Monday 7 May 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a book meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. A great way for everyone to share what they've been reading.

This was my full week off from assessments before I go back (tomorrow) for my summer semester (oh, how I envy all you non-nursing students right now). I had plans to do a lot of tidying and crafts and instead I did a lot of reading. Glad I did though as I have enjoyed my week. Especially my trip out to the library and a visit to friends. Anyway, I have had a good reading week as a result.

Oh, forgot to mention that I gave up on Possession by A.S Byatt. I just couldn't continue with it. Nothing was happening and instead I felt the author was just trying to be clever or show off which didn't work for me. Instead it was very dull. Maybe I will go back to it but at this moment in time I doubt it.

This week I read;

The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes. This was one of my library books. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise which would have been a shame. I would have missed out on a good read. Surprised by how quick it was to read.

Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter. Another library book although one my mum borrowed. Supposed to be just a bit of fun rather than something to take seriously. Didn't particularly enjoy it much.

Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Read this for the graphic novel category of the mixing it up challenge. This category is a little out my comfort zone this time although I did read some last year. This one made me feel a little uncomfortable and then I surprised myself by actually getting into the story near the end.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. The first book by Slaughter and the first in the Grant County series. Decided to finally read the first one after accidentally reading the last back in December. One of the characters I still don't like but other than that I enjoyed it. Better quality writing than most of your basic crime writers.

Just now I am reading;

The Granta Book of the American Short Story edited by Richard Ford. Haven't read much of it this week. Think I read only one story. Been too busy concentrating on other books. Still enjoying them though and I am coming up to one by Richard Yates which I am looking forward to.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I am reading this for the classics challenge. I picked it because I had never read any by this author before. I am loving it. I actually wanted to finish it last night but I was just too tired to stay awake.

Next I plan to read;

House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Another library book. I definitely wouldn't have bought this. I read one Picoult book before and I wasn't impressed. I just didn't get all the hype surrounding her. A friend of mine recommended this one though because one of my placements this summer will be within mental health.

Did anyone else have plans for other things but spent it reading instead? Got any books that you just can't put down?


  1. Nice that you had such a great reading week! You did well giving up on a book that didn't interest you enough.

    I also loved The Sense of an Ending - will check out your review. I don't think I've seen it yet.

  2. I'm just in love with the cover with The Sense of an Ending, especially the paperback I have which really looks like run ink. Plus I love dandelion clocks. Not sure when I'll get round to reading it though.

  3. I am always surprised what kind of books I pick up at the library; books I wouldn't normally pick out. I think its because they are free to read that it makes the risk less and we're more willing to take a chance. :)

    Hope you enjoy the Jodi Picoult book. I haven't read House Rules, but I have it. :)

  4. I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult. Although I feel like her plotlines are all very similar, I enjoy the controversial issues she writes about, and I always feel like I learn a lot. Hope you enjoy it!