Monday, October 31, 2011
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
We're coming off of a whirlwind weekend, one that involved a six hour drive back to Philly on Friday night; my mother-in-law's annual Halloween party for her grandkids on Saturday (the reason for the trip); a laughter-filled, relaxing, oh-my-God-I-didn't-realize-how-much-I-freakin'-needed-this "grown-up" (i.e., we all had babysitters!) dinner on Saturday night with our very good friends ... and some interesting weather thrown in there in the form of a freakish October snowstorm. That's highly unusual for Philadelphia, and at times, this looked downright blizzard-like. Definitely frightful, in the spirit of Halloween.
So, here we are for "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" which is hosted by my friend Sheila from Book Journey and where we talk about what we're reading this week. I usually cover this in my weekly Sunday Salon posts, but since I didn't get to that this weekend, I'm here (and happily so) instead.
Now that we're turning the calendar page to November, I'm becoming more focused on books that qualify for those challenges I still have some holes in for this year. (I know I say that I only do these challenges for fun, but when I see that I have only a book or two left in order to complete said challenge, then it is definitely game on.)
I was having considerable difficulty finding a book that satisfies the "jewel or gem" category for the"What's In a Name" challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Then I realized I still had the short story collection Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li from NetGalley, so I will be reading that this week on my Kindle.
On the blog front this week, I'm planning to have a wrap up post for the R.I.P. Challenge and an introductory post for NaNoWriMo. (Yeah. I've succumbed to the insanity. AGAIN. Why I do this to myself, I have no clue.)
Happy reading week, everyone ... and a Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating (and happy NaNoWriMo-ing if you're embarking on this as the clock strikes midnight tonight.)
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