Sunday, July 24, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? & Mailbox Monday

Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  We share books that we've read over the past week and those we hope to read this week.  

Last Week:
I actually got more reading accomplished last week than I did during my read-a-thon week - ha!  Helps to finally have a weekend at home :)

  • The Restorer by Amanda Stevens...super-fun!
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa...fairytale-fun :)
  • The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa...trying to read the whole series so I can read the latest ARC
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons...heart-wrenching epic love story (read this one thanks to The Book Garden's enthusiastic review)
This Week:
I've been reading The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (I promise!) but the beginning, while extremely well-written, is just so slow.  I'm having a hard time reading more than about 10 pages at a go because nothing's really happening.  BUT I read some other reviews and saw that others have said the first half is slow and the second half is completely different - so I'm plugging along (plus I've seen all the rave press on this book so I know it's got to get awesome here shortly).  Besides finishing this up, I plan on reading (some of) these books:

  • Sister Mischief by Laura Goode (my childhood best friend is the author - so excited for this!!)
  • Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
  • Karma by Cathy Ostlere
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Mailbox Monday is a touring meme where book bloggers share their bookish acquisitions from the week prior.  It is hosted this month by A Sea of Books.

This week I received some great ARCs!

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman


  1. I will be reading Domestic Violets soon and I am quite excited. Enjoy your books and your week.
    My Monday:

  2. I love weekends with little commitments so I can read. :)You did have an awesome week too!

  3. I loved The Bronze Horseman!
    Free weekends for reading are fantastic.
    My monday post:

  4. So glad you picked The Bronze Horseman- it is one of my favorites. I just finished Domestic Violets two days ago and I loved it. I laughed the whole way through.

  5. Domestic Violets looks good! You had a very productive bookish weekend. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Have a great week!

  6. I'm really curious about Domestic Violets. Hope you enjoy it!

  7. The Bronze Horseman has been on my wishlist for a while! The Restorer WAS a pretty fun read! I have the Iron King for review - Team Puck for me - I really do enjoy this series. Domestic Violets and The Language of Flowers are both getting pretty good buzz, too! Enjoy your reading week!

  8. What a great haul! And it looks as though it's time for me to pick up The Bronze Horseman and The Iron King. Thanks for bringing these terrific titles to our attention.

  9. I love the covers on Julie Kagawa's books. I was so excited my Barnes & Noble finally started carrying these. Enjoy your books!

  10. There is something very cool about reading a book written by a childhood friend! Enjoy.

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?! And don't forget to enter my July giveaway!

  11. Iron King is loaded into my Nook - just haven't gotten around to it yet. Have a great week and enjoy all your new reads!

  12. Sounds like a great list of books. The wackiest book I'm reading this week is Bagelmania. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  13. Oooh, those both look good! I think you're in for some good reading!

  14. I can't wait to hear what you think of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. I read Swamplandia! this year and very much enjoyed it. Her short story collection is on my ever-expanding to read list.

  15. I have been curious about The Bronze horseman. I should give it a try. Have a great reading week!

  16. I just got Domestic Violets through Netgalley. I'm hoping to get to it when I go on my big trip next weekend!