26 July, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

What are you reading Monday  is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. Head over and check out what others are reading!

What I have finished this week

Another slow week this week. I have visitors at the moment, and will do so until the middle of August - makes finding time to read challenging!

What are you reading Monday  is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. Head over and check out what others are reading!

I did manage to finish one book.

What's Happening To Our Girls by Maggie Hamilton

From Goodreads:
Why are girls as young as five years old concerned about their looks and addicted to shopping? Why are they having sex and binge-drinking so young, responding to chat-room predators, and bullying their peers via email and text messages? Many of the guidelines we offer girls no longer apply, or are contradicted by messages from media and advertising telling girls how to look, think, behave and feel.
Over two years Maggie Hamilton interviewed girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, and law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider’s view on what girls are experiencing at present, from birth to the teenage years.


I actually stopped reading The Hour I First Believed in order to read this. I've been waiting for it come in from the library for awhile now and it's only a short loan due to its popularity. It was incredible - I will be buying my own copy, and it's companion volume, What's Happening to Our Boys. I will also be recommending it to all my friends who have daughters.

What I am reading now

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

From Goodreads:

When forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.
While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers a cache of old diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in an upstairs bedroom of his family's house. The colorful and intriguing story they recount spans five generations of Quirk family ancestors, from the Civil War era to Caelum's own troubled childhood. Piece by piece, Caelum reconstructs the lives of the women and men whose legacy he bears. Unimaginable secrets emerge; long-buried fear, anger, guilt, and grief rise to the surface.
As Caelum grapples with unexpected and confounding revelations from the past, he also struggles to fashion a future out of the ashes of tragedy. His personal quest for meaning and faith becomes a mythic journey that is at the same time quintessentially contemporary—and American.
I've finally hit my stride with this book, so am hoping to finish it off soon.

What's next?
Next on my list will be August's book group read - Mistborn: The Final Empire  by Brandon Sanderson. After that I may finally get the chance to read   We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. We decided at book group yesterday to reschedule this one for September.

So what are you reading? Leave me a link!

11 comments:

  1. Both books are ones I want to read! Thanks for the info on them and have a super week :D

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  2. You have some great titles here. I have the Lionel Shriver coming up soon as well.

    Enjoy your reading!

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  3. I've started Mistborn as an eBook before I had an eBook Reader, so I gave up. Now that I've purchased a nook, I am try again. I just don't like reading novels at my computer screen.

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  4. The Hour I First Believed is one of my husband's favorite books, but alas, I have not read it.
    Have a great reading week!
    Here is my list:
    http://www.gerberadaisydiaries.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_25.html

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  5. What's Happening to Our Girls sounds really good, I added it to my TBR pile.

    Have a great week :) Mine is here:

    http://www.dorolerium.com/?p=1516

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  6. I am adding those to my list. They look good and I look forward to your reviews. Happy reading this week. My MOnday can be found here: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-5.html

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  7. I've got a couple of Wally Lamb books on my bookshelf unread but they're chunksters so I keep putting them off. Have a great week and happy reading :-)

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  8. As a mother of two tween girls I will definitely be checking out What's Happening to our Girls. I know that my oldest daughter has had some extreme pressure in 6th grade. Thanks for the review. Visiting you from 'Til We Read Again:
    http://tilwereadagain.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_26.html

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  9. What's Happened to Our Girls sounds compelling, and I absolutely LOVED The Hour I First Believed, but it is a chunkster, isn't it?

    Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  10. What's Happening to our Girls sounds like a very interesting read I may need to look into (to avoid having my own girl turn into one of 'those' girls). I've read Wally Lamb before and this one sounds very interesting. His books seem to be long and a little too much info (maybe) but if I take breaks while reading it they generally are quite good. I'll have to look into this one (if I don't already have it!).
    Happy Reading!

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  11. Hi Kylie,

    I've seen What's Happening to Our Girls in the bookstores for a little while now, and I've always wanted to read it.

    I might make it my next non-fiction read.

    Am I right to assume you're another Australian? Me too.

    Here's my Monday

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