Monday, March 11, 2013

It's Monday, and here's what I'm reading...

Happy Monday, readers!  This weekend was a little nutty, as Small Fry was sick (Friday/Saturday), I had to work (Saturday), and the husband and I went to a wedding (Sunday).  I need a weekend from my weekend!

Because of all the crazy, I didn't get a ton of reading in...but here's what I'm reading now:

I'll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde

Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat .  Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet. (Goodreads link)

MOMMY FICTION!!  Oh mah gah, if there is a subgenre of women's fiction that I love most, it is certainly mommy fiction.  I'm about 2/3 done with this one, and it's both funny and poignant.  Can't wait to share my review with you later this week.

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
(Did you know if you Google "tiger's wife" in images...this is not what comes up.)
In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. (Goodreads link)

This is my current audiobook.  It came highly recommended, and so far I am most definitely intrigued. I still have 6.5 discs to go, but I am loving the writing style (lyrical and almost ethereal at times).  Having much better luck with this than the last few audios I've tried...

What's on tap next?
Probably either How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (for the Around The World In 12 Books Challenge--Wales!) or At the Mercy of the Mountains by Peter Bronski (for this month's Keyword Challenge).  Have you read either of these two?  Any recommendations?

Have a great reading week!


  1. I hope you continue to enjoy The Tiger's Wife. I thought the writing was beautiful. At the same time I just didn't get it, lol. I think I was coming at it from the wrong place because I've read many great reviews of it.

    Happy reading!

  2. Hope SF is feeling better today and hope even with the craziness you got to enjoy the wedding as a couple sans baby! ;) And my recommendation is you reading The Storyteller so we can talk about it! Only 50 pages in...but getting really really good.

  3. Jennifer, I fear that I might feel that way at the end. The more "supernatural" elements are coming to light, and I'm worried that I will be left feeling confused. But I love the writing so much, I'm really hoping it comes together for me!

    Cari, I knowwww I really need to read it SOON!! Have too many books scheduled this month...

  4. I also didn't care for The Tiger's Wife, but it was because there was just too many different, barely related story lines going on. I hope you enjoy it though and I look forward to seeing what you think of it. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned for Wales - the one I picked I didn't love :-(

    Tanya Patrice
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  5. You should read the book I just finished, DARK PLACES, if you haven't already. It's by the author of GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn, an earlier book. It has LOTS of references to redheads and red hair. The main character is a redhead, as are her mother and brother. But you should read it for more than that reason; this is a great book, and I don't know why I didn't hear about it when she wrote it. In many ways, I found it better than GONE GIRL.

  6. Oooh, I'm always looking for good audios, so I'll have to look into The Tiger's Wife.

    Just FYI, I listened to the audio of How Green Was My Valley, and that was one of the worst reads I've ever had. I'm not sure how much of it was due to the narrator *who spoke in an accented monotone) and how much was the book itself, but ughhhhhh. Hope you have better luck with it than I did.

  7. Tanya, what Wales book did you pick? I'm not sold on my choice but I didn't feel like there were a ton of good (non-faerie-ish) options.

    techeditor, thanks for the recommendation!! I actually bought that book with a gift card but haven't read it yet. I need to move it up the list.

    Christina, I was afraid of that...I read the description and felt like it could go either way. I'll take a flip thru at the library before I commit.

  8. Both of those great and I absolutely love that baby on the, I want what she's having too! I've been wanting to read The Tiger's Wife as well. Hope you enjoy your reads this week. Here's my list and hope you will stop by.


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