Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's Monday- What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we share what we've read the previous week and what we're planning to read this week. It's a great way to see what others are reading (and add more books to the TBR pile!)

Finished and Reviewed:
This week I was able to finish and review Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Sanctuary, which I loved! I immediately bought the next book in the series, Silent on the Moor (oh the joys/danger of being able to buy a book instantly on Kindle).

Currently Reading:
Silent on the Moor and Miss Dimple Disappears, a mystery set in WWII era Georgia that I've heard good things about.


Did Not Finish:
I couldn't really get into Hank Steuver's Tinsel, a look at the spectacle of modern-day American Christmas as celebrated by the people in Frisco, Texas. His condescending, "I'm from the big city" attitude towards the people of Frisco was really wearing, and I felt like the people he profiled were more caricatures than actual people.

Steuver ended the introduction with a warning of sorts, saying
"In this search (escapade? immersion?) I came upon one word over and over, emblazoned on various plaques, ornaments, and other bric-a-brac. It was at every holiday crafts bazaar I went to, or somewhere in the holiday decor of every house I visited--soldered in pewter, or sewn to Christmas stockings, or decoupaged onto wood. The word was believe. Snowmen held signs with it. A team of reindeer pulled it, B-E-L-I-E-V-E, across a front lawn... Believe, people kept telling me.
I told them I wasn't that kind of believer.
I told them this is probably not that kind of Christmas book.
I want you to know that. Caveat emptor, and so forth."

 I guess I wasn't really in the mood for that type of book this year!

Up Next:
I'm hoping to spend my Christmas break reading some of the classics I somehow missed during my high school and college education, like Jane Eyre and To Kill A Mockingbird (I know, the horror!). I may be the only person who doesn't know the plot of Jane Eyre so I want to read it before the movie is released in March. However, I've found I've been very fickle with my book choices lately so we'll see what I actually read next.


What are your reading plans for the week before Christmas?


  1. Kindles are dangerous things. I never buy books. I'm a library person but I can impulse buy on my iPad like a pro.

    I've never read Jane Eyre either. When I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde about going into the world of Jane Eyre I had no idea what was going to happen since I didn't know the story. To Kill A Mockingbird is great though.

  2. I love that cover to Miss Dimple Disappears, very cute! Looking forward to your review. Also, I really hope you do get to read Jane Eyre before the new movie releases!

  3. I am so glad to hear you loved Silent in the Sanctuary. That is one that really interested me when you posted last week.