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What Are You Reading: June 25, 2012: 06/24/12
This week's list of finished books contains one more of the road trip audio books. Mostly though, it was a week of pushing through books I wasn't truly enjoying. It was also a week of getting my husband ready for his business trip and ridding the house of fleas. We haven't had fleas in the house in over a decade but the stray kitten we welcomed into the family last September brought a few friends. The summer heat resulted in a population explosion that had to be dealt with ASAP.
My favorite read last week was Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 by Kanata Konami. It's the first in a manga series about a little kitten who is separated from her litter and is adopted by a family with a toddler. The toddler and the kitten have many of the same things to learn. Since we just went through the fun of raising a kitten — with my youngest helping a great deal, the book was perfect.
The runner up was A State of Change by Laura Cunningham. The author is also an artist who specializes in historical landscapes. By historical, I mean, predevelopment. She researches the flora and fauna and the original land formations and then brings them to life on canvas. The book includes discussion of her research methods, discussions of the different species she has researched and the ways in which the landscape has changed.
My goal this week is to finish The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey and maybe f2m by Hazel Edwards. Then I plan to start Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly and A Timely Vision by Joyce and Jim Lavene.
What about you?
Comment #1: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 03:11:38
Wishing you a great reading week.
Comment #2: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:10:13
Thank you. Same to you.
Comment #3: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 07:01:05
That's a lot of reading to juggle around!
Comment #4: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:12:12
It doesn't feel like juggling.
Comment #5: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 07:34:01
Murakami is one of the strangest authors I've ever read, but I keep coming back to him.
Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!
Comment #6: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:13:14
Peter Carey has that honor for me.
Comment #7: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 08:12:28
I've given up slugging through books I don't enjoy if they don't catch me by page 50, to the discard stack they go
Comment #8: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:16:21
I do that too but one of them was an egalley. I don't especially like reading ebooks, so part of the problem was the format, not the text itself. The other one was an antique and it was such a short book I didn't lose too much time on it.
Comment #9: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 08:12:38
A State of Change sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy your upcoming selections!
Comment #10: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:18:18
A State of Change is one I'd like to own some day. It would be a great reference.
Comment #11: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 08:47:08
Looks like you got through a fair amount of books last week - I haven't read any of them though, but I do hope you enjoy all your reads this week too.
Comment #12: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:22:48
Comment #13: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 09:31:22
Looks like Chi's Sweet Home was the perfect book for this week since you had to deal with fleas from your adoption of the kitten. Enjoy your reading week and thanks for visiting my blog.
Comment #14: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:23:34
Yes, it was a well suited book for this week.
Comment #15: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 09:59:32
Hope you are enjoying Sujata Massey and 1Q84. Loved those books!
Comment #16: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:24:36
I am. I hope to finish The Bride's Kimono tomorrow. 1Q84, though will be an ongoing project. I'm only reading ten or so pages a week.
Comment #17: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:05:34
I must admit, I haven't read any of those books, haven't heard of quite a few, so now I'm going to have some fun looking them up.
Comment #18: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:26:00
That's part of the fun of this weekly meme. Happy reading.
Comment #19: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:50:54
It is too bad our furry friends bring unexpected guests. Sorry you had to go through that. I have copied your whole list this week to check out.
My cat keeps trying to help me type, lol.
Comment #20: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:27:05
So does mine. Happy reading!
Comment #21: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:14:46
I love your eclectic reading tastes! I've read one novel by Haruki Murakami and found him to be a very interesting, albeit confusing, writer. I loved Blackout by Connie Willis I can't wait to read your review. Terry Pratchett is an author I want to explore. I also enjoy Diane Mott Davidson's mysteries.
Comment #22: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:29:11
I'm reading Murakami's novel very slowly — slowly enough to mull what I've read. Pratchett's books are hit or miss for me, but this one is good.
Comment #23: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 23:02:28
Interesting list of books! Enjoy and have a great week!
Comment #24: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 20:06:30
Thank you! I hope your week is filled with great reads as well.
