Monday, February 15, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

Books completed last week: bummer, none

Books I gave up on: none

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Confessions of s Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella
Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson
The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings

I (almost) never do this - read so many books at the same time. So I first started The Secret Life of Words. I often have a book on etymology as my perpetual bedside book as I do love etymology but it's really, really dry and certainly won't keep me awake. It has occasionally taken me a year to read some of these books but I do always get through them. The very next day at work I noticed Why I Hate Canadians in my boss's boss's office. A friend had recommended it last year but it's out of print in the U.S. Luckily, my boss's boss is Canadian. Since this is a borrow, and from a boss, I thought I should start it immediately so I can return it quickly. Then, I was driving to visit my aunt this weekend (we saw Wicked last night which was fantastic) and I had downloaded Shopaholic from Audible a few weeks ago so that seemed like a good distraction for the drive. I feel guilty about this current state and it will improve next week, I promise.

Books I Still Need to Write Reviews on: N/A

Up Next (still all MacMillan books):
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
Oranges by John McPhee
The Wild Smile of Girls by Jennifer Mankse Fenske


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Hey we all have those weeks where we don't finish anything.

Here is mine

Curling up by the Fire said...

I'm Canadian and I got Why I Hate Canadians as a joke from one of students for Christmas. I haven't had a chance to read it, but I will get to it over the summer when I have more time. I'm curious to see what you think about it.

I am also a lover of etymology. I teach French and I often stun my students with word origins. It's a lot of fun.

Empires of the Word by Nicholas Ostler is a great book.

Enjoy your reading week!

I now follow!

Carin Siegfried said...

Thanks Stephanie, I added the Ostler to my list! You'd love Anonyponymous which I read last week (scroll down for review). I was expecting Why I Hate to be funnier, but I also know parts of it are going right over my head.

Thanks for the encouragement Brooke. This meme certainly is keeping me a bit more conscious of my reading and I shouldn't have any 2-3 week gaps like I occasionally did last year, although of course there's no where really to add how I caught up on an old New Yorker last week (which can be just as much reading as a book) and I feel like 3 parts of books equals one whole. But it's still a bummer. I thought about picking up a kids' book on Saturday so I'd at least have 1 under my belt. But alas, yes, sometimes these weeks just happen.

Julie said...

I rarely read more than one book at a time either. But it sounds like you had a good reason for getting into so many at once! I hope you're able to get through them this week - and enjoy them!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh you seen Wicked! I had tickets a year ago and a friend of mine asked me to be in her wedding so I gave my tickets away..... sigh.

Have a great week! :)

Amy said...

Oo, The Secret Life of Words looks interesting! Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

The Shopaholic books are so much fun. Good luck with your reading this week!

Here's what I'm reading.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I'm very fond of the Shopaholic books...and you have some other intriguing titles on your stack, too.

My post:


Billy Burgess said...

I haven't read the book Confessions of a Shopaholic, but I've seen the movie. You'll have to let me know if it's worth reading.