked Gardener.

    I have had times like that where no book speaks to me and I go from one to the other until finally one catches my attention. Have a super week! :)

  2. I really like A Civil Contract, but it's not really the usual Heyer lighthearted fluff. Did you like The Scarlet Pimpernel? I really plan to read that next time I visit MM.

  3. I received for review "Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms" by Mark Whiteway from the author.

  4. I agree the NAKED GARDENER sounds very interesting!


  5. Hi There!
    I'm your latest subscriber cause I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about a bunch of the books you have on your list to review!! Have a look at my list if you have a chance.

  6. I haven't read any of your books. Ooo, your list of books to be reviewed is... large! I'm only one behind and it's already bothering me. :-)

    Happy reading. Leeswammes (Judith)

  7. Wow, I thought I had a lot of reviews that needed writing, but you've got me covered! Good luck

  8. My list of reviews to write is out of control.

    To counter balance the large number of academic journal articles I'm reading, I read a bunch of books off my wishlist. Here's what I'm reading this week.

  9. Both the books you completed are on my tbr. I can't wait to get to them! Have a super week! Here is mine:


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