Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (205)

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.

Only 32 days till spring! Of course that doesn't mean the end of the snow and cold but one can hope. I'm glad I had this long weekend off. I had planned to visit my parents but when I found out about the snow headed our way I decided I'd better not go which is a good idea since we had really bad weather yesterday and the roads were still a mess today. I don't have to go back to work till Tuesday so hopefully everything will be nice and clear by then! 

I spent Friday evening and Saturday afternoon reading The Ruby Circle and started reading The Nightingale today. I'd hoped to finish it but probably not till tomorrow. I've also been working on a craft project for the library. I am making mini books using Hershey's Nuggets and card stock to advertise our upcoming Edible Book Festival at Girls' Night Out. I am hoping to make 60 of them but I may be too ambitious with that since I've only done 15 so far. I got the idea from Pinterest, where all great ideas can be found :) You can find the original idea here.

Our town's Girls Night Out is this coming Saturday and once again my coworker and I will be there on the bookmobile promoting the library with craft ideas and giveaways and refreshments. Last year we demonstrated how to make t-shirt scarves. The weather was also really good so there was a great turnout. I am hoping it will be good this year too and not like this past weekend. 

Books reviewed:

Alienated by Melissa Landers
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Books read:

The Seasons of Trouble by Rohini Mohan

A good but intense book about the war in Sri Lanka and the perspectives of three Tamil people who survived it.

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

I liked this final book in the Bloodlines series. I do think that it had some issues and it felt anticlimactic but overall I was pleased. 

Currently reading:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is very good so far though there are definitely parts that reminded me of The Girl You Left Behind (even though the Jojo Moyes novel is about WWI and not WWII). Just like with that one, the story focuses on two sisters in Occupied France and they have a German officer staying with them. Isabelle is very reckless and I am worried for her and Viann kind of lives in denial. It's one of those books that has readers on the edge of their seats to find out what will happen!

What I plan to read next:

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

This is our afternoon book group selection for February. I started reading it already but then switched to The Nightingale because I wanted to read on my Kindle for awhile and I just got sucked into that story. I do like what I've read of it so far though. I hadn't heard of the eugenics program in North Carolina before. Horrifying and I think this will make an interesting discussion topic.

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

I'll be reading this for professional review. It is about the artist Marc Chagall and his daughter Ida. I am not really familiar with Chagall and his life so I hope to learn a lot.


  1. I'm yet to read any Diana Chamberlain but I'm hearing such good things about The Silent Sister I'm keen to read some of her other work as well!


  2. The Nightingale is on my wishlist. An author I am finding difficult to get to! The Chamberlain book also sounds very good.

  3. I hope to get to Necessary Lies sometime soon, I like this author.

  4. 32 days, that's not so bad I guess- hope it comes quick! We're in deep cold right now, with negative wind chill - looking forward to warm weather! Looks like you had a good weekend of reading- I have tomorrow off too and am looking forward to soem reading time. It's too cold to do anything else. :)

    Have a great week.

  5. Necessary Lies is on my TBR stack, hopefully not too far away. I've read the prequel, The First Lie and enjoyed it. Can't wait to see your final thoughts on The Nightingale ... I still can't stop thinking about it lol.

    Nice craft idea for your Edible Book Festival, good luck with it. Don't you just love Pinterest? I checked out the link, I also like the book worm treats, bit easier to do too lol. Have a great week, happy reading and hope your weather clears!

  6. Oh those little books are adorable. Hope you show us a pic next week of the ones you've made. What a shame some of us aren't nearer to give you a hand - you need a working bee.
    I loved The Nightingale - many tissues later! I hope to read Necessary Lies sometime, have only started reading DC last year so have plenty of back books to catch up on.

  7. Nice choices!
    I'm yet to start reading the Bloodlines series but it's definitely on my list.

    Have a nice week.

  8. I love tha your town has a Girls Night Out! What fun, good luck with your library project :)

    Read on,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  9. 32 days! Woo hoo! We have more snow coming our way tonight. UGH! The temperature outside is SOO cold. I just want to hibernate. Good luck with your Girls Night Out -- sounds like so much fun! I am currently reading The Nightingale and liking it a lot! I'm glad you are too. I hope you have a great week!

  10. Mini-book chocolates, so cute! Thanks for the link!

    Glad you were pleased with the conclusion to Bloodlines series, even if it had some issues! I need to catch up on those books.

    Hope you enjoy Necessary Lies+ TBC!

  11. I am currently reading The Nightingale as well, and am loving it. So beautifully written!

  12. Another WWI and II fan , I've got several on this week's list I'm looking forward to reading. This Nightingale on audio is a possibility I've reserved via my library -

    Here's my Monday POST

  13. I'm really excited to read The Nightingale! I've heard great things.

  14. The Bridal Chair grabs me with its cover! I'm so superficial in how I first choose a book. Now I'll go get some info on goodreads.


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