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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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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is brought to you by the wonderful Sheila over at Book Journey. Stop by!

This weekend I worked, I played, I drank coffee, it was wonderful. My girlfriend and I joined the YMCA last weekend and we love it! It’s so much fun to not only have a lot more equipment (treadmills, free weights, machines, etc) at our disposal but to be around people of like mind. At the gym in our complex, where I worked out before, I was typically the one female lifting weights at all as the few women I saw there were more interested in the cardio machines. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but I felt out of place. At the Y however, I’m a little fish in big pond. Everywhere I look there are women doing personal training or lifting free weights or using the weight machines. Now I feel like I fit in more as I’m far from the only female interested in building muscle. Yesterday after an hour or so of cardio and stretching, we walked downstairs in the complex where the gym is to a really great bagel place. I can definitely see this as our new Sunday routine! 🙂

But enough about me, let’s talk about books! Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Blameless by Gail Carriger – I’m a big fan of Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. I think the characters are that perfect mixture of foolish and cunning, good-natured and whiny, good and evil. While I’ve gotten burned out on vampires, werewolves and the like, Carriger manages to keep her story lines and characters fresh and fun. These are books that just don’t take themselves too seriously and I love that. I think (you heard it hear first) that it would make a perfect BBC TV series as it’s practically written for the small screen. Besides there aren’t any steampunk adaptations on TV that I know of, so it could be the first of a new trend. 🙂 Read this series, you won’t be disappointed.

Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All! edited by Harlyn Aizley – Families aren’t a mom, dad and two point five children anymore. More often family is defined as those you may live with, or not, that you love and support no matter what. This is a collection of stories based on lesbian couples who decide to have children and all the delights that come with building a family.

Matched by Ally Condie – There has been a lot of hype surrounding the latest  novel by Condie. Set in a dystopian world where every aspect of society is dictated by a higher organization, the protagonist, Cassia, begins to question the way things are done when she accidentally gets matched with two different boys. While I like the premise of this book I found the pace a little slow for my tastes. And there was something about the events happening in the novel that didn’t quite ring true. I think it has something to do with the fact that there really isn’t much fear in the book. Everyone just goes along with whatever the Officials tell them to do and how they should live. So, while it’s a quick read, it wasn’t my favorite read.

Well, that’s it for me this time. 🙂 Happy 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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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Sheila @ Book Journey has given us all a reason to love Mondays. She hosts the weekly meme of It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? It gives me a chance to let you know what’s new on my nightstand as well as get great reviews from my fellow bloggers and add to my ever-growing TBR pile. Excellent!

I’m still listening my way through The Help and loving every minute! For my review on the book click HERE.

I’m reading:

Changeless by Gail Carriger – I really loved Carriger’s first novel in the Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless. Alexia is a witty woman who always finds herself in the midst of danger. Fortunately she kicks butt and is not only able to free herself from said situations but rescue her friends and save English society while she does it. Carriger’s books mark a growing number of steampunk books being published as well as an increased fan base for the genre. To read more about steampunk click HERE.

My friend and author Alissa Grosso recommended Larklight as another great read in the steampunk genre and I’m excited to read that next.


Larklight by Philip Reeve

Just finished:

Moon Called (The First Mercy Thompson novel) by Patricia Briggs – This novel falls into the Urban Fantasy genre where vampires and shapeshifters and werewolves and fae all live together in a modern society. Mercy is an auto mechanic with a special gift of her own and a kick butt attitude. Fortunately her martial arts training backs up her attitude as she finds herself fighting her way out of precarious situations. I love books with strong female characters and Briggs’ novels showcase these women perfectly. Briggs writes fantasy and paranormal romance as well, so I’m looking forward to checking out her other novels too!

That’s my list – What are you reading this week?

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The Rise of Steampunk

I have seen a growing number of novels, blogs and articles revolving around the rise of the steampunk, so of course I had to find out more about this much talked about genre.

According to the invaluable source that is wikipedia, steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that is set during an era, usually the 19th century, when steam powered machines are still prevalent. Prominent elements of science fiction and/or fantasy are woven into this time to tell the story of an alternate history.

Steampunk became popular in the 1980s-90s, but whose roots can be traced back to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Some novels include:

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore – I had to get one graphic novel in the mix! 🙂

For a more extensive list of steampunk favorites, click HERE.

I’m currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, which I am loving! It’s set in Victorian England with sub-cultures of vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals co-existing with their human counterparts. It’s a great twist on the supernatural theme and the protagonist – a soulless spinster named Alexia with a penchant for speaking her mind and getting into trouble – is refreshing and delightful.

Have you read any steampunk novels? What are your favorites?

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