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?

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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?

My 2014 (short and sweet) Recap

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In 2014, I read 36 books — one more than my goal of 35 books.

I read 17 audiobooks, over 179 hours. My favorite audiobook of 2014: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford.

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • The Witness  by Nora Roberts
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
  • The Search by Nora Roberts
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
  • Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
  • Final Cut by Catherine Couter
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • False Prince
  • Letter from Birmingham by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Medusa Plot
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, read by Tom Mison (of the TV show Sleepy Hollow).

I read 19 books, almost 7,000 pages. My favorite book for 2014: The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson.

  •  The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr
  • The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child
  • The Here and Now by Ann Brasheres
  • The Returned by Jason Mott (the TV show The Returned is based on this book)
  • The Ring and the Crown (Melissa de la Cruz)
  • The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Matthieu
  • Midnight Mayhem by Nellie Dixon
  • While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
  • The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • The Divergent Trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth
  • Defy by Sara B. Larson
  • The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
  • If Looks Could Kill by Heather Graham