Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (165)

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 have to admit that although it is December and winter hasn't technically started, I am already sick of it! We haven't got as much snow as other parts of the country but I still hate it. If I could live in a place with spring, summer, and fall but no winter then I would be happy. Right now it feels like I live in Narnia :) 

On the bright side it is Christmas and I have a lot to be grateful for. It looks like the weather should be decent this weekend when I will be traveling to my parents' for Christmas week. I can't wait!

Books reviewed:

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Books read:

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

I loved this book even with that gut wrenching ending. I need Silver Shadows right now! It is going to be a long wait till the release date next summer.

Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr

I was a little disappointed that this book wasn't all about college life the way I thought it was (I guess I didn't read the description very well). I still really liked it though. 

These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner

Oh how I loved this book. I wasn't sure if I would even with the high praise from publishers and reviewers but it worked for me. There is even one part that sort of broke my heart which I wasn't expecting at all. If you like the movie Titanic and teen fiction then you should consider putting this on your TBR list. It may be science fiction but it is really reads more like a survival story/love story so don't be intimidated!

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

I thought this book was okay. While the first book in the series reminded me of The Prince and Me, this one reminds me of The Princess Diaries films.

Currently reading:

Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

I am really enjoying this story so far. I am about halfway though the book. I was worried that I wouldn't remember enough of what happened in the first book to read this one but that hasn't been an issue. I just can't seem to get enough of these Downton Abbey inspired soapy novels. Love the backstabbing servants, gossip, and secrets :)

What I plan to read next:

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

I kind of want to read this before the end of the year so I can put it on my "Best of 2013" list like everyone else but I may not get to it. I am kind of in the mood for lighter and more entertaining fare.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

This looks like a fun and quirky mystery so I may pick this one up after I finish Diamonds and Deceit.


  1. I loooooooooove the cover of These Broken Stars! It also sounds great. Will have to look for it!

  2. Every time I see No One Else Can Have You, I want to run out and find it. Or at least look online. I am definitely doing that soon. :)

    I think I am going to enjoy my visit to Narnia! :)

  3. Lots of great reads. I am already sick of winter too :) COME ON SPRING!!! :)

  4. Longbourn looks good. I'm already sick of winter too, with all the snow we've had this week. Bring on spring!

  5. I read the Prince and Me and look forward to the next book. I am waiting for the second book in the Pushing the Limit series. Have a great week.

  6. I loved The Fiery Heart and These Broken Stars too. I agree that it will be a long wait for the next Richelle Mead. Come check out my Monday Report if you get a chance. Happy reading and happy holidays!

  7. Oh, here I am sitting in summer weather and envying people in the cold! These Broken Stars has had high reviews everywhere, so glad it lived up to it for you. I have been tempted, but well I walked out of the movie The Titanic towards the end, so maybe not?

  8. The cover for These Broken Stars is great, and it sounds as if it's worth trying.

  9. Move to Australia, winter is practically non-existent in our northern state lol. I loved These Broken Stars too, it definitely lived up to the hype, and then some!
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  10. Do so like the mix of reads. Especially the Jhumpa Lahiri book.

  11. Oh, The Fiery Heart is great! I absolutely loved it. Hope you liked it too. Enjoy reading this week!

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

  12. Oh, The Fiery Heart! I absolutely loved that read. Hope you liked it too. Enjoy reading this week!

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

  13. I'm already over Summer, LOL

    Have a terrific week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  14. I am not a great lover of Science Fiction, but your recommendation for These Broken Stars will get me to the book store. I did read Cinder and Scarlet and enjoyed them, but somehow the fantasy/science fiction genre scares me off. I must be brave and try one once in a while.

  15. I'm reading These Broken Stars right now too! I'm glad you loved it. I'm pretty much loving it right now too :). Can't wait to see what you think of No One Else Can Have You!

    Jessica @ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

  16. I'm reading (and loving) These Broken Stars right now too! I can't wait to see what you think of No One Else Can Have You!

  17. Looks like you had a awesome week. I loved These Broken Stars. However I need to catch up on bloodlines. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy your week. Happy holidays. My It's Monday!

  18. These Broken Stars has been popping up everywhere! Looks like I'll have to add it to my TBR list :)

  19. Gorgeous cover on These Broken Stars. The Lowland looks good too.

    ENJOY your week.

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

  20. Oh I'm so late but I'm happy for you and your reading-looks like it's been a good time and I am happy to see that you've been posting quite a bit this week!


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