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I am sneaking in a quick moment at the computer while Mouse enjoys her morning snack. After yesterday I wasn't sure I'd have time on the computer at all! I have posts ready for this coming week, but whether I have time to prep them will be another issue . . .
Winter seems to have taken a break the last few weeks in my part of the world, giving Spring an early peek at the year ahead. It's made for beautiful weather during the daytime and Mouse and I have enjoyed being outdoors. The nights are still very chilly, often in the 30's. It hasn't helped Mouse's cough which just won't seem to go away no matter what we try (and we've tried just about everything!).
On the reading front, I finished reading Between Interruptions
edited by Cori Howard this past week. It's a collection of essays about motherhood. Although my intent is not to get too involved with review books this year, I couldn't resist joining the tour for this one (my review will go up January 23rd). I'm kind of sad I missed out on the tour for Cinderella Ate My Daughter
by Peggy Orienstein. I have been looking for an excuse to dive into that book. Oh well, it's for the best. I have enough reading I need to do in the next few weeks.
As of right now, I am reading Archon: The Books of Raziel
by Sabrina Benulis, a young adult urban fantasy novel about a troubled girl who has visions of the supernatural, particularly angels. It's been compared to Twilight
(what young adult fantasy series isn't these days?), but from what I can tell the similarities are very small.
I seem to be stuck in an urban fantasy and mystery phase right now--makes sense given they are my two main comfort reads. I do want to mix it up a little more this year, which is why I joined a couple of challenges that will force me to venture into my other loves, like historical fiction and literary fiction. That's the plan anyway!
I can't go without announcing the big bookish news of the week!
The short lists based on your nominations are up for the Independent Literary Awards
. I hope you will go take a look! I am a judge on the mystery panel and over the next several weeks will be busy reading the five finalists. It'll be a challenge given how little time I have to spare for reading these days, but I am determined to make it happen! I, along with the other judges, are excited about seeing who will come out on top in each of the categories.
by Amy Chua (Penguin)Bossypants
by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books)I Pray Hardest When Being Shot At
by Kyle Garret (Hellgate Press)Little Princes
by Conor Grennan (William Morrow)Tolstoy and the Purple Chair
by Nina Sankovitch (Harper)GLBTQWell With My Soul
by Gregory Allen (ASD Publishing)Swimming to Chicago
by David Matthew Barnes (Bold Strokes Books)Songs of the New Depression
by Kergan Edwards-Stout (Circumspect Press)Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender
by Nick Krieger (Beacon Press)Huntress
by Melinda Lo (little brown books for young readers)FictionDance Lessons
by Aine Greaney (Syracuse University Press)Cross Currents
by John Shors (Penguin Group: NAL Trade)The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern (Knopf/Doubleday Publishing Group)Silver Sparrow
by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)The Last Time I Saw Paris
by Lynn Sheene (Penguin Group)MysteryMissing Daughter, Shattered Family
by Liz Strange (MLR Press)The Cut
by George Pelecanos (Reagan Arthur/LIttle, Brown)A Trick of the Ligh
t by Louise Penny (St. Martin’s Press)The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes
by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)Fun & Games
by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown)Non-FictionBerlin 1961
by Frederick Kempe (Putnam Adult)In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson (Crown)Lost in Shangri-La
by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper)Physics of the Future
by Michio Kaku (Doubleday)The Social Animal
by David Brooks (Random House)PoetryBeyond Scent of Sorrow
by Sweta Vikram (Modern History Press)Catalina
by Laurie Soriano (Lummox Press)What Looks Like an Elephant
by Edward Nudelman (Lummox Press)Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems
by Ramos, Emma Eden (Heavy Hands Ink)Sonics in Warholia
by Megan Volpert (Sibling Rivalry Press)Speculative FictionA Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness (Candlewick)The Magician King
by Lev Grossman (Viking)11/22/1963
by Stephen King (Scribner)Among Others
by Jo Walton (Tor Books)Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline (Crown)
So many of the nominees from all of the categories look tempting! I imagine my wish list will be growing by the dozen the more I read about some of those books. A few already are on my wish list.
Oops. Baby calls. Do drop me a comment and let me know what you are reading and have been up to so far this year! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Reading!
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