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Monday, October 12, 2009

What Are You Reading?

J. Kaye over at J. Kaye's Book Blog hosts It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I didn't participate last Monday so I wanted to mention that the week before I read:

Memoirs of a Geisha - I don't know why, but I thought it was just okay. I think after reading Snowflower and the Secret Fan, which to me was fascinating, I thought this book was simply fair. I know, I know, you all loved it. What can I say? I did enjoy it and learned a lot about geishas but only gave it a 3/5.

Last week I was supposed to read Pride and Prejudice but had to return it to the library before I got a chance. From what everyone says about how good this is, perhaps I should think about buying a copy for myself. I'm reluctant now, though, with my penchance for not loving the books that everyone else does. Hmm..

Last week I did read:

Heart of the Game: Life, Death and Mercy in Minor League America by S.L. Price. - Amazing book about a minor league player turned coach who was killed instantly by a foul ball hit by one of his own players. I love sports and I love stories of forgiveness and mercy. Besides the family of the coach/victim (Mike Coolbaugh), the author tells the effects of the tragic event on the pitcher, batter, and umpires involved. I read it in two sittings and gave it a 5/5.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf - I enjoyed this book. It's about two families whose little girls, who are friends, go missing. I was captivated by the strange father of one of the girls, as well as the rocky relationship he had with his wife. Interesting, suprising ending. I gave it a 4/5.

I WAS reading...for 145 pages in fact!...Joyce Carol Oates' book Little Bird of Heaven and no matter how determined I was (I am not one to give up easily), I just could not get into it. It's supposed to be about the murder of a woman who was involved with a family man. But I didn't find out even a hint of what it was about until about the 100th page. It was slow. JCO's writing style is strange. The sentences were hard to follow. I had to re-read sentences in order to understand them. It was exhausting. I gave up. 0/5.

Now I am reading:

Open House by Elizabeth Berg - I'm only 15 pages in and am really enjoying it. That's what I'm talkin' about. The author is witty and funny. Reminds me of Jennifer Weiner. Maybe how much you enjoy a book is determined by the mood you're in at the moment. Maybe this is what I need right now.

This week, after I finish Open House, I plan to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and maybe White Oleander or The Dogs of Babel. Depends on the mood I'm in :)

How about you? What are you reading? (When my brother replies to this, he says, "Bills.")


Jennifer said...

Fabulous books! The only one I have not read is Heart of the Game. Happy reading. Mine is here:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I read both Memoirs and Snowflower. I guess I'd agree with you but I did like them both.
I read Open House (even before Oprah put her name on the cover, lol). There was a movie made of this book, I'm thinking it was a Hallmark production for tv. I really enjoy Elizabeth Berg. She comes to my city each time she has a new book. If you ever get a chance, go to a reading. She's wonderful. Have a great week!

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I had really enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha. I will be interested in reading what you think of a Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I am enjoyingit - it has just become a time thing for me.... I have a lot fo reading to do tonight to finish it on time! :)

L said...

You haven't read P&P??? Wow. You should run out and buy yourself a copy. It's excellent. Better than the mini-series. That and Jane Eyre, I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about them.

Memoirs was an okay book. I liked the movie better.

I hear all kinds of great things about Snowflower. I just read the Good Earth and am gathering that they're similar.

Great list!

Unknown said...

Jennifer - I doubt there are many who have read Heart of the Game. I saw it while in the library and it caught eye. The cover is a picture of the back of Mike Coolbaugh (who was killed) with his two little boys on his shoulders. Saw your list. Looks great.

Mary - I saw Jennifer Weiner at a book signing and she spoke for an hour. It was like going to see a comedian. She was hilarious. So on your advice, I would definitely go see Elizabeth Berg.

Sheila - I know what you mean about the time thing. So many books... I will be watching for your thoughts on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as well.

Lula - Nope, and I can't believe I admit it! LOL You know, I've got a 40% off coupon for Borders that expires after today. Hmm...should I? Should I?

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have The Weight Of Silence in my tbr pile. I'm glad to hear it is a good read. I have not read P&P either even though I own a copy of it. Some day!

Missy B. said...

I can't wait to read The Weight Of's on my wish list.

I had to give up on 2 books yesterday that I tried to is so frustrating!

Elizabeth Berg's novels are wonderful...I have enjoyed all of them.

Anonymous said...

I thought "Open House" by Elizabeth Berg was one of the best books I've ever read.

Alissa Grosso said...

You could always pick up a used copy of Pride & Prejudice at a library book sale cheaply. It's not as if Jane Austen is making any money off sales of new copies!

My mom's reading The Weight of Silence right now and really enjoying it.

Sassy Brit @ said...

Hi! Open House sounds good to me. Hope you like it by the time you get to the end!

I'm a little late in the day with my Monday stuff, but without further ado, here are my answers!

Have a great reading week!


Unknown said...

I love Elizabeth Berg's books - I'll have to check out Open House. P&P is definitely good and I don't always like what everyone raves about.

Marie said...

Memoirs was not my favorite either actually, although I'm not sure why. It just never really pulled me in as I had hoped it would. I've heard good things about Open House!

Nise' said...

I'd buy a copy of P & P, as you may love it and want to read it again and again! Glad you liked The Weight of Silence as I have that one coming.

Teddyree said...

Heart of the Game sounds like a wonderful read, I'm going to keep my eye out for it. Weight of Silence is on my wishlist so, glad you enjoyed it. Happy reading :-)

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joyh82 said...

Great week, I usually enjoy Berg's books too. I read Memoirs and Snow flower last year and loved both.
Have a great week. Your dogs are adorable!

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