Sunday, October 27, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (161)

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 past week I read one book that was really disappointing and one that was very good but kind of sad and depressing to read. This week I decided to be more ambitious and list more books that I hope to read though I have slowed down my reading pace. I will be busy working on my last big library program of the year, a Downton Abbey themed murder mystery tea. I am very excited about it but there are lots of details to be worked out so I doubt I'll have much time for reading!

Books reviewed:

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Books read:

A Home By the Sea by Christina Skye

I decided to pick this book up because I liked another book in the series (The Accidental Bride, the sequel to this one) and wanted to read more in the series. Unfortunately this one proved to be a real dud. There was so much going on and not enough development of the characters or various random story lines. 

I am so glad that my book group chose to read this book. I didn't really know much about the history of the Dominican Republic or the Mirabal sisters so this book was eye opening (and really sad). I went to the Dominican Republic in 2009 but I stayed at a resort and only saw glimpses of the real country. This book really makes me want to learn more about the country and its history. 

Currently reading:

Longbourn by Jo Baker

It will be interesting to read about the events of Pride and Prejudice from the servants' perspective but this is more than just a retelling. The servants' lives are supposed to be front and center. Every review I've seen so far has been really positive. 

What I plan to read next:

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

One of my coworkers just read this book and she loved it. I hope I will like it but it seems to be hit or miss for me with Nicholas Sparks's novels.

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

I liked the first book in this series though I prefer the Parasol Protectorate series. I wanted to read something light and fun however so I might pick this up soon.

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

I am eager to start this book. So far I've really enjoyed Noah and Beth's stories (as well as the novella about Lila) and I hope Isaiah's story will be just as good.


  1. I'm very interested in Longbourn since P&P is my favorite book-hope this is a winner for you because that probably means it will work for me!

  2. I'd love to read Longbourn from the domestic point of view. Must be really good.

  3. Crash Into You looks fabulous - but the cover drives me crazy! It seems like it is all legs. :)

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  4. You're so lucky to read Crash Into You! I've been wanting to read this for a long time! Hope you like it :)

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  5. Looks like good set of books, I have not yet read anything by Christina Skye but looks like could be me. I enjoyed The Perfect Match, although Brogan and Dana were icky! I got some good laughs from it though.

  6. Ooh so many awesome book choices ... I'm looking forward to Crash Into You, I thought The Longest Ride was nice but not a favourite and I'm adding In the Time of the Butterflies to my wishlist. Can't wait to see what you think of Longbourn, my best friend got it for her birthday but doesn't want her beloved P&P characters portrayed in an unflattering light, I don't have that problem lol

    Have to say your Downton Abbey themed murder mystery tea sounds brilliant. Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  7. Love the idea of a Downton Abbey themed tea! Hope your preparations leave you a little time for reading!

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  8. Your murder mystery tea sounds like fun!

    Have a great week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  9. Longbourn sounds really interesting...will have to check it out!

    I can't wait to hear more about the Downton Abbey themed event you are planning - sounds like it will be quite fun!

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

  10. oooh! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Longbourn. I have been trying to decide if I should read that book or not. I also really want to read Crash Into You as well. Good luck with your Downton Abbey murder mystery tea. Can I come?! :) That sounds like so much fun!

  11. You had a wonderful reading week. May you continue to read like this!

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  12. Your tea sounds like it will be a lot of fun! Enjoy your week!

  13. CRASH INTO YOU needs to me in my hands already! I've been dying for that book ever since I finished Dare You To!

    Happy reading and have an awesome week <3

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