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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-9-17 #IMWAYR

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We’re in a brief deep freeze here in Massachusetts after a snowstorm decimated everyone’s plans for Saturday night (and put clearing over a foot of snow on a lot of people’s Sunday morning schedules) and I am deep into Swing Time by Zadie Smith, my First Book of 2017.

Swing Time is an absorbing story of women, race, art, talent, ambition, and coming of age and I am taking my time with it.

Dancing plays a large role in the life of the book’s narrator – a bonus I didn’t expect! Since I developed a late-in-life love of ballroom and line dancing a few years ago, I love to read and talk about dancing.

cover imageTo make sure I got at least some of the references, I watched the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, Swing Time, too. (Thanks for watching it with me, Dad, even though it was your umpteenth time!)

DVD cover imageAlong with letting my blogging go when I started back to work full-time, I stopped keeping good records of what I was reading on LibraryThing, but New Year’s resolutions are currently still holding, so I’ve updated my LT with Swing Time and the other books I’m reading right now:

At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
(for book club on Wed.)
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
(for Cookbook Club this month)
IQ by Joe Ide
(to keep up with current crime fiction)
The Fireman by Joe Hill, narrated by Kate Mulgrew
(on audio)
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
(on audio, for Joy’s New Year’s Resolution Challenge)

Here’s a picture of the beautiful ballroom in Rhode Island where we danced on New Year’s Eve and started out the new year.


What are you reading this week? Tell me! Tell me!


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.

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First Book of the Year 2017 with Sheila @bookjourney

My New Year’s resolution is to fit book blogging  back into my life this year. I have missed it! (Thank you to Carrie of Care’s Books and Pie for insisting that six months isn’t too long of a hiatus!)

My first book of the year is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. It was a surprise gift that I received for Christmas. I bought her last book, NW, for myself, and still haven’t read it, so that’s on the list for 2017, too.

But first, her newest one, Swing Time!

me reading Swing Time in front of Christmas treeNext up in 2017 will be Crosstalk by Connie Willis, which I have been wanting to read since it came out a few months ago.For Sheila’s giant “First Book of the Year 2017” photo collage, and to see what everyone else is reading, visit Book Journey!

Let’s be optimistic for 2017…Happy New Year!

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First Book of the Year 2015 with Sheila @bookjourney & New Year’s Resolutions

First Book of the Year badgeHappy New Year!

Sheila at Book Journey has compiled a collage of photos and a collection of links from book bloggers reading their first books of 2015. Check it out if you need some ideas on what to read to start off the new year right!

photo of me reading The LuminariesI received a copy of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, so that’s my official first book of the new year, but I’m only halfway through Revival by Stephen King (somewhat disappointing so far) and also have a library copy of A Man Called Ove which I’ve been seeing on Best Books and Favorites of 2014 lists. I also have The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan to read for our Mystery Book Club at the library, and my own copy of Me Before You, another one I had hoped to read in 2014. Etc. etc.

Eh? What’s that? Resolutions?

I failed miserably at my TBR Pile Challenge with Roof Beam Reader again this year, and while I’m enjoying reading everyone else’s resolutions, I don’t think I’ll sign on for challenges or make any reading resolutions this year. Just keeping my head above water with work, reviews, and blogging will be challenging enough!

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