Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (156)

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 week is Banned Books Week and I put together a display at my library. I was really surprised at some of the books that were on the banned and challenged list and the reasons they were challenged. Books such as A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (it promotes cannibalism, Satanism, and suicide, and teaches kids to break dishes so they don't have to wash them!) and Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (teaches kids to lie, spy, and talk back!). I read both of those books as a kid. I did not become a spy and while I have broken dishes, it was only on accident, not because I didn't want to wash them...

Sadly people continue to challenge books and try to get them banned from school and public libraries. One of my favorite books of 2013, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is currently being challenged in Minnesota. Hopefully this will just encourage more teens to read it!

Books reviewed:

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Books read:

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy

I thought this novel was fantastic! I didn't really know anything about the race crimes that were happening in Florida in the late 40s/early 50s so I learned a lot from reading it. It was really neat to find out that the author's father helped the FBI bring the criminals to justice.

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

I liked this book but I did have some issues with it. The novel examines what life is like for people who are gay or transgender in Iran.

United We Spy by Ally Carter

I was sad to see this series come to an end but it was a great finish. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.

Her Perfect Earl by Beth Pattillo

This was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. Nothing too out of the ordinary and reminded me a little of The Sound of Music at times (without the singing).

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

This is another good book group book. Something about it reminded me of A Prayer for Owen Meany. It is both a coming of age story and somewhat of a murder mystery.

When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

I saw this book sometime ago in an Amazon Vine newsletter and I was interested in the story. When I saw that it was available as an e-book from the library, I had to check it out.  The heroine is dying of liver disease (she won't survive the summer without a liver transplant) but hasn't told anyone and the hero is running from his past. I really enjoyed this one and plan to check out the rest of the series.

Currently reading:

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I am so excited about this book. I have read a lot of really positive reviews. I love fantasy and I hope this will be the start to a great YA fantasy series!

What I plan to read next:

This book is set about 10 years after the events of the Thrawn trilogy (which I love so much). I can't believe I am just now getting around to reading it but better late than never.

I think this is going to be a cute book. I love the cover anyway but I've also read good reviews. I'm hoping for a good romance and family story.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This book looks pretty quirky and fun and I think it is a bestseller overseas. I hope it will live up to my expectations.

Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

I really really prefer the UK cover to this one. Their cover has more of a historical fiction feel and this one looks more like a fantasy. The novel is actually historical fantasy set during Tudor times. I love Tudor history and fantasy so I am looking forward to this one.

Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel

This book is set in India in the 1940s and takes place on a tea plantation. I read an excerpt of how Layla meets her love interest and I really enjoyed it. I have a feeling I will like the author's writing style.


  1. Want, want, want most of the books on your tbr pile this week lol. Especially looking forward to your thoughts on The Burning Sky, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe and Witchstruck (I love Tudor history too)
    Hurry, get reading and reviewing haha

  2. I can't imagine wanting to try cannibalism after reading Shel Silverstein-gosh, people have stupid reasons sometimes! I'm excited to see the book world rallying around this though saddened that people still try to challenge and ban books. It's the worst when people don't want to even read books-it's not sad when they read books with challenging things in them.

  3. Yummy they all look good. I enjoyed Love Overdue, although I didn't think it was anywhere near her best book. I guess authors can't always get that magic book all the time. All your planned reading looks good. The Blueberry one just makes me want to read it, covers can be enticing!

  4. I'm really looking forward to Witchstruck, too, but I feel the opposite about the covers! I love the US one because it does look more toward fantasy! :D OH I can't wait to see what you think of The Burning Sky. I want to read that one soon.

  5. i'm currently reading the burning sky too--i'm only on page 12 though so it's hard to tell yet if i'll like it. i've read and really liked a few of sherry's romance novels and i'm hoping i'd like her YA debut just as much.

    my co-worker loves the gallagher girls series and have been urging me to read the series but it's impossible to find a pocket of time right now with all the review books i still gotta read. sigh.

    happy reading :)

  6. Many great reads on your list. I am reading my first Chris B book and enjoying it, I must go read your review.

  7. Witchstruck! I almost requested that from NetGalley. I am looking forward to your thoughts on it. I saw the Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe while at Barnes and Noble, and it instantly appealed to me. I feel like I could read that book and dream about a bakeshop like that of my own. But one that sells books too, of course. :)

  8. I just listened to my first J. Courtney Sullivan book, Maine, and really enjoyed it. I put The Engagements on reserve at the library for the audio version - and I'm really looking forward to listening to it.

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

  9. I do so like the mix of genres here! enjoy.

  10. Ohh! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Burning Sky. I have heard some awesome things. I also hope you enjoy Witchstruck. I thought it was entertaining and I loved the time period...although there were many far-fetched parts/unbelievable magic. Enjoy your books!

  11. Book banners always find the silliest reasons to ban novels.

    Hope you enjoy The Burning Sky - I thought it was a fun book :)


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