Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (115)

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.

Last week I didn't participate because I was in Canada for my cousin's wedding. Before I share what books I've read and reviewed, here are a few pictures from the wedding and reception.

My sister Usha (on right) and me 

Me at the reception

My sister, my parents, and me at the reception

It was a beautiful wedding and a fun reception and it was great to spend time with my family. Now on to books...

Books read:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)

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

I loved this book the first time around and thought it was just as good when I reread it. I even forgot some of the things that happened so it was good to get a refresher before book two is released in September.

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

This book is just too cute for words. I do think it is aimed more towards the parent than the child though because young kids likely won't pick up on some of the movie references but it is still a fun book.

Free Four by Veronica Roth

This little novella takes a look at the knife throwing scene in Divergent but from Four's perspective. It also includes an except of Insurgent, which I have yet to read.

Books reviewed:

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
One Good Friend Deserves Another by Lisa Verge Higgins
Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Currently reading:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I have just started part two and while it took me a little while to get into the story I really find it engrossing now.  The writing style is very British and reminded me of books like I Capture the Castle or How I Live Now but the subject is what kept me reading as well as the desire to find out what happens to the characters. 

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I am slowly reading this one a little at a time as I have review books and library books to get through. I am also watching the first season on DVD (two more episodes to go though I know what happens). I like how the book is written from multiple perspectives.

What I plan to read next:

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel (reread)

I am curious to know if I will like this one as much the second time around. Some of my blogger friends couldn't get into it. 

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

This sequel to Dearly, Departed will be released next month. A new strain of the zombie virus arrives on the scene as well as warring factions of zombies among other problems. Should be fun...

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

I have heard that some people didn't care for the romance in this book because the hero is mean to the heroine for quite awhile due to her rejection of him years ago.  This mirrors what happens in the original Jane Austen novel, Persuasion, so maybe I will still like the book anyway. It was hard to get over Captain Wentworth's apparent disregard for Anne but that letter scene at the end...

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

This is my evening book group's August selection. I really don't know anything about the book except that it has received a lot of praise and I am curious about the title.

What have you been reading lately?
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


  1. You look so cute at the reception! Looks like an awesome party :) Whenever I'm at any of those things there is always that one photo of everyone looking awesome and there I am with one eye closed and looking like a pirate!

    Happy reading this week!
    Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  2. What gorgeous pictures. You look totally fabulous as usual! :) Thanks for sharing your awesome pics.

  3. You all look quite beautiful! I will have to check out The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I am listening to Insurgent now. I'll have to get Free Four. :-)
    Here is my link this week:
    Happy Reading!

  4. I read the first of the Game of Thrones books well before the series started. It wasn't my cup of tea.

    My favorite book last week was Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  5. Lovely pictures, such beautiful dresses! I am working my way through Clash of Kings. Have a great week of reading.

  6. Wow you read fast. Most impressive. Personally I have a hard time keeping multiple books in my brain simultaneously, but more power to you. Lets see… right now I'm reading Reamde, Neal Stephenson's latest. Really brilliant novel. Hits the ground sprinting and gets faster from there, which is a pleasant departure from most of his work. I'm also doing an insanely detailed read-and-blog of Twilight, which is quite possibly the worst book I've ever had the displeasure of reading, but tons of fun to rip in the ensuing posts. Archive, if anyone's interested, can be found here:

  7. I love weddings and these photographs are smashing!

  8. You have some awesome books on your reading list - I loved Girl of Fire & Thorns, Game of Thrones & The Tiger's Wife. I also want to read Code Name Verity.

    Tanya Patrice

  9. Love the pictures from your real life-so pretty!

    Glad to hear you're enjoying Code Name Verity-still my favorite book of the year and so I want everyone to love it as much as I do!

  10. Love the photos, you and your sister looks beautiful, the sari's are gorgeous!
    I enjoyed Free Four and can't wait to start on Dearly, Beloved and Code Name Verity soon.
    PS you gave me a giggle about your sister's cat!

  11. Weddings are always fun and sari's are so pretty!

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. What lovely pictures! You got a lot done on a week that also had a wedding. I have Dearly, Beloved on my stack too. I liked Dearly, Departed when I read it but won't have time to read it again before the new one. Here is my Monday Report. Happy reading!

  13. Congrats to your cousin (and wow, the outfits are gorgeous)!

    Code Name Verity is definitely slow, but it gets so good. Hope you end up being a fan by the time you're finished :)

  14. Love the photos! Lots of great books there, I really need to read Girl Of Fire And Thorns as it feels like everyone but me has read it!

    What I've Been Reading

  15. Oh my word, what beautiful photos! Seriously gorgeous :)

    Darth Vadar and son sounds adorable to me. I hope you enjoy The Tiger's Wife, I read that a while back and liked it.

    Have a great week of reading!

  16. beautiful photos! thank you for sharing! the books all look fantastic!

  17. Great books! I love A Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, and Darth Vader and Son looks hilarious.

    Here's my Monday Post and Giveaway.

  18. I want to read Game of Thrones so badly. My husband and I watch the TV show together and plan on reading it at the same time when he is done with his internship.

    The Darth Vader and son is something I'll refer to my husband too. I'm not a Star Wars fan like he is. (Eventually he'll get his way and I'll watch the movies with him...)


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