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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

ย  Split by Swati Avasthiย – 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 Avasthiย 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.

 

ย  The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexieย – 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.

 

ย  Heartless by Gail Carrigerย – I love Carriger’sย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. A great meme to see what new books are out there. Stop by! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m reading and listening to some really great books right now. The weather has been behaving very nicely so I’ve been reading outside as much as possible. I read a great article in the New York Times about the self-publishing phenom Amanda Hocking and her $2 million, four book deal with St. Martin’s Press. Read the article HERE. Very inspirational.

Here’s what’s in my book pile:

  Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool – I’m listening to this on CD and the narrator is really good. It won the 2011 Newbery Award. It takes place in a small town in 1936. This book has a little bit of every part of the turmoil of that decade – racist, war, prohibition, depression. The story takes a young girl and her two friends on a journey through the past as the girl discovers more about the town’s history, her father, and a perplexing mystery.

 

 

 

  Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – I’ve been wanting to read this latest book by A.S. King because I loved her first novel, Dust of 100 Dogs, so much. This Printz Award winner does not disappoint. Her story had me thoroughly entrenched from the onset with its heavy topics of absentee parents, death, and teen drama. King tells the story so well that you forget the time and meals just so you can find out what happens next.

 

 

 

Hope you have some great reads lined up this week! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by the fabulous Sheila @ Book Journey. Need a good book to read this summer? Swing by check it out!

I spent the weekend with my family in PA celebrating both Father’s Day and my little bro’s birthday. I love getting to spend time with my nieces and nephews. They’re at just the right age where everything they say is hilarious. Very entertaining.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

ย  Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – I love Libba Bray’s work. She’s snarky and witty and I enjoy every minute of her books. Beauty Queens is no exception. It took me a few chapters to get used to the tone of the book but once I did it made it easier to read. The crux of the book, at least from what I can tell being about 3/4 of the way through, is how women of all ages are made to feel as though they should act, think, and be a certain way in our society. But when a plane filled with beauty pageant contestants crashes on a supposedly deserted island, they begin to shed their societal confines and start making decisions for themselves instead of letting others decide for them. Another Libba Bray gem. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย  Boy by Roald Dahl – Dahl is one of those authors that I read a lot of as a child (as all children should) and his books have lingered in my mind since. Boy is autobiographical and filled with great stories from Dahl’s youth. I’m listening to this book on CD and the narrator does a great job as well.

ย  Run! by Dean Karnazes – Karnazes is an ultramarathon runner. Ultra meaning anything over a marathon, but Karnazes takes it even further by running to his breaking point. He runs 100-milers without batting an eye. Someone called him to run 360 miles through the Australian outback and he jumped at the chance. He’s run through deserts and mountains, then throws his medals in a box in the garage. For him it’s about pushing his body and mind to the ultimate limits and seeing if he can make it to the finish line. His anecdotes are funny and inspirational and make for a quick read.

Don’t forget to enter the contest to get some great Clockwork Prince loot! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


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Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms! I hope you had a great day yesterday filled with family and love and lots of chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a lot of great books that I’m reading, here’s what’s new:

  The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey – An ivy league school, a dark secret club, a straight-edge student and a perfect love. While I do love intrigue surrounding elitist clubs with spoiled rich protagonists, this novel does seem to have promise and was recommended to me by my mystery-loving father.  Although I just started it, Tobey promises layers of suspense that will keep the pages turning well into the night.  ๐Ÿ™‚

  White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean – I’m listening to this book on CD and while I’m not in love with the narrator’s voice, I am thoroughly enjoying the story. I mentioned last week how much I love Printz Award winners and honorees and so far this is no exception. There is most definitely something deeper going on that the reader is not privy to in the beginning of this novel (I’m surmising, I don’t actually know yet) which the protagonist deals with by having deep chats with someone in her head. One of the commonalities that Printz recipients share is the author’s look beyond the surface and into the inner workings of the teenage mind and psyche. They tend toward the darker side of YA lit but in a way that makes me think and stays with me long after I turn the last page.

