It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thanks to Sheila at Book Journey for hosting this Monday morning Meme.  It gives blogger a chance to review their reading for the previous week, and look ahead to all the literary goodness in store for the week ahead!

I realize now that I was fairly ambitious last week-I must have blocked the fact that I was going back to work from my mind completely!  Still, it was a pretty good reading week.

I finished reading and reviewing:

Seems like a lot of us had a Mockingjay sort of week.  I loved it, though I'm noticing that some people felt like it was a let-down.  I'm only sorry that the series is over!  As I was reading Mockingjay I tried to make myself slow down, knowing I would only read it for the first time once.  I may as well have been trying to stop a Mack truck with only the power of my mind!

Here's what's on tap for this week:

The Passion of Alice, by Stephanie Grant

It's 1984. Alice Forrester is a twenty-five-year-old anorexic who has just experienced heart failure when she is taken to the emergency room of Seaview Hospital, renowned for its eating disorders clinic. There, family and friends in league with staff and doctors intently try to steer her toward recovery. But it's not that simple. She passes time at the clinic waiting to find out what is wrong with her. What happened. When and how the damage was done. Along the way, Alice encounters a fascinating array of oddballs and misfits - Dr. Paul, the physician who clinically evaluates and monitors this disparate group of afflicted young women; various members of the psychiatric support staff whose treatment of anorexia revolves around a chillingly familiar twelve-step program; wraithlike, flaxen-haired Gwen, whose anorexia ultimately turns into tragedy; and finally Maeve, raucous, vulgar, tender, and kind, who shakes up Alice's life and opens her eyes. (from Goodreads)

Whisper to the Blood, Dana Stabenow

Inside Alaska’s biggest national park, around the town of Niniltna, a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy. “But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce” is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular Alaskan skiing champ the company has hired to improve their relations with Alaskans and pave the way for the mine’s expansion. And she promises much-needed jobs to the locals.

But before she can make her way to every village in the area to present her case at town meetings and village breakfasts, there are two brutal murders, including that of a long-standing mine opponent. The investigation into those deaths falls to Trooper Jim Chopin and, as usual, he needs Kate to help him get to the heart of the matter.

Between those deaths and a series of attacks on snowmobilers up the Kanuyaq River, not to mention the still-open homicide of Park villain Louis Deem last year, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands very much full. (from Goodreads)

The Battle of Jericho, by Sharon M. Draper

Sixteen-year-old Jericho is psyched when he and his cousin and best friend, Josh, are invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school. Just being a pledge wins him the attention of Arielle, one of the hottest girls in his class, whom he's been too shy even to talk to before now.
But as the secret initiation rites grow increasingly humiliating and force Jericho to make painful choices, he starts to question whether membership in the Warriors of Distinction is worth it. How far will he have to go to wear the cool black silk Warriors jacket? How high a price will he have to pay to belong? The answers are devastating beyond Jericho's imagination.(from Goodreads)

Shoot to Thrill, by PJ Tracy

t begins with a floater.
When Minneapolis homicide cops Rolseth and Magozzi are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see a bride, facedown, dead in the water. And when the Monkeewrench crew – computer geeks who made a fortune on games, now assisting the cops with special anticrime software – are invited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder videos posted to the Web, it’s not long before the group discovers the frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet. Using their skills to scour the Net to prevent more killings, the team must race against the clock…before it’s too late. (from Goodreads)

Have a great week everyone!


  1. You had a good reading week. I have been avoiding reading any post that talks about Mockinjay until I have a chance to read it. I should get it today. Your plans for this week sound ambitious too. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  2. Nice week for you. I love Kellerman. And some of your upcoming reads sound really intriguing. Happy reading!

  3. The books you have on tap for this week sound very interesting, especially the first two. Enjoy!

  4. You've got some great books there! Our Mockingjay week is this week, I hope - we're waiting for the book from BookDepository (me and my son).

    Happy reading!

  5. Looks like you had a great week. I'm glad to have yet another blogger to share in the Mockingjay frenzy with--all the hoopla surrounding the book is a lot of fun!

  6. Mockingjay - of course! And the Passion of Alice look great! I am off to read your review!

  7. I so need to get book #2 read so I can read #3!! enjoy your week of reading!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Heather! I can understand what you meant by the disruptive personalities of the guys from Guns and Roses, but they, as we all, have grown up and seem to have, for the most part, become well adjusted mature adults (well, at least Duff and Slash have, Axl and Steven...not so much!)


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