Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm keeping up as fast as I can!

Two weeks into the new year and how many posts have I put up?  NONE.  It's not been for a lack of trying.  I have a recap of what I read in 2011 in draft and hoping that I can get that done sometimes this week, but you never know.  Between work, two kids, house work, and my other addiction (crochet), I barely have enough hours in the day to shower (don't worry - I still manage somehow to get that in; that and brushing my teeth).

As far as my book and reading addiction goes, here's what I've been up to.

What I'm Reading

I'm still chipping away at The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow.  I'm about half way through it.  If I could get one good afternoon with it and a cup of tea, I know I could finish it (not sure I'll find that time this week).

What I've Read
Right out of the gate, I picked up the Kindle single Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan.  I so enjoy Amy Tan and was excited to see this.  I see that there is an audio book coming out this summer, so I don't know if this is just a snippet of the larger volume or what.

Either way....WHAT A READ!  Who knew that being a courtesan in 1912 Shanghai was so complicated.  It talks about the profession so casually that you almost forget that they're talking about sex.  At times, what Tan writes can be taken as advice for anyone ("How you behave next week can set the course of your career").  Other times, it's just plain funny ("I will accompany you on the zither until your warbled notes don't sound like two cats screeching over the same dead mouse").

It's a quick read (just 43 pages).  Whether you have a Kindle, Kindle App or read it from your computer, I highly recommend it.

What I've Added to My Collection
Yes, I understand that I'm acquiring books much faster than I an possibly read them.  Hellllllooooo?  What part of book addict did you not get?

Of the 19 books I've added to my collection, only 2 are physical books.  The rest are on my Kindle, I only spent money on 8 of them and I don't even think I spent $15, so all in all, not so bad.

Here are just a few of the 19 books.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin - Recommended by a friend.  I'd like to read it this month after I read my current book.

Heroes for My Son by Brad Meltzer - I heard an interview with Mr. Meltzer on the radio and thought it sounded good. Looks like a quick read.  And I have sons, so why not read about heroes for them.


Chicago by the Pint: A Craft Beer History of the Windy City (IL) (The History Press) by Denese Neu - A book that combines my favorite city and my husband's favorite beverage?  Sounds like a winner to me! 


The Bridge by Kay Bratt - Maybe I'm still enthralled with all that is stories set in China, but this short story sounded too good to pass up.  And I got it for free.  Can't beat that!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I've never read it.  It's on my to read bucket list.  I got it for my Kindle for a great price.  Glad to finally have it.

I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole - Anytime Willy Wonka and the Chocolage Factory is on TV (cable or network), I can't bring myself to turn away.  Therefore, when this book came up, I couldn't pass it up either.

Here's hoping I can find more time in my week to read!

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