Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's Monday -- What Are You Reading?



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. It's is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

For nearly two weeks, I have had a series of disappointing reads.  Last week it was Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.  This week I finished two that were less than stellar:

Finished:
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Embers by Sandor Marai

And I didn't finish one, which in hindsight, I probably should have finished over the other two:
Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

It's been a while since I've absolutely fallen in love with a book.  I'm due an "I can't put this down -- why don't you kids stay in front of the TV a little while longer" novel.

Currently, I've hijacked my husband's Father's Day present.  Do you ever do that -- buy him something you secretly want for yourself?  I bought TWO things for him with that M.O. -- James Taylor and Carole King's CD, Live at the Troubadour and Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw.

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

So far, it's everything you'd expect from Anthony Bourdain -- language, drugs, alcohol and food.  I adored Kitchen Confidential and DVR regularly, No Reservations -- but I haven't found the groove yet with this book.  It's a series of essays -- so it is a bit disjointed.  I just finished a splendid chapter called LUST, on various meals he has eaten both domestic and exotic.  I think when he is writing about food he is brilliant. 

My TBR/Reading ADD issues continue this week.

I made two book purchases over the weekend:

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly McNees
Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career-and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay-for the rest of her life.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

This is a relatively new novel, so I was completely surprised to find it marked down 50% at Barnes & Noble over the weekend!  As a B&N member I received an additional 10%, so this hardback novel was only $12.  Cheaper than a paperback!  I'm not sure why - is it not selling? 

And

A Long Long Time Ago but Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and at times heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True


I've been enchanted by this cover since this book was released.  And, as the winner of the Pen/Hemingway award, I'm hoping it merits its accolades.

My previous TBRs are still lurking in the stack....but my attention as been drawn elsewhere.  I'm sure by next week, something else will have lured me away from the above!

What are you reading this week?