It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

Finals are just ahead, but I managed to get much more reading done this past week than I anticipated. This is either a good omen or an incredibly bad indication of my lack of studying. We’ll see how this week fares in comparison.

The Past Week

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

Black Heart by Holly Black

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City (in the Mass Market edition of The Iron Duke) by Meljean Brook

Reading Now

Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling

The Week Ahead

The White Road by Lynn Flewelling

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

I’m poised at the edge of the semester, and finals are just around the corner, so it will likely be another light reading week for me.

The Past Week

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Reading Now

Black Heart by Holly Black

The Week Ahead

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsay
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
  • Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
  • The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  • Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

For Review

  • World on Fire by Hayley B. James (from NetGalley)
  • The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (from NetGalley)
  • Firelight by Kristen Callihan (from NetGalley)
  • Beauty in the Beast by Christine Danse (from NetGalley)
  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (from NetGalley)

Received

  • Disillusionists trading cards (thanks to Carolyn Crane!)
  • Wild & Steamy Anthology by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, and Carolyn Crane
  • Thief! by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Eddis by Megan Whalen Turner

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  • An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
  • It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  • Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  • Hidden by Kelly Armstrong
  • I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn

Won

  • Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook (plus tons of swag)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Are On The Top Of My TBR List For Fall

1.Death Magic by Eileen Wilks

The World of the Lupi is a consistently underrated series. Half romance, half urban fantasy with a slash of detective thrown in, Wilks’s books are no fluffy throwaway read.

2. One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are at the top of my PNR list and always will be. I know that a lot of readers are worried about whether Frost can sustain the tension now that Cat and Bones are settled into wedded bliss, but I for one hope that she resists the urge to manufacture some drama. I enjoy reading about a happy couple, and it’s guaranteed that Frost has some new adventures up her sleeve for our favorite couple.

3. Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

While I’ve never been able to get into her Guardian series, The Iron Seas books deliver on all fronts for me: great characters, fantastic worldbuilding, exciting and unpredictable plots. My favorite steampunk romance series so far.

4. Aftermath by Ann Aguirre

Jax’s journey is drawing to a close. With only two books left in the series, and a decision at the end of the last book that will have massive repercussions for Jax and those she holds dear, I’m sure Aguirre will put us through the wringer before Jax and co. can finally rest.

5. The Bite Before Christmas by Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands

What? More Cat and Bones only a month after One Grave at a Time? We must have been good this year. Thumbs up for a new Sands story as well; though I haven’t kept up with her Argeneau series, she always delivers a fun and sexy read. (I just wished these two talented authors had been graced with a better cover.)

6. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

I suspect that I may actually do a happy dance down the bookstore aisle next week when I finally have this one in my hands. Quite possibly my most anticipated release for the year; I have my fingers crossed for some Toby-Tybalt development once and for all, and more Luidaeg!

7. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss was perfection. I’m so glad I listened to early reviews and forced myself to look past the hideous title and even more hideous cover, for Perkins knows how to write the type of story women daydream about while still infusing her protagonist with enough substance to garner respect.

8. The Rift Walker by Susan and Clay Griffith

I’ve been counting down the days til this release since turning the last page of The Greyfriar months ago. Both the Greyfriar and Adele are compelling characters, and the setting unlike any I’ve encountered, mixing urban fantasy, steampunk, and apocalyptic elements into a terrifying landscape.

9. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

I’ve heard nothing but good things from my fellow book bloggers over in Australia about this title. This may actually top my TBR list at the moment.

10. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

As I mentioned last week, after finishing Finnikin of the Rock, I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series. Marchetta draws me in time and again, whether writing contemporary or fantasy.