July 14, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 07/14/13


Reviews:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


Currently Reading:
I'll be finishing this up today! 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Upcoming:

The same books that I listed last week, ARGH! And the following beauties:

Please ignore the shoddy quality of this photo. 

I normally don't share braggy LOOK AT MY BOOKS pictures. I can't help myself this week because I've received some books that I'm crazy looking forward to! 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
Tampa by Alissa Nutting
The Measures Between Us by Ethan Hauser
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (I actually whooped for joy when I opened this one!)


Bookish/Bloggish Business:

I've been a busy bee this week. I haven't had as much reading time as usual. It's okay though, I'm busy with good stuff! Haircut, pedicure, Big Brother 15, and a visit with my mom and sister.

Damn you Big Brother. I swore I was done with you when you started casting 20 year old hard bodies exclusively. Bah. I blame my youngest daughter. "Just watch the first episode with me Mom!" Uh huh.

You've probably heard about the extremely racist comments that some of the house-guests on BB15 have been making. It's incredibly upsetting. That's all I can say about it for now because it makes my stomach hurt and my hands shake.

I woke up to hear about the Zimmerman verdict and about the death of Cory Monteith. I have no words.

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  1. With all the sad news, I'm glad I'm off Facebook and Twitter for a few days. Unfortunately, I couldn't have timed it better. :( Of course, I think it's always a good time for those breaks anyway.

    Hey, where are the gifs today? :)

    As for A Prayer for Owen Meany, you're making me feel guilty now. I need to get that for the readalong too, but just haven't yet. At least, I still have time and am not rushing it -- like some people I know...ahem. ;)

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    1. It's a great time for a break Bryan!! No gifs today, lol. I'm doing a whole review in gifs this week though, stay tuned ;)

      I'm not rushing, I swear! In fact, I started the book way late because I know I read too damn fast, lol.

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  2. Ha! Big Brother. I've tried to watch, but I can't keep track of how often it's on. Still, I love to keep up through my friend Melissa's blog (http://smartladieslovestuff.com/television/dumbtv/smart-ladies-love-dumb-tv-big-brother) because she has some hilarious commentary.

    That is an exciting stack! I can't wait to see what you'll think of Tampa. I have a few of the others waiting for me, too. I'm totally excited about The Affairs of Others and Five Days at Memorial.

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    1. It's on eleventybillion times a week, that's why, lol. I'll have to check out that site!

      Tampa is the big controversial read this summer and you know I love that ;) Five Days! Ahhhh, I'm so excited to read that I can't even tell you!

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  3. I hate reality shows...lol; so I don't watch Big Brother. I don't even like their ads.

    But to each his/her own.

    So sad about Cory.

    I definitely want to read the JoJo Moyes book. Here's MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY POST

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    1. I don't watch many but the ones I do totally SUCK ME IN, lol.

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  4. Looks like an exciting reading week coming up! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Tampa. I've been dying to read it but my library system doesn't have it :(

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    1. I keep hearing that it's disturbing/disgusting/CRAZY. I dig that kind of stuff, I can't help it! I hope your library gets their hands on a copy!

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  5. Your stack of books is making me drool - Tampa, the new Moyes, The Silent Wife - GAH! So many new lovelies.

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    1. Right??? I'm wicked excited about that stack of goodness :)

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  6. Yay for those new books! And can't wait to see what you think about Owen Meany.

    The world is just a sad, sad place today. AND I hadn't even heard of that Big Brother racism drama because it's not a show I watch, but GEEZ. I have so little faith left in people.

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    1. I want to DEVOUR the rest of Owen Meany today. If only the chores around here would do themselves!

      Isn't it? Sigh. I thought things were supposed to get BETTER. It's like we've stepped back in time lately. I don't understand :(

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  7. Nice collection of new books.

    I definitely want to read Mrs. Poe.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I'm looking forward to ALL of them :)

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  8. What a horrible news weekend. (insert sad sigh...)

    That being said, I've heard nothing but crazy things about Tampa, so I look forward to you review of it. I also have to add that as a huge John Irving fan, I Owen Meany is one of my favorites!

