Friday, January 11, 2013

Weekend reads and getting caught up...

It has been hard getting back into the blog thing this week!  I have two reviews I want to share, my Best of 2012 roundup, and I need to get back to visiting and commenting and really, all I want to do is snooze and drink tea.  (Not helpful for work, either!)

Happily, I'm wrapping up a bunch of reads this weekend -- good chunky things, I have to say, that have occupied me happily -- and I'm really looking forward to some quiet reading days!  I'm finishing up Sam Thomas' The Midwife's Tale (17th century England), Philip Rock's The Passing Bells (20th century England), and Edward Belfar's Wanderers (short fiction set in Kenya).

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. Welcome back, Audra. I can only imagine how difficult it would be getting back into the swing of things after such a wonderful holiday!

    I'm looking forward to your thoughts on The Midwife's Tale (I'll be reading that one very soon) and The Passing Bells, which I read at the end of last year and just loved.

    This weekend I'll be finishing up Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, which, unfortunately, isn't living up to my expectations, as well as A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Oh, boo, disappointed to hear abt Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker -- I wasn't wild abt the other Chiaverini novel I read but was hopeful for this one. But I'm delighted to hear you loved The Passing Bells, so far, I'm really loving it too!

  2. I always feel that way! lol You'll get back into the swing of things soon. Have a great weekend!

  3. Looking forward to your 2012 roundup! I have The Passing Bells on the way from PBS and several people have told me its really good. Right now I'm reading The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

  4. I loved The Midwife's Tale and thought that it was extremely well written and compelling, and I can't hear what you have to say about it! I also just bought The Passing Bells after reading a review over at The Infinite Curio, and had to have it!! It's a shame that it's not offered on audio anywhere, because I would have loved to hear it performed, as that is my first go-to right now, but aah well, I will read it sometime anyway!! Good luck getting that blogging mojo back where it belongs!! Have a great weekend, Audra!

  5. Welcome back!

    I'm reading The Midwife's Tale right now - or would be, if things like work didn't get in the way. Since the spring semester started, I'm lucky if I have an hour a night to read! The Passing Bells was fabulous... I'll have a review up next month.

  6. Sounds like you're in for a great reading weekend! I'm still finishing up some deadlines, but have a stack of books just waiting for when I do :)

  7. Welcome back, I LOVED The Midwife's Tale, I hope the author will write more stories about those two. I missed them when I finished the book.

  8. I'm reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in snatches before bed and am liking it, but not loving it. Will try to give it an hour during the daytime today to give it a better chance. Came to the end of Wolf Hall on audio but haven't written a review. Welcome back!

  9. Getting the motivation back is hard sometimes, take your time - I'm guessing you're still thinking about that holiday a lot :) The books you're reading sound great. I'm still reading Lilly Aphrodite (and now realising just how long I've been reading it...)