Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (88)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I had a really busy week this week with two book discussions, attending a library event (a guest speaker presented a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol), going to a Jewish friend's house for my first ever Shabbat (a really neat experience), and watching another friend skate in a local production of The Nutcracker on Ice (also a lot of fun). Still I made time to read four books! The downside is that my Christmas tree is still not up. Oh, well...

Books read:

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

I finally got to read the first book in the Bridgerton series and while I liked it, I kind of prefer her later books.

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I think this is the third time I've read this book and it was nice to revisit it. This was my afternoon book group's November selection and the majority of the members liked it. 

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

While this isn't on the same level as Harry Potter (really, what is?) I thought this was a very promising start to a new MG series. It reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

This is a fantastic book! I loved the food imagery and writing style. 

Books reviewed:

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Currently reading:

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I am a fan of Jennifer Lynn Barnes's Raised By Wolves series so I was eager to try something else by her. I think it is pretty good so far.

What I might read next:

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I don't know if I will get to this behemoth novel this week but it is on my list anyway since it is due back to the library soon. 

On Strike For Christmas by Sheila Roberts

I am hoping to review this book for Royal Reviews next week so I definitely plan to try reading it this week. My alternate choice is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz

This is another book that is due back to the library soon. Truth be told as I am not such a big fan anymore, I may just skim it to find out what happens! 

This book is on "best" lists all over the place so I really want to read it, hopefully this month.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh my gosh- you have amazing books this week! "The Duke and I" is one of my favorite books...Daphne and Simon :) Yay! Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is really good too, I just hated the ending. Definitely WIDE open for a sequel!

    Pretty awesome blog post :) Love love love YOUR books!

  2. I am getting the Kitchen Daughter and can not wait. Have a super week :)

  3. Some great book choices for this coming week - I hope you enjoy them!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd oUt

  4. I think The Duke and I is probably my 3rd favorite Bridgerton story although I didn't really like Simon's lying. Daphne is so wonderful though!

    Hope you enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone; I had some problems with it but most people seem to really love it.

  5. I'll be interested to see what you think of the Stephen King. I went off him several years ago and am scared to go back in case I'm still disappointed!

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  6. I wonder why I love books with food themes. I'm reading one, too. The theme is cupcakes. Who can resist?!

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  7. Can't wait to see what you think of Lost in Time have a great week reading

  8. Sounds like you had a fab week, with lots to do and see :)

    My tree should go up on 12th

    Have a great week


  9. What a great list! I have the Stephen King book, too, and I'm going to start it after the first of the year...I think!

    The cover of Every Other Day looks creepy/great.



  10. Oh yeah! you have a nice selection. I must read Sheila Roberts On Strike for Christmas and Smoke and Bone
    You also reminded me to get the fake tree I wanted. I saw one at Michael's the other day .

  11. It's pretty much impossible for any book to be on the same level as HP ;)

    Hope you like DoS&B once you get to it :)

  12. Enjoy your books. Finals week has kept me busy. Please come see what I'm reading.

  13. I've got Daughter of Smoke and Bone coming up soon, I've heard so many good things about it; can't wait! and I'll be keeping an eye out for Sister of My Heart and The Kitchen Daughter.

    Good luck getting your Christmas tree up, if it's any consolation ours is still only half decorated lol

    Have a great week and happy reading :)


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