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    1. Sad sigh indeed :(

      Owen Meany is fantastic. I had a feeling that I read it before...but nope! I would have remembered it! I'm hoping to finish it up today. HOPING.

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  9. So horrible on both news accounts :(

    I keep hearing about how great Owen Meaney is. Need to get on that!

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    1. I finished Owen Meany this evening. Sigh...so so good!!

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  10. Ah, you have Tampa, I can't wait to get my hands on that book!
    I have no experience of US Big Brother but if it's anything like UK Big Brother the racism doesn't surprise me. I am also a bit sick of society this week, some tough times at work and sometimes I honestly despair.

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    1. I was very happy to get Tampa in the mail. It's going to be much-discussed in the book world I'm sure. :)

      I feel your despair Sam. What's with the world today? Seriously.

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  11. LOL!! Girl, it took me YEARS to get back to chunksters after starting blogging. It's frustrating spending so much time on one book, I know. I'm about 2/3rds through with Owen Meany and really hope that I finish by Thursday so that I don't have to lug it on vacation with me.

    I'm looking forward to Mrs. Poe, too. I'll look forward to what you think of the Jojo Moyes!

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    1. It's frustrating at times, feeling like I can't read what I want when I WANT TO ;) You know exactly what I mean. I hope you can finish Meany before you leave!

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  12. I loved Owen Meany! It's one of my favorite Irving novels. I also liked Hotel NH and The World According to Garp...highly recommended.

    I have tried to stay away from the mainstream stuff this wee, particularly with the Trayvon Martin case. People can be so horrific to each other.

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    1. Don't you just love Irving? I have such a crush on him, lol.

      It's a good idea to stay away from the news lately, it's awful.

      Thanks so much for visiting!!

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  13. Oh gosh yes ... I was reading about the Zimmerman trial last night and was shocked at the verdict. It makes NO sense. And that girl on Big Brother? I saw that on an entertainment show ... I can't believe they let her stay there! Though I did see that her and some other guy have been fired from their day jobs.

    Anyway ... enjoy your reading this week!

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    1. This is one of those days I want to curl up in a ball and ignore the world. Ack. What in the hell is happening out there?? Craziness.

      Thank goodness for good books!! :D

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  14. I liked BB last year, but this summer is not good. Aaryn has to go and GinaMarie is so boring. Cheering for Elissa, for no reason, but to upset Aaryn. :)

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    1. LOL, I'm cheering for Elissa too. And Helen. And Andy. And Amanda. Ha! I really didn't want to watch it this year darn it. ;)

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  15. I have JoJo Moyes' new book on my Kindle and can't wait to read it! I'm not a TV watcher so most of this week's news doesn't really affect me. There's no shortage of bad news out there, that's for sure.

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    1. I never watch television news. Unless The Daily Show counts? But I do have a small obsession with the latest happenings around the world so I have all of these notifications set up on my phone. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it's awful.

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  16. There's nothing wrong with braggy LOOK AT MY BOOKS pictures! I love seeing them. =) I'm really looking forward to Mrs. Poe...

    Here’s my POST. Happy reading!

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    1. Lol, thanks Diana :) I hope Mrs. Poe is good. There have been SO many ______'s Wife books out lately.

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  17. I loved seeing the books you've gotten recently - not braggy at all! (Seriously, I don't think you could ever come across that way)

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    1. Thank you Monika!! I sure don't want to :)

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  18. I love eyeing your books! What a great collection! I have a copy of The Affairs of Others on my bookstand now and look forward to what you're thoughts on it.... And your youngest daughter is going to keep you "cool"! ;-) Which is what my "new" granddaughter is going to do for me. I married her grandfather recently and she told him, she "couldn't wait to meet her new grandma"... a term I never thought I would hear, but thoroughly love.

    Have a great week!

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    1. That is so sweet Suzanne! :D Congrats on your marriage and on acquiring a granddaughter in the process :)

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  19. Five Days at Memorial is on my reading list too! I can't wait to read your thoughts on it. I wasn't surprised about the Zimmerman verdict but did hope that it would be different. It's so sad that Cory Monteith died. :-( He was so young.

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    1. You know, I wasn't surprised either. Disappointed, but not surprised.

