April 28, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 04/29/13


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Did you participate in the read-a-thon this weekend? Have you recovered? 

Reviews:
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Read:
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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Maus by Art Spiegelman

Currently Reading:



Upcoming:

I won't know until I finish my current read. Then I'll pick up whatever I'm in the mood for. 

Perhaps this? 

Bookish Business:

World Book Night was fabulous! I gave away copies of The Handmaid's Tale

I recommended The Hope Factory on Bloggers Recommend. If you haven't signed up for the monthly newsletter from BR you should! 

I was a tiny bit excited for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.

Speaking of the Read-a-Thon, here is the post that I updated throughout the event. I read some books, I ate some snacks, I kicked some ass. 
Hey, this is my 300th post. Groovy.

32 comments:

  1. You know my love for Vital Phenomena! It gets pretty heavy, though, so if you feel like you need something lighter it might not be the best time.

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    1. I'm all into heavy stuff. I don't know why, but I tend to read that sort of thing over and over. Glutton for punishment? Perhaps ;)

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  2. The cover for Sisterland reminds me of Dakota Fanning, which reminds me of My Sister's Keeper, which means I'll at least check out the book :) You got a lot done! I'm glad that you re-read Gatsby and loved it (I read that on Twitter yesterday!)

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    1. Those girls do have a Dakota Fanning quality don't they? LOL~ I love how your mind works Allison ;)

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  3. I just love the little cat typing away, so congratulations on your 300th post! The book by Antony Marra has a beautiful cover, that often influences which book I will pick next.
    Have a great reading week,
    kind regards.

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    1. Thanks Bettina! That cover is gorgeous isn't it? I know we're not supposed to judge books on their covers but come one! We can't help it ;)

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  4. Did you do a review of Orphan Train? The read-a-thon sounds awesome! I'd like to do it someday....April/May is always a very busy time of year for me. Maybe when I get another child graduated???? My fourth is a senior next year.

    I need to reread The Great Gatsby.

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    1. I haven't yet reviewed Orphan Train but I will be! Early May, I promise ;)

      The next read-a-thon is in October Heidi, kick the family out of the house and go for it, lol.

      I'm so glad I re-read Gatsby. It's a short but beautiful book!

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  5. Sounds like you had a blast with the read-a-thon :O) Sisterland looks good.

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    1. I really did! I love having the excuse to read, read, read all day long :)

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  6. 300th Post... :-O
    Are you serious? Wow.. I really hope that I will last that long!

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    1. I know, right? I'm very yappy apparently, lol. I've been blogging for 10 months or so. You'll last that long, I have faith!

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  7. Sisterland is on my list...I enjoyed another book by this author. Have a great week!

    Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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    1. I've heard good things about Sittenfeld. I might have to check out her other work :) Thanks for visiting!

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  8. How was Snow Child? it keeps popping up on my "you should read this" list and I'm terribly curious.

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    1. I thought it was FANTASTIC. Definitely worthy of being a contender for the Pulitzer. It has some fantasy elements that I wouldn't have thought I'd be such a fan of. I recommend it for sure!

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  9. Ooh, I bet Sisterland is really good!

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    1. I'm in the middle of it and so far so good. It's an enjoyable read :)

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  10. I loved Persepolis, and loved The Great Gatsby when I re-read it last year. I have Maus, both of them, but still haven't read them! I have Garden of Stones to read too. Did you like that one?

    I don't think I'd heard of The Snow Child before - will probably recognise the cover when I see it! - but based on your enthusiasm I'll have to look into it, cheers! :)

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    1. I read Maus and Persepolis for the read-a-thon. (Graphic novels are the BEST for that day) I loved them both and ended up ordering the 2nd volume of each right away!

      Garden of Stones started out strong. The 2nd half was hurried and weird to me :(

      The Snow Child was a finalist for this years Pulitzer. I highly recommend it!

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  11. I NEED to know what you think of Orphan Train! It's my next book club book! Woot!

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    1. You'll find out soon, muahahaha! I don't know why I'm being evil about it, ha! My review is scheduled for the 6th, very soon!

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  12. I'm excited to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I'm just waiting for it to arrive in the mail! Hope you have a great week

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it as well :) I've heard GREAT things! I hope it lives up to our expectations!

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  13. Your 300th post eh. With this and the read-a-thon it was some week to be had by you!
    I look forward to your reviews of books read this week, particularly your thoughts on The Great Gatsby.
    I hope you enjoy any upcoming reads, I'm sure we'll hear all about them in good time :-)

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    1. It was a fab and busy week :) I'll be posting mini reviews of the books I read during the read-a-thon. Actually, I just did ;)

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  14. City of Thieves and Life after Life look like they were great reads. I got what you meant about smiling during City of Thieves. Sometimes while reading The Book Thief I'd find myself laughing out loud...but then feel kind of weird about it considering the dark subject manner. I guess that's kind of the point though--despite all the awfulness in the world sometimes it can help to retain your sense of humor.

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    1. Those glimpses of humor can save a book from being too, too dark. :) Both Life after Life and City of Thieves were much better than I expected!

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  15. Congrats on your 300th post, whole numbers are always awesome. Will you be writing about WBN? :)

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    1. Thanks Charlie! I thought about writing about WBN :) Perhaps!

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  16. The Great Gatsby is in my list of top 5 favorite books ever!!

    My brother has been telling me to read City of Thieves for ages. He even gave me his copy. It sounds like I am going to have to get to it!

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    1. I can understand why! :D

      Oh yes, please do! It's not very long and it's very, very good!

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