Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Feb.21, 2011)

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.

I had a great reading week this week. Good thing, too, because next week doesn't look good. 
  • We have Parent-Teacher Conferences Monday night. They only last until 7 PM but I come home brain dead which is weird because I don't actually have any conferences. 
  • Tuesday I get to go to the eye doctor to finally get a new prescription for glasses, then I need to buy glasses, and then take my chauffeur to dinner. Since she is a good, book-reading friend, I know we will be doing lots of talking about books though. 
  • Wednesday night is unscheduled and I want to keep it that way! 
  • Thursday night is the second night of conferences, the last day of the book fair, and we are holding a read-in with games, food and reading until 10:30 PM.
  • Friday, mercifully, is a day off. I should get to read some then. Can't wait until Friday!
Last week I read:

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal was a magical fantasy with a fairy tale feel about a young woman who was raised to be a princess and finds out at age 16 that she was a false princess whose only purpose was to keep the real princess safe. I loved it. See my review here.

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst was a contemporary fantasy about a young girl who visits Princeton and finds out that it is a portal to a magical world. I really liked this one too. My review is here.
Without Reservations by J. L. Langley was a free book for my Kindle. I chose it because it fit into three of my challenges. If I had looked more closely at the cover, I should have noticed that it was M/M erotica. Nonetheless, it was a pretty good story. I don't intend to review it on either of my blogs though.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin has been on my Kindle from NetGalley for a while. I got it from a friend. It is a cute middle grade story about a hard-boiled detective who happens to be a former rescue dog and the dame who comes to him for help who just happens to be a chicken. It is fun and I do intend to order a copy for my elementary media center. I don't plan to do a review though.
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull is the first in his middle grade Beyonders series. I got the book from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab program for review. The book will be published on March 15 and my review will be posted on Feb. 24. Unfortunately, I didn't care for this one. While there was plenty of action, I never got to know or care about the characters.

The Other Side anthology gathers together mystery writers to each do a story that includes ghosts. I bought it for the Eve Dallas story by J.D. Robb but liked all the other stories too. I grabbed it to read now because I am anticipating the new In Death story arriving this week. My review will be posted on Feb. 24.

I received Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper after receiving an email request to review it. I enjoyed this middle grade realistic fiction story about friendship and overcoming adversity. My review will be posted on Feb. 26. The book will be published on March 15.

I am currently reading (or will be when I finish reading through my Google reader and writing blog posts):

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich. I enjoy her Stephanie Plum books and am eager to see what she does when she moves over to the paranormal side of the street.

Next week I plan to read:
Something from this stack of recent Young Adult arrivals.
Or something from this one which includes the unread YAs I kept after my recent book purge.

Of course, I am also expecting to receive 4 books in the mail this week. Three of them are "read immediately" books and will jump right to the head of the line. 

What are your plans for the coming week?


  1. Wow that is a lot of reading you are planning on.

  2. I am really curious about The False Princess. It sounds fantastic!
    Happy Reading!

  3. I liked your reviews of Enchanted Ivy and The False Princess. I still haven't read any of Evanovich's books but I plan to try One for the Money this year since the movie is being released.

    Looks like you have some good books on your TBR pile. I want to read Red Moon Rising and I loved The Lost Hero and Silver Phoenix (one of my all time favorites).

    My mom always feels wiped out after parent/teacher conferences too. As a student I remember being a nervous wreck during parent/teacher conferences and even now as an adult, the term strikes dread in my heart! Isn't that funny? I hope you enjoy your Friday off and get plenty of reading time!

  4. Looks like you have a packed week coming up! I've been really curious about Pegasus, so if you're taking suggestions on what to read next, I suggest that one ;)

  5. Wow you have a busy week and excellent books to chose from your stacks. Have a wonderful week and i hope those days for reading remain open. My Monday:

  6. Wow! Love the stacks of great books! I loved Flash Burnout and so I'm sure you'll love it. I've got Angel in my Pocket on my shelves as well. Can't wait to dig into it!

    Have a fabulous reading week and if you get a second stop by There’s A Book! :)

  7. I have a week like that coming up too Kathy - tomorrow night I have a meeting, Tuesday book club here, Wednesday get together with my cousins, Thursday dinner with friends, and Friday I hope to peel out of town and get to the cabin for the weekend.... GAH!

    Have a super week and hope you get in a little reading here and there :)

  8. looks like some great books read and about to be read feel free to check mine out here

  9. Friday looks good! :) Hope your week is not too painful. Thanks for visiting my blog

  10. Parent teacher conferences are looming in my future too and they always leave me exhausted too. The good thing is afterwards we begin Spring Break. I am heading over to read your review of Enchanted Ivy, a book I hope to read eventually.

  11. Oh my, what an impressive stack! Don't you sometimes go crazy when you look at it and realise you still have to read all of that? :) Enjoy reading this week!

    Here's what I'm reading.

  12. I have Wicked Appetite patiently waiting on my office coffee table (where part of my NEW stacks await!); it looks like you have a lot of less than fun tasks ahead this week. Hope you manage to get some reading in, too, as your list is fabulous-looking.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. Wow, those are some stacks! I hate it when life interferes with my reading time!

  14. That's quite a lot of books you have planned for next week - on Winter break perhaps??? Enjoy!

    My It's Monday post can be found here.

  15. Oh my! That is some TBR pile! And it's just YA books?! Wow. And I hate seeing mine be tall, which it's never been that tall. Suddenly I feel like a bad reader! ;)

    Here's my IMWAYR post

  16. Enchanted Ivy sounds very interesting. I love books set in universities. Wicked Appetite is on my wishlist. I like Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but haven't read any of her other books yet. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  17. You surely had a good week ... and I hope you get some good reading time in the coming one.
    I have been wanting to read a Janet Evanovich but have not done so for a while... surely it should be there in my next week's list.

    My reads

  18. I see two wishlist books on your list and a third one to add, Trouble with Chickens.

    I only finished three books because I was working on papers for school. Come see what I'm reading now.

  19. Wow! That is some pile of reading - hope you manage to reduce it a little this week.

    Happy reading!

  20. Wow Kathy! That is a large to be read pile of YA!! I'm sure you love the prospect of it just as I do mine! The False Princess and Enchanted Ivy both look like good reads. Sorry to hear that about the first book in the new series by Brandon Mull. I'll have to get a hold of a copy, but first want to read all in the Fablehaven series.

  21. I am reading an offbeat Vampire book by Max Turner, "Night Runner" which is a YA and the first in new series... Probably will finish and put on Paperback Swap and not get anymore of them...

    Read last week "Blood Wyne" by Yasmine Galenorn, "Laid Bare"/"Coming Undone"/"Inside Out" the three Brown sibling series books by Lauren Dane and "Tainted-Book 1 of Blood Lily Chronicles", "Torn-Book 2 of Blood Lily Chronicles" by Julie Kenner...

    Reading next who knows but have lots to pick from so probably some of my YA books....

  22. Thanks for coming by! You have a nice stack of books there! Enjoy!

  23. Oh I am just trying to get through my own crazy week. I must admit my herat started thumping at those piles of books! How do you do it?! Enjoy your books and have a great week :)

  24. I've heard great things about Janet Evanovich, I keep meaning to grab something by her at the library! Maybe next time I'm there ;)


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