Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Reads and I'm ba-a-ack!

Back from my work conference with the mother of all colds. Ugh! Too sick to even lay about and read -- ultimate sadness. I'm wicked behind on reviews and reading blogs, so apologies friends!

My weekend reads include Gilded Age: A Novel by Claire McMillan, a contemporary retelling of Edith Wharton's House of Mirth (set in Cleveland!) and D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, which sounds like a Colonial American Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (Should I want to mix things up, I've also got My Dear I Wanted to Tell You (WWII hist fic) and Brand New Human Being (contemporary) in the queue.)

What are you reading this weekend?


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  1. Good to see you back! I'm just starting Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax.

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    1. Sounds like a perfect summer read!

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  2. I'm glad you're back, and sending you chicken soup vibes for your cold. I've just started a new audio for the gym: Colin Firth reading Graham Greene's The End of the Affair (powerful) and reading Jiang Rong's Wolf Totem (illuminating).

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    1. Thanks, Col -- I need 'em! Also, Colin Firth reading Graham Greene = uhnffffh...yum! Enjoy!

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  3. Audra welcome back!!!! And to col - audio books for gym - what a fantastic idea! I am going to adopt that idea. Now i just need to start working out! Lol

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    1. Isn't it such a fabu idea? I love it -- I just have to get myself to the gym!

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  4. Audra welcome back!!!! And to col - audio books for gym - what a fantastic idea! I am going to adopt that idea. Now i just need to start working out! Lol

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  5. Welcome home! I've been traveling for work too, and I came back with a horrible, horrible sunburn. I look forward to being comfortable sometime soon. Hope you feel better!

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    1. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry! I hope it heals soon!

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  6. Summer colds are the worst! Feel better!

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    1. Thank you -- I'm so over the sniffing!

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  7. Ooh, I have an e-ARC of Thieftaker to read soon as well! It does look quite good, right? I usually stay away from Colonial-era American-set novels, but who could resist that one? I think you're dead on with the "Colonial American Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" comparison!

    Looking forward to your reviews!

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    1. Ha, I'm the opposite -- I'm a sucker for Colonial American but magic/fantasy stuff can be really hit-or-miss for me -- the blend of the two was so intriguing I couldn't resist!

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  8. Hope you're feeling better soon! Reading The Secret Garden and The Last Werewolf here. Could not be reading two more different books! :D

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    1. Seriously -- that could give one whiplash! I loved The Secret Garden as a kid -- wonder how I'll feel after an adult reread. The Last Werewolf has been on my TBR for a while -- looking forward to your thoughts on it!

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  9. I hope you feel better soon. Conferences can be exhausting. I'm reading Sea Change by Karen White still, hoping to finish it this weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Serena -- my wife has been taking v good care of me, so that's helping! Sea Change sounds good -- reminds me a bit of Rebecca and The Lantern -- looking forward to your review!

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  10. I'm hoping to finish THE EDUCATION OF KOKO by Francine (Penny) Patterson and Eugene Linden, a nonfiction book about raising a gorrila to speak by sign language. It was written in 1981, so I'll have to check the Internet to get an update.

    And I'm hoping to start this weekend a book I just won from the author, THE CONVICTION by R0bert Dugoni.

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    1. Beth -- I remember learning a bit about Koko when I was in college -- will have to wiki her to see what happened. The Dugoni sounds promising -- enjoy!

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