Monday, November 4, 2013

'Sup, Monday? What are you reading?

Aloha, reader friends!  It's what are you reading?

Well, lately I have been reading a lot of this:

Yes, one of my most dreaded tasks of parenting is going down today...potty training.  Now that we're settled and I'm home with Small Fry full time, I figured we would try to give it a go FO' REALSIES.  We've been using this book to get him SUPER PSYCHED for using the potty, and this morning we're starting our "all undies, all the time" strategy.

Please pray for me.  It's really not fair that I am unable to imbibe alcohol during this trying time.

However, when I'm not reading awesome picture books about pee, I am reading this:

Buying In by Laura Hemphill, for an upcoming TLC book tour.  Goodreads description:

Bright, ambitious Sophie Landgraf has landed a job as a Wall Street analyst. The small-town girl finally has her ticket to the American elite, but she doesn’t real­ize the toll it will take—on her boyfriend, on her family, and on her. It isn’t long before Sophie is floundering in this male-dominated world, and things are about to get worse.
With the financial crisis looming, Sophie be­comes embroiled in a multibillion-dollar merger that could make or break her career. The problem? Three men at the top of their game, each with very different reasons for advancing the merger. Now Sophie doesn’t know whom to trust—or how far she’ll go to get ahead.
Set inside the high-stakes world of finance, Manhattan’s after-hours clubs, and factories in the Midwest and India, this is the high-powered, heartfelt story of a young woman finding her foot­ing on Wall Street as it crumbles beneath her. Written by an industry veteran,  Buying In  tackles what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, and how to survive in big business without sacri­ficing who you are.

I know nada about banking and finance, but that isn't keeping me from enjoying this book.  I'm still in the early stages with it, but so far I really like Sophie's character, and the author explains the financial stuff in a way that makes me feel not stupid (hooray!).

What will I read next?
SO HARD TO CHOOSE!  With the end of the year looming, I have a lot of things to consider, given that I want to finish a couple more of my challenges.  Perhaps The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, or Dante's Inferno .  Hmmmm...

What's on your reading agenda this week, friends?


  1. I prayeth for you. Wow. Potty training CAN be such a drag, and especially with boys, if they're not ready, it AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! Or at least that's how it was with my son. Just a heads up -- don't get frustrated if it doesn't work now. He won't go to college un-trained. ;) Ok, enough disclaimers. GOOD LUCK!

    1. Thanks for the advice! :) Yesterday was very very tedious...and messy...but today we've only had 1 accident so far and he's been doing surprisingly well. I hope this keeps up!!

  2. Lean In is a great one to read in pieces, like in a chapter or two a day!

  3. Good luck with the potty training! We're working on it with our youngest right now too. I have such little patience for it. Ugh! When I'm not reading "Once Upon a Potty" this week (or any of the children's books that my kiddos bring home from school), I'm reading Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. I'll be stuck somewhere for 14 hours tomorrow with plenty of down time for reading.

    1. Yes, I had reached my wit's end by the time he went to bed last is definitely a test of patience. Luckily today is going better, but what a process!

  4. Prayers going out, hope it happens quickly and painlessly!

  5. Have fun with the potty is something to dread, but it will all work out sooner or later. Good luck.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  6. I can't wait until you get to Lean In :) I loved that one so much, I'm excited to be able to chat about i!

    1. I can't wait either! Hoping to start it sometime next week.

  7. Ohhhh good luck with the potty training. That book is kinda fun. We had the Nook version, if I remember correctly, it was interactive! (wait... that sounds messy... I promise it wasn't!)

    1. LOL! The funny thing is, I remember that book from when I/my brother were being potty trained as kids. A "classic" for sure. hahaha.

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