Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday: Start of another reading week!

Musing Mondays (BIG)Do you have a set reading time (before bed, perhaps)? Do you read more at night or during the day? Is there a day of the week, perhaps, that you set aside to catch up on reading?

I don't have any fixed time for reading. I do it any time of the day or night. However, if I am reading a very interesting book I stay up late till I finish it. Yes, during vacations, I tend to read more. There has been days, I don't read at all and then there are days, I am on a roll. It depends on my mood.

I can read in a flight or train but not in a bus or car. I used to be able to do that but not any more. I love to curl up with a cup of tea. And while waiting in a queue for anything, book is the greatest of company!

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Received the following:

At the Threshold of Alchemy by John Amen--Poetry

This is a brutally realistic book of poetry. By immersing himself in the particular details of his most meaningful moments, John Amen transforms hurt into poems that are both imaginative and lyrically expressive. With metaphoric daring and off-beat grace, he guides us through haunting and sometimes violent memories of roving through America's southland. Includes the 260 line poem-sequence "Portraits of Mary", hailed by poet Jared Smith as "perhaps the most complex, intricate, and thoroughly honest love poem in all of contemporary poetry". A thoroughly human book of memorable poems of great intensity by one of our best younger poets.

Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie....ARC

Virginia Kate, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother’s betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, Virginia Kate struggles to reconcile three generations of her family’s lost innocence.




The Crying Tree
The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha


Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he's been offered a job as a deputy sheriff in Oregon. Fifteen-year-old Shep is shot and killed during an apparent robbery in their home. The murderer, a young mechanic with a history of assault, robbery, and drug-related offenses, is caught and sentenced to death.

Years later, Irene receives the notice that she had craved for so long--Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month. This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family. Irene, it turns out, isn't the only one with a shocking secret to hide. As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the past.

Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog, "to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finish this week."


Last week I finished (Click on the bolded titles to read the reviews) :


Mirror Blue by Thomma Lyn Grindstaff

Visions by Jean Koning

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Landscape with Flatiron by Haruki Murakami...Short Story

Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales by Eleanor Bluestein


In The Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delaney

Currently Reading:

A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence

The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill

and

Whatever would take my fancy!

32 comments:

Sassy Brit said...

What fun! I've played the Monday Musings meme! I'm so pleased I found this.

Here's mine.

Sassy
:)

Sassy Brit said...

Forgot to say I've added your button and link to my blog under the book memes I take part in -- so far. On the right hand sidebar. Hope this is OK!

Sassy
:)

Lisa said...

Wow! What a great reading week you had last week. This one looks just a good. I hope you enjoy all your books.

Teddyree said...

You had an awesome reading week, well done! Enjoy your books!

Sharon said...

You had a great reading week! Here's to another one!

You asked when do you read? In the summer (no school) I read whenever I please and for however long I please. During school I read in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee and before bed. If it's a really good book I'll read a little just after I get home before I start dinner.

Maree said...

Wow, good going. You had a better week than I did - happy reading :)

Alice Teh said...

Have another great week of reading, Gautami! :D

Sassy Brit said...

Oooh, what a Monday Morning Muddle! LOL Thanks for putting me straight, I do appreciate it.

I'm still following your blog - if that's any consolation!

Sassy (off to get a stiff coffee!)
:)

mee said...

I've been thinking to read Stone Diaries. Will you write a review for it? I'd love to hear what you think.

bermudaonion said...

All of your books look good - I'll be looking forward to your reviews.

Scrap girl said...

You had a good reading week this week. Well done.

Cheryl said...

Hmmm, I think I remember some chatter about The Stone Diaries. Looks good!

...... Bobbi said...

"I do it any time of the day or night."

This is me to a T!

zetor said...

Most of my reading is in the evening.

Crystal said...

Looks like it was a great reading week for you.

I received The Crying Tree also and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Mary said...

Tender Graces sounds good!

Missy said...

You are going to love Tender Graces. I read it fast...couldn't put it down.

You had a good week! :)

J. Kaye said...

Super list of books! Looks like you are going to have a fun reading week. :)

Mr. Linky is too slow in loading, so I moved your link to the actual post. I think I am going to start doing this on Mondays because the widget is too unstable.

mattviews said...

Morning is my most precious reading time. I usually read for two hours before going to work.

I cannot read on a bus or in the car as well, but can finish a whole book on the plane. :)

Kristen said...

Tender Graces looks like a great read. Enjoy it! I got The Crying Tree last week and it looks good too.

Nan said...

I'm impressed... six books last week! Happy reading!

Nise' said...

I am a late night reader too, especially if its a good one.

Tender Graces sounds interesting.

Dar said...

I received The Crying Tree too. I try to read whenever I can but mostly in the evenings when it's quiet and my dog finally settles down. Have an awesome week!

Yvonne said...

I can't read in the car or on a bus either. I have no problems on an airplane.

Enjoy your books!

debbiesworld said...

I can't read in a car either which is too bad. Luckily I can read on trains.

wendy said...

I forgot about holidays! I do read on hols ususllay take bout 10 books and do nothing but read and cook so I can read them all!

Rebecca :) said...

The Crying Game looks good! You amaze me with how many books you read. I feel like the resident snail sometimes!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Wow - the cover of Tender Graces is beautiful!
Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

susan said...

Both books sound very good. The poet sounds vaguely familiar.

Wrighty said...

You've been very busy! Your new books look so good, especially Tender Mercies. They sound very emotional and intense. I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Hope you have another great week!

Serena said...

I have John Amen's book of poetry to read as well. Looks like you got some good books this week.

Anna said...

I loved Tender Graces. Can't wait to hear what you think.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric