Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (144)

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.

So this past weekend was the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon and I had signed up to participate in it but I ended up changing my mind at the last minute. We've had so few days of nice weather especially on a weekend (typically it seems that the nice days always fall when I am at work!) and since I had to do some grocery shopping and errand running, I decided to take advantage of it. I did feel bad about not catching up on as much reading as I wanted so I made up for it by spending the evening finishing up one book and trying to finish another.

For those of you who participated in the readathon, I hope it was a great success and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to the next one in the fall. Hopefully it will be a day that I am off and the weather will be cold and rainy :)

Books read:

Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

This was a short novella from the Pushing the Limits series featuring Lila, Echo's best friend. I like the character of Lila but I wished she'd gotten her own novel. I thought things were kind of rushed with this novella in the end.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (reread)

This book raises the stakes in the series with some big losses and emotional moments. I think it takes the storyline to a darker place in a way as a set up for the final two books. 

Little Century by Anna Keesey

This was a book discussion book and I am glad I was able to finish it early instead of rushing to get through it at the last minute. I still haven't decided how I feel about this book. It is a nontraditional Western/coming of age book and it has its good and weak points.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

I think I liked this book more than Pushing the Limits. In the first book Beth comes across as a gruff unpleasant character who is kind of mean to Echo. Here we get to see a softer side of her and really find out what made her the way she is.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

While I was able to predict the "twist" in this story, I mostly liked the book, probably because of the character of Minka, the Holocaust survivor and main character's grandmother. I also liked the fairytale that Minka tells. I thought those parts were well developed. The modern story wasn't quite as compelling.

Books reviewed:

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Currently reading:

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (reread)

What I plan to read next:

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (reread)

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

I think after reading YA fantasy novels, I will be ready for some historical fiction. This is a book for review so I want to get to it soon so I can write the review in time.

Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

I am seriously craving chocolate chip cookies just looking at this cover! It sucks to be on a restrictive diet but if giving up cookies and sweets means I will feel better than I guess I will just have to read about pastries instead of eating them :)

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

I could use a good beach read right now. The weather keeps playing tricks on us and I am ready for summer already :)


  1. We had perfect weather for a read-a-thon but I already had some plans and I felt more like messing around on the computer. I am so ready for spring to come to stay! Especially on the weekends, like you said. Enjoy your week! I hope you get some sunny days off!

  2. Glad you had lovely weather! I spent a ton of time outside this weekend too (got a bit of a sunburn on my shoulders)-excellent memories to take with me when I return to my office this week.

    Really looking forward to Dare You To-hoping it is less melodramatic than Pushing the Limits.

  3. I'm even more excited to read Dare You To after reading your comments, so glad you enjoyed it. I'm with you on the cover of Vanity Fair, I'd be sad to give up sweets!

    Glad you've had some nice weather, we just had a gorgeous weekend here but it's beginning to cool down heading into winter :(

    Have a great week and happy reading!

  4. It was the first nice day in Minnesota too on Saturday and it called to me - I did do the read a thon but took my audio outside while I cleaned up the deck.

  5. I know what you mean about weather! It has been so rainy where I am! I am glad you got out and enjoyed the day. :)

    Nantucket Blue looks good! I am looking forward to your thoughts on it!

  6. glad you got errands run in great weather!
    It was same here, so I did both - reading + getting out for exercise and breather :)
    Def FuN day! Maybe we'll see you in October !?

  7. We have hot and steamy weather which is most unpleasant which does not show any signs of breaking. Just looking forward to the rains should they come as expected.

  8. I wanted to participate in the RAT too, but wedding plans cropped up and I had to back out. Glad you enjoyed your lovely weather.

  9. As much as we love reading, when nice weather beckons, we must allow ourselves to heed its call! I want to read The Storyteller but like to see how it's faring on the blogs I visit first.

  10. I feel silly that I've not yet read the entire Percy Jackson series. I've only read the first two so far (and loved them). I need to get on that!

    Great picks this week! Enjoy your PJO rereads!

    My TTT

  11. Looks like you have some great books coming up!

    Wishing you a fab reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. There are several of your books that are on my TBR - I think someone need to invent more reading-time for me ;)

    Lovely weather sounds very nice, we've had rain and cool weather again for five days, and this whole week is supposed to be the same :( Good thing there are some great books to be read!

    Here's my Monday post for this week. Happy reading.

  13. Lots of great reading there, I really need to pick up more of Rick Riordan's books as I've only read The Lightning Thief. Hope you enjoyed the good weather, we're still waiting here!

    What I've Been Reading!

  14. We had great weather this weekend, too, which was good because we put our boat in the water and enjoyed a nice ride 2 hour ride to our boat club. Summer will be here before we know it!!!

    I have the Jodi Picoult book on my tbr list, but just haven't gotten to it yet...hoping that will change soon.

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

  15. It's good to hear that you liked Dare You To. I will be reading that one soon and I was hoping it would be just as entertaining at Pushing the Limits. I loved Nantucket Blue--perfect summertime read! It definitely got me in the mood for the beach. I hope you get to read it soon!

  16. I'm looking forward to starting Pushing The Limits Series. Glad you enjoyed it. You've just read some fantastic books. Enjoy your week ;)

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

  17. Glad you enjoyed Dare You To - I'm very excited for that book! Nantucket Blue looks like a good summer read, and Maid of Secrets looks fun too.

    Hope you enjoy everything :)

  18. Hey, I've been thinking about reading the Pushing The Limits series it looks promising. :)

    Have a great week!
    -Whit @ Whit's Book World


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