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Booking Through Thursday: Cheating

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Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

Oh, I have no problem responding to this one.  You know that scene in When Harry Met Sally:

Sally Albright: Amanda mentioned you had a dark side.
Harry Burns: That’s what drew her to me.
Sally Albright: Your dark side?
Harry Burns: Sure. Why? Don’t you have a dark side? I know, you’re probably one of those cheerful people who dot their “i’s” with little hearts.
Sally Albright: I have just as much of a dark side as the next person.
Harry Burns: Oh, really? When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.

I’m totally Harry when it comes to books. My friends and family think I’m nuts. Why spoil the ending? Why would you want to know what happens? Because I’m weird like that. I want to know if its worth my investment. If something happens to the book (or me), I really want to know how the book ended.

Now I will admit that I really only do this with paper books. It seems to be too much of a hassle when reading ebooks on my kindle. Too much clicking around. With a hard copy, it’s just too simply not to look.

So what about you? Do you cheat?


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Blizzards & Books

The front door to my condo building. Don't think the warning (step down) applied today.

You might have heard about the little storm that we had in Chicago this week. Over 20 inches of snow making it the third worst snow storm in Chicago history. Hundreds of cars were abandoned on Lake Shore Drive.

I like snow. In December. After Christmas, I think enough is enough and I’m ready for Spring.

This storm also made it into the record books for my office. It was the first time in history that we in the Chicago office have ever had a snow day. Sure we’ve had bad weather where most didn’t make it into the office, but never an official snow day. Our office closed early on Tuesday and remained closed Wednesday and Thursday. I am thankful to our snoverlords (as a colleague refereed to them on twitter). Commuting into work today wouldn’t have been pretty. One of the major streets by me is down to one lane. Side streets haven’t been plowed. Snow is piled up everywhere. Oh and it was -4 this morning.

Yesterday I took advantage of the day off to catch up on the piles of laundry, chat with friends & family,  and obsessively watch storm coverage online. Today I will be using my second snow day to snuggle up with a book. But I’m having trouble deciding what to read. Do I pick something escapist? Something set in a warm climate or during summer? Should I continue reading the book on prohibition? In any case, I’m going to enjoy the fact that I don’t have to go outside today.

So what do you do on snow days? Do you grab a book or do you reach for a favorite movie? What’s your go-to read/watch?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Happy Ever After

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

No judgment! I like romance novels –  well good romance novels.  And before you scoff, yes, the do exist.

Nora Roberts is queen of the romance novels and I fell in love with her Bride Quartet series from the moment I pushed the next page button while reading Vision in White. The dynamic among the friends just reeled me in. I preordered the next two in the series and devoured them the moment they became available.

Needless to say, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Parker’s book, Happy Ever After which comes out on November 2.

As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…

The only thing that makes me sad is that I’ll be out of town the day the book releases so I won’t be able to read it until the following week.

Is it November 8th yet?


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly recap is hosted by Shelia of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week we recap what we’ve read and look at what’s coming up this week. If you’re interested head over to Shelia’s site and get involved!

So what was I up to last week?
It was a bad week, I only managed to finish Elin Hilderbrand’s The Island. Liked it. I would give it a 4/5.

What’s planned for this week?
Honestly, the more I read about authors from the 1920s through the 1940s I’m amazed. These literary geniuses were a mess.

I’m also reading Adam Langer’s The Thieves of Manhattan based on a recommendation from a coworker.A satire of the publishing world involving a fake memoir. How could I pass that one up?

At some point I hope to go back to reading Douglas Perry’s  The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago. I read about 40 pages between shiny book syndrome kicked in and books on request from the library coming in didn’t help

What about you? Anything interesting that you would recommend?

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Booking Through Thursday: Disaster!

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You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?

First, I would have my head examined. Why on earth was I in a bath with a cherished book? What could I have possibly been thinking. There’s no way I’m getting near water or food with a cherished book. That’s what a backup copy is for.

Next, I would cry.  No seriously cry.

Then I would get online and start hunting and putting my social networks to work. The great thing about my job is that I’m “friends” with a lot of people who have a lot of friends. Someone out there somewhere would have to know of a copy of this book.

What would you do?

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Maybe This Time – “You’ve got to read this book”

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Jennifer Crusie’s latest book, Maybe This Time, from GoodReads. There was a note on the back of the book from an editor singing Crusie’s praises and urging people to read the book. “So, I’m stopping you in the street. I’m grabbing you by the lapels and I’m saying “You’ve got to read this book.”

Generally when I see notes like that from Publishers I’m skeptical – because hey, they have product to sell. But I found myself doing the exact same thing. Halfway through the book I emailed two friends telling them that they had to add the book to the top of their ‘To Be Read’ pile. There was something about it that was so charming. I’ve already loaned out my copy to a coworker with another coworker begging for it next.

Andie Miller is trying to get on with her life and break completely free from her ex-husband, North Archer. She visits him at his office bringing with her ten years of alimony checks. Andie wants North to stop sending the checks because she is looking to marry her fiance and start a new life. North agrees but he has just has one last request. It seems that North was made guardian to two children when a distant cousin passed away. The children have had it rough. They have gone through three different nannies. North requests that Andie “fix” the children so that he could bring them up to live with his family. In exchange for Andie’s assistance North will pay Andie $10,000 a month plus room and board and expenses, a lot of money today – even more in 1992 when the book was set. Andie sees this as an opportunity to eliminate her debt and enter into her marriage without baggage.

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Eat, Pray, Love or Why Did I read this?

I feel like I was probably one of the few people that hadn’t read Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love.

I bought the book about two years ago at Borders in one of those half off deals. It had been sitting on my top “To Be Read” shelf forever. Then the movie with Julia Roberts came out and I felt like enough was enough, I really had to read this book. I was considering going to see the movie since I like Julia Roberts.

But after reading only a few pages, I began asking myself why? Why did I feel compelled to read this? Why would I want to go see a movie made from this book? Why were so many people giving this book such good reviews.

I just don’t get it. So Liz wakes up one day when she’s in her early 30s and realizes she doesn’t want to be married. She doesn’t want to live in the suburbs. She wonders how did she get there.

Is it just me or does anyone else have the Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime running through their head?

Haven’t we all had a moment in our lives when we think, how did I get here? Or this is not where I expected to be?

I guess I might have enjoyed this book if I didn’t find Liz so annoying. She begins the book by stating that she isn’t going to go into the details of her marriage or divorce but goes on and on in several parts of the book about how her ex made the divorce difficult. She makes it clear that she was responsible for earning the bulk of the income and buying the house. How is this not saying anything about your ex? I couldn’t help but feel awful for her ex-husband.

A coworker told me I would enjoy this book and I should press on. I told her the next day that I had made it through Eat, I was reading Pray and I was still not loving this book.

Who wouldn’t want to take a year off when times get tough and travel the world?  I just couldn’t get past my annoyance with her. I wanted to smack her. There are so many people dealing with bigger problems.

The only thing this book made me want to do was plan a trip to Italy and watch Under the Tuscan Sun which is a much better story about finding oneself and the search for love.

1.5 /5 stars

Now to add this to the pile of books I’m getting rid of.

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