Fall Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere we are at a new month and so much closer to year end. I don’t even want to think of how many books I want to read and probably won’t get to. Let’s look back for a bit to see how my September reading went.

I read four books: The Blissfully Dead by Mark Edwards & Louise Voss, It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by Edward Runcie and Dead Simple by Peter James. I enjoyed these books (some more than others of course) and I don’t even want to say this but I’m hoping to still do some quick write ups of all of these so stay tuned.

When it comes to challenges, I made no progress on my current challenges and I didn’t even read one book in the Estella Society Reading Project that ended in September.

This is not to say I feel bad about my reads. I don’t at all. I join challenges to get insight into new books, genres, and be part of the community. If I complete them great, but if not that’s ok too.

So having said that there are definitely some things I’m looking forward to in October. Here in Austin we host the Texas Book Festival in mid-October. I don’t go every year but I really want to this year because guess who is coming? Margaret Atwood! I’d love to see her and many other authors too of course.

October is also the R.I.P. challenge which I have joined and I’m already reading a book for. Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is coming up – who’s joining that? And, don’t even get me started on German Literature Month and Nonfiction November! So much bookish fun.

Now it’s time to plan my weekend. Hope you have a great one and tell me, what are you looking forward to this Fall?

Currently Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s post is an update on what I’m currently reading. If the picture seems somewhat familiar it’s because Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver has been one of my current reads forever it seems. What’s worse is that I’m so near the end haven’t felt the urgency to finish the book.

I think my overall problem with this novel is that I just can’t root for any of the characters. I do plan to finish this book, especially as I have a theory of what the “mystery” is and I want to see if I’m right, but I also have these other books vying for my attention.

Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft is a Swedish thriller, featuring Malin Fors, a thirtysomething divorced mother serving on the police force in a remote town. This book could have used some editing. It feels too long and the writer goes on and on about the cold. I know he must want to set the scene but I get it – it’s really cold in Sweden. This didn’t bother me too much at the beginning but now past 400 pages and we are still talking about the cold and it’s getting a bit tiresome.

On my Kindle is The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. This is another Swedish book but quite different from the crime books I’m used to and I like the change. Sara travels to Iowa to visit her bookworm pen pal only to find out her friend has just died. I haven’t gotten very far into this one but I like the set up and hope I continue to enjoy it.

Finally, the latest book I added to the pile is No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Neville and this counts as one of my R.I.P. Reads. Poor Stephanie has had to sublet a room in a dilapidated house. Her landlord is creepy and worse what are those noises at night? Yep, this is a good choice for the R.I.P. challenge.

So have you read any of these? What about you, what are you reading lately?

Books & Magazines

I meant to do a blog post yesterday but I got caught up working in my Mixbook. Has anyone tried using this? I take so many pictures when we travel but yet I never get around to showing them to friends and family because they are always on my computer. So I decided to take action and do one of these books. I’m almost done and should have it ready to send out to print soon. Exciting.

This weekend we also stopped in at Barnes & Noble for our regular date night and to also take advantage of their member appreciation days which meant saving 20% on everything. I think I was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to buy so here’s our little stash:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI picked up the latest RT Book Reviews magazine to read reviews of upcoming mystery and women’s fiction novels. I also was excited to find the paperback of The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I’m really looking forward to this one. My husband decided to get a special issue of National Geographic which has a cover story on the 50 of the World’s Last Great Places. I wonder if my husband is planning something! Ha.

So who else did some book buying this weekend and what did you get?