Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (126)

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 can't believe it is already the week of Thanksgiving! This year is just flying by. Today I went to see the final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and I was taken by surprise with the twist (which I will not spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it!). I did get to see the trailer for The Hobbit which looked fantastic on the big screen. There was also an ad for the Catching Fire movie but sadly no teaser trailer or images yet. 

Books read:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reread)

I always enjoy rereading the Harry Potter books. This is the book I've probably reread the least so I'd forgotten some of the details. 

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

This is the November selection for my afternoon book discussion group. The book portrays Mr. Zeitoun as a hero during Hurricane Katrina who was unjustly arrested afterwards on suspicions of terrorist activity or looting. The book is really inspiring (it was published in 2009)-until you find out about the recent arrest of Mr. Zeitoun for trying to have his ex-wife and her son killed and how he was abusive throughout their marriage. I am sure we will have much to discuss at book club!

Books reviewed:

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Currently reading:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

I did not enjoy The Hobbit when I first read it because I had already read The Lord of the Rings and this book was not on the same epic scope. This time around, I am just enjoying the reading experience and I find the story to be charming. I am so excited about the movie release next month, especially after seeing the trailer today. 

What I plan to read next:

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

I am looking forward to reading Vessel and hope I will get to it soon. 

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

I will have to read this book before next week's book group meeting but I am planning to wait till after Thanksgiving to pick it back up. Thankfully Jodi Picoult books are usually quick reads. I just wasn't that impressed with what I've read so far. I hate when main characters are so whiny and annoying.

The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

This is the sequel to The Emerald Atlas, an MG fantasy novel which I really enjoyed last year. It is similar in some ways to the Lemony Snickett books as well as Harry Potter. I hope to listen to the audio book versions sometime too as they are narrated by Jim Dale, the king of audio book narrators (in my opinion).

Matched by Ally Condie (reread)

I want to reread Matched (and maybe Crossed) before I read Reached. I am curious to see how this series will end and hope I won't be disappointed!

What have you been reading lately? 
I hope you have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the States!


  1. I saw Breaking Dawn this afternoon too. But we didn't get a trailer for The Hobbit though we did get the tease for Catching Fire. Vessel is nearing the top of my TBR mountain. I hope to get to it over Thanksgiving. Have a great week!

  2. My Monday Report is here. Have a great week.

  3. Enjoy the holidays and all the new reads!

  4. I know my daughter enjoyed Breaking Dawn.
    You have a good list of books with some fine rereads.
    Enjoy your week!

  5. I saw Breaking Dawn 2 today and *squee* absolutely loved it!! Watched the trailer for The Hobbit too, it does look awesome doesn't it? I think a re-read is in order. Life of Pi trailer showed as well, it looks pretty epic and I haven't read the book yet.
    Matched & Crossed are still on my TBR mountain :)
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  6. I can't wait for The Hobbit either. It looks pretty good and I hope they did the book justice. I saw BD2 as well and it was crazzzzy! OMG. I was in shock. ha. I hope you enjoy all of your books!

  7. A nice collection of books! I'd really like to reread The Hobbit also...


  8. can't wait for the Hobbit! I'd like to read Vessel also.

  9. I read Zeitoun a couple of years ago and thought the author did a fantastic job of creating a tight narrative. I'm so sad to know about the recent turn of events for the family.

  10. Wow-my eyebrows went up when reading about Zeitoun just now! Should be a great discussion if you can bring in that recent news as well!

  11. I love Chamber of Secrets, it's my joint favourite Harry Potter book (the other is Half-Blood Prince, can you see the connection?).

    I'm looking forward to The Hobbit film. I've never been able to finished the Lord of the Rings book but I love The Hobbit, hope the film is as good as The Lord of the Rings one

  12. We just read Keeping Faith for my bookgroup a few months ago. A good read but really ignited some good discussion. :) Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  13. I've been meaning to read the LOTR and The Hobbit books for forever now, even buying the books. Someday, I'll get around to it. I can't wait to watch the movie and kind of dissappointed it's going to be three films!


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