It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner:

Samita from Book Purring

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

What a great week!  It was busy but so good and I am excited to share my highlights with you:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Finally!  Finally I read this book and well, what was I waiting for?)

Guess What I Got For Christmas!!! SSSQQQQUUUEEEEEE!!!

The Secret Society Of The Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green (Super YA read!)

Relentless by Dean Koontz – audio review (I love Koontz…. but this one was an EPIC FAIL)

WHERE Are You Reading Challenge 2011 (it’s not to late to join in the fun!)

I did not get the reviews written that I wanted to but have high hopes that I will get caught up this week.  With the holidays over my spare time is once again returning to a normal level.  (Fingers crossed on that anyway!)  My reading plan for this week is as follows:

“Even now, after all these years, I can hardly bear to look in a mirror,” is the opening line of this dark, atmospheric, densely patterned novel. Ghanaian pre-teenager Ajuba is sent to boarding school in Devon. A lonely, confused child, she befriends the charismatic Polly Venus, who talks entirely in transatlantic clichés (“Hallo?”, “That totally sucks!”, “You just don’t get it, do you?”). Exploring the attic of Polly’s house they find a bundle of what they take to be kitten bones. But they’re not. They are the bones of babies.

Inspired by their reading of the magazine True Murder, the pair form “Crimebusters” to solve the mystery; but the past tragedy which they make a game of investigating is an ironic foreshadowing of the tragedies looming over them and their families.

Fallen angels sure seem poised to become the new vampires, with a similarly ideal blend of brooding mystery and sexy rebellion. After a fiery accident kills a boy she is crushing on, Luce gets sent to a reform school populated, most notably, by two gorgeous fellas, Daniel and Cam. Cam is safe and charming and eager to win Luce’s affections, while Daniel operates somewhere between aloof and downright hostile toward her. Readers will figure out Luce and Daniel’s star-crossed-lovers angle early on, making the hints dropped throughout about past lives and dangerous fates more obvious than compelling.

This book was a Christmas present to me last year.  Yes… last year.  About time I read it right?

This sequel to Fallen (Delacorte, 2009) continues they complex tale as Luce tries to uncover the truth and break the cycle of falling in love, dying young, and being reincarnated. Daniel, her lover through the ages and a fallen angel, institutes a truce with Demons to protect her from the Outcasts, who would do her harm. For her safety, Daniel hides her at a boarding school for the Nephilim, children of human and fallen angels, and cautions her to remain on campus and learn all she can. Unfortunately a little knowledge can be dangerous and Luce’s naive attempts to manipulate her powers constantly put her and others in danger. Some of the rescues employ a deus ex machina as is the case when Arriane inexplicably arrives in Vegas and saves the day. At times the story plods along, with a full chapter devoted to a fencing lesson. Daniel regularly returns to check on Luce and there’s lots of swooning, passionate kissing, and playing at being in love, though it often ends with bickering. Interest is piqued with the hint of a love triangle, and the suspense is ratcheted up in the heart-pounding final battle scene.

I usually have a good reading week during New Years Week.  We are not big New Years people so that usually gives me a bonus weekend of reading and I look forward to it.

I am excited to see what bookish things you have all been up too and what you are reading.  Please add you post link to the “Click Here” Linky.  I will be around to visit your post and see what i will add to my own reading agenda for 2011.  😀

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71 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I enjoyed Fallen and got Torment but I donated it to my school media center because a student begged for it before I had a chance to read it. Maybe I will get back to it someday. But there are lots of other good books on the stack that I want to read first. Have a great reading week!

  2. Oh! I’m really interested to see what you think of Fallen because I haven’t read it yet and just can’t make up my mind on whether to read it or not. I’ll have wait to see what you think!

    Congrats on the Nook Color! I got one too! YAY!!! I’m so excited! Isn’t it fantastic!? So pretty! I just love it!

    1. Danielle, I know! I wanted the book so badly and then I was reading all these mixed reviews and thought there was no hurry. I feel bad that it was a gift from my hubby though because last Christmas I was really wanting it.

