Hi everybody! I am making the most of my mini-break from the Game of Thrones saga (Withdrawal setting in. Must read more soon.) and caught up on a big old pile of TBRs. I am even more motivated to keep up my current pace because I am once again representing The League of Librarians in Round 2 of The Summer Reading Throwdown (we won Round 1, we have a title to defend!).
For the last round I finished nine books, including the ginormous A Clash of Kings. I can totally do better than that, especially since I have vacation time coming up. I think I can read/listen to 15 books. *Fingers crossed*
The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton, Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas, Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey, The Technologists by Matthew Pearl, and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I had been working on some of these for a long time!
11/22/63 by Stephen King. I am going to have to do a lot of driving to get through this monster book!
The Litigators by John Grisham. This is my first Grisham novel. I have heard good things about this one and look forward to many entertaining walks with the dog.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Dec. 18, 2012)
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (October 30, 2012)
Also Working On:
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
*Update* I finished this one over the weekend. Very cute.
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan
It’s a big list, and I’ll be happy if I can finish Sapphire Blue and
52 Reasons. Anything else will be a bonus, and one step closer to A Storm of Swords!
This week Chick Loves Lit has asked us to
…a book you have read this year. Of course, I am going to recommend more than one. I can’t help myself. I have read over 100 books so far this year, with very few duds, so this is a tough one.
A Non-YA Pick:
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.
She wakes up in the rain surrounded by dead people wearing gloves. The only clue she has to what happened is a letter that begins “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.” And so begins Myfawny Thomas’ strange new life. She soon discovers that she is a high-ranking official in a secret agency that protects the world against supernatural threats. There is a traitor in the agency and they are not only out to get her, they want to destroy the agency itself. Can she discover who stole her memories before it is too late?
This debut novel is highly imaginative and suspenseful. It is chock-full of suspicious characters, unique super-humans, and horrific villains. The mystery will keep you guessing until the end. A healthy dose of wit and humor add to this exceptional first novel. I highly recommend you check it out.
A YA Pick:
When Rory Deveaux arrives at her London boarding school from Louisiana, she has no idea that she will soon be in the midst of Ripper Fever. London is gripped with fear as someone begins to copycat the horrific murders of Jack the Ripper. Rory becomes involved when she becomes the only witness to one of the murders. From there things spiral out of control and it becomes clear that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
The first book in the Shades of London series is a spooky, suspenseful thrill! A great boarding school setting, a paranormal mystery, a touch of historical fiction, and just a hint of romance make this a series that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Thanks for reading to the end of this enormous post! Have great reading week.