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November 11, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 11/12/12


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, check it out and join in the fun! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Happppppy Monday everyone! Did you have a good week? A great week? I did! 


Incredible victory speech...watch it.

I'm still plugging away at the 30 Day Book Challenge. I've been a bit of a cheater cheater pumpkin eater though. First I was distracted by the election and then I found that some of the questions were just too hard/lame to answer. 

Days #12, 13 & 15: (Fave Childhood Book, Book that should be Required Reading, Fave Foreign Culture Book)
Day #16: Favorite Book Turned Movie
Days #17, 18 & 19: Skipping these!

Stuff on the Blog:
Another week of Let's Talk, the new meme that I'm participating in. It would be great to have more people join in. (That's totally a hint.)

The Blogger Buddy System and The Book Riot 50. I'd love to hear how many books from that list you've read!

I've joined the Secret Santa Exchange at The Broke and the Bookish. Sounds like fun, no? 

Onto the actual books I've been reading...

I posted some very quick thoughts on 5 of my most recent reads here. (The Ruins of Lace, The Middlesteins, This is How You Lose Her, The Art Forger & Illuminations)



I just finished the very lovely The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for the Book Club at Devourer of Books.


Currently Reading:

Upcoming Reads:

I'm still holding off from requesting library books. You guys don't know how difficult that is! You don't even know! Two books that I requested ages ago have come in though: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale. I'm very much looking forward to reading both of those.

I still have some books around the house that I need to get to soon. Some I've won, some are for review. They include: The Love Song for Jonny Valentine by Teddy WayneFresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang and With or Without You by Domenica Ruta. Great stuff coming up! Yay me!

How was your week of reading? Did you read something amazing?

51 comments:

  1. I stayed up until the President's speech on Wednesday morning just to make sure that Romney didn't pull a Bush and try to make a lawsuit out of Ohio. LOL. By that point Don had gone to bed but I was damned if I was going to wake up on Wednesday to find out that the President wasn't the President.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is going to be up early tomorrow morning.

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    1. I stayed up too! I still have nightmares from 2000. I'll never forget being at the grocery store the next day. People were just milling around, picking out their fruits and veggies. I wanted to holler, DO YOU KNOW WE DON'T HAVE A PRESIDENT??? I was traumatized..and as I'm sure you remember, it only got worse.

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  2. I've read 21 of the 50 books on the list. I've got Gone Girl on the stack and need to read it before the end of next week! Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Nise :) I can't wait to pick up the copy waiting for me at the library!

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  3. I was actually a bit surprised how quick the results were in. My DH rants that the folks on the west coast don't even get their votes in before the results are announced. It was a great media process of information.
    I like the looks of Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace. Hope you have another Happy Week!

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    1. Heck, they are still counting votes in California! But hey Florida? Just keep taking your time, lol. What is up with that state? Good grief ;)

      I'm really excited about Mrs. Robinson, it sounds like the perfect book for me!

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  4. Tides of War really caught my interest. Looking forward to your review on this one.

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    1. Thanks Mystica :) It's really good so far! Lots of a well developed characters, love that.

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  5. I don't think I could manage not requesting at the library. Since I've stopped buying like I did once upon a time, library requests fill that obsessive/hoarder/book lust feeling. Plus I work there, so I have temptation in my face.

    I still need to read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Glad to hear it is a lovely read.

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    1. I stopped buying and starting requesting years ago as well. It has been HARD to stop myself from requesting every little book I come across! But I'm making great progress through my tbr pile, that's for sure!

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  6. I stayed up manically refreshing cbs.com to see the updated results. I only caught the last 5 or so minutes of the speech but I'll get around to watching the rest.

    Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace looks super interesting. I might have to pick it up. :)

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    1. It's such a good speech, sigh..that man can TALK :) It's refreshing after 8 years of bumbling speeches by you know who, hehe.

      I can't wait to read that one. My fingers and eyes are itching to get to it ;)

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    1. So far so good Sam :) I'm enjoying it!

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  8. Gone Girl is on my TBR mountain, everyone I know has raved about it! I did the Broke & Bookish Secret Santa last year and it was fun. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. I feel like I'm one of the only souls on the planet who hasn't read Gone Girl yet, it's time to remedy that!

      Will you be joining in the Secret Santa again this year?

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  9. Well done for sticking with the library ban! Sounds a good week for you. I'm glad the acceptance speech (and Romney's concession) were posted online, gives us non-US people a better glimpse of it all.

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    1. It's been difficult, I won't lie ;) I always wonder what non-US people must think of the politics here. It's gotten CRAZY over the last decade.

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  10. Gone Girl was pretty awesome! I am a Jillian Flynn fangirl!
    Have a great week and Happy reading!
    Here's what I'm reading
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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    1. I'm definitely looking forward to finally reading it!

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  11. Me, too. Me, too. Me, too. I have some of the same books that I just brought home from the library and I just finished End of Your Life Book Club. Interesting.

