Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Oct. 4, 2010)

It's Monday, What are you reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey 

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

This has been a good reading week for me even though I have been felled by a terrible cold. I have gone through a box of Kleenex and a bottle of cough medicine so far and I'm still not over it. 
I decided to begin with two books that I had received for review. 

I got The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. It was a nice historical romance with interesting and quirky characters. My review is here.

Siren Song by Cat Adams was another gritty urban fantasy. The main character is Celia Graves. She was a bodyguard but, after being attacked by a vampire, she is now part vampire and part Siren. Neither is an aide to living a safe life. My review is here.
Even though I should have switched to young adult book, I couldn't resist reading these new arrivals.

Alpha by Rachel Vincent is the final volume in the Shifters series. Faythe has to defend her Pride from a megalomaniac Alpha and sort out her own love life. She is in love with two wonderful men but has to choose. My review is here.

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews is the second book in the Edge series. This is a fascinating fantasy world that exists between our world and the paranormal world. This was an excellent story with two very strong and interesting main characters. My review is will be published on Oct. 4.

I received Radiance by Alyson Noel for review. This is the story of Riley Bloom. She is the younger sister of Ever from Noel's Immortals series. She is also a ghost getting used to the afterlife. My review will be posted on Oct. 5 at Ms. Martin Teaches Media.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow is a wonderful book by a YA Debut Author. It might be my favorite book of the year so far. It is a fantasy with many fairy tale-like qualities. My review is here. I will be donating this copy to my HS Media Center but I will be buying a keeper copy for myself too. 

I am currently reading an ARC that arrived in my mailbox as a surprise. Matched by Ally Condie is also by a 2010 YA Debut Author. This is a dystopia where young people have their futures planned for them and their future spouses chosen by The Society. 

Next week? Well, my stacks are going down and, currently, I am further behind on my adult books than my YA books. However, I know that I have at least six new books arriving on Tuesday. Something there might jump to the top of the list.

Adult Books

Young Adult Books

That was my week. How was yours?


  1. I've heard quite a bit about Matched -- I've put it on my Paperbackswap wish list, so hopefully soon...!

    Here's my Monday: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

  2. What a wonderful week you got. Whilst things are excellent for me reading wise for me, I really should improve myself in term of review writing. I wonder how people can write multiple reviews per week.

  3. I do hope you are feeling better. I have not read any of these, but shall watch for your reviews. Have a lovely week reading and I hope you are better soon. My Monday can be found here:

  4. I see Maybe This Time in your adult stack. It was good.

  5. Hope your cold is better very soon. Have a great reading week - you sure have a lovely pile to choose from.

  6. Can I just say Wow x 5

    Feel better soon.

  7. Bummer about the cold. Hope you are feeling 100% soon. The books look so good!

  8. Mostly I read picture books. Here's what I'm reading this week.

  9. I hope you'll get well soon :)
    You had a great week! I want to read most of those ;) Happy reading!

  10. I am currently listening to The Replacement and am loving it. I am also jealous of that you have Matched. I am so looking forward to read that. The rest of your YA book pile has some great titles too. Have a Great Week.

  11. What a fantastic line-up, so many of your titles are on my wishlist or tbr pile. I can't wait to read Matched and I'll be looking out for your review of Radiance. Siren Song sounds awesome! Hope you feel better soon and happy reading :-)

  12. You know you're a bibliophile when you have stacks of books like that waiting to be read. :) I have one of my own and drooled over your posted pics! Have a great week!

  13. The cover of The Valcourt Heiress is very pretty to me. I'm a sucker for a big pretty dress and a time period of times gone by. You've had a busy week, I'm jealous.

  14. Hi Kathy,

    I do hope you're feeling better. I've been lucky and not had a cold over winter (we're into spring here in Australia), even though every one else at the office and in my family came down with one.

    I did have a very interesting (!) week last week, being involved in the recovery of a skeleton (for work) and killing my iPod. So I'm hoping for a less controversial week! (for those who might be interested in the skeleton, check out my Sunday post)

  15. I would love to read Matched as I love dystopian literature. We have similar tastes in reading as I would enjoy everything on your list.

    Hope you feel better!


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