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message 1: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 895 comments Mod
Sorry for the delay! I had a really busy week prepping for my husband's birthday, plus a busy week at work. I'm just going to go over the books that should have been on Thursday's update, so I actually have something to post this Thursday.

Finished: The Red Tent - this was my bestseller from the year I graduated. ALso counting it for ATY's literary fiction prompt. I liked this more than I expected, there was a lot of Sumerian mythology and it was well written. However I am glad I got through it, because I don't have kids and I don't particularly want kids, so that was a LOT of mensuration and birthing talk in one book.

Children of Blood and Bone - Book with alliteration in the title. Also counting for ATY's book with a body part in the title. I really loved this. I got sucked in and couldn't put it down, and it's been a while since I read a book and immediately wanted the second. Which wont' be out for another year at least, considering this just came out a month or two ago.

Turtles All the Way Down - I tore through this one in a day, it was really good. However it did really affect my mood, since it's my mental illness prompt and it's basically watching someone spiral down into a breakdown. Still was really good.

Currently reading:

Song of Solomon - This will be my read harder Oprah book club pick. I've been dragging my feet on it so not very far yet.


When you are on vacation, are you more or less likely to read a lot?

I tend to find that while I'll read on the plane, I usually end up doing SO MUCH on vacations that I read far less than normal. This is as an adult. My husband and I are not really beach people, so when we go on vacations it tends to be places where we DO stuff. Hiking, going to museums, walking around gardens etc. When I was a kid, a lot of our vacations WERE beach vacations and I did read tons on them.

message 2: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 207 comments Mod
Hello All,

Just a quick update from my desk at work. Last week I finished Dune as my book set on another planet. This was a re-read for me, but it's been a while. I enjoyed it, but it took me almost 2 weeks to get through. I think I'll read the next one for my sequel prompt. I picked up a lot more reading it this time around then when I was much younger.

I'm currently reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as my book with a time of day in the title. My husband and I did a mini-honeymoon in Savanah 4 years ago, which is when I first learned about this book. It's been on my "to read" list ever since, so this seemed like a good reason to finally get around to it. It's also my second true crime ever (the first being In Cold Blood earlier this year). It's okay. So far I'm 1/3 of the way through, and it's all still character vignettes, so it doesn't feel like a really story yet. I'm hoping it will pick up soon. Until then, it's nice to remember being at many of the locations mentioned in the book.

QOTW: Like Sheri, I do a lot of reading in transit, but tend to be too active to get a lot of reading done once I get to the destination.

message 3: by Daniele (new)

Daniele Powell (danielepowell) | 170 comments I've been on a few road trips since I last posted, so I've made progress!

Completed a bunch of books, mostly old-school, campy sci-fi:
- Plague Ship Loved it. Fits the "female writer with a male pen name" prompt. Currently reading the sequel, Voodoo Planet, which I'm sad to report I'm just not getting into.
- The Time Machine for the "time travel" prompt. Not wowed, but enjoyed it,
- Project Mastodon for the "animal in the title" prompt. Enjoyable read, but needs a sequel.
- A Princess of Mars A fun read. Will definitely explore more by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
- A Spaceship Named McGuire Lovely and light read. Felt a bit like Douglas Adams one generation removed. The resolution irked my feminist fiber, though. Stuck it as the "fave prompt from a previous year's challenge", under "book with non-human character" (2015).
- Lastly, I Am Legend, which fit the "set in the decade you were born" prompt. Haven't seen the movie, which I hear veered off with its ending. I liked it as is, though.

That puts me at 23/40 + 4/10 for Popsugar 2018. I haven't taken the time to check whether these fit in any other challenges.

QOTW: Agreed with the above. Travel is is prime reading time. After that, I'm not a lie on the beach kinda vacationer, so not much reading time.

message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan LoVerso | 323 comments I'm just about done with Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture. This has been super interesting and a big expansion on the Colombian twins switched at birth.

I've also read some of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness. It is only okay so far but I'm not that far in. It seems a bit repetitive at the moment. I had been switching between this and Accidental Brothers, but the other one won out. I'll go back to this and see if it picks up. It's a random non-fiction that I happened to see on the New Book shelf at the library so if I don't get into it, I'm okay returning it as a DNF.

QOTW: I don't find that my reading changes too much when traveling. I mostly read just before bed because I definitely am a doer on vacation.

message 5: by Sara (new)

Sara | 55 comments I finished Journey to the Center of the Earth. It was an interesting story - some cool ideas about what might be in the center of the earth. I tried reading it as a serial novel, which was it's downfall for me. Eventually I just let the issues pile up so I could read more at a time.

That's all I've finished recently. On the bright side, that puts me at 13/26 for the year!

QOTW: If we're on a low key vacation (fishing in northern MN), then I read a bunch. Otherwise, it's usually only on the plane.

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