Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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.
Happy Memorial Day! I plan to spend the day reading and relaxing. What about you?
Here is what I read last week.
I finally got a chance to read Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. I was pleased with this conclusion to the long-running Sookie Stackhouse series. You can see my review on June 1.

I also read The Spanish Revenge by Allan Topol which had been sitting on my Review Stack for months. I was less satisfied with this thriller because of the cardboard characters and obvious political agenda. You can see my review on May 30.
The two YA books I read this week were also from my review stack and both were amazing books in their own unique ways.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry was a contemporary romance that matched two unlikely characters. The story was packed with emotion and long-buried secrets. My review will be posted on May 30.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the middle book in the Grisha trilogy which is an epic fantasy. I loved the main character and empathized with the difficult decisions she had to make. My review will be posted on June 1.
Since I am writing this late Sunday morning and I just finished Siege and Storm, I haven't started my next book yet. Here is what is on the stack for this week:
Aberration by Lisa Regan is a thriller that was sent to me for review by the author. It was released on May 16 and is my last adult review book until August. 

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox is a review book sent from Macmillan. This YA paranormal will be released on June 11.
I am finally going to be able to read a few books from my adult TBR mountain. These two have been sitting on my entertainment center for quite a while waiting for their opening. 

Cold Fire by Kate Elliott is the second book in a fantasy series. The third book is coming out soon.

Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston is a paranormal with shifters. It is also part of series of related books. I really enjoy Laurenston's quirky characters and humor.
These two June 11 releases are also sitting on the YA Review stack. 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry came from Macmillan and is a mystery.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal was a surprise in my mailbox and is a fantasy. 

The end is in sight for this school year. Because of the huge number of snow days we had this year, we still have eight days with students and then three teacher work days but, then, I will be heading off to my summer home for some reading and relaxing.
I'll have a couple of vacation weeks before returning here to pick up a friend and head off to my first ALA. Since I'm not an ALA member and mostly interested in connecting with publishers, I just bought an Exhibit Hall pass. 
I am excited about the trip for a number of reasons. I haven't ever attended an ALA or been to Chicago. We are still trying to decide if we want to go a couple of days early and do "touristy" stuff or just go for the weekend. What are some "must sees"?
Have a great week, everyone. Leave me a link to your Monday Report so that I can see what you did.


  1. Oh wow! You found time for Sookie?! I still haven't cracked that one open yet! Will definitely look for your review of that one this weekend!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I'm going to my first ALA this summer, too!

  3. Looks like you had a good week. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die looks really good I will have to keep my eye out for that next month. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Woohoo - love vacation days, and yay for you attending ALA. I've never been but hear it's a fantastic event.

    Tanya Patrice

  5. I was quite pleased with Dead Ever After, too, I'll be back later this week to read your review :)

    I also have Dare You To on my TBR, so it's good to know that you liked it - I just need to also read Pushing the Limits first, since it's a series.

    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday... post earlier.

    Happy reading :)

  6. I'm reading Dare You To this week, glad you enjoyed it. I've also got April Henry's new book up soon. I haven't read a Shelly Laurenston for a while, I loved Pack Challenge and The Mane Event was pretty good too.

    Have a great week and enjoy your new reads :)

  7. That is some great reading you have done there. I am very curious about the last Sookie.

    Good luck with all the finishing up for the schoolyear.. I am so jealous I would love to be standing right in front of some great time off.

    Enjoy preparing for ALA. Touristy stuff is fun to do :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a great stack of books to read, they all look like fun, so I hope you enjoy them.

    Have a great week,
    kind regards,

  9. Hi, new follower here! Great books! I'm very curious to read your review of Dead Ever After, since so many people hated the end..

    Eveline's Books

  10. Hey I am so excited for Dare You To. Cool on the Sookie books and I hope you enjoy the rest. Hope you get everything you want done and you have a great week. Happy Reading! Thank you for stopping by.

  11. I didn't realize that the Sookie series was wrapping up. I've only read one or two but I'm sure I'll get to the rest of them some day. Enjoy your week!

  12. I've read good reviews for Dare You To. I have been on the look out for it. Love the museums and aquarium in Chicago as well as the Miracle Mile.

  13. Have a great time at ALA!

  14. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good week, lots of interesting books listed, thank you for them.

  15. Looks like a good week ahead...I'm curious about Dare You To. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  16. I'm excited for the final Sookie book. Have a great week!

  17. Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here.

    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  18. Enjoy the upcoming holidays.

  19. I hope you enjoy your ALA trip and your summer holidays!

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  20. I've been stuck on Dead Reckoning (Sookie). I think I'll make an effort to finish it, I really want to read the series - or rather finish out the series.

    Have a good time with all your future reads - you have a lot planned. :)

  21. It looks like you had a productive reading week.

    I'm keen to learn more about Far Far Away so I'll be on the lookout for a review of that.

    Enjoy your impending holidays!

    My Book Bubble

  22. I looooved Dare You To. Katie McGarry is so good. I hope she writes for a very long time! That's the only book on this list that I've read, but I would like to read Leigh Bardugo's series.

    My Monday post!:)

  23. I'm interested in reading Charlaine Harris' books. I'm currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.

  24. I'm glad you enjoyed the last Sookie book. I hate sticking with a series only to have a disappointing ending.

  25. What a productive reading week! Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday! Post this week!
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  26. I started reading Dare You To, but, much to my disappointment, had to shelve it to finish up a few review books but I'm loving it! I also read the first few books of the Sookie series years ago, but for some reason didn't continue on with it. I might have to pick them up again.

    Glad you had a great reading week! :D


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