It’s Monday! What Are you Reading?

It's MondayThis week I’m reading an advance reader copy of a young adult book and an audiobook. I hear April is National Audiobook Month. I love audiobooks anyway, but I’ll just make a point to read a little of more them this month.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Audio CD
Published January 13th 2015 by Penguin Audio
10 hours, 59 minutes

Publisher’s summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
Published March 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kindle Edition

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, they turn to Mason, a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything?
My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason–but it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?
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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday

Well, it’s been one hell of a week. Busy, busy, busy!

Life: Work is in full swing for preparing for American Libraries Association (ALA). And then they added another project for me to work on before I leave for ALA this Friday. Ugh!

I had a paper due in my class. Ugh! I didn’t think I did well. This professor isn’t as helpful as previous professors that I’ve had. I’m a student, I don’t know what information should be included. An example (at least a partial) of the paper would have been nice. So I’m going to include that in my evaluation of the course.

And to top of my week, my daughter had a temperature and was vomiting yesterday, the day my paper was due. My assignment was more complete than not, so I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to get a good grade on my first assignment. But my daughter comes first and I have enough time to make up for that grade. And I’ll work on my next paper on my flight to Chicago.

Reading: I did manage to finish one of my audio books, Die Again by Tess Gerritsen, during my daily commute. I really enjoyed the book. I’m not really an audio book reviewer, but I thought the story was good as well as the narration.

I started the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m having a little bit of a hard time getting into this book. I always feel like something is wrong with me when I don’t enjoy an award-winning book. So I’m going to put it down for now and try again later in the year. I may have another trip to ALA annual in June so I’ll try it again then.

So what am I reading this week?

I’m finishing up Ignite by Sara B. Lawson. I’m only listening to Ignite while I’m at work. And I think I only have 20 minutes left in that book.

And I’m also reading Stolen. I’ve started it already, but I’ll probably read most of it on my flight to Chicago.

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Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Penguin Young Readers Group

Publisher summary: Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said good-bye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

Magic, romance, and danger collide as Nat and Wes become entangled in a dark new adventure that leads right to the heart of the mystery of their frozen, broken world. They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly book meme hosted by Book Journey.

What I’ve been up to last week…

Life:
Last week I’ve been very busy. At work, we’re ramping up for the midwinter conference of the American Libraries Association  (ALA). I’m scheduled to give two presentations to different groups of librarians and two more general presentations at the exhibit booth in the main exhibit hall. I’ve never really liked speaking in public, but I’ve grown a little more comfortable with it over the years.
Also, my online classes have started again. I’m taking classes to earn B.S. in Information Systems Management. So now the extra writing has begun. Ugh! I write almost like I talk…I’m a woman of few words, only speaking when I have something to contribute to the conversation. In these online classes, participation is about 10% of my grade. I have to write something in response to other students writings even when I don’t have much to add, and I usually end up repeating what another person has already written. And let’s not forget about the papers that have to be written, always a case study that we’ll add on through the course. It usually takes me the entire week to come up with the required 3 to 5 pages and one more for references, even though the pages are double-spaced.

Books:

Both book that I’m I’m reading this week are audio books.

Die Again: Rizzoli & Isles

Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 34 minutes
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: December 30, 2014
  • Publisher’s summary: Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who – or what – is behind these gruesome deaths

 

Ignite: A Defy Novel

Ignite by Sara B. Larson

  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 19 minutes
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: January 1, 2015
  • Publisher summary: Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, Defy. Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy – before it’s too late?

 

What are you reading this week?