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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


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Happy (Almost) Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone gets shown – and shows – a little extra love this week. Although I do fall in the “I want to show my loved ones that I love them every day, not just Valentine’s Day” I still think the holiday is fun. 🙂 I had off from work today which has afforded me the opportunity to catch up on my To Do list. I’ve gotten a chance to do some writing on my novel, which is progressing nicely, and watch the most recent Downton Abbey – yay! Love days off! 😀

I’m reading and listening to some wonderful books right now. Here’s what I’m enjoying this week:

  Born to Run by Christopher McDougall – I’m really enjoying this book on CD. The narrator is wonderful and it doesn’t hurt that the topic is interesting too. McDougall seems to have done a thorough job in his research on running and, more specifically, why some runners are faster, healthier, and seemingly indefatigable. I’m not quite finished, but I believe the argument and conclusions that follow are on the merits of barefoot running and going back to the days before the running shoe revolution. Stories about the featured runners and the history behind some of the longest, most challenging races are really interesting. Makes me wish I were reading it so I didn’t have to stop when my drive was finished! The only aspect I don’t like is how McDougall writes like he has a bone to pick with Dean Karnazes, another, very well known, ultrarunner. I don’t know if Dean turned him down for something, but McDougall comes across as being petty. It’s strange when the rest of the book is so positive and really detracts from the story McDougall is trying to tell.

 

  Legacy by Molly Cochran – I’m not very far into this YA paranormal book, but I’m already in love! Cochran has a wonderful way with storytelling. It has everything I look for in an engrossing paranormal read – mystery, attractive love interest, protagonist with unrealized powers, delightful setting and side characters. I have a feeling I’m going to rip through this one quickly! 🙂

 

 

 

 

  100 Bullets written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso – What would you do if a stranger offered you the chance to get away with murder? Thus begins the graphic novel series 100 Bullets. With a premise like that, how could I not read it? The illustrations are classic and keep in tune with the integrity of the plot. There are actually, as the title suggests, a hundred untraceable bullets, one gun and a promise that no repercussions will take place against the person who decides to use the gun and the bullets. Although I’m only on the first one, I’m already intrigued and am looking forward to reading the others (there are 12 in the series).

 

 

 

Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Ah, Mondays, another day for reading, reviewing and reflecting. 🙂 If you want to join in the fun or just read what other people are reading, stop by Sheila’s website @ BookJourney.

Finished Good Behavior by Nathan Henry this past week. I normally don’t post follow ups to my reviews from the week before, but I found Henry’s book to be very interesting. It’s a YA novel, only a couple hundred pages, and chronicles Henry’s life growing up and subsequently the actions that led to him spending a year in jail. I found it fascinating how Henry was very open as to the conscious decisions he made every day to live a life of violence and anarchy. While most of the book was cringe-worthy, as Henry was blunt in the chronicling of his life, I definitely thought it was worth reading. The only aspect I didn’t like was the ending as while the book jacket and author bio make it seem as if Henry has left his life of violence there weren’t many details as to how or why Henry made that transition. If you read it though, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

This week:

Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore – This is the second novel based on the adventures of Maggie Quinn and her psychic connections and the more I read the more I love this series! Not only is Clement-Moore’s dialogue interesting, sarcastic and witty, but she presents such a range of characters that are so fully unique in their quirks that I feel I’m leaving friends behind when I have to stop reading. (Don’t judge me, you know there are books like that for you too!) And while the books do have that paranormal undertone, the book is more rooted in the story of Maggie’s life as opposed to letting the otherworldly aspect rule the pages. If you haven’t read her series, start with Prom Dates from Hell, the first in the series, as they do build on one another.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – I just picked up the much awaited sequel to Beautiful Creatures and am already drooling over its pages. Ethan and Lena live in a small southern town where secrets abound. Ethan has been pulled into Lena’s world and together they must face the darkness that looms over them and those they love. I really enjoyed the first in the series and I’m hoping the second won’t disappoint!

Book on cd:

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer – Krakauer pieces together the story of a man based on talks with family, friends, and journals to paint us a picture of Pat Tillman. Tillman was much disturbed by the events of 9/11 and walked away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to join the Army. After getting killed “in action” the story began to come to light that Tillman was actually killed by friendly fire, then lied to repeatedly by the Army as to the true nature of his suspicious death. I love Krakauer’s works and have read Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, so, since the subject sounded interesting and I am unfamiliar with the details surrounding Tillman’s story, I thought I would pick this novel up as well.

That sums up what I’m reading this week? How about you – what are you reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Gotta love Mondays! It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by the great and wonderful Sheila at Book Journey. Head over and check it out!

This week I’ve been started a couple new books of the urban fantasy/paranormal genre and I threw in a couple non-fiction too! I need to hurry or else I may need to postpone finishing these books because Mockingjay comes out tomorrow!! Very exciting 🙂

Labyrinth by Kat Richardson – I have been reading Richardson since she first came out with her Greywalker series. She is a great writer and I love her strong, female protagonist Harper. Readers follow Harper as she comes into her gifts and the subsequent dangerous situations they lead her into. Harper has the ability to walk into a kind of layer between realities and this not only allows her to see things differently than anyone else, but it attracts many strange cases, she’s a PI of sorts, and individuals to her. This latest novel is even more intricate than the previous and strays away from the PI bit and focuses more on Harper’s developing talents and strange occurrences that are leading her down a dangerous path. While I wish Labyrinth was less complicated and more like the earlier novels in the series, I can’t help but become deeply engrosses in this fast paced novel.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I’ve been waiting to read this for a long time and am excited to finally have it in my possession. Cronin’s tome has been getting a lot of buzz and supposedly it’s already been optioned as a movie. I’ve only just begun, but can tell that I’m going to get lost in the world that Cronin is creating very quickly. His layers of details and descriptions of his characters and places add a tone not unlike the classics of the Brontes or Austin, with the dark depths of Dostoevsky.

Bicycle Maintenance & Repair by Todd Downs – A perfect book for anyone who loves to ride bicycles of any kind and hates to pay the hundred plus dollars it takes to get a tune up at a repair shop. Illustrations and easy to read instructions help even a beginner (ie. me) learn how to work on their bike. This is a library book, but I’m probably going to have invest in my own copy so I can refer back to it as the need arises.

Runner’s World Guide to Injury Prevention by Dagny Scott Barrios – It’s sad that I need this book, but as a runner I am constantly plagued by injuries. I need expert advice on how to not only care for injuries when they do arise, but how to prevent further injuries from happening. This book also guides runners on strength training, stretches, and training to maximize performance and decrease the likelihood of injury. Definitely the best book I’ve ever read for anyone who runs – even if you’ve never been injured!

I’m off to continue working on my second book and the synopsis for my first (oh joy) on this rainy New Jersey Monday. What have you been up to?

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