Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (176)

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.

A quick update on my mom: She has graduated from physical therapy and is done with her medication.  She tries to exercise everyday to keep building up her strength. I talked to her yesterday and this weekend she was able to do a little gardening and yesterday went to church for the first time since she was sick. I will be visiting her for Mother's Day weekend and we are going to her school's spring concert and I am sure her students will be thrilled to see her.

I didn't have as much time to read this week so I only managed to finish a novella and one book. I am still working my way through my book discussion book and I hopefully will have it read in time for our meeting tomorrow.

Saturday night was our Friends of the Library Just Desserts fundraiser. This was my first time attending and I thought it went really well. The food was pretty good and the wine was excellent. The guest speaker was a local journalist who had been on the Dr. Phil show and it was interesting hearing about his experiences in the news business. 

Books reviewed:

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Books read:

Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn

This is a Lady Julia novella set in January 1890. I like the novellas but they are not quite mysteries and just make me miss the series more. I wish Raybourn would write another Lady Julia Grey book but she seems to be focusing on historical adventure fiction instead. This novella does have a nice happy ending to it and I wish it had been released around the holidays.

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

This is one of the first books in the If Only line of "clean" teen contemporary romances published by Bloomsbury.  I enjoyed this one, especially the descriptions of Italy, and I think it is something the teens at my library would really like.

Currently reading:

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

I wish I could get into this book but I am not a big fan of the protagonist. I will have to persevere however since both of my book discussion groups are reading this and I am the leader...

What I plan to read next:

I started reading this last week but put it aside to read my book discussion book and other books on my Kindle. So far I like it and appreciate how closely knit Lara Jean's family is.


  1. I'm glad your mom is doing better and is out and about. That's great to hear. I also am looking forward to Jenny Han's latest book and Wish You Were Italian seems like a cute read.I'll keep me eye out for your review.

  2. That Deanna Raybourn looks good. An author I love to read.

  3. Yay your mum is making great progress and what perfect timing to celebrate mother's day with her. I've been meaning to start on the Lady Julia Grey series, the weeks seem to fly by and they keep dropping down the list.

    PS I'm so disappointed I haven't read Echo in the Bone, I was almost sure I was up to date but everyone's telling me it ends on a massive cliffhanger so surely I'd remember that lol. I agree it's daunting being a chunkster of 800+ pages but I want to read it before Written in my own Hearts Blood comes out and YES I'm beside myself with excitement over the show.

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  4. I liked The Winner's Curse. I also have a few of the Lady Julia books on my Kindle but haven't started the series yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Glad to hear your mom is doing better, and hope she feels better and better as time goes on. Good luck with your discussion book, it's hard to slog through something when it's not really clicking... :)

    Curious about the Raybourn books, I like historical mysteries and they seem similar to Tasha Alexander's books, which I've read a few of. I took a break from that series and haven't made my way back yet...

  6. Good news about your mom! And her kids will probably so excited to see her! :)

    The library fundraiser night sounds awesome. I wish our library did more things like that. Maybe after I finish school I will join the Friends group. ;)

    Wish you were Italian sounds super cute. I will have to read it too!

  7. Hope you like To All The Boys. And it's nice to hear your mom is doing well with physical therapy.

  8. I'm happy to learn your mom is doing better,
    Have a great reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out}


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