Monday, February 20, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Weekly meme where we discuss the books you've read
and those you plan to read in the coming week.

In a whirlwind reading spree, I managed to finish all five of the Independent Literary Awards Short List Nominees in the Mystery category recently. I am unable to share my opinions of the books until after the votes have been cast and the winners announced, but I think it's safe to say, at least, I enjoyed them all.

I am now reading Michel Faber's Under the Skin, which is about a woman who picks up hitchhikers. The description of the book leaves the classification of it rather up in the air. Now that I have read quite a bit of it, it'd say literary science fiction maybe. I read Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White, a historical fiction novel, several years ago and enjoyed it. So, when I saw that my book club's February book selection was Under the Skin (and that I had a copy in my TBR collection--well, in my husband's TBR collection), I decided why not? It's . . . interesting. I'll give it that. I hope to have it finished by the time the group meets next Saturday.

Which reminds me. I don't think I told you that I finally joined a local book club! I had been considering joining one recommended by My Friend Amy early on in my pregnancy, but then I talked myself out of it, not sure how my reading would take shape once the baby was here. Now that my life has settled down somewhat and in an effort to make friends and give myself some much needed me time, I re-evaluated my decision and found a group a bit closer to my new home to try. This coming Saturday will be my first meeting. I am going in completely blind, not knowing any of the women in the group or what to expect. Reserved introverted me is feeling a bit anxious about walking into this new situation, but it's something I really want to give a chance. So, wish me luck!

Next up on the reading front? It's still up in the air. I think I will be ready for something lighthearted and fluffy . . .

What have you been reading lately?


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14 comments:

  1. UNDER THE SKIN is one of my favorite books. It is very, very twisted.

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    1. Lenore - I tried but I just wasn't impressed. I'd love to know what you loved about it though, if you get the chance. I'd like to hear another opinion of it. Most of my book group didn't care for it either.

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  2. I'm looking forward to your final thoughts on this title. I'm very curios as Lenore stated that she loved it too!! I've been reading a mix of review books and ones from my shelf. So far I'v enjoyed my reading of 2012. I'm glad that I backed off from review copies. I can finally relax a bit and really enjoy the book for what it is!

    I hope that you enjoy your book club. I would love to find one that really made me want to join!

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    1. Staci - It is nice to be able to read without so many obligations, isn't it?

      I am glad I took a chance and joined the book club. Hopefully it will continue to be a good experience!

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  3. I have this book, and have heard some very interesting things about it, so I hope you enjoy it. And good for you for joining a local book club! The first meeting can be intimidating, but hopefully it won't be long before you are fitting right in and talking books! I am reading A Reliable Wife, and it's not what I expected at all. I am hoping to be done today!

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    1. Heather - What did you think of A Reliable Wife? I have heard mixed thoughts on that one.

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  4. I hope you have lots of fun at your book club meeting!

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    1. It was a lot of fun, Kelly! It felt so good to sit with other readers and talk about books.

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  5. It looks like you've been busy reading! You'll do great at book club because you'll have books to talk about.

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    1. Kathy - It feels good to be reading again. I was on quite a rampage there for a minute. LOL

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  6. I would love to find a local book club that I fit well in at too! Good luck to you.

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    1. 'Nise - I hope someday you will be able to find one! So far it seems to be working out well. I can't wait until next month's meeting!

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  7. Very exciting about the book club! It took me forever to find a local book group that wasn't exclusive (aka "snobbish") and I am absolutely loving it.

    I finished On the Beach by Nevil Shute, this weekend (very good post-apocalyptic classic) and am working on Ghost Light and The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac (an ARC). Probably will add another book to the mix, soon. Happy Reading!

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    1. Nancy - It's too bad there are groups out there that are so exclusive. I didn't find my group to be that way, fortunately, and am glad you found one that works well for you.

      Have a great rest of the week!

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