Weekly Review: Sunday, July 20, 2014

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We had a great week here at the Pathologically Literate household; how about you? We started a new book for Read-Aloud time, To Kill a Mockingbird. The Boy made big noises about how boring it was going to be, but was then immediately transfixed by it as I began reading. That’s the way it always goes, it seems. Mama knows best, amiright? We took a trip out to my BFF’s house in the country to visit with her and her two children, and had a fabulous time – she made the most amazing homemade paninis and I am now obsessed with finding a panini-maker of my own! It was such a great time that we’re going back again this week! I read some truly great books this week, as well. Let’s take a look:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of July 13th:

Upcoming posts for the week of July 21st:

  • Review: The Virtues of Oxygen
  • …and more!

By far, y’all, the standout hit of the week was Eleanor & Park. It was AMAZING. I loved it so, so much. I want to marry it. Truth, ya’ll, truth. Everything I Never Told you was simply haunting and so sad. OF COURSE I fit another Ron Rash book in this week, and One Foot in Eden was yet another winner. Great, great read – you want to get it, and soon. Lucky Us was an ARC, and I’ll have a review up for that very soon. The other two mysteries I read were OK, nothing to jump for joy over, but good nonetheless. After the success of Eleanor & Park, I’ve started another Rainbow Rowell book, Attachments. I’ll keep you updated on that one next week. Until then, y’all – Happy Reading!

What book/books did you read this week?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, July 13, 2014

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It was a slow week here at the Pathologically Literate household; much reading of books took place. The Boy spent the weekend in Iowa at Grandma Choo-Choo’s house, so I got to have a little bit of very rare alone time – which of course was mostly spent reading in bed. Let’s take a look at my week in books:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of July 6th:

Upcoming posts for the week of July 14th:

  • Review: Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
  • …and more!

The Midwife of Hope River was a wonderful read. I went on a bit of a Ron Rash binge this week; The World Made Straight was the best of that bunch. The Virtues of Oxygen was an easy read, but hard to take emotionally at times. I really liked A Long Time Gone, and The Last Telegram was yet another piece of historical fiction that struck my fancy big time. Although I missed The Boy, I really dug the alone time I had this weekend – it was nice to read without being interrupted every two to three minutes… Until next week, folks – Happy Reading!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you get some alone time?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, July 6, 2014

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Oh, y’all, the 4th of July weekend is OVER – thank you, sweet baby Jesus! I know I’ve complained about my dislike of this holiday already, but this year was particularly bad with the fireworks in our neighborhood – I was sure someone was going to get killed or that a house or two was going to burn to the ground… Thankfully it rained around 2:00 AM, so I was able to fall asleep with the knowledge that any fires would be dampened and put out by Mother Nature. Wish that could happen every year! Well, I read my little (OK, not-so-little) bum off this week – had some great books on hand. Let’s take a look:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 29th:

Upcoming posts for the week of July 7th:

  • Review: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

I read two novels and one short story by Chevy Stevens – all three were great, although Never Knowing was the best of the trio. China Dolls was a major winner in my book; I really, really enjoyed it. Ron Rash kicked ass with Nothing Gold Can Stay – I’ve read two of his novels and now this short story collection and he has blown me away every time! I’m definitely planning on reading more of his books. I’m reading The Midwife of Hope River right now and it’s a looking like it’s going to shape up to be one good read. I’ve got a couple of other great books lined up for the coming week – can’t wait to get started on them. Until next week, y’all – Happy Reading!

Did you read any books this week that blew your socks off?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, June 29, 2014

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So, so sorry for the late post, y’all, but I’ve been reading non-stop the last couple of days and have put off all of my regular tasks. For shame, for shame! But I found some mad good books and I just can’t put them down! So for now let’s take a look at how the week went and I’ll catch up with y’all another time…

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 22nd:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 30th:

  • Review: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

The One and Only was good reads, but then I’m a sucker for a good love story now and then. Fourth of July Creek was blah, and then it was BAM, so it went both ways. All in all, I enjoyed it after the first 178 pages… Little Lies was an ebook tie-in to Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf; they were both good but I wasn’t as impressed with Little Mercies as I have been with her past novels. Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears was a fairly mediocre read. Still Missing – wow! Awesome reading, y’all, awesome reading. Chevy Stevens is a new friend of mine, that is fo sho. Ima get back to getting my Chevy Stevens read on now, and until next week, I will wish you all Happy Reading!

