June 16, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 06/16/13

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

Reviews:

A Complicated Marriage by Janice Van Horne

Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson

The Rest of Us by Jessica Lott

Read:

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Third Son by Julie Wu

Currently Reading:



Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Upcoming:

Robinson Crusoe is my spin pick for the Classics Club and I need to get to it! 


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Bookish Business:

I'll be guest posting over at The Well-Read Redhead this Friday. It's the first time someone has let me babble on their blog and I'm all in a tizzy over it! 

Don't forget that I'll be participating in the Literary Blog Hop starting on Saturday the 22nd. Come do some hopping and win some books. Sweet!

The best news of all? THE SLUMP IS OVER! I'm back to reading like a demon and I couldn't be happier!

Happy Father's Day to all of the daddies out there! 

92 comments:

  1. SO glad your slump is over. I'm doing that dance for you, actually. Picture that. ;)

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  2. Ohhhhh you're reading Golden Boy! Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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  3. Ah, good news about the exit of the slump....and you had a great week! I'm off to check out some reviews. Here's my SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY

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    1. I was so happy to see that slump pack up and go! :D

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  4. Glad the slump is over - that is the worst feeling! I have heard a lot of good things about The Third Son - I look forward to your review.

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    1. You and me both :) The Third Son was so good! I couldn't keep my nose out of it!

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  5. Yes, ditto all the well wishes that the slump is over. :) I know I've said it before, but I love your gif posts. In fact, it sort of inspired me today. Of course, I can't hold a candle to your posts.

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    1. Thanks Bryan! I have so much fun finding them. It's kind of a rabbit hole situation. I'll start looking and the time FLIES by because they are so damn fun! :)

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  6. I'll be curious to see what you think of The Golden Boy - I have high hopes for it!

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    1. So far it's great. Disturbing too, but I dig those kinds of reads. :)

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  7. Yay for the banishment of the slump - and just in time for summer too which is great!

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. Amen to that!! Who has time for a slump? No one!

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  8. I'm so happy to hear your slump is over! I'm in a bit of one myself at the moment, and hope to come out of it soon.

    I'm looking forward to your thoughts on The Third Son, as well as Under the Dome. Can't wait to read your guest post.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I hope you smash the slump soon Melissa. They stink!

      The Third Son was FAB! I ate it up :)

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  9. Yay for your slump being over! Those things are awful! :-) I'm behind on my Classics Spin book too. It's The Iliad so it'll probably take me a while to read! Enjoy your week.

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    1. The Iliad intimidates me. :/ I hope you love it!

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  10. Hooray for breaking out of your slump!

    Robinson Crusoe, yet another classic I need to get to... even though I'm keeping up at a good pace, sometimes I feel like I'll never manage to read all those classics on my list!

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    1. Hooray indeed, I'm so glad it's over!

      I need to make some sort of classics rule for myself. A classic in between each pair of new books? Maybe? We'll see :)

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  11. You were in a reading slump but still tackled UNDER THE DOME? Impressive!! Enjoy reading like a fiend!

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    1. Ha! I didn't think of it like that! I was in the middle of Under the Dome when the slump hit me. Probably because I was trying to read another book at the same time. I won't be trying that again anytime soon!

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  12. I am so happy to hear you are out of you slump, I know how horrible it is to not want to read, or to want to read, but not like any book you pick up.
    So yeah, it is over and I see you managed to read many books again, even Stephen King, well done!

    Kind regards, (and see you at the blog hop)

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    1. Thanks Bettina :) I'm really looking forward to the blog hop, it's a good one!

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  13. Hooray for the end of the slump! Looking forward to your guest post and your reviews on these anti-slump books.

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    1. I've had a string of great reads in a row now, yahoo! Thanks again for recommending Golden Boy. It's hard to put down!

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  14. Good for you that the slump is over!!!! Yah! I think we all go through that (heck I've been in a blogging slump for 6 months!). I can't wait to see what you think of Golden Boy. I've read so much about it.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! It was only for a few days but yuck, it wasn't fun! Uh oh on the blogging slump. I haven't hit that particular wall. Yet, lol.

      Golden Boy is amazing so far. I'm so glad I decided to read it.

      Thanks for visiting me here!

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  15. Glad your slump is over! Cool about doing a guest post this Friday.
    You read Under the Dome so fast!
    Happy Sunday :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited to guest post, yay! I'd love to have people guest post here as well one day.

      It felt slow to me, lol! I even read other books at the same time to slow myself down! Ha!

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  16. I'll have to check out your guest post! Glad to hear you're out of your slump.

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I'm super glad too. It was painful ;)

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  17. I dread slumps! So glad yours is over and you are back to Relentless mode.

    Golden Boy intrigues me. That title, that cover. I keep thinking of the William Holden movie, though. Or was it John Garfield?

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    1. Thank you, me too! :D Golden Boy is great. I stayed up too late reading it last night ;)

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  18. Love the reader's support group here! I am glad you're out of your slump! What book took you out of it?

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    1. Isn't this community the BEST? They sustain me :)

      Being able to really dig into Under the Dome helped. I was reading other books alongside of it which wasn't working for me. Right after Under the Dome I read Ordinary Grace by William Krueger. It was a beauty! My review will be posted tomorrow :)

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  19. Luv your little dancer celebrating with you! HapPy reading for a new week..
    And congrats on the guest posting - you'll be great ;)

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    1. Thanks :) I'm dancing right along with him ;)

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  20. The Under the Dome starts miniseries starts next week - I am so looking forward to it!
    Congrats for getting on out of your reading slump!

    Read on!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. I wrote it on my calendar so I don't forget, lol. I'm looking forward to it too!

