Posted by: vmlay | January 4, 2010

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is hosted over on J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

I have missed several weeks of the meme for various reasons including the holidays and having the kids home.  So I’m going to play catch up this week so I can be hopefully be back on track for next week!

Books completed Since My Last Post:

Last Half of November 2009

The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller — Christian fiction, the story was very sweet but I ended up skimming towards the end because I was having problems staying interested in the characters.
The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda — YA, I really enjoyed this particular fantasy novel, so I read the second one in the series as well.
The Wizard of Rondo by Emily Rodda
Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires Book Three) by Rachel Caine — One of my favorite series!
The Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss — YA, I picked this up because I enjoy books set in Ancient Egypt but this was not very interesting.  I finished it but wouldn’t recommend it.
The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander — YA, this was a wonderful read, I highly recommend it.
Paris Pan Takes the Dare by Cynthea Liu — YA, this one was a lot of fun, I really liked Paris.
Impossible by Nancy Werlin — YA, excellent!

December 2009

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters — YA, zombies for a change of pace — I thought this was very well done.
The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts — mystery series that features a main character who does crime scene clean up and talks to ghosts that she runs into in the process.  It was not one of my favorite books (I found the main character hard to really like), but I think I’ll give the second one a try.
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter — YA, lots of fun!  I really liked the whole series.
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter — YA
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter — YA
What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris — One of my favorite mystery series, just so good!
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer — YA, very cute and I really enjoyed the main character a lot.
Immortal by Gillian Shields — YA, I love a good ghost story and this was a great read.
Homeland by Barbara Hambly — Novel set during the Civil War, two women (one in the North, one in the South) exchange letters.  It was very well done and the ending really surprised me, in a good way.  I also learned a great deal about how the war affected the lives of the women on a daily basis.
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris — short stories featuring Sookie Stackhouse, excellent as always.  I always enjoy reading about Sookie!
Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen — YA, this was a really fun read and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.
Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby — YA, not as good as some of the others I’ve read lately, it was all right.
How Nancy Drew Saved My Life by Lauren Baatz-Logsted — This was a fun book, and I liked that it was set someplace different for a change of pace (Iceland).
Kiss of Life: A Generation Dead Novel by Daniel Water — YA, I didn’t like this as much as the first book, maybe because it was darker and I have been more in the mood for light books.  Very well drawn characters though and I look forward to seeing what happens with them down the road.

January 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate — YA, Very good, I stayed up late to finish this one.
Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye — YA, I liked this one although it seemed to be rather short and felt rushed actually, but for a light fun read it was enjoyable.

Books I am currently reading:

Demon Ex Machina by Julie Kenner — One of my all time favorite series!

Up Next (depending on my mood :-):

I So Don’t Do Spooky by Barrie Summy — YA, I really liked the first book in this series so I’m looking forward to this one.

Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper — A novel about “a fearless feline” or “How I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat” — sounds great!

Cat in a Red Hot Rage by Carole Nelson Douglas — I used to read this series a long time ago, I’m thinking about picking it up again so I thought I’d try this one out.

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler — YA, I love cupcakes and the cover is great!

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison — YA, because it sounded romantic 🙂

The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott — YA, historical set during the French Revolution.

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough — YA, I’ve heard good things about this one!



  1. I’ve got to check out Nancy Drew Save My Life! I have The Princess and the Hound on my stack too.

  2. Wow that is quite a list! I put Sweetheart of Prosper County on reserve, it sounds good.

  3. Lots of cool books! I have FALLEN coming up soon and can’t wait.

  4. wow!!! no wonder you didn’t have time to blog girl! that list is long!!!

  5. I missed a couple of weeks of blogging, too, so no worries! Wow, you read a LOT of books recently! My son also likes Emily Rodda’s books a lot.

    Enjoy another good reading week. Happy New Year!!


  6. Oh, yes, please do read I SO DON’T DO SPOOKY. 😉

    I’m currently reading Mercy by Jodi Picoult (first adult book I’ve read in a while!)

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