Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (155)

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 pretty productive reading and reviewing week and this past weekend I wrote some more reviews for the next few weeks. I still have a lot to do to catch up but I am making progress! I am planning to sign up for the Dewey 24 Hour Read-a-Thon in a few weeks too.

I can't believe how quickly this month is flying by! It is already time for me to start cramming in my book discussion books. I know I could make life easier for myself by reading the books earlier but then I forget stuff when it is time for discussion...

Books reviewed:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
The Hero by Robyn Carr

Books read:

This was a really good YA contemporary novel that deals with issues like abuse, family relationships, and healing from the past. My review will be up next week.

The Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman

I liked this contemporary novel for adults about a woman and her daughter who start over in a small English village.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This was a suspenseful book involving gifted teens who help the FBI hunt down a serial killer. Another winner from Jennifer Lynn Barnes though without anything paranormal this time.

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

This is the first Bess Crawford mystery I've read but I loved it. The cover suggests that it is set in India and though part of it is, most of the story takes place in England and France during WWI.

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

My first Kristan Higgins book but not my last. The Perfect Match is a modern take on the marriage of convenience trope. I was surprised to find that I liked the characters and the family relationships.

Currently reading:

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands is the evening book discussion pick for September and it is based on true events. Parts of the story remind me of The Help and so far I like it.

What I plan to read next:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

This is the afternoon book discussion pick for September. It is also historical fiction and involves a murder and various other deaths. We pick such cheerful books to read for book group...

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

I've already started this book but had to put it aside to start on book discussion books. This is the story of the forbidden love between Sahar and Nasrin, two teen girls living in Iran where homosexuality means the death penalty. I have a feeling this book will have a sad ending.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I've heard a lot of good things about The Burning Sky and Rae Carson loved it and gave it a blurb. I like the cover change though the other cover was also nice but it looked more dystopian and this one emphasizes fantasy.

Her Perfect Earl by Beth Pattillo

I happened to come across this book while browsing Netgalley. I hadn't heard of it before but I have read Beth Pattillo's contemporary Christian fiction like Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. This is an actual Regency romance so I'm eager to see what the author does with it.

What have you been reading lately?

Any suggestions for good book discussion reads?


  1. You had a very productive week, so glad you enjoyed your 1st Kristan Higgins. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on If You Could Be Mine, (it sounds like it'll be an emotional read) and The Burning Sky.
    Happy reading this week :)

  2. I have Where the Stars Still Shine and The Naturals to read as well so I'm glad to see that you liked them and look forward to reading your full thoughts.

  3. All the books look great. I am so looking forward to reading The Perfect Match, know it is going to be a treat in store.

  4. I can't wait for your review of Where the Stars Still Shine! I am definitely interested in that book and have heard good things. I also am intrigued by The Burning Sky...definitely on my TBR list. Happy Reading! :)

  5. I enjoy Kristan Higgins' books - they are usually fun, quick reads! You have some really interesting books coming up and I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on them.

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  6. I love the cover for The Runaway Wife. I really seem to like that theme, of women running off and starting over. Hmmm, I hope that isn't some subconscious thing! Lol.

  7. Each of your upcoming reads interests me. If You Could Be Mine sounds like a powerful read. I am new to Kristan Higgins and look forward to reading more of her books.

  8. I really enjoyed Ordinary Grace. I hope your group loves it!

  9. I put The Runaway Wife on my wishlist just now :) Your other books like interesting also. Thank you.

  10. I loe the books you have here- Ordinary Grace sounds really good!

  11. What a nice assortment of books. I'll have to look for The Naturals. I have liked her other books. Come see my Monday Report. Happy reading!

  12. GREAT will LOVE Ordinary Grace.

    ENJOY your week.

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

  13. I haven't read any of these but I like the covers! Enjoy your week!

  14. I do so like the mix of reads here. The Runaway Wife and the Crawford mystery are two I would particularly like to read.


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