Monday, April 09, 2012

It's Monday, what are you reading? (19)

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Last week I finished reading:
Eating Dirt
by Charlotte Gill
Gill's writing and description is incredible, and I really hope she has plans to write something else following this memoir. She's got a short story collection out I'll definitely have to buy. Also, even though I once had plans to do so (back when I was really broke in first year university), I officially never want to work as a tree planter.

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
It's weird reading such a personal narrative written in the third person (present tense too, which isn't a frequent style) and I'm not sure that I exactly like that. But the premise, cover, and the fact that the author herself struggled with eating disorder and wrote a very moving author's note, make me want to keep giving this one a try. I'm glad I did, it's a very sad story but a powerful one.

What I plan to read this week:
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
This is a bulky 448 pager so it took up more of my week than I was planning. Plus, I went home for Passover and was distracted by family and things outside of a novel (doesn't that suck?). The first quarter is like a contemporary novel, and then all of a sudden there is the adventure and action promised in the blurb. Even though the first quarter is well written, now that I'm halfway through, I'm feeling like a lot of it could have been cut.

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Wow for a book I loved the first 25 pages of, I'm not sure what my excuse for taking so long to read this is. See the above about family and the bulky book of blood and shadow?

The Whole Story of Half A Girl by Veera Hiranandani
Another one I didn't get to last week, but that looks awesome. 

What are you reading this Monday?


  1. You have some interesting books this week. The Whole Story of Half a Girl sounds good.

    Hope you have a good week.
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  2. Glad you finally finished Eating Dirt and that you loved it! :D Also, I can definitely imagine working as a tree planter would suck...long hours, literal back-breaking work, and actual not that great of pay since I think you have to plant a tonne to actually get paid well. It would be nice to be able to say that you helped replenish the world's forest though I guess. :P lol Anywho, glad you got a couple of books done this week, and that you go the chance to visit your family. :)

    Happy reading, Zoë!

    PS. How come you don't have Croak on here? :P lol

    1. haha because I won't finish it before Monday I don't think. I don't have a "currently" reading like you do. too many sections :P plus I am always reading way too many books at the same time. It'll be there next week though, promise :)

    2. Makes sense. :) I usually only put the ones I'm actively reading, since I always have those that I kind of pushed aside for a while haha Me too...glad to hear it! ;D lol

  3. I hate it when real life interrupts reading :)

    Have a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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