It’s Monday What Are You Reading? Feb 11, 2013

I am linking up with Book Journey today to recap what I read last week and what I am reading and listening to this week.

Last week I Finished

The Wicked Valentine Read-a-Thon is running from 2/7 – 2/14 so I have accomplished some reading goals as a part of that.

1) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as one of my books to complete the Book Blogger Recommendation Reading Challenge. I promised my oldest son that I would give Hunger Games another chance after giving up on it because I didn’t like the concept of kids killing kids. I’m glad I read it and I can’t wait to read the next book. Full review coming soon.

2) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as my classic set during the Civil Rights Movement to complete the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge. I listened to this on audiobook and it was narrated by the talented Sissy Spacek. That was a surprise treat and I thoroughly enjoyed it, an excellent narrator certainly makes all the difference. I certainly had a better appreciation for the novel than when I read it in middle school.  Full review coming soon.


This Week I Will Be Reading

1)  Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster for my book club.  So far this one is an entertaining, quick read. A story about the mean girl in high school who has an opportunity to go back and make things right…or does she?

2) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I’ve heard lots of rave reviews about this YA novel about a young princess who must live up to her title of the chosen one . This book does not fulfill a challenge requirement but I have been on the waiting list for awhile and it finally came in for download.

3) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson on audiobook for my Back to the Classics Reading Challenge Adventure classic and the Monthly Keyword Challenge for March using the keyword “treasure”.  I see on Goodreads there is an audiobook narrated by Alfred Molina which would have been interesting but I don’t think that is the version that I am borrowing from the library.

It should be a busy and interesting week and I am surprisingly on track with all these challenges I am undertaking, and surprisingly a little ahead.  I’ve certainly been enjoying reading and meeting new book bloggers from the Blogathon, Mini-Bloggiesta and the Read-a-Thon which have fueled the fire in me to keep on reading and sharing recommendations.

What are you reading this week? Link up at Book Journey and let us know! 

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    1. Hi Catherine, Hunger Games is worth a read if you like YA dystopian novels. Who knew I would like it and Divergent as much as I did? Certainly not I. Thanks for visiting from Mini-Bloggiesta. Wasn’t it great? My first time participating and look forward to the full one coming up soon!

    1. Hi Rebecca, glad to catch up with you here and at Readathon twitter party (although briefly) last night. I haven’t heard of either of those books but I always enjoy reading your reviews. Hope to join in for your book club in March! thanks for checking in.

      1. That was my first Twitter party ever. . . I was also watching the SOTU and on the phone with a friend, so I tried to join in, but I know it was limited!!!!

        I’m super up on the whole technology stuff with FB and other things but I’m still trying to figure out how Twitter works best.

        1. Yay for twitter parties! My first one was during Blogathon last month, it’s fast and furious but you get lots of info and meet fabulous bloggers in a short time (tweetgrid is very helpful if you weren’t using it). I feel so silly asking Allison what the SOTU was, I have been reading so much I haven’t watched news/regular TV in awhile. I am better with FB too but seems like a lot of book bloggers are on Twitter but not on FB. Glad you and Allison are on both!

          Thanks for stopping by again Rebecca! Talk to you soon.

  1. I really liked The Girl of Fire and Thorns, I’ve got the next book up soon. Glad you persevered with The Hunger Games, I loved book 2 as well and even though I was a little disappointed in the final book overall it’s one of my favourite series.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

    1. Glad to hear you liked Girl of Fire and Thorns Teddyree. I’ve heard the same about Hunger Games, that the second book is the best. Hope you have a great week too!

    1. Hi there Lisa! Girl of Fire and Thorns is a YA book about a princess thats the chosen one. I’ve only gotten about 20 pages in but I love the story surrounding her birth and the reason for her name. I think I will enjoy it. What are you reading?

      1. I *love* a good YA book! I’ll have to read that one!
        I just finished “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker which was fantastic. I’m starting Karen McQuestion’s latest book “Edgewood” tonight. I have no idea what it’s even about, but I liked her “A Scattered Life” so I thought I’d give it a go.
        Enjoy “Girl of Fire and Thorn”!

  2. Isn’t it wonderful when you are hesitant about a book and then discover that it’s wonderful? I waited a long time to read The Hunger Games myself but ended up really enjoying the series.

    Enjoy your reads this week! I’ve heard good things about The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

    1. Hi Lindsey, it certainly is a pleasant surprise loving a book you didn’t think you would. Certainly better than expecting to love a book and be one of few who does not like it (which seems to happen to me a lot). I do enjoy Girl of Fire and Thorns so far.

  3. I was surprised to like The Hunger Games as well. I don’t even remember what made me give it a try, as I read it well before all the hype. I’m glad you liked it on the second try! I re-read TKAM last year for the umpteenth time and loved it just as much as I did the first time. Thankfully, I never had to read it for school, because that would have ruined it for me. Enjoy your week!

    1. Hi Jen, even better to read the books before all the hype! I am glad to have given TKAM another try. I don’t remember the books I read in school anyway so it’s like reading it for the first time. Back then, getting me to read was torture but now it’s my favorite hobby. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Brunette Librarian. We just discovered that our library has book club kits so we can decide on a book and pick up a bag with enough copies for my entire club, discussion questions and we get to keep it for 7 weeks. They have some great choices of books I wanted to read anyway. So next book club pick is Sarah’s Key. I LOVE the library and am so thankful for the opportunity to borrow books for free. I am hooked on being on a book club as well. Right now it’s just a few close friends so its casual girl time and plenty of fun!

  4. I’ve been wanting to read To Kill A Mockingbird. I did see the move many many years ago and loved it so I’m pretty sure I’ll like the book even more…if I ever get around to reading it.

    Haven’t read The Hunger Games and don’t think I will.

    1. Hi Vicki, I usually like the books better than the movies but then again, I don’t like reading a book and watching a movie. Once I know the story, I don’t have a desire to do the other since most of the time I am disappointed. Hunger Games might be an exception, I am curious who Peeta is played by. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Looks like a great week for you….hope you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my blog….and I hope you love To Kill a Mockingbird as much as I did. I only read it for the first time a couple of years ago.

    1. It’s much better having listened to it as an adult and amazed at how different life was 40 years ago in the South. I definitely have a better appreciation for it as a mother than I do reading it as a kid. Thanks for stopping by Laurel-Rain!

    1. Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by. I hope I like it as much as others seem to! I got no further than the first 2 pages last night, but it has me curious. Why would a 16 year old princess hope her future husband is old, ugly and fat? Surely Elise is not a typical princess. Look forward to seeing what you’re reading this week!

    1. Thanks Judith, this is the fun kind of busy I certainly don’t mind. I appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing what you’re reading.

    1. Thanks Shellyrae, I love being ahead of the game, it doesn’t happen often…small victories! Off to visit you and see what you’re reading.

    1. I looked up The World Without You on Goodreads, it looks interesting. Thanks for stopping by as always Allison!

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