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What Are You Reading? (October 2013)

Monday, October 7, 2013
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for your book report. Tell us what you’ve finished, what you’re 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?
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  1. Monday, October 7, 2013 6:45 am

    I had to comment, because I am reading your newest book. Just started last night and couldn’t put it down, I read the first 80 pages already (a lot for me at once). I will be reviewing it on Wednesday on my blog 🙂 So good!


  2. Monday, October 7, 2013 6:58 am

    Oh goodness, I thought I was just gonna tell you what I’m reading! But this is a little more complicated, since it requires, you know, thought. 🙂 (Fortunately, I do keep a list, in a note on Facebook, so I can actually reconstruct what I’ve read in the last month.) Let’s see … in the last 4 weeks, I’ve read (pleasure reading, not work reading):
    Emma Donoghue / Room
    Jon McGregor / So Many Ways to Begin
    Amy Brill / The Movement of Stars
    Colum McCann / TransAtlantic

    I’m currently reading:
    Reza Aslan / Zealot

    Next up:
    Meg Rosoff / Picture Me Gone

    Lotsa good stuff, and though I haven’t actually reviewed these anywhere, they will no doubt appear in my blog at some point. In fact, I read So Many Ways to Begin specifically for a blog post I’m working on (about how books are a form of personal archeology) and was delighted to find that it was written as a narrative list, which is yet another blog post I’m working on. All 4 of these books were excellent but TransAtlantic (shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize for good reason) was spectacular. And it made me cry.


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:20 am

      Reza Aslan’s book is on my wishlist. I’m thinking I might read it over Christmas break. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.


  3. Monday, October 7, 2013 8:33 am

    I’ve been reading my Kindle at the gym a lot lately. I don’t remember which ones were in the last month though!! I know I read Harry Kraus’ A Heartbeat away, which was super cool because it was about a girl who had a heart transplant. I was always like, *I* know what prograf is, how cool is THAT! I’m in the middle of Denise Hunter’s Barefoot Summer. I read two pages and just haven’t gotten back to it. Not because it was a bad book at all, I’m just trying to focus on writing and going to use it as a “reward” for when I finish!!

    And also, since I’m trying my hand at novella writing, I’m searching out a few novellas just to get my brain into the idea of shorter writing and how the story arch should go in that length. I welcome suggestions!!!


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:22 am

      Those with “Brides” in the titles are historical, while “Weddings” are contemporary.


      • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:23 am

        And I should have mentioned that most of these are probably closer to category length than novella length, but if you dig, you can find some that are collections of novellas rather than HeartSongs.


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Monday, October 7, 2013 10:27 am

      Whenever you do finish Barefoot Summer you will probably want to read Denise’s new novella in the wedding series by Zondervan. It’s about the sister of the hero in BS. I have it pre-ordered.


  4. Monday, October 7, 2013 9:02 am

    Finishing up Invisible by Ginny Yttrup. Brilliant read! Cannot recommend it highly enough.


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:25 am

      I’ve heard great stuff about Ginny’s writing. I need to sample her work and see if I can get into it—it’s not the technicality or beauty of her writing skill that concerns me, it’s the subject matter. I can’t really handle anything too deep in my reading materials.


  5. Sylvia M. permalink
    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:11 am

    Here’s what I read in September.


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:26 am

      What did you think of Stealing the Preacher?


      • Sylvia M. permalink
        Monday, October 7, 2013 10:49 am

        I liked Stealing the Preacher. It was a little different than her others, but that’s good. That way it’s not a carbon copy of the previous one. The heroine is a little more serious and sweeter than some of her others and I liked that. I admired how the hero and heroine started their relationship with a meeting of their minds and beliefs. Their physical attraction (at least his) came alongside a little later. The two didn’t immediately start pining for one another on first glance. Some people didn’t like the conversion of a character in this book and thought it was too quick. I actually liked it and thought she did a good job with it. If you read the book you may not agree with me. 🙂 I’m one who liked A Tailor-Made Bride and I know it wasn’t a favorite of yours.


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Monday, October 7, 2013 11:58 am

      I’m currently reading Gone to Green by Judy Christie. Next I will probably be reading Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz. That depends on if it comes in the mail tomorrow like it’s supposed to.


