It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Last week I read…

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

Pyxis: The Discovery by KC Neal

I reviewed…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 7 by Hisaya Nakajo

Life is But a Dream by Brian James

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick

Much Ado About Rogues by Kasey Michaels

The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu by Michelle Franklin

This week I’m reading…

Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’ cruel mistakes. Their father, who’d rather work the system than a job, pours every dollar into his many vices, denying his daughters the shoes and clothing they need. Their mother, once a loving parent, is going through a post-post-adolescent rebellious streak and finds love with a dangerous ex-con. When she chooses starting a new family over raising her first-born girls, Elizabeth and Jaime are separated and forced to rely on the begrudging kindness of increasingly distant relatives.

A string of broken promises that begins with Liz’s mother swearing, “I would never hurt you, Liz. You’re family,” propels her between guest beds in two states searching for a safe home. All the while, Liz is burdened by her stake in a bleak pact with a deceitful adult: to tell the truth about the darkest of her circumstances will cost her the ability to shelter Jaime. As Liz spirals into the abyss of fear and shame that haunts her sleepless nights, can she break free from her bonds in time to fight for her life?

I’m also still working on Steve Jobs and Mistress by Midnight. The bloggiesta stole my reading time this week. I also didn’t get to read my manga volume, so I won’t be able to participate in Manga Monday! Oh noes!

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Last week I read…

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick

Hana-Kimi, Volume 7 by Hisaya Nakajo

I reviewed…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 6 by Hisaya Nakajo

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Hark! a Vagrant by Kate Beaton

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

This week I’m reading…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 8 by Hisaya Nakajo

Tired of Sano and Mizuki taking their relationship so slow, Julia confronts Sano to get him moving faster. But Sano has more things to worry about…his younger brother, Shin, has run away from home! Then, when a photo of Minami, Nakatsu and Sano appears in a girls’ fashion magazine, the men of Hana-Kimi find themselves in the world of high fashion!

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.      Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs spoke candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.      Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu by Michelle Franklin

The Kingdom of Frewyn is being invaded by the Galleisian infantry and at the forefront of the battle is Boudicca MacDaede, a First Captain in the Frewyn armed forces. Her regiment is charged with defending the borders between the two nations, but when Frewyn’s last line of defense falls, Captain MacDaede enlists the assistance of a Haanta, one of giants from the islands to the far north. Promising to free him from his imprisonment in exchange for his help, she gains his trust long enough for them to win the battle and save the Frewyn border from being breached. The giant’s freedom is granted, but Rautu cannot return home unless he redeems himself in the eyes of his people for his past transgressions. He is offered a place by the captain’s side, and together, they defeat the Galleisian forces and become the saviors of Frewyn.

One year later, King Alasdair Brennin takes the Frewyn throne, Boudicca is made commander, Gallei and Frewyn reach an accord, and Rautu is granted an invitation home. He is eager to return and see his brothers but finds it difficult to leave Frewyn without Boudicca at his side. He has become accustomed to her company and the idea of being made to live without her begins to distress him. Rautu invites the commander to the islands in hopes of finding a way for them to remain together, but when they arrive at the white shores of Sanhedhran, not everything goes as planned: one of the dangerous Haanta magi is freed, Rautu’s three brothers are strangely missing, and the neighboring nation of Thellis leads an attack on the islands.

Together, the commander and the Den Asaan Rautu must find a way to unite their two nations and defend against the Thellisian fleets, but can they do so successfully when outside forces are attempting to keep them apart?

Mistress by Midnight by Nicola Cornick

A wicked duke’s bed is no place for a lady…

Lady Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited twelve years to satisfy her revenge against Garrick Farne. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed.

For twelve years Garrick, Duke of Farne has kept the secret of what really happened on the night that he killed his best friend, Stephen Fenner, in a duel. Now Stephen’s sister is intent on discovering the truth and putting at risk all those secrets Garrick has protected.

When a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Merryn’s reputation is utterly compromised and she is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear; accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.

 

I’m also still working on Pyxis by KC Neal and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Last week I read…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 6 by Hisaya Nakajo

Much Ado About Rogues by Kasey Michaels

Hark! a Vagrant by Kate Beaton

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

I reviewed…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 5 by Hisaya Nakajo

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

Paper Towns by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Pinocchio the Boy by Lane Smith

The Field Guide by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

This week I’m reading…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 7 by Hisaya Nakajo

Julia is Mizuki’s girlfriend! As the shocking lie tears Osaka High School apart, Mizuki’s classmates make their moves on the blonde, blue-eyed transfer student. But how long can Mizuki’s gender stay secret inside the boy’s bath?

