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Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Monday, 10-31-11. and I'm reading...

Sheila at Book Journey is the host of this meme.
Aloha from Hawaii where I alternate my reading location from poolside to beach-side.  It is a tough decision, which is best? Hmmm....

What I am reading-Divergent by Veronica Roth. A new dystopian novel by a first-time author. I am enjoying the drama more than the writing. One of the hottest books in my library this year.

What I recently completed- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. OMG I love this book...the storyline is new and fresh, the writing superb, the action is dramatic, the characters are unique and interesting, the setting vivid.  I also finished this week Entwined by Heather Dixon a dark, richly plotted retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." This book suffered from audiobook syndrome...it took too long "to read" in this format.

What I'm listening to- Flip by Martyn Bedford. A new twist on a old tale of body swapping. This one really poses a serious question, "What would you do if..." I'm actually not listening to this right now but will finish up the audiobook when I return home from vacation. When I complete it I will have completed my whole 2012 Mock Printz reading list.  Woot! Woot!

What is up next- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This book has been on my bedside table for at least three years. Ugh. Now it is an upcoming book club selection so I will finally have an excuse to finish it, though I am sure I will need to start from the beginning again. As a Pulitzer Prize winner I am sure it is well-done but I haven't heard wonderful reports from "the man on the street." Have any of you read it?  Your thoughts?  My goal is to have it half finished by the time I get home. Guess I'd better get reading!


  1. I just finished Divergent last week, it really was an exciting book to read!

  2. I will start Divergent after I finish The Sky Is Everywhere (which I really like) and I am hesitant because so many people liked it and sometimes I don't feel the same. Happy Reading!

    My Monday list: http://rachelreader.blogspot.com/2011/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-7_31.html

  3. Divergent seems to be the hot book of the moment although I'm in no rush to read it.

  4. I read Oscar Wao with one of my book groups last year. It is definitely a different sort of novel, but not bad

  5. I LOVED Divergent, & I can't wait to check out Daughter of Smoke & Bone--definitely let me know how that goes!


  6. You have a great reading spot! Enjoy!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I'm looking forward to reading Divergent too - hope I'll get to it in the next few weeks.

  8. i shall get to Divergent next year. I promise i'm going to read this book, many have enjoyed it.

  9. I'm not usually a big fan of dystopia but Daughter of Smoke and Bone has had so many good reviews I think I will have to give it a chance

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  10. I am interested in Divergent and Daughter of Smoke & Blood. Interesting - I find Audios read faster for me than print. Usually anyway. :-)
    Happy Reading.

  11. After reading your post, I read your review and an excerpt of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You're right - great beginning sentence - excerpt was pretty interesting also.

    Interesting mix of books you have there also, and how nice to be reading in Hawaii. Although, we've been having some pretty warm weather here on the west coast of California (northernish Calif)

  12. I've got to read Divergent sometime soon.

  13. Oh smoke and Bone was fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Xpresso Reads


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