  6. Dora permalink
    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:25 am

    I read the first 2 books in Lori Copeland’s Apple Grove Amish series. Waiting for book three. Loved them. Also, Love Blooms in Winter, Lori Copeland. Set in North Dakota. Listened to Tracie Peterson’s Song of Alaska Series. The series spans the time frame of 1870 (just following the purchase and completion of the transcontinental railroad) to 1912. Unlike most of her series there were 18 years between the books. I read Colleen Coble’s Mercy Falls Series. I loved these books, The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, The Lightkeeper’s Bride and The Lightkeeper’s Ball. I read Austenland and Midnight at Austenland, by Shanon Hope.(I think). Hysterical. Loved them. I wanted to read Austenland, prior to seeing the movie. Now I can’t wait to see it. Hope it is still out somewhere.

    I am currently reading Max Lucado’s Grace. I am sure it will be good. All of his books are. He has the ability to make me think and rethink my beliefs, which is always good. Need to read quickly, as the Bible study on the books starts next Sunday. Also reading Lori Copeland’s Under a Summer Sky, Book 2 in the Dakota series. I have always liked Lori Copeland’s work. I am currently listening to Debbie Macomber’s Fairy Tale Weddings–Too soon to tell with this one. I really liked her Cedar Cove Series.

    Next on my list is A Cowboy at Heart, by Lori Copeland (Apple Grove book 3). I have another 3 book series from Tracie Peterson on audio, which will be next. Then, who knows. I think Beverly Lewis has a new book out. Will have to check on that.


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 10:27 am

      Are you watching the Cedar Cove TV series on Hallmark?


      • Dora permalink
        Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:11 am

        Yes, that is the reason I read the books. The series is a little closer to the books than the Love Comes Softly movies were to Jeanette Oake.


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Monday, October 7, 2013 10:54 am

      I started listening to an audio version of Austenland one time, but didn’t finish it. Does it have s*x scenes in it? I’m not comfortable reading books with s*x scenes between unmarried people. And only implied ones between married people.


      • Dora permalink
        Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:13 am

        No, there are no such scenes in the book. I am uncomfortable with those types of scenes, as well. I also prefer to read between the lines and only with married persons, as well.


  7. Monday, October 7, 2013 3:55 pm

    I read six novels last month, all paranormal romance. Two Gena Showalter, the first Psy-Changeling, a werecat one, a Harlequin Nocturne werewolf one I got for free, and two Dark-Hunter.

    The werewolf confirmed werewolves don’t do a whole lot for me. Give me werecats any day!


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 3:57 pm

      Currently reading another Dark-Hunter, Dark Side of the Moon. Hero’s a were-leopard, and a Dark-Hunter. Next up, the next Dark-Hunter book on my Nook, The Dream Hunter.


  8. Monday, October 7, 2013 4:15 pm

    I finished Debby Guisti’s the General’s Secretary and it was really good. then spent most of the month reading Cheryl Wyatts “The nurses secret suitor” It was really good I was just not well have had a massive headache for about 6 weeks now and there are times I am to tired to do much of anything. It was a good read loved the little girl in the book in fact she stole the show. It made me cry at one stage due to a situation hitting close to home but thats good when an author can connect that way.

    I am now reading White Christmas at Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad which is also good. and next will be severed Trust by Margaret Daley


    • Monday, October 7, 2013 8:03 pm

      For someone whose Christmas falls during the summer season, is it weird to read books about wintery/white Christmases? 😉


      • ausjenny permalink
        Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:17 pm

        itmay have bee once now its weird reading aussie books with christmas in summer. I actually enjoy reading the Christmas stories in snow etc cos if its really hot it feels cool in a way. I remember reading an Aussie book where they talked about Christmas in 40 degrees (over 100) and am thinking but its winter time then the doh no its Australia. I think its why reading books about summer in winter is good too as it gives hope of warm weather again.

        Its also a way to enjoy a white christmas without the cold. 😉


  9. Lady DragonKeeper permalink
    Monday, October 7, 2013 8:01 pm

    Finished reading “Star Wars: Scoundrels” by Timothy Zahn. It’s set between “A New Hope” and “Empire Strikes Back” while featuring Han Solo and a host of other characters (including Kell Tainer and Winter from the X-Wing series) trying to work together to pull off a heist. I wasn’t crazy in love with it, but it was a good addition to the SW book timeline and I enjoyed it.

    Next, I still have some books in progress for the last two months (thanks to school), a LIH set during the Regency and “Moonblood” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.


  10. Monday, October 7, 2013 10:15 pm

    I’ve just finished The Boss’s Bride by Brenda Minton & now I’m reading A Doctor’s Vow by Lois Richer both from Harlequin Love Inspired.


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