Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (167)

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.

It has been a few weeks since I participated in this meme so I've listed a few of the books I've read since the last time. I only read two books this past week. This week I will be participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon so hopefully I will have more time to read. The cold weather may help with that too with the temperature dropping below zero!

Books reviewed:

Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

Books read:

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

This was a fun book about two girls with the same name who switch places for the summer. One is a hockey player and the other is a figure skater. The premise reminded me just a little bit of The Parent Trap meets Cutting Edge but the story was a lot more than that. My review will be up later this week.

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

I really enjoyed this book though I had been a little worried considering how I felt about the heroine of her last book. Fortunately I liked this one more. The main characters even reminded me of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane in the way they interacted with each other.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This was my first book of 2014 and I loved it. Definitely heartbreaking and it made me think. I am curious to find out what the other book discussion group members thought about it.

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Another Downton Abbey style book for teens but the characters in this one felt younger than in some of the others that I've read. I liked Janie the kitchen maid much more than the other protagonist, Lady Charlotte whose head is stuck in the clouds. 

Currently reading:

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This book started out really well and I liked the dry humor but now the story has become a little bogged down in the account of Allan's early life. I am hoping the pace will pick up again.

What I plan to read next:

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

I am not sure if I will like this book. Pride and Prejudice spin offs tend to be hit or miss and more often they miss the mark. I am intrigued by the idea of a book about Mary Bennet. I read the one by Colleen McCullough which I liked though it was a little odd.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

I am excited about this book. It has a really interesting premise and may be a tearjerker. The book kind of draws comparisons to Jodi Picoult which doesn't surprise me since it is about a pregnant woman who is brain dead and the decision about whether to keep her on life support for the sake of the unborn child.

Going Rogue by Robin Benway

I am looking forward to this sequel to Also Known As. Maybe it will fill the void left by the end of the Gallagher Girls series. I could always use another humorous teen spy novel.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

I usually love Sarah Addison Allen's books so I am looking forward to picking up Lost Lake. It will be nice to read about someplace warm too as the temperature drops into the negatives here.


  1. You have awesome books to snuggle up and keep warm with. Enjoy!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. Looks like you have some interesting books. I read Me Before You and loved it and cried. Happy New Year!

  3. I really want to read Lost Lake!!! I am a huge Sarah Addison Allen fan. :) Temps are just beginning to drop into the negative temps now here. Bleh. We are supposed to be at -35 tomorrow! Keep warm friend, and enjoy some reading time!

  4. Looks like a pretty good mix of books. I'll have to check out Going Rogue, my daughter likes spy novels and it might be a good one for her. Lost Lake sounds great, too.

  5. Glad you liked Me Before You so much. It's on my list for this year.

  6. Woah 2014 is off to a great start! :) Happy Reading This Week!! The Brunette Librarian's Blog

  7. New year, new awesome books!
    Happy Reading <3
    Here's our IMWAYR
    Doris @ OABR

  8. I have yet to read a Jojo Moyes book, but 2014 is going to be it, sounds like I need tissues!

  9. Always love your book list. I'm looking forward to reading Lost Lake and I think I'll be adding The Promise of Stardust to my wishlist, it's just my type of read, depressing as it sounds lol. I Loved Me Before You, I didn't cry buckets like I did with Eternal on the Water, (similar vein) but it was heartbreaking and thought provoking.

    Gorgeous cover on The Pursuit of Mary Bennet, hope it's enjoyable but at least it looks pretty ;)

    Have a wonderful week, happy reading and stay warm!!

  10. Wow- you read some awesome books. I can't wait to read your review of City of Jasmine and Me Before You. I am hoping to read Manor of Secrets next week….I hope it isn't too disappointing. Stay warm…this weather is nuts!

  11. Looks like a good start to 2014! Currently reading Going Rogue as well and hoping to finish tonight (fingers crossed). Looking forward to your reviews!


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