Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday, and what am I NOT reading?

Hello, reader friends!  A quick post today, as it's been a busy (but fun) weekend around here with my menfolk.  We celebrated the fact that we live in Rochester and it snows by going to the local Winter Fest yesterday, and I think we are all tired out!  Small Fry has discovered a deep love of sledding, and my husband and I have the sore arms from toting his sled up and down the hill to prove it.  My husband also has the day off today, so we are enjoying a little extra family time on this long weekend.

As for what I'm reading these nightstand is about to fall over from the weight, people!  Here's what's going:

1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I've been in the midst of this since mid-December.  I like to slow-read my classics.  I'm about halfway through.  Some parts are, admittedly, sleep-inducing, but the majority of it is pretty good.  I'm keeping notes for a future review.  It will likely definitely include at least one mention of the Hartford Whalers.

2, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I heard through the blogger grapevine that this has the potential to be "the Gone Girl of 2015".  If that is not true, people (AHEM, Jennifer) need to choose their words more carefully.  Because I think we all know the best way to get me to drop everything and read something is to compare it to Gone Girl .  My verdict is still out, but stay tuned.

3. The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Reading this for a book tour at the end of the month.  A little more romantical than what I usually choose, but I'm still enjoying the mystery and intrigue of it so far.

Also on my nightstand but not started yet...
1. Dead Wake by Erik Larson

I have an ARC of this one and I am SO EXCITED to get started on it soon!

2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Picked it up from the library because I've heard nothing but good's due back in 2 weeks...I'm sure I'll get to it, right?

3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Not physically on my nightstand yet, but my book club just chose it as our next pick, so I've got a hold in for it at the library.

Reading is out of control right now, friends!  But the great thing is, these are all excellent books so far.  Too many excellent books is NEVER a bad thing.

What are you reading this week?


  1. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train overall, hope you enjoy reading it too. I loved Gone Girl. Also Burial Rites is very well written. Hope you have a good week.

    1. 50% done with Girl on the Train so far, and reading it faster and faster as I go!

  2. Loved Girl on the Train hope you'll agree. Burial Rites was interesting, but the language made it difficult in some parts. The Last Breath was good, I liked the family and murder details better than the additional romance going on. Still worth the read. Have a good reading week Kelly.

    1. I agree about The Last Breath, the mystery aspects are good so far but the romance(s) are not thrilling me. Hope you have a good week too!

  3. Ohh, you have some good ones! Excited your book club picked up The Book of Unknown Americans, I hope it goes good! Mine also read (and loved) Burial Rites, too.

    1. Yes, thank you for the recommendation! They voted on a list of 4 and that one came out on top.

  4. I do hope that "The Girl on the Train" lives up to the hype...I'm waiting for my copy to come in from the library Unfortunately, there is 100+ people ahead of me, so it will take a while.

    I really enjoyed Burial Rites...I hope you like it!

    1. Mulling over my Girl on the Train review now (finished it yesterday)...I hope you like it when you finally get a copy!

  5. Holy mackerel, you've got a lot of books going! I need to pick up The Girl on the Train but I'm starting to worry it's been over-hyped... Only way to find out is to read it I guess, LOL!

    1. I just commented on Jennifer's blog the other day and said the same thing about All the Light We Cannot See. Over-hyped books are scary. haha.

  6. So many good books here! I am psyched to read The Girl on the Train and Burial Rites.

    Moby-Dick is certainly not a fast moving story, is it? Good luck with that one!

    1. Yeah not moving fast at all...many more asides than I expected! Still interesting at least.

  7. I'm making my way through The Rabbit Back Literature Society and it's not going well. Either I don't 'get' Finnish humor or the translator did this author no favors.

    1. The title alone confuses me. Ha!

  8. Oooh, you've got so much goodness here that I don't even know where to start! :D Burial Rites was one of my very faves last year, just loved that book. Dead Wake was crazy good.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and tell you that I thought The Girl on the Train was BETTER than Gone Girl. It will be marketed as the NEXT GG, but I think it's better written and more tense and wheee, hope you're loving it!

    1. Thank you again for the Dead Wake copy, starting it soon!

      I finished Girl on the Train yesterday. I loved it, though I'm taking some time thinking over that ending. I have to keep telling myself to STOP comparing to GG, because I think that's part of why I'm struggling with it.

  9. I'm reading Burial Rites right now and it really is good - I'm only about 30% through but everytime I sit down to read I get lost for what seems like hours in the story. The only downside is the Icelandic setting is making me "mentally" cold while it's freezing outside in the Northeast.. brrr! I wonder if it would be better to read in the dead heat of summer as an escape?

    1. Haha good point! The last thing I need here in western NY is more cold!

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