Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Monday, what are you reading? (22)

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Last week I finished reading:
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
A fun, entertaining, well-written MG. I definitely think Meloy is a multi-talented lady since I loved her adult short stories too.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
A very powerful conclusion to the Crank trilogy, I can't believe I waited so long to read it. Hopkins' amazing job with three points-of-view makes me every more excited to check out some of her other work that's written that way. I still have an ARC of Triangles (thanks Ambur!) her adult novel, so I'll likely be reading that one soon.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
A new cover just got unveiled for this book, and I definitely prefer it and hope it helps draw the attraction for the novel that the story deserves. It's intense and exciting and well-written, my only complaint was the difficulty I had connecting to the main two characters, Hester and Ezra. Overall, Ambur and my readalongs have been 3/3 hits. I hope we get so lucky with the next book!

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
Together, these poems are an imagining of what those final moments were like for Matthew Shepard, written from a variety of perspectives including inanimate objects like the fence he was tied to. It's a heartbreaking work, and great to see for a YA audience, but I did find some of the poems were a little too clever for their own good. I preferred the emotionally raw ones.

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Unexpectedly fell in love with Kelley Armstrong's YA last year when I got an ARC of The Gathering. Its sequel was even more intense! The excitement was amped up to the degree of the Darkest Powers trilogy. Loved it, loved it, loved it but wow cliffhanger. And now another year to wait for the finale, The Raising.

What I plan to read this week:
Flock by Wendy Delsol

Enjoying this final book in the trilogy so far! But a part of me is definitely sad to see it come to an end. I'll miss Katla.

Zero by Tom Leveen
Always love a good contemporary YA, and though I wasn't quite expecting to love this one, it's starting to grow on me and I'll be curious to see how I feel by the time I'm done.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion
Honestly, Didion's last memoir The Year of Magical Thinking about her husband dying was so moving, but so depressing, I didn't rush into this one when I got it. But I've heard she actually tells the story of her daughter's death in a less depressing way. I have very high expectations of the book regardless.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Didn't read it last week... maybe read it this week?

What are you reading this Monday?


  1. Thank you for your thoughts about Blue Nights. I have avoided it for the very reason you listed. Good to know it is not quite as bleak as I thought....

    Here's my
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    1. I haven't read it yet, but my best friend did and that's what she said and I trust her judgment :) I'll definitely post a review when I'm done and you can always check it out.

  2. You've got a pile of good reading.

  3. The first 3 books you mentioned are on my must read soon pile! I liked Peregrine, but not loved, so read it so I can see what you think :-)

    1. Hopefully I love it, the comments I've seen have been pretty mixed, but the book itself definitely intrigues me (and I haven't even read a page of it yet!)

  4. I really want to read Joan Didion's Blue Nights. I still need to read The Year of Magical Thinking.

    Enjoy your week...and here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  5. Miss Peregrine's was really good. I liked it! Definitely leaves it wide open for a sequel though so be prepared.

    Happy reading!!
    What are YOU reading??

    1. Hopefully not too bad a cliffhanger! I hate those. Or if they're done well, love to hate. But still.

  6. I need to read MisS Pergrine's book, too. Love how it was designed and LOVE Quirk Books. :)

    1. The design is really great. I haven't read any Quirk books that I can think of, I know they do the zombie Austen type stuff, so this will be my introduction to the publisher. If I love it I'll definitely have to check out more of their books though.

  7. YOU ARE A READING MACHINE! I just had to say that. ;) haha
    We have been getting pretty awesome titles for our buddy reads. I wonder if the fact that we're reading them together makes them even better, too. :)

    You're welcome for Triangles. I hope you like it as much as I did. :) And I'm excited to get to Fallout! I'm almost finished with Glass, so I can't wait, especially since you enjoyed the final book so much! :D

    Yes, Monstrous Beauty was awesome, and I'm also so glad to hear that you loved The Calling! I seriously can't wait for my copy to come in! :D

    I'm glad that you had such an awesome reading week, Zoë! I'm hoping I can manage an awesome one soon! :D haha

    Happy Reading!
    Ambur :)

    1. Thanks Ambur! Reading the books together is nice, but, I feel like we've just picked really strong titles so far. Hopefully that trend continues :)

      The Calling, OH MY. It was even better than the Gathering, I think. I hope your copy arrives soon and we can gush over it.

      I'm sure you'll have an awesome reading week soon! I did read 2 novels in verse (October Mourning and Fallout), plus an MG I only had 100 pages left of, plus Monstrous Beauty and the Calling were just really easy to read, so I don't know if I'm quite a reading machine, but it's always nice to read a lot in a week :)

  8. I'm rereading The Gathering to get ready for The Calling - I adore Kelly Armstrong. I really want to read Miss Peregrine's but I just haven't gotten to it yet.

    Megan @ Read It, See It


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