Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (107)

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 didn't think I'd get as many books read this past week as I managed but then again when I spend my time reading so I can procrastinate on cleaning...

Books read:

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

This was my afternoon book group's May discussion book and I wasn't sure I would like it but I did in a way.  It was a little disturbing but I cared about Little Bee and "Batman".

This is by far the best of the three prequel novellas for Throne of Glass. It went a long way towards making Celaena into a more sympathetic character. She seemed to grow up quite a bit.

Sadly Celaena has a setback in her growth in this one as she becomes more like her arrogant self from the first novella. I was going to read Throne of Glass next but found out there is one more novella to go that will be published next month so I want to wait.  

A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

This was an enjoyable Regency romance featuring Daniel Smythe-Smith. I liked the portrayal of the romance better in the first book about Daniel's sister Honoria but I liked the addition of suspense in A Night Like This.

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (This week's favorite book)

This was a surprise book that I hadn't planned to read today. I was putting together my list of potential reads for the next week and decided to just try a sample to see if I'd like it. I ended up reading through it in a few hours and really enjoyed it. Great to see a YA book about intelligent girls and the importance of friendship alongside the romance. 

Books reviewed:

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Currently reading:

Quite fun so far and the illustrations are a nice touch. Reminds me of the artwork from that animated film about dragon training. It is published by Walden so maybe the film company (they made the Narnia movies) will make an animated movie version...

What I plan to read next:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (reread)

I got a review copy last summer from NetGalley that I read while on vacation. I loved this book so much yet I never ended up reviewing it when I got back from vacation. Now I am rereading the finished version so I can do justice to the review!

The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards

I read the first book last year and requested this from NetGalley.  I kind of forgot about it and realized I need to catch up on my NetGalley reviews. Plus it is nice to read YA historical romance for a change.

That's what my plan is for now anyway. 
Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading lately?


  1. Thanks for the rec on Smart Girls; the title intrigued me but the cover didn't grab me so I just shunted this to the side. However now I definitely want to check it out after your recommendation!

  2. Housework vs Reading, blogging, reviewing ... I'm so torn LOL. I'm not familiar with Smart Girls Get What They Want but it sounds like one I'd like. Thanks!
    If you don't have time to re-read Divergent, there's a link on my review of Insurgent (it's spoiler free) to Veronica Roth's summary post on Divergent.

  3. I've been curious about Little Bee...and the Smart Girls book looks intriguing. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Little Bee was kind of disturbing - I didn't care for it but my book club LOVED it. :) Ha!

    What are YOU reading??

  5. I can't wait to read The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Looks great!

    Hope you enjoy your books this week!

  6. I totally need to catch up on my NetGalley books too...way too many books for all the time I don't have!

    Little Bee has been on my TBR list for awhile, glad to hear you enjoyed it!!!

  7. Little Bee was too intense for me I'm afraid. Maybe I'll give it another try. In the meantime, I'm reading GONE GIRL (got it a day early, definitely not YA) and GRAVE MERCY - love both!

    Thanks for mentioning SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT. I'm so used to having a loyal group of adult readers that I'm still trying to get accustomed to a whole new market. Plus - and I'll deny this if you ever quote me - the YA stuff today is far more exciting, romantic, thrilling and edgy than most of the adult fiction market....


  8. A nice list of mixed reads. Enjoy them all.

  9. I really want to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Hope you enjoy your reread!


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