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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

Had a great weekend running around in the beautiful weather. Got to go on a much needed 7-mile run. It started as a “I think I’m going to go for a nice 3-mile run maybe longer if I feel okay” and then my legs didn’t want to stop moving! I loved it. 🙂 Mid-fifties, sunny, with a nice breeze that cooled me off without being challenging. Ahhh…

I have some great books in my reading pile too. Here’s what I’m reading now:

  The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks – I’m listening to this YA book on CD. I have to admit I don’t immediately jump on every vampire/werewolf book that comes out because a lot of them seem so similar that it’s like reading the same plot over and over. What grabs me is a story about a boy who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, who isn’t charming and brooding and filled with an overabundance of wolf testosterone. (Is that such a thing?) That’s how this story begins and with a title that makes it seems more like a PETA story, I’m already hooked.



  Timeless by Gail Carriger -Here’s another series that involves vampires and werewolves, but in such a quirky way I can’t help but devour each new book. There are vampires who are more concerned with fashion than blood, werewolves that act as babysitters, a preternatural that turns supernaturals mortal, and a toddler that blends all these aspects together. Not to mention the delightful steampunk elements that are threaded throughout. A perfect book for any mood.



  All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay – StoryCorps was started in 2003 with the idea of capturing stories and preserving them for future generations. A person visits a StoryCorps booth, sometimes alone but more often with someone they love, to tell a story that they want to honor the memory of. This book is a compilation of the love stories both happy and sad from those sessions. I got choked up at almost every story just because they captured such beautiful memories of the human spirit.



I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

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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Steampunk Month

For those of you who love steampunk as much as I do The Mad Hatter: Bookshelf & Book Review is hosting Steampunk Month. You can stop by their blog for more details, but I can tell you that there will be new book postings/reviews, author interviews, guest author posts and prizes. Sweet! Even if you’ve never heard of steampunk, check it out to get initiated into this great genre of literature.

I wrote a post about the Rise of Steampunk. If you want more info on what the excitement’s all about. My wish is find some of the gear that goes along with steampunk characters and dress like that for Halloween this year. Better get searching!

Happy reading! 🙂

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