When you find a new author, do read their books all at once or take it slow?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Whew! Well, I believe Mother Nature knew the first official day of Summer was coming up this weekend because we have had some scorching hot days this week! Now, I am not a fan of hot weather or Summer in general and this week did nothing to endear me to the season. We have, however, had a great time grilling four out of the past seven days as we tried to keep the heat out of our kitchen! Poppie is a master at the grill, and made us some mad good food. Not to mention I got out of cooking dinner almost four days in a row… That’s what I call a good deal! You can bet yourself that I used some of that extra time in the nice, cold A/C to tend to my reading duties, too. Let’s take a look:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 15th:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 23rd:

  • Review: One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • …and more!

Well, y’all, I was not blinded by the brilliance of Casebook as others claimed to be; I just didn’t see the excitement and wonder of it at all. A boy narrates the demise of his parents’ marriage and their following relationships, etc, etc… Eh. Didn’t do it for me, sorry. Ruby, on the other hand, Blew. Me. Away. What a powerful, tragic, and oddly romantic tale. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands was just as good as I’d expected it to be, so there were no surprises there, and Terminal City (#16 in the Alexandra Cooper series) was yet another success. A pleasant week, all in all. Surprisingly, I’ve only got a couple of books lined up so far for next week’s reading – which means I need to haul my bum to the library, pronto! But before I do that, I must wish you all… Happy Reading!

Do you plan ahead for your reading list, or let inspiration hit book by book?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Summer is coming into full swing, y’all, and The Boy sure knows it! He spent some time at the swimming pool this week and came home with the Sunburn from Hell. I put Poppie in charge of the sunscreen and unfortunately he did not acquire that of the waterproof variety… thus The Boy resembled a boiled lobster. There are even a few blisters – yikes! Poor little guy. While he was recuperating at home, I actually got out of the house for once and headed out to the country to visit a close friend for the first time in ages. It was nice to have some “grown-up time” away from the kiddos. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I was there! As always, however, I made time for my reading – and read I did. There were some good ones this week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 8th:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 16th:

  • Review: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

The Forgotten Seamstress was much more engrossing than I had expected, and I read through it pretty quickly. Dune Road was another Jane Green hit – in my eyes, anyway. The Shining Girls – wow. Wow, wow, wow. What an amazing novel! A serial killer who stalks his victims via time travel, and a surviving victim who stalks him right back? Awesome, y’all, just awesome. Mother, Mother was creepy as hell. Talk about your dysfunctional families – Josephine Hurst is one sick Mama. It’s definitely worth a read as well. I kind of hit a wide spectrum of genres this week, didn’t I? Historical Fiction, semi-Chick Lit, Thriller-Fantasy, and Contemporary. Whew! I was all over the place! I like it, though – keeps me on my toes. Have a great week, y’all – and Happy Reading!

Do you have a favorite genre of books that you prefer to read?

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, June 8, 2014

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We’ve made it through Week One of the summer and it was a doozy, I will tell you what. The Boy had a sleepover on Monday night that turned into a weeklong ordeal that didn’t end until Friday evening. Yes, y’all – it was a Four. Night. Long. Sleepover. Five days, if you count the fact that this young man did not leave until 5:30 PM on Friday. Do you have any idea how many games of UNO that entailed? Seriously, I love that child almost like he was my own, but am I glad that is over! Back to our regular programming, now, please! One good thing that came of our houseguest was that I had a little extra time for reading in the evenings – here’s a glimpse at what my week looked like on the literary front:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of June 1st:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 9th:

  • Review: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

I’d been looking forward to reading The End of Always for quite a while, and I wasn’t disappointed. Look for my review later this week. The Dirty Girls Social Club has been one of my fave books from years past and I dusted it off for a re-read this week – still just as wonderful as before. Cecelia Ahern is back to the basics with One Hundred Names – none of that fantastical, magical crap that I found so annoying in some of her past novels; this one is reminiscent of her earlier writing. Dream with Little Angels and Close to the Broken Hearted are the first and second novels in a series by Michael Hiebert – pretty good; it’s quite possible I’ll continue to keep up with the following novels in the series. You’ll see a review for one of these coming up on the blog soon, as well. Hope y’all enjoyed this glance at my week – and as always, Happy Reading to you all!

