Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (133)

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.

This past week was the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon so I tried to make more of an effort with my reading. Though I admit I still didn't spend as much time reading as I could have, I finally seem to have shaken off some of the reading slump. 

Tonight I will be watching Downton Abbey and keeping an eye on the Golden Globes online to see how my favorite movies and actors do (Congrats to Maggie Smith for winning Best Supporting Actress for Downton Abbey!). I am hoping that Les Miserables will do well as I know it won't have a chance at the Oscars (except for Anne Hathaway). So many of this year's nominated movies are based on books which makes me really happy. Do you watch the awards shows or Downton Abbey?

Books read:

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (reread)

I thought this book was just as good the second time around. I had planned to read Scent of Magic immediately after but decided I needed a break and picked up other books instead.

The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer

This is a little novella from the Lunar Chronicles series and features the story of a young Lunar teen who becomes a genetically modified member of the evil queen's army. I hope we will see him as a character in the regular series.

A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

I thought this was an excellent YA historical novel about Partition and the dividing of India and Pakistan in 1947. I love that the author tells the story through three different teens-a Muslim boy, a Sikh girl, and a British girl. If you like historical fiction put this on your TBR list!

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It had much more depth to it than I expected it would and I liked that it was about more than a romance. I will definitely be reading the next book.

Books reviewed:

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Currently reading:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I made some progress this week though it doesn't feel like it. Still reading about the Bishop of Digne. You'd think he was the main character rather than Jean Valjean...

Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown

I just started this book today and I like it so far. I love reading books set during this time period though they just make me want to watch Downton Abbey!

What I might read next:

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

I am not sure if I will get to this book yet because I want a break from reading about the super creepy Tohon. Still I like this series so hopefully soon...

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

I plan to pick up this book again soon since it will be published in early February. I read some positive reviews and look forward to reading about the spy school and Sophronia's adventures. 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (reread)

I read this book as required reading years ago in college and this month it is the book for one of my book discussion groups. I am eager to rediscover it after all these years.


  1. Visiting a few WAYR? posts before Downton starts! I will not be flipping over to check the Golden Globes! Have a great week.

  2. Great choices. I hope to be able to read Etiquette & Espionage on arrival too but it will depend on the state of my review stack. I have never watched Downton Abbey and am avoiding the Golden Globes because I watch so little TV or movies. Come see what I read last week here. Happy reading!

  3. I'm currently watching the Globes myself. I haven't watched Downton Abbey but I intend to get caught up this summer.

    Etiquette and Espionage does look interesting. I need to read some Carriger soon!

  4. I just bought Irving's In One Person. I hope you enjoy your reread of Owen Meany

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae@Book’d Out

  5. I just finished downloading Cinder on audio. I have my fingers crossed! I'm not sure it will be my cup of tea but I'm trying it anyway.

    I finally got into Downton Abbey! I tried it once last year and fell asleep. I finally tried it again last month, made it through, and got seriously hooked. I finally got my husband hooked too, so we should start making some progress now!

    Enjoy your week!

  6. Summerset Abbey is one book I'd like to read.

  7. I finally watched last week's Downton Abbey and am apparently very unrepublican because I hate Branson! I also watched the Golden Globes-huge fan of award shows. I wish there had been more Amy and Tina as they were a big reason why I was excited.

    I'm posting about Summerset Abbey tomorrow-had mixed feelings but I hope it's a better read for you!

  8. I've heard good things about A Prayer For Owen Meany, hope you enjoy it. I read Glitches, a short story in the Lunar Chronicles series, I'll have to pick up The Queen's Army.

    I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits, definitely a story with substance. Don't know whether you use NetGalley but the next book Dare You To is available now :)

    Was great to see our Hugh Jackman win Best Actor for Les Mis. I'm all caught up on Downton, even the Christmas special which was devastating. Sad I have to wait til Sept to download season 4 from the UK lol. I'm sooo impatient.

    Happy reading!

  9. A Moment Comes has such a gorgeous cover! Enjoy your books....

    I finally found Downton Abbey in my channel lineup and set the DVR for the series. I also found a synopsis of the characters, etc., in a magazine. But I know it'll take awhile to catch up.


  10. Wasn't Pushing the Limits good? I really liked it and I'm glad you did too. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Summerset Abbey. That book has been on my radar for awhile. Happy reading!

  11. I hope to be able to read Etiquette and Espionage as soon as I get it! I want to read Pushing the Limits but other books keep getting in the way. I need to stop making excuses.


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