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What Are You Reading: July 02, 2012: 07/01/12

What Are You Reading?

Bear with me if this week's post seems nonsensical. I'm writing it after a night of insomnia. I didn't really get to sleep until about five in the morning. It's now early evening and I have about as much mental capacity as a piece of toast.

My favorite read last week was The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey. It's the fifth in the Rei Shimura series but it stands alone just fine. Shimura goes to Washington DC with a selection of priceless kimono on loan to a museum. One of them goes missing and is tied up with the murder of a young Japanese tourist. I managed to sort of figure out the plot but there were still enough surprises to keep me entertained all the way to the end.

The runner up was Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. It's cute picture book fantasy about a girl and her magic bag of yarn and all the things she knits with it. It's illustrated by Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator of the hilarious I Want My Hat Back. In fact, the bear, rabbit and other characters make a quick cameo in Extra Yarn. I seriously want to own a copy just because I adore Klassen's artwork.

My goal this week is to finish Monster by A. Lee Martinez. I didn't get to finish f2m by Hazel Edwards last week, so maybe I'll do it this week. I plan to start How Did You Get This Number (audio) by Sloane Crosley and The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. Black Juice by Margo Lanagan (library book)
  2. The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey (library book)
  3. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (library book)
  4. Once In A Lifetime by Cathy Kelly (library book)
  5. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (personal collection)
  6. The Three Weissmanns of Westport (audio) by Cathleen Schine (library book)
  7. A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (library book)
  3. f2m by Hazel Edwards (personal collection)
  4. Monster by A. Lee Martinez (personal collection)
  5. Sweet Revenge (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson (personal collection)
  6. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (personal collection)
  7. Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin (review copy)

Reviews Posted:

  1. ABC Book by CB Falls (library book)
  2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (personal collection)
  3. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling (personal collection)
  4. If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk (library book)
  5. Introduction to Joyous Cooking 200th Anniversary Edition by Heather Lindsey (personal collection)
  6. Navajo ABC by Lucy Tapahonso (library book)
  7. The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg (library book)



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Comment #1: Sunday, July 01, 2012 at 23:59:40

Teddyree

My sympathy on the insomnia and giggles on the mental capacity of a piece of toast. much. Will have to check out The Bride's Kimono. Enjoy your books this week!



Comment #2: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 10:17:35

Pussreboots

Thanks! Glad I made you giggle. I had a good night's sleep last night.



Comment #3: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 00:33:29

Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

Thanks for dropping my It's Monday! Post :)! Looks like you have a lot of reading to do this week, I hope you enjoy all your books!



Comment #4: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 10:47:03

Pussreboots

I have a small pile of library books due soon. I'm going to bed early to get them finished.



Comment #5: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 02:58:12

Mystica

I like the sound of Sujatha Massey's book. Looking forward to your review.



Comment #6: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 10:48:25

Pussreboots

It will be a while until I get the book properly reviewed. If you prefer to start at the beginning of a series, the first one is The Salaryman's Wife.



Comment #7: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 04:31:05

Aleksandra

They sound good. I haven't read any of them, but I'll check them out :) Happy reading!



Comment #8: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 11:15:43

Pussreboots

Thanks. If you do, I hope you like them.



Comment #9: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 05:28:22

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

How did I miss Extra Yarn? And I'm pretty sure I bought a copy for my library! I hope I can read it this week. It's Monday, so it must be time for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I'd love to have you stop in.



Comment #10: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:26:52

Pussreboots

I think it would be easy to do since the lure is the illustrator moreso than the author.



Comment #11: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 08:26:06

Tanya Patrice

I hope you'll be able to get some sleep tonight! Insomnia is so awful - well, the day after is crazy!



Comment #12: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:28:22

Pussreboots

Thankfully I did get a restful night of sleep.



Comment #13: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 08:56:03

Laura Fabiani

The Disappearing Spoon is on my TBR list. My kids loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom when they were young!



Comment #14: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:29:25

Pussreboots

The Disappearing Spoon is very interesting but I'm only managing a couple chapters a night. There's so much information to soak in.



Comment #15: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 09:13:56

Helen Murdoch

The Bride's Kimono sounds intriguing, I'll have to go look it up on Amazon



Comment #16: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:30:31

Pussreboots

It was a page turner. If you want to start at the beginning of the series, look up The Salaryman's Wife.



Comment #17: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 09:28:45

Juli @ Universe in Words

Heey
The Bride's Kimono sounds like an interesting read and I love Japanese culture, so I should probably check that one out! And I can't wait for your review of Wyrd Sisters by Pratchett, I love Pratchett!
My Monday Post



Comment #18: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:33:32

Pussreboots

The Bride's Kimono was very good. I'm only on page 80 of Wyrd Sisters but I've seen the animated version many times. I know where the story's going.



