Weekly Update for August 6, 2012

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It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I have been AWOL for a while now, but I’m going to grab this opportunity to try to jump back into my blogging routine, such as it is. Here’s what’s happened since my last Monday post on July 8.


Review: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

An Absence Explained

Character Connection featuring CeeCee Honeycutt from the book of basically the same name by Beth Hoffman


I have been reading a lot! I think all the factual reading I’ve been doing for work has left me hungry for fiction. Keep in mind this is what I’ve read over about a month.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe—Mostly loved it but the main character drove me a little crazy.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson, read by Stephen Hoye–Very interesting but I think I would have followed along better in print. It wasn’t the narrator, it was me.

First Person America by Ann Banks–Fascinating but the organization made the stories get a little repetitious

In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan–Eh. I love Odd Thomas but this just didn’t get quite deep enough into his head to suit me.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman–A mostly fun book with engaging characters

Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky–A little darkness for the middle grade crowd. I liked it.

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran–Absolutely loved this! One of my favorites of the year!

Currently Reading:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett–Enjoying so far

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed–I’ve barely started this but the mention of Jefferson in Madame Tussaud sent me on the hunt for it.

The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg, read by the author–I’m actually downloading it as we speak. As I read Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg, I kept thinking the only way it could be better was if it was on audio. Needless to say, I have high hopes.

From the Ashes by Jeremy Burns–Interesting enough. It’s my gym book and it’s serving it’s purpose.

Up Next:

I’m getting through State of Wonder pretty quickly. I grabbed a few graphic novels while I was at the library Saturday, so I’m sure one of those will be next. If you’re curious, I have The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger, Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá and The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli.

What are you reading this week?

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  1. All these books look good — I love the fact that you have such an eclectic collection here. I am especially intrigued by In the Garden of Beasts.

  2. It did have a very Summertime in the South feel to it. I could practically smell the flowers and the cinnamon rolls!

  3. I would recommend Larson if you like very readable non-fiction. This was the second book I read and I've liked them both.

  4. I kind of felt the same way. Everything got too good too fast, but sometimes it's nice to read about good things happening to good people.

  5. Yay for CeeCee! I think it was my favorite book from last year. I loved the characters and felt the novel was worded wonderfully. It was easy to get lost in the wording 🙂

    Happy reading this week!!!
    Check out what I'm reading and enter for a giveaway!

  6. I also loved Madam Tussaud, what a great read. I felt like I learned a lot as well which I always love.

    Have a great week of reading!


  7. I loved CeeCee Honeycutt…and I'm curious about the Erik Larson books. Enjoy your week!


  8. I read CeeCee Honeycutt – liked it even though it seemed like too much suddenly started going too right, but then, it was like a fairytale book – kind of a modern one. Who wouldn't want to be saved from craziness, find a rich relative? etc. I did feel good after reading it – so it's good for you mood. 🙂

    My Monday Reading

  9. I not long got a copy of A State of Wonder

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  10. How was Juniper Berry? My favorite read last week was My favorite read last week was I Was Told There'd Be Cake by (audio) by Sloane Crosley which I listened to on my way to and from work Please come see what else I'm reading.

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