It’s Monday, 25 February – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

As I had hoped, I did get back on track last week, finishing up a book, getting a review up on the site. So I am feeling good.

I finished up and posted a review for Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington. There are some great stories about the fashion world over the last fifty years, and the included photographs and Grace’s original drawings are fantastic.

I started reading Hillary Reyl’s book Lessons in French (I won this from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer), and am still working on Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run and Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Reviews Posted:
Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington (I won this from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer)

I am loving the sunshine and am thinking good thoughts that spring will be on its way soon – and with it more reading and posting.

How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?

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Review: Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington

GraceEven a loyal Vogue magazine reader might not be familiar with the name Grace Coddington — unless you always read who the editor for each spread in Vogue is or you saw “The September Issue.” Grace not only is the Creative Director at Vogue, but she has been in the fashion industry in some way or another for more than fifty years, and shares many of her experiences and behind-the-scene stories in her autobiography Grace A Memoir.

Grace has led quite a life, and she had many stories to tell, but whether it was her shyness coming through in her writing, or an English-style reserve, I found a lot of the book frustrating. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of Grace’s stories left me with more questions, or wondering why she put the story in if she wasn’t really going to elaborate. Grace isn’t really a writer, but she is an amazing artist – both in creating beautiful fashion spreads, and in her drawings. She fills the book with her original drawings and photos from her modeling days and her shoots – and those alone were worth it to continue on through the book.

While it wasn’t a favorite of mine, I did learn a lot about Grace, fashion and fashion photography over the last 50 years.

 

*I won this book from LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers program.*

Waiting on Wednesday, 20 February

Oh the wait, oh the alliteration — it is Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine which chronicles new books we can’t wait to get.

Dead Ever AfterFor those of you who regularly follow this blog (thank you!!), you may remember a post I wrote last summer titled “When It’s Time to Break Up with a Series.” In it, I wrote that after finishing the 12th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was done, saying, “It has been so long since I read the first ones that I devoured, but now I feel that Sookie has lost her charm for me. I know she’s getting older and so am I, but now after all this time, maybe the magic is gone.”

But, I find myself giving my Waiting on Wednesday shout-out to Sookie, and Charlaine Harris, with the upcoming release of Dead Ever After, the 13th and final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I mean really, can I take a ride through 12 books and not see her through one more? But just one more. The book comes out on May 7 – I have a final (and paper due) a week later, so I think Sookie might be a good bit of brain candy once I am finished up my semester.

What about you? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

It’s Monday, 18 February – What Are You Reading?

Welcome to the first Monday of February! It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, things are picking up on all ends and my personal reading and blogging is falling behind. I didn’t even post anything last week. But in addition to everything that is on my place I am going to try and carve out at least a little time to get a book finished and a review up this week.

So what will I be reading? I am still working on all three of the same books – Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (which I received from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers), Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run (good for while I am in the middle of my half marathon training) and Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani (my Kindle read).

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
None

Reviews Posted:
None

OK, that’s it for me. I hope you had a more productive personal reading week than I did, and here’s to a great reading week ahead. What will you be reading?

Snow Day

So the weekend is nearly here, and if you are in the Northern East Coast, you know the snow is coming (well as I look out my window I can say, the snow is here). So a weekend, some snow – what better excuse to curl up with your favorite fuzzy blanket, cup of tea and a good book or two?!

What will you be curling up with this weekend?

GraceMe? I am looking forward to making a dent in Grace by Grace Coddington, which I won from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. With its size and weight – this is not a portable book, so perfect when all you can do is stay in.

Stay safe and warm, and Happy Reading!

Review: Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin

Scent of DarknessEva is an unusual teenager, she lacks a connect with her mother, and seemingly any classmates, friends, neighbors, etc. But she holds a strong bond with her eccentric, aromata grandmother from New Orleans, who now lives in upstate New York. Eva finds a refuge in her grandmother and her grandmother’s home in the small NY enclave, the home she inherits when her grandmother dies during Eva’s senior year in high school. With no real direction or plans, Eva leaves for her new home the last day of school to find herself. What she finds is a mysterious man in her grandmother’s home, who becomes Eva’s fixation. But once Eva and Gabriel find the special perfume that Eva’s grandmother made for her that offered to change her life, Eva becomes not only Gabriel’s fixation – but the fixation of anyone who comes into contact with her hypnotizing scent.

This is just the beginning of Eva’s tale in Margot Berwin’s latest novel Scent of Darkness. When Eva moves with Gabriel down to New Orleans she finds herself in a classic pull between good and evil – as many stories that lead to New Orleans have a way of going. I can’t say that even when I suspended any disbelief and let the story just take me along, I fully enjoyed the ride. In some parts the story dragged, while others I wish I knew more. And then there was Eva, a main character that I just couldn’t get myself to like or dislike – she seemed just one note, and left me wanting to shake her so many times. But Berwin’s writing, especially when the characters got to New Orleans was so rich and lush, I felt the heat and humidity, I was enveloped in the aura that is New Orleans. Which could almost get me to care about Eva, almost.

*I received this book from the publisher for review.

It’s Monday, 4 February: What Are You Reading

Welcome to the first Monday of February! It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

As I expected, I did not have quite as productive of a week on the blog, but I was happy to finish up at least one book. Unfortunately I did not get to post much (in fact it’s been a week since my last post, sorry everyone). I will have some catch-up review posts later this week, and hope to stay on track of finishing at least one non-school/thesis book a week – which will keep me at my at least 50 books this year goal. This week I will continue reading Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington and Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run, and last night I just started reading Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani which has been sitting on my Kindle for years. It is a good before bed read (Dark Places not as much).

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Reviews Posted:
None 😦

So that’s my week. How about you? What did you finish up in your reading world, and what will you be picking up next?