It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? April 8, 2013

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey  to recap what I finished reading last week, what I am currently reading and other book-related events coming up. Bloggers link up their lists and it’s a great way to get new book recommendations, discuss our thoughts on the books we’ve read and meet new bloggers. It’s a great start to the week.

Last week I Finished

I finished my review of In the Woods by Tana French for a book club hosted by Allison of the Book Wheel and Rebecca of Love at First Book. It stirred quite the discussion and controversy amidst readers. Overall, I loved Ms. French’s poetic writing style but was disappointed in the ending.



I wasn’t able to participate in the Book Blogger Twitter Con as I hoped. I worked during the day and 6 pm is dinner time for my hungry brood so I wasn’t able to grab any of the panels, did any of you attend? What did you find useful?

This Week I’m Reading

Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Yes, I am STILL reading Wicked. What’s more disheartening is the Kindle says I’m only 1/3rd of the way through it and it seems like I’ve been reading it for a really long time. I am enjoying it now after a rocky start. As my readers warned, it’s more dark than I thought it would be but yet very interesting to see Mr. Maguire’s interpretation of how the famous witches in the Wizard of Oz came to be.




I’ve also been participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 this week. Although not exclusively for book bloggers, I’ve been enjoying participating in this huge blog hop and met so many fantastic new-to-me bloggers. I’ve met inspiring bloggers who are brave enough to share their stories, like Lemon Drop Pie who got and beat breast cancer in her 20’s. I also enjoyed Ramblings of a Southern Angel’s “Complete not compete…women unite” post and a call to all women to show solidarity rather than criticism for the tough job we have. Read my comment on her post for a funny story about when my oldest son, codename Einstein, and I were discussing the joys and pains of childbirth. If you are joining me from the UBP, welcome again and thanks for visiting and your support. I love visitors and comments, even more.


Other upcoming bookish events

Michelle, aka The True Book Addict, is doing a read-along of classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the month of April. Michelle hosts a Twitter chat every Tuesday to discuss the book and you can find the schedule on Michelle’s Tuesday Book Talk Readalongs group on Goodreads. I’ve joined the group and hope I can participate next month, it’s so fun discussing books with others as the story unfolds, rather than just at the end.

The Classics Club is also hosting a Sync Read of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston from April 10th through May 30th. Another classic on my to-read list and the sync read just means you can go to the Classics Club site during the month and discuss the book on your time and at your pace with other clubbers who are reading the same book. No pressure, just great discussion. They have their schedule set through December so hoping I can make it for one of them.

Well,that’s what I’ve been up to. What are you reading this week? Have you read any of the books in my post? What did you think? Are you participating in any fun bookish events? Tell me in the comments and let me know. Hope you link up or visit Book Journey too and see what other book bloggers are reading. Happy reading and have a good week!


  1. I’ll have to add this list to my TBR and check them out. I love to read. I picked up the Beautiful Creatures series a few weeks ago on a Kindle Daily deal. They were only $2.99/each, so I grabbed them. I’m on book 2 and like them good enough to finish, but I can’t say they’re may favorite. I think they are a little slow. But, I’m invested in the characters at this point and will read the rest I’m sure.

    1. Hi Adrienne, yay for getting Beautiful Creatures on a Kindle Deal, bummer that it’s not as captivating and attention-grabbing as you’d like. Hope the rest gets better for you. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. I’ve wanted to read Wicked for a long time. Too bad it had a rocky start! I hate when I read and read a book, and never seem to make progress. I hope the ending is better!

    1. It’s picking up for sure and has taken quite a turn into the politics of the wizarddom 🙂 Thanks for visiting Diana!

  3. I totally hear you on the Tana French book. I liked “The Likeness” – that was pretty good. This one, eh. Kind of climaxed into nothing.

  4. I havent read the books that you are reading, but they look interesting! =)
    Ive been reading a couple of books this past week, “Always the Baker, Never the Bride” by Sandra D. Bricker, and “Quilt or Innocence” by Elizabeth Craig.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Melissa and sharing your books. I haven’t read either of yours but always looking for good book recommendations. Are you enjoying them? Always the Baker, Never the Bride combines my love of sweet treats and weddings all in the title, so that one has me curious 🙂

  5. HI Tanya thanks for stopping by my blog from UBP13 🙂 I am reading my book I wrote for bloggers LOL I am thinking of doing a new edition so I was looking over it. But I also love reading books that are spiritual.

  6. Thanks so much for linking to my blog! That’s what I love about UBP, is meeting bloggers I might not normally find.

    I just finished reading Helen of Troy. It took me a long time to get through it, but it was a great book!

    1. Hi Ginny, you are very welcome. I love introducing my readers to other bloggers that I find and inspire me. I need to make it a more regular feature.

      Helen of Troy sounds great, I will have to add it to my long ever-growing to-read list. I love mythology and have been looking for some more books besides just The Iliad and the Odyssey. Thanks for the recommendation!

      Hope you will stay in touch. Have a great day!

  7. Soooooo disappointed in the ending of In The Woods. That really ruined the book for me, and I have been reluctant to read another French novel as a result.
    BBTC was fun but I didn’t get to participate very much either. Good convos when I was there though!!

  8. I managed to swing by the BBTC proofreader and amazon addicts panels. Once they hit trending the spammers started posting, but they were great and very informative. I read through the transcripts on Parajunkees though and they were interesting.

  9. Thanks for letting us know about the Classics Club book discussion. I haven’t read any of these books except Their Eyes Were Watching God, which is fabulous. Your description of Wicked has me curious about the book. Have a good week.

  10. I see that Allison and Rebecca are doing A Train in Winter next time around. I really enjoyed that book 🙂

    I read Wicked a million years ago 😉 (or something like that) I liked it quite a lot. It was told from a neat perspective.

    Have a fab week chica!

  11. Hi Tanya 🙂 thanks for stopping by my Monday post and my FB page earlier! I haven’t read any of the books in your post, but they look pretty interesting!

    I participated a little bit in one of the last Twitter con panels – the one about negative reviews. It was cut short because of p o r n spammers, though, which is sad, really!

    I hope you’ll have a wonderful week.

    1. What a bum deal that the spammers cut the panel short. I remember they invaded either a Blogathon or Bloggiesta chat I was in once it started trending. Really? Ugh.

      Thanks for following my facebook page as well and hope you have a great week too.

  12. I went to one of the panels during the day – researching for blog posts. It was interesting and a good level of participation, and I learned a few things. Wish I had been able to attend other panels.

  13. I hope you’ll get through Wicked, otherwise it’s time to start another book and leave this one alone for a bit.

    I attended the early (12pm/1pm) BBTC panels and had a great time. I learned a few useful things and also it was interesting to see the opinions of other bloggers on certain issues. The 6pm/7pm panels were in the middle of the night for me, so I couldn’t do those.

    The UBP sounds great fun!

  14. I’ve been wanting to give Wicked another try… I tried it when it first came out, but I was just out of high school and I’m such a different reader now, you know?

    Definitely been hearing a mix of things about In the Woods! Huge variety of opinions. LOL

    1. Yes, it was controversial and we all had plenty to say about it! I have been enjoying non-fiction more as well. Hopefully I can join in your May book club, I enjoyed discussing the book with you, Rebecca and the other commenters!

  15. Thank you so much for the shout out. I did read your comment and it cracked me up and was absolutely something I could picture one of my boys having said at some point or other.

    1. You are very welcome and boy, you’re fast! I had just tried getting the formatting quirks out of my post and here you’d already commented! I really loved the post and glad to give a shout out to you for a great post and something we all need to keep in mind.

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