Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Post (5) / It's Monday What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 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. In Sheila's absence you can participate by sharing your post on Twitter #IMWAYR.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I am spending my weekend at home since I was traveling the past three weekends. It is nice for a change though I do need to catch up on some cleaning. There is always tomorrow! I have been binge watching this new show I found on Netflix called Chasing Life (ABC Family). The show is based on a telenovela (really we seem to get our best TV ideas from telenovelas lately) about a young career woman whose life is derailed when she finds out she has cancer. The show is surprisingly upbeat and I like the main character, April and her family. It is very addictive watching. The second season will be on TV this August.

I also found out this past week that I am officially going to be promoted to the head of the reference department when my supervisor retires at the end of the month. This means some changes and more stress though I still get to keep doing the things I love like programming, readers advisory and selecting books for adults and teens. I am thrilled and nervous at the same time.

Last week on my blog:

Top Ten Audio Books I've Listened To (post)
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (review)

Books read:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)

I had planned to revisit this series later this summer since the final book in the series will be published this fall. I stumbled across the audio book version through our library's digital catalog when I was looking for something new to listen to so I went ahead and downloaded it. I liked the audio version and it was fun to reread this one and remember just why I liked it so much.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (reread)

Interestingly while listening to Scarlet I realized I didn't like it as much as I remembered. It is my least favorite book in the series because I am not a fan of Scarlet. She is stubborn and annoying and immature at times. I did appreciate her devotion to her grandmother but otherwise found her to be pretty fool hardy and "act now, think later". If not for Wolf she wouldn't have survived. Their romance didn't work for me either though it is more steamier and more present than that of Kai and Cinder.

Cress by Marissa Meyer (reread)

This is the best book in the series so far. I loved Cress and Thorne and the development of the other characters and story line. We finally find out some big secrets and all the main players now know who Cinder really is. The ending sets up the major showdown that is coming in Winter. I thought the narrator does a better job with various accents and character voices in this one too. 

Currently reading:

This is my evening book group's pick for our discussion this Tuesday. I am really struggling with it at the moment. The plot sounded like it would be a fun story and while the characters are quirky so far I am just finding it to easy to put this book down.

What I might read next:

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

I like books with a dual timeline. This one involves an abused young woman in modern times who escapes to an uninhabited house and starts receiving letters there written by a pilot to his sweetheart in WWII.

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

I love Mary Kay Andrews's books. They are perfect for summer time reading. This book is about a woman scouting a location for a film and the handsome mayor of the town who is determined to stop her.

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

What would it be like to find out that the dad you never met is actually a candidate for President? That is the premise of this contemporary YA debut novel about a teen who has to adjust to living in the public eye while also mourning her mom's death and being part of a campaign she may not believe in. 

New books received:

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (library book)

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (library book)

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (review book)

Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver (review book)

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (review book)


  1. It must be nice to spend a weekend at home after traveling for a few weekends in a row. Congrats on your promotion! That's neat you are going to get promoted, although it probably will be a bit stressful at first. And that's great you get to do what you love doing at your job.
    I have Cinder on my to-read list as everyoen seems to love that series and I figured I should give it a try. I am glad to hear you enjoy that series so much. I hope you'll have a great week and enjoy your new books!

  2. Congrats on the promotion- and happy Memorial Day! Hope you have a nice weekend. I'm jealous that you have the new mystery- I liked the brightwell book a lot. Glad to see that one coming.

  3. I have been intending to read the Cinder series for awhile now, unfortunately can't get them in audio in my part of the world so will go with the ebooks. Think I bought one of them when price was down. I'm looking forward though to the Beach Town listen and have it in my Audible wishlist. Hope your next choice satisfies.

  4. Sometimes it is just great to stay home! Congrats on the promotion. Love the Lunar Chronicles series and look forward to the next book. Excited about These Shallow Graves!

  5. I do so like the mix of reads you've collected. Nice to stay in though in my case I've got more work in than out!

  6. While it's lovely to spend time with family I love weekends at home to catch up on things like gardening and projects around the house or just relaxation. Enjoy your weekend and congrats on the promotion. I'm adding Chasing Life to my watch list too ... now that quite a few of my regular shows have finished I'm up for new recommendations lol.

    I've got Letters to the Lost to read sometime soon. I'm off to check out your audio post. Have a great week and happy reading

  7. Congrats!!!! It is always good to be recognized for a promotion but be able to keep on doing what you enjoy. :)

    I love Mary Kay Andrews! I can't wait to read Beach Towns. School for Unusual Girls looks really good too. :)

  8. Congrats on your promotion! That is so exciting! I am so happy for you.

    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Beach Town....very interested in that one. I still need to read Cinder. Hopefully I can find time this summer. And you know how excited I am for These Shallow Graves. I love Donnelly's historical fiction, so hopefully this one won't disappoint.

    BTW, I emailed you b/c you won my Saint Anything giveaway! YAY! Was so happy to see your name pop up!


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