It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

ImageIt’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s been a busy month, with a fantastic weekend with family in Wisconsin for July 4th and a lot happening at work.   It’s also been sort of an emotional month, for reasons I won’t entirely go into here.

I can tell you I had minor leg surgery a month ago and it’s been a slow healing process – did you know your lower leg heals more slowly than any other part of your body due to its distance from the heart?  With two inches of stitches running up my right shin, I’ve taken to calling it my “monster leg” due to its Frankenstein-like quality.  It’s finally started knitting back together, but with no exercise for a month except walking, I’m feeling sluggish and “doughy” in places I’d rather not be (although I should note, in all honesty, I was hardly a marathon runner before the surgery).

I also celebrated my 42nd birthday, and this year I received quite a few books and Amazon gift cards.  I usually save up gift cards on Amazon, but then they end up spent on things like shampoo and cat food, so I decided this year to stock up on books so I could say “here’s what I got for my birthday.”  So, here’s what I got for my birthday:  lane

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagame
  • Every Day by David Levithan

I’ve also picked up a few NetGalley books recently.  I’m currently reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a book that’s getting some hype — film rights have already sold to Andy Serkis and this 21-year-old has been called the next J.K. Rowling.  I’ve also picked up Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (she wrote Code Name Verity).

cuckooSo I’ve got plenty to read for a few months!   But wait…. now I also need to pick up the new J.K. Rowling book, The Cuckoo’s  Calling by Robert Galbraith.  By now you’ll have heard the news that Galbraith is actually Rowling.  And good for her!  It’s apparently gotten rave reviews without her big, baggage-laden name.  I’ve heard it compared to Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series.  I wish I’d read it not knowing it was hers.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

I’m halfway through George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, but it is a slow moving book, and I’m not enjoying it nearly as much as Middlemarch.  I was hoping that its focus on Jewish characters (so rare in Victorian literature) would make it a good read, but I’m not sure that’s the case.

I read, and ended up loving, Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende.  I feel like Allende’s returned a bit, in this book, to what she did so well in her earlier books, which were also set in South America.maya

I finished a mystery by Charles Todd, A Duty to the Dead, and a young adult novel, The Maze Runner, which I borrowed up from my niece in Wisconsin.

That’s it for me, what are you reading?

  18 comments for “It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

  1. July 15, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Sounds like you’re reading a lot of great books! I’m reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I didn’t read it in high school so decided to give it a try and well…they don’t call it the novel of the century for nothing! Looking forward to your reviews!

  2. July 15, 2013 at 4:14 am

    My mum keeps recommending Maggie O’Farrell to me (I think she’s read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – apparently it’s great…) – I really do need to read something by her at some point. Likewise Neil Gaiman, actually! I have Neverwhere but I just haven’t *quite* got round to reading it yet…

    I’ve finally started the Outlander series and am about a quarter of the way into the first one – so far I love it 🙂 I can’t imagine how it’s going to span so many books (unless they go through later generations of the families or something?) but I’m really enjoying this one so far!

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I loved Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favorites. Everything I’ve read by her has been great. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Outlander! I’m waiting anxiously for the next book.

  3. readerbuzz
    July 15, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Sorry to hear you are laid up. Our bodies seem to heal so much slower when we get older.

    Here’s my It’s Monday. Love to have you stop by!

  4. July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Happy belated birthday. I hope you legs starts healing a bit faster, what a pain!

    I hope you love The World’s Strongest Librarian, I certainly did 🙂

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I think I put Librarian on my wish list due to your recommendation, so I’ll let you know. It sounds fascinating.

  5. July 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Looks like you chose some great birthday books. I hope you enjoy them all. Come see what I read last week at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  6. July 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Funny how gift cards end up being used for practical stuff unless we almost force ourselves to buy a gift with them. Enjoy your books.

  7. July 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    My Amazon gift cards usually always end up being spent on books. I find it to be a great way to stock pile, as you’ve done. A couple of the books you bought I’ve been eyeing up myself for a while – too bad my birthday has been and gone.

    I hope you healing process is going okay, and happy belated birthday!

    My Book Bubble

  8. July 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Here’s hoping your leg continues to heal well and picks up the pace a bit. 🙂 I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane and A Monster Calls, and I hope you do too!

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Andi! I know I’ll like the Gaiman book, and everyone raves about Patrick Ness, so I’m excited to finally read one of his. I think Monster Calls may be my next read (hard to choose though!).

  9. July 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    It’s crazy that J.K Rowling would use different names . I mean people aren’t stupid and you can’t win em all you know? Just because she had huge success with Harry Potter, I don’t expect it to be the same with all other books she ever writes jeez, it’s kinda offensive not to mention confusing to use different names like that . I guess I don’t understand it. Just for that I might not want to read that book and I could be missing out . Oh well.

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Jackie! I’m not sure why it would be offensive to use a pseudonym, a lot of authors write different types of books under different names. I really like that she wants her book to be judged on its own merits, and that she’s trying different things.

  10. Rose Milligan
    July 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Enjoy your books this week. I finished What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis (4/5 stars) last week. This week I’m reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan, and OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

    • July 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I don’t know anything about any of those books, but that sounds like a lot in a week! I only do the Monday post about once a month, so it sounds like I’ve read a lot more than I actually have.

  11. July 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Your birthday picks sound fantastic! I really want to read The People of Forever Are Not Afraid and A Monster Calls.

    I hope you leg heals quickly and you feel back to 100% soon!

  12. July 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Nice blog…love your blog name too.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

  13. July 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Ooh, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is really good! I wrote a review of it on my blog. The only problem with it is it’s too short.

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