Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Oct. 24, 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'm back home after a nice, relaxing MEA break. It was good to get back to Duluth for a couple of days. I got some reading and some socializing done.

I read:
I finished Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall and really enjoyed the story after I got over the too independent main female character. She was so determined to solve her problems herself that she caused more problems for those around her. My review and an author guest post will be published on Nov. 9.

I also read Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. I liked this one very much. It was a great middle grade adventure but the coolest thing was the semi-sentient castle that grows extra rooms at need or at its whim. Celie is the youngest daughter of the king and is the main character. The plot concerns an attempted takeover of the country. My review will be posted on Nov. 10.
I also read Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. This is my first zombie book. It is also steampunk and futuristic as it takes place in a future world that has adopted Victorian manners and values and is facing a plague that turns most everyone into zombies. My review will be posted on Nov. 3.

I also read Changes by Mercedes Lackey. This is the third book in the Collegium series about the early days of Valdemar and is a coming of age story for the three main characters. Along the way they have to save the kingdom and track down assassins who want to discredit the heralds and destabilize the kingdom. My review will be posted on Oct. 27
I am currently reading Fetching by Kiera Stewart. This is a middle grade novel. The premise is that middle grade students can be trained like dogs. Some of the outcasts are tired of their role and are using dog-training techniques to make a more civil middle school. This one is in turns funny and poignant and bring back my memories of my much despised middle school years.

Next week, I have one carryover book that I have been meaning to read for weeks and some more review books.
Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon and Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan are both waiting for me on my Kindle. These are middle grade novels that I got from NetGalley a while ago.
I am determined to actually get to Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara this week. I also have The Pledge by Kimberly Derting sitting on my computer in my Adobe Digital Edtions file.

Those are my plans. Wish me luck!


  1. I'm not sure what a MEA break is but I am glad you enjoyed it! Happy reading this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. I haven't read Mercedes Lackey in about 5 years. Loved those books. Think I should look out my copies and give them a re-read at some point. Good luck in your reading plans.

  3. Tuesdays at the Castle sounds interesting. I had a busy week of reading. My goodness. I'm shocked at how many I finished. Come see what I read.

  4. Circus Galacticus looks like a good read.

    Have a great reading week :D

  5. Nice! Hoped you enjoyed Dearly, Departed! I thought it was pretty cool!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Everybody is talking about "Dearly Departed" this week! :) I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, but I"m planning on it!

  7. I really like your approach to what is certainly a challenging genre for lots of people. Keep up the good work Kathy!


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