Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Break Monday!

Each Monday Sheila at Book Journey asks about how the reading week went -- what people read, what they are reading, what they will read.  It's a good chance to see if any trends are developing.  Last week I spent a lot of time juggling ideas for spring break, although we ended up with the plan of staying home, relaxing, and maybe going to some book stores or museums.  I hope I get a lot of reading in.

What did I read?
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, Emmuska Orczy
  • Simply Irresistible, Jill Shalvis
  • The Sorcerer of the North, John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice #5
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, Sy Montgomery.  Cybils nonfiction
  • The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner.  See, some of these books do get finished!
What trends do I see?  I'm very slow at reading nonfiction; most of my time was spent either reading or procrastinating about reading my biography of Rose Wilder Lane.  I also spent a lot of time figuring out how to get library books onto my NOOK, and I have now mastered that.  Woot!  Someday my book bag will be light.

Right now I'm reading: 
  • The Ghost in the Little House, William Holtz. Story of Rose Wilder, which I'm reading because of Borrowed Names.  Another one for my Stream challenge.
  • The House on the Strand, by Dapne Du Maurier, recommended by a friend.  Slow going.
  • The Man Handler, by Cairo.  I got this off a list of books challenged from a library.  So far my sympathies are with the challenger -- this looks like porn to me.  It's a battle between my squeamishness and my completion fetish.
  • Scorpia Rising, Anthony Horowitz.  Last Alex Rider, bought by my son.
  • Aliens in the Family, by Gini Koch.  First book bought for my NOOK.  Almost done.
  • Tales of the Vampires, a Buffy comic
  • Territory, Emma Bull (vacation book)
  • Hammered, Elizabeth Bear (vacation book)
  • Bad Prince Charlie, John Moore (vacation book)
  • Interior Life, Katherine Blake (vacation book)
  • Glass Harmonica, Louise Marley (vacation book) 
  • The Rogue's Return, Jo Beverly (vacation book)
  • The Hob's Bargain, Patricia Briggs (vacation book)
  • Flying Solo Ralph Fletcher (borrowed by a kid, now returned)
  • The Secret Duke, Jo Beverly.  Found under my bedside table with a bookmark.
  • How I Met My Countess, Elizabeth Boyle.  Also found.
I'm just poking at the vacation books; mostly I'm reading the top five.  I celebrate finishing a book with a chapter from the Buffy book.  My library pile now shifts to whatever is due on the 18th.  My brother lent me some stuff that is now on top of my TBR pile, and my next challenge book is a romance from one of the book-recommending sites mentioned in the Take-a-Chance challenge.

Quick stats on my Challenges:
A-Z: 23/52.  One more down.  These seem to be slowing down, dang nab it.
Cybils: 33/76.  One more.  I have a bunch of these waiting to be read.
Michigan: 1/2 No change.
Once Upon a Time: 6/5.  Which officially completes Quest One, but I'll keep going. I could have done Quest Two!
Read Around the World: 6/20.  Half of my books will end up being Ranger's Apprentice books.  I'm signing up for a setting challenge because authors are hard.
Stream: 2/3.  The Rose Wilder Lane book counts for this.
Take a Chance: 1/10. Jill Shalvis's book will count for this.
20/11: 8/20.  Scarlet Pimpernel will count for this.
What's In a Name?: 4/6.  Is it cheating to use a 2nd grade chapter book?  I think I have #5 out from the library now.
Where Am I Reading?: 14/50.  No change.  I read nothing located in an identified state this week.  Well, except for the duplicates.  Everything happens in California and Washington, apparently.  


Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I'm hopping through from It's Monday, What are you Reading?

Wow, how do you keep up with reading so many books at one time? I would be so confused. I usually read one book at a time, sometimes two but usually no more than that!

Beth said...

My kids ask the same questions. I figure it's just like knowing a bunch of different people -- they all come with different memories and interests, and you just adjust. Most of these books are different enough that I don't get confused.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The Ghost in the little house? Hmmmmm.... sounds good!