Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday, what are you reading? (21)

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Last week I finished reading:
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Honestly, I prefer Like Mandarin, but this was an enjoyable second novel and I look forward to reading whatever Hubbard writes next!

Radio Belly by Buffy Cram
I miss short stories! I used to read a bunch of them and I haven't read a single collection this year. But this was the best way to start back in, an absolutely breath-taking debut. Funnily enough, it's blurbed by Charlotte Gill, who wrote Eating Dirt, a memoir I just finished.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Wasn't planning to read this but then I sorta, kinda, participated in the readathon on Saturday and needed a break so this graphic novel without any words was the perfect solution. Absolutely gorgeous drawings though, and a moving story. I'm so glad my little cousin recommended it to me and I definitely want to pick up more of Tan's work in the future.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I'm always intrigued by books involving the Holocaust, and this one had a unique perspective as 2/3rds of it is written by a prisoner of war. There were a few points were I found my eyes starting to glaze as it seemed to get a little long-winded, but overall a good book and a heart-breaking tale of friendship.

What I plan to read this week:
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
2/3s in, it's a lovely middle grade read, I just wish my ARC had more of the pictures! 

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
I'm way behind on reading this because... I'm not sure why. Library troubles and other excuses. But still, a third into it and it's weird not to read from Kristina's perspective like the first two books, but even more heart-breaking that it's her children instead.

Flock by Wendy Delsol
Just got approved for this on Netgalley and I am so excited but also a little sad: this is one of my favourite series and I can't believe it's coming to an end.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I've actually had this one since it was first released and was really excited to read it. It looks creepy and wonderful, but I've heard mixed things about the writing itself. Only one way to find out though!

What are you reading this Monday?


  1. I've been meaning to pick up a S. Tan graphic. Must look him up. You have some nice books!

  2. Wooo, you've got a lot to read this week, and they all look awesome! I can't wait to read Glass so that I can read Fallout. :D And I really need to start Wendy Delsol's series...I just haven't gotten around to it! So many books, and just not enough time I guess. :P lol And at least with that series you won't have to wait any longer for more books...that's always the one plus once a series ends. No more waiting between books. :P lol

    I hope you have an awesome week, Zoë!
    Happy Reading,
    Ambur :)

  3. I love the cover for Flock. Is that related to the fairy tale where the brothers turn into swans and their sister has to save them?

  4. I have The Arrival - aren't the pictures stunning? What a clever way to tell a story.

    Have a good week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  5. I want Flock!!! I just finished Wanderlove and enjoyed it. I did not read her first book, I may go back to that someday.

  6. I recently saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on a shelf at the bookstore and was intrigued but resisted. I will be curious to hear your thoughts!

  7. I've got many of your books on my TBR, so thanks for sharing your thoughts on them. I did really like Apothecary, a fun twist on a spy novel, but for kids.

  8. Miss Peregrine's was really odd. I rather enjoyed much of it, even if some of the pieces of the plot were, awkward. The book also is written like the first of a series, with a few characters with lots of descriptions that go no where. But, I haven't read anything like it before or since. Enjoy!

  9. The Apothecary seems to be popping up more and more. It looks interesting. Miss Peregrine's looks kind of freaky to me - I don't really know what it's about - just going off of the cover. I saw John Green talk about it in one of his Vlog Brothers videos. I guess he's friends with the author.

  10. I'm reading the Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and quite liking it! I've been reading a lot of YA novels, so this is a nice change of pace. I've noticed Miss Peregrine's before, picked it up numerous times at the book store, but... Definitely interested to hear your thoughts. I'm always on the lookout for books for my kids, so if The Apothecary gets a thumbs up, I'll look into it for sure.


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