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, June 1, 2014

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All right, y’all, Summer is officially here! Well, I suppose according to the calendar, it’s not officially officially here, but we’re not going to get all technical here. June 1st is close enough for me. It is hard for me to believe how quickly this year is passing. We’re planning to do some part-time homeschooling over the summer – not quite sure how that’s going to go, since The Boy has visions of days full of friends, swimming and sun. So I suppose I’ll keep you updated on that front. We don’t really have a lot of plans other than that for this season; we tend to stick close to home. We’ll fit in a few day trips here and there, and of course some fun field trips here in town, and call it a day. Of course, we will be spending some extra time at the library – sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house and go hang out there for part of the day, instead of just getting in and out like we usually do. Speaking of the library and library books, I read some great ones this week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m reading right now:

Posts from the week of May 25th:

Upcoming posts for the week of June 2nd:

  • Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  • …and more!

Where There’s Smoke was hands down the best piece of fiction I read this week. To my chagrin, it was merely a short story, a prelude of sorts to Jodi Picoult’s upcoming novel Leaving Time, due out in October, 2014. The Sweet By and By was far exceeded by my expectations; the actual book was not at all what I had hoped it would be. All Fall Down was absolutely captivating – about a wife and mother whose addiction to painkillers spirals out of control; it was very powerful stuff. Silver Bay was, of course, yet another Jojo Moyes success. I’ve got a great set of novels lined up for the coming week – can’t wait to get moving on those! Hope you all had a great week of reading as well, and I wish you all… Happy Reading!

 

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Weekly Review: Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Here we are, y’all, nearly at the end of May already – can you believe it? Already nearly halfway through 2014 – that’s crazy! There’s so much I’d planned to do this year that I haven’t done yet; I suppose I’d better get my bum in gear. One thing I haven’t been slacking on is reading, that’s for sure. So far this year I have read a total of 106 books. My goal for the year is 150 – I think I’m going to make it! Let’s take a look at how this week went:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of May 18th:

Upcoming posts for the week of May 26th:

  • Review: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • …and more!

Things slowed waaay down this week when I read around 4 1/2 books compared to the 8 I read last week during the read-a-thon. Not sure how that happened, but c’est la vie! Midnight Crossroad was a bit ho-hum in my opinion, but the other books I read more than made up for that. For starters, I re-read one of my favorite books of all time, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. This is the third time I’ve read it, and it was just as fabulous as ever. I can’t wait to read Weiner’s newest novel, All Fall Down – it’s not due out until June 17th, but I have an ARC so I get to read it before then. Yay, me! Jennifer Weiner rocks. Shotgun Lovesongs was a great tale of the lifelong friendship between four very different men from Wisconsin – I promise it’s much better than it sounds! The Secret of Magic – oh, my. What an amazing novel. Set in 1946, one of the first female lawyers for the NAACP travels to Revere, Mississippi to achieve justice for the death of a returning WWII veteran. What follows is heartbreaking and breathtaking. It would do you good to check out any of these books, y’all. We don’t have big plans for Memorial Day, just a little grilling out with the Pathologically Literate Family in the backyard. How ‘bout y’all? Whatever your plans are, I wish you all a Happy Memorial Day!

 

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Weekly Review: May 4, 2014

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Y’all, my baby is growing up! The Boy will be thirteen this week; I can’t even believe it’s true. We were at the doctor the other day and there was a tiny little baby there that looked almost just like The Boy did when he was a wee one, and it brought tears to my weepy little eyes. How did this happen so quickly? So much time has passed, and far, far too quickly. While there are many things I’m proud of, there are so many things I wish I could go back and do over again. Too late, I suppose – he’s officially a teenager. Yikes! I mentioned on Friday that this was a crazy-busy week, and I was not exaggerating. I only made it through four books and one short story this week – way below my usual standards. Let’s take a look:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of April 27th:

Upcoming posts for the week of May 5th:

  • Review: This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
  • Library Love
  • …and more!

Not taking into consideration my low reading quota, The Roots of the Olive Tree was this week’s surprise hit. I’d been worried it would be a little dry and perhaps even boring – but no! This was an beautifully written novel that captured my attention from the first page, and had captured my heart as well by the time I was finished. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was a good read, as well – a little long-winded at times, but interesting nonetheless, about a woman who grew up with a chimpanzee as her sister for part of her childhood. It’s much more involved than that, of course, and it’s oh, so good. Come Home and The Target were {yes, I’ll say it again} guilty pleasure reads – the latter was the winner of the two by far. You know, I call these types of books (mystery/thrillers) my guilty pleasure reads, but I sure have a lot of them! How about you?

What/who are your “guilty pleasure” books/authors?

 

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