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Sunday, May 23, 2010

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Sheila, at Book Journey, hosts this fabulous Monday meme that offers us the opportunity to plan and organize our reading week, even as we bask in the success of the previous week.

Here's what I accomplished last week, followed by what I'm planning next.


Books Read Last Week: (Click the Title for the Review)

1)  Deception, by Jonathan Kellerman

2)  Louisa May Alcott:  The Woman Behind Little Women, by Harriet Reisen.

3)  The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, by Kelly O'Connor McNees (Not yet reviewed)



Books Planned for this Week:

1)  Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott (This is a book I'm rereading for a challenge)

This, of course, is the famous story of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and the adventures are loosely based on the author's real family life.

2)  Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott (Another Challenge reread)

The sequel to Little Women, which carries on the tale of the grown March sisters and their lives as adults.

3)  Men and Dogs, by Katie Crouch

This book is an ARC I received from the Amazon Vine program.

Here's a snippet from Amazon:

Following her embraced debut, Girls in Trucks (2008), Crouch offers another southern tale in which Hannah Legare finds herself back in her hometown, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, as her marriage, business, and life in San Francisco crumble. She soon begins to puzzle over an old mystery: her father Buzz’s mysterious disappearance more than 20 years earlier. Hannah retraces old ground, hoping to glean insights from the recollections of her mother, stepfather, brother, and family friends. Yet most residents of the town prefer to remember Buzz fondly, and view his disappearance during a routine fishing expedition as a tragic accident. Hannah, however, is still haunted by her father’s absence and the thought of the family dog drifting alone in the boat. Her quest to discover her father’s true fate provides clues to Hannah’s current problems, including her trouble being faithful to her husband, even as she realizes she may find information she never wanted to know. At least she will finally begin to piece together her own story. --Katherine Boyle
What delightful books are you reading this week?  And what did you accomplish last week?  I hope you'll stop by and share.

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44 comments:

  1. I am loving your Alcott theme!! I will be reading Little Women again this summer!!

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  2. Yes, after reading these books like The Woman Behind Little Women and Lost Summer, I felt compelled to reread the actual books she wrote.

    I got these from the library...I even have Eight Cousins on my table.

    I'd forgotten some of the titles over the years, but in reading the books above, I was reminded of the lesser known books, like Rose in Bloom and Under the Lilacs. I haven't found these books yet.

    Thanks for stopping by, Staci.

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  3. There was an interesting special on Alcott's life on TV two nights ago. I missed the beginning so I'm not sure what it was called. I've been watching to see if they replay it.

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  4. I'm seeing a theme here lol. Happy reading this week =)

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  5. Excellent selection. I forgot all about Little Men! Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-24-may.html

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  6. All things Alcott. I have never read little women only saw the black and white film version with Katherine Hepburn which I love. Have a great week.

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  7. A "Little" week ahead and behind for you. Sounds like fun! I hope you enjoy those as well as your others!

    Have a fantastic reading week and if you get a chance, stop by: Monday Reading's at There's A Book

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  8. I loved The Lost Summers....I would love to read The Woman Behind....I bet that's interesting. I can't believe it. I've never tried Jonathan Kellerman. I thought he wrote with his wife. Maybe I'm thinking of another author.

    http://readwithtea.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-are-you-reading-monday.html

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  9. What great books this week. The Woman behind Little Women sounds interesting!

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  10. Oh, thanks for pointing that out, Amcatoir...I'll watch for it. Glad you stopped by.

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  11. Yes, Zia, I had requested these books for the Alcott challenge and they all came in, one right after the other! Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. Yes, there are some titles she wrote that I had forgotten, too, until I read the biography. Then I remembered "Jack and Jill" and "Under the Lilacs." I read them all as a child.

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  13. You know, Jan, I haven't read these books since childhood...hope I still enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by, 1st daughter...hope you have a great week, too.

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  15. Thanks for stopping by, gautami...hope you have a great week, too.

