Sunday Salon – 1-20-13

So, Daniel and my husband were in California most of this last week. I had this idea that with Daniel out of the house (but, you know, two six month old babies still here) I would have a ton of time to do ALL THE THINGS. Yeah, it turned out that wasn’t true. Really the only advantage of not having Daniel here was that I could nap when the girls did, which I did exactly once. So now somehow I still have to do ALL THE THINGS.

Of course, I did get one very exciting thing done this week, and that was signing my first author. Nicole Evelina writes historical fiction and I will be working on selling her first (really, really fabulous) book this year. I can’t wait until you are all able to read it.

Anyway, here’s what I read this week:

Therese Fowler’s Z isn’t out until the end of March, but it is fantastic, as is Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life, which I’m reading right now and which is out in April. Of course, by reading books from March and April I’m missing some January books, which is why I posted this week about the January books I’d like to Drop Everything and Read. And here’s what I reviewed this week:

 

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June 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

I have to say, I thought I would read more in June than I did, since I only worked half of the month. However, getting the house and blog ready for the girls, getting ahead on freelance writing, and, well, Audiobook Week, which was amazingly fun, but also very time consuming. Somehow I actually finished MORE books before I stopped working than after. In total this month I finished 20 books, the first book I finished this month brought me to 100 for the year. Of these 20, 14 were print or ebooks for a total of about 4500 pages. The other 6 were audiobooks, for a total of over 61 hours listened.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudczy Lupescu, narrated by Xe Sands
Gilt by Katherine Longshore, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, narrated by Frazer Douglas
GirlChild by Tupelo Hassman
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy, narrated by John Keating, Barrie Kreinik, Allyson Johnson, Adam Lazarre White
Changeling by Philippa Gregory, narrated by Charlie Cox
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman, narrated by Abby Craden
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas, narrated by Coleen Marlo
A Bigamist’s Daughter by Alice McDermott, narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Fiction
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
With My Body by Nikki Gemmell
Keepsake by Kristina Riggle
A Bitter Veil by Libby Fischer Hellman

Mystery
Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Historical Fiction
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd

Audiobook Week
Listen Up! Audiobook Week 2012 Details and Discussion Topics
Audiobook Week 2012 Prizes
2011-2012: Your Audiobook Year
So You Want to Review Audiobooks…
Mid-week Audiobook Week Meme
What Makes a Good Narrator?
Listen Up!

Other Posts:
Oh, D.E.A.R. – Pre-baby Reading
BOOK CLUB – With My Body by Nikki Gemmell

Pick(s) of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Red House by Mark Haddon, narrated by Maxwell Caulfeld
A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Johnson, narrated by Susan Duerden
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Vance

Fiction
Game of Secrets by Dawn Tripp
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Historical Fiction
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham

Mystery
Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau

Nonfiction
Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner
Afterlives of the Saints by Colin Dickey

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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TSS: A Very Bookish Week

I love those weeks where I finish something in every format in a single day. This week that happened to me two times (Sunday and Friday), plus I finished something I’ve been reading for awhile at work. Thus, I finished ALL THE BOOKS this week. That’s the one advantage of not going to BEA, I guess, lots more reading time. If my ENTIRE personal day on Thursday hadn’t been filled with car stuff (getting a windshield replaced, getting a new driver’s license with my new address, going to two dealerships and buying a new minivan so we can actually fit 3 car seats in a single car, etc), who knows how many books I might have finished?!?

If you were wandering Javitts for BEA or were busy with Armchair BEA, you should check out some of this week’s reviews, because I reviewed some great books this week:

And here’s what I finished:

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May 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

So, I must say, I’m beyond impressed with myself this month. In May we closed on our house, moved in, AND I read 22 books. Of these, 7 were audio, for a total of 71 hours – honestly, if anything I thought I would listen to more while cleaning and unpacking, but we had so many wonderful people helping us that most of the time I didn’t want to put my earbuds in. The 15 print books (just under 5,000 pages) I finished were the real surprise. Mostly I credit the fact we didn’t have tv or internet at home for awhile there. It is very easy to get lots of reading done when you can’t get overly distracted with Twitter (although I did have my phone). And then, too, there is the whole 32 weeks pregnant with twins thing that means that when I’m not cleaning I’d really rather be laying in my bed or on the couch reading than doing anything else. Still, though, I thought May would be slow with the move and it was fantastic beyond my wildest dreams. At this rate (assuming the babies hold off until July, as I have requested of them), I might be able to get far enough ahead to keep the blog running smoothly while we adjust to our two new additions this summer.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn, narrated by Simon Vance
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs, narrated by A.J. Jacobs
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, narrated by Tim Kang, with Josiah D. Lee and James Kyson Lee
Glow by Jessica Marie Tuccelli, narrated by Donna Postel

Fiction
An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
The Year of the Gadfly
by Jennifer Miller
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
All Women and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones
Henny on the Couch
by Rebecca Land Soodak
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore

Historical Fiction
A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
The Yard by Alex Grecian

Nonfiction/Memoir
Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart
Double Time: How I Survived – and Mostly Thrived – Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins by Jane Roper
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives by Brian Clegg (DNF)

Other Posts:
Crossing the Line – Documentary
North Korea Wrap-Up

Pick(s) of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
May the Road Rise Up Beneath You by Peter Troy
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas, narrated by Colleen Marlo
A Bigamist’s Daughter
by Alice McDermott, narrated by Tavia Gilbert
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Gilt
by Katherine Longshore, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
GirlChild by Tupelo Hassman, narrated by Tupelo Hassman

Fiction
Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
by Nichole Bernier
Keepsake
by Kristina Riggle

Historical Fiction
The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd

Nonfiction
The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Perfect Gentleman by Imran Ahmad

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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February 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

I think I might FINALLY be coming out of my pregnancy reading slump. Through the middle of February things were still very, very slow, but in the last 10 days of the month, my reading suddenly picked up (AND I got caught up on my unwritten reviews – amazing!). By the end of the month, I finished a respectable 16 books. 10 were print or ebooks, for a total of 3200 pages and 6 were audiobooks, adding up to about 40 hours of listening time, helped out by a couple of Saturdays of packing up and cleaning our condo.

Although my final numbers are similar to those in January, I read a much better mix of books. This month I had mysteries, general fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction… no longer primarily Agatha Christies and cozies, which pleases me immensely.

What I Reviewed:

Audiobooks
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott, narrated by Emily Bauer
A Good American by Alex George, narrated by Gibson Frazier
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Fiction
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
by Joshilyn Jackson
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
by Margot Lievesy
Home Front
by Kristin Hannah
Forgotten Country
by Catherine Chung
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner

Young Adult Fiction
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Historical Fiction
A Good American by Alex George
Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown
The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Mystery
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy

Nonfiction
Parents Need to Eat Too by Debbie Koenig
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Other Posts:
D.E.A.R. – Heavy Books
Book Time with Bess – The Bess Crawford read-along

Pick of the Month:


Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Audiobook
The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai, narrated by James Langton and Anne Flosnik (no review coming)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
NPR American Chronicles: Women’s Equality performed by Susan Stamberg
Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile
by Julia Fox, narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Fiction
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick de Witt

Historical Fiction
Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Mystery
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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