Hello! Welcome to It’s Monday What Are You Reading? The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. It’s a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read list. 😀 You never know where that next great read may come from!
A fairly good week here but a busy one outside of reading. I listened to audio when I could but did not finish a book this week. (The book I reviewed this week I read last month) Here is what I did post:
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon (another awesome read!)
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (oh yeah she has done it again!)
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (creepy good!!!!)
Last Time We Said Good Bye by Cynthia Hand ( so good!)
Book CRACK: What Draws You To The Books You Choose
This was actually an awesome week for reading as every review I posted this week was excellent. That rarely happens, in fact a few weeks ago I read several books in a row that were kind of “meh”. I started to think I was snooty and too judgey! Glad to see that pattern is broke! 🙂
So here is what I am putting in my head this week:
For My Ears
The moment a mysterious boy moves in next door to Sydney and Allyson Tate, both of their lives begin to change in ways that neither of them can ignore.
When Allyson meets Graham Copeland, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit – shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s almost impossible to resist having a crush on him.
As usual, Sydney sees things differently than her sister. In her mind, Graham’s odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him and to protect a love-struck Allyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too. And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right – and wrong – she is about everything.
Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn’t provide the comfort she expects: She struggles to recognize family and childhood friends and begins experiencing dark flashbacks – but she’s not sure if they’re truly memories or side effects of her brain injury.
Dana decides to use her investigative skills to piece together her past and learns of the event that made her become a reporter in the first place: the disappearance of her best friend Casey Grant, the summer after high school graduation. Looking at her past and the unsolved mystery through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends seem to be suspects, authority figures part of a cover-up. Dana begins to question everything she knows. What is real? What is imagined? Are we defined by what happens to us? And is the truth really something too terrible to be believed?
I am not putting any books down because I know what I need to finish. I need to get my book mojo back this week 🙂
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I’m keen to hear what you think of Cold Cold Heart. It reminded me I need to read more Hoag!
Yeah, I went through a “meh” phase last year and knew it had to be me and not the books. I was glad to get past it too. Happy Reading, Sheila!
The Last Time We Say Goodbye *sigh* … so good! Nice to read a bunch of great books, I’ll be back later to check out a few more reviews. Happy reading 🙂
The Tami Hoag book looks good…enjoy!
The frailty of things
That looks like a run of good books! I think I’ve gotten too snooty and critical myself. I couldn’t tell you the last time I rated something 5 stars. I have a feeling my tastes are changing and I haven’t figured out what I really want to read now. I’ll get there eventually. Enjoy your week!
I’ve been trying to get my book mojo back as well. I hope you have a great week!!
all the best with that book mojo, Sheila!
thanks for hosting and posting …
Twisted fate sounds suspenseful!
I really like that last book listed. I wonder why we do choose the books we choose. It’s something worth thinking about. Gets the psychological side of my brain to work. I might look for this one.
I thought Necessary Lies was brilliant too, glad you enjoyed it Sheila. I hope to get hold of the Paula Daly novel soon as I loved her first one. I hope you have a good week. Lindsay
I run of ‘meh’ books is the worst! Gald you’ve found a better groove.
My week is stil crazy & almost didn’t have time to post anything today…but here I am! Twice! The first link is back to your blog – do’h !! If you’re able to delete it – thanks 🙂
I read Finding Jake last week and thought it was really good, too! I have Cold Cold Heart on audio and am saving it for my drive to DC in 2 weeks – I am looking forward to listening to it as I really like Tami Hoag’s books! Have a great week 🙂
I always worry that I might be getting…gasp…bored with reading when I have tons of meh books in a row. Then I read a zinger and I snap back.
Glad your slump has been broken! The meh slump is a bad feeling – unfortunately I’ve had it this year too.
I am reading RUNNING TO STAY UPRIGHT by Sharon Wright. The cover didn’t do much for me, but the story keeps pulling me back. Check it out.
It is so worrisome to have so many “meh” books in a row. Glad you’ve broken out of that pattern and hoping you continue on your roll of good ones. 🙂 Happy reading this week.
OH MY STARS by Lorna Landvik.
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I’m glad you found books that excited you again! I have the opposite problem. I tend to like something about all the books I read. It probably comes from trying to read to match middle schoolers with the right books. Even if I didn’t like it, I always knew at least one kid that might love it.
Isn’t that wonderful, when you get on a trend of one good book after another? So much fun! I haven’t read any of these that you reviewed, so I will go take a look.
Hope this is another great reading week!
Book By Book
I’m reading I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak 🙂
Cold Cold Heart looks interesting.
I know what you mean about reading books that aren’t ones of major interest. I had that happen last year in November.
ENJOY your week.
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A book I had pre-ordered has arrived, so Marked Masters is first on the list for the week, and I still have a few read reviews to do kinda sorta. Been away a couple of days to find a small Harry Potter discussion in the memoir facebook group….and, speaking of HP…did you here that they are doing a set of Forever Stamps for the series? That, and Maya Angelou I heard on the news. And of course, I thought of you with the HP stamps…..planning on a set to slip into my HP books…maybe my Canadian/ British one.
So, books this week: Ritter Ames’Marked Masters, Michael Christie: If I Fall, If I Die,
and Kimberley McCreight’s Recontructing Amelia, which was recommended by Bree Hester and we’ve been PMing about. I read Dovekeepers last week, the book by Alice Hoffman that Burnett/Downey Productions has made a miniseries of that will run the end of this month on CBS.
At least the audiobooks mean you finish something! I am sure you will find time for books soon. 🙂
Wow! Your “book energy” is amazingly high! Happy reading, Sheila!
It’s awesome when all the books you’ve read have been good ones. Ive got to check out the Chamberlain one. I really like her books. Hope you get your book mojo back. It’s frustrating when you don’t feel like reading or are just too busy. Have a great week!
I’m in the middle of The Monopolists, a book about the history of Monopoly. It’s pretty awesome!
Monday has been very tough and the week is going from bad to worse! But still following the meme participants though not taking part in it this week.
I’m always looking for a good creepy book so thanks for the recommendation. I’ve had some meh books lately too. i think it’s either me or this weather though.
Have a good week!
I’m a big reader of crime/political thrillers and murder mysteries. I recently discovered the Jake Sullivan series by Chip Bell and I am totally hooked. They are labelled as political thrillers but I think they have huge appeal to fans of murder mysteries, crime thrillers and action adventure. I always look for books with well developed characters which is why I’m often drawn to a series which has had time to build the characters but truly excellent and consistent series can be tough to find. The Jake Sullivan series is absolutely solid throughout. In fact I think they get better and better as they go on. Most recently I read One Particular Harbour. It’s the 5th in the series but probably my favorite. Definitely worth taking a moment to check out some of the reviews and give these a chance.