BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Book reviews posted this week:
Goldengrove, by Francine Prose
Next reviews scheduled:
The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman (ARC from the publisher)
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (RYOB Challenge, Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge) – still reading this weekend to coincide with the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk that my family and I did yesterday, but I plan to finish and review it before the end of this week
The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir, by John Grogan (for TLC Book Tours)
The publisher surprised me with two other books in the same package:
Now & Then, by Jacqueline Sheehan
The Hidden: A Novel, by Tobias Hill
Since both of these were unsolicited, I don’t feel obligated to read and review them, but at this point I let them hang out in TBR Purgatory for awhile – they both seem to have possibilities (despite their ratings on LibraryThing not being terribly impressive). They could end up as giveaway fodder at some point, though…
New additions to the Wishlist*:
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
The Confessions of Edward Day, by Valerie Martin
BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading
Book bloggers have made a difference – how will the new FTC disclosure guides make things different for them?
The Book Case is compiling a new blogroll of “Book Blogs We Love” – check out their first highlights, and share your suggestions!
Is “common reading interests” one of your couple-compatibility tests? Also, the quest to create a reader…may actually be succeeding, even if it doesn’t quite look that way
Dawn enjoyed The Lost Symbol, and I enjoyed her review of it!
Books that won’t make your TBR list, because they don’t actually exist
Book Events: Read-a-Thon Prep!
I have no illusions that I’ll actually make it through 24 hours of reading, although my husband is considering going off with the kids for part of the day to leave me with my books. Still, there will probably be a few things to do that can’t be put off, and I won’t skip sleeping entirely. There may also be periods of stir-craziness that won’t be satisfied by writing a progress update; I may need to step away from both the books and the computer now and then. Still, like many other Read-a-thon participants, I’m going through my shelves and putting aside some selections for next Saturday, looking for books that are not too long and could theoretically be fast reads. Here are my “possibles” (“(R)” signifies a book received for review):
Nothing but Ghosts, by Beth Kephart
Best Friends Forever: A Novel, by Jennifer Weiner
In the Woods, by Tana French
Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton (R)
Love the One You’re With, by Emily Giffin
Bitter is the New Black, by Jen Lancaster
The Longest Trip Home, by John Grogan (for the upcoming tour mentioned above) (R)
Heaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of Herself and Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe, by Maud Hart Lovelace (I’ve read them all before, but not for over thirty years)
After I took the photo, I went through my “2009 Book Acquisitions” list and found a couple more to add to the stacks, since I’m rather short on nonfiction:
And the thing sitting on top of the stack is my Kindle. I may start a new book on there too – most likely either The Help by Kathryn Stockett or This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
Most of the books I’ve picked qualify for at least one of the two reading challenges I’m working on.
Now I see why people get so excited about participating in the Read-a-thon – I can’t believe how much I’m looking forward to digging in to those piles of books!
What are you reading right now, and how are you enjoying it?