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June 13, 2011

I'm reading this week...

It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme hosted by the Book Journey blog. I've been pretty good at finishing what I'm reading at the beginning of the week by the end of the week so here is what I'm reading.

In paperback:
This is my fiction read this week. I started it a couple of days ago and already have shed a few tears as well as many smiles. The main character is my age, so it is like reliving my childhood in so many ways.

Plain JanePlain Jane by Schledia Benefield

When Aralyn Liddell looks in the mirror, she sees a plain girl with drab brunette hair, pale skin tainted with freckles, and no lips! Standing next to her gorgeous sister with porcelain skin, deep-brown eyes, raven-black hair, and rosy, plump lips does not help matters either. With such a beautiful sister she is easily overlooked and soon realizes that she is nothing more than a Plain Jane. Prevailing through adolescence, she creates an arsenal of pretty dresses to camouflage her plainness, but the loom of the Fates seems to be spinning a dark future for the young poet! From

Vaccine-nation: Poisoning the Population, One Shot at a TimeVaccine-nation: Poisoning the Population, One Shot at a Time by Andreas Moritz
This continues to be my non-fiction read. I was under the weather this weekend so didn't do any reading in the pool, which is when I mostly read it.

On my Nook:

The Gift of Joy - Young Adult VersionThe Gift of Joy - Young Adult Version by Valerie Maarten
When Joy Tate was just a na├»ve, little girl that still believed in dreams and wishes, she had only one wish for Santa Claus. It was a selfish hope that caused her to lose the most important person in her life. Now all she wishes for is…THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION

Gabriel Hawthorne spent his entire childhood ignoring the sad, lonely girl from across the street, but could never fully keep her from his thoughts. But after reuniting with her, he’s impressed with the strong, fierce advocate she’s become. And when he’s with her, she gives him the greatest gift of all…
Listening to:

I did get my copy of The Peach Keeper. It was a lot shorter than I thought so I'm glad I only checked it out for 7 days instead of 14. The digital library doesn't seem to have a way to return a book early. I also was notified that Water for Elephants is available.

Water for Elephants: A NovelWater for Elephantsby Sara Gruen
Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.

Jacob was there because his luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive 'ship of fools'. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. From


  1. Plain Jane looks really interesting, and I think would touch me the way it does you (although I bet I am a *cough* bit older).

    Love my digital library also, but yes, sadly audiobooks cannot be returned early, unlike the ebooks. Glad you are enjoying them though!

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  3. Plane Jane looks like a great read! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!


  4. Nice selection! I have Water for Elephants on my Kindle but haven't had a chance to read it yet. My Monday Report is here. Have a great week!

  5. I really need to try Water for Elephants

  6. I was under the weather too. I hope you're feeling better.

    I celebrated 24 years of keeping a book diary. The flu kept me from reading at my usually insane pace but I did finish some books. Come see what they were.

  7. The Peach Keeper and Water for Elephants are both on my list to read. I bought Water for Elephants a while back, but I have not gotten to it yet. I bet The Peach Keeper is great to listen to. I have only read her books. Happy reading!