#FridayReads: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

2016-03-18 21.57.25This Friday I am currently reading Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop. It is the latest book in her Other’s series. I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far! It’ll be interesting to see how the book ends. A lot of stuff has happened and I’m about 3/4 of the way through.

I also started reading Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew this week. My fiance got it for me as one of our anniversary presents(four years today). I want to make a raised garden bed this year and get some stuff growing! I have heard that the square foot method is the way to go so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Got book club on Sunday which I’m excited about. We’re talking about The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall. It’s a book I recommended so I’m really hoping that everyone enjoyed it. I definitely enjoyed it. It was a good read and had a good plot.

After I finish Marked in Flesh I’m not sure what books I will be reading next. I have the next two books for the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the next two books for the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. And then there will also be the book club book for next month that will need reading! I really wish that there was more time in the day to just READ.

Anyone reading anything interesting this weekend? Leave your comments below!

#FridayReads: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

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The two books I cam currently reading are Getting Things Done by David Allen and The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall. The Wolf Border is  the book club pick for the month of March. I actually had it listed in the ballot for a couple of months so I’m glad it got picked.

I’m reading Getting Things Done to help me with time management at work. Work tends to overwhelm me too easily when things get crazy. I end up getting behind so I’m hoping this book helps me learn to deal that and be more productive.

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Book Club – The Cuckoo’s Calling

For the month of September the book club I belong to read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith(aka JK Rowling). We actually didn’t end up talking about it a whole lot. It’s a mystery book and no one there really liked it. I liked the book. I thought it was ok but even I couldn’t really think about what to talk about. It wasn’t a story that had a lot of depth to it.

For the next two months I’ll be missing out on book club due to work. I’m pretty bummed out about it. I really like book club 😦

Book Club: Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire was a really interesting book. The main character almost got admitted to a psych ward because she had a rare autoimmune disorder that almost didn’t get diagnosed. Here’s the breakdown from Good Reads:

A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science.

One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.

Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit her to the psychiatric ward, in effect condemning her to a lifetime of institutions, or death, until Dr. Souhel Najjar—nicknamed Dr. House—joined her team. He asked Susannah to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

With sharp reporting drawn from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family, Brain on Fire is a crackling mystery and an unflinching, gripping personal story that marks the debut of an extraordinary writer.

It’s a very fascinating book and I highly recommend it. There were times I could relate to it because I do have an autoimmune disorder but it also gave me a look into the world of mental health. It’s something that definitely needs talked about more here in the US.

The next meeting for book club is taking place at a winery. I’m not that excited about it taking place there. There aren’t a whole lot of gluten free, low fructose options. And I don’t really like Caesar salads. So, it may just be one of my cheat days. I may just have a pizza or something. Although I probably won’t have any wine. I’m not a big wine drinker. Ah well, the company will be good. And that’s all that’s supposed to matter in the end, right?

 

First Book Club Meeting – Orphan Train

I had my first book club meeting this past Sunday and had a blast. It was great meeting all of the other ladies there(no guys have joined so far) and I can’t wait until the next meeting. It was great to be able to read the same book as a few other people and actually be able to talk about it. We must of spent almost two hours talking about the book and various things related to it.

We didn’t just talk about the book either. Since it was about orphans we also talked about how the foster system is today. I also didn’t know about the orphan trains that ran back in the 1920s. It’s crazy to think that thousands of children got piled onto trains and shipped out west to basically work on farms and help people out around the house. I couldn’t imagine something like that going on today.

The book itself was pretty good. I’d give it a 4/5. It took me a little longer than I expected to really get into the book but I really ended up enjoying it. I can’t wait to see what we’re reading next month. I definitely plan to keep going to meetings 🙂