Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend. I had a strangely sports-filled weekend. Friday night baseball, Saturday morning soccer game, and a hockey game in evening. It was nice to be out and about after being sick last week. The one and only sort of silver lining to sick days? I got a lot of reading done!
Thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- Chasers by James Phelon was recommended by a teen reader, so I will have a full review up sometime soon. It wasn’t a favorite, but I might read the next book in the series. This first book left me with only questions and no answers.
- A Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee is the third book in The Agency series. This was my Random Read for the month, so look for a full review as well. I really enjoy these Victorian-era mysteries. The heroine is a mixed-race (Irish and Chinese) orphan who is trained to be a spy.
- Shades of Earth by Beth Revis is the third book in the Across the Universe series. This series follows Amy, a teen from Earth who is frozen and sent to space with her family and a number of other people who will colonize a new planet. Things do not go according to plan and Amy is unfrozen early. The second book reveals a number of startling secrets about the mission and the ship, Godspeed. The third book reveals even more shocking information about the planet they are meant to be colonizing. All in all a fun series and with an exciting conclusion!
- More Than This by Patrick Ness is really hard to describe without spoiling things. The first part of the story introduces readers to Seth, a teen who makes the decision to commit suicide. What happens next is strange and thought-provoking and a little mind-bending. Did you think you were getting an “issues” book? Ha! This is an excellent pick for the serious reader who enjoys a bit of philosophy and science fiction.
- Locke & Key, vol. 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill is the final book in a dark and disturbing graphic novel series. This series is an addicting mix of magic and shadows and horror. Loved it and hope for more from Joe Hill!
- The Accident by Chris Pavone is a suspense book about a book! Win.
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is about a group of teens caught up in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.
- The Elite by Kiera Cass is the sequel to The Selection. While I enjoyed the first book, I am really kind of disgusted with this one. I am going to be annoyed if I feel compelled to read The One.
- The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn is a Teen’s Choice for the month.
- Enchantment by Orson Scott Card is the other Teen’s Choice read for the month.
- Nantucket Red by Leila Howland is an e-galley and the sequel to Nantucket Blue.
Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews, Mondays with Megan, Teen's Choice
Tagged audiobooks, Beth Revis, graphic novels, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Joe Hill, Patrick Ness, science fiction, Teen's Choice
Hmm. It’s Monday already? I don’t know about you, but I crammed a lot in to my weekend. In a nutshell: baseball, plants vs zombies, yoga, doughnut, new outfit, read, plants vs zombies, nap, grown-up birthday party, plants vs zombies, read, work, read, plants vs zombies, walk the dogs, cook, plants vs zombies…notice a pattern? What is wrong with me?!? So, yeah. Plants vs Zombies. Ugh. I did manage for finish some books!
Thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo continues the story of Alina, Mal, and the Darkling. Alina and Mal have escaped the Fold, but the Darkling has raised a new and even more terrifying army. I am loving this series so much and can’t wait for Ruin and Rising. Also, the covers are gorgeous. I may have to own these books.
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is THE IT BOOK at the moment. The world as we know it ends when genetically engineered Unstoppable Soldiers (giant praying mantises) take over, beginning with the small town of Ealing, Iowa. The end of the world is recorded by 17-year old Austin. He faithfully documents all of the events leading up to the end of the world, including all of the anxiety he feels about loving both of his best friends, Shann (his girlfriend) and Robby. This book was super weird and I get the appeal, but I did not love it like I loved Winger and Marbury Lens. I am still glad that I spent time with it to see what all the buzz is about.
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe is a 2014 debut novel. Sophie Winters became addicted to pain medication after a car accident. Despite finally being clean, when drugs are found on her at the scene of her best friend’s murder, no one believes that the crime was not a drug deal gone wrong. After months of rehab, Sophie returns home to face the tragedy of her loss. She makes her mission to solve Mina’s murder and find a way to say goodbye to her best friend and first love. I really enjoyed this one. There is a lot going on in the story, but it never feels like it’s too much. I should have a review up this week, but look for this one on shelves tomorrow!
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis is the second book in the trilogy and it is even more thrilling than the first! I don’t want to give anything away, but life aboard Godspeed has taken an interesting turn! I am listening to this series and had Shades of Earth ready and waiting for me.
- More Than This by Patrick Ness is totally unlike his other books. I haven’t yet decided how I feel about it.
- Shades of Earth by Beth Revis is the conclusion to the trilogy. Bad things are currently happening and I am suspect things are going to get worse!
- The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
- Chasers by James Phelan
- The Elite by Kiera Cass
- The Accident by Chris Pavone will be my next book on CD
- Sunrise by Mike Mullin-I am so nervous to read this one!
Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews, Mondays with Megan
Tagged Andrew Smith, ARC, audiobooks, Beth Revis, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Leigh Bardugo, netgalley, Plants vs Zombies, science fiction
Happy Last Monday of March! I don’t know you guys, but here in Cleveland March came in like a lion and went out like one too! I did not appreciate that random blizzard on Saturday. Lots of exciting things are going on these days. Last week I added another dog to the mix and I officially have a pack. Maggie was reunited with her big brother Murphy. These two are my sister’s dogs and they are hanging with me for a while. They make my dog Kevin normal (I don’t mean make him look normal, they actually make him BE normal). It’s weird. In exciting book news, it’s time to sign up for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! YES! Time to start a Readathon TBR pile for April 26th. Finally, I managed to bust out of my reading slump. So here is a quick check in:
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys was my Random Reads pick for March. I loved this book so much. I already posted a full review, so please check it out if you are interested.
- The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is another one that has been on my TBR list for a long time. She brings back the soulless predator vampires and I am a fan.
- Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster was a random audio pick. This is my first book by this author. It seems that her fans seriously disliked this one. I found it strange, but entertaining. It’s the story of the Bishop sisters. Middle sister Reagan is a snobby, judgmental, stick in the mud, until a bizarre thing happens and she gets some much-needed perspective.
- Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the 2014 Newbery Award winner. It is the illustrated adventures of a lonely girl and a squirrel with super powers. Quite adorable!
I am working my way through some series! Currently I have two book twos: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and A Million Suns by Beth Revis.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is the current IT book. Far From You by Tess Sharpe is my current e-galley. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence is my current Teen’s Choice selection and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a reread for my high school book club.
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Tagged ARC, audiobooks, Beth Revis, Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Julie Kagawa, Kate DiCamillo, Leigh Bardugo, Ruta Sepetys
Happy Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I managed to jam in a bunch of stuff. Friday evening I saw two of the current exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Van Gogh Repetitions was my favorite, but I found plenty of cool stuff in the Modern Art of Japan collection as well. The real highlight of the trip was the poster I bought from the sale bin. Without knowing what it was, I splurged and bought a $1.00 poster. I was thrilled to unroll it and discover giraffes! Score! Saturday I worked and then had a mini Game of Thrones season 3 marathon with my friends. Sunday was family fun day and featured a waffle bar brunch, a puppy, and many rounds of Clue and Apples to Apples. So, it should come as no surprise when I report that I only finished one book last week!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis has been on my TBR list for a long time. Seventeen-year-old Amy is frozen, along with her parents, and put aboard the ship Godspeed. They are meant to be the first to colonize a new planet that will take more than 300 years to reach. When Amy is unfrozen early she quickly realizes that it was no accident. Things aboard the ship are strange and dangerous. Despite some flaws, I enjoyed this one. The cover screams space romance, but it’s really more of a space who dunnit? I am interested enough to see what happens next in A Million Suns.
In my car I am savoring every minute of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I decided to abandon the audio version of Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa when I got a part where new characters were introduced and the reader gave them all hideously fake Southern accents. For no apparent reason. Ugh. While I wait for A Million Suns to come in on Playaway I am listening to Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster.
This list is a real problem. I NEED to finish something!
I need to focus and get some reading done! What are you working on this week?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am not a fan of parades and crowds. I prefer a more low-key celebration. Maybe a nice beverage and a good book? My all time favorite book about Ireland is Trinity by Leon Uris. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I am also a huge fan of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series.
Looking for some YA books about Ireland, the Irish, and Irish-Americans? This is just a small sampling and you can find all of them here at the library.
Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Have you seen the BBC show with the same title? The television adaptation of this nurse’s memoir is spot-on. The author was a district nurse in the East End of London in the 1950s. She worked as a midwife with the sisters of Nonnatus House. Like the show, the book is both charming and heartwarming as well as dark and graphic. If you are squeamish about the details of birth and the events that lead up to and follow, this is not the book for you!
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), introduces PI, Cormoron Strike. Ex-military and down on his luck, he finds himself investigating the high-profile death of a super model. I enjoyed listening to this one and will definitely pick up the next.
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers…ok, technically I have not finished this one, but I have less than 100 pages to go and if work wasn’t getting in my way, I would be devouring the end. Anyway, why did I wait so long to read this book about assassins? Political intrigue, romance, poisons, betrayal, suspense…AGH! This has it all.
I feel like these books have been on my TBR list forever. I am taking care of business over here! Of course, this now means I have an unmanageable number of series going…
I am still working on Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. I feel no sense of urgency with this one. It’s pretty much the same as her others. The Ring & Crown by Melissa de la Cruz is a new one from Netgalley. I really haven’t had a chance to get into it yet. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones was a total whim and was tossed aside the second I got sucked into Grave Mercy. I’ll get back it this week.
What are reading?
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Tagged ARC, audiobooks, Beth Revis, Dublin Murder Squad series, fantasy, graphic novels, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Joe Hill, Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Leon Uris, mystery, nonfiction, Robert Galbraith, Robin LaFevers, St. Patrick's Day