It’s…Sunday, What Are You Reading?

itsmondayAs I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there’s a fun meme by Sheila at Book Journey inviting people to share their reading plans.  Normally it’s on Mondays…but I have a book review already scheduled for tomorrow, so I’m posting early!

I went through my pre-Thanksgiving stack, and weathered the long library close over the holiday weekend.  Legacy was, well, a behemoth.  Mort was enormous fun (of course!) and Roughing It was excellent when Mark Twain demonstrated his talent for tall tales.  When he got into actual history, it was (with exceptions) not as exciting.  But the tall tales and weird adventures were good fun.

Reading Stack

I’m currently reading Lady Friday by Garth Nix.  Next in my line of books is Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier, the next book in her Sevenwaters series–and another book for my Finish-the-Series challenge, though I don’t expect to finish this one by year’s end.

After that, I’m deeply curious about The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, ever since seeing his TED talk.  I’m hoping he’ll help me solve that moment, when you’re on Netflix’s streaming catalog and there are ENDLESS choices and yet nothing looks quite interesting enough.  Not exactly a large-scale problem, I admit!  But I’m always fascinated by why the brain works the way it does.

And after that, probably, Villette by Charlotte Bronte, because I so love Jane Eyre, and this was recommended to me as another good one.

However, everything gets rearranged if either of my two on-hold-at-the-library books come in.  I’m presently #1 of 142 holds for The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom–when I got in line I was around #65.  I’m also #6 of 46 holds for Son by Lois Lowry; I was about #25 when I got in that line, and I’ve had time to reread all three previous books in the quartet while waiting.  Sometimes the library is a little slow about new books…but no matter, they come eventually!

So covers my plans for the next couple of weeks.  What are you reading?

30 thoughts on “It’s…Sunday, What Are You Reading?

  1. It sounds to me like the long library close was just what you needed and you really got some good reading in. Happy Reading in the coming week!

  2. I’m curious about Lady Friday….hope you enjoy your week! I have recently started requesting books from the library again, which I know puts my schedule into disarray if a book comes in! I’m trying to sort out my TBRs against the books I am getting from the library.


    1. Keys to the Kingdom has been a good series–each book involves confronting a new villain, each named after a successive day of the week.

      Those hold lists can be unpredictable–good luck with the balancing act!

  3. JoAnne @ The Fairytale Nerd

    So many great books!

    I’ve read Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing, but I haven’t read Child of the Prophecy.

  4. I love the Sevenwaters books. I’ve had Heir to Sevenwaters on my shelf forever and really need to get to it soon because I tore right through the first three. Happy reading!

  5. therelentlessreader

    The Paradox of Choice sounds so interesting to me! I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on that one for sure 🙂

    Have a fabulous week of reading!

  6. I just finished Broken by Daniel Clay – a book that has been adapted for the screen. The film stars Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and looks really good. It’s supposed to be released in the U.K. this spring, not sure when, here in the US. The book has no chapters at all and is an unrelenting page turner. I will be turning back to Franzen’s The Corrections or The World Without You by Joshua Henkins. First though I’ve got to watch that TED talk – such an amazing tool for learning!

  7. dianem57

    I’m currently planning to read “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexamder, a neurosurgeon who had a near death experience and wrote about what he saw and felt. I’ve just finished “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed about her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and how it changed her life.

  8. I’m currently reading Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon, a fascinating fictional “history of the future” published in 1931. Although there’s so much about modern technology and the rise of the computer age that Stapledon could never have guessed, his vision of the future is so full of intelligence and imagination that I can’t help but be enthralled by it.

    I’ve almost finished this book, and when I’m done I’ll read Star Maker, also by Stapledon, for the very good reason that I actually have both books collected in a single volume.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been on a library queue that was longer than one or two people — 142 holds is crazy! But I’ve been checking out mostly older books, so obviously there’s not as much competition there.

    1. The hold lists can get pretty crazy for the new books! But most of the time I’m not TOO impatient, so I’ll just wait. And then I feel strangely like I’ve accomplished something when I get a book after waiting for weeks and weeks…

  9. joyweesemoll

    Good idea! I might post today, too, because I have something scheduled for tomorrow. I’m intrigued by The Paradox of Choice — looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

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