Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly blog meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It allows readers to wrap up the previous week of reading and talk about books for the week ahead.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn kept me busy through Friday due to work and other plans. I really enjoyed this read, though not quite as much as Gone Girl. I didn’t predict the ending, so Flynn wins this round. I hope to see the movie this weekend with a friend, provided she finishes the book on time. Four stars.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a love of mine, and I loved it just as much as the first time reading it a few years ago. The story of a woman who lets the stories she reads get to her and make her a tad bit paranoid… like we haven’t all been down that road before. Again, my original review can be found here. Five stars.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a damn treat! I knew nothing about it going in, and I did not expect her to be the sort of sidekick she ended up being. I love the relationship between Blackheart and and Goldenloin as well, not to mention their names. Also, apparently Nimona starts with pink hair, not red. I swore she was a ginger. Either way, great story. Five stars.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Strandal uncovers the real Midwest through food. It has just the right amount of “teasing” (we wouldn’t call it a “jab” around these parts) with the mannerisms and language that comes from living in small town Minnesota. I enjoyed Eva’s journey through the eyes of those she meets and the food she creates along the way. Books like this remind me of how connected we all are. I want to go on a culinary adventure with Strandal. Five stars.
I’ve had this book on a few readathon lists to no avail and decided it was time to finally read it for real. I haven’t read many fairy tale retellings before, but I’m excited about this one. The description calls it a “story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.” Well, I’m sold. Time to get reading!
Coming Up This Week
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins has been recommended to me by several friends. It’s always been one of those “I’ll buy it when it shows up at the bookstore” books, because apparently that means I need to read it at that time. Well, I finally spotted it the other day, so now is the time to read it.
Persuasion by Jane Austen is one of my two favorite Austen reads. (Yes, the other is Pride and Prejudice. Third is Northanger Abbey, in case you’re wondering.) I’m rereading it for Austen in August. I expect to love it just as much as the first time around. If not, send sympathy cookies, please and thank you. (Click for previous review)
Room by Emma Donoghue is yet another book-to-movie that must be read before seen. I’ve owned this book for a few years now. Leave it to the movie version to motivate me to finally read a book, per usual. Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about with this one.
The above gif is in honor of simply not understanding how people can read as much as I do, blog, have a job, be married or in a relationship, and/or have pets and/or children. It truly does baffle me. I still enjoy being single (for now), but I applaud such individuals all the same for managing it all. So, well done to pretty much everyone.
Seriously, what is this secret to the read/write/relationship/pets/kids life? I want to know… you know, for future reference… five or so years from now.
I have no big plans this week so I’ll leave it at that. Happy Monday to you all!
What are you reading this week? Any big plans outside of reading?