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?

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