How was your week everyone? We had a little scare this week as our middle granddaughter (LEFT) had pneumonia. She and Grover were so good about taking their breathing treatments though and both made a nice recovery. This 22 month old little peanut has been sick so often: ear infections, then tubes which popped out after 3-4 months, stomach bugs and lots of colds as well. She is not a good eater at all and her big sister is in preschool so perhaps she brings the germs home with her.
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This Week in Books
My book group met this week to discuss The Bell Jar; Sylvia Plath. II seems inappropriate to say most everyone "enjoyed" this book as the story is a dark one, but it sure provided for a lively discussion. Surprisingly, almost everyone in the group of 12 knew someone who lost a loved one to suicide. This was a reread for me but, even more enjoyable this time around. Despite it being a dark read, I loved the humor as I read as well. Next months read is Z: Zelda
- In the Blood; Lisa Unger (audiobook)
- Double Switch; T. T. Monday (sent by Doubleday)
- The Oxford Inheritance; Ann McDonald (sent by William Morrow)
- Richard Bloch's Psycho: Sanitarium ; Chet Williamson (sent by Thomas Dunne Books)
- We've Already Gone This Far: Stories; Patrick Dacey (sent by Henry Holt)
(Monthly Reading Summary)
- When Breath Becomes Air; Paul Kalanithi (NF/memoir) - 4.5/5 (audio) (Jan)
- Looking Back: A Chronicle of Growing Up Old in the Sixties; Joyce Maynard - 5/5 (NF/memoir) (library) (Feb)
- American Housewife: Stories; Helen Ellis - 2.5/5 (audio & eGalley) (Feb)
- The Madwoman Upstairs; Catherine Lowell - 4/5 (eGalley) (Feb)
- French Leave; Gavalda - 4/5 (print-my shelves) (Feb)
- River Road; Carol Goodman - 4/5 (print-publisher) (Feb)
- Love in Lowercase; Francesc Miralles - 4/5 (print-publisher) (Feb)
- 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl; Mona Awad - 3.5/5 (print-publisher) (Feb)
- The Bell Jar; Sylvia Plath - 5/5 (library-reread) (Feb)
- Good to a Fault; Marina Endicott - 4/5 stars (print-my shelves) (Feb)
- Eleanor; Jason Gurley - Read but no review yet (very good - read it)
- Miller's Valley; Anna Quindlen - Read but no review yet (very good - read it)
|Books Read - 25|
|(3) NF - 22 (Fiction)|
|(3) translated works|
|(6) Library Books|
|(3) audio books|
|(6) my shelf|
(I'm most pleased that 24% on the books that I read in 2016 were books from my shelves. I also donated 126 books this month bringing my unread print books on my shelves down to - 299. I hope to bring this down to 250 by the end of the year. How's your reading going in 2016?
This Week's Plans
Today I'm meeting a friend for coffee. I haven't seen her since I retired in July and she is retiring in May so we will have plenty to talk about I'm sure. Friday we'll be celebrating my DIL and SIL's birthdays. We have so many February through April birthdays in our family. Hope you all have a great week.