Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For the Record: March 2011

The month of March was dominated by my trip to Ireland...preparing for it seemed to take as much of my time as actually being there!  February was so inundated with heavy reading (at least it felt like it) that I've totally been in the mood to do some simpler reading...maybe I'm ready for those summer reads already!

I have decided to put aside my Daily Lit selections for a little while, since they were just stressing me out.  I'd like to pick up Daniel Deronda and finish it in some longer sittings.  Our Mutual Friend?  I might pick that back up via Daily Lit, as it worked well for me that way...I'm really not interested enough to read Dickens otherwise (but I want to be able to say "I've read Dickens" and so I carry sad is that?)

8 Books Read in March: (31 Year-to-Date)
2 for the kiddos:
  - From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
  - Dragon Spear, Jessica Day George
1 for book club:
  - The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
1 ARC:
  - Expiration Date, Sherril Jaffe
1 Read-Along:
  - Villette, Charlotte Bronte
3 just for fun:
  - The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank
  - How to Be Good, Nick Hornby
  - The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerDragon Spear (Dragon Slippers)The Hunger GamesExpiration Date
Villette (Everyman's Library (Cloth))The Girls' Guide to Hunting and FishingHow to Be GoodThe Secret Scripture: A Novel

3 Current Reads: (greatly decreased since finishing my bible, my kiddos books, a book of poetry, and suspending Our Mutual Friend and Daniel Deronda for the time being)
  - If There is Something to Desire by Vera  Pavlova (poetry)
  - At Home by Bill Bryson (nonfiction)
  - The Troll Garden by Willa Cather (short stories)
If There is Something to Desire: One Hundred PoemsAt Home: A Short History of Private LifeThe Troll Garden and Others

On my nightstand:
  - The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (ARC)
  - Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor (Dublin's One City, One Book)
  - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (first foray into Persephone)
  - The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas (ARC)
  - Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson (ARC)
  - Townie by Andre Dubus III (Indiespensible)
The Tapestry of LoveGhost Light: A NovelMiss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
The Bride's HouseTen Thousand Saints: A NovelTownie: A Memoir


  1. Did you and your kids love From the Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler? One of my all-time favorites as a kid.

  2. I was just thinking this morning that I need a few light reads. I'm ready for summer!!!

  3. Robyn, we enjoyed it, but not as much as I think I would have if I'd read it as a kid. I think my kiddos enjoyed a bit more than I did though. I don't know why I didn't love it, I think I just didn't really identify with the characters...I was so NOT like them as a child! I'm glad to have read it though, it's my first by the author.

    Heidi, I don't usually feel Spring Fever (or whatever,) but somehow this year I'm really looking forward to being outside and warm, with a breezy book in hand. :)

  4. It's been a long winter for all of us then. The new Sandra Dallas looks good to me. I am happy to be done with my theology reading. My Spring tri classes aren't the type that I will need to read a ton of books that compete with my fun reading. I am thankful for that.

  5. Oh, I just finished P.S I Love You which took place in no other than Dublin. I thought of you everytime I read it ;-)


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