Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (152)

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 had a fantastic time on my vacation to the Savannah area. Some of the highlights of my trip included going to The Savannah Tea Room, taking a trolley tour of the Historic District, and candy shopping on River Street. It was also great to spend time with my family.

Even with all the activities I still found time to do some reading. Now I need to get caught up on writing my reviews!

My mom and I on the beach at Tybee Island

Books reviewed:

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

Books read:

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (reread)

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

This is a contemporary romance featuring a librarian so of course I wanted to read it! I thought the parts about librarianship in a small town seemed accurate. I really liked this book until the end when it let me down with its lack of conflict resolution.

The First Star to Fall by Diana Peterfreund

I enjoyed this e-novella so much that I decided to start my ARC of Across a Star-Swept Sea even though I'd planned to wait till closer to the October release date. 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I was surprised that I actually liked this book. It was a quick and light read which was just what I needed on vacation. Now I am on the waiting list for The Elite at the library.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I started listening to the audio book (fantastic) but then switched to the print version because I needed to finish the book in time for this week's book discussion. I loved it and can't wait to hear what the other group members thought. 

Currently reading:

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

This is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel set in the same world as From Darkness Shows the Stars. It is something of a companion novel but takes place in a different place (New Pacifica-reminds me of Hawaii) and possibly different time period. So far, I love it. 

What I plan to read next:

The Husband's Secret by Laura Moriarty

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

I am going to be reviewing the sequel, The Deepest Night, for Amazon Vine so I thought I better read this book first! I like books about dragons and while it probably won't be like Seraphina, maybe it will be a cross between that book and Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I am intrigued by the setting during The Great War too.


  1. So many great books!! I agree, the selection is definitely a great vacation book---light and fun and romantic! I got The Deepest Night for review also...I'm excited to start this series, it's been awhile since I've read about dragons!

  2. I hope you enjoy The Husbands Secret, I loved it!

    Read on

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Yay for getting some reading done-so anxious to see your thoughts about Eleanor and Park as that's been my favorite book of the year. As for The Sweetest Dark, I thought it was kind of a weird dragon book in that dragons don't play the biggest role. Have you read the adult series it's a spin off of?

    1. I haven't read The Smoke Thief or the other books yet but if I like The Sweetest Dark then I might go back and try them.

    2. So many nice choices for you. Enjoy your week of reading! I hope you like The Husbands Secret; I am waiting to read it.

  4. I loved Eleanor and Park, look forward to what your club thinks. I've got The Selection on my stacks. Enjoy your upcoming reads.

  5. I liked The Sweetest Dark and The Deepest Night. I am also a fan of books with librarians as main characters. Come see my Monday wrap-up. Have a great reading week.

  6. Love the cover of THE SELECTION.

    I am reading THE HUSBAND'S SECRET now.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  7. The Husband's Secret is on my list too! Lover Overdue looks cute!

  8. I want to read Husbands Secret next also. I enjoyed Attachements by Rainbow R, still need to read this one.

  9. Awesome books. I am dying to hear your thoughts on Across A Star Swept Sea...definitely looking forward to that one. Eleanor & Park is a book that I am also thinking about reading--I'll keep my eye out for your review. Wasn't The Selection just a fun read? Perfect for are right! I have the sequel to The Sweetest Dark for review too, so I need to read both soon! I hope they are good! Also, I am glad to hear you had a great trip to Savannah. Savannah is one of my most favorite cities- I love it there! Wasn't the historic tour and River Street awesome? I loved Tybee Island too.

  10. Love Overdue looks like so much fun. And the cover is adorable! I'm glad you enjoyed most of it.

  11. Like so many of your books! particularly the cover of The Husband's Secret.
    Am shopping with my daughter as well (still doing the wedding sari stuff!)

  12. I hope you love The Sweetest Dark as much as I did, I can't wait to get stuck into the sequel. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Husband's Secret too. I need a new audio, might try and get Eleanor & Park, everyone seems to love it.

    Ooh candy shopping, lol. Glad you had a lovely vacation, nice pic with your mum. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  13. Aha, I see you are getting ready for the next book in Rick Riordan's series, not too long now. I have Pamela Morsi's books up in next few weeks to read. Will be watching the ending with interest when I do.

  14. Glad that you had a fantastic vacation!

    I'm excited to read your reviews of THE SELECTION and ELEANOR & PARK!


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