Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (118)

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.

Note: Please forgive the weird formatting of this post. Blogger is annoying me today!

I wish I was in the UK so I could watch Downton Abbey Season 3 but in the meantime I will hopefully have some good books to keep me occupied (as well as watching my DVDs of Season 1 &2).  I am still fighting a sinus infection (really I feel sick because of my antibiotic more than the sinus infection) but I got some rest this weekend and managed to read more books and make some progress on my book discussion books so I won't feel rushed.
Books read:
Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel
I liked this book but it did not live up to Dearly, Departed. I am still trying to get my thoughts  together to write a review.
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
I know that Noa is being compared to Lisbeth Salander but I haven't read the Millenium trilogy yet so I don't know how well that fits. What I do know is that this was an entertaining techno thriller novel for teens and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund
This prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars gives a look into Kai's thoughts and actions after he runs away from the North Estate. I think it is important to understanding his character and motivations.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this book. What did surprise me was the anger I felt toward certain characters, such as Kai and Baron North. Of course it helped to keep in mind all that Kai had been through but still didn't excuse his rudeness. Baron North on the other hand just should have had a visit from Ser Ilyn Payne (King's Executioner from A Game of Thrones). Off with his head! The original Sir Walter Elliot from Persuasion was much nicer in comparison.
Books reviewed:
The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Currently reading:
This book is so good so far but the story is different from what I expected (and so much better). 
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
I am slowly making my way through this book by alternating it with The Story of Beautiful Girl. It is kind of boring at times but hopefully it will pick up.
What I plan to read next:
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
I am so excited that this book will be published on Tuesday. I can't wait to get my hands on it (or at least download it to my Kindle).
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal
I still haven't read this library book yet but hopefully I will get to it soon. I love the time period.
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
This is the first book in a new series by Christian fiction author Sarah Sundin and I am looking forward to it. I enjoy her historical fiction novels more than most Christian fiction.
Thanks for stopping by! 
What have you been reading lately?


  1. Looks like you had a busy week and I like your upcoming titles! I may have to pick up a couple of these. Happy Reading!

  2. I too cannot wait for the new season on Downton Abbey. All of your book titles sound wonderful. I am going to add Mr. Churchill's Secretary to my list. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  3. I really want to read The Story of Beautiful Girl. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it so far!

  4. Woohoo series 3 of Downton, I'll be downloading it because I'm impatient!! I can't wait for The Crown of Embers ... must check if it's on NetGalley :)
    Will keep an eye out for your review of Dearly, Beloved ... I still can't get past my disappointment.
    Feel better soon, rest up and enjoy your reads this week

  5. I want to read The Story of Beautiful Girl, I hope you enjoy it. I'll look forward to reading your review :) I've heard good things about Mr.Churchill's Secretary!

    Happy reading and feel better soon!
    The Relentless Reader

  6. Disappointed to hear about Dearly, Beloved as I will be reading that soon-hopefully it works better for me than for you.

    Really glad that you agree about Kai in For Darkness Shows the Stars! I was never that mad with Wentworth in the original but I loathed Kai for probably 2/3rd of the book.

  7. Enjoy your books. My favorite book this week was the audio of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Please come see what I'm reading now.

  8. The Story of a Beautiful Girl is still on my wishlist

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  9. I can't wait for Downton Abbey! I know you can watch it now if you watch it somehow through live streaming, but I am not sure how it works. I am just going to watch it when it is on in January. I have friends in the UK though, that watched it yesterday and loved it! Yay!

    The covers of the Peterfreund books are gorgeous! I will have to check that series out.

    Have a great week!

  10. The books look great to me! I have yet to start watching Downtown Abbey....

  11. I am really looking forward to reading your review of For Darkness Shows the Stars...I've had my eye on that one for awhile. I love Persuasion, so I am interested to see how it all plays out. Enjoy your books this week!

  12. That looks like an awesome list.. most of those books are on my TBR list. I did like Dearly, Departed! Happy Monday and Good Reading!
    Here's what I'm reading

  13. I'm curious about Don't Turn Around. I have only read the first in the Millennium Trilogy, but loved Lisbeth.

    Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. LOVED the Great Escape by SEP! Off to see what you thought of it, hope you liked it!
    Have a wonderful reading week :)
    Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  15. Going to have to check out Don't Turn Around! Have a great week of reading.

  16. I have With Every Letter in my to read pile as well. I've never read anything by Sarah Sundin, I'm looking forward to it.
    Here's My Monday

  17. Glad that Don't Turn Around was entertaining! I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on it + FDSTS.

    The Crown of Embers! So excited for that book :)

    Have fun reading!

  18. I really need to try out Downton Abbey - I've heard so many good things about it.

    I'm intrigued by The Story of Beautiful Girl - will be on the lookout for your review of it.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  19. Oh, Downton Abbey. Can't wait to watch the new season!

    And happy reading! :)

  20. I'm also anxious for Downton Abbey to make it over to our side of the world.

    Mr. Churchill's Secretary looks intriguing -- I like that setting, too.

    Joy's Book Blog

  21. Oh, is For Darkness Shows the Stars sort of a Persuasion retelling? I adore Persuasion! I will have to check it out! I have The Story of Beautiful Girl on my wishlist for audiobooks at the library. I think I'll get to it pretty soon. Enjoy your week!

  22. I've tried to comment on this post from Tuesday and found it blocked at every turn. Lucky this time around. I like the look of the Churchhill book very much.


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