It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”
I picked up a crappy head cold on Thursday which gave me four days of painful infected tonsils, and still have it, only now it’s moved on to gross clogged sinuses. It’s been very hard to sleep at night and think straight during the day; makes it hard to formulate a sentence, let alone read one. (I rarely get sick so I suppose I was due up for something!) But I still went to the book club meeting on Friday night for Ru, and I’m glad I went because I learned some new things about the book that I was struggling with.
And on Sunday I went to my husband’s cousin’s bridal shower. My first time! I mean, I’ve never been to a bridal shower before (okay maybe the one my old work threw for me before my wedding in 2011 counts…), we don’t really do them in Australia as far as I’m aware – hen’s nights, sure, but not bridal showers. Wasn’t sure what to expect, and even though they weren’t technically invited my husband and toddler came too (I had no other way of getting there, it was so far away), and since they hadn’t seen each other in a long time – and his cousins hadn’t met our son before – they were warmly welcomed and each got their own “party treat” cupcake to go, too! So sweet.
It’s been a long long time since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post but I participated last Tuesday with my list of Top Ten Series I Want to Start Reading, and I do plan on doing more TTT like I used to. I just tend to overthink them and get overwhelmed by the choices, or the topics don’t always inspire me.
For Weekend Cooking I posted the first of four recipes from the new Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbook, one for Sweet and Sour Chicken which I do recommend, it’s delicious! For the rest of March I’ll be posting other recipes on the weekend, so come back for more if you’re interested.
And on Sunday I ruminated a bit about the somewhat newish genre, New Adult fiction, with a list of suggested titles. Feel free to add more to the list, I love making lists! So often when I love a book and want to read more like it, I look for lists like this.
I finished posting my reviews for titles I read about Sudan for the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge. I haven’t yet started in on this month’s, Wales, which I’ll need to do soon. And there’ll be another Shelves Are Groaning (SAG) post coming up soon!
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Ru by Kim Thúy
Dr Chandler’s Sleeping Beauty/Her Christmas Eve Diamond by Melanie Milburne & Scarlet Wilson
The Translator by Daoud Hari
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Six Sisters’ Stuff: Family Recipes, Fun Crafts, And So Much More! by Six Sisters
What is the What by Dave Eggers
When the Silence Ends
by Jade Kerrion
This is a sci-fi-dystopian-thriller kind of novel which, it turns out, is actually the fourth in a series and I haven’t read the first three! But it’s also a separate kind of story, about new characters, so there’s a fair bit of exposition at the beginning which is helpful. It’s about genetic engineering and mutant powers and the reshaping of a country. Here’s today’s quote:
Dee squeezed her eyes shut. In the darkness, she fought for control, struggling to breathe in spite of the heavy pressure against her chest. Images, not dulled by time, flickered behind her closed eyes. She pushed the images away, but could not shut out the sounds. In her mind, Dum’s voice whispered for the last time, “No.” The gunshot was followed by silence … endless silence.
She hated silence.
Thanks to my head cold, I’ve completely forgotten what I need to read next! I know there was something I needed to read, but it’s temporarily slipped my mind. Ugh. I’m reluctant to pick up something to read next until I figure out what it was, in case I miss some deadline or something. And yet, I went through my calendar last night and there’s nothing else coming up really soon, so it was probably just a really good idea that occurred to me that I’ve now forgotten!