"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Monday, October 25, 2010

What are you reading (18)

It's Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event now hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books. It's helpful way to take a look at what you have read and what you want to read!

It's been a few weeks for me since I last posted about what I'd be reading.  Since the last time I posted, hubby and I have been busy busy busy!!  The past two weekends, we worked and worked in the nursery and have it almost all finished aside from a few things that need hung on the walls.  I posted about it here, and you can see all the pictures.  I am so happy about how it turned out!  It's adorable :).

During that time, I also developed a bit of sciatica on my right side.  It comes and goes, but it's not nearly as bad as it was at the beginning of the week.  I can now sit relatively comfortably on the couch or in a chair.  It makes work a little easier too...there's nothing like feeling like I'm going to collapse every time I stand up.  Plus, my belly is really starting to pop.  I'm pretty sure I am beginning to waddle...:).  February will be here before we even know it.

Reading wise, I did finish Speak which was amazing.  My review is here.  Right now I'm 342 pages into The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!  In fact, it pained me to stop reading for the bit of time it took me to write up this blog post.  I only have 331 pages to go and hope to finish it in the next day or two.  It is beautifully written and oh the drama.  If you haven't read it yet, don't let the size intimidate you.  The book flows incredibly well, and you soon forget you're reading a huge chunkster.

Also this week, I discovered something new...audio books!  I've never really had much of an interest in audio books, and I don't have much of a commute to work (6 minutes if I hit all the lights red..) so I never looked into them for the drive.  However, once the baby is born and my maternity leave is finished, I have to drop him off each day at my mom and dad's.  That's a twenty minute drive down and a twenty minute drive back to work, sometimes twice a day depending on hubby's schedule.  That could add up to a lot of reading time.  Because of this, I got on the library's website and checked out a few for free (I love the library) to see if they were something I would really enjoy.  Today as I was cleaning up the house and picking up I started listening to Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.  It's really good, and I'm already 13 chapters into it.  All while getting my bathrooms sparkling clean...lol.  The great thing is, I can listen to these while I'm at work rather than just listening to the radio.  That's like six more hours of reading a day (can you tell how excited I am about this).  Why I didn't look into this idea sooner I have no idea.  However, I have a few questions for you:  Where do you get your audio books?  and Do you have any recommendations of really good audio books?  I looked into audible.com but they don't support my Sony Walkman Mp3 player so I don't think that will work for me.


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh I love that you are looking into audio - I am a huge fan! I use audible.com and download to I Tunes, but if that don't work for you try your library, I can pick up audio there.

Cant wait to read your review of SPEAK! :)

Jan von Harz said...

Love audio books and am currently listening to The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and he reads it too.

I buy my audios from Audible.com when you first join you get a break in the price and every month you get a book.They also send you gift credits from time to time.

Sounds like you and hubby are almost ready for the baby. Very exciting. Have a great week!

Jamie said...

I get my audio books off of Itunes or out of my local library system. Congrats on the upcoming addition!

Daphne said...

I read The Thorn Birds several years ago and loved it ! Have you seen the miniseries from the 80's?? Glad you are enjoying it

Betty said...

The Thron Birds is a classic and one of my favorites. The mini-series was excellent too. I'm currently reading another page burner called "Stronger Than Sin" by author Caridad PiƱeiro. It's a really fast paced, paranormal action thriller with a romance woven in. I'm really glad it's raining so I can get some extra reading time in!

heather said...

I just get audios from my library because I'm too cheap to buy them!

Katie said...

I have been a bad book blogger, but am trying to catch up a little and just saw that you're pregnant!!!


joyh82 said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! I read the Thornbirds many years back but remember the same feeling of not being able to put it down. I am going to be a Gma in Feb. We found out it will be a girl! Good luck with your baby to be.
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