It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Here’s what I finished last week, what I’m currently reading and other book related posts. As usual, linking up with Book Journey today to recap and visit other bloggers to see what’s on their reading lists. Great way to get new book recommendations.
Last week I Finished
I finished In The Woods by Tana French for the book club hosted by two of my favorite book bloggers, Allison of The Book Wheel and Rebecca of Love at First Book. Set in Ireland, three kids go out to play and only one boy comes home. The boy is unable to describe what happened to his friends, he simply does not know. He changes his name, goes to boarding school and attempts to forget the past. His past catches up to him 20 years later when he is a detective on a murder case in his old hometown.
This was not a quick read for me, I struggled through some parts. Ms. French’s writing style is very poetic and her strength is the way she sets the scene. The characters were creepy and I really could not predict what was going to happen or if/how the two cases 20 years apart were connected. An interesting read. Have you read this or the sequel, The Likeness? Not sure yet, if I’ll pick up the sequel.
On audiobook, I listened to Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster. After reading Here I Go Again by Ms. Lancaster, a fellow blogger recommended her autobiography. Ms. Lancaster describes her have-it-all life, the well-paying job and respect from her colleagues, the doting boyfriend and the name dropping of the designer clothes, shoes and jewelry she wears and the high-end stores where she shops. That is, until she loses her job right after 9/11 and is forced onto unemployment….and even worse, thinks of leaving the big city and moving back in with her parents.
I enjoyed this book, it demonstrates the reality of so many Americans who have unexpectedly lost their jobs. The impact that it has on the job market when too many over-qualified individuals are looking for anything to help them make ends meet. The idea that no one is “above” being unemployed and makes me thankful for the job that I have. Ms. Lancaster’s tell it like it is attitude is harsh but humorous as long as you aren’t on the receiving end of one of her tirades. Given the intensity and drama involved with In The Woods, Bitter is the New Black was a great audiobook complement to give me a laugh during my own commute to work.
This Week I’m Reading
For my in-person book club, we are reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Set during both the Vel d’Hiv period of the French Holocaust in 1942 and present day 2002, the stories of young French girl Sarah intertwines with that of American journalist Julia 60 years apart. Sarah thinks she is protecting her brother from the French police when she locks him in a secret room in their apartment and promises to return. The French Police arrest her and her mother and what becomes of her little brother? I don’t know yet as I’m only 6 pages into the book but I think it sets the stage for the haunting, dramatic story to follow.
On audiobook, I am listening to One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds. Ms. Leeds is the author and narrates her own book. Her voice is soothing which is appropriate for the “zen organizer” method of organization she advocates. Ms. Leeds starts off by saying she knows exactly what I’m like, “do you dream about being organized?” yes! “Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter?” Yes! Every question she asked I responded with a resounding Yes! Ok, so I dream about being organized and having my family help me keep it that way!
While this is not my first book on getting organized, I do like some of the new ideas she suggests and reinforcements of concepts I’ve learned in other books, like the importance of a label maker and having a designated spot for everything. I love that she incorporates weekly goals and positive thinking affirmations to help combat some of those mental obstacles we have to maintaining organization. It’s interesting that she uses journaling prompts to help the reader envision what their goals are for each room, how their upbrining influenced their current organization skills and what to learn from it. I look forward to implementing her suggestions week by week but will probably need the hard copy of the book to get the most benefit from checklists and journaling prompts.
Other upcoming bookish events
Well it’s March and I have been eagerly anticipating the Full Bloggiesta after participating in the mini version a couple months ago. Bloggiesta is a chance to work on book blogging related goals, participate in twitter chats and complete mini-challenges to learn new skills and interact with other book bloggers. Bloggiesta runs from this Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24th.
Also starting March 23rd at 10 am through March 24th at 10 am is an Itty Bitty Blogathon. Similarly, this is also a mini blogathon to get caught up on my blogging to do list. I am hoping some of my goals for the weekend will satisfy both Bloggiesta and Blogathon requirements because I don’t want to miss out on either one! Looks like a whole lotta blogging will be done this week.
Are you participating in one or both of these events? They are both valuable resources and hope you join in the opportunity with me.
Well,that’s what I’ve been up to. What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books in my post? What did you think? Tell me in the comments and let me know. Hope you link up or visit Book Journey too and see what other book bloggers are reading. Happy reading and have a good week!