It’s Monday! What are you reading? (March 26 2013)

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“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

Argh, sick again. This winter/early spring season has been a pretty bad one…and the pregnancy (and looking after an almost two-year-old) hasn’t been helping. Well I managed to get a lot of reading done.

Currently reading:

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Regeneration – Pat Barker
I’ve been a bit daunted by the thought of reading Barker – and this award-winning trilogy. But it’s been a pretty good read so far.

A prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything by Irving, and it’s only be so-so so far.

The elephant’s journey – Jose Saramago
I’ve been reading this upstairs as wee reader plays with his latest obsession – Lego Duplo!

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art – Julian Bell
Oh dear, I’ve only read a few pages of this last week!

What I read last week:

I’ve been binge-reading. Being sick means lying on the couch with a pile of books next to me. Wee reader will sometimes play with his toys, sometimes climb up onto the couch with his book and ask to “read read”, sometimes he will make a grab for my book and try to ‘read’ that instead.

A lot of these were short reads though – like the first two. And there were a good number of graphic novels too.

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The boy in the striped pajamas – John Boyne
Sad.

Anthropology – Dan Rhodes
A collection of really really short stories (101 words each) about relationships. Interesting enough to make me wonder about Rhodes’ other works.

Houdini: The Handcuff King – Jason Lutes
A great story about Houdini’s jump into the Charles River.

The squirrel mother – Megan Kelso
Didn’t quite like this one. A bit weird.

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me – Ellen Forney
A graphic memoir about an artist struggling with bipolar disorder. Honest and engrossing.

But I really wanted to be an anthropologist – Margaux Motin
Probably my favourite read of the week! A really cute and funny graphic novel by a French artist.

Witness: one of the great correspondents of the twentieth century tells her story – Ruth Gruber
Gruber’s work has definitely taken her places. She has had such an amazing life. Will have to see what else she’s written (apparently plenty).

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America – Firoozeh Dumas
Review to come.

A doll’s house – Henrik Ibsen
Wow, haven’t read a play in a long time. Quite refreshing.

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) – Dan Simmons
Ooh can’t wait for part two.

What I reviewed last week:
Real World – Natsuo Kirino, The Thief – Fuminori Nakamura, Revenge – Yoko Ogawa

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

 

What have you been reading?

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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? (March 26 2013)

  1. Oh no, sick again 😦 That stinks! Getting a lot of reading done is the silver lining though right? 😉 I hope you feel better soon and have a great week!

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  2. The only consolation for feeling poorly is a big stack of books enjoyed! (I have tried Owen Meany so many times that it’s embarrassing. It’s a friend’s absolute favourite, so I keep trying, but…it just hasn’t clicked yet.) Feel better soon!

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  3. Awww. I hope you feel better soon. I have a stomach virus right now that’s getting the best of me. But I Really Wanted to be an Anthropologist is going on my reading list.

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