It’s Monday, 25 March: What Are You Reading?

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

A finished book, and a posted review … not too bad for my Spring Break week. I powered through Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. I know there has been a lot of press on this book and a lot of strong feelings. This book really spoke to me, and I highly recommend it to women, and men. Reviews wise, I got my review for Hillary Reyl’s Lessons in French written and posted.

I admit I haven’t picked up Born to Run (but have been out there training for a half marathon) and I am not making a lot of progress in Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote, either. I need to get back into both of those. I have a little break coming up, so please send along any lighter, beach reads you might have read recently, I am looking to add a few new things to my Kindle.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Reviews Posted:
Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl

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

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Review: Lessons in French by Hilary Reyl

Lessons in FrenchGraduating from Yale, moving to Paris to work with a famous photojournalist, falling in love, life seems to be falling into place for Kate in Hilary Reyl’s new novel Lessons in French.

While Kate’s visual artistic talent is in drawing and painting rather than photography, she is excited to work with Lydia Schell – a world famous photojournalist who has been on the scene of some of the world’s great events, and she is there again, this time in Berlin to capture the fall of the Wall. Kate moves to Lydia’s home in Paris to work as her personal assistant, but quickly becomes interconnected with Lydia’s eccentric, and sometimes downright cruel, family. Kate’s lessons range from family dynamics, to love, to her own morals as the Schell family makes her question everything she thought she knew about herself.

Photojournalists, Paris – yes this book had it all for me. I often found myself frustrated with Kate and the situations she allowed herself to get into, but not in a way that made me put down the book. I appreciated that this book was not a fluffy, sunshine coming of age book, it carried with it some of the clouds that Paris had the last time I was there (seriously 5 days and a little rain nearly every day!?!?). And while I wasn’t always happy with Kate or her choices, she made me care enough about her that I would definitely love to read more about her life and her choices in the 90s and beyond.

*I won this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

It’s Monday, 11 March: What Are You Reading?

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

I am making OK progress on personal reading, I finished up Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl, which puts me at reading about a book a week – but as my Goodreads tracker tells me, I am one book down to be on track with my 50 books this year goal. I foresee that by the end of the month I will pick it up, as there should be a little more personal reading time on the horizon.

School and lots of projects are in full swing so I have neglected working on reviews and adding other additional posts, but I hope to have that in check soon – so expect more posts from me in the near future.

I still have Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run to read – I have sort of stalled on it, only getting a little more read last week while at the gym (on the bike, certainly not while running). I am training for a mid-April half marathon, so I will try and dedicate more time to reading the book. Over the weekend I started Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote. In November I said goodbye to my amazing dog of nearly 15 years, so before I get another dog I wanted to read this book. And as of this morning Sheryl Sandberg’s much talked about book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is on my Kindle and I can’t wait to get started on it.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl

Reviews Posted:
None

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

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

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

March 4, wow – I can’t believe it’s already March. I am definitely ready for the start of Spring. So this past week was a good one, I got some good work done for school, and was still able to finish up a personal book too. I am only counting personal books in my reading goal this year (which is 50). I am up to 7 books complete, according to the GoodReads tracker, I am 1 book off pace for my reading goal, but I think I can make that up this month.

I finished reading Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, I wasn’t a fan at the start but the book grew on me, and was a very good escape read from school reading. I didn’t get any reviews posted, so I have some catch up for this week.

In an effort to catch up to my reading pace, I haven’t started anything new yet, and will focus on reading Hillary Reyl’s book Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl and will keep on with Christopher McDougal’s Born to Run.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Reviews Posted:
None

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