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What Are You Reading: October 10, 2011: 10/10/11

What Are You Reading?

I guess it was a pretty normal week of reading for me. The longest book I finished was Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. It was a 12 disc audio book and took me three weeks of commuting to and from my internship to complete.

The next longest book I read was a review copy of Spectra by Joanne Elder. It's basically a mystery / thriller with a science fiction setting.

Of course I had some manga in the mix: two volumes of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. I should read xxxHolic Volume 17 soon. All three of these books are by the mangaka group CLAMP.

The picture books are either ones I read while waiting for the computer to process my spine labels or were ones my children read to me.

Coming up: lots and lots of library books I have been ignoring. Specifically: The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat, Worldshaker by Richard Harland and Outside In by Maria V. Snyder.

Finished Last Week:

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (audio) (library book)
  2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert (personal collection)
  3. Day and Night by Teddy Newton (library book)
  4. The Paper Crane by Molly Bang (library book)
  5. Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin by Victoria Kann (personal collection)
  6. Reading by Jan Ormerod (library book)
  7. Six Chinese Brothers: An Ancient Tale by Hou-Tien Cheng (library book)
  8. Spectra by Joanne Elder (review copy)
  9. Thirteen by Remy Charlip (library book)
  10. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Vol. 14 by CLAMP (library book)
  11. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Vol. 15 by CLAMP (library book)
  12. The Wolves of Wiloughby Chase by Joan Aiken (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld (library book)
  2. Enter, Night by Michael Rowe (review copy)
  3. The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan (library book)
  4. Pirate King by Laurie R. King (personal collection)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (audio) (library book)
  6. A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks (personal collection)
  7. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (personal collection)
  8. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Banana by Ed Vere
  2. The Best Birthday Ever by Me (Lana Kitty) by Charise Craighead
  3. Coco the Carrot by Steven Salerno
  4. I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
  5. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
  6. Once I was a Cardboard Box, Now I'm a Book About Polar Bears by Anton Poitier
  7. Shape Me a Rhyme by Jane Yolen

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Comment #1: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 08:12:50

Teddyree

Great line-up of books ~ enjoy and have a great week :)



Comment #2: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:00:21

Pussreboots

Thank you. So far I'm enjoying all the books I have going. The only one I'm struggling with is Pride & Prejudice because the voice actor is annoying me. She does't some really shrill voices for some of the characters. They are painful to listen to.



Comment #3: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 09:41:16

Laurel-Rain Snow

Mansfield Park is one Jane Austen I haven't read. It does sound good.

Enjoy your reads, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #4: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:05:49

Pussreboots

Except for its obsession with different modes of transportation (hackneys vs carriages vs barouches) it reads like a very modern novel. It's the only Austen novel I've completed but I'm currently listening to Pride and Prejudice.



Comment #5: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 10:15:38

Esme

After being forced to read J. Austen in school I have never read her again. Your other books sound great. How many books are there in your house?



Comment #6: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:09:01

Pussreboots

I was never assigned Austen in school. I've tried reading the books but I've found I don't have the patience for them. Listening to them on audio, though, is a lot more pleasant for me.



Comment #7: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 10:46:59

Elida

It's been years since I read Mansfield Park, but I think I should pick it up again, maybe next month. You are right about the interesting selection, I seem to be jumping from one genre to another, but it's great fun.



Comment #8: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:12:04

Pussreboots

I jump from genre to genre too. Mansfield Park was my first completed Austen novel.



Comment #9: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 10:54:33

Kristin

I love the Pinkalicious series - so much fun!

Stop by my It's Monday post if you get a chance.



Comment #10: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:14:05

Pussreboots

I do too. My daughter has already read The Pink Pumpkin a half dozen times at least.



Comment #11: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 11:32:33

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

I thought The Replacement was good and creepy — an appropriate October read.



Comment #12: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:21:13

Pussreboots

I suppose it is an appropriate read for October. I hadn't thought of it in those terms.



Comment #13: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 11:33:08

Book Snob Wannabe

Wow! You do alot of reading. I also just started to read multiple books at the same time. Not on your level, I try to stay under five. If I see myself reading more than five books at one time. I stop and read one at a time until I am back under five. Do you have any hints on reading multiple books at one time?? Have a great week of reading!!



Comment #14: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:22:13

Pussreboots

Practice makes reading multiple books easier. Also keeping books in different rooms helps to associate the plot with the location.



Comment #15: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 12:17:41

Chris

Ohh, great books!

I haven't read Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE yet. I'm always glad to learn about new manga.



Comment #16: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:24:21

Pussreboots

If you read Tsubasa you should also read xxxHolic as the two plots are intertwined.



Comment #17: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 15:30:42

Tena @Crazy Book Slut

Wowzer that is a lot of books! Happy reading this week and thanks for stopping by CBS



Comment #18: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 14:25:53

Pussreboots

That I'm currently reading or that I finished? The finished books were for the most part, short. The currently reading ones, are more than I usually have going but some of them have due dates coming up soon.



Comment #19: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 18:26:43

Joy Weese Moll

Looks like a good week! I liked Mansfield Park. There were certain ways I connected to it better than Pride and Prejudice.



Comment #20: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 22:56:25

Pussreboots

I'm only 30% through Pride and Prejudice so I'm not sure how I'll like it in the end. Mansfield Park had me entertained through from the very first disc.



Comment #21: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 21:27:23

Introverted Jen

Mansfield Park is probably my least favorite of Austen's work (so far). Fanny is just such a limp dishrag of a character. I'd choose Mary Crawford over her any day. Enjoy your week!



Comment #22: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 22:57:12

Pussreboots

Fanny was the second choice after Mary Crawford. She did strike me a bit as a Mary Sue character but I liked all the other characters enough to ignore her weaknesses.



Comment #23: Monday, October, 10, 2011 at 23:53:23

Cinnamon @ A Thousand Little Pages

OK, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNICLE is one of the best mangas I've ever read. Loved the entire series. Especially the ending, which I admit confused me a lot at first...

Thank you for stopping by my Monday post!



Comment #24: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 22:59:35

Pussreboots

Did you read it in conjunction with xxxHolic?



Comment #25: Tuesday, October, 11, 2011 at 11:38:09

Julie @ My Book Retreat

I need to look for Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin. Sounds perfect for October!



Comment #26: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 22:59:35

Pussreboots

It is perfect for October. My daughter's read it a bunch of times already.



Comment #27: Tuesday, October, 11, 2011 at 22:30:52

Becky (Page Turners)

I tried to start reading Persuasion the other day, but my baby brain isn't letting me read classics for some reason, very annoying. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week, look slike you've got lots of books lined up



Comment #28: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 23:02:23

Pussreboots

I've never successfully read a printed version of any Austen book. I seem to be wired only for audios of her books.



Comment #29: Wednesday, October, 12, 2011 at 01:27:57

MarthaE

As always you have quite a list! I had to go look at I Am Not Sleepy in honor of my grandkids. :-)
I know how longer audio books can stretch over several weeks.
I'll be interested in your review for Spectra.
Have another great week!



Comment #30: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 23:03:12

Pussreboots

I am Not Sleepy... is an adorable book. Mansfield Park took me about two and a half weeks. It would have gone quicker but I only listen to it on my days I drive to the university. Spectra was great for the first 2/3s and then it dragged a bit at the end.