Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (117)

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 have been feeling under the weather this weekend due to fighting a sinus infection and my antibiotic. Hopefully I will be able to read more this week and actually finish some reviews. It doesn't help that I'm also addicted to Pinterest and spending time on that instead of my blog...

Books read:

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

This was a book group pick and I am glad that I was not the only one who didn't like it. We all agreed that the author's writing was beautiful but the character development was lacking.

The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This book was a letdown for me after reading First Lady. The romance didn't quite work and the main character annoyed me but I liked the secondary character, Bree. Too bad the book didn't center on her story.

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

I loved rereading this book and remembering all the reasons I enjoyed the book when I read it last year. It is nice when a book is just as good the second time around.

Currently reading:

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

I am almost done with this book and I think it is almost as good as the first book. There are some interesting plot developments and a few new characters some of which intrigue me and some which annoy me.

What I plan to read next:

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

I read an excerpt of this book and it is really promising. It is nice to see more YA suspense novels though I think this is futuristic.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Why oh why did I have to pick a classic for this month's book discussion? I checked the movie version out from the library and haven't even been able to finish that. I am going to have to force myself to read this one. :(

This is the book my evening book discussion group will be reading this month and it is one I have been wanting to read since it was published. It is a novel about a biracial couple in the late 1960s who have escaped from an institution and it is also the story of the daughter they have to abandon to the care of a retired school teacher. I have a feeling I won't have to force myself to read this one :)

What have you been reading lately?
Have you read any of the books on my list?


  1. Last week was dismal for me as we moved house! hope this week will be better but unlikely! Have a good week.

  2. I was a bit disappointed in The Tiger's Wife as well. It just felt a bit weird to me...and not in a good way!

    I'd forgotten all about The Story of Beautiful Girl. It was one that I really wanted to read and then forgot all about! Thanks for the reminder :)

    Have a great week of reading and feel better soon!
    The Relentless Reader

  3. I really really REALLY liked The Great Escape. Gotta be honest, First Lady is excellent too :) Great Escape did take a little bit to get into, but I liked Panda. Hated his name but my goodness...hotness definite hotness :)

    Have a wonderful reading week! Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  4. never heard of those books, hope you like them, I stay in the paranormal books, and some dystopians mostly.
    Here is mine
    It’s Monday! What are You Reading Post

  5. I just got Don't Turn Around. Sounds thrilling doesn't it? :)

  6. Enjoy your books. My favorite book this week was Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun by Victoria Laurie. Please come see what I'm reading now.

  7. Glad to hear that Dearly, Beloved is a good read-I have it too and should be reading it shortly. I was pretty blown away by the first book although I had some problems. I'm really excited to meet all of the new people (who hopefully aren't also narrating!)

    1. Unfortunately we do get some new narrators. I finished this book and while I liked it, it isn't as good as the first book. There are too many plot threads and some of the characters just seemed to lose their importance to the story...

  8. The Story of Beautiful Girl looks so good! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your reads.


  9. I am intrigued by the Habel books! Definitely gorgeous covers! Here is my Monday post.

  10. I didn't loved Dearly, Departed, but I am interested to haer your thoughts on the sequel. I also haven't read The Age of Innocence or seen the movie...I don't think I got through the movie either. Enjoy all of your books this week and good luck with your book group.

  11. I loved Dearly, Departed more than Dearly, Beloved because Bram was sooo sweet.
    Here's what I'm reading

  12. I have Dearly, Departed on my TBR but I haven't read it yet ~ sounds like I should get reading it. :)

    Have a great week!

  13. All the books you mentioned are on my TBR list. I'm especially curious to see what you think of The Story of The Beautiful Girl!
    HAve a great reading week!
    Check out my It's Monday! post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  14. I was so disappointed with Dearly, Beloved. I can't believe how much I struggled to get through it after loving the first book. The last 100-150 pages were great but for me it was too late :(

    Hope your antibiotics have kicked in and you're feeling a bit better now. Don't Turn Around caught my eye, will be keen to see what you think. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  15. Can't wait to see your thoughts on Don't Turn Around - that one looks so exciting.

    Have fun reading :)


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