September 2, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/03/12


It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

I was a busy blogger this week and I didn't even realize it until I started putting together this post!

Read and Reviewed:
(Click the links to see what I thought)









Other Blogging Bits:

I decided to face a fear of mine by signing up for an online class.

A new feature highlighting books from my pre-blogging days

What are your bookish pet peeves? Here are a couple of mine


This Week?

I just finished reading Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart and I'll be reviewing it this week. I have In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson up next. There are a few books waiting for me at the library as well but they will have to wait because I've joined the Gone With the Wind read along and I have to get cracking on that! 

As always, happy reading!!

49 comments:

  1. You had a great week, loved your Pet Peeves post :) Have a great week and enjoy your reading!

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  2. In the Shadow of the Banyan and The Headmaster's Wager has been on many blogs with such positive reviews. Hope you enjoy all your books.

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    1. I adored The Headmaster's Wager, it was an excellent book. Thanks for stopping by Mystica :)

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  3. The Headmaster's Wager sounds good. My favorite book this week was Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Please come see what I'm reading now.

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  4. Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

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  5. You've been busy. I think you have a new look here at your blog if I'm not mistaken. I can't remember what the old look was, but this yellow and header just must be new. I love it!

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    1. Thanks darlin'! I'm learning as I go and trying out some new stuff here and there. I think I'll end up going with a designer at some point but I'm having fun playing around in the meantime :)

      (yellow is my ultra-fave)

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  6. A great week of reading for you, I've been hearing good things about The Headmaster's Wager so I've added it to my wishlist! Love your pet peeves, the bookmark in the last pic is classic and I wish I had one!

    Here's what I've been reading!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it, I hope you like it as much I did! I should really learn how to make and market those bookmarks, lol.

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  7. I'm impressed with your reading this week and I'm impressed with your decision to face your fear and take on poetry. Good for you. And good luck!

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?I hope you will stop by!

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    1. Thanks bunches Deb, I appreciate that a lot. I hope I enjoy the classes, but even if I don't I know I'll have given in a shot at least :)

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  8. Good luck with your online course - I've been thinking of taking a few, too, but just don't know exactly what I want to take.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

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    1. Thanks Kristen :) I have a great link for free online classes that I have yet to really explore: http://noexcuselist.com/index.html

      Maybe you'll find something there :)

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  9. First of all, I love the way you've set up this post; and secondly, yay for the upper right corner of your sidebar (word verification free blog!).

    Now I'm off to check some of your links...and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks Laurel! Word verification...YUCKO! :) Thanks for your compliment, it means a lot to me :D

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  10. Wow, you've been busy this week! And you've read some great books. Enjoy your upcoming titles and your online class. Should be fun.

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    1. Thanks Laura, and thanks for visiting!

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  11. Good luck with your class! I love poetry ~ I always think it helps to understand it when you read it out loud. :)

    Nothing Daunted sounds like a perfect book for me~ history, strong women, pioneering. Love it.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to learning about it. It's something that I've regretted not knowing more about and it's time to remedy that!

      Thanks for visiting!!

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  12. I so agree with your reading pet peeves! Best of luck with your online class. I am not sure I am disciplined enough to do it myself! Have a great week of reading.

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    1. Thanks Nise, I have to admit I'm a bit worried about the discipline aspect myself, lol.

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  13. Nice, four books this week. I didn't make it past 2 and a bit. I hope you do start to enjoy poetry. It sounds like a class for me. But honestly, no. Not now, at least. Good luck and have a great week!

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    1. Not too shabby right? ;) I wasn't completely thrilled with all of my selections this week but you win some and you lose some. Thanks for wishing me luck, I might need it!

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  14. I love To Kill A Mockingbird. One of my all time favourites.

    Good luck with your online class. I am not a huge fan of poetry and very rarely go out of my way to read it. There are a few that I do like though.

    Love your pre-blogging days post. Such a great idea. I didn't really have anyone to talk to about books until my book shop working days. I was one of very few readers at school so I know how you feel.

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm excited for the class. I've never been a fan of poetry either but I think that's only because it's always made me feel nervous!

      Isn't it great to have a forum to talk books now? It's been the BEST ;)

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  15. I really want to read In the Garden of Beasts. I'm excited to see what you think!

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    1. I'm into it now Lindsey, so far so good. People had no idea what was coming :( Even if they had an inkling they discounted it as too insane to keep happening. It's an eye-opener for sure.

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  16. I still have never read To Kill a Mockingbird. Someday....

    And good for you for signing up for the online class!

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    1. I think I might just have to challenge you to read that ;)

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  17. I hope you enjoy Gone with the Wind as much as I did!! Have a great week!

    Jen C
    Readinginwbl.com

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    1. I loved it the first time I read it but that was LONG ago. I'm looking forward to reading it again!

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  18. Good luck with your online class. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Yvonne :) Same to you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I like how you organize your It's Monday!
    I've seen In The Shadow of the Banyan around. It's a pretty cover but I have no idea what it's about...
    Good luck with your online class!
    Come check out my It's Monday!:
    http://shesgotbooksonhermind.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Adriana, I like organizing it this way so I can quickly see where I've been and what I've got coming up :)

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    2. Adriana, I don't know if you'll see this but I'm not able to comment on your blog. It could be that I'm a moron? LOL, I've been accused of that before ;)

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  20. I just checked out "To Kill a Mockingbird" this week at my library. Great minds think alike :) The Brunette Librarian's Blog

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    1. They certainly do! Have you read it before? It's so damn good, I really should read it yearly :)

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  21. Online classes are all about time management, if you can do that, you'll knock it out of the park!

    I actually loved my online courses when I was in undergrad and always did really well in them. It probably had something to do with being an introvert and feeling more confident to express my opinions through online discussions, etc.

    By the way I read your review of "In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree" and was very interested in your thoughts on it. I haven't read it myself, but I have seen it on a few of my fellow blogger's blogs. However, yours is the first review I have read, though. I have considered reading it, but I might wait and read some more reviews before I decide.

    Good luck with your online class!

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    1. Having some anonymity will actually be a good thing for me in this class too. I feel like a poetry dunce so that will probably help me speak up ;)

      Yea, check out some other reviews on Banyan. I know that a lot of people have liked it. I liked it ok, I just didn't loooove it.

      Thanks! And thanks for visiting and commenting :)

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  22. I actually haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird... I know, I know! But I'm pretty sensitive to injustice and I fear that the book might get me really down.

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    1. Oh you should! I think you would love it. The theme of injustice is there to be sure but the people fighting that injustice make the book what it is. :)

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    2. Alright, you've given me courage! :)

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    3. Woooo hooo! :) You'll have to let me know what you think of it when afterwards!

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  23. What a great blog/book week! You keep reading books I really should of read like Gone With the Wind :)
    I too have a fear of poetry unless it's fun children's poetry so good luck to you!
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thanks Lettie ;) I have a whole list of books that I should have read by now..we probably all do!

      Thanks for the good luck wishes, I'm excited/nervous about the class. I just hope it's not totally over my head!

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  24. My dad just finished The Garden of Beasts and loved it. He finished it in a week, and my dad is one of the slowest readers I know. I will be curious to see if you love it just as much as he did!

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    1. I'm smack in the middle of it now and I AM loving it! It's chock full of great info and I'm learning a lot which is my number one favorite thing about reading :)

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