Sunday, August 05, 2012

It's Monday, what are you reading? (29)

Last week I finished reading: 
Burn by Heath Gibson
I honestly almost gave up on this one, but then it got exciting and I stuck with it. In the end, I'm not sure if it was was worth it because I didn't particularly like the characters, but the story definitely kept my interest. Overall mixed thoughts.

My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend
I was actually really excited to read this one ever since I first heard about– a girl who is used to being the pretty one goes face-first through a windshield. I'd never read anything by Natasha Friend before, but I found her style very easy and enjoyable. Nothing about the story was surprising, but it definitely made me willing to pick up another book by her in the future.

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
I really loved Han's writing in The Summer I Turned Pretty so I definitely had to pick up its sequel. It was different than what I expected, but I loved it. Belly has done a lot of growing up, which was refreshing, and Han's writing is just as lovely as ever.

The Forrests by Emily Perkins
For a book tour at the end of the month, the writing was really beautiful but the story itself fluttered from one event to another without being clear on the passing of time, or what happened in between, and that made it difficult to follow and sometimes had trouble keeping my attention. 

The Smooth Yarrow by Susan Glickman
I can't review this one because a family member wrote it, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful! I'm going to do a tiny post featuring it all the same... it's really lovely.  

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Well, I've got to admit I had incredibly high expectations for this book cause I had been looking forward to it for awhile. I did love it... there were a few things that felt like they happened too quickly in the short time frame (about two weeks) but overall it was a great book.

Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
It's been too long since I read an Ellen Hopkins book. Even though I didn't read her first adult title yet, I have an e-galley of this that expires so I wanted to get it in now. I'm a little uncertain about it, I didn't really like the ending, but it definitely brought up a lot of emotions– which is what a good book does.

What I plan to read this week:

Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger 
I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I loved the sound of this one, mostly because it takes place in the Florida swamps. It's also historical, which isn't my favourite, but I'm feeling optimistic this time.

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
I've been meaning to read a book by McDonald for awhile... ever since Ambur reviewed Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots on the blog. So I decided to start with this one! It looks cute, funny, and moving. Hopefully it is.

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
I love science twists and this one sounds great– about a girl who gets to create a simulation of the perfect boy.

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Another book I've been wanting to read for awhile, but this one had trouble in transit getting to me. Now that it has, it's at the very top of my 'to read' pile and I can't wait to dig in.

What are you reading this Monday?


  1. How cool to have an author in the family. My favorite read last week was My favorite read last week was I Was Told There'd Be Cake by (audio) by Sloane Crosley which I listened to on my way to and from work Please come see what else I'm reading.

  2. I thought Something Like Normal was really compelling, my review appeared this morning on my blog.

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  3. My Life in Black and White sounds very interesting. Have a great week of reading!

  4. My Life in Black and White sounds like the opposite of a book I read recently called Second Nature: A Love Story. In that book, a girl is horribly disfigured in a fire and has the opportunity to have facial surgery that will make her beautiful.
    Happy Reading!

  5. Thanks for the shout-out, Zoe. Glad you enjoyed the book!


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