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www Wednesday (March 13)

This post follows a weekly reading meme hosted by Should be Reading,which you should also be following. Join in and link your post back to her blog.

To play along, answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?www_wednesdays
  • What did you  recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?  

What are you currently reading?

I am nearly done with Second Shift – Order (Wool 7) by Hugh Howey and would have been done by now had I not started too many books at the same time.  🙂  I’m also very near the end of the audio version of She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  All I can say at this point is that Delores is a hot mess.

What did you  recently finish reading?

My book club picked The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for last month.  It was a great discussion of a somewhat downer of a book, although my crying at the end was in an odd I-don’t-want-it-to-end sort of way.  You know all along that Will’s mother has fatal cancer, but that knowledge does not soften the blow.  His perspective was a unique and poignant testament to his mother, as viewed through their mutual reading choices read in the midst of her illness.

What do you think you will read next?

We are reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (set in France) for next month’s book club, as it was one of the titles suggested in the Schwalbe “book club.”

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www Wednesday (January 30)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?www_wednesdays

Please link your post back to MizB at Should be Reading, who started this great meme!

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe was a gift from a book club friend of mine.  The author writes in memory of his late mother whose end of life he shared while discussing books and feelings about life.

What did you recently finish reading?

Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti is exactly what the title claims it to be.  It’s her research-based, scathing, look at all the gender-based stereotypes about modern motherhood based on outdated expectations.  She uses a lot of information about parents’ and children’s satisfaction levels, as well as statistics about “non-traditional” families in relation to children’s welfare, based on scientific studies.  Keep in mind, it’s not as boring as that description sounds.  I liked it very much.  Granted, Valenti is one of my feminist heroines.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping to read Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (I’m a big fan) if I can figure out how to transfer it to my Kindle. It’s supposedly “checked out” to me through the local library system, but I’m having trouble accessing it. (?)

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www Wednesday (Dec. 19)

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Hosted by Should Be Reading

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• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My choice for next month’s book club meeting is How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Her work created an internet buzz , and I’ve been wanting to read it for quite awhile.   

I’m also bound and determined to finish Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, but that’s a sore subject after a month of trying.

What did you recently finish reading?

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk was good, but I only gave it three stars because it was so trippy.  There’s much more to it than the movie shows, yet it’s still hard to understand.  Maybe it’s just me.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It bums me out to have over 400 titles on my “to be read” list and then find out a random book that lands right at the top!  There are so many other good ones waiting, too.  I just picked up Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman, about a young girl who has to raise herself with only the Girl Scout handbook to help her.  Daniel Woodrell “light” comes to mind.  The description is dark, but that’s how I like ’em.  I’d read it just for the author’s cool name.

What are you reading this week?  Join in and link your list back to the meme originator, the famous MizB!

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www Wednesdays (Nov. 7)

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

The book that crawled up the library hold list to be put on the top of my stack is Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (aka the Bloggess) – very funny so far.  I’m listening to The Shining by Stephen King on cd.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished a fascinating book about the history of FLDS called Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club has picked Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, about Victorian-England-type stuff that I would normally not choose for myself, but it will help me branch out!

 

What are you reading?  Join in the fun and let us know — link it back to Miz B’s blog!

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Booking along

Today is the start of the wonderfully tense time called NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.  It’s my second year of participating, even though I didn’t “win” last time.  That stature is achieved by penning at least 1500 words per day to complete a full-length, 50,000-word novel by the end of the month.  No gold star for me under those stipulations, but there was success in the form of my last novella, Tests of Will.  Fifty-thousand words were not written, but it was a close enough race for me.

Sometimes I write stories that fall into my own favorite genres.  Other times they’re way off from my usual reading fare.  The choice for subject matter boils down to the all-important aspect of writing something I think would be interesting enough to read myself.

I try not to be a book snob, especially in light of my novice status in the writing realm.  My conversations and sometimes even blog posts, are still sprinkled with statements made while looking down my nose at other people’s reading choice.  Shame on me.

The women in my book club are a discriminating bunch, though, and I usually consider their suggestions as the best ones.  And that’s a good thing, right?  They have great taste and are experts, in my opinion, because they all work or have worked within the local library system.  By virtue of an overwhelming exposure to different genres, subjects, and vocal readers, I trust their taste.

I take these reading recommendations seriously, because my time is too valuable to spend on questionable, if not worthless, drivel.  And time is at a premium during November.  Being my wishy-washy self, though, I have to admit it’s all relative.  One person’s chicken is another person’s steak (treasure/junk … whatever).

There’s a story brewing in my head and lots of notes about it in my notebook already.  Let me just say I hope my NaNoWriMo writing this year adds up to a big ol’ delicious whole roasted chicken.  Succulent and savory.  At least for a few discriminating consumers.

And the writing begins.

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www Wednesdays (Aug.1)

To play along, just answer three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut is rather strange, but I just purchased Cat’s Cradle on a Kindle Daily Deal.  The bedtime ritual read is Bloated Goat by Manley Peterson, a nice little kids’ freebie.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (thank goodness).  He’s pretty funny, but it was bogged down by minute detail.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club picked Blame by Michelle Huneven for this month, but I don’t know if I’ll buy it or pay my library fine for spilling water on Bill Bryson’s book so I can check it out there.  *sad-face emoticon*

 

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wwwWednesday (June 20)

This is a weekly meme hosted by the Incomparable MizzB at ShouldbeReading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…  Image

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

So here goes:

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just begun reading a paperback copy (can’t believe it myself) of short stories titled Smoke & Mirrors by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman.

What did you recently finish reading?

Our book club is meeting tomorrow night to discuss We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which should be an interesting conversation.  It was quite bizarre.  I told my fellow book-clubians that I can’t wait to purge my soul about it.  Not much bothers me, but it was greatly disturbing to contemplate your son being a mass murderer.  Don’t get me wrong, though, because I liked it in a weird way.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My “tbr” list keeps getting switched around, but I think I’m moving Legacy: First Shift to the top of it.  I recently finished Hugh Howey‘s Wool Omnibus (1 – 5) and want to read this prequel while the series is still fresh in my mind.  Dystopia at its best!

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WWW Wednesdays (May 30)

Thanks to Miz B for her weekly meme at Should Be Reading!Image

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?

I am in the throes of reading Wool 5: The Stranded by Hugh Howey.  Having mentioned this goodreads author three weeks in a row now, I’ll stop with the accolades.  Suffice to say it’s a great dystopian series that is soon to be made into a movie.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

What did you recently finish reading?

The last book I finished was Wool 4: The Unraveling.  This “silo” series has kept me coming back for more.  Each one in the series introduces new characters in this post-apocalyptic society.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club has chosen We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which was quite a popular movie lately.  It’s not one I would have normally chosen to read and sounds kind of creepy.

It seems my “tbr” list just keeps growing!

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