Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (175)

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 hope you had a nice Easter! Mine was quiet. I had planned to go visit my parents for the weekend but my car had other ideas so instead I stayed home and read. 

Books reviewed:

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Books read:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I thought this was really good and packed more of an emotional punch than I expected.

Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

While not my favorite book in the series it was still a pleasant read and a nice romance. 

No River Too Wide by Emilie Richards

Even though I hadn't read the other books in this series, I was able to read this without feeling that I was missing something. I liked the idea of a woman breaking free from an abusive past.

Here's Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane

This book was an enjoyable romantic comedy/drama with unexpected depth and a satisfying happy ending. I love it when characters are able to overcome past difficulties and I liked how this addressed bullying. Now I want to check out what else Mhairi McFarlane has written. I do hate the cover though.

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts

A lovely cover with two not so lovely protagonists but they turned things around by the end. I always say I like books about family relationships but these sisters were so bratty at times. 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I may be in the minority in finding this book a disappointment compared to her other books. I had to push myself to finish it. I have loved Rainbow Rowell's teen fiction and I liked Attachments but I think she should stick to writing for teens. The adults in this book behaved like immature teens and I found Georgie to be incredibly annoying and selfish.  On the plus side it does explore some of the difficulties of married life. The ending may have been movie script happy but it left me wondering if the couple could stay married for the long haul.

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

I liked the heroine and felt sorry for her because she had to live down the mistakes of her past in a gossipy small town. Not convinced that she loves books or knows the bookstore business though. Still it was a mostly enjoyable romance. I've only read one other book in this series but I may pick up some more. 

Currently reading:

What I might read next:

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

This is a book discussion selection for both my afternoon and evening book groups this month so I definitely need to read it soon. Our meeting is next Tuesday!

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

This is a teen murder mystery that I will hopefully like. Beth Fantaskey has a humorous writing style that I have enjoyed in the past.


  1. I saw the Tea Shop book on NetGalley; the cover is gorgeous! But the sound of bratty characters doesn't sound appealing. Once in a Lifetime sounds interesting as well. :)

  2. Sorry about your car but yay for a weekend of reading! I'm looking forward to No River Too Wide, I loved the other books in the series ... hope they're on your TBR pile :)
    I adore Jill's Animal Magnetism series.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  3. I really want to read The Storied Life, it sounds so good!

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  4. You had a very successful week. I liked House and Ivy & Sorrow and These Broken Stars too. I usually like Jill Shalvis but haven't read any for a while. Come see what I read last week. Happy reading!

  5. I hope you had a nice Easter…sorry to hear about your car troubles…they are the worst! I just bought Jenny Han's latest book. I am obsessed with the Summer series, so I hope this one is just as good. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! I also have enjoyed Beth Fantaskey's novels in the past…didn't know she had a new one coming out! I'll keep my eye out for that review, too!

  6. I had no idea RainbowR wrote another book. I have only read Attachments and enjoyed it, as I prefer adult books maybe I should try this one.

  7. The Storied Life totally sounds like something I would enjoy! You have been pretty good reading weeks in general. Hope the next one's just as good if not better.

  8. I am salivating over No River Too Wide, I love this whole series and am looking forward to reading this one. Do go back and read the others, while they can stand alone - which is a plus, the series is just wonderful. Have a great reading week.

  9. Reading and a quiet Easter- that sounds pretty good! Nice to see your thoughts on Landline- I've been thinking of reading another Rainbow Rowell book but wasn't sure which one. Maybe I'll try one of the other ones first...

    Happy reading this week!

  10. The A J Fikry book got such a lot of reviews I am intrigued by this one.

  11. I hope you like the Art Forger. I never did read it but have seen a lot of good reviews.

    The Storied Life looks good too.

    ENJOY all your books and the rest of the week.

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

  12. Hope you enjoy To All the Boys I've Loved Before! Buzz Kill looks like fun, too.


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