Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Monday - What Are You Reading?

  It's Monday - What Are You Reading?  is a meme hosted by Sheila to let fellow bloggers and book-lovers know what we are reading.

  I did not have a very productive reading week last week -- I decided that I needed to be more organized in how I choose what to read (related post here), so I abandoned (temporarily!) a couple of books and started to tackle the books I am reading for book groups or blog tours.  Unfortunately I cannot read 24/7 (though it would be really nice) so I must make choices.
  So these are the books I put aside for now:
                             The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
                             Mountains Beyond Mountains:  The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder
  What I read of both of them was good, so I will definitely go back to them.

  The only book I completed last week was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie; an enjoyable re-read for an upcoming Classics Circuit post.

  Tuesday I am heading out to Vermont for a few days on a business trip, so if nothing else I will have a few hours of available reading time on the flights and in the airports.  The decision of what books to bring is harder than deciding what clothes to bring, but right now this looks like what will be coming along:
                            Honolulu by Alan Brennert - currently reading for my book discussion group
                            The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham - for my Classics Book Group
                            The Knife Sharpener's Bell by Rhea Tregebov - for May's World Party Challenge
I am also currently reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt along with Lisa at thelittlereader, but since the copy I have is hardcover I will see how heavy my bag is before I decide to include it on the trip!

What are you reading this week?


  1. I loved The Painted Veil film, I hope the book is just as good!

  2. Quite the variety - interested to see what you think of Angela's Ashes.

  3. You have some excellent reads going on here. Love the titles and The Knife Sharperner's Bell has my attention.

  4. I was surprised to enjoy Angela's Ashes as much as I did. I hope you enjoy it too. Have a safe trip!

  5. i haven't started Angela's Ashes yet, but will as soon as i finish these two i'm working on now (Horns by Joe Hill and Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin). i'm ready to move on now, but want to give it my undivided attention, something i rarely do with books these days.

    i'm interested to see what you think of Honolulu, since i live there and all. :)

  6. I loved The Painted Veil - hope you're enjoying it!

  7. I haven't yet started The Painted Veil but based on the comments I've seen it sounds like a favorite.

    I'm not that far into Angela's Ashes yet but it is already unbelievably sad.

    Lisa -- Honolulu is very interesting and I'm enjoying it. I was at a book club seminar at my fave bookstore not long ago and quite a few people raved about it, so my book group selected it.

  8. Suzanne, I'm about to start Painted Veil too! I'm glad it's a slim one because I've been putting it off a little bit. Have a nice business trip!

  9. The best part of the business trips must be the flight time which allows us to read as much as we wish :)
    Your list looks pretty wonderful, I am reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and How to read literature like a professor by Thomas C. Foster.
    Have a great week!

  10. Rebecca - now I don't feel so bad that I've waited until almost the last minute!

    Lua - I have How to Read ... on my shelf but I've not read it yet. Is it something that can be read like a *normal* book or is it more for reference?


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