De:Tales by Fabio Moon and Gabrel Ba – This is an early graphic novel by Brazilian twins Moon and Ba. It is well illustrated and interesting, although definitely a stepping stone to their marvelous newer graphic novel Daytripper.

Exciting for the coming week and a race next Sunday. Enjoy the warm weather and good reads! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila over @ Book Journey. Stop by! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a fabulous weekend. Went with some friends to check out a roller derby bout (more on this in a later post) on Saturday then ran a 5k (more on this later too) with my girlfriend and about three hundred other folks on Sunday. It was windy run which made it tough, but it was a lot of fun! The event supported the Matheny Medical and Educational Center which helps children and adults with severe and complex disabilities. I’ll go into more detail in a subsequent post, but it is a really cool organization and I was happy for the chance to support them.

As for reading, here’s what I’ve been up to:

ย  The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan – This is the third and final novel in Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series. If you haven’t read this series, go read it! Set in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over, the protagonists fight for their survival against all odds. While this may sound similar to other zombiesque stories, Ryan’s writing is brilliant, her characters flawed and intriguing, and her twists surprising. As eager as I am to continue reading, I’m sad that the series is coming to an end.

Still listening to:

ย  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – Still an amazing story, but if I were to do it over, I’d probably read it instead of listening to it. The faux-French accents with American English undertones aren’t really working for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Slow week for me, but looking forward to new books this coming week! How about you? What have you been reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Stop by and see what everyone’s been reading!

My spring is packed with activities and events. All very fun things to do, but it’s definitely going to keep me busy! I have two running races, one mid-April, one mid-May, that I’m training for. I’m riding in the Five Boro Ride through NYC at the beginning of May. I have four birthdays and one wedding – road trip to Boston! And one book launch party (my friend, Alissa Grosso and her young adult book Popular being released in May). All this in addition to work and trying to finish my final revisions for my book. Craz-i-ness! ๐Ÿ˜€

In between running around like a crazy person, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Body Double by Tess Gerritsen – This was my first Gerritsen novel and I really enjoyed it. Interesting plot, compelling characters, fast-paced storyline, all the makings of a great TV series. Oh wait, it is a TV series! Rizzoli and Isles are characters that just beg to be put on a TV drama. Body Double is not the first in the series, but despite not realizing this until I was a quarter of the way through, I wasn’t too lost and quickly got wrapped up in the drama. A great read for anyone who likes Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reich’s suspense-filled novels.

 

 

 

It’s Not Really About the Hair by Tabatha Coffey – Though Coffey’s memoir starts off a little too mired in “I really don’t care if people think I’m a b****” it quickly turns to interesting tales about how she came to be the host of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo. She tells a horrifying tale about plastic surgery gone awry while trying to fit in with the American image of perfection. And her stories about the salon industry were intriguing. A quick, fun read that presents an interesting perspective on life.

 

 

 

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – I heard a lot of good things about this YA novel before I ever got my hands on it. I was a little nervous as I usually am when reading a book after hearing a lot of hype about it, but so far it’s living up to it and then some! I’m actually listening to this on CD and the narrator does a great job of getting the right tone. The most surprising element is that it’s not at all what I expected. There are a lot of unique characters, settings, and storylines already and I’m only on the first CD! I’m really impressed by Donnelly style of writing and the way she captures so many emotions in this YA novel.

 

 

 

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine – I’d seen some Caine other books floating around, and being checked out, at the library so I wanted to see for myself what the buzz was about. This is the first book in her Weather Warden series. Joanne, the protagonist, is on the run from corruption that has entangled her into its chaos. She controls storms, but can’t control the people trying to kill her. So far, a great, exciting read!

