Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (17SEP2012)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey and Kellee and Jenn from Teach Mentor Texts. It invites people to share the books they read/reviewed the past week and also to share what books they are currently reading/or plan to read this coming week.

Quite proud of the what I've finished this week.


Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica RothIn Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

   -it was really good. I was so glad I finally got around to reading it.

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (Divergent #1.1) by Veronica Roth#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth retells a pivotal Divergent scene (chapter 13) from Tobias's point of view. This thirteen-page scene reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.

   -what a teaser! I wished there was more. It was kind of refreshing to read a scene from Four's POV.

Love Unscripted (Love #1) by Tina ReberRyan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life. Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance.Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart.Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?

   -as far as love stories go, it was good. It has the right elements needed for romance. However, I don't think it needs to be that long in order to tell the story efficiently. 

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis (Narrator)From the land of Mordor, an evil darkness creeps across Middle-earth. Armies of men and elves and dwarves have been raised in futile efforts to combat this evil. Great wizards have been unable to check it. But in the peaceful, far-off Shire, a hobbit named Frodo Baggins holds a ring that may be the key to defeating Mordor. This stirring saga of epic evil and heroic courage begins with a fellowship joined in a desperate quest that may be the only hope for restoring goodness and light to the land.

   -2nd book I finished as an audio book. The narrator was great. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Entertaining book, too much descriptions though. 

Bah, Humbug! (A Romantic Comedy Christmas Novella) aby Heather HorrocksLexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller. For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block--until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes it’s the perfect solution to his plot problem. He digs in and discovers two things: one, his villain’s weapon will fit inside a snowman's body, and two, this particular snowman was supposed to be the backdrop for Lexi’s next show. From this improbable beginning comes friendship, but can there be a happy ending for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood? Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

   -Cute, quick fun read. Very early Christmas story for me but I like it. 

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher - Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

   -This book left my emotions in a mess. It was so beautiful.I wish more people knew this book. 

Trying to Score (Assassins #2) by Toni Aleo - Fallon Parker’s dream was to have her family’s wine company at the top of all wine magazines and to have a cellar of her own. After graduating from college, she has worked hard to make that dream a reality, even if that meant having a nonexistent love life. She had her chance at love and that was a bust, so she put everything into the wine company. After becoming the official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, Fallon finally feels like everything is falling in place, that is until Lucas Brooks comes back into her life. Lucas Brooks hates his life. He is lonely, he is sober, and he is angry. On the ice, when he’s not in the sin bin, he the leading scorer in the NHL but off the ice, he is a mess. He threw away the most important person in his life, and has regretted it ever since but when Lucas sees Fallon again after being traded to the Assassins; he is bound and determined to get her back. Even if she wants nothing to do with him. The sexual tension between Fallon and Lucas is electrifying as Lucas tries to convince Fallon that he is a changed man. Fallon tries to resist Lucas, but it is so hard when all her body wants is his. But when Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a huge secret from him, the game he is playing stops and penalties are called. With new rules and new players on the ice, will Fallon and Lucas be able to work out their differences and work as a team or will they be left trying to score alone.

   -it was okay but once again, the 2nd book in this series fail to capture my attention. I just finished it just for the sake of finishing it.


*Currently Reading/To Be Read This Week*

Pollyanna (Pollyanna #1) by Eleanor H. Porter - currently on chapter 15 and I'm loving it.

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutStarting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is.

   -been hearing so many stuff about it. I don't think I've read a book with an alien as a lead character. So far, it's okay.

Insurgent (Divergent #2)  by Veronica Roth - One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

   -I've restrained myself from immediately picking up this book after reading Divergent but will definitely read it this week.

What have you guys read this week?



  1. Enjoy your upcoming week of reading. My favorite book this week was the audio of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Please come see what I'm reading now.

  2. I don't think I have ever read Pollyanna though I know the story.

    Have a great reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. I liked Pollyanna, but upon rereading, it feels a little creepy.

  4. I really liked Divergent too - better than Insurgent, but I'm excited to see what you think.

  5. You should be proud! That's a lot of reading and reviewing!

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!

  6. Divergent has been on my TBR pile for ages. Now that the ebook price has finally dropped below $10 I might finally read it. But it will have to wait until after I read Raven Boys.
    I'm reading Dodger and listening to 1Q84 this week.

  7. EeEk I loved the Lux series, and recently won Divergent and Insurgent, hopefully I have time soon to read them! I just finished Love Unrehearsed yesterday... Happy Monday and Good Reading!
    Here's what I'm reading

  8. Oh wow congratulations! You've read (and reviewed) quite a number of thick YA books! I've been meaning to read a Veronica Roth book for the longest time. Glad to hear that you liked them. Have fun with your reads this week!

  9. Really liked Divergent although I haven't gotten around to reading Insurgent yet. I think I will wait until the 3rd book comes out and then read them all in one fell swoop! Haven't heard of many of the others you have read. I must look into them!

  10. I just bought a book by Toni Aleo this week :) Looking forward to reading it when I get a second!!

    Have a wonderful reading week :)
    Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  11. I really loved Divergent&Insurgent! I hope you'll enjoy Insurgent, too! :)

    Happy reading!


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