Friday Reads: Catch Up Edition


Photo by Harsh Patel via Creative Commons

Photo by Harsh Patel via Creative Commons

Now that the Blogalicious conference is over, I hope to have more time to read! I’m also weaning myself off those silly Facebook games. They are such a time suck. I’ve resolved to pick up a book to read for 10-15 minutes when I have the urge to play Farm Heroes Saga. It’s a sickness, I tell ya! Thank goodness I gave up on Candy Crush before it went viral. Do you ever get sucked into Facebook games?

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This weekend I’m focusing on finishing my partially read books. My GoodReads stats are laughing at me and I don’t want to get too far behind. I’m currently 5 books behind if I want to read 100 books by the end of this year.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I put aside The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert when things got super busy for the conference. I tried to pick it up on my flight to Atlanta, but there was a huge discovery for the protagonist Alma that I didnt’ see coming. I’ve read a chapter or so since this discovery but I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it. Plus this novel is loooong. One thing I dislike about reading e-books is that I can’t get a good sense of how far a long I am in a book. (I just looked up the page numbers in the print edition: 513 pages. I’m glad I have a virtual copy to lug around!)

I did finish The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy over the weekend. Half of the book is set in Nova Scotia, Canada, which I don’t know much about. Actually, I don’t know very much about Canada because there was never an emphasis on the country during my school years. Blame it on our narcissistic United States history textbooks.

ast Winter of Dani Lancing by PD Viner

I’m a horribly promiscuous reader and cheated on Elizabeth Gilbert’s book yesterday. I started suspense thriller The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by PD Viner.  Here’s the quick blurb:

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani’s family never found peace.

It took me a few chapters to get oriented in the novel’s structure, but I’m fascinated to see where it will go. I was immediately drawn into the characters though and that’s what kept me turning the (virtual) pages. I’ll report back soon!

What are you reading this weekend?