So, What Are you Reading This Weekend?

Time again for me to be nosy and ask, what are you reading this weekend?

I have a list of things to try out, as I just read Truths and Roses in a marathon sprint. I also have a nonfiction book about storytelling arts that I want to read. 

While I was loving At Home in parts, I had to stop reading it for awhile, because the discussion was often so bleak. Here are all these amazing people who invented amazing things that we now take for granted and who have been entirely forgotten by history! Oy. So that'll sit for awhile until I feel like picking it up again. 

What about you? What are you reading this weekend? I hope it's awesome, whatever it is! 

Oh! And is anyone going to see One for the Money this weekend? I don't think it looks “babysitter worthy,” but I'm curious!


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    CarrieS says:

    I just finished Unravelled (swoon!) and just started “The Girl Who Circumnavigated the World…”  I loved “At Home” because Bill Bryson is so funny and enthusiastic and warm.  He makes dry subjects accessible and travel stuff hilarious (and touching and occasionally horrifying).

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    Sam says:

    I’m finishing up one of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and then after that I’ll either read another (they do get addictive) or I may read the Vampire Academy companion book because I feel like revisiting that world but I’m not up for a full reread. (I really wish the next Bloodlines book was coming out sooner; I ended up really enjoying the first one and I want to see what happens next.)

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    Danielle Monsch says:

    I’m not going to see One For the Money. Loved the book but does Katherine Heigl look like any Hunky-Italian Jersey girl you’ve ever seen? Add that to the fact I don’t l find either of the male leads hot and the fact Betty White should have been Grandma Mazur,  leads me to declare not babysitter worthy and I’m staying home.

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    Avery Flynn says:

    I’m halfway through Trouble Don’t Last Always by Francis Ray. Loving it.

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    Deborah Monn says:

    I’m re-reading The Princess Bride. Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge…have you ever read more beautiful words? I think not. Princess Bride, FTW!

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    Susan says:

    This has been a weird week for me, readingwise.  I’ve started and put down quite a large number of books, and that’s something I NEVER do.  With some of them (The Fault in Our Stars, one of Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries, etc.) I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind at that particular time and I’ll eventually come back to them.  Some others (nameless) will probably never get finished.

    On the cheery side, right now I’m (re)reading Heyer’s Civil Contract.  I didn’t much care for it when I first read it years ago, but I’m liking it quite a bit more this round.  Another case of “it’s not you, it’s me” the first time, I guess.

    Also, based on someone’s (I’m sorry, I can’t remember who—but thank you) reccie to another poster from 2 weeks ago (?), I bought/read a bunch of Jordan Castillo Price’s m/m books.  I’d read her shorts in the Petit Morts series, but hadn’t read any of her novellas.  I raced thru all of the PsyCop books (loved them) last weekend, and then read several more standalones.  When I finish Civil Contract, I think I’ll start in on one of her other series. 

    I love this feature and all the good ideas I pick up from everyone here.  Thanks!

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    Danielle says:

    I am about to start chapter four of Midnight Skies by Crystal Barouche, a contemporary romance mainly set in Zimbabwe that features a television host heroine from Washington D.C. and a safari operator hero. So far, the writing is drab but the character pairing shows potential for thoughtful cultural conflict and the author appears to have invested great care into her research. I am really looking forward to seeing how the story develops. After I finish it, I will probably pick up either Mark Slouka’s The Visible World (a man investigates his Czech mother’s wartime past) or Moni Mohsin’s Duty Free (a satire set in modern Pakistan, very loosely inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma).

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    JenniferH says:

    I have also just finished Truth and Roses in one sitting – thanks for the recommendation. I really enjoyed it. About to read Untie my Heart by Judith Ivory. One for the Money doesn’t open in Melbourne till mid February, so I Will be interested to read your views on it.

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    Mirandaflynn says:

    Run Away, the new Benjamin January mystery by Barbara Hambly.


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    Alpha Lyra says:

    Today I’m reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

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    Lorraine says:

    I don’t know if it is babysitter worthy if you are looking for something remotely related to the characters in the books.  I just checked the movie website (… and read the story outline which states that Stephanie is out to catch “Vinney’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli.”  Morelli on the wrong side of the law?

    Actress Katherine Heigl doesn’t look like she has recently eaten a doughnut, pizza or fried chicken.

    I understand that when movies are made, things get changed from the books, but couldn’t the characters be somewhat like the book characters??

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    Deborah Monn says:

    Morellia was on the wrong side in One for the Money – in the end Stephanie got him off (!) and found the correct murdered.

    Heigl wasn’t what I was picturing, but for all the talk Evanovich does of Plum eating donuts and pizza, she would also say that she was a size 6 (or something fairly tiny).

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    Lorraine says:

    After my rant about the Stephanie Plum movie, I forgot to say that I am reading the Merridew Sisters series by Anne Gracie (Perfect Rake, Perfect Waltz, Perfect Stranger, Perfect Kiss).  They are fun Regencies.

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    Taylor Reynolds says:

    I just started Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal last night, so that should get me through the weekend. I’ve been focusing completely on the Kindle Fire since getting it for Christmas, so after this I want to switch over to paperbacks – once I plow through some of those, I can send them to my mom so she has something new to read. Plus I still have Nora’s latest hardcover – the smoke jumper one – that I haven’t started. And I think an Eloisa James is sitting on my nightstand, along with the first Julia Grey book I still haven’t finished and The Professor and the Madman, which is about the OED.

    As for At Home, I loved it. I love Bill Bryson. The man writes on the most boring topics and I eat it up! Of course, I just admitted that I was reading a book about the writing of a dictionary, so I guess boring topics are expected, huh?

