What Are You Reading? (February 2014)
It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means . . .
If you’ve challenged yourself to—or even officially signed up for—a reading challenge in 2014, now’s as good a time as any to start reporting your successes. (And I’m a bit perturbed that the widget for the Goodreads reading challenge up there hasn’t updated to show that I’ve actually finished three books so far. ;-)
In addition to telling us what you’re reading, go ahead and share your goal(s) for the year (if you have any) pertaining to reading. Then, tell us what you’ve finished over the last month, what you’re currently reading, and what’s on your To Be Read stack/list. (And if you’ve reviewed the books you’ve read somewhere, please include links!)
- What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since last month’s update?
- What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
- What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?
Here’s my report:
What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since last month’s update?
- What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan
- Divergent by Veronica Roth; audiobook read by Emma Galvin
- Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers #1) by Lisa Kleypas; audiobook read by Rosalyn Landor
Click titles to read my reviews
What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
- A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare; audiobook read by Carolyn Morris—historical (Regency) romance. I’ve read glowing reviews of Dare’s books over the past few years, favorably compared to Julia Quinn, who is one of my favorites. I’m only about 1/3 into the book, but I’m disappointed that the “relationship” between the hero and heroine has so far been built only on the insta-lust they each feel for the other the moment they meet. It’s got a cute setup, and they’re both likable characters, so that makes me even more disappointed that there isn’t the same kind of emotional and intellectual relationship building here that I love so much in Quinn’s books. Otherwise, Dare seems to be a good writer.
- Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi—general-market contemporary romance. Cute so far (I’m about 50% into it), but a bit implausible and predictable.
I started The Stand by Stephen King, but it’s just not the right time for me to try to get into a 40-hour-long audiobook, so I’ve put it back on the “shelf” for a while.
What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Each semester, my grad school program chooses one book from one of the representative genres of Popular Fiction that all students in the program must read, then the first session of the next residency (the week the students spend on campus at the beginning of the term) is spent discussing it. For the upcoming term, this is the Common Reading. There were 15 holds on it at the library, so I figured it would be a couple of months before I got it. But my notification came in last week, and I downloaded it Friday. So, as soon as I finish Love Overdue, I’ll start this one.
- I’m not sure what my next audiobook will be, but most likely something lighthearted and uncomplicated.