Sunday, November 10, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (162)

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've had a couple of crazy weeks due to illness and work projects. I am feeling better and finally on a new medication for my sinus infection which will hopefully clear it up without the unpleasant side effects from the last medicine.

Yesterday was the big Downton Abbey themed murder mystery tea at my library and it went very well. Everyone had a lot of fun though no one figured out who the killer was. I will hopefully be able to do another murder mystery program next year. It was fun playing a suspect though I was a little disappointed that I wasn't the killer :)

Books reviewed:

Books read:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reread)

Midsummer Night by Deanna Raybourn

While this is a Lady Julia Grey novella, it isn't a mystery and though the cover suggest a steamy romance it isn't that either. It is a short look at the events surrounding Lady Julia's wedding.

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

I liked Isaiah's story but it didn't quite live up to Dare You To in my opinion.  

Longbourn by Jo Baker

It is interesting to see the characters and events of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants. I liked that the servants had their own stories and romantic troubles too. It wasn't just a rehash of the classic.

Currently reading:

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

While it is great to see the character of Maddie again, so far I find the main character of Rose to sound a little too much like Julie from Code Name Verity. I am not sure I will continue reading this at the moment as I am more in the mood for something light rather than a really dark book like this one.

What I plan to read next:

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger


  1. A Downton Murder Mystery Tea sounds really fun!! I would love to go to one of those. Lol.

    I have been curious about Longbourn, perhaps I will give it a go! I always like upstairs/downstairs type stories. :)

  2. I think the Downton Abbey event sounds like a lot of fun, wish our library would do that! We would go in a heartbeat LOL. Hope you have a good week coming up.

  3. I feel like Curtsies and Conspiracies will be a good palate cleanser after Rose Under Fire-Carriger writes such light and witty prose and RUF is HEAVY!

  4. The Downton Abbey event does sound fun, and reminds me I have the latest season I should start watching as it is on my recorder.

  5. I've been curious about Longbourn, a friend received it as a gift but doesn't want to read it for fear it tarnishes her beloved P&P characters. I don't have that issue haha so I'll probably borrow it from her.

    I'd love to attend a Downton themed murder/mystery event like yours, glad it was a success. Have a great week now that you're feeling better and enjoy your reads :)

  6. What a fun event - Im going to suggest something similar to our library :)

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Yes, of course...a mystery at Downton!

    Hope you will stop by my It's Monday! And don't forget to enter my giveaway for the Literary Blog Hop!

  8. It's been years since I've been to a Murder Mystery party. They are so much fun!

    You are the third person to mention Longbourn. I don't normally get into P&P sequels but I might have to check this one out!

  9. I'm glad the Downton Abbey night went well...that sounds like sooo much fun! I am glad you are feeling better too...sinus infections are the worst! I can't wait to read your review of Longbourn. I've had my eye on that one!

  10. Second blog with Longbourn in it! am green with envy.

  11. Crash Into You sounds great. I loved the first book in that series, Dare to You. Great picks, and enjoy reading!

    Check out what I'm reading this week.

  12. You had a wonderful reading week! Wish you the same for this week!!

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  13. Roomies looks pretty cute - and the murder mystery at your library? Sounds awesome!

    Have a great reading week :) The Brunette Librarian's Blog

  14. Nice assortment of books. I have Crash Into You next on my stack. I did enjoy Curtsies & Conspiracies too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  15. i still haven't read anything by carriger. enjoy!

  16. Love Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! That would be a fun one to reread.

    Roomies looks great, as does Curtsies and Conspiracies. Hope you enjoy everything :)

  17. Busy week for you. ENJOY!!!

    Longbourn looks good to me. :)

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