Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Time for another installment of our favorite Monday meme, hosted by Sheila!

Last week I finished Catching Fire (oh so good!) and reviewed it here.

I also started Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I'm almost done with this one, so expect a review to come soon!

Next up will be Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande.

By the way, both of these books are on my list of books for the Busy Bookworm Challenge and the Spring Reading Thing, which just started on Saturday!

I think I've given up on Mansfield Park.  I just couldn't get into it, which is a shame because I really do love Jane Austen.  However, I have started listening to Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I'm not very far into it, but I like it already.

And for the really big news of the day that I feel should be its own post but I couldn't wait until tomorrow to share it with you all: Thursday Keith matched into the family medicine residency we were hoping for, and we'll be moving back home!  I cannot tell you how happy it makes us to have this in writing.  But wait!  There's more!  Friday we finally got pre-approved for a home loan, and then Saturday we put in an offer on a house that we absolutely love.  And then, Sunday night, that offer was countered, and we accepted!  There's still a long way to go, what with all the information we need to gather in order to close, but I'm unbelievably excited and happy and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So, in honor of such a momentous day, not only do I want to know what you're reading, but I'd love any advice, anecdotes, and general information about your own personal experiences with buying your first house!


  1. Wow! Congratulations on all the big news of the week!! So exciting!! And you got to read Catching Fire last week too. Talk about a great week! LOL! I hope this week is fun too!

  2. Hi!
    I've heard Catching Fire is really good. Congrats on your new house. My Advice, make sure you mark all the boxes for which room the stuff goes in. I had kitchen stuff in the bedroom! Have a great day!

    Just Books

  3. Chains was an amazing historical fiction. I adored the characters and can't wait for the sequel to come out this summer (I think).

    Have a great week.

  4. Congrats on all the excitement going on in your life right now! Buying your own place, especially a place you love, is a fantastic experience.

    I have Catching Fire waiting for me at the library right now. Yay! I'll definitely check out your review after I read it.

  5. It may not just be your time for Mansfield Park.. it happens!

    Here is my Monday:

  6. I love Committed's color of the cover - it is like Sherbet!

    Have a super fab week of reading!

  7. You don't know me, Amy but I'm very happy for you.

  8. I've had books that I just couldn't finish either! Sometimes you just have to be in the mood for a particular book. And sometimes, no matter what, you know you'll never try to read it again! LOL Enjoy your selections!

  9. First, Catching Fire was great and Mansfield Park was not. Fanny is just boring.

    Second, congratulations! My biggest advice would be not to buy a house that a smoker owned, unless you're a smoker yourself. We loved our house too much to pass on it just because of that, but it was a lot of work to get rid of the smoke smell! I don't think we'll ever do it again, no matter how great the house is. Other than that, just do your homework and listen to what the pros have to say!

  10. MP bored me too. I never would have gotten through it if I hadn't had to read it for a JA seminar. Better is fantastic though! Good luck with house etc. Best advice: get a good inspector, and at the end of the inspection ask him not if you should buy the house, but if *he* would buy the house.