January 20, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 01/21/13

Found this cutie patootie graphic @ Once Upon A Twilight

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey
I love this meme, it inspires me to be a bit more organized than usual! 


It's been another great week of reading around here. Yahoo! 



Reviews: 

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

Much Ado About Loving by Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly

Astray by Emma Donoghue and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

Read:

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

The Bracelet by Roberta Gately

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
(Reviews coming soon!)

Currently Reading:


The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by—and woos—George Stillman online.  
For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games. But each of them is hiding something: someone from the past they thought they could leave behind. It is only when they put an ocean between them—and Amina returns to Bangladesh—that she and George find out if their secrets will tear them apart, or if they can build a future together. 



Upcoming:

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.


Bloggish Business:

I'm continuing to keep track of the settings in the books I read here. This is such a blast to do!



Judith at Leeswammes' Blog is hosting another Literary Giveaway Hop and I've decided to join in for the 2nd time. The last day to sign up is on February 6th. Go check it out! (And join!)

You can find more from The Relentless Reader here:








Have a super week of reading everyone!



53 comments:

  1. Love it, "...it's like TV in your head." Have a terrific week :)

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  2. The Newlyweds and The Imperfectionists look really good. Love the gifs!

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    1. I'm in the middle of The Newlyweds and it's very good so far :)

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  3. I'm so envious of your quick reading pace!!! It seems like I never make any headway. Today I spent a good portion of the afternoon unpacking and alphabetizing books that have been elsewhere/in storage for a while now. Conclusion: I have no business buying books EVER.

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    1. LOL Andi ;) Cut up that credit card! Hey, even if you aren't reading you're still working with your books and that's a good thing!

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  4. The Literary Giveaway Hop sounds interesting, but it bums me out that the organizer seems to think YA doesn't have any "literary merit." Like, what's up with that? :(

    I look forward to hearing what you think about The Imperfectionists—I've been meaning to read it for years, mostly because it has such a wonderful cover design.

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    1. I don't want to put words in her mouth but I think it's because there are so many YA giveaways around the blogosphere :)

      I'm looking forward to The Imperfectionists, I've been hearing about it for a while now and I'm a curious girl :)

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    2. Yeah, I agree that that's probably the meaning behind the post, but still...YA lit has literary merit! *pouts*

      :)

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  5. Glad you had a great reading week. I look forward to Astray.

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    1. Thanks Nise, it certainly was a good one!

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  6. Behind the Beautiful Forevers sounds like a book I need to read. I am looking forward to your review!

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    1. It's amazing! You really do need to read it :)

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  7. I hope you enjoy your reading choices this week!

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  8. Have a good week this time around as well! enjoy all your reads.

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    1. Thanks Mystica, I sure hope I do :)

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  9. I like the cover art for The Newlyweds.

    I plan to make 2013 my year of reading from my own bookshelves. Please come see what I'm currently reading.

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  10. Love that GIF! The Newlyweds sounds really good and rather different, can't wait to hear your thoughts. You're reading so much so quickly!

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    1. I'm having the best reading time of my life right now...zoom! :D

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  11. Dang, girl! You are just ripping through books right now aren't you?

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    1. I am, I am! I don't know if I'll be able to keep this pace up for the whole year but January has been AWESOME so far :)

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  12. You read so fast! I must admit, I am a tad jealous!
    Both The Newlyweds and The Imperfectionists look intriguing, not my usual reads but I'd like to take a look into them both. I hope we get reviews!

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    1. I'm so lucky that way :) I've always been a fast reader. I'm blessed! Reviews will definitely be forthcoming.

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  13. I like the look of The Imperfectionists...and also The Newlyweds. Enjoy your week, and thanks for livening up my Monday with your "action figures." lol

    Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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    1. You're very welcome ;) Thanks for visiting!

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  14. I really want to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. And the map is a fantastic idea, I think I'm going to do one for my Around the World in 80 Books Challenge! Have a great week.

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    1. Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a TRIUMPH. Absolutely beautiful. I hope you do a reading map, it's so much fun!

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  15. I started reading The Imperfectionists and then stopped last year. Can't remember why. Maybe I should give it another chance.

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    1. I've heard little things about it here and there. I hope I like it!

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  16. I see you have Beyond the Beautiful Forevers on your list. I've read a lot about that book. I must read it!

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    1. You really must, it is crazy good! Unbelievable book :)

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  17. You have read a lot of books already, love your map and those clips are hilarious!!!

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    1. Thanks Lori! My reading is on fire this year! :D

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  18. You are reading so fast at the moment, I'm jealous!
    And I have The Newlyweds on my kindle, I've been meaning to read it for ages. Hope you are enjoying it :)

    I've been updating my map too, I love the idea. The only problem is that I'm reading the Game of Thrones series and it doesn't exist in the real world!

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    1. I haven't run into that particular problem yet. I wonder if Google maps will let you create a fictional place? ;)

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  19. I love that first gif! I hope you have another great week of reading.

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    1. Thanks! I sure I hope I do :) Right back at ya!

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  20. Hi Jennifer! I think you have a great blog, and I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can go here for more information:
    http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/liebster-award.html

    Thanks!
    Amy Metz

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  21. Your GIFs crack me up. I love the iCarly one. Sam always made me laugh whenever my daughter watched that show.

    The Newlyweds sounds fascinating. I just finished a more lighthearted novel about arranged marriages, so I'll be curious to see what you think.

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    1. The Newlyweds was good, I ate it up in a day ;)

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  22. You are going to read The Imperfectionists!!!! We must discuss when you are finished. :)

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    1. I did! It was fabulous! Let's discuss! :)

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  23. love the GIFs on here..:) all the books here sound great.. I am not sure which ones to add to my TBR.. I have The Bracelet waiting to be read on my pile right now

    Following you now..
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    1. Thanks for following, I really appreciate it!

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  24. Hope you love The Imperfectionists. I just adore the cover of that one and have heard great things.

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    1. I read it and I looooved it! Great read!

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  25. The Newlyweds sounds so interesting! I have seen the book but the cover (yep, I judged it) looked kind of dull. I like the idea of a mail order bride type of novel, I've never read anything like that before.

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    1. No judging allowed ;) Just kidding, I do it too! I think you'd like that one Rebecca

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  26. Hey, I like your list.
    Two in particular caught my eye. The first was from your review list, Astray by Emma Donoghue. This one caught my eye in particular because of the author. I'd recently, well, a couple months back now, read one of her works, Room? I really enjoyed that book, and it's not a genre I've particularly shown interest in previously. My fiancee was the reason for trying it, as we'd agreed to do a book swap of books the other wouldn't usually read. Turned out well.

    The second, is The Newly Weds. This one was more for the cover. I love the two birds, and that it's not the full bird, but just down to part of their chest. This mimicks how they would do photos of humans, head down to just below shoulders. Not sure if that's the sort of resemblance the author was going for, but it certainly intrigued me. The story also sounds interesting from what I believe to be the blurb?

    Enjoy reading :)
    Check out my list if you wish. This Weeks Books

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  27. Hi Nathan, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked Room, that was one helluva book! Great idea to swap books with your fiancee, love that!

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