Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (137)

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 missed posting last week and pretty much took a break from blogging due to some stress and writer's block. Hopefully I can get caught up this week and maybe things will be calmer. At least I made time to read!

Books read:

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

I enjoyed this very different Star Wars story. I thought it was definitely similar to Ocean's Eleven-but scruffier ;)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A good sequel to Cinder and I am glad the story shows us what is going on with Cinder as well as introducing the new characters.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

I was kind of disappointed with this one. I think I was expecting the story to focus on one thing but it focused on another plot point instead. Plus the main character drove me nuts. 

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

I love this series and pretty much read this book in a day. It is going to be a long wait for book four!

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

I was lucky to get an e-ARC of this book. However I was disappointed with this compared to her last book. Usually I love Sophie Kinsella's books but this one could have been better. One plus is that it did make me laugh when I really needed it.

No, this isn't a new Bridgerton book! I got to read an e-ARC of this collection of the 2nd Epilogues that have previously only been available as e-books along with a new short story about Lady Bridgerton meeting her husband. There were a few gems (like the new one, Violet in Bloom) but mostly disappointing compared to the full length novels.

Books reviewed:

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Currently reading:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I am now at the part where Jean Valjean is at the bishop's house and getting a detailed description of his past and state of mind. I had hoped the pacing would pick up...

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It is once again book group reading time and this is the February pick of my afternoon book group. I've only read a little bit but already I am intrigued by the characters. 

What I plan to read next:

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

I'm looking forward to this book. It is the February pick for my evening book group and one of my friends absolutely loves it and highly recommends it. I think we should have a lively discussion with Unwind.

Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman

This is an e-ARC and I've already started it. So far it is really good. I like the dual narratives between the two modern sisters and the historical character of Isabella. A shipwreck, mystery, grief and family relationships, the Australian setting-what's not to like?

Here is something else that made me laugh during this stressful week (Thanks to my coworker Michele for sharing this! Laughter really is the best medicine!):


  1. Missed you this past week but I understand needing to take a break. Looking forward to reading what you have coming up!

  2. OHmygoodness, Unwind is an amazing book that will definitely get your mind working. I'm interested in knowing what Mudbound is about! It's on my watch-list :) After watching the film, I'm really interested in reading the actual book for Les Miserables!

    In response to the question you presented, which I'm sure is entirely rhetorical but I'm going to answer it anyway: I'm currently reading Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) and The Stranger (Albert Camus):D

    Happy reading!

  3. Looks like you have some good reads coming up!

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd OUt

  4. I enjoyed Mudbound so much, hope you do too. I'm hoping to get to Les Mis soon darn it! :) Have a great week!

  5. You have such a nice bunch of mixed reads. Always the best kind of books to have.

  6. Gasp! I just read the Bridgerton book too and it made me want to read the series all over again. I reread the Viscount and I. The only story in it that I was a bit disappointed in was the last one, it was just so stinkin' sad. :(

    Have a lovely reading week! What Are You Reading This Week @ The Brunette Librarian

  7. I still need to read book two in the Bloodlines series. I am glad Indigo Spell was good--definitely looking forward to getting caught up with that series. Lighthouse Bay sounds like my kind of read. Can't wait to see your review of that one. I hope you have a better week with less stress!

  8. You have an interesting list of books in your post. I have had interest in Neal Shusterman's books from quite some time.

    Jess@ Jessy's Bookends

  9. I haven't read any of the Bridgerton books. I feel like I'm really missing out now!!

  10. One of my friends absolutely loved Mudbound and keeps recommending it to me. I almost looked for it last night to download on my nook, but I just finished reading The Dry Grass of August, which deals with race issues as well. I just couldn't handle two books like that back to back. I hope this week is better for you!

  11. Sometimes life is so hectic that blogging and reviewing seem like just another chore! Missed you but glad you took a break and hopefully catching up won't be too stressful. Lighthouse Bay looks great, glad you're enjoying it and Scarlet and Indigo Spell are on my must read list. Hope you have a better week, happy reading :)

  12. Nice blog you have here it is my first visit. I am looking forward to reading Kinsella's Wedding Night and reading your thoughts on it. Les Mis is something that I have only seen in the theatre as I am a bit scared to pick up the actual book (even though it is on my kindle!)

    Have a great reading week :D

  13. I am really looking forward to reading Kinsella's Wedding Night and reading your thoughts on it. I am a bit too scared to pick up Les Mis despite seeing it in the theatre way too many times!

    Have a great reading week :D (this is the second time I commented I am unsure what happened to the first one!)


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