It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
The Rivals by Daisy Whitney: I was surprised by how much I liked this one.  In some ways, much stronger than the first, and in others, weaker.  Review to come.
Fangirl by Ken Baker: This one is super cute, but there are things about Baker’s writing that don’t sit right with me.
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Ann Peters: This one was a disappointment.

 

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I’m still working on this one, but it’s definitely worth it.
Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff: This one is taking a bit to get into, but I’m still hopeful.

 

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
Narc by Crissa Jean-Chappell: I didn’t care for this one.  Despite having a premise that should provide tension, this story never got off the ground.
Amplified by Tara Kelly: This was a cute, if predictable, YA about music and coming-of-age.
Unchained by L.B. Tillet: Despite an oversimplified plot, this one was super compelling and well done.
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler: Perhaps overly long, but very moving.
Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick: This one had an interesting premise and an even more intriguing narration style, but I’m not sure how I felt about it.

Books I Completed This Week:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I’m listening to this one on audiobook and am enjoying it so far.
Fangirl by Ken Baker: This one is cute so far. I’m not sure I love it, though.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
The Punk Ethic by Timothy Decker: Still trying to figure out what the plot of this one was.
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone: I loved this contemplative, quiet little book that straddles the MG/YA line.
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins: I definitely don’t get the Hopkins-hype.  There was some good stuff here, but talk about being WAY too long.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer: Loved this one.  Loved it.
No-Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood: This was a quiet little historical fiction.  I liked it, but it wasn’t a standout.
Fighting for Dontae by Mike Castan: An easy, emotionally resonant read for reluctant readers.  I liked this one.
Crazy by Amy Reed: I really liked this one.  A great, fair portrayal of bi-polar disorder.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler: Still working on this one.  I don’t know why it got set aside, because I’m enjoying it.
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues: I’m not sold on this one yet.
Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell: I’m not sure about this one, either.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher: I didn’t care for this one as it felt half-baked, but it might find an audience, especially with teen boys.
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci: An interesting premise and intriguing format couldn’t save this one from getting lost in its own message.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab: I loved this one: subtle, reflective, and beautifully written.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer: This one was really riveting and really well done.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler: I want to like this one, so we’ll see how it goes.
Amplified by Tara Kelly: This seems cute so far.  We’ll see.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.


Books I Completed Last Week:

Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl: A very funny, very frothy little historical story that will work for readers who like Jane Austen.  Review to come.
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss: I wanted to like this one, but I just couldn’t.  Super didactic and weirdly stereotypical.  Review to come.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Beautifully written and very moving, but way, way too long.  Review to come.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman: I loved this one.  Very creative and well written and kind of like peering into my own uncomfortable past.
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally: While this was an improvement from Catching Jordan, it’s not a standout for me.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler: I want to like this one.  We’ll see.
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci: This one looks really interesting.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie: I loved this tough novel about a boy struggling with his anger and grief over the loss of his brother in Afghanistan.  Review to come.
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk: I was worried about not liking this one, but I ended up sort of loving it.  Funny, smart, and well-written.  Review to come.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt: I loved, loved, loved this one.  It was one of the best verse novels I’ve ever read, hands down.  Review to come.
The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp: This one was great, but super dark, super disturbing, and really dense despite its rather short length.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  Review to come.
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams: Another verse novel, and while this one wasn’t a standout for me, it was still very good. Review to come.
Easy by Tamara Webber: While this was enjoyable, I found it kind of problematic.  Review to come.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: This one is long, but I’m sort of already hooked.
Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl: This one is outside of my normal wheelhouse, but it’s funny.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab: This one’s been getting a ton of great buzz, so it’s up next.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.


Books I Completed Last Week:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry: Some steamy romance here that hides the fact that this is a book about psychological issues.  However, it was overly long and drifted into purple prose more often than I’d have liked.
No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone: Cute, quick, and totally part of Simone’s (totally legitimate) formula.  This will be a hit with fans of her other books.
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake: Definitely one of the standouts of the week, Flake’s novel about a female wrestler and a boy born with no legs was smart, sad, and beautiful.
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis: Authentic and very real, this story about a family coping with changes was well done.
The Good Braider by Terry Farish: Beautiful verse novel about a girl from Sudan adapting to life in America.
Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala: A novel about street kids in Seattle has too much romance in it to lend much credence to its message.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie: I’m really enjoying this one, but it’s emotionally raw.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed This Week:
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles: So sad and so beautiful. I loved this one.  Review to come.
Blankets by Craig Thompson: A reread from several years ago.  It’s still a good graphic memoir. I have conflicted feelings about it.  Review to come.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Creepy, creepy, creepy.  Review to come.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn: This one had good buzz just before it was released and then I didn’t hear anything else about it.  Excited to get into it.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed This Week:
The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti: I liked this one, but it was emotionally draining to read.  Review to come.
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates: If I thought Borrowed Wings was hard to read, this was excruciating in its depresso themes.  I liked it, though.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Women in Their Beds by Gina Berriault: We’ll see about this short story collection.
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong: I feel like this is essential reading, but I’ve never gotten around to it.  We’ll see.

I’m in a bit of a reading rut, so we’ll see what else I get to this week.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:
Every Day by David Levithan: I liked this one, but I worry about the weird decision to do so much fat-shaming at the end.  Review to come.
Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy: Cute middle grade.  Review to come.
Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer: This one took me a long time to read, but I really enjoyed it.  I’m not sure if I’ll review it on the blog.

Books I’m Reading This Week:
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates: I loved Easter Parade, so I might as well read his most famous work, right?
I’ll Scream Later by Marlee Matlin: I’m kind of on a Matlin-kick right now.

What are you reading this week?