Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Dec. 19, 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.

Looking at the books I read this past week, one would think that I had a better than average week. However, one of the books is a DNF (did not finish) though I got to 42% of it and another was only 64 pages long.

Here is my list of books read last week.
Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop was the one I didn't finish. I got 42% into the story after diligent effort and decided that I just didn't like any of the characters. I also found the plot slow moving and confusing. On the plus side, the setting was interesting and the possible new vampire-werewolf mythology had some potential. This just wasn't a book for me. My review will be posted on December 21.

On the other hand, The Other Guy's Bride by Connie Brockway was a rollicking, good read that reminded me a little bit of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. It was a historical romance set in Egypt at the turn of the Twentieth Century and featured an accident-prone heroine and the man who finds himself constantly getting her out of trouble. My review is here.
Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews is the third book in their Edge series. This one was an excellent story with interesting characters and an action-filled plot. I loved it and devoured it in just one day. My review will be posted on December 21.

Kaptain Vamp by Joanne Lecuyer was a cute, middle-grade story with nice illustrations about a young vampire who wanted to do good deeds so that he could show that vampires were not scary. It was a pleasant story that would be good for upper elementary kids who want to read about vampires but aren't read for scary books. My review will be posted on December 22.

I am currently reading Lawe's Justice by Lora Leigh which is the latest in her Breeds series. They are formulaic in that each is the story of a Breed finding and claiming his human mate. I like them because I know what is going to happen but I want to go along for the ride and see how it all works out.

I have four books on the stack for next week but won't be at all surprised if a couple of them go home with me for my Christmas Break. Here are the possibilities:
8 by Michael Mullin has been on my list for a couple of weeks. This week I hope to get to it. A friend has a copy too and we are planning on reading it at the same time.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas is an Amazon Vine pick that is also a middle grade fantasy. I enjoyed her Magic Thief series and am curious about this story.
And maybe this week I will finally get a chance to read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I have been excited about this story since I heard about it last Spring but have had to keep setting it aside to read review books. 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is one of the review books on my stack. This one has been getting some good reviews around the blogosphere. I like the idea of the Cinderella myth being set in a futuristic world with cyborgs. I look forward to reading this one.

We work through Thursday and Friday, weather permitting, will be a travel day for me as I drive to my brother's house for the holiday break. I really should start thinking about what books I want to bring along with me. Oh, and I should do some other packing too.

Be sure and stop back later in the week. I am taking part in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop which runs from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27. I have a box of ARCs for US entrants and a book of the winner's choice from The Book Depository for my non-US friends. There are 258 blogs on the hop including mine. It is a great chance to build up your TBR stack.

Happy holidays, everyone! 


  1. My reading has just stopped - too much work in office and trying to do too many things at the same time.

  2. I am excited about Cinder too! Have a wonderful Christmas week!

  3. The Lora Leigh book was ok. I just finished it - I really hope the next one is better :/

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Have a great week and Merry Christmas!

  5. Ugh I hate packing LOL - hope you find some great books to take with you

    Have a great reading week and Merry Christmas

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. Oh, I can't wait to read Fate's Edge! Christmas can't come soon enough! I really like The Scorpio Races as well.

    Happy holidays!

  7. Seeing Cinder around a lot lately. Took me awhile to notice the bone, kinda creepy!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I'm on vacation and the time off has given me time to finish my GoodReads challenge. Please come see what I'm reading.


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