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  16. Thanks for stopping by, Tea. I think Jonathan Kellerman did write one book with his wife, Faye. Mostly they write separately, though. And their son, Jesse, has written about 3 or 4 books...I've lost track.

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  17. It was, Sheila...loved Lost Summer, too, and the review will be up later today, I think.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. All these look great. I loved Louisa May Alcott when I was young, especially Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys, and The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott is on my shelf. I like Jonathan Kellerman, too. Enjoy!

    http://laughingstars.net

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  19. I love the theme you've got going! Sounds like you've got a lot to read this week - GOOD LUCK!

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  20. I absolutely adored Louisa May Alcott when I was very young. Don't know how I'd feel about her now - it's been many years since I read anything by her. I remember that my favorite way back then was "An Old Fashioned Girl" which was, I believe, an incredible tear-jerker, but I loved it. I should give Louisa May another look one of these days. Hope you enjoy all your reading this week!

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  21. Thanks for stopping by, Miss Remmers...I'm looking forward to them.

    Have a great week in NY!

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  22. Thanks for stopping by, Joy...I am a little nervous about rereading these books...I loved them so much as a girl, and I would hate to be disappointed!

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  23. The Louisa May Alcott books do look interesting. I've been looking at them in stores lately. Enjoy your week.

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  24. Little Women is always great! I want to read the Lost Summer...I love the title of your blog by the way! :) I'm following you now!

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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you'll enjoy the Alcott books! Have a great week.

    My Monday post is at: http://leeswammes.wordpress.com

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  26. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie...hope you enjoy your books, too.

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  27. Thanks for stopping by, Elena...hope you have a good week.

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  28. Thanks, Tara...glad you're following. I chose the blog name for that song..."Rainy Days and Mondays make me blue," and I thought that the one thing that cheers me up is reading.

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  29. Thanks for stopping by, leeswammes...hope you have a good reading week.

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  30. I have The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott but I haven't read it yet.

    I haven't read Little Women since I was a girl. I want to reread it and see what I'd think of it as an adult. I know I felt differently about Jane Eyre as an adult. When I was a teen I couldn't understand why Jane would want to be with Mr. Rochester!

    Men and Dogs looks like a good book. I love the cover.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  31. I'm curious about that too, Christina...about whether or not I'll enjoy it as an adult. I'm almost afraid to reread it, because I'd hate to spoil the feelings I had...but I am too curious NOT to read it!

    Yes, I'm looking forward to Men and Dogs as well.

    Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a good week.

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  32. What a beautiful blog you have! I need to read the Alcott books this summer.

    My weekly reads are up here

    http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-are-you-reading.html

    Happy Reading

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  33. Thanks for stopping by, Mistress of the Dark...and for the lovely comments.

    Hope you enjoy your reading.

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  34. I actually like to reread Little Women every few years. I feel like I pick new things up every time I read it :) I hope you enjoy it this time around!

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  35. I also love your theme! My daughter loves Little Women I'm going to have to borrow it from her I hope you enjoy your reads!

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  36. You're on a Louisa May Alcott marathon! I've never read any of her books, so I'm really eager to try!

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  37. The Little Women series is wonderful and I'd really like to read some of these other books about Louisa May Alcott. I'll have to do some library checking.

    Have a great reading week!

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  38. Crystal, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I'm hoping that will happen for me, too.

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  39. Thanks for visiting, Heidi...I would recommend that you do read it!

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  40. Yes, Aths, it's definitely a marathon event. When I entered the challenge, I didn't think I'd read so many "Alcott" themed books at once...that's how it happened because of library requests and the books all coming in.

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  41. Cat, thanks for stopping by. This is one of the benefits of blogging...an idea goes viral and then we're all on a kick. I love it!

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  42. enjoy your books! the first book sounds very interesting as i haven't seen it before. have a great week :)

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  43. Thanks for stopping by, Chelley...hope you have a great week, too.

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