 

 

 

I’m enjoying all my great reads and can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading too! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Had a another wonderful visit to NYC this past Saturday. The weather was mild and made for great wandering. My girlfriend and I window shopped on Fifth Ave then ate at 5 Napkin Burger (kind of funny since we’re both vegetarian) and had the best veggie burgers we’ve ever had! I highly recommend it. There was a great beer/wine list, the food was amazing and the ambiance unique and relaxed. After that we strolled around the Theatre District and grabbed some espresso before walking to the Belasco Theatre to see Kathy Griffin’s new comedy show. I think she’s hilarious and she didn’t disappoint. Her act is incredible as it’s basically a stream of consciousness where no topic is off-limits, especially her mom and celebrities. And the theatre was old and beautiful and managed to be huge and intimate all at the same time.  The whole night was so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, yeah, I’ve been reading some too – here’s what I’m reading:

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult – Picoult’s latest attacks yet another relevant hot topic in our society today. What defines a family? Married and unable to carry a baby to term, all Zoe wants is a family of her own. Her definition of how this looks changes when her husband divorces her, she falls in love and remarries a woman. The validity of this new family and her right to have her partner carry her embryo from her previous relationship is called into question by her ex-husband and the conservative church he now belongs to. Picoult’s writing always pulls me in as I find myself relating to all her characters and their struggles. They are made even more real through Picoult’s style of telling the story from each main character’s perspective.

Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – The third and final installment in the trilogy that started with The Dairy Queen follows protagonist D.J. as she is faced with difficult life decisions involving her college career as a basketball player, growing closer to her family and the boys that she loves. D.J. is such a great character. Her flaws are tempered with her big heart and her desire to be a better person in all aspects of life. I’ll be sad when the series is over.

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden – After reading the Burma Chronicles, I decided to journey to Israel to learn more about the culture there. Glidden presents her graphic memoir/travelogue in bright watercolors and fresh drawings. Another great book to open my mind to other worlds and different cultures.

That’s all for me this week. What have you been reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This weekend I visited the Travel Expo in NYC with my girlfriend. It was great! Stop by tomorrow to read about our adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

Still working on Delirium, but here are the newest additions to my reading list:

Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle – A wonderful graphic novel filled with whimsical drawings and interesting insights into the Burma culture. This is one of several travelogues that Delisle writes and illustrates wherever he lives. This most recent graphic novel is based on his stay in Burma during his wife’s stint there as a member of Doctors Without Borders. I love reading graphic novels about different cultures and countries and Delisle has created a perfect balance between entertaining stories and the stark reality of life in Burma.

 

 

The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – I just loved Murdock’s first book in the series, Dairy Queen, so much that as soon as I finished listening to it I started the second. The same woman narrates the audio book and she does a great job. A great follow up to the first and I’ve already checked out the third and final book in the series. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Soul Pancake by Rainn Wilson – If you’re like me, you’ll look at the author of this book (Dwight from The Office) and its subject and think it’ll all be tongue-in-cheek comments on life. But when I opened the book and browsed its pages, there was a lot more depth than I expected. Sure there’s a whimsical nature to the book, but it’s also about making people think through art, through analytical questions, and through networking. Yup, networking. There’s a Soul Pancake website where you can connect with other creative souls. It’s like an online appendage to the book, like an author’s blog or website but centered around communities and not Rainn Wilson. Definitely worth checking out.

 

 

That wraps it up for me, but how about you? What have you been reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Need a good book recommendation? Stop by and see what everybody’s reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