Comment #25: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 23:29:25
Looks like you had a busy week reading and posting! Well done.
Comment #26: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 20:07:32
I am so far behind in posting reviews. I can't say for certain when this week's books will be reviewed.
Comment #27: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 23:42:24
A State of Change sounds fascinating. There are so many books about different periods in human history, but I think we often forget about the history of the Earth.
A State of Change is a book I'd love to own.
Comment #29: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 00:28:40
You have some awesome books to read this week. I've had the "Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries" I'm my TBR list for months. I'm looking forward to reading your review.
Comment #30: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 20:11:02
It will be a while until I have the current Goldy Bear book reviewed but I you can read my reviews of Dying for Chocolate and Fatally Flaky.
Comment #31: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 09:21:10
I love that you tell if its a library book or not - Have a wonderful reading week!!
Comment #32: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 20:15:29
Thank you. I started doing that after the whole FCC blog thing started.
Comment #33: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 13:41:03
Thanks for stopping by! I love Chi's Sweet Home. I am anxiously awaiting the newest volume!
Comment #34: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 20:16:34
I want to continue reading Chi's Sweet Home. I have to do interlibrary loans to get them.
Comment #35: Monday, September 17, 2012 at 14:43:02
I can appreciate how a perky narrator would be the wrong choice for that book. I'm glad you enjoyed the story in spite of it.
Comment #36: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:30:44
I did. I'm honestly not sure how the perfect narrator would sound.
Comment #37: Monday, September 17, 2012 at 21:21:57
I like the sound of Tuesdays at the Castle! I keep looking at The Exile of Sara Stevenson in my stacks and thinking about reading it, but I need to write a ridiculously-long overdue review of The Winter Sea first. I'm afraid I'll get them confused in my head. Enjoy your week!
Comment #38: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:41:30
I have The Winter Sea on my wishlist. Tuesdays at the Castle started out as a magical castle fantasy and is moving into political intrigue for middle graders. I hope the castle starts doing more of its magical stuff soon.
Comment #39: Monday, September 17, 2012 at 21:39:22
I'm glad you liked Amped, too. I thought it was easier to digest than Robopocalypse because of the straightforward narration.
Comment #40: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:42:41
I agree with you on the straightforward narration. After Robopacalypse I was geared up for another complex narrative.
Comment #41: Monday, September 17, 2012 at 22:53:41
Many great books! I hope I get to read more this week. Have a great week!
Comment #42: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:43:25
I don't watch much TV which gives me more time to read.
Comment #43: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 00:38:55
Will be looking forward to your review of Life As We Know It.
Comment #44: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:44:43
Thanks. I will try to get it written and posted soon.
Comment #45: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 06:29:05
I read One False Note while I was in Vienna, I thought that it would be great to read a book whose setting is in the exact place where you are. It was a fairly quick read, I wonder how long the audio book was? My eye was also caught by your first book The care and feeding of books old and new as we are currently celebrating our books about books bimonthly theme. Sounds pretty interesting, how'd you find it? Enjoy the rest of your week!
Comment #46: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 16:45:44
How do the details of Vienna inOne False Note match up with the real place? I heard about The Care of Feeding of Books Old and New on the Dog Ear Diary blog. The copy I read was from my library. It's an okay book about the care and repair of books but it may be impractical advice for large collections given the amount of time they expect one to spend with each book.
Comment #47: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 14:59:53
Enjoyed your review of Life As We Knew It. I think I gave up on 1Q84 too early. But I'll wait to see more reviews by people if it's worth it.
Comment #48: September 18, 2012 at 16:57:45
1Q84 is a book that needs to be read slowly. I'm not sure I'd want to push through in a week or even a month.
Comment #49: Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 at 10:01:10
Every time I see your LISTS I *snort*. It's not ladylike at all, but I'm happy for your and totally jealous at the same time and it just comes out like that. ENJOY!
Comment #50: September 18, 2012 at 17:00:57
I read in my spare time because it's an affordable hobby.