    And I do want to see One for the Money, but I also have low expectations for the movie, so I’ll probably wait till it ends up on Netflix.

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    Amelia says:

    I’m reading The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley and Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel by Emily C.A. Snyder (a Northanger Abbey sequel)

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    I’m reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua and in romance, Lothaire by Kresley Cole. I’m slowly chipping away at my TBR bookcase, formerly TBR shelf.

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    Jennifer Estep says:

    I’m hoping to dig into my TBR pile this weekend and read Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole so I can read Lothaire soon. I also have Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins to read and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa.

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    Jenny Dolton says:

    This upcoming week is going to be rough… so I’m thinking that this weekend I’ll be having a marathon of comfort re-reads—some Robin McKinley, some Lucy Maud Montgomery, some Julie Garwood or Julia Quinn, and probably The Windflower.

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    I’ve just started reading the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. Right now I’m on book 3. I’m trying to not rush through them but it’s hard.

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    I will be reading A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean, I am SO SO excited.

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    Holly Gault says:

    I just finished Jill Mansell’s To the Moon and Back. I only have two or three more of her backlist and I’m trying to ration myself. Now I’m reading American Rose, the Life & Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbot and Death Comes To Pemberly by PD James.

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    JL says:

    I’m approaching One for the Money the same way I do the Twilight movies: an excuse to go out with girlfriends, scratch the itch of wanting to know how the movie compares to the books, and then immediately try to forget that I tortured myself by watching it. Sadly, being preggo, I don’t have the excuse of getting sh*t-faced drunk before hand to make it less terrible…

    In the meantime, I’ll be (finally) reading Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel. So far I’m liking it better than The Iron Duke, if only because it seems to take itself a little less seriously. I’m only about 100 pages in, but so far it seems to have that rare quality that I call ‘book swagger’. I do find with this author’s books that I have to read every single word very carefully or I get confused. I often have to re-read the last few pages when I pick up the book again, which slows down my reading pace. Not a bad thing, just something I have to be in the right mindset for.

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    Patricesarath says:

    I’m reading Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold. Off-world fantasy that has sword fighting, magic, brothels, and portals. Not in that order. It’s really fun!

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    peggy h says:

    I’m planning to finish The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Book 2 of the Burton and Swinburne alternate-reality/steampunk/mystery trilogy).  Not sure what I’ll pick up next—have a huge number of books in my TBR file and TBR pile (though not buying as many print books so the latter is considerably less!)

    Re movies—The last few years, I’ve averaged only about one movie where I actually go to a theater every year (used to watch one almost every week!) so I definitely don’t think the Heigl movie is worth my annual trek to the cinema! :)

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    Melissandre says:

    I’m also chipping away at the TBR pile, reading a copy of Lord Foul’s Baneby Stephen R. Donaldson I found in my uncle’s childhood bedroom.  I read the book in high school and wasn’t impressed, but don’t know if that was because I was 16 or because the main character is a whiny asshat.  So far, the jury’s still out…

    Meanwhile, I just finished reading Year of Wonders for my book club, and I was NOT impressed.  Is this just because I’m a grad student in early modern literature and therefore spot every anachronism and mistake?  What do others think?

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    Gail Leinweber says:

    I’m reading Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel, which can be described as an Indiana Jones plot with a romance in a steampunk setting. Most excellent.

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    Flo_over says:

    I need to make a library run.  Everything I WANT to read hasn’t come out yet and I’ve gotten so picky and fussy.  I do have waiting, on hold, Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock series) but the last one kind of left me going “Meh”.

    I also have to read Folk Shawls as I’m looking for a knitting project to make for my mother-in-law.  She’s a California girl so heavy weight doesn’t work, but she’s also not super light weight kind of frothy shawl woman either.  It’s a tough call and I’m leaning towards this beautiful rectangle Japanese pattern shawl.  Once I pinpoint I get to go play in the Yarn Barn!  Yes, that really is a place.

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    Tina Chaney says:

    First thing first – I have to re-work my resume.  There’s a job that I would be perfect for and would almost have to pay more and I’m putting in for it. 

    I’m supposed to turn JAK’s Copper Beach back into the library by tomorrow, but I’m only about 1/2 way through and it’s not gripping me as much as most of her others have.  (That’s been building for me, though, as seen by the fact that I now get her books from the library and not from the store.  I’m a bit over the whole “Arcane” tie-in across all of her pseudonyms, though.)  Anyway, I may end up owing a small fine, since I’d like to finish the book before I return it. 

    It doesn’t count, since I just finished it last night (and therefore, it’s not “this weekend”), but I enjoyed Victora Dahl’s Bad Boys Do and it was really wonderful.  I was occasionally VERY annoyed with the heroine, but not to the “I don’t like” her point and Jamie’s family dynamics really brought the angst, especially towards the end.  (Though, it’s going to be hard for me to like Eric by the time we get to his book.)  It was simply a great read and I recommend it.  (Though, if you’re a bit hormonal, like I was over the past couple of days, you might end up rather teary-eyed, too.)

    As for One for the Money, I’m kind of interested because, even though I don’t really care for Stephanie Plum books, I actually liked this one and I like Katherine Hegel.  However, I’m getting a bad vibe about the movie, though, because 1) I got a Living Social offer to get 2 tickets for that movie for the price of 1, and 2) they didn’t let reviewers see it before it opened.  Consequently, I’ll either try to talk my daughter into seeing it with me at the $1 movies or I’ll wait until it hits the RedBox.

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    I’m in the middle of Packing for Mars:The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.

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    Maestrafx says:

    I’ve been rereading Barbara Hambly’s Windrose Chronicles, and I’m starting the third book, Dog Wizard.  I love that series!

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