      Thanks and congrats on your Nook as well, they will share the same birthday! LOL 😀

  3. I read Fallen not long ago (still haven’t reviewed it LOL) but enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I’ve now got Torment to read on Kindle 🙂

    Hope you enjoy SNookie as much as I love my Kindle but my reading time is still divided three ways pretty equally, real books, audiobooks and kindle … great to have so many choices 🙂

  4. yay Fallen, I have heard many things about this book from other book blog. I;m waiting any words from you

    I’ve been done the blog walking in almost 20 blog and share the comment
    It was fun doing such thing every week. Something to be noted it makes me want to chance the design of my blog XD

  5. Well, I managed to finish another book – Grave Witch by Kalana Price. Just one though. That’s how my reading has been going lately. I see you’ve gotten quite a bit of reading in….and I’m kind of jealous – lol – but I can’t really complain, because I’ve been able to visit with family and play with grandchildren. So it all works out. 🙂

    Happy New Year – glad you had a good Christmas.

  6. It sounds like you had a nice Christmas! I normally take this week off from work but didn’t this year. I will probably regret it as soon as I step into the office. LOL I hope you get as much reading done as you’d like before the year end’s. Happy Holidays!

  7. I did not get a chance to read much this holiday weekend. I am hoping for some time this New Year’s weekend too! We are getting a bunch more snow, right?? Good excuse not to leave the house.
    I am still plugging away with The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. I have until next week to finish it for my bookclub.
    Take care,

    1. Hope you are enjoying the book Michelle. Our book club read that one a few months ago and it made for a great discussion. 🙂

      I heard we are going to get hit with snow this coming weekend so yeah… bring on the books! 😀

  8. Oh, shoot, Sheila….now I must be the very last person on earth who hasn’t yet read Shiver! It’s sitting right there on my shelf…

    I enjoy extra reading time this week, too. I read a lot this weekend, and we’re traveling to my father-in-law’s where it’s very quiet with not much to do (which is just fine with me!)

    Can’t wait to see what books you got for Christmas – I posted a list for my family, too!

    Happy New Year!


  9. I hope you enjoy Fallen and Tourment – I did!

    Just looked back at some of your previous posts… You don’t look old enough to have two grown sons! Anyway, glad to read you had a great Christmas and “Yay!” to the brilliant Christmas present you got! 😀

  10. I really liked Fallen but I put off reading it forever because of all the bad reviews. I’m so glad I read it cause I really liked it! Torment was good too and I hope you enjoy them!

  11. Wow! True murder sounds spooky… can’t wait to see how you like that one! That is so exciting about your Nook… I haven’t convinced myself that I ‘need’ one yet lol but several bloggers got them over the holiday so it won’t be long til I add one to my wishlist 🙂

    1. Bailey I am hoping the book is fantastic! It took me a long time to go e reader as well and I really watched the “blog talk” on what they liked about the different models etc… before I finally chose the one I did. I hope I use it often. 🙂

  12. I’m glad you’re excited about your Nook. I just went out and bought a Kobo reader yesterday with all of my gift cards and I can’t wait to use it. I never thought I would buy one, yet here I am. I’m already excited about the travel opportunities with it as I no longer have to lug around a pile of books.

    1. Wow, Mari remind me where you live again where you are have power troubles. We are due for a big snow storm later this week so I suspect we are in for the same power troubles.

      Have a safe week and stay warm! 😀

  13. That is so funny about Shiver and Fallen and Torment…I loved all of them and Linger, too…you will catch up…
    Sheila…I have to tell you that after reading about all of the biscotti that you made…as yummy as they looked and sounded…it was the one cookie I could not eat during these holidays…I felt as though I had made all of them…but I will try your recipe in a month or two…perhaps Valentine’s Day?

  14. Happy Holidays! We’ve enjoyed a nice blizzard, lost power and this somehow made me READ since we had no TV to distract. So I finished a book today and on target to finish one more before the calendar turns to a new year and this makes me happy. So wonderful to meet you in 2010 and I look forward to enjoying our online friendship in 2011! Happy Reading!

  15. The nook is really sleek – have fun! FYI, there are many libraries that now have an online option to “borrow” books via nook. All you have to have a library card and your nook and it works just the same as taking out a book. Free and easy! 🙂

    I have a Kindle and it is perfect for traveling! Hope you had a happy holiday season!

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