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Waiting on Wednesday: Life Itself

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

My wishlist is usually insanely long. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to books. But I’m going to select a book that’s due out next month that I saw mentioned a couple of times yesterday, Life Itself: A Memoir, by Roger Ebert.

Now, I’m not the biggest Roger Ebert fan, that title belongs to my friend Mary, but how his has carried on in the face of his illness has been inspirational. I follow him on twitter and he manages to find some of the most interesting content. And it’s not just limited to movies which is why I am looking forward to reading his memoir next month.  (Look at that gorgeous cover!)  Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books so stop by and join in!

I’ve been very busy with work lately so my reading pace has been completely off. I spent much of last week reading articles and blogs for work. However, I did finally get around to reading Louisa Edwards new book, Too Hot to Touch. I liked it but didn’t love it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a foodie or because I don’t live in NYC her books are starting to blend all together for me.

This week, I’m looking forward to listening to Jonathan Tropper’s  Book of Joe. I’ve read several of Tropper’s books and enjoyed every one. I love his sense of humor.  When I was searching around audible for my next pick I noticed that Scott Brick indicated that it was his favorite comedy. That was enough for me. Brick is a great narrator. I always get sucked into the book and don’t mind the horrid traffic.

I’m also starting Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses. I keep having the book recommended to me on Amazon and the description sounds interesting. It’s been a whiles since I’ve had a summer of endless showers and weddings, but that crazy isn’t something that I can easily forget. (I’m really starting to think that people who elope have the right idea.)

Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

So that’s what I’m up to this week. What are you reading?

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Booking Through Thursday: Fluff

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You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining. What book do you pick up?

 

This is easy…I pick up something by Julie James.  Her books have fast-paced dialogue and bantering which reminds me of my favorite screwball comedies from the 1930s/40s. They feature strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to go up against men that are either very cocky or very alpha male. That they are set in Chicago is a bonus. If you are looking for something light, but enjoyable I highly recommend a book by James.

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Teaser Tuesdays: A Moveable Feast

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, The Restored Edition, page 163.

“Forget what Zelda said,” I told him. “Zelda is crazy. There’s nothing wrong with you. Just have the confidence and do what the girl wants. Zelda just wants to destroy you.”

I swear I honestly just came to this part in the book! I didn’t go looking for a part including Fitzgerald and certainly not this section of the book.

I am LOVING this book and really wish that someone had encouraged me to read it before now. I had no idea that Hemingway could write like this.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books so stop by and join in!

Last week week was a fairly good reading week for me. Especially considering I worked late a couple of days and spent Saturday at a friend’s for a James Franco fest. (The things we do for our friends…) I finished  The Weird Sisters (LOVED it), Road Signs by MJ Frederick and  Oldest Chicago by David Anthony Witter.

I am nearly finished with Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I’m so glad that my friend recommended this book to me by telling it me it was nothing like his novels. I hated his novels when I was forced to read them in high school and college. But this is so much different.  I have enjoyed reading about his adventures in Paris and find myself laughing at some of it. (Who knew Hemingway could be funny?)

This week, I am going to make time for the new book by Kristan Higgins, My One and Only, which is due out later this month. Higgins is one of my favorite romance authors and I’m looking forward to reading her latest effort.

Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiance; back at home is not likely to be sympathetic. Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting; just around the bend.

 

 

I am also looking forward to reading 13, rue Thérèse: A Novel. Yes, another book with Paris as the setting. I wonder if this is my subconscious’ way of telling me I need to plan a trip to Paris?  Really it was the cover that called to me. The description sealed the deal. And you have to love a book that has QR Codes with links for more information.

American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars. As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet’s life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise’s life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.

So that’s what is on tap for me this week. What are you reading?

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Booking Through Thursday: Multi-tasking

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Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera? Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading? (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)

I don’t know if it’s because I’m inundated with information and interruptions throughout the day but I find I don’t want to do anything else while I’m reading. I want to sit in my big comfy leather chair and just read. I’ve tried listening to music or the tv but I find that my mind wanders. Next thing I know I have to go back and reread pages because I have no idea what I just read. I’m amazed at those people who can watch tv and read a book at the same time and comprehend what was happening in both.

This doesn’t mean that I’m unable to read while waiting in lines,, stores, etc. I have been know to whip out my kindle app in line at Target. But when I do this I try to re-read something or focus on something light.

That being said, I don’t have the problem with audio books. I LOVE audio books. My commute on the Kennedy would be hell on earth if it weren’t for audio books. Plus, it helps me attack my shelf of constant reproach. Little by little I’m getting through the books I’ve owned for years. They were bought with good intentions and eventually I’ll get around to them.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books so stop by and join in!

I finally feel like I accomplished something. Last week I finished Melanie Rose’s Finding Home and Julie James is A Lot Like Love (review to come). Julie’s book was fabulous!

I almost finished Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters. I think part of me is enjoying the book too much that I hesitated in finishing it off yesterday. But alas, all good things must come to an end and I will finish this book today. Continue reading

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