It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey meant to highlight books you read in the past week, and what you’re planning on reading this week.
Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Lots has happened, and blogging just didn’t seem important.
As I said last time, my grandfather died, so I flew out to California after work last Wednesday. Before that, though, the Boston Marathon bombing happened right across the river from where I work. I was far away at home in the suburbs, though.
Thursday night in California, I got the message from my job that there’d been a shooting on campus. I was hoping this would be a hoax like the last time I got that kind of a message. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. The bombers killed an MIT police officer before they had an exchange in gunfire and grenades in nearby Watertown. Needless to say, I was up all night watching the developments.
Friday, we drove down to Mexicali and went to my grandfather’s viewing. It was sad, but good to see so much of my family I hadn’t seen for ten years or more. Too bad I don’t speak Spanish.
I flew back all day Monday, then presented at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on Thursday. It was good having this weekend to unwind after all that, but you can probably see why I fell off of blogging.
On the plus side, the wonderful people at Harper sent me some books on Friday! I got The Abomination by Jonathan Holt, Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul A. Offit, and If You Were Here by Alafair Burke. Woo!
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Continuing to read:
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
Hoping to finish:
Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
The Rules by Stacey Kade
Erasing Death: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia with Josh Young
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
What are you reading this week?
Wow you do have a lot going on. The whole Boston thing breaks my heart. Sorry also to hear of your grandfathers passing.
Glad you are back with us and your books look wonderful!
Sorry for your loss as well as everything related to the bombing in your area. I’ve got Three Graves Full on my stack.
So far, it’s fun, but I’m only about 60 pages in.
Sorry for your loss. I hope getting back to blogging helps a bit, especially with this meme, that you are not alone. That people not only read for the book recommendations but also to connect.
Yeah, that’s part of why I started putting personal stuff in here. I used to only list books, but got to know the people better who wrote about how their week went.
Definitely a tough week or two for you, I hope you find some time to relax
Wishing you a fab reading week!
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
Sorry about your grandfather. Sound like this could easily be a better week thanks to Harper, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Yeah, I think the terrible week is over. I want things to look up.
Wow! I’m sorry for your loss. That must have been scary, I hope no one you know was hurt.
Looks like you had a good book week though, lots of interesting titles.
My Monday Update!
I don’t know of anyone who was hurt, but I do know people that were around when it happened. Very intense week out here.
Sending you a great big hug. Sorry about your grandfather and the terrible events in Boston. The bloggers in this meme are super supportive as they have been there for me this past week too. Hope you get more time to relax and escape into some really good books! (((HUG)))
Thank you! *returns hug*