Monday, July 22, 2013

It's My Birthday and I'll Read What I Want To...


Yes, today is the day and it looks like I'll be sharing it with royalty. Kate is in labor and the world awaits news of a royal birth.

As for my reading...

Remember last week's stack of abundance? In a moment of rashness, I returned the entire pile to the library and decided to start over. Now that I know about suspending holds, my list should be kept under better control and six books won't become available at the same time. At least that's the plan.

I finished The Dinner by Herman Koch and liked it very much, but talk about weird! This family group  would never be on my list of desirable dining companions.

Next, I started Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner. The writing and descriptions are lovely, but my mood  isn't suited to such a quiet novel right now, so I'm setting it aside.


The Good House by Ann Leary is my current audiobook and I LOVE it! The narration is outstanding. Mary Beth Hurt is  Hildy Good. I've just passed the half way mark and am already certain it will appear on my list of favorites in December.

The plan today is to search my bookshelves and read whatever strikes my fancy. No review books, no book club selections... it's been a while!

What are you reading today?

57 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Hope your birthday reading is excellent!

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  2. Happy Birthday! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Good House. I'll have to check my TBR shelf, but I think I have it there already. Perhaps the audio version would be better, though? I'll have to check if the library has it. Enjoy your day :)

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    1. Trish - The audio is so good, I just can't imagine reading this book!

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  3. Happy Birthday, JoAnn! Hope you have a lovely day of reading.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. Joy - Thanks. I'm having a very relaxing day!

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  4. You go, girl! Happy, happy birthday.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! Looking forward to blowing out quite a few candles tonight ;-)

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  5. Adding my birthday wishes, and I hope today brings you some wonderful books!

    I keep bringing books home from the library, and then ignoring them in favor of my TBR shelves. But library books add some diversity to my reading that I don't want to give up, so I need to figure out a better system of reserving and actually reading.

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    1. Lisa - Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm not ready to give up the library either... guess it's all about balance.

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  6. Happy birthday, JoAnn! Hope this is the beginning of a great year! I am finishing up the audio of Reign of Madness. I have a couple waiting in the wings, but I think I might get the audio of Cooked by Michael Pollan, on your recommendation.

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    1. Thanks, Col. Hope you enjoy listening to Cooked!

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  7. Happy birthday Princess JoAnn! I'll be calling you that from now on ;) It's a great idea to read whatever you're in the mood for!! Ahhh, there's nothing better.

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    1. Jennifer - Ha! Sharing a birthday with the royal baby is about as close as I'm ever going to get to royalty ;-)

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  8. Happy birthday! Hope it's fantastic.

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  9. Have a wonderful birthday! The whole world will be celebrating! :--)

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    1. Thanks, Jill. Still waiting on word of that baby...

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  10. Nice idea, to read something you choose yourself. I have a few library books I want to get to, too. Enjoy and have a happy birthday!

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    1. Harvee - It's very nice for a change :-)

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  11. Happy Birthday! Hope you spent the day exactly as you wished!

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    1. Colleen - Thanks... that's exactly what I did!

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  12. Happy Birthday, JoAnn! You are officially sharing your birthday with the new prince! Happy reading!

    Catherine
    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/

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    1. Catherine - This is the closest I will ever get to royalty ;-)

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  13. Happy Birthday to you!!

    I got through about 10% of The Good House on audio and got bored with it :( It just wasn't working for me but it could very well have been my cruddy mood.

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    1. Ti - Mood definitely effects my reaction to a book, but I am loving this narration of Hildy's story so much that I can't even imagine reading this one.

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  14. Happy Birthday, JoAnn!! Hope your day has been beautiful so far and will continue well past midnight! :)

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  15. Happy Birthday to JoAnn! We love you so!

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  16. Happy birthday!!! <3 I hope you have a great day! And do get back to Hotel du Lac, it's so good...

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    1. Marie - I'll get back to Hotel du Lac later today or tomorrow... just wasn't in the mood for that type of book yesterday.

