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
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?
Posted in Book Lists, Mondays with Megan
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