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  21. I see you finished Under the Dome. I am reading that right now so I will be curious to see what you think. To be honest, I am struggling with it. I haven't read Stephen King since The Tommyknockers and I'm just having trouble getting into it.

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    1. I hadn't read a big King is so many years. As soon as I started this one it felt comfy to me. I really hope it grabs you soon! How far along are you?

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  22. Love the cutie-pie slump-bustin' dancer! I once read two books in a row with bicycles on the covers.

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Isn't he adorable? ;) It expresses my OVER THE SLUMP feelings perfectly!

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  23. Glad to hear you beat your slump. I think I have one coming on. The hubby and I were discussing Stephen King last night, I haven't read any of his work in a long time. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks :D It had been a long time for me as well. I read a short story collection of his this year but I hadn't read a big ol' classic King in many years. I was glad to sink back into his craziness, lol.

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  24. I have never read Robinson Crusoe. It seems like the perfect book to read outside under a tree in the summer, a book you can daydream with. :) I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

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    1. I have high hopes for it! It's a classic for a reason, right? :D

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  25. I loved Ordinary Grace. You had a good week. Looks like a good one coming up too.

    ENJOY!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Oh my word, I did too! I thought it was so beautiful! He has such a great writing style. Thanks for visiting :)

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  26. Are you going to be watching the t.v. series "Under the Dome" starting tonight?

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    1. I'll definitely be watching but I didn't think it started until next week! I'd better check the schedule! :)

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  27. Hoping my slump is over too.. we'll see ;) but glad you are out of yours.

    Hope to do the Classics Club sometime this lifetime also. All those great books I'm missing out on!!
    Here's my Bookish Memes Post. Hope you have another great week!

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    1. I hope yours is over, slumps are the worst! Oh yes, you should totally join the Classics Club! It's a great way to push yourself to read them :)

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  28. Glad to hear that your slump is over. I'm afraid reading a classic would throw me right into one. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading!

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    1. Ha ha! I have to respectfully disagree. I love most of the classics I've read. MOST. Wish me luck with Crusoe!

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  29. Just seeing that little boy dancing makes me happy! Golden Boy looks interesting. Have a good week of reading!

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    1. Isn't he a cutie! When the slump ended I did a very similar dance. I didn't look nearly as coordinated though ;)

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  30. So glad the slump is over- I feel like I have been in my own slump these past few weeks!
    Looks like you have some real good books coming up-enjoy!!

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    1. No more slumps allowed darn it ;) I hope yours is over VERY soon! Thanks :)

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  31. Glad you are out of your slump! I am doing the Literary Hop too!

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    1. Thanks, me too :) Good! I love that blog hop...there are so many wonderful books involved.

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  32. Slumps are so frustrating! I'm glad you're out of yours, and I love your little dancer GIF. He's so cute and exuberant!

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    1. Isn't he something? Very fitting for how I feel :)

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  33. Can't wait to read your thoughts on Golden Boy, a book I have my eye on. Glad your slump is over!

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    1. I'm in the homestretch of Golden Boy right now and I'm having a hard time putting it down. I've had a string of great luck with books recently, yahoo!

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  34. I am so happy for you that your reading slump is finally gone. Have a great week and enjoy your journey with Mr. Crusoe

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    1. Thank you Ciska, so am I :) I hope you have a great week too!

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  35. Ordinary Grace sounds good. I read one of his Cork O'Connor novels and liked it. Have fun with Robinson Crusoe. I remember, vaguely, reading that one summer in high school.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. It was absolutely delightful. I'll be meeting the author next week and I'm SO EXCITED! :)

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  36. Glad your slump is over! Looking forward to your guest post :)

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    1. Thanks Charlie. I'm very relieved that it's over :)

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  37. I remember reading a children's version of Robinson Crusoe many years ago. I still need to read the actual book. How was Under the Dome?
    Here ismy monday.

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    1. I don't think I've ever even read a children's version so I'm really looking forward to discovering this tale :) I enjoyed Under the Dome. It was very much a classic King.

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  38. I'm glad to hear that your slump is over! It sounds like there are some exciting developments in the works here. I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. It's a good bookish time right now. Lots of good stuff coming up and I've had a string of great reads in a row, yahoo!

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  39. Glad your slump is over, Jennifer!

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    1. You and me both Judith! ;) Those slumps are the pits!

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  40. I've never read Robinson Crusoe - I'm saving books like that up for when Hugh is old enough and I can read them to him at bedtime. That's what I tell myself anyway!

    Yay for the end of your reading slump!

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    1. That is a great idea Shannon :) You should put it in writing, notarize it, and tack it to your bulletin board ;)

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  41. I read Robinson Crusoe in college. I will be interested to see what you think.
    Have an awesome week Jennifer!

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    1. I'm looking forward to it. It's one of those books that I feel I should have already read!

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  42. I read Robinson Crusoe in college and did my senior thesis on an aspect of the novel. It has a place in my heart, even if it's sort of a ridiculous book. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Good ridiculous or bad ridiculous? ;) I guess I'll see for myself soon enough!

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  43. Yay for being over the slump! *happy dance*

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    1. I've been happy dancing all over the place! I've read a few stunners in a row and I'm a very happy reader :)

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  44. Good to hear the slump thing is done and dusted ... love the little dude's dance :)
    I have my Dad's copy of Robinson Crusoe, love that book. Have a great week and happy, happy reading :)

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    1. Aww, love that you have your dad's copy! I'm looking forward to reading RC. I hope I like it!

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  45. Glad the "slump" is over. It happens to the best of us!!

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    1. Thanks! I've read a few great books in a row and I'm back in the swing of things :)

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  46. Yay for ending the slump! And good luck picking up your Classics Spin. . . I haven't picked up mine yet either. I have Don Quixote.

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