Sunday, January 4, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, that is guaranteed to add to your reading list.

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! I know that I have been enjoying some quiet time with my husband the past few days, and it has been amazing. 

I also managed to read a few books!

Read Last Week(ish):



Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: This book was really good!! I have to admit, I found some parts of it super slow, like some of the flashbacks, but overall, I really did enjoy this book. And how cool that it took place in Michigan!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: I finished! I am so proud. Lol. My first Dickens. I feel that this was an easy one to break me in though.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: This was a gift from my husband for Christmas- I love this series, and this book was no exception. 

Reading This Week:

I am having a hard time landing on a first book of the year! The problem is that I am waiting on a bunch of holds from the library. So, whatever I read will be one of these: 

 


Us by David Nicholls: This is our book club read for December. I have been waiting and waiting for it. 

My True Love Gave to Me by assorted authors: I have to admit, this is the one I want to read most. I saw it on Bits and Bobs and knew I had to read it!

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless: I have a feeling this will be sad.

Posted in the Last Week or Two:


Watching:

Ensconced in our bubble, we have been watching The Originals. We are fans of The Vampire Diaries, but The Originals is even better! We finished the first season, and are bummed that we can't get the second season streaming!! We also watched The Big Year, and went to see The Hobbit, which was good but I felt it was a little long. Plus it made me cry. We are hoping to see Wild today, before the arctic cold slinks in to the area.

27 comments:

  1. I think I would like to read The Wild Truth since I read the book about her brother a few years back and enjoyed it. I read Station Eleven and really liked it, but like you, I found some parts a bit slow for my tastes. What is your opinion of the Maggie Stiefvater books? Have you read any besides this series? Someone recommended the Rave Boys series to me and I am wondering, as someone who doesn't read much YA but does enjoy fantasy, would I enjoy them or any by her? Thanks in advance, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. I loved Into the Wild but I can see where his sister might want to clarify things, if she felt some things had been left out. Had it been my brother, I might want to have my say as well. :) I love Maggie Stiefvater! I have read the Shiver series as well, which I love. Raven Boys is definitely heavy on the fantasy, being kind of mystical almost. It can get a bit repetitive, but the characters are some of her best. I would say give it a try, since you like fantasy. :) Have a great week too!

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  2. Hmm I remember last year someone posting a review of The Wild Truth but can't remember.Whatever your first read is I hope its great.

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  3. All new to me. The Wild Truth sounds intriguing.

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    1. I feel like it will be emotional for me! I have a little brother whom I am close with; I feel like this book written by Christopher McCandless' sister will tug at my heartstrings a bit.

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  4. Station Eleven seems to be popular! Am keen to read Us as well!

    Deb

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    1. I enjoyed it! I actually wanted more of certain parts, which is always a good sign. :)

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  5. Everyone seems to be reading Station Eleven at the moment and it sounds really good. I will have to pick that one up at some stage.
    The Wild Truth also seems really interesting, I only saw the movie the Wild but it was really good but such a sad story.

    Find out what I am reading

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    1. Station Eleven was really good! I am a fan of dystopian survival type books, and this one had a different spin. Yes, so sad!! I can only imagine how this book will be presented by Christopher McCandless' sister.

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  6. Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing author. Although I haven't read this particular book yet, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. At least, I hope you will! :) Happy reading.


    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

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  7. Happy New Year! I'm reading Station Eleven now and enjoying it and Us is on my wish list.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn! Station Eleven was pretty darn good!

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  8. Your quiet time with your hubby sounds wonderful. We've had the flu here. Down for the count. I haven't been able to read anything since Christmas! But, I'm bouncing back a bit and hope to get into a new book soon. Happy New Year!

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    1. It was really awesome. I know we are both going to be so busy for a while, that it will be nice to hold on to those memories of hanging out. Oh no!!! The flu is really hitting people hard this year - my mom is just now recovering from it as well. Keep feeling better, you'll be reading again soon! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  9. Station Eleven is one that I have been a little cautious to buy but I think I will just have to give in. Us is yet another book that will be added to my forever growing list of books to read! Need to make a dent soon! Have a great reading week :D

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    1. I am the same way about buying books. I checked Station Eleven out from the library, and I think I am good with that. I don't foresee myself revisiting it in the future, although I did enjoy it. Us would never have hit my radar except my friend picked it for book club - she loved it.

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  10. I've seen Us show up in a lot of places...I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

    I'm hoping to read Station Eleven soon--I've been on the hold list at the library for quite some time, but there are still several people ahead of me.

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    1. Us was recommended to me by a friend, who absolutely loved it. I am looking forward to reading it and finding out for myself!

      Ugh I hate waiting for my holds. Lol. I was hoping today some of my books might have come in, but not yet. Maybe tomorrow. :)

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  11. I've heard a lot of raving about Station Eleven. I didn't realize it took place in Michigan, though. That just might be the final straw to get me to read it! :)

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    1. It's pretty good! I really liked it! And I liked the Michigan references, although some were fictional. :)

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  12. I've only read the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater, but I really enjoyed it. I need to read some more of her books! Enjoy your week!

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    1. I really liked the Shiver series too! The Raven Boys is also really good - I really love the characters she has created in that world.

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  13. Happy New Year! I have heard so much about Stations Eleven- and I also didn't realize it was set in Michigan. Awesome- i think I'll have to read this now. The idea of keeping the arts alive -i like it. Also that holiday anthology has had me curious- only because I was in the holiday mood this year and it looks good. Glad you guys had some good time- we all need that once in a while.

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    1. Thanks Greg! Station Eleven was pretty darn good! I enjoyed the references to Michigan, although fictional in places. I think it is actually more your neck of the woods than mine. :) I loved that premise too! A little different than most dystopian novels. I just got word that the holiday anthology is in for me at the library! Yay!

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  14. I hope you get My True Love Gave To Me gets you shortly, it is such a wonderful read. I love One Day by David Nicholls and have heard nothing but good things about Us, so I guess you can't go wrong with either of those as a first read of the year. I started the new year with an old favourite, Jodi Picoult, although the book was new to me.

    Thanks for the mention, Erin!
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    Bits & Bobs

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