Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Monday, what are you reading? (9)

This meme is hosted at Book Journey
Last week I finished reading: 
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
I think I actually preferred this to the first book, Uglies, I just enjoyed the characters more and Tally's transformation was quite interesting. And that ending- yikes!

Specials by Scott Westerfeld
So creepy and a delightful ending to Tally's story, although there was a loss of one my favourite characters and Tally's relationship choice seemed more out of default than love, but that's all I'll say about that!

What I plan to read this week: 
The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
This is an incredibly powerful novel but I just didn't have time to finish it last week. It seems that Cohen is perfectly able to capture her characters, no matter what age they are.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Although I am always hesitant about an author writing an extra (no pun intended) novel after a series' intended completion, after loving this series I'm certainly not hesitant enough not to read it!

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
I agreed to review this, and then it ended up being nominated for both prestigious Canadian and British literary prizes- it's been long-listed for the Giller and already been short-listed for the Booker- so I'm even more intrigued by it now although the premise alone is what initially intrigued me. It's the story of a black, German, musician who is arrested by the Nazis in 1940 and never heard from again. It's told from the perspective of his friend fifty years later. I'm very excited to read it, although I'm not sure I'll actually finish it this week, but if I like it I'll definitely have to check out Edugyan's first novel The Second Life Of Samuel Tyne.

What are you reading this week?


  1. I also liked Pretties best. I thought it was because I had accidentally read it first, but now I know I'm not the only one. Have you read the Leviathan series?

  2. That's so interesting! I'm glad I'm not the only one, the more I think about it the more I feel it was the strongest.

    I hadn't read any Westerfeld until this September, now I'm on #7, finishing up this Uglies series after reading the Midnighter Trilogy. No Leviathan yet, but I am planning to read those books at some point, I'll just need to take a break from Westerfeld for a little bit so I don't burn out. I have heard great things about the books though, as well as the audio, so I'm excited to read them. I also have Peeps which seems intriguing as well. So there will be plenty more of Westerfeld to come :)

  3. Pretties was my favourite too! :D Ya, you need to read Extras...even if it seems kind of separate from the others, it was still written for a reason. Oooh I haven't heard of the other two, so I'll have to check out what you think of them next week...once you finish them...yes I'm being optimistic! I will also finish more than just one book next week...I hope haha

    Happy Reading, Zoe!

  4. Jill(Book, Books Everywhere)September 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Those look like some good titles, I haven't read any of them yet. Do you recommend the Uglies? For some reason I haven't picked up the series yet.

  5. I've heard so much about Westerfield's books but haven't gotten around to reading them yet. This week I'm reading Talli Rolland's Watching Willow Watts

  6. Sheila (Book Journey)September 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Specials looks really good - enjoy your week! WOO HOO!!!

  7. Booking It with Runner SamiSeptember 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    I like the cover of The Grief of Others. I read Twenty Boy Summer for banned books week (which I'll be blogging about this Wednesday) and I thought it dealt much more with grief than sex - which is why it is a banned book.


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