Friday, July 18, 2008

This has been a long week, but I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. I have no plans (yah!) and hubby is working and the boys are leaving for a mission trip. So, you know what that means. I'm going to plant myself on the front porch with a stack of books. Yes, I know what you're thinking. Couldn't you find something more productive to do? Like cleaning? Washing the car? Blah, blah, blah. Well, yes, I could do those things, and I may do a few productive things, but the vast majority of my time will be spent with my nose in a book.

I'll finish Light in August, which I'm really liking, by the way. This surprised me a little since I didn't really like As I Lay Dying. However, to be fair I did read that a very long time ago. I may need to give it another shot. Then, I must decide what to read next. There are several things on the bedside table, and there are quite a few things on the way to my house as we speak. I need to read The Chocolate War for The Year of Reading Dangerously. I also have Sea Glass to be read before the next book club meeting, but that isn't until the second Tuesday of August. Maybe I should read something from my list for the Canadian Book Challenge. Or, I could wait and read one of the new books if they're waiting for me when I get home this afternoon.

With a Barnes and Noble gift card saved from my birthday:

Consequences by Penelope Lively
The Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

From Amazon because I had to pick up some books for my reading challenges:

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
Life of Pi by by Yann Martel
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

It's almost always difficult for me to choose my next book because I want to read them all or I wouldn't have bought them. But, I'll make a decision some how. Hopefully, I'll have a review for Light in August on Monday, and I'll let you know what I decided on. Have a great weekend!


Gentle Reader said...

Ooh, looks like you have a bunch of good books! I'm planning to read my first Penelope Lively book (the Photograph), and I have Doris Lessing's Martha Quest on my stack, too. Looking forward to hearing about Light in August :)

Iliana said...

Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. I am in the mood to just sit around and read all weekend long too. Hmm, I feel like I've seen mentions of The Fifth Child on several blogs. I want to read that one now. Hope you will find just the perfect books for your weekend.

BooksPlease said...

You've got some really interesting books there. I've read some of them and you're in for a treat whatever you choose.

Literary Feline said...

I hope you have a great weekend, Lisa. A weekend without plans is almost heaven. :-)

You have quite a list of books to choose from! What did you end up deciding to read next?

____Maggie said...

Yay! Was there a mule in the story? Did you get the blues while reading it? I've got 2 contest going on for the Southern Reading Challenge you might enjoy! I'm happy you liked the book and I look forward to the review! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm having a very similar weekend. My husband is also away, and the weather is hot and humid, so I'm gifting myself with a day of reading/writing. (And trying not to feel guilty for not washing the kitchen floor or weeding!)

I can highly recommend Crow Lake -I've read it twice.

Happy reading :)

Andi said...

I need to dive into The Chocolate War after I finish Quiet, Please. I'm behind on my own challenge. HOW SAD!

Enjoy your porching!

Lisa said...

gentle reader, I'll be doing a review for Light in August soon. I'm anxious to try Penelope Lively and Doris Lessing -- two 'new to me' authors.

iliana, thanks. I'm looking forward to The Fifth Child.

booksplease, it is quite a diverse group of books, huh?

literary feline, I'm going with The Chocolate War so I can stay on track with the Year of Reading Dangerously.

maggie, actually there are mules mentioned in the book. I didn't get the blues, but it's definitely not an uplifting book. :) I'm enjoying it though. I've looked at the blues contest and can't seem to come up with anything -- unfortunately I'm not very creative. I'll keep thinking on it.

ravenous reader, I'm glad to hear you liked Crow Lake so much. I'm really looking forward to that one.

andi, that's funny. I've toyed with the idea of hosting a challenge, but I'm afraid of that very thing. :) It's not like you haven't had a lot to do lately, though. I'm looking forward to reading it. I've heard so much about it. It's on the banned books list yearly, and so I want to read it if for no other reason than that. It's never a good idea to tell me I shouldn't do something.