It’s Monday – What are you reading?

28 Dec

book date its monday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme has had various host over the years and I’ve loved checking in with their different blogs – the newest host is Kathryn and The Book Date. I’m looking forward to following her and participating in this meme again 😉

As the end of 2015 rapidly approaches (am I the only one who finds it insane that 2016 is only 4 days away!), its time to look back at books read and listened. A time to re-evaluate reading and listening goals (2015 is actually the first time in about 6 years I probably won’t make my goal of 365 books and I’m not willing to short sell myself and read a bunch of novellas to get there). A time to think about any reading goals I might have for 2016 (I know reading more diverse fiction is probably going to be one of them). I also know it’s a time to look back at my blogging for the last year, which has been very patchy in places and come up with a plan (or an attempted plan) to try to cover down so that doesn’t happen again. As my mind continues to wander on things I need to think about for 2016, its time to look at what is on my plate for this last week of 2015 and what I read during Christmas week.

Last Week in Reading (and Listening):
career of evilWith my new commute to work that can be anywhere from 2-4 hours round trip a day (although i’ve yet to see close to the 2hr mark, its been more like 3-4hrs), I have had a lot of time to listen to audiobooks (yay!). Last week, I finished listening to both Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I had enjoyed the previous Galbraith books and Career of Evil was no exception, but I also felt like everything was wrapped up too quickly in the end – almost like the author had reached her page count and just wanted to get it done (looking back, I had similar thoughts about the previous 2 books in the series) and holy cliff-hanger at the end – ugh! As for Slaughterhouse-Five – I felt like I was missing something, it was a classic that just didn’t click with me – not sure why, but on the bright side, its another book off my 50 classics in 5years challenge (that I have been seriously slacking on).

burning brightOn the reading side of the house, I finished Angelfall by Susan Ee, Burning Bright – an anthology of Chanukah romances (see my review here, Call of the Highland Moon by Kendra Leigh Castle and finally, Prism by Faye Kellerman and her daughter, Aliza. I have to say overall, it was kind of a disappointing week of reading. None of the books got over 3.5 stars on my personal rating scale, and several were 2 star reads. Which was kind of a sucky way to tie up the Christmas reading break 😦 Here’s hoping this week will have some better ones!

Currently Reading (and Listening)
My current audiobook listen is AD 33 by Ted Dekker and if i finish that up, then my next one is, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. the Inheritance of Loss will likely become my first audiobook listen of 2015 as well (since I signed up to do a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day…even though its still like 60 deg by me).

when alpha purrsReading wise, I’m hoping to finish out the year by reading some favorite authors – right now I’m reading Eve Langlais’ When an Alpha Purrs – if you haven’t read Eve she writes comedic erotic romance with a paranormal theme. I am also reading The better angels of our nature by Steven Pinker as my HTTB (hoity toity thinkin book 😉 ). And my on deck pile includes Rosalind James’ Just in Time; Penny Reid’s Scenes from the City and Jennifer Ashley’s A MacKenzie Clan Gathering

I hope everyone has a great reading week and don’t forget to stop by The Book Date and let all of us know what you are reading this week 😉


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7 responses to “It’s Monday – What are you reading?

  1. Lance

    December 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I actually read a romance over the holiday – “The Tao of Hockey” by Melanie Ting. I have read hockey romance stories by her before and she sent an ARC for the publication date of Boxing Day, so I read that one. I have started two ARC’s from NetGalley – “The Legends Club”, a book on three college basketball coaches. I am very excited about this one because the author is John Feinstein, considered to be the best college basketball writer.

    The other one I started is “Into the Night” about the Iditarod sled dog race. That one came from a GR group where members partner up and you select a book from the “PIFM” shelf (pick it for me) – Into the Night is the one my partner picked.

    Oh – and I am listening to “Bitten” by Nicole Garcia, an erotic vampire story, on audio. That is one goal I have – to listen to more audio book romances. The sports books are still coming from the authors via paperback and ebook, so I figure when I need a break from them, the romance books on audio will do the trick.

    See? You aren’t the only one with multiple books going! 🙂

    • Dee

      December 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Into the night sounds intriguing – I’ll have to check it out

      • Lance

        December 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Correction – title is Fast Into the Night. That’s what happens when going on memory! 🙂

      • Dee

        December 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

        lol – i found it and added to my massive Goodreads TBR…maybe my library will get it

  2. Kathryn

    December 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    If you have to travel that much it is a great way to listen to audiobooks, I bet you get a number of them read in a year. Yes insane that there are so few days left in 2015, it just flew past.

    • Dee

      December 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      I’ll be interested to see my listening stats – until October I had only like an hour round trip (if that); so getting back in the swing of a longer commute has been interesting

  3. Silver's Reviews

    December 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful side panels.

    ENJOY your last reading week of 2015, and Happy 2016!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading


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