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What Are You Reading? (August 2013)

Monday, August 5, 2013
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

It’s the first Monday of the month. Even though I’m officially on a hiatus on this blog, I couldn’t skip our monthly reading reports. (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:

  • Under The Dome by Stephen King, audiobook read by Raul Esparza. 4.5 stars. I got about 12 hours into this 35 hour book before watching the first episode of the TV show (loosely) based on it. I decided to finish the book before watching the show. It was a 35-hour long book, so it took me a few weeks to get through it, but I absolutely loved it (despite the gratuitous use of four-letter words). You can click on the title for my full review. After I finished it, I watched the first three of the four episodes of the show that were sitting on my DVR, and I ended up deleting the fourth episode unwatched—they just made too many changes to the characters and the story for me to enjoy the TV show.
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee. 3 stars. Though I enjoyed the beginning of this book, it lost me about halfway through. I won’t be reading the rest of the series.
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4) by Julia Quinn. 4.5 stars. This may be one of my favorite historical romances I’ve read in a very, very long time.
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5) by Julia Quinn. 4 stars. Obviously, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as #4—and that came mainly from the fact that the hero and heroine don’t spend a lot of time together on the page, which results in page after page of inside-the-head narrative, which even JQ’s usually scintillating writing couldn’t save. At times, I found myself clicking past page after page of narrative (short pages on the Kindle) just to get to the next scene where there was interaction between the characters. Still, a much better read than some of the other stuff I’ve read this year!
  • The Tudor Secret (The Spymaster Chronicles #1) by C.W. Gortner, audiobook read by Steve West. (Re-listen) 4.5 stars Still one of my favorite Tudor-era novels . . . I re-listened to it in preparation for reading the (newly released) second book in the series.

I am currently reading:

I am currently listening to:

    The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn, audiobook read by Charlotte Parry. This is a re-listen of an audiobook I haven’t “read” since early 2010. It’s a gothic romance that’s a tribute to Dracula. I remember enjoying it last time, so I’ll see if it holds up upon a second reading.

Next on my TBR list:

  1. Monday, August 5, 2013 2:09 am

    Iread one book in July actually it took 5 weeks! An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer DeLamere think its regency. Its set in England and was a good read. Im typing one handed at present so shorter answers.
    I started Captured by Moonlight by Christine Lindsay Its set in India the second of a series. I am loving it and reading faster than I have in months.
    No idea what will be next but got quite a few while in america.


  2. Monday, August 5, 2013 3:05 am

    I just finished The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. It’s an ARC so I’ve only been able to post a review on Goodreads. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s reminiscent of Downton Abbey with a little Jane Eyre thrown in. I also read Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan (another ARC). It’s a good old-fashioned mystery from start to finish, written in first person POV. I don’t usually enjoy that POV but I was intrigued all the way through and could NOT guess the whodunnit. Not sure what’s up next. Maybe another murder mystery but I have Elizabeth Camden’s new book, Into the Whirlwind, so that’s a tough decision 🙂


  3. Monday, August 5, 2013 6:02 am

    I finished, “Night,” by Elie Wiesel, which is a masterpiece of course! And “Those Who Save Us,” by Jenna Blum. The writing wasn’t too bad, but everything else was revolting. Now there is ten hours of my life that I will never get back.


  4. Sylvia M. permalink
    Monday, August 5, 2013 11:22 am

    I have been continuing a re-read of Dorothy Simpson’s Inspector Luke Thanet series. Most of the books I have read in July have been in that set.

    Puppet for a Corpse
    Close Her Eyes
    Last Seen Alive
    Dead on Arrival
    Element of Doubt
    Wake the Dead
    Suspicious Death
    Dead By Morning
    Doomed to Die
    Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Audiobook; re-read)
    Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Audiobook; re-read)
    Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Audiobook; re-read)
    The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Audiobook; re-read)
    Jeeves in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Audiobook; re-read)

    Here’s what I’m currently reading.

    On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin (WWII novel; book 2 in this series)
    Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter (This is a Heartsong Presents novel; book 4 in this Texas rodeo series.)

    Here’s what is next on my list.

    No Laughing Matter by Dorothy Simpson
    A Day for Dying by Dorothy Simpson


  5. Monday, August 5, 2013 1:16 pm

    My reading has been sporadic this summer – too many people in my house, and too much daylight! 🙂

    Currently reading:
    “To Whisper Her Name” by Tamera Alexander
    “Jenna’s Cowboy” by Sharon Gillenwater

    Up next:
    “A Cast of Stones” by Patrick Carr


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