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?

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

I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done as it’s finals week. I’m taking a college math class in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. I’ve been doing pretty well and would love to be able to earn a ‘B’ in this class. And believe me, given my math avoidance, a ‘B’ is an outstanding grade for me.

This week I’m reading an audio book by Nora Roberts and ARC by Sarah Cross.

Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Audio CD, Unabridged
Published April 16th 2013 by Brilliance Audio

Publisher’s summary: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore — and its secrets.
To summer tourists, it’s the crown jewel of the town’s stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it’s landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it’s home. . . .
A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He needs sanctuary. He needs Bluff House.
While Eli’s beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has cared for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some would say overbearing, brand of nurturing — including Eli.
He begins to count on Abra for far more than her cooking, cleaning, and massage skills, and starts to feel less like a victim — and more like the kind of man who can finally solve the murder of his wife and clear his name. But Bluff House’s many mysteries are a siren song to someone intent on destroying Eli and reaping the rewards. He and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of rumors and half-truths that could pull them under the thunderous waters of Whiskey Beach. . . .


Sometimes, I’ll also read a book during my daily work commute. It keeps me from freaking out on the subway and makes the time go quickly. This week I’m reading ARC (compliments of the publisher).

Tear You Apart

Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross
e-book, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 27, 2015, by Egmont

Publisher summaryAn edgy fairy tale retelling of “Snow White” set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Faced with a possible loophole to her “Snow White” curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who’s fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her?

Sync YA Literature — Audio Book Summer Program

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Sync YA

I’m a huge fan of audio books. I didn’t like audio books for a while because I felt that it was more like talk radio and that I wasn’t really reading a book. I hung onto that belief for a long until one day I said to myself, “Self, give an audio book a chance.” So I downloaded a James Patterson audio book from the local library’s website and never looked back. The first audio book I read was an Alex Cross, unfortunately I don’t remember the title. I remember the sound effects, the music, the narrator. I remember thinking that there will be certain books that I will only read the audio version because I like the narrator and the sound effects.  James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and the Murder Women’s Club series, J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts) In Death series, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series are a few series that I prefer the audio versions.

If you haven’t tried audio book, I urge you to try one this summer.  Try SYNC.  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. From May 15th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title.

SUMMER 2014 SYNC TITLE LINEUP

May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.

• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.

• Most listening devices are supported.

• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).