Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (192)

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 can't believe September is almost over! At least the weather has been summer-like and will continue to be really nice this coming week. I was worried for awhile there that it was time to break out the sweaters. I am going to put that off as long as possible :)

One good thing about fall is that my favorite TV shows are starting up again. I don't watch a lot of TV--I'm very selective about what I decide to follow. Downton Abbey Season 5 is on (I subscribe to a VPN so I can watch it now instead of waiting till January and trying to dodge spoilers) and Once Upon a Time starts tonight. I have also been watching Dancing With the Stars but I am not enjoying it as much this season so I may not keep up with it. I did give the first episode of Gotham a try and I liked it but I haven't made up my mind if it is worth watching. 

This past week was Banned Books Week and Hobbit Day (September 22nd is Bilbo and Frodo's birthday). This year I put together a display with related books, bookmarks, activity sheets and posters promoting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. My coworker let me borrow the Gandalf hat and pipe he made for Halloween one year. I think it adds a lot to the display! I am looking forward to seeing the final movie this December. It's been awhile since I read The Lord of the Rings and I am thinking about rereading it this winter.

Books reviewed:

Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

Books read:

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

This was a cute if predictable romantic comedy that looks at Hollywood behind-the-scenes and the challenges of constantly being in the spotlight while trying to have a life of your own. 

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (reread)

I loved Secret Daughter just as much the second time around but it had been a few years since I read it so I didn't remember everything. Definitely one of my favorite books.

Currently reading:

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

I liked Rainbow Rowell's story but I have a feeling this short story collection is going to be a mixed bag. One of the stories was really weird and another was oddly disappointing. We'll see how I feel when I've read all of them. 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (reread)

As I am listening to this audio book, I am surprised by how dumb Skeeter is. I don't remember that from my first reading of the book. She means well but she is so naive and stupid in some ways. It makes me cringe sometimes.

What I plan to read next:

Boomerang by Noelle August

I requested Boomerang after reading some very positive reviews from other bloggers about how this book is not like other "New Adult" books. When I think of New Adult, I think lots of drama, angst, controlling bad boy love interests and possibly love triangles which kind of put me off reading the genre. This book definitely looks more like a romantic comedy with 20-somethings instead so hopefully I will like it.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have heard this book is amazing so I am looking forward to reading it. I can't believe I still haven't read Legend. I'm not sure if The Young Elites would be considered dystopian or fantasy.


  1. I, too, celebrated Hobbit Day! I am debating on whether or not to watch a midnight screening of the 3rd film.

  2. Hmmm... I had decided I might not watch One Upon A Time any more as it had started to annoy me. But - I decided that once before and then I felt it improved again. *Sigh*

  3. I didn't know it was Hobbit Day but I love the display! And I wish i was watching Downton Abbey- that VPN sounds like a great idea. I've heard good things about Once Upon A Time as well, but haven't watched it yet.

    I've been curious about that Christmas anthology too, will be curious to see your thoughts when you're done with it.

  4. Great Books and how lucky to see Downton now!

  5. Your display looks wonderful! I like the looks of My True Love Gave to Me and The Young Elites. Enjoy your reading!

  6. I just finished reading The Help for the first time last week and yeah, Skeeter is pretty naive some times but she means well so you kind of forgive her. :)
    I love Lord of the Rings and I would definitely recommend a reread. The more times I read it I find the more I like it. :)

  7. Enjoy Downton Abbey, season 5 hasn't screened here yet, so must watch out for it. Secret Daughter looks intriguing, I am off to explore a little more about it.

  8. I do like your mixed selection of reads. My True Love book looks good. I'll have to wait for yonks to get to Downton Season 5. It will come eventually.

  9. How did I miss Hobbit Day?! And what am I going to miss next? Christmas?!

    Here's my It's Monday!

  10. Ahhh! You are watching Downton right now? I am so jealous. How has it been? I DVR'd Gotham and am looking forward to checking it out, although I have heard some mixed reviews. I love your Lord of the Rings display! Also, I look forward to your thoughts on Boomerang.

  11. You bring up a problem I often have with anthologies - inconsistency. This one makes me curious because I've read many of the authors. I'll wait for your thoughts before adding it to my TBR mountain. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. Looks like you have a great selection. Hope you have a great week. Love your Hobbit Day display!.

  13. Your Hobbit display is so cute!! I am bummed I missed their birthdays. I will have to remember for next year. :(

  14. I watch a lot of TV :) I'm hoping Once Upon a time won't be too delayed in Australia though I'm not holding my breath. I'm also curious about Gotham.
    And True Detective

    Have a great week

  15. I stopped watching Once Upon A Time a while ago. For some reason after Rumple brought the magic back from storybook, I could tell it was going to be a long Disney drag-out. LOL

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic

  16. That Hobbit display!!! So awesome! I keep meaning to reread the first LotR book so I can finally finish them all.

    The Young Elites! That book sounds incredible, I'll be looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

    Hope you enjoy everything, and have a lovely October :D


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