It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

 It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. A wonderful romp through the world of books.

I’ve been keeping busy with the influx of summer visitors at the library, running, reading and writing. And I try to get outside as much as possible. It’s been lovely and hot lately. Perfect for reading by the pool! 🙂

Speaking of reading, here’s what I’ve been up to:

  Split by Swati Avasthi – I listened to this novel on CD and really enjoyed it…as much as one can say they enjoy a novel on domestic violence. It was so raw and real and emotional, it made it really hard to listen to honestly. Apparently Avasthi worked in a center for women trying to get out of domestic violence situations and it shows in her writing. It made it a unique novel in that it focused less on the actual home situation and more on the repricusions that those acts of violence have on the families that endure them.

 

  The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – I’m listening to this book on CD as well. It’s read by the author and he does a wonderful job. The story is about Junior a boy who lives on an Indian reservation that is filled with hopelessness. In order to find hope he decides to attend the all white, rich school that is 22 miles away. What compounds his unusual decision to leave the “res,” as he refers to it, is that he was born with water on the brain that left him fragile and susceptible to further head injuries. This book is so well written and funny and interesting that I can see why it won an award.

 

  Heartless by Gail Carriger – I love Carriger’s books. They’re whimsical and fantastical, filled with vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. Not to mention the lovely and feisty protagonist Alexia who carries a parasol loaded with numbing darts, silver spikes and other goodies hidden in its folds, just one part of the steampunk creations that fill the book. Plus the book is highly sarcastic and light-hearted without the usual gore and brooding associated with vampires and werewolves. I’m already looking forward to her next in the series!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading! 🙂

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  1. Split sounds like the kind of book I “enjoy.” Yes, enjoy might be the wrong word, but I do find myself gravitating to these kinds of books.

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  2. I read Changeless a few weeks ago. I love the series although I find them slow reading. But definitely fun!

  3. These all look awesome. I have the first two, and I have the first book in Carriger’s series. Happy reading.

  4. Split looks really good…. I read The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian and really liked it but I am wishing I would have listened to it on audio… I bet it is so good!

  5. I liked The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. Heartless sounds fun, too.

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