I squeezed one last beach trip and a whole lot of reading into my weekend and it was fabulous! I got to see the sharks being fed at the aquarium (not as bloody and awesome as one would imagine) and Sunday was spent poking dead fish on the beach and digging for sea glass. Good times. As for my reading, I scrambled to finish everything that I had started so that I have dive back into the crazy world of George R.R. Martin. I realized that taking breaks in between books is not working for me. I can’t concentrate on the other books that I try to read because I can’t stop thinking about what is going to happen next for the Starks and Lannisters and dragons. Of course, just as I finally come to terms with fact that I need to read A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons immediately and without pause, a new MUST READ opportunity arose. At some point this week an advanced reader copy of The Diviners by Libba Bray will be coming my way. Normally this close to the publication date I would just wait my turn for the library copy, BUT….there’s a but. I am roadtripping to Cincinnati to see the fabulous Libba Bray next week and I want to be prepared. So the deal is I start A Feast for Crows, pause long enough to read The Diviners and then it’s all Game of Thrones all the time until I get to join the ranks of people desperate for the yet-to-be-published continuation of the saga. Because then I’ll feel so much better. Anyway. You know what today is…
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas-This one has gotten lots of buzz and I really enjoyed it. It probably won’t make it onto a favorites list, but I will definitely recommend it and watch for the sequels.
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa-I did get lost in this one the same way I did with the original series, but I really enjoyed revisiting familiar characters and the new fey are pretty creepy/cool. I’m on board and will continue reading the series.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli-This is my Teen book club book and I read it in one sitting. It’s short and sweet and I hope my readers enjoyed it as much as I did.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor-It took a while, but I am hooked. The language and imagery in this book is beautiful and the story is definitely unique. I am glad I finally decided to give this one another chance.
The Expats by Chris Pavone-This spy novel is keeping me company on my walks.
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure-I am plugging along and thoroughly enjoying this Little House on the Prairie inspired memoir.
The Diviners by Libba Bray.
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.
I am so excited about my reading! What are you working on?
Chick Loves Lit is once again asking for some great reads. This week it’s time to
…book read on vacation. My vacation this year was almost entirely monopolized by A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, which I highly recommend, but I am worried about becoming a “one way monkey” (Project Runway anyone?), so I am going to recommend some other books that make great vacation reads.
For you mystery lovers, check out Tana French. The four books in her Dublin Murder Squad series are full psychological tension, perfectly flawed and realistic characters, and settings so vivid you will feel you are in Ireland. I devoured her most recent book just days before my vacation this year (I couldn’t wait!) and need more. They don’t need to be read in order, but here they are in order of publication:
Need a YA fix for vacation? How about some swoony, yet bada** vampires? Check out the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey.
Something less girly? How about something with spies, shapeshifters, and steampunk? I love Arthur Slade’s The Hunchback Assignments series.
What did you take on vacation?