Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (94)

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.

At first I didn't think I'd be able to finish a single book this week but thankfully The Buffalo Soldier became engrossing and I also discovered the very funny Spying in High Heels.

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, don't forget to check out my Top 10 Books I Want to Read Because of Downton Abbey post.

Books read:

The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

This is my afternoon book club's January pick. I have never read a Chris Bohjalian book before and while it took me a little while to get into the story, I really liked it in the end. It reminded me of Jodi Picoult's writing minus the courtroom drama.  I definitely plan to check out some of his other books.

Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

This is a book I got when it was free for Kindle last year. On a whim I started reading it and I got sucked right into the story and ended up buying a book bundle with the first 5 books so I can read more of the series. I have to admit that I enjoyed the romance and humor a little more than the mystery with this one :)

Books reviewed:

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Currently reading:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I loved this book when I read it back in 2007 but now I am finding that I have to force myself to read it not because it isn't good (it is fantastic) but because it is depressing reading and not what I am in the mood for right now. Unfortunately it is my evening book discussion group's January pick and our meeting is on Tuesday. Maybe I can make due with a Cliff's Notes kind of refresher...

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

I am slowly reading a little of this at a time in between all the books I "have to" read. I do love this series and can't wait to watch Episode 4 of Season 2.

What I might read next depending on my mood:

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday


  1. I never read Splendid Suns because Kite Runner was so disturbing. I keep thinking I should read it but can't do it.

  2. I read The Kite Runner ages ago but found it a difficult read - I don't know that I would be able to get through Splendid Suns...

    I have also been hearing so many great things about Downtown Abbey.. and now there is a book? I need to check it all out! ;)

    Have a great week and happy reading! Here is my It's Monday post:

  3. You are right A thousand splendid suns was a little depressing. You should try reading the bookseller of kabul.

  4. I agree with you on Splendid Suns. I found it sad even on the first read and it lingers so long in the mind that for me it is upsetting.

    Downton Abbey currently not showing in Sri Lanka though I did watch not just the series but also the special Christmas edition in Melbourne. That was a treat!

  5. I wasn't really interested in watching Downtown Abbey though I know its been very popular.

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. I haven't watched Downtown Abbey. I finished a nice mix of things. Please come see what I'm reading now.

  7. Such wonderful books! How to Save A Life looks and sounds amazing, so I'm hoping you get to it so I can see what you think :). Happy reading!

  8. The Buffalo Soldier sounds interesting. I might have to look into that one. I am putting off reading Thousand Splendid Suns because I know it's going to be quite sad. I loved The Kite Runner though. I love it when you start a series you enjoy so much you go out and buy the rest. Been a long time since I've had that.

  9. Buffalo Soldier looks very interesting. Great job and Happy Reading!

  10. I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan so I think I'll add The Buffalo Soldier to my wishlist. Off to check out your Downton Abbey post ... can't wait for season 3 :)

    Have a great week and happy reading!

  11. I'll be checking on The Buffalo Soldier, which does look enticing. Hope you enjoy your books!

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  12. How to save a life and ripper both sound really good! I hope you have a great week of reading! :)

    My plans:

  13. The Buffalo Soldier sounds like one I need to look into to, I also like your lighter reading.

    Have a great week!!

  14. I like Chris Bohjalian's writing - his book Skeletons At the Feast is fab!

    Happy reading :)

    What I'm Reading @ The Aussie Zombie

  15. I just got Spying in High Heels for my Nook - it looks like a fun series!

  16. Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here. Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  17. I do know what you mean about A Thousand Splendid Suns being a touch depressing but in a way it's also uplifting. I thought there was something quite inspirational about the sacrifices that the characters make for the people they love and it's a beautiful book. Still one of my favourites after a few years! I hope you find yourself back in the mood for it soon :)

    I got the Downton Abbey DVDs for Christmas and only just got round to watching them. Obviously now I have no idea why I waited so long! My mother-in-law has The World of Downton Abbey on the coffee table pretty much all the time but I've resisted the temptation so far in case I ruin the series - hopefully I'll get to peek soon!

  18. Awesome post.. also a new follower

  19. I've only read one Bohjalian (Trans-sister Radio) and I liked it all the way to the end when he threw in some extra twists that were very clever but not really part of the earlier book, which made me cranky. I don't know if that's his usual style.

    I have How to Save a Life from the library, but I checked out too many books and I'm not sure I'll get to it. It looks good, though.

  20. Hi: I loved Kite Runner and Midwife (bohjalin) but haven't read his work since - I do have one of his books on the shelf, gotta get to it one of these days! Happy reading, Ruby

  21. I've been meaning to try Gemma's series. Good luck.


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