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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-29-18 #IMWAYR

Meme badgeI lied when I said I was going to go right on to the final book in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. But I’m going to read it soon!

Right now I’m focused on reading the first of two books I received to review for Library Journal this month.

The House of Erzulie by Kirsten Imani Kasai is written in alternating contemporary and historical chapters. I’m about halfway through and am very caught up in both past and present stories. It has the feel of a Southern Gothic and I’m looking forward to finishing it this week. The book will be released on February 21st.

I also just finished Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent and started The Walls by Hollie Overton. I just can’t seem to stop reading these trendy psychological suspense novels, but I tell myself I’m doing it to keep on top of current fiction fads for work.

In audiobook listening, I just finished Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, read by Rosalyn Coleman Williams and Heather Alicia Simms. It’s divided into two parts, each narrated by half-sisters who are about the same age, but only one knows the other exists. The book’s opening line: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.”

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Excellent story with fully developed, nuanced characters. Highly recommended, if, like me, you never got around to this one when it came out back in 2011!

This week I’ll be listening to Book #3 in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, Faithful Harbor. Each book is narrated by a different detective and this one is Frank Mackey. Mackey’s sense of humor is wicked, sharp, and dark. I’m also learning how to swear spectacularly, Dublin-style.

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I’ve got a great week of reading ahead! Please let me know what you’re reading 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.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-22-18 #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday again already????

I’ve been reading a lot of books at once this month. I’m 3/4 of the way through with my First Book of the Year and think I’ll go straight onto the fourth book in the quartet without waiting another year to pick it up, as I’ve unintentionally done with each of the other three books in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante.

cover imageThis month I finished a few books I started a while ago. One is a memoir written by a writers’ group friend, Marcia Orcutt, about her long and eventually successful battle with post-partum depression. I had to set it aside for a while because I needed to read cheerier things over the fall and holidays and her story made me sad in many places. I wanted to finish it, though, because I knew what an emotional journey it was for Marcia both to live through the experience and also to write this book. Plus, I knew it had a happy and hopeful ending.

Marcia Orcutt’s personal story is a harrowing one, but inspirational. She doesn’t hold back. From Darkness to Dawn might be especially helpful to anyone struggling with depression or who knows someone who is. As it’s also a good example of a brave woman’s memoir, it might be especially valuable to someone trying to get a piece of his/her own life down in writing, too.

cover imageYou can find out more about the book and about Marcia on her Web site and on Facebook. Congratulations, Marcia, on publishing your book!

I’m currently listening to Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, narrated by Rosalyn Coleman and Heather Simms. Love it, although it seems to be another pretty sad story so far.

For cheerier listening, I recently finished the third book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. Love this example of the mystery and urban fantasy genre blend. Not sure if it’s the English accents, but they seem much cleverer than the Jim Butcher Dresden Files books!

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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.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10-16-17 #IMWAYR #RIPXII

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Readers Imbibing Peril XII Challenge

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Slade House Readalong

Since my last update, I came to the end of Slade House by David Mitchell on audio. I hope the next book is already written, because Slade House must be the second of a planned trilogy or more (starting with The Bone Clocks). Discussion questions for the readalong were posted on Monday, so I hope eventually to do a discussion post!

audiobook cover imageBy the way, for anyone who’s worried about reading Slade House before The Bone Clocks, here’s a recommendation for reading them out of order.

On audio, I’m listening to two books that fit into the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge. On my iPod: The Likeness by Tana French, read by Grainne Gillis – the second book in her Dublin Murder Squad crime fiction novels. (This one is from the point of view of Cassie, instead of Rob, who was the narrator of In the Woods.) On CD, I just started listening to Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and son Owen King. I’m waiting for the downloadable version to come in from the library, but sometimes it’s more comforting to listen aloud to a scary story instead of having it go directly, privately, into your ear with no one else hearing what you’re hearing!

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This week I finally finished reading The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. I almost didn’t, because I felt so sorry for the insecure characters – snarky as they mostly were – and their self-destructive behavior leading up to the wedding made me anxious.

If you liked The Nest by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney, Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford, or (going way back) Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney, you will probably like The People We Hate at the Wedding. I sympathized most with the weed-addicted, well-meaning mother, but her adult children,  half-siblings – one successful and getting married, two floundering, career-wise, and in unhealthy relationships – are the main characters.

Recommended for anyone who likes to read about dysfunctional families and is prepared for some truly loathsome and regrettable behavior by people who can’t seem to stop themselves. If you prefer main characters to be not completely self-absorbed and have redeeming qualities that are somewhat obvious, best to go for something else!

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This past week, I started and put aside –for the second time – George & Lizzie, by retired librarian and reader’s advisory guru Nancy Pearl. It’s the author’s first novel and it struck me as a lot of “telling” and not enough “showing”, which would be a common writing mistake for a first-time novelist, but Nancy Pearl is an experienced book reviewer and writer of nonfiction, so I thought it must be a stylistic choice, a way to bring out the quirky, off-beat nature of the characters – young Lizzie and George. The narrative style didn’t work for me, however, and I got bored being told everything all at once.

Has anyone read it and can tell me to keep going with it? I’m a big Nancy Pearl fan and expected to love George & Lizzie. Maybe I should try it on audio?

Currently Reading

Something from the Nightside by Simon Green is a genre-blend of dark urban fantasy and noir crime fiction, which makes it ideal for October reading and the RIPXII challenge; it’s the first in a series I’ve been meaning to try for a while. (The series is up to eleven books now, I believe. Damn!)

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Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I’m a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It’s part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.

I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London. But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn’t say no.

Then I found out exactly where the girl had gone.

The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it’s always three A.M. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.

I swore I’d never return. But there’s a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice—I’m going home.


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.

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