Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Monday! What am I reading?

It seems like forever since I've done this; probably because it has been. Busy busy busy, a death among friends, family stuff, it's all kind of caught up & prevented me from getting back into the flow. But that's all in the past and I'm back.

First, my thanks (as always) to Sheila at book journey for hosting this weekly post. She's so busy, yet always finds time to pursue her passion for blogging and books.

This month marks the beginning of hurricane season, and that brings with it the ever-present 3 in the afternoon thunderstorm. So my personal mini-challenge this month has to do with books that have "watery" titles. It was a bit of a challenge, really, to comb through my library and see exactly what I had that met this odd requirement, but so far I've managed to do okay.

Catching up from 2 weeks ago, here's what I've read:
1. Taken at the Flood, by Agatha Christie (apa: There is a Tide)
2. The Sea and Poison, by Shusaku Endo
3. Water-blue Eyes, by Domingo Villar (a bit of crime fiction from Spain)
4. The Ice Princess, by Camilla Lackberg (crime fiction from Sweden)
5. Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers (not a "watery" title, but a book about Hurricane Katrina - and my favorite this week)
6. The Secret of Chimneys, by Agatha Christie (again...not watery but well, I wanted to read it)

Currently I've just finished
Deadwater, by Sean Burke (crime fiction from Wales - review to follow)

and plan to read the following this week:

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, by Douglas Brinkley
Gone Fishin' by Walter Mosley
and whatever else strikes my fancy at any given moment

 that's it - I should go read now.


  1. I want to read Zeitoun. Thanks for the reminder. You've read a lot of good books.

  2. I'm recommending Zeitoun to pretty much everyone. It's an eye-opener of a book! Thanks for coming by.

  3. I like it how you chose your books based on a "water" theme. Hope the hurricanes stay far away from you. Happy reading!

  4. For several reasons, I hope hurricanes blow far from here! Thank you for looking in!

  5. I like your plan! It is tornado season for us and we just had a bad one last Thursday that really devastated a town 40 miles from us (Wadena Minnesota).

  6. What a great bunch of books -- enjoy!

  7. Sheila, that's so sad! I feel really awful when I hear things like that.

    As always, thanks for visiting!

  8. Jess - thanks for stopping in! I appreciate you coming by.

  9. I like the sound of your personal mini-challenge. Don't really like to be reminded of the rainy season, though! Maybe I could manage a beach theme for the summer. Sounds like a plan!
    Happy reading this week!

  10. I'm off to read your review of the Ice Princess. It's on my to read shelf and I have no idea where I picked it up from! (Chances are from my mum!)

  11. I'm off to read your review of the Ice Princess. It's on my to read shelf and I have no idea where I picked it up from! (Chances are from my mum!)

  12. I don't mind the rain, really - I've just learned to deal with it. Beach -- now that sounds fun!

  13. Kylie - it's a good book...I'm just weird, I guess, that I prefer creepy crime over sweet romantic parts!

  14. Hey Nancy, I'm paying a visit as you dropped by Desert Book Chick.

    I really like the Hurricane theme you're reading. I've heard good things about Zeitoun -might have been via Books on the Nightstand podcast.

    Also - I want to commend you on your site layout. It's so easy on the eyes -no clutter and over-the-top bling.

    Am adding you to my blog roll and following you!

  15. Thanks, Amanda! I shall return the favor. And yes, by all means, do read Zeitoun. I think I'm becoming a one-man committee to get people to read this book!

  16. I am planning to buy Zeitoun some time this week. Looking forward to reading it. Have a good week ahead!

  17. Aths - when you finish it, let me know. I am going to be very interested in what you think. I'm considering this as a book group read.


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