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

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    1. Will you be reviewing End of Your Life? I'm interested in what others thought about it :)

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  12. I haven't requested books from the library in ages....it seems that getting my own books under control has taken priority. Now if I could stop buying...or receiving review books, I could return to the library! I think you're going to love Gone Girl, though.

    Sounds like a great week for you; I felt energized from mine, too.

    Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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    1. I *had* to stop buying books, I was bankrupting my family, lol. I'm doing a good job of getting through my tbr pile and I'm so glad! I'm looking forward to hitting the library HARD again once I get through a few more!

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  13. Wow lots of things going on I shall have to check out. Last week was crazy busy so I've been out of the loop (not that I can ever keep up anyway)! That Tides of War cover looks amazingly tantalizing and I am off to check it out on Goodreads!! Here is my Monday Post.

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    1. Isn't it a bummer when "real" life gets in the way? ;) Tides of War is GREAT so far!

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  14. I loved Gone Girl. Flynn writes such twisted women, I love it. Lol. Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace sounds interesting too!

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    1. I haven't heard a bad thing about Gone Girl, can't wait to get started on it!

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  15. If you start Gone Girl soon, you can talk about it on my blog!!!! We're starting Part 2 this week, but you're a reader, so you'll be able to read the book quickly and catch up in no time! Think about it!

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    1. I saw your post today about Gone Girl (and totally didn't read it because I'm scared of spoilers) and thought about how I should zoom to the library to pick up my copy. I'll finish up Tides of War and get to Gone Girl and hopefully I'll have something to add to your discussion :)

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  16. You're one of very few people I've seen read Tides of War. I have it on my shelves and am looking to getting around to it one of these days. It looks great!!!

    I have Gone Girl on my Nook and need to get off my butt and read it already. It was for my f2f book club, but I didn't get it finished up in time.

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    1. Get to it Andi! So far I'm finding it to be one of those sweeping epic sort of reads...looove those :)

      It seems I'm NOT the only person in the world who hasn't read Gone Girl then hmm? Yay!

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  17. YAY, Obama!!! Good luck on not getting more library books. LOL. ;)

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    1. Yay indeed! :D

      It's painful! I see my library's website up there on my toolbar...it's calling to me ;)

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  18. I've been plugging away at Expecting Adam by Martha Beck. It's a very thought-provoking look into knowingly carrying a child with Down Syndrome.

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    1. I've heard great things about that book over the years but I haven't gotten around to reading it for some reason. Adding it to my mental tbr pile :)

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  19. Congrats on holding off on the library requests! :)
    How are you finding Tides of War? I liked it but didn't love it.

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    1. I was loving it. Now I'm becoming a bit confused because of all of the characters. Still liking it though and hoping it wraps up well!

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  20. I was just discussing that Secret santa event on Twitter with some other people. I gave them the link to The Broke and the Bookish. It sounds good fun! I *may* run a holiday card exchange. Probably. Possibly. :-)

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    1. I'll keep my eyes open for your exchange, if you decide to so it that is ;) I'm excited about sending someone some bookish goodies!

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  21. I participated in the Secret Santa exchange at the Broke and the Bookish last year, thanks for the reminder to sign up.
    Gone Girl is excellent.

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

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    1. I think it's going to be a lot of fun to hunt for good books and goodies to send to someone :)

      I'm so excited to finally read Gone Girl!

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  22. I agree on the library holds breaks. It's really tempting to request everything. I've been limiting myself to titles I know will have a really long line. I'm first in line for the last Sookie Stackhouse book!

    And I'm so glad the election wound up the way it did. People were straight up celebrating the next day at work. I live in a total blue state.

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    1. I've never gone longer than a day or two without requesting something before this! I half expect one of the librarians to call and see if I'm ok, lol.

      We put up a giant map of the US here at home that night and filled in the states with red or blue as the night went on ;) The kids had a great time (so did I!)

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  23. Read so many reviews on Gone Girl. I have it on my TBR list. Wonder what you'll think of it. have a great reading week and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. You're welcome Laura, and right back at you :) I'm certainly looking forward to finally reading it!

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  24. I had a great week too! :-)

    It's definitely hard to stop requesting books from the library. I tried and failed and failed again! Maybe I will join the Secret Santa exchange. I love those things. Happy reading!

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    1. Yahoo for great weeks! :) You *should* join the Santa exchange, I'm sure it will be fun!

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  25. So how long are you holding off on the library books? I'm so impressed that you have kept away for this long!

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    1. It's amazing feat for this library addict! :) I'm waiting until I have my piles at home all read. Or maybe not ALL read but I definitely have to get it under control before I'll allow myself to start requesting again!

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  26. the elections certainly took over media, it was really hard to ignore!

    i worry about blog hopping because now i have all these links to cool things! i'll see which ones i can join! (i'll probably be one of those cheaters too :))

    guiltlessreading.blogspot.com

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