It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Here’s what I finished last week, what I’m currently reading and other book related posts. As usual, linking up with Book Journey today to recap and visit other bloggers to see what’s on their reading lists. Great way to get new book recommendations.
Last week I Finished
Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain. Eden Riley is a famous actress whose strange, reclusive mother died when she was a young girl. Eden goes back to her mother’s hometown to learn more about her but what she discovers is shocking and difficult to comprehend. She meets Ben, a man with his own haunting and horrible past. I love Ms. Chamberlain’s books for the depth she gives her characters, the difficult situations they have to deal with and the ways in which they cope and overcome their obstacles. This was a page-turner and an easy, albeit, disturbing read. I always enjoy Ms. Chamberlain’s books for the uniqueness of each story, this one is no exception.
On audibook, I finished Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson as my adventure classic for the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge Adventure classic and the Monthly Keyword Challenge for March using the keyword “treasure”. Jim Hawkins is a young English boy on a journey with pirates to find a lost treasure. I love that the book started quickly and dove into action right from the start. The narrator is great for the parts narrated by Jim and the doctor. However, his English + pirate accent is difficult to understand and I find myself missing parts of the story and losing focus. This is the second time when the narrator diminished my enjoyment of the book. I am going to have to read the paper version to hopefully appreciate the story.
This Week I’m Reading
At night, I’m reading In The Woods by Tana French for the book club hosted by two of my favorite book bloggers, Allison of The Book Wheel and Rebecca of Love at First Book. Set in Ireland, three kids go out to play and only one boy comes home. The boy is unable to describe what happened to his friends, he simply does not know. He changes his name, goes to boarding school and attempts to forget the past. His past catches up to him 20 years later when he is a detective on a murder case in his old hometown. It’s an interesting read so far and look forward to seeing how the plot thickens.
I’m listening to The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, an autobiography narrated by Sarah Silverman. I figured after my recent disappointments with narrators, who better than a comedic actress to deliver her own story in an entertaining way? I admit that I am enjoying this audiobook. While some stories from her childhood are centered on poop and pee (and she admits as much on the foreward of the book), there are others that are deep and heart-wrenching. One minute I’m laughing and the next I have chills going down my spine. She describes her bout with enuresis, a condition where her bladder is too small and she cannot control wetting the bed. While she jokes about it now, during her youth and young adulthood, Sarah candidly describes how it caused her humiliation, embarrassment and depression. Everyone has a story to tell, I’m enjoying Sarah’s, she’s unpredictable, funny and surprisingly poignant.
Other book-related posts from last week:
Since I’ve been enjoying tackling the classics, I signed up for the Classics Club. This club is a community of bloggers who want to read 50 or more books in 5 years. Members post reviews to the Classics club site, participate in group discussions, challenges, read-a-thons and memes.
I also started a Blogging Events Calendar 2013 page to keep track of all the blogging marathons, read-a-thons, online book blogging conferences and review-a-thons coming up through June 2013. So many free resources and great opportunities to learn from and network with other bloggers I don’t want to miss.
Well,that’s what I’ve been up to. What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books in my post? What did you think? Tell me in the comments and let me know. Hope you link up or visit Book Journey too and see what other book bloggers are reading. Happy reading and have a good week!