Hi friends! I’m struggling a bit right now with my blogging and reading. I’ve been reading in little bits and pieces, without long sustained stretches. (I’ve also been working on practicing yoga and trying some strength training at night when my son goes to bed – yay! – but that’s been eating into my reading time too.) Maybe it’s the winter blahs (although it’s been crazy warm in Tennessee the past couple of weeks. Still gray, though.) I’m sure it’s a phase, and I’ll soon be firing on all cylinders. But in the meantime, I’ve decided to join in on the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading meme, hosted by The Book Date. I’ve been thinking about doing so for a while. I love a good “currently reading” book chat!
At the moment I’m reading three books: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, French Milk by Lucy Knisley, and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing A Lord by Sarah MacLean. (Remember when I was going to read only one book at a time? Ha ha!)
Behold the Dreamers is good, but I’m finding myself not dying to pick it back up once I’ve put it down. Mbue’s writing is lovely, and I love the NYC setting, yet for some reason it’s taking me a while to read. Maybe because it’s sad. But I’m still very glad I’m reading it, as it puts very real, human faces on huge, complex issues like illegal immigration and class privilege.
In the meantime, I picked up French Milk at my local county library where I live. I’m a sucker for travel memoirs set in France anyway, always have been. This is a slim graphic novel about Knisley’s month long trip to Paris with her mother. It’s entertaining so far, and I’m going to finish it, but I don’t see it being something I’m going to really love. Oh, but it is making me want to eat pastries!
So my first “Random Read” pick of the year (one of my goals – to be more random in my reading) is Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord. I’d read the first one of these historical romances last year (Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake) and liked it. It was the first real romance novel I’d read. This one features the dashing twin brother of the hero in the first novel, so it’s set in relatively the same time and place (1820’s England.) The heroine, the independent, intelligent Lady Isabel, is a daughter of a man with a title but no moral compass. After he dies (having gambled away all of their money) she is forced to sell some of their antiquities in order to continue supporting her younger brother and the community of young women in trouble she’s taken in (she calls the estate Minerva House.) The handsome Nicholas just happens to be an expert on antiquities! Unbeknownst to Isabel, he’s also been hired to search for a runaway young woman who may be hiding at Minerva House. Already he’s rescued Isabel from a team runaway horses and discovered that he’s attracted to her. Conflict ahead! I’m only about a quarter of the way through this one but already I’m having lots of fun reading it.
What are you reading now? Have you read any of these books, or do you plan to? Are you affected by the “winter blahs?” Do you have any suggestions for good yoga DVDs? Let me know in the comments.