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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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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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