Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 28, 2014)

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.

Last week was as busy as I had anticipated. My trip to The Red Balloon to see Andrea Cremer was the highlight. I am so eager to read her new release because I am a big fan of steampunk stories. She came all dressed up in her steampunk best.
Otherwise, our weather has been on a roller coaster this week. One day its is nice and Spring-like then the next day we experience almost wintry weather. It could explain the Spring cold I've caught.

Next week looks quiet. I have no meetings or trips planned. I should be able to carve out some quality reading time.

Read Last Week
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen was my favorite book of the year so far. This first book in an epic fantasy series had great characters and a fascinating world. My review won't be posted on my blog until July 5 but I have posted my review at GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Amazon already.

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton was a cute contemporary romance that will satisfy all royalty lovers. My review will be posted on May 1.
Despite a rushed ending, Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne brings the Monument 14 series to a satisfying conclusion. My review will be posted on May 3.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May was another excellent start to a fantasy series. My review will be posted on May 3.
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris begins a new trilogy complete with a new cast of characters and a new setting. The mystery was almost overshadowed by the introductions of all the characters but all the characters were intriguing and I look forward to finding out their stories. My review will be posted on May 8.

Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer was an excellent contemporary YA that tells the hard story of a young boy who has been trained by his father to fight MMA-style. He lives in poverty in Detroit and is surrounded by criminal activity. He tells his story which is full of heartbreak and hope. My review will be posted on May 8.

I am currently reading We Were Liars by e. lockhart. I chose this eARC from NetGalley because I thought the story sounded interesting and I'd never read anything by the author.

Next Week

Everything on my stack for next week is from my YA review stack. They are all May releases.
Mila 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza (May 13)
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (May 13)
The Summer Invitation by Charlotte Silver (May 20)
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (May 20)
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross (May 27)

Reviews Posted
What was your week like? Do you have any big plans for this coming week?


  1. Can't wait to see your review of Midnight Crossroad!

    I am going to check out We Were Liars.

    Have a great week!

  2. Lots of fantastic books on your list! I need to read The Falconer soon as well as We Were Liars. I am curious about Royally Lost which looks like a fun romantic comedy and The Queen of the Tearling which I've read mixed reviews of. I have heard that it is being optioned for film with Emma Watson to star which is exciting.

    Your author event sounds like a lot of fun. I had forgotten her new book was steampunk. I will have to look for it.

  3. That's it, I'm sold ... The Queen of the Tearling has just jumped to the top of my list. The Andrea Cremer author event sounds like heaps of fun and she does look cool, dressed in character.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  4. I bet that was a fun event. ENJOY all your books.

    THANKS for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  5. I've been noticing We Were Liars...and I'll be watching for your review. Enjoy your week! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. You got a lot read last week! Hope you do as well in this coming week. :)

  7. The Queen of the Tearling is at the top of my July books list. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as much as I cannot wait to read it!

  8. Book signings are fun, and i think it's neat the author came dressed up in steampunk. Will watch for your review of The Falconer.

  9. Ooh I didn't know that Charlaine Harris had a new series. I liked her early mysteries but she lost me with Sookie I am afraid. I hope this is more like the early stuff.

    And a new Nick and Tesla book - cool, we just got the first one.

  10. I need to learn how to navigate Net Galley! The Lockhart book sounds wonderful. Have a great week!

  11. Heard great thinga about We Were Liars. Hope you will enjoy it. Have a great week!

  12. Steam punk is totally new for me. Glad you enjoyed the show. Our weather is erratic. I do so wish it will rain

  13. Love the steam punk costume! The Queen of the Tearling and Royally Lost both look fun. Have a good reading week!

    Joy's Book Blog

  14. I love steampunk too! :)

    The Summer Invitation, Royally Lost and the new Charlaine Harris series look good!!

  15. How wonderful to find one of your favorite books so early in the year! Have a fantastic week. :)

  16. love the cover and title of Royally Lost - fun read I'd say =)

    hapPy reading, Kathy!

  17. Thats some great books you read and have to read. I hope you enjoy your time reading this week.

  18. Love the cover for Royally Lost! I also love that you and I don't have much overlap, your posts keep me aware of books in other genres. :)

    Have an amazing week!

  19. I've heard about Charlaine Harris' new series. Sounds like it could be good. Royally Lost looks really good too.

    Have a great week!

  20. Nice that you enjoyed your visit to meet fav author. I didn't even know what steampunk was until a couple of years ago when our children's librarian told me what it was! So many sub genres. Hope your reading week goes well.

  21. Great books, Kathy! The Queen of the Tearling and Royally Lost caught my eye and will probably end up on my wish list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  22. I've yet to read any steampunk! Guess I need a good recommendation, Kathy.

  23. I'm curious to see your review of Midnight Crossroad. I'm not sure if I'm going to read it or not. I really liked The Queen of the Tearling too.

  24. I like E. Lockhart's books and look forward to her newest. Have a great week.

  25. I'd like to get my hands on Midnight Crossing

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  26. Heya Kathy! I'm enjoying your variety of books, as well as your blog layout/background. It's so cute!

    *gasp* Queen of the Tearling sounds...enchanting. *swoons* I've been in the mood for epic fantasy lately but have been caught up with school reads. I just looked at the other comments and it seems like a lot of folks are interested about that book, too! :)

    Take good care.
    Ellen @ Glamorous Book Lounge


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