The past few days have been bee-u-ti-ful. Temps have gone up and the sun has been shining. I love it! I choose to ignore all weather reports that have to do the s-word in the forecast. In addition to enjoying the nice weather, I started a new job this past week. Now I’m working as full-time librarian doing a little bit of everything. Don’t worry, I’m still interacting with the public a lot and will continue to have great Tales From the Library posts on the wonderful patrons that enter my workplace. ๐Ÿ™‚ The tricky part about having a new job is that I have to schedule my time more wisely. This means setting aside a set time every day to write. I think this will work even better for me as I do well when I have a schedule and things tend to get accomplished. As opposed to when I say something like “Oh, I have a whole day off today, I can’t wait to write the whooole day!” and then find that I’ve watched six straight hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD and haven’t even looked at my computer. I’ll keep you updated as to how my master scheduling plan goes.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – I’m listening to this book on CD and am really enjoying it! DJ has done what is expected of her without question her whole life. When she starts to train the football QB from her high-school’s rival football team, everything changes. I love that this is not the typical girl meets boy, girl loves boy, girl makes new relationship seem like that’s all she needed to make her life complete, end scene. For DJ it’s not just about finding a guy, but also about finding herself despite what people tell her she should be or how she should act. I’m already looking forward to grabbing the sequel, The Off Season.

Ex Machina: Term Limits by Brian K. Vaughan – I love graphic novels, especially ones written by Brian K. Vaughan. This is the latest in her series about a superhero who goes from his unconventional beginnings trying to right wrongs using his acquired powers to making a difference through politics as mayor of the city. This takes all the excitement of a great superhero graphic novel and twists around the politics of a modern era. I never know what to expect as Vaughan takes his readers through new doors and new issues with each riveting issue. A must read!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I’ve been looking forward to reading this ever since I heard buzz about it over the web. This the first novel in a dystopian series where scientists have eradicated love and you’re given the cure when you turn eighteen. I really liked Oliver’s first novel Before I Fall and am hoping that her second proves just as good.

What have you been reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a wonderful meme hosted by the amazing Sheila @ BookJourney. Stop on by and check it out!

I’m one of those people who once I start reading (or listening) to a book I have a hard time not finishing it even if I really don’t like it. However, this past week was one of the few occasions that I did just that. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was listening to the YA book The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. I stuck with it as long as I did – a little past midway through the book – because I kept hoping that there would be some kind of resolution or revelation that the protagonist would have that would balance the overwhelming negativity of the plot. While there may be at the end of the book there was just so much despair and repetition of how an earlier event affected the protagonist that I had to give up. Very early in the book the protagonist is kidnapping and molested by a man named Freddy Horvath. The author must have had a bet with his editor over how many times he could use the sentence “Freddy Horvath did something to my brain.” Did he have to keep reminding me that something tragic had happened to his protagonist because he thought it was such a common event that his reader might forget if he didn’t say something about it every other sentence? I get that it was a horrible event, but if the despair isn’t balanced with something redeeming I can’t look forward to the book and have to put it down.

I did finish Blameless by Gail Carriger however and loved it. Read it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have started some other interesting books, that I’m hoping don’t make me utterly depressed:

Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore – This is the third and final book in Moore Love Story series. Moore has a great sense of humor which makes this the perfect book to listen to on CD. If you haven’t read any of the series, start with Bloodsucking Fiends followed by You Suck. I love authors and subsequently their protagonists that don’t take themselves too seriously. If you love vampires and otherworldly tales as well as satire grab a copy of one of Moore’s many books and enjoy!

The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler – I discovered this book on a display at Barnes & Noble’s and after reading the jacket blurb I knew I had to grab a copy. I may be the last person to read this book as everywhere I turn it seems like someone has something good to say about it. It was written in 1999, along with the first of Handler’s, aka. Lemony Snicket, better know book The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1. What’s there not to like about a smart and witty protagonist who suffers through her senior year with her seven friends and accusations of being a murderer. But this is completely untrue, she is no murderer, she’s a murderess.

The Soul of Leadership by Deepak Chopra – Chopra’s latest book is all about “unlocking your potential for greatness.” Although I am familiar with Chopra’s philosophies and books, I have never read any of his writings. When I saw this at my library I wanted to see what he had to say on the subject, because really who doesn’t want to know the secrets of greatness? Chopra’s ideology behind this book is that a leader is the “symbolic soul of a group.” He goes into detail defining what a leader looks like and what qualities she should possess in order to become a great leader.

Quite an amalgam of books, but hopefully equally enjoyable! Have a wonderful week!

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