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What Are You Reading: May 21, 2012: 05/21/12

What Are You Reading?

I normally start writing this post on Saturday so I can post it late Sunday evening. This weekend though, I was so busy between attending the MLIS convocation and traveling up north to see the annular eclipse, that I just didn't have time. I didn't get to bed until 1 AM last night after getting home from the eclipse.

You'll see that I have nine books I'm listing as currently reading. The truth is, it's more like seven. Bride of the Rat God I've decided to give up reading as an ebook for NetGalley and read it in paperback. It's a re-issue anyway, so it will be easier to read in traditional form. There's no rush to review it as it isn't new.

Rules For Hearts by Sara Ryan is due this Wednesday and I missed placed it on Friday night. The last place I remember for certain reading it is at the park. After that we rushed over to El Pollo Loco to get dinner. We were going to eat there but it was so crowded we ended up doing drive through. As I was in the passenger's seat I ended up with the bags of dinner.

So the book is:

  • maybe left at the park (unlikely)
  • in my trunk (possible but I've looked and not seen it)
  • in the backseat mixed up with the kids' stuff (possible but I've looked at not seen it)
  • in the kitchen (possible)
  • where ever my husband put it in the house (possible and frightening)

My favorite read last week was On the Beach (audio) by Nevil Shute. It's one hell of a depressing story but so well written. The audio gave me nightmares.

My current car audio book is still The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (audio) edited by John Joseph Adams. For the most part the book is wonderful but the woman they picked to do the couple stories with a woman as the main character is ghastly. I don't care that she has a long resume of successfully completed audios — all her characters end up sounding like the Voodoo Queen from the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I had to skip through the first story she narrated and would have done the same for the second except it was written by Laurie R. King.

My goal this week is to finish Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi and to find my missing library book.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn't! by Tim Maltin (review copy)
  2. Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs (personal collection)
  3. The Digital Diet by Andrew Churches (library book)
  4. Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks by Andrew Hurley (library book)
  5. How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz (library book)
  6. I'm a Shark by Bob Shea (library book)
  7. Island Sting by Bonnie J. Doerr (personal collection)
  8. On the Beach (audio) by Nevil Shute (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. Amulet, Book 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi (personal collection)
  3. Body and Soul by Stacey Kade (personal collection)
  4. Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly (review copy)
  5. The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (audio) edited by John Joseph Adams (personal collection)
  6. One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath (review copy)
  7. People of Darkness (audio) by Tony Hillerman (library book)
  8. Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan (library book)
  9. Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John (personal collection)
  2. Expletive Deleted by Ruth Wajnryb (personal collection)
  3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (audio) by Catherynne M. Valente (personal collection)
  4. Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems (personal collection)
  5. A Sick Day for Amos McGee (library book)
  6. Steadfast Castle by Michael Swanwick (personal collection)
  7. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf (personal collection)



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Comment #1: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 18:32:43

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Whew! I'm glad you found your book! That always worries me when I lose...uh hem...that is, set down (and forget where I did so) my books!



Comment #2: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 14:54:38

Pussreboots

Friday night was crazy busy and the rest of the weekend even more so. It's no wonder that I didn't remember what I had done with my book and was too addle brained to see it sitting right where it should have been!



Comment #3: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 19:12:46

Sue Jackson

Wow, I don't know how you can read 7 books at once! I can barely manage one on paper and one on audio.

I know what you mean about the audios - the wrong narrator can really ruin an audio book, and a good one can really enhance it.

Enjoy your books this week - glad to hear you found your missing book!



Comment #4: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 14:55:19

Pussreboots

I find following multiple books no different than following multiple TV series. For the Sherlock Holmes audio, the female narrator has a very limited roll in the overall performance of the audio. If she had more stories to read, I would have to set the audio aside and get the print version instead.



Comment #5: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 23:56:49

Lindsey

I lose things all the time. It's even worse now because we are moving!
Good luck finding the book and have a great week!



Comment #6: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:00:35

Pussreboots

Moving is rough. If you misplace something you think it might be packed away in a box but you're not sure. Ugh!



Comment #7: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 01:06:58

Kate

"all her characters end up sounding like the Voodoo Queen from the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies"

That made me laugh! :P
I've not heard of On the Beach before but now I've looked it up and it looks fascinating!



Comment #8: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:02:10

Pussreboots

On the Beach is one of those recent classics that I think is starting to slip through the cracks. I hope you give it a read.



Comment #9: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 03:24:45

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

I hope you find your missing library book - did you look under the seat of the car? I am always surprised at what I find under there!

Have a great reading week!



Comment #10: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:04:32

Pussreboots

I did. It was right where I normally put books I'm reading. Somehow though I didn't think to look there.



Comment #11: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 09:01:29

LORI/DOLLYCAS

I am so happy to learn I am not the only one that looses books and I don't leave the house that often.

Have a great week!



Comment #12: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:05:30

Pussreboots

I think I cursed myself by worrying about losing the book just as I was leaving for the park. Of course I didn't lose it. I put it right back in its usual place and then just didn't see it there for three days!



Comment #13: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 14:02:19

Yvonne

On the Beach and Deadly Decisions both sound so good. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week!



Comment #14: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:05:30

Pussreboots

Of those two, On the Beach was my favorite but they were both good reads.



Comment #15: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:48:22

Faith Hope & Cherrytea

how are you liking the sherlock audios?
it's got to be a great reader for me to enjoy those... just wondering?



Comment #16: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 15:08:54

Pussreboots

The male narrator who does the bulk of the reading is a lovely voice to listen to. He's perfect for Watson and very close to what I'd imagine Holmes sounding like. The female narrator, though, who so far has read two of the ten stories I've finished tries to do accents and just can't.