Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (188)

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've been busy the last couple of weeks and I went out of town both weekends so I didn't really have time to participate in this meme. So now it is Tuesday but I decided to participate anyway...

I visited my sister for my birthday and she got me a really cute bookish present: a Downton Abbey engagement calendar that I can use for work next year, a librarian mug, and a Manatea (http://amzn.com/B00DC78410). Isn't it cute?

Books reviewed:

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Books read:

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (reread)

I enjoyed this audio book much more than I thought I would. I prefer the narrator for the first three books but after awhile I forgot the differences and just got into the story. I can't wait for the final book this October. 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

I felt a sense of relief and accomplishment when I finished this book, almost as if I had walked the trail myself. Parts of the book are very entertaining and flow well while other sections are so bogged down with unnecessary detail about things not pertaining to the author's trek. At one point I referred to this book as "A Snooze in the Woods" but at other times Bill Bryson had me in stitches. I am curious to see how other members of my book group felt.

Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

This was a humorous contemporary romance and I was able to understand the story without having read the previous titles in the Animal Magnetism series. It was recommended to me by a coworker and I'm glad I gave it a try.

I listened to this on audio and I really liked Jim Broadbent's narration. Unfortunately I think I missed some things since I was driving while listening so I may go back and read the print version someday, perhaps with my book discussion group.

Currently reading:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I am really enjoying this second book in the series and I like seeing the differences between the book and the TV series. I am contemplating purchasing A Storm of Swords when I finish this one but I also have review books waiting for me so I may have to put that off till winter.


  1. Happy Belated Birthday. What lovely gifts, that Manatea is cute!

    Have a great week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. A Downton Abbey calendar sounds nice. Photos in it?

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye was a different sort of book, but good.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

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

  3. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day. :) I have heard such good things about the Game of Thrones series (my husband is addicted) and we both love the TV show, but I am nervous to start a new series…especially a lengthy one! I also have a Jill Shalvis book on my shelf that has been there forever…I've heard good things…hopefully I can get around to her this winter. Enjoy your books!

  4. Lovely gifts Christina - I went over to have a look at the Mantea!! I am not sure I would like it hanging over the cup! I like to brew a pot of tea to drink but yours does look fun. Would be a discussion starter.
    I have enjoyed Jill Shalvis Animal Magnetism books, and liked that series the most of all her books. Have a great week.


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