Monday, July 15, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)

This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and was then passed on to Sheila from Book Journey, then Kathryn The Book Date, where it currently resides. It's a fun way to share what we've read in the past week, what we're currently reading, and what's next!

Covers link to Goodreads, reviews linked below if I've posted them!


1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


Sorcery of Thorns is one of my favorite books of 2019 thus far! I loved the focus on libraries and dangerous books, and the romance and love interest was sublime. Silas was probably my favorite character though - animal sidekicks ftw.


2. Happy Together by Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski


I am literally always on a self-help kick, and wanted to read one about romantic relationships specifically. I thought Happy Together took a great approach to relationships by emphasizing positive psychology, and seeing the best in your partner. There are some great exercises in here that I can't wait to try out with my significant other! It wasn't life-changing, but I did quite enjoy reading this one.


3. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Save the Date was a fluffy and funny contemporary novel revolving around the main character, Charlie, and her sister's wedding. It focuses on the issues of change when it comes to family. Charlie tries so hard throughout the novel to reconnect with her four siblings and get back that feeling of the whole family hanging out together and talking, the way it was before everyone moved out of the house. Charlie is the youngest, and the last one left, the house is being sold, and her mother's comic focusing on their family is ending. 

I liked Save the Date well enough, but I noticed something that many other readers on Goodreads did as well: it sort of read like a screenplay. There were some great scenes I could imagine full-out cackling at if it were a movie scene, but only got a slight smile, if that, in book format. I did appreciate the focus on family and siblings - although there is a little romance - and the realization that sometimes your family isn't perfect, and that's okay!


Currently Reading: 

I went a little crazy starting new books this week, as you can see... no judgement!!

1. Burned (Pretty Little Liars #12) by Sara Shepard


This is one of those series that never ends, but I kinda don't mind it (think the other neverending series, Gossip Girl). It's pure fluff, and interesting enough to keep me turning pages, even though I know that A is not whoever the girls are guessing at this point.

2. Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West


I LOVED the first book is this series, Pivot Point, so I immediately started on the next one. This one alternates between the main character Addie's POV, and her best friend Laila. It's not quite as engrossing as Pivot Point, but I do like being able to see inside Laila's head since she seemed a little shallow in the first book.

3. Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2) by Garth Nix


I love Garth Nix with a probably abnormal passion, so I'm determined to get into this series despite not finding the first book very compelling. I'm not far into Grim Tuesday, but it's not hooking me so far, sadly.

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

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I'm almost ten years behind the hype on this one, but it's super cute so far! I love short chapters <3

5. The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) by Robin Bridges


I plucked this one off my shelf through a random reads thing I've been doing - putting all my to-read books on Goodreads into a random number generator and reading the one that is selected. The Gathering Storm is a little different than what I expected based on the cover, but I'm intrigued.


It'll be all I can do to finish my currently reading for next week I think, but I am going to start a couple new things despite that.

1. Coral by Sara Ella


I was just approved for an ARC of Coral on Netgalley, and I'm so excited! The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie as a kid, and adult me likes the angst of the original Hans Christian Anderson tale as well - this is a twist on that version. I can't wait to dig into this. The book comes out in November!

2. Messenger by Lois Lowry


I re-read The Giver recently and remembered how much I loved it - I'm finishing up the series now, and really enjoying the new stories and characters.


  1. Great assortment of books! I hope you do enjoy them all. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Thank you Kathy! It's been a great reading week. :)

  2. A Sorcery of Thorns keeps getting bumped up my wishlist, it has so many great reviews.

    Have a great reading week

    1. I highly recommend it! Although it does borrow heavily from Garth Nix's Abhorsen series, which I recommend even more :)

  3. Wonderful group of books. I am sure I heard some one lauding the Sorcery book on a podcast. It does sound good. The list of pluses you mention tick my boxes!

    1. Definitely! I tore through it, and it's not a small book. It's one of the first books I've read this year that really made me feel something, which is always my criteria for a great book!

  4. Sorcery of thorns looks so good! And animal companions? That sounds awesome.

    I always wanted to read Pivot Point and never did. I should go back and read those.

    1. Sorcery of Thorns is so great! And yes, Silas is a great animal companion - he can shift from a human-like form to a white cat and the descriptions of Silas' sarcastic looks as a cat are hilarious. He's much like Moggett from Garth Nix's Abhorsen series, if you've read that.

      Pivot Point is definitely one of my favorites this year. My heart was racing through the entire last quarter of the book. I finished the sequel after I published this post, and it was good, but not as great as the first in the series.