Comment #19: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 09:32:59

Laurel-Rain Snow

I read The Three Weissmanns a while ago...I was a bit disappointed in it.

Hope you enjoy your books... and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #20: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:36:33

Pussreboots

The Three Weissmanns was a strange book. I'll address all that in my review.



Comment #21: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 09:40:01

Brunette Librarian

:) How was the Runaway Bunny??? Happy reading this week :)

What Are You Reading @ the Brunette Librarian?



Comment #22: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 12:38:34

Pussreboots

Runaway Bunny is as you'd expect. My daughter, though, loved it.



Comment #23: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 20:57:01

Vasilly

I read Extra Yarn last week and thought it was cute too. What do you think of Wyrd Sisters?



Comment #24: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 11:42:05

Pussreboots

I've watched the animated adaptation of Wyrd Sisters a half dozen times, so reading the book is really like re-watching the series in my head.



Comment #25: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 21:36:48

Yvonne

You have a great list of books! Have a great week!



Comment #26: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:00:13

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm glad you stopped by.



Comment #27: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 22:35:40

IntrovertedJen

I didn't sleep well last night either. Nasty storms started up about the time I finally went to bed and kept me awake. I hope tonight's better for each of us. Enjoy your week!



Comment #28: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:05:23

Pussreboots

My sleep has been good since the time I wrote this post on Sunday. I hope things have improved for you as well.



Comment #29: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 22:42:00

Bonnie

I haven't heard of the Bride's Kimono before but it sounds interesting. I should check out the series. I love a book that can stand on its own as much as it can be a part of a series.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this week - enjoy your reads!



Comment #30: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:14:24

Pussreboots

I've checked out the first in the series, The Salaryman's Wife.



Comment #31: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 22:44:19

Beth D.

Looked into Bride's Kimono and it sounds amazing! Also, Wyrd Sisters is such a great book. I love Terry Pratchett.



Comment #32: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:16:24

Pussreboots

Wyrd Sisters is a good book so far. My goal is to read through the various Pratchett books my husband has collected over the years. The ironic part of this is that I introduced the series to him!



Comment #33: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 22:45:23

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

I've been wanting to read Yesterday. I hope you're enjoying it!



Comment #34: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:21:24

Pussreboots

Freya, the main character, reminds me a bit of Amy from Amy and Roger's Epic Detour even though the stories are so very different. Both girls though have been forced to move after the death of their father. Of course Freya's move is more complicated than that but there's still an emotional connection to Amy.



Comment #35: Monday, July 02, 2012 at 23:44:11

Lindsey

The Bride's Kimono sounds interesting. I hope you get a better night's sleep tonight!



Comment #36: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:22:22

Pussreboots

I wrote the post on Sunday. Since then I've been sleeping well. Thanks!



Comment #37: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 01:08:51

Kah Woei @ The Books of My Life

How is 1Q84? I'm curious about the book.



Comment #38: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:25:10

Pussreboots

1Q84 is long but good.



Comment #39: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 01:29:29

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

I hope you are enjoying your reading this week!

Thanks for stopping by Book'd Out earlier



Comment #40: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:32:12

Pussreboots

I am and I might actually get through my backlog of library books that are due soon!



Comment #41: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 04:11:54

Wendy

I always enjoy reading about Japan through fiction, so I'd probably get into The Bride's Kimono too! :)



Comment #42: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:35:41

Pussreboots

The main character is American but her father is Japanese and she's been living in Japan for a number of years.



Comment #43: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 09:25:52

Staci

Is Extra Yarn about knitting? I love books with knitting in them even though I can't!!



Comment #44: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:36:32

Pussreboots

Yes, Extra Yarn is about a girl who knits with magic yarn.



Comment #45: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 09:43:46

kah_cherub notjustnonsense.blogspot.com

The Bride's kimono? Man, I love anything about Japan! :) thanks for stopping by!



Comment #46: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:37:34

Pussreboots

It was good. I've decided to read the rest of the series.



Comment #47: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 13:00:41

Burgandy Ice

So many books!!! Love your lists, as always!!



Comment #48: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 12:38:30

Pussreboots

Thank you.





Comment #49: Tuesday, July, 3, 2012 at 22:34:05

Michelle

What a great list of books both read and currently reading! I really need to get to 1Q84.

I hope you get some sleep. Insomnia is just awful!



Comment #50: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 20:58:23

Pussreboots

I've been reading 1Q84 sinc January. I'm halfway through. But I'm only reading twenty or thirty pages a week. The insomnia was only one night. I've slept well since then.



Comment #51: Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 19:50:21

MarthaE

I am late but stopping in to say Hi!
Ohhh - so I may have to add The Bride's Kimono to my wish list. Sounds good.
Hope you are having a great week.



Comment #52: Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 22:11:00

Pussreboots

I hope you do. It's a page turner!

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