Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (76)

It's Monday What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I always enjoy seeing what other people have read and reviewed over the past week. It is also a great way to find new books to add to that ever-growing TBR list!

I didn't have a What Are You Reading post last week since I was on vacation in Canada so this week's post is for two week's worth of books.

Books read:

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

I thought this was a moving story most of the time but it does have some flaws. I think it would appeal to fans of If I Stay or Sarah Dessen's books.

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

I was surprised that I liked Vanish. Unfortunately there was a love quadrangle (Jacinda loves Will, Cassian loves Jacinda, Tamra loves Cassian, and oh, yeah suddenly Jacinda is kissing Cassian too) but the story improved by the end and left us with another cliffhanger.  I will likely read the next book but hopefully it will end well.

Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

This book kind of annoyed me because although there is a good message, the characters are irritating. 

The Other Countess by Eve Edwards

I love to read historical fiction set during the Tudor period and I was pleased with The Other Countess though it focuses more on the romance than history.  I think this would appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory though it is pretty tame in comparison. 

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

This was a good finish to the Wings of Glory series. I didn't like it as much as the other two books but it was still entertaining and interesting to read about WWII, fighter pilots, and what was happening on the home front during the war.

Stay by Allie Larkin

This was a cute and funny story that would make a good romantic comedy film for someone like Katherine Heigl. It actually reminded me a little of 27 Dresses, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Must Love Dogs (the film).

Currently reading:

Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

We'll see if I can get through Trial By Fire this week. I started reading it before I went on vacation and decided I didn't want to take any library books with me to Canada just in case. So far though I really liked Raised By Wolves, I am struggling to get into this book. To be fair I am only on the first chapter so maybe it will pick up soon. 

What I plan to read next:

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

I have heard that this is excellent and I think it would make a good book discussion pick. I also love reading about the time period and the cover is so pretty.

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

I have heard mostly good things about Small Town Sinners and I'm eager to read it for myself.

Jane by April Lindner

This has been sitting on my bookshelf unread since last year. Last night I watched the new version of Jane Eyre on DVD and decided the time has come to finally read Jane. I can't wait! Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books so I am interested in seeing how a modern twist will work.

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

I want to read this one soon since it came out in June. Hopefully I won't need to reread Heist Society first. Ally Carter's books are so much fun but the one I really want to read is Out of Sight, Out of Time.

So that's what my reading week looks like. 
What have you been reading and what are you planning to read next?

Oh, and another question: I am looking for book recommendations for my new book discussion group. Any suggestions?


  1. I really enjoyed Jane and Uncommon Criminals so I hope you do too.

    I think I will enjoy The Beginning of After because I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I really really hope I enjoy Vanish since I already preordered it (I'm a big fan of Will!)

  2. Jane is a fantastic modern adaptation - I really enjoyed it. Will be interested to see what you think of The Postmistress.

  3. The Postmistress was one of my favorite books from last year! It would be good for a reading group. I have Jane on my to-read list. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. Enjoy your week!

  4. The Postmistress was wonderful, I hope you enjoy it. Have a fun week and happy reading.
    My Monday:

  5. I loved Ally Larkin's Stay, thought it was hilarious! I've got The Postmistress waiting patiently for me, hope you enjoy it.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  6. The Postmistress and Jane sounds like great books. Have a good week!

  7. New follower :) I'm looking forward to reading "Small Town Sinners" and I love Eve Edwards, I just finished reading "The Other Countess" which is Book 2 in the Lacey Chronicles.

    Here's my "It's Monday! What are you reading?" post.

  8. Awesome looking reads - Beginning Of After looks good, and Postmistress is being read by my book club for September.

  9. Oooooooo nice. You have some great reviews coming up!

  10. I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Beginning of After and The Other Countess. I really enjoy Gregory, so I am thinking The Other Countess is a must read for me. I also saw the newest version of Jane Eyre and immediately thought of the book Jane. I need to read that one too!

  11. Small Town Sinners grabbed my attention...maybe because I lived in small towns when I was younger? Or maybe it's the "sinner" part...LOL

    Thanks for sharing.


  12. I enjoyed Stay very much and I also had a book last week that annoyed me. Started so good and turn unbelievable and dark and just struck me as wrong.

    Have a great week!!

  13. Trial by fire has a beautiful cover and is on my wishlist too.
    Can´t wait to read this series.
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  14. Making Waves and Other Countess look really good! Here's what I'm reading:

  15. I hope you like the Postmistress. The best book I read last week was Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. Please come see what I finished and what's up next.

  16. I took a look at your list for the week and thought "I so need to add Jane to my TBR list!"...turns out, I already did awhile ago, lol. Hope it's good!


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