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith – one of America’s most original voices 
Take one look at Kevin Smith: He’s a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release ofClerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a bestselling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.
As Kevin’s millions of Twitter followers and millions of podcast listeners know, he’s the first one to admit his flaws and the last one to care about them. In early 2011, he began using his platform to answer big questions from fans-like “What should I do with my life?”- and he discovered that he had a lot to say. Tough Sh*t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice, including:

Why he has accepted Ferris Bueller as his personal savior, and what the Tenets of Buellerism can teach about hiding in plain sight and lip-syncing in the face of danger Why it’s really fun to eat but not so fun to be fat What to do about people who don’t like your policies ( for starters, tell them to pucker up and smooch your big ol’ butt) What Kevin’s idol Wayne Gretzky can teach us about creativity and direction For anyone who’s out of a job, out of luck, or just out of sugary snack foods,Tough Sh*t is an unabashedly honest guide to getting the most out of doing the least.

Pyxis: The Discovery by KC Neal

Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother’s food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path.

Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world–and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.

I’m also actually going to read One Wicked Sin this week.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Last week I read…

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Hana-Kimi, Volume 5 by Hisaya Nakajo

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

and I listened to Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel

and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

I reviewed…

Hana-Kimi, Volume 4 by Hisaya Nakajo

Rock On by Denise Vega

Angel by Laura Lee

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country by Lane Smith

A Good American by Alex George

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

This week I’m reading…

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick

Once the toast of the town, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.

The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon’s most trusted cavalry officer–until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs Lottie’s help to create a spectacular diversion. Yet their pact ignites a passionate bond that may scandalize even these two wicked souls….

Hana-Kimi, Volume 6 by Hisaya Nakajo

When a sports reporter comes looking for a scoop on Izumi Sano, Japan’s most promising young high-jumper, Mizuki’s own secrets are brought into the light! Can she hide the fact that she, Sano’s roommate, is actually a cross-dressing girl? Meanwhile, Mizuki’s classmate Nakatsu, unaware of Mizuki’s female-ness, struggles to choose between his girlfriend and “the love that dare not speak its name”. But a wrench is about to be thrown into these relationships from two thousand miles away. Julia, Mizuki’s best friend from America, is coming from Japan to go to school!

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t…

So, I forgot that I needed to finish Wanderlove since it’s coming out tomorrow. I read that instead of Pandemonium and One Wicked Sin. Hopefully, I can get through both of those early this week so that I can stay on track. Also, I wanted to do a little reading challenge update. I’ve been doing much better than last year!

I’m only one audiobook away from reaching the goal of the second level of the 2012 Audiobook Challenge.

I’m 1/4 of the way through my goal of 12 books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

I’m three books away from meeting the second goal in the 2012 E-book Challenge.

I’ve made it through the first two months of the 2012 Reading Romances Challenge.

I’m a few books into the second level of the 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge.

I’m a couple of books into the second level of the 2012 TBR Challenge

I’m doing a terrible job of reading Les Misérables. I’m actually making a little progress now since I started trying to read a little bit every day. They’re baby steps, but I hope it will help me catch up.

Finally, I’m very happy about my Goodreads Challenge progress. I’m three books ahead, which is much better than the three or four books behind I was at the beginning of the year.

That’s enough about my reading. What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Last week I read…

Whisper of Scandal by Nicola Cornick

The Field Guide by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Angel by Laura Lee

Hana-Kimi, Volume 4 by Hisaya Nakajo

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

and I listened to The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

I reviewed…

Black Butler, Volume 8 by Yana Toboso

Double by Jenny Valentine

Whisper of Scandal by Nicola Cornick

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith

This week I’m reading…

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick

Once the toast of the town, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.

The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon’s most trusted cavalry officer–until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs Lottie’s help to create a spectacular diversion. Yet their pact ignites a passionate bond that may scandalize even these two wicked souls….

Hana-Kimi, Volume 5 by Hisyaka Nakajo

It’s the final day of the Osaka High School Festival, and two big competitions are still up in the air: the relay race and the cross-dressing pageant! You’d think Mizuki, an actual XX-chromosome girl disguised as a boy at an all-guy high school, would be a better cross-dresser than her classmates, but things are never so easy–and what if winning the contest blows her cover? That might be a relief for her classmate Nakatsu, who doesn’t know that Mizuki’s a girl, just that he’s in love with her. But when a real girl falls in love with Nakatsu, his love life gets even more complicated…

Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel

Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids’ soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he’s having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

I never started Pandemonium last week, so I’m starting this week.

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