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  17. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Yay! You love The Good House!! Isn't Mary Beth fantastic??? I could easily listen to this one again!! Good for you in returning the stack and starting over. I hate it when all of my holds come in at the same time because then I put this weird pressure on myself to get the all read!! Hope you day was amazing!

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    1. Staci - I'm so glad I took your advice and listened to The Good House. What a fantastic narration!

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  18. Happiest of birthdays and many happy returns!

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  19. I hope you have a wonderful birthday - and plenty of bookish treats!

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    1. Vicki - I had a perfect day, complete with plenty of reading time!

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  20. Yes, the Dinner is weird, isn't it?

    Belated happy birthday! :-)

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    1. Iris - Yes, The Dinner is one strange book. I felt slightly off center the whole time I was reading it. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  21. Happy Belated birthday! I think mood does affect how much I enjoy a book. I checked out The Good House awhile ago, but wasn't in the mood for it. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

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    1. Pat - Thank you! The Good House is definitely striking me now... not sure how I would react in print, but I'm loving the audio.

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  23. I hope you had the happiest of birthdays! Here's to another year of wonderful reading!

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  24. Belated Happy Birthday wishes! The Good House (audio) is on my 2013 Favorites list. One of my all-time favorite audiobook performances.

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    1. Mary - I finished the book last night. Not only will The Good House be a 2013 favorite, it is an all-time favorite audiobook performance for me, too. I cannot imagine simply reading this book!

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  25. Happy Belated Birthday! I totally didn't realize the date of 7/22 - I usually try to make a pie for PI APPROXIMATION DAY (which might end up being linked to you in my mind forever...) but it slipped my brain and now I'm sad. Even though I have made 3 diff pies in the last 24 hours.

    Our book club just chose Where'd You Go, Bernadette? I hope it is as good as everyone is saying. I have been so disappointed in our club's choices lately that I'm thinking of going renegade and starting another club!

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    1. Care - Thanks... but how does 7/22 get to be Pi Approximation Day. I'm a little dense ;-)

      I enjoyed Where'd You Go Bernadette? but didn't love it. It's fun though.

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  26. I can use the excuse of being unplugged for my lateness to the party, right? Happy belated birthday! Maybe you're still celebrating this weekend with a yummy meal with your girls? ;)

    There's still so much I don't know about my library but the idea of suspended holds is such a great one! I have a book out now that I keep renewing and probably still won't get to it and wonder if I'll even be allowed to check it out again one day (I can't renew it again).

    I'm reading a book club book. Seems that's all I do lately--that or readalong books! Life After Life (as you saw). Intriguing but I'm just not sure about it...

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    1. Trish - I'm glad to see you back! Birthdays do seem to drag on in my family, so we were still celebrating last weekend. It's almost like a festival or something.

      The discovery of the suspend hold feature is huge. Hopefully it will keep me from getting into the 'all my holds are here at once' mess again. I was so anxious to read Life After Life, but when it finally arrived, I just couldn't muster much enthusiasm. Maybe another time...

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  27. I've heard really good things about The Good House. Sounds like the one I'll want to look for on audio.

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    1. Lisa - The Good House will definitely be one of my favorite audios this year!

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  28. I know I'm so very late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway :) I hope it was fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. I had a wonderful day!

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  29. Happy Belated Birthday, JoAnn! I hope it was wonderful.

    I'm just about finished with The Good House and I have to thank you and Staci for pointing me in its direction! Yes, Mary Beth Hurt isHildy Good! My goodness. The suspense is about to kill me. I'm at the part where Hildy is in the cellar with Peter. Talk about a psychological thriller. I can't wait to see how it ends. I've also enjoyed the humor. I shouldn't laugh about Hildy's drinking, but Mary Beth Hurt's voice and sarcasm is hilarious. So... thank you for the recommendation! BTW, I actually quit after a few chapters. I was bored and didn't like MBH's narration. I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I did!

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    1. Les - Thanks, it was an excellent birthday this year. I'm SO glad you gave The Good House another chance. It's got to be one of my favorite narrations ever!! Still haven't posted about it though... don't know how I could do justice to such a wonderful production.

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