Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Salon Sunday - 05/10/15



If you are interested in other Salon posts, visit the Facebook page to get links. The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Life:

Well hello there! So sorry for disappearing this last week. Life has been...overwhelming. I'm just trying to keep up.

Everyone is ok, thanks goodness. But work has been kicking my a$$, royally. I was charged with, among normal responsibilities, getting a grant out that has seven subcontracts. Anyone who knows grants realizes that is just...crazy. And it was, for over a month, it was crazy!! But the proposal finally went Tuesday afternoon. Then I was faced with catching up with all the stuff I had been putting on hold and, as it's spring, everyone is suddenly chomping at the bit to arrange summer salaries. It's just been...overwhelming and exhausting and just too damn much!! But I'm surviving and my annual review went pretty good. So, it's onward ho!

Just chill-axin'

The kitties continue to be awesome! They have truly relaxed and settled in. Though loud noises still scare them, they are much more loving and interactive. We've even had family over to meet them and though they were not friendly, A didn't run and hide (though L did, give it time...). We just started trying to expand their diet from Friskies (essentially kitty McDonalds) to anything else. L is such a poor eater. She is so little. Though A is a much better eater, neither one is shy about turning up their nose and walking away. So, for now, it's Fancy Feast (kitty Applebees?)...with mixed results. L digs the tuna. A, not so much. A likes turkey, L turns and runs. Little steps...


This weekend has been extra special, as I celebrate my 45th birthday. Hubby went out of his way...dinner Thursday, presents and cake, a show Friday (Paul Reiser, very funny!), and another present Saturday. And in light of a good month of 10-11 hour work days, I took tomorrow off (my actual birthday was not doable). So it's not over yet! I plan on spending tomorrow reading and relaxing...

And likely feeling guilt about all the things not getting done at work!


Blogging:
I've got to catch up a bit, complete my April re-cap, my A-Z recap, prepare some posts for the next few weeks. I've just been too worn out when I've gotten home to even focus.  Despite my lack of blogging time, I've been reading pretty good, so I was thinking about joining in the Readathon this week...maybe I'll sign up. Or maybe I'll just take part on my own. Who knows?!?

What I Am Reading Today
I was reading How To Build A Girl, by Caitlin Moran, but was having trouble getting into it. So, I switched to a library book I picked up...and I'm almost halfway done in less than a couple days. Funny how things catch your interest like that, huh?!

Hope it's a great week all!
Shannon



Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge - Z

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!

The Zygot Chronicles

Suzanne Finnamore





The strange purgatory of pregnancy has been a fact of life since Eve ate the apple, but never has it been recounted in such brilliant, hilarious detail.
(Amazon)


This looked entertaining when I picked it up... It still awaits its turn to entertain me.





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge - Y

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!

Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan




Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear. (Amazon)

I honestly thought today would be simple, but apparently I've got like no "y" books in my house. Weird!  Anyway, I haven't a clue what this book is about, but it's Oprah so it's gotta be good.


Newtown: An American Tragedy - Lysiak

Title: Newtown: An American Tragedy


Author: Matthew Lysiak
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating

Book Source: 

 
Recommended if you like:


 

What Its About:  
The heartbreaking stories of those killed in December 14, 2012's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

This book offers a clear timeline of the event, stories of the victims and the neighbors on that day. Also, Lysiak gives in depth understanding of the shooter, Adam Lanza, and the progression and depth of his mental illness and his mother's efforts to get him help. The book also talks briefly of the efforts of some of the victims' families to achieve gun control since that day and the struggles they have faced.








The Bottom Line: 
This was a really good recounting of that horrific day, as well as the years that led up to the horrible event. An interesting read, if you are into this sort of thing, but certainly not a feel-good read of the week. Heartbreaking.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z Challenge - X

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



The Philadelphia Experiement

Charles Berlita




 The first full-length documented report on a chilling unsolved mystery that's been discussed for years. 
(Amazon)

Ok, I had to cheat a little here... No X book to be found anywhere in my house!  But this one does look interesting.




Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z Challenge - W

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Gregory Maguire




 Offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn't nearly as Wicked as we imagined.
(Amazon)


My best guess is that this book, and Gregory Maguire, came to my attention in connection with the musical, but honestly I don't remember. I bought this one at a book sale as well and despite the lack of singing and dancing, I hope to get to it soon.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z Challenge - V

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!


The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Maggie O'Farrell



Moving expertly among the voices of Iris, Kitty, and Esme herself, Maggie O'Farrell reveals the story of Esme's tragic and haunting absence.
(Amazon)


Not sure where I first heard of this one, but I have seen it on blogs randomly. Looks interesting.



Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z Challenge - U

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy 

Frances Mayes







memoir of...buying, renovating, and living in an abandoned villa in Tuscany.
(Amazon)


Another movie that snuck up on me and I loved. I absolutely adore Diane Lane and she was just so wonderful in this movie, I wouldn't, couldn't pass it up. Now I really, really have to read the book too!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z Challenge - T

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger





A dazzling novel in the most nontraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course... An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come. 
(Amazon)


I am typically a stickler for reading a book before seeing the movie. But this one snuck up on me, was given to me for free, and so I watched it...and loved it. But I am determined to get to the book and enjoy the story all over again.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z Challenge - S

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lisa See



Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
(Amazon)


Another book blog regular, I've had this one for a while. In fact, I'm not really sure how it came to me. But it's on the list of many, that is for sure!



The Room - Karlsson

Title: The Room


Author: Jonas Karlsson
Genre: Fiction
Rating
3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: 
 I received this book from the publisher, Random House free of cost, in exchange for an honest review.
 
Recommended if you like: Um...no clue, weird stuff, short books


 

What Its About:  
This Kafkaesque novella shares the story of Bjorn, a compulsive man who, after being asked to leave his previous job, is hired by the "Authority", a government agency of some sort. It doesn't take long for Bjorn to decide that his coworkers, including his supervisor, are not up to his level of skill and brilliance. When Bjorn finds an unused office, "The Room", near the bathrooms of his new company, he quickly finds himself drawn to the space. He feels more centered and in control in the meticulous space, where everything is just right.

Unfortunately, the room doesn't really exist and when Bjorn "spends time" in the room, his coworkers find him standing creepily silent and still in the hallway. This leads to unrest in the workplace, with Bjorn's coworkers trying to get him fired, for their safety sake. But Bjorn fights back, using the focus the room provides him to make himself valuable to his new company.







The Bottom Line: 
Ok, Bjorn is...well Sheldon Cooper. Do you watch The Big Bang Theory? Well Bjorn is the same socially inept, self-loving type of character. But Bjorn also seems to have a tenuous attachment to reality. 

This book was just...whatever. Not particularly entertaining, but not really bad either. Well written, though. Read it, or not. Whatever.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z Challenge - R

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!


River, Cross My Heart

Breena Clarke




Highly accomplished novel resonates with ideas, impassioned lyricism, and poignant historical detail as it captures an essential part of the African-American experience in our century.
(Amazon)


This book has been sitting around my house for quite a long time, but I really am interested in reading it and therefore I won't get rid of it. Honestly, the Oprah thing is what caught my eye, at first. Now I am just really interested in the story.  Soon, very soon!



Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z Challenge - Q

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



The Queen of Katwe:

A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster



Tim Crothers






Amazon has nothing to say about this book...

But I think the subtitle is pretty self explanatory. This book was sent to me without any request from me. Typically, I would not read such a book. But, it is a Q...and they are hard to come by. And, it actually sounds pretty interesting, so I kept it. I keep waiting for a year that I am close enough to finishing my Alphabet Challenge that its worth using this up!  Maybe this is the year?!?!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z Challenge - P

Books This Book Blogger Owns...and Will.Read.Soon!



Peaches


Jodi Lynn Anderson




During a summer at the Darlington Peach Orchard in Georgia, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie discover the true meaning of friendship despite their differences. 
 (Amazon)


This was another library book sale find that I had not heard of before. It caught my eye. Its YA, but looks pretty interesting, so I brought it home.