Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (113)

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 get a chance to participate last week since I was out of town so this is two weeks worth of books.  While I spent plenty of time reading, I now need to get caught up on reviews!

Books read:

The Audition by Rachel Hartman

This was a short novella that introduces the reader to the character of Seraphina and explains how she came to be assistant to the court composer.

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (reread)

Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (reread)

Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I know that some people didn't like this book because of certain events and the ending but I really liked it though I wish there would be a fourth book.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I thought this was an amazing fantasy novel but I am struggling to write my review. Loved Seraphina and Orma.

The Shadow Cats by Rae Carson

This is an excellent prequel novella for The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It is told from the perspective of Elisa's older sister Alodia.

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

I finally finished this book and thought it was wonderful. I loved the descriptions (especially the Italian food!) and the characters, particularly Enza. 

One Good Friend Deserves Another by Lisa Verge Higgins

I liked this novel of friendship and relationships. It was nice to get the perspective of all four of the friends and I'm glad that one of the main characters is an Indian American.

Books reviewed:

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Currently reading:

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I've only read the first chapter so far but I know I'm in for a moving tearjerker story. I did catch the cameo appearance of Amy and Roger (from Amy and Roger's Epic Detour).

What I plan to read next:

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

The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

My cousin's wife loaned me this book when I was in Canada earlier this month and I need to read it before I go back in August. This book isn't available in the States yet and I do enjoy Susanna Kearsley's writing.

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

I don't know if I will get to this book yet but I will try since the release date is coming up.  She isn't the most likable character (from the novellas anyway) so we'll see...

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
What have you been reading lately?


  1. I am trying to finish up The Shoemaker's Wife on audio. I will be sad to leave Enza and Ciro. Have a great week of reading.

  2. Ooh so many good books, another friend highly recommended Seraphina so it's on my buy list and I'd like to get my hands on The Shadow Cats since I enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I've put Second Chance Summer on my wishlist now and I'll have to check out the Susanna Kearsley, I had no idea she had a new book out.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  3. Seraphina sounds really interesting, I've seen it around quite a bit. Hope you enjoy it :)

  4. Another Kearsley and one I havent even heard about! Going into my list.

  5. My favorite read last week was Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves (audio) by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  6. These look good -- I love the cover art on Shadow Cats and Seraphina.

  7. Interesting titles and covers. I like Kearsley too.
    Have a great week.

  8. I love the cover for The Splendour Falls, it's so pretty, I've added it to my wishlist! I hope you like your reads this week!
    Check out what I'm reading this week :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  9. The Shadow Cats and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson sound very interesting. Plus they have fantastic covers.

  10. Wow-you had a great reading week! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed Seraphina as well-I love her and Orma! Best of luck writing your review-I hate when I get stuck and for me it always seems to happen when I love a book and most want to share about it with others.

  11. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Seraphina and Shoemaker. They are both books I want to read. I read Second Chance Summer and was sobbing like a baby- such a good story, but definitely a tearjerker.

  12. The Rachel Hartman books look really interesting...

  13. I have been wanting to read The Shoemaker's Wife. Glad that you liked it. I am going to have to move it up on my To Read list.
    Enjoy your current selections!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  14. Ooh, I completely forgot about The Shadow Cats! I'll have to get that one, I'm curious about Alodia's POV :)

    Hope you enjoy rereading The Girl of Fire and Thorns (loved that one the second time around) and reading Second Chance Summer! :)

  15. Didn't you just love The Shoemaker's Wife? It's definitely my favorite book of the year! I just wish I had bought it instead of borrowing it from the library...I can definitely see myself rereading it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  16. Seraphina sounds really interesting and it has such a beautiful cover! I will have to look into that one.
    Happy Reading!

  17. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is on my to-read list and a few others that you have. :)

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