Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (191)

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.

Well the first day of fall is this week and I am a little bummed but I cheered myself up with my first mug of apple cider for the season.  I also pinned an intriguing recipe for a Paleo No Bake Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie that I might try for Thanksgiving since my sister is Paleo and it is a healthy alternative with chocolate involved.

Books reviewed:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell (not my favorite Rowell book)

Books read:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (reread)

I think the audio version was a fantastic way to experience the book again but I did have to turn it off at one point so I didn't cry while driving. This is the selection for my evening book group and we are showing the movie at the library on Monday night. I like being able to discuss the book and the movie adaptation together.

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

I really enjoyed this debut mystery set in the 1930s at a hotel in Brighton. It reminded me a lot of Deanna Raybourn's books, especially the heroine and her relationship with her husband. The setting and cast of suspects reminded me a little of Agatha Christie too. 

Currently reading:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (reread)

While I read the book before the movie came to theaters I hadn't finished listening to the audio version yet. I really like the narration and I love that Octavia Spencer is the voice of Minnie.

What I plan to read next:

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (reread)

This is the afternoon book group selection for September. I want to reread it so it will be fresh in my mind.

My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, etc.

There are a number of stories in this anthology that I am eager to try. I'm especially excited to read the ones by Ally Carter, Stephanie Perkins, and Rainbow Rowell. I had thought John Green had contributed a story too so I was disappointed to find out I was wrong. I read another holiday anthology he wrote a story for a few years ago (Let it Snow).


  1. I absolutely loved The Fault In Our Stars on audio! I enjoyed my first mug of apple cider last week too. We are expecting a beautiful, warm first week of fall. Hope this week is filled with reading.

  2. Apple cider- one of the great things about this time of year. We have a place by us that has the best cider and doughnuts- so good. Murder at the Brightwell looks like a book I would like- the cover is nice too- and the Christmas anthology looks good too.

  3. I liked Secret Daughter very much. I hope you do too.

  4. I've never read The Fault in Our Stars but am kinda tempted now.

    Enjoy this week's picks!

  5. I'm looking forward to eventually seeing the movie of TFIOS when it comes out on DVD. The anthology sounds cute too.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. I had some apple cider this weekend as well….definitely gets you in the mood for fall. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on My True Love Gave To Me…seems like such a cute read with so many fabulous authors contributing!

  7. I was surprised to find out how much I liked TFIOS.

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  8. My True Love Gave to Me looks awesome! I will have to remember that one. :) I read Let it Snow last year, I loved it! But, I have a bit of a John Green thing. Lol.

  9. I have The Fault in Our Stars on my kindle, but after so many recommendations I'm thinking I need to listen instead! Love the cover of Murder at Brightwell... may have to look for this series.

  10. I love mysteries set in the 1930's. There is another author who sets her mysteries in that era. She's Carola Dunn. I sent Fault In The Stars back to the library. I knew it would be sad. Now I can take it. So I will get it again. Enjoy your book club.

  11. A great selection of books. I too listened to The Fault In Our Stars the first time. I loved it so much, I now own the print edition and we will watch the DVD when it is released. I shared The Help with everyone I know, and saw the movie. My copy of The Help now lives on my daughter-in-laws shelf, she is going to college so no recreational reading for her!

  12. I haven't gotten around to reading "The Fault in Our Stars" yet, but after watching the movie, I can't wait to get started on it. I hope you enjoy your reads this week!

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  13. I really need to get the audio version of The Help. I keep hearing how well done it is. Very excited for My True Love Gave To Me!

    Hope you enjoy everything :D

  14. Nice looking books. I don't want to read TFIOS because I don't want to cry. I am curious about that YA anthology though. Happy reading!

  15. Great selection of books! I've considered listening to The Fault in Our Stars, though I would likely be crying the whole time, as I did when reading it.

    It's Monday! at Brooke Blogs

  16. The Help is one of my favorite books. Also, thank you for your honest review of Landline, I have been holding onto it because I don't want it to kill my expectations.

    Here's mine:

  17. Apple cider should ease the transition into fall! I actually would love fall if I didn't know what came next. :-( Oh well. At least it's a good time of year for curling up with a book and a hot mug of something! Enjoy your week!

  18. I thought The Help on audio was brilliant. I enjoyed TFIOS, I missed the movie when it was at the cinema so will watch it on DVD.
    Enjoy all the fun things that come with fall, and happy reading :)


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