Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?/Musing

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. Marie at Burton Book Review is hosting MM for June starting today. 
I received only one book, thanks to the publicist:

1) The Sadness of Samurai by Victor Del ArbolWhen Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named Maria forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, Maria is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As Maria's and Isabel's narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey

I am in the midst of reading

Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend
The Virgin Journals by Travis Laurence Naught (poetry)

I finished reading the following 12 books:

All  I Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard
Sweet Release by Pamela Clare
Unbreak my Heart by Helen Scott Taylor
The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie
Real Courage (poetry chapbook) by Michael Meyerhofer
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver by Shamini Flint
Murder In The Ashram by Kathleen McCaul
Cut Short by Leigh Russell
Sons And Lovers by James LePore
Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie
Nothing Stays In Vegas by Elena Aitken
Calico Joe by John Grisham

I plan to read:

Many books!
What is the longest book you have ever read? How long did it take you to read it?

1) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1440 pages): It took me 2+ months to finish that.

2) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1488 pages): Around a week

3) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1088 pages): Around a week

27 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've heard good things about The Sadness of Samurai - I hope you love it!

Anna said...

I have The Sadness of the Samurai, too. Looking forward to your thoguhts.

Marie Burton said...

I was intrigued by the Samurai plot, looks like it has fabulous potential! Hope you enjoy it!

MarthaE said...

You had a great week reading. I too will be interested on your thoughts of The Sadness of Samurai. Happy reading!

Amy said...

I've come across some Inspector Singh books in the library, but haven't tried one yet. What did you think?

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

You look like you have some good reading going on!

Lydia said...

Wow! 12 books - I thought I had a good reading week =) Hope you have fun this week.

The Brunette Librarian said...

I read the Duchess of Love too! Are you going to go ahead and read the second? I'm reading it now - its pretty cute. :)

What are YOU reading @ the Brunette Librarian??

pussreboots said...

Wow! You had a great week of reading. My favorite read last week was Swahili for the Broken Hearted by Peter Moore. Please come see what else I'm reading.

readingdate said...

The Sadness of Samurai sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoy it!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd out said...

You read some really interesting selections last week!

Wishing you a great reading week!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

caite said...

a week for books that big? wow, you are a fast reader or had a LOT of free time on your hands.

Mystica said...

Your book sounds intriguing. You've done a lot of reading for this week.

Serena said...

I hope you enjoy all of your books.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy your "mailbox book"!

Tea said...

The Samurai one sounds really interesting. Would like to read it.

Kristin said...

I'm intrigued by Tempest in the Tea Leaves...it sounds very interesting.

Hope you have a great week!
Kristin @ Always With a Book

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Enjoy your new book. It's new to me. War and Peace took me awhile to read as well, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Happy reading!

Bellezza said...

I loaned The Sadness of The Samurai to my mother, as I don't have time to get to it yet; she said she loved the writing but had to abandon it as there was 'lots of torture'. I suppose with a title like that, it's to be expected! It look like lots of people have receied that book, and I must say it intrigues me.

Megan Monell said...

Les Miserables and Atlas Shrugged were on my Musing Monday as well. New follower! Here's my MM: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/06/musing-mondays.html

Kwizgiver said...

I guess I blanked out on Les Mis being such a long book!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Enjoy! your new book, sounds captivating.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/06/mailbox-monday_11.html

Vasilly said...

Wow! What a great reading week! I hope this week goes just as well!

Stephanie Ward said...

What a full week of reading! I guess War and Peace is the longest book I've read, too (followed by Atlas Shrugged). I don't remember how long it took me to read War and Peace, but I remember reading it while nursing my newborn son. :-)

Nise' said...

You had a fantastic reading week.

William Stanger said...

I would really like to read War and Peace, but every time I take it off the shelf it just seems so overwhelming! My MM:
http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/musing-mondays-june-11/

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Sounds like quite the read. I haven't heard of it hope you enjoy.