Sunday, May 1, 2011

It’s Monday! What are you reading? - May 2nd, 2011

 I have been following Shelia’s blog, Book Journey for a while now and decided it was time I participate in in her weekly event, “It’s Monday!  What Are you Reading?”   It is a chance to share what you have read and what you plan on reading in the upcoming week.   I have already found some titles that I just *had to add to my TBR list.

Last week looked like this for me:

I finished the book Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards.

Review: Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 

Review:  Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson

Participated in Library Loot hosted by Claire at Captive Reader. 

Added a new weekly feature to my book blog, Beyond Words. 


My Plans for this week:

Sing You Home cover


One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter's marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. (from )

Listening to audiobook, while traveling and commuting. 




Old Aliide Truu lives alone in a cottage in the woods, pestered by flies she wishes would leave her in peace. Her isolation is interrupted when she spies a young woman under a tree in her garden. The girl is strange; arriving in the dead of night, bruised, dirty and shoeless - why is she at Aliide's door? Overcome by curiosity the old woman decides, warily, to take her in. Zara is on the run from men who tortured, raped, and sold her into slavery. Her only possession is a tattered photograph of her grandmother and another woman; in which Aliide recognizes herself and her sister. Horrified, she begins to realize that the past she has long tried to forget has finally caught up with her - Purge is a hauntingly intimate portrait of one family's shame against a backdrop of European war. (from )

Library Reserve  - discovered on some book blog. 



Ford's strained debut concerns Henry Lee, a Chinese-American in Seattle who, in 1986, has just lost his wife to cancer. After Henry hears that the belongings of Japanese immigrants interned during WWII have been found in the basement of the Panama Hotel, the narrative shuttles between 1986 and the 1940s in a predictable story that chronicles the losses of old age and the bewilderment of youth. Henry recalls the difficulties of life in America during WWII, when he and his Japanese-American school friend, Keiko, wandered through wartime Seattle. Keiko and her family are later interned in a camp, and Henry, horrified by America's anti-Japanese hysteria, is further conflicted because of his Chinese father's anti-Japanese sentiment. Henry's adult life in 1986 is rather mechanically rendered, and Ford clumsily contrasts Henry's difficulty in communicating with his college-age son, Marty, with Henry's own alienation from his father, who was determined to Americanize him. (from

Book Club Selections for May – need to have read by next Monday.

Those are my reading plans for the week.  What are your reading plans????  Join in with Shelia at Book Journey and share what you reading plans are for the week!

Happy Reading!!


  1. Sing you Home looks really good! I am ready for some nice light books!

    Here is my week.

  2. I have Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on my TBR. Last week was all about finishing textbooks and relaxing with manga. Come see what I read.

  3. Wow! Purge sounds intense! I hope you enjoy it :)

  4. Welcome to Monday's meme! Sounds like some good reading ahead. I read Sing You Home and thought it was very good.