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What Are You Reading? (July 2013)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

It’s the first Monday of the month. I hope your lists are ready! (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?


Since last month’s update, I finished reading:

  • I DNF’ed The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and Her Warrior King by Michelle Willingahm. You can click through on the titles to read my reasons why I did not finish them.
  • I re-“read” (listened to) Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone, which was one of the better books I “read” (listened to) last year. I enjoyed it almost as much the second time—and I think I needed something familiar at the moment, since I haven’t enjoyed anything new I’ve picked up recently. (click through for original review and re-read thoughts).
  • BCI had my first experience with an original written-word (well, spoken-word in this case) Sherlock Holmes story with the audio version of “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”—a short story that Audible gave away free at Christmas. It was read by Alan Cumming and was only about an hour long, so it made a nice distraction while getting ready for work one morning.
  • I decided to give historical romance another try and checked Lord Greville’s Captive by Nicola Cornick out from the library. I wanted to like it more than I did, but at least I was able to finish it. You can click through to read my thoughts on that one.

I am currently reading:

  • Under The Dome by Stephen King, audiobook read by Raul Esparza. I got about 12 hours into this 35 hour book before watching the first episode of the TV show (loosely) based on it. AngelfallI’ve decided to finish the book before watching the show. There are just too many changes for me to try to keep the characters and occurrences in the book straight from what’s being done differently on the show.
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee. I decided since historical romance wasn’t cutting it for me at the moment, I’d try dystopian, paranormal YA instead. So far, so good.

Next on my TBR list:

  • The Hero’s Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) by Patrick W. Carr. I’ve preordered this, so it should appear on my Kindle today!

Hero's Lot

  1. Ruth permalink
    Monday, July 1, 2013 8:03 am

    June was a really good reading month for me! Here’s the run-down:

    – The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow (Victorian/Holmes-inspired steampunk – VERY fun!)
    – Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
    – I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
    – Earthworld by Jacqueline Rayner (Eighth Doctor)
    – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (I think you might like this one, Kaye!)
    – A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell
    – The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba (Star Trek)
    – Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (So good!)
    – Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh (So good too!)
    – Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
    – A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer (First Doctor shorty story)
    – Tempest in the White City by Deeanne Gist
    – The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (SO IMPRESSED! Tudor-era fiction – I think you might like this one too. I am so in love with it!!)

    If anyone wants links they can be found here:

    Currently I’m reading Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley and The Hero’s Lot by Patrick Carr! 🙂


  2. Ruth permalink
    Monday, July 1, 2013 8:04 am

    *short story, not shorty story! LOL


  3. Pattie Jones permalink
    Monday, July 1, 2013 10:42 am

    The last book I read was a biography of JRR Tolkien, i am currently reading ” The Ordinary Acrobat” and the next book I plan on reading is yet to be determined, but possibly some Vonnegut.


  4. Sylvia M. permalink
    Monday, July 1, 2013 11:47 am

    I’ve been reading a lot of English books, mostly cozy mystery.

    Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
    Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie (audiobook read by David Suchet; re-read)
    The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie (audiobook read by Hugh Fraser; re-read)
    Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (re-read)
    Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden (clean/sweet Regency; not CBA)
    The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (audiobook read by Jonathan Cecil; re-read)
    Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (re-read)
    The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson (re-read)
    Six Feet Under by Dorothy Simpson (re-read)


  5. Monday, July 1, 2013 12:48 pm

    Funny, I just blogged on this subject few days ago ( I am nearly finished with Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson — trying to not rush the ending. Went to the bookstore yesterday to pick up the other three books in the series, but they had only one of them. 😦 I see an online book order in my near future. 😀


  6. Monday, July 1, 2013 1:12 pm

    The Hero’s Lot was indeed on my Kindle this morning! Now I have to make myself wait to read it until after I finish Angelfall. Good thing I’m on vacation starting Wednesday! 😀


  7. Faye permalink
    Monday, July 1, 2013 4:42 pm

    Just finished:
    The Noble Groom – Jody Hedlund
    The Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff
    The Merchant’s Daughter – Melanie Dickerson.

    I enjoyed all the books (I finished them, which is my idea of enjoying, hehe.) My favorite actually was The Merchant’s Daughter, probably because I love fairytales so much.

    I’m planning to read “A Cast of Stones” and “Stealing the Preacher” here soon.


  8. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:04 am

    Currently reading, “So Big,” by Edna Ferber.

    “Main Street,” by Sinclair Lewis is next.


  9. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:55 am

    In June I finished:

    Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst
    The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korrie Robertson
    Now and Always by Lori Copeland
    Naomi and Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr.

    Currently I am reading;

    A Cowboy’s Touch by Denise Hunter

    I’m not sure what I will be reading next. I have a table full of books I haven’t read yet.


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