      I can't wait to start Five Days. I'm going to TRY to wait until closer to its pub date but it won't be easy ;)

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  20. that stack of books makes me get all Gollum like ... "my precious" lol. Aussie Big Brother is due to start soon and I'm sure I'll be watching it against my better judgement ... again ;)
    Happy reading!

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    1. LOL Gullum like! Love that ;) I hope the Aussie BB house won't be as filled with JERKS as the US house is this year!

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  21. I have Five Days at Memorial here, too! Let's see what you think.

    Here's my It's Monday. Love to have you stop by!

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    1. I'm so happy that came in the mail, I did a little dance when it did :) I hope we both enjoy it!

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  22. I've been wanting to read The Silent Wife for a while now. Enjoy your reads!


    Take a look at what I'm reading this week!

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    1. I'm looking forward to that one as well :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. I am such a slut for reality tv. Except I have never watched Big Brother! Crazy. I am an addict for Bravo shows though. It's bad. Lol.

    And Owen. That book kills me its so good.

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    1. Ha ha ha!! I don't watch much of it anymore. American Idol was crappy this year, I stopped well before the mid-point. Big Brother though, darn that show. It's a train wreck that I can't turn away from!

      Owen! Oh Owen! I loooved it :)

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  24. I don't watch much TV and am unfamiliar with the shows you mention. I spend most of my time reading. Come see what I read last week at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

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    1. You're smart to spend most of your time reading. Or maybe you're smart BECAUSE you spend most of your time reading? Either way, it's a good thing :)

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  25. You have a log of books on that stack. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. I'm looking forward to every single one of them too, hooray! Thanks :D

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  26. I think the "look at my books" pictures are a lot of fun. Since you are so excited by Five Days At Memorial, I will be checking that one out!

    I hope you had a great time visiting with your mom and sister. We celebrated my baby sister's 17th birthday yesterday and it was so nice to be with the whole family. :)

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    1. I might have to start posting those sorts of pics then! :D

      I did! Hooray for family time :) Happy bday to your baby sis!

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  27. Reality shows, they're like marmite! I do easily get sucked in to them though.
    I'm interested to know your thoughts on Tampa when you get round to reading that one, it certainly seems interesting.
    Enjoy your reads for this week!


    My Book Bubble

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    1. I'm excited to read Tampa, if only to see what the controversy is all about. It has some naughty buzz going, that's for sure.

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  28. I have The Silent Wife in my pile too!

    I don't watch Big Brother, my sister is forever trying to convince me to watch it, but I just don't have that much time to devote to one show! All my other shows would suffer! She made me watch one episode when I was at her house and had no choice. I still don't understand it ;)

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    1. I swear I replied to this. Hmm. It will show up sooner or later and then there will be two replies and my OCD senses will start firing all over the place! ;)

      ANYWHO! Don't you start watching BB. It's a soul sucking experience, lol.

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  29. I have Owen Meany somewhere, guess I have to dig it up to read it!

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    1. You really, really should Ciska! It's fantastic :)

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  30. I don't have a blog, but I've considered doing the Estella Project challenge. Enjoy your books this week. I finished What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis (4/5 stars) last week. This week I'm reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan, and OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

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    1. You still should Rose, there's a lot of time! :D

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  31. Zimmerman. . . ugh, that disgusts me. Absolutely disgusting. I can't even book talk, I'm so disgusted by it.

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  32. I'm glad most of your busy week was fun. And what lovely new books you got! As for the news of the week... I'm disappointed by the Zimmerman outcome, but not surprised -- and that itself saddens me.

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    1. Thanks Lark :D It was a good week.

      I know just what you mean by that. I "knew" what the outcome would be. How sad is that? :(

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  33. Hope you get to those books this week! :)

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    1. Me too! So many books...you know the rest ;)

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  34. It looks like a great stack of books! I haven't had nearly as much time for reading this summer either. Not only am I trying to take advantage of the sunshine with my kiddos, but my work has intensified in recent weeks.

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    1. Thanks :) I was able to plow through a couple of them. The heat gave me a lot of time to read because I cannot TOLERATE BEING OUTSIDE in that garbage ;)

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