Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (187)

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'm back to blogging after a busy couple of weeks involving trips to visit family.  My mom's younger sister and her family came down from Canada to stay with my parents for a week and they drove over to see me for a day to visit Amish country which was a lot of fun. I took them to an Amish restaurant and we toured an Amish home (tourist attraction) and took buggy rides. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures though my dad has some I will have to copy. 

I finally got to watch The Fault in Our Stars which I thought was excellent and Divergent which was better than I thought it would be but still kind of disappointing in some aspects. You can check out the link to my review of Divergent below. I will be writing my review of The Fault in Our Stars movie later. My book group is going to be reading it for our September book and we will be showing the movie at the library.

Next Sunday is an event I have been sort of dreading for awhile. Yet another birthday...I remember when those used to be fun. At least I will be traveling to my parents' again :)

Books reviewed:

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Books read:

Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton

I thought this book had an interesting premise but it was pretty predictable in the end. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

A cute Star Wars version of Goodnight Moon from the author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess. I need to read it again so I can write my review. 

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

I loved this book and can't wait for the final book in the series, The Ruby Circle, though it will be sad when it is over. I wouldn't be surprised if the author wrote another spin-off series though.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (reread)

I think this book was just as good the second time around though there were some parts that were really hard to read and I wished I could warn the characters! I wanted to reread this book before tackling A Clash of Kings which I hope to start soon. My goal is to finish that one by the end of the year. I bought the second book in 2012 and still haven't read it though I know what happens since I've watched the show on DVD.

Currently reading:

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (reread)

I've been listening to this on audio and I was worried that I wouldn't like it with the new narrator (and he definitely isn't as good with voices as Joshua Swanson) but it isn't too bad and I am enjoying the story. This is not my favorite in the series because I hate the parts that are set in Tartarus. I can't believe the final book will be here in less than two months!

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

This is the August selection for both of my book discussion groups. I am glad I only have one book to worry about this month since I didn't get through both books for last month. It usually takes me longer to read nonfiction too since it doesn't hold my interest the way fiction does. So far I think this book is really funny in some parts and kind of draggy and boring in others.

What I might read next:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I loved The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot and I've heard really good things about this one too.


  1. I noticed you've been away too ... glad you've been enjoying family time. I'll be doing more travelling now that my son has moved for work, can't go too long without seeing my granddaughter lol.

    I've got Big Little Lies up next week, can't wait, I love Liane Moriarty. Off to check out your Divergent movie review, I really enjoyed the book and movie. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  2. Nice review of the Divergent movie, I went to see it without having read the books and thought it was good- but the book is usually better so I'm sure there's a lot of story they left out. Goodnight Darth Vader looks cute, and Big Little Lies sounds good too. I reread Game of Thrones a few years ago and noticed things I had missed the first time around, little hints. That series has so much going on it's hard to catch everything!

  3. I loved the Divergent book, but I am not so good about watching movies of books! Maybe, maybe not. Big Little Lies I want to read.

    Er... do enjoy the birthday.

  4. I loved The Husbands Secret too. Haven't got the new book though its on my list. Enjoy the trip back home. Happy Birthday in advance.

  5. Big Little Lies is fantastic, I am sure if you enjoyed the husbands secret you till love this too.

    Keep on reading!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. I am so glad to hear you loved TFiOS movie. So excited to see it. I also Divergent this past weekend and sort of felt mixed about it, but it was definitely an edge-of-your seat movie though. Seeing Silver Shadows on your list here reminds me how behind I am w/ that series! I definitely need to get caught up. Happy Reading and Happy Almost Birthday. ;)

  7. Goodnight Darth Vader looks awesome! Lol.

    I felt that way about A Walk in the Woods too. Sometimes I really loved it, and others I felt like it was slow.

  8. I'm just reading What Alice Forgot now, and am looking forward to Big Little Lies. I only recently read The Husband's Secret too. She's a great writer :)

  9. I just got the Divergent movie. I haven't watched it yet. I loved Silver Shadows and am sad that there is only one more in the series. Come see my week. Happy reading!

  10. I loved Big Little Lies...hope you do, too. I read The Fault in Our Stars just before the movie and enjoyed it...hesitant about Divergent, for some reason.


  11. Glad to hear that The Fault in Our Stars movie was excellent! I still need to watch it.

    I'm with you regarding GoT! Some of those poor characters just don't know what's coming for them :(

  12. I've always wondered how A Walk in the Woods would be. Big Little Lies looks good.


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