Hey there! Welcome to It’s Monday, What Are You Reading!
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What a Crazy Awesome week! First I worked two 12 hour days Monday and Tuesday to have the rest of the week off. And thank goodness I did as I spent Wednesday, Christmas Day projectile vomiting (think Exorcist)…. yeah, sorry to be so graphic but i was SICK. And I was sick Thursday. AND I was sick Friday… and Saturday I ran a fever but was moving around. Today was my first solid food since Christmas, BUT I did get to have both my kids here AND I am feeling much better today except for a headache (yes yes I am pounding the liquids).
SO… despite my disgusting intro.. here is what I posted this week:
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (powerful read!)
Highlights of 2013 in picture collage (the trips, the rides, the snow, the mud….)
Parkland by Vincent Bugliosi ( the 4 days surrounding the Kennedy assassination)
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple (what a funny quirky book!)
and shameless plugs for two fun challenges coming up….
It’s not even really a challenge its more of a “join in!” – I am inviting everyone to pick out that awesome first book that will be in your hands on January 1st and join in on welcoming in the new Year together bookish style. Check out the post here, 58 people are already signed up… I hope you will consider as well 🙂
Its my 4th year hosting the WHERE Are You Reading Challenge and this one is fun and easy! You just keep track of what states/countries your books are mainly set in and try to hit all the states in a year. It really is fun! Here’s the link with details 🙂
as for this week this is what is on tap going into the New Year:
Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.
An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.
Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.
EEP! Right??? This may be the one I choose to be my first read of the year. It is also our Book Club choice for January.
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
In this irresistibly imagined below stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Mmm hmmm… right? You know you want to read it! Thanks to Candice’s review at Beth Fish Reads for this one hitting the TBR.
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
Another one I have heard the raves about… I cautiously approach this one it. It is 32 hours on audio. 32 hours. Yikes.
I suppose that is all… at least as far as I know 😉 I am anxious to see what you will be reading into the New Year. Please add your link to your Its Monday post below where it says click here. I am going to try to get around to everyone this week to check in.
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