Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (168)

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 was the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I signed up to participate so I could jump start my reading for the year. I read 6 books (one was a novella) and I even managed to write reviews for a few of the books I read that will post later this month.

Books reviewed:

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Books read:

Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen

This is a prequel novella to Lost Lake but you don't have to read it first. It does give some insight into Kate's relationship with her husband.

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

I have read one other Mary Bennet book (the one by Colleen McCullough) and I thought this was better. She is the Bennet sister that I can relate to most (though I am not so religiously devout-I'd never read theological books if I could read novels instead). I know I used to act "holier than thou" when I was a teen. Thankfully Mary grows out of it (and so did I) and I enjoyed seeing her get a chance for a happy ending. Too bad Jane Austen didn't really give her much room to grow in the original.

Going Rogue by Robin Benway

This was a fun teen spy book which I liked more than the first in the series. I believe my review is going up later this week.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

I loved this book. Definitely need to keep the Kleenex on hand. I have heard comparisons to Jodi Picoult but I would have to say that I like this more than any of her books I've read.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Enjoyable Southern fiction with just a little bit of magic. I liked the friendships and family relationships in this one.

Alienated by Melissa Landers

I loved this teen science fiction debut. It was a creative idea to have a foreign exchange student scenario with an alien teen. Humor, romance, suspense, and some food for thought concerning prejudice, the environment, etc. Not quite 5 stars but close...

Currently reading:

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

What I might read next:

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg


  1. 6 books, wow. Looks like a pretty good week- and a nice mix of books too. I like the covers of both Lost Lake and Alienated, and they sound like good reads.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier, and have a great week.

  2. Hope we both like Me Since You, I loved her book Ordinary Beauty, Eleanor & Park reminded me a little of it. I've seen lots of positive reviews for Alienated so I think I might have to grab it off NetGalley and I've got Lost Lake to read too. And now I've read your comments about The Promise Of Stardust, I definitely want to get my hands on a copy of it .. arghh so many good books lol

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  3. Wow. That takes my breath away. What a good reading week!

    Here's my It's Monday post!

  4. I am planning to pick up Lost Lake soon!
    Read on!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. Ooh we differ-I liked Also Known As way more than Going Rogue. Looking forward to comparing thoughts!

  6. Both Sarah Addison Allen books look amazing, and I really want to read them!!! I love her.

    Hmm. I fear the Bennet sister I am most like is Lydia! Or at least when I was her age. Not so much now. Lol. Or Elizabeth, probably more like her I guess.

  7. I am looking forward to your thoughts on Alienated. I've had that one on my TBR list for awhile now. I can't way to read Better Off Friends! Enjoy your books!


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