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I'm a public librarian in Massachusetts who loves to give reading suggestions, whether asked-for or not, a specialty known in library jargon as "reader's advisory". I read a lot -- mostly literary, genre, and young adult fiction, but also short stories and memoirs -- and listen to a lot of audiobooks. Newer favorites include Patry Francis, Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, Lev Grossman, Jennifer Egan, Laurie R. King, Lionel Shriver, Carolyn Parkhurst, Penny Vincenzi, Michael Connelly, Alexander McCall Smith, Orson Scott Card, Patrick Rothfuss, Martha Southgate, Jennifer Haigh, Zadie Smith, and Louise Penny. Some older favorites are Lorrie Moore, Anne Tyler, Ian McEwan, Susan Howatch, and Connie Willis.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-1-17 #IMWAYR

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Happy Monday and Happy May Day! I was #saturdaylibrarian this week, but on my Friday off I read a whole book. It was very short. I read it because I’m trying to…

Well, you can tell by the title, can’t you? Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight is a humorous self-help book that follows the author’s best-selling satire (which I haven’t read) of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I listened to on audio):

According to the author, people can be divided up into three categories, as far as getting their sh*t together goes. Never mind “introvert” or “extrovert”. After reading this book, you will identify as either an Alvin, a Theodore, or a Simon. (For an explanation of these categories, click here.) Unfortunately, despite being a pretty good imitation of a Simon at work, (planning and staying on top of things), I’m probably more of an Alvin when I’m at home. (I married a Simon, though, so, collectively speaking, our sh*t is together.)

I was jealous of everyone who participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this weekend, but it looked like everyone had fun! I did more dancing than reading this weekend, but doing a Dewey’s Readathon is something that would be on my Book Blogger Bucket List if I were more of a Simon and HAD a Book Blogger Bucket List.

On a serious note, I finished reading Disaster Falls, a memoir about a family tragedy by Stephane Gerson, this morning and plan to write a separate post about it.

At work I’m reading The Hate U Give, the best-selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The title comes from Tupac Shakur’s definition of the meaning of “THUG LIFE”: The Hate U Give Little Infants F–ks Everybody. Very good and I may need to bring it home to finish it because it’s getting pretty heavy for lunchtime reading.

This week I also expect to finish reading This Is Not Over by Holly Brown –a Girl on the Train-ish type of psychological thriller – which will be good to recommend to readers who are addicted to these first-person narratives of privileged white women and their self-destructive behavior, but I’m getting impatient to have it be over.

On audio, I’m listening to Long Live the King by Fay Weldon, the second in the Habits of the House trilogy, which I accidentally am listening to out of order (#3, #1, and now #2). This trilogy about English gentry and their servants and relatives who do not inherit would be great to recommend to anyone who is still suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal.

Now I need to hurry or I won’t be early to work today and will fail at one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

Check out the other posts linked up at Book Date for more reading updates, and please tell me something you’re reading this week in the comments!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.



SYNC is Back! FREE Audiobooks! #audiobooksync17

The SYNC program from AudioFile is back, so you know summertime is almost here! Tell all the teens you know about these FREE audiobook downloads! The program is aimed at getting teens hooked on audiobooks, but the free downloads are open to all.

Each week a YA title is paired with a work of classic literature. The week runs 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday to 7 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday when the new week’s titles become available. Best to download them over the weekend so you don’t forget!

This week’s pairing is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, read by Greg Wise

and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, read by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-27-17 #IMWAYR

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When you can barely remember your admin password, you know it’s been too long again since you last logged in to your blog! I missed the whole of the week-long Bloggiesta that ended yesterday. Congratulations to those who fixed up their blogs and worked on their to-do lists!

This month I’m reading mysteries, with a focus on diversity, for our genre study group meeting in early April. Last week I finished The Long Fall by Walter Mosley, the first in his Leonid McGill series.

book coverThis week I’m reading Ghost Month by Ed Lin, which is first in the author’s Taipei Night Market series, set in Taiwan.

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I’m also hoping to start Hot Flash by Carrie H. Johnson this week. Hot Flash is first in a series by a new author and features a 40-something female forensic firearms specialist named Muriel Mabley, in the Philadelphia Police Department.

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I just finished The Worst Kind of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (on audio) last week, and I’m on the waiting list for The Night School on audio, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book – both of which have aging male main characters – so I’m looking forward to the perspective of a “mature” female crime-solver in Hot Flash. The second book in the series, Cold Flash, is coming out in May.

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I’m also halfway through I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I read her first novel, I Let You Go, last week. They are quick reads in the British psychological suspense/domestic thriller genre that’s so popular. I’m getting a little tired of the first-person point of view of these, but if I don’t try to figure out the plot twists and just read along, they can be pretty addictive! The way the police work the murder/rape cases in I See You seems totally unrealistic, but the author was a police officer for 12 years in England, so maybe that’s how they operate over there! 😉

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week, both reading-wise and otherwise!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.