Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (171)

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 am glad that January is behind us but I am a little worried about February, my least favorite month of the year. We are supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow from Tuesday to Wednesday but fingers crossed that it won't be that bad...

Books reviewed:

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Books read:

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

This book was fun once I got used to the e-mail exchanges. It wasn't as good as Rowell's newer teen novels but I could see the beginnings of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl in the writing style.

Come Home to Me by Brenda Novak

After enjoying the other Whiskey Creek novels, this book was a big disappointment. I liked the main character and wanted to see her have a happy ending after all the struggles she has been through but a secondary plot line really derailed my enjoyment of the book in a major way.

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

Though I didn't care for all the foreshadowing of doom I still really enjoyed this creative retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

Currently reading:

The House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

This is really good so far. I like the humorous tone that offsets some of the creepy suspense. It reminds me a little of Hex Hall and similar novels.


  1. Hope the snow is not too bad. This winter has not been fun. I want to read Attachments, it sounds fun and humorous too.

  2. You have an interesting line up of books this week!


  3. All new to me and all looking interesting.

  4. We are supposed to get more snow too! UGH, thankfully February is a short month. I am listening to Fangirl and am enjoying it. Have a great week.

  5. Good to get a perspective on the Brenda Novak novel, I have just read one in her Whiskey creek series.

  6. Oh that's a lot of snow, hope it's not as bad as expected. Stay warm and safe! After finishing Eleanor & Park I'm still trying to decide between Fangirl and Attachments? Have a good week and happy reading :)

  7. The House of Ivy and Sorrow has a very eye catching cover - it definitely captures my attention. I might just go and have a look in to this one.
    Happy Reading!
    Bits & Bobs

  8. Enjoy your week of reading! Here's my post:


  9. I was a little annoyed at the way every chapter in While Beauty Slept ended with a variation of, "Yes, it seemed to be good, but, of course, we would later learn it was very bad."

    Here's my It's Monday!

  10. The House of Ivy and Sorrow is on my review stack. I am eager to read it. I'm sorry that last week's reading held some disappointments for you. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading!

  11. I hope the snow isn't as bad as you expect.
    Happy Reading!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. I can't wait to read your review of House of Ivy and Sorrow as well as While Beauty Slept…both high on my TBR lists. I hear you about February- my least favorite month as well even though it's short. We are currently getting snowed in here in PA. I'm getting cabin fever. UGH! I hope you don't get too much snow.

  13. I really enjoyed Attachments and I am not a fan of YA, trying to decide which one to try next now.

  14. You had an amazing read. I hope you enjoy your books this week!

    Check out what we are reading this week.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

  15. Oooo House of Ivy and Sorrow sounds good!!!!!

    Ugh, we are supposed to get a ton of snow too. I am really hoping not, we have missed so much school already. :(

  16. Your reading week was awesome and I'm definitely going to have to check out House of Ivy & Sorrow
    Happy Monday <3

    Here's our IMWAYR
    Doris @ OABR

  17. I have The House of Ivy and Sorrow on my Kindle, so I'm glad to hear that's a bit like Hex Hall (love that book).

    Hope you enjoy everything :)


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