Monday, February 17, 2014

It's Monday! Reading Reboot

I mentioned last week that my reading has screeched to a halt. I'm thinking I need to do a reading reboot (when I'm finished with The Woman in White). And here are some of the books screaming at me from my shelves:


The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones looks creepy and it's relatively short. 

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is not as short as The Uninvited Guests, but it's undoubtedly more twisted. 


A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the first in the Sherlock Holmes series. I've already read a bit of it, and I'm already in lurv. 

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte is a book I was supposed to buddy read with a group from BookTube, but because of ALL THE THINGS, I had to flake out. I'm really interested, though, and I love what I've read so far. 


David gave me a B&N card for Valentine's Day, and I have every intention of ordering a few books from the Penguin Great Food series, including From Absinthe to Zest: An Alphabet for Food Lovers by Alexandre Dumas. 

What are you reading, and what's taunting you from your shelves? 

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila from BookJourney!





34 comments:

  1. That are some great looking covers Andi! Hope your reading reboot will work

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    1. Thanks, Ciska! I hope so, too!

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  2. I didn't even know Penguin had a great food series, but that cover! I can't wait to see what you find.

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    1. Yes, ma'am! And they all look SOOOOO good. I cannot wait to order.

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  3. All of my books taunt me constantly! lol I should try a Sherlock Holmes book since they were a big part of my mom's childhood.

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    1. Don't they!? They're so bad about that. lol I fell in love with the show, and I'm just fascinated by the way they adapted them. The adaptations are so true to the original stories even though they're in vastly different time periods. So clever!

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  4. Love the sound of that food series! I'm in the middle of The Mad Scientist's Daughter right now (thanks to you!), as well as Meg Rosoff's What I Was. Rosoff is such a great writer -- can't wait to dig back into that one!

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    1. Yay! I was eyeing The Mad Scientist's Daughter on my Nook last night. I decided to start with Chew, vol. 1 since a graphic novel sounds easy to deal with in my muddled state. Let me know what you think of MSD!

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  5. I just love that cover of Uninvited Guests so much! I hope you're able to find your groove. I'm still working my way through Graphic Novels (LOVING IT!) and will eventually need to make time for Labor Day. I've heard it's a quick read, though. Happy Monday!

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    1. Me too! So far I'm grooving with The Woman in White. I only have 100 pages left, and I have no idea what to pick up after that. Probably something vastly shorter. Graphic novel? I think so!

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  6. Happy Rebooting!
    Geek Love has sort of been on my peripheral TBR list for sometime. I'm sort of afraid of it... I love those splashy, hard-boiled Holmes covers.

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    1. Thank you! I'm a little afraid of Geek Love myself, but also morbidly fascinated.

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  7. Great line up, hopefully that'll perk up your reading. I've had the Sadie Jones novel calling me from my shelf for a while too and I've heard really good things about Geek Love.

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    1. I hope so, too! I'm excited for both Geek Love and Uninvited. Now he's hoping I can get to them sooner rather than later.

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  8. That David is a smart cookie! You should totally marry him ;)

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  9. Geek love is weird and wonderful. I devoured that book!

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    1. Yay! The writing seems really beautiful, in spite of the CRAZY premise.

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  10. I want every single book in the Penguin Great Food series. They look delectable. Pun intended.

    A Study in Scarlet is freaking AWESOME. I love all the Sherlock I've read so far, which is the first half of the two complete volumes I have.

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    1. Me too! I'm just deciding how many to order on this first go. lol And I'm so glad re: Study in Scarlet! I love what I've read so far.

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  11. The Uninvited Guests was my first Sadie Jones book. I think you'll love the turn of phrase, if not the story itself, Andiloo. I had a wee bit of trouble with some aspects of the story but because I loved her writing so much, I couldn't part with the book and keep thinking about a reread.

    Glad you're enjoying the Sherlock! After watching the 3rd season of Sherlock, I really want to read them all (I've only read a few). Somewhere, I have almost everything Conan Doyle has written, including his dinosaur stories (?!) because my youngest son fell in love with 19th century lit as a 10-year-old and I was not going to let that pass without piling up opportunity! Need to find that. So much is still packed from our move.

    And, since you asked, I just read The Returned by Jason Mott, this weekend. A library find!! I was so excited to find a copy that I started reading almost immediately and now I've got a reading hangover. It's fast-paced but wasn't at all what I expected. Once I realized it was not a sci-fi but a "what if?" I appreciated it for what it was. Too many books are taunting me. I just got a copy of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran from PBS. Sadie Jones' newest book, Fallout, is calling out to me from the ARC pile. And, I got an old, beat-up WWII novel published in 1953. It's screaming at me, too.

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    1. You have so much goodness on your stacks, Nancy! I didn't even realize Sadie Jones has a new one out. Uh oh! I do love a beautiful turn of phrase, so I'm excited about The Uninvited Guests. And SHERLOCK! I still need to finish watching season three.

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    2. Also, The Returned is on my wishlist/library list. One day! One day!

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  12. Good luck with the reboot! You do have some good looking books to choose from. I've been staring at Tenant of Wildfell Hall for a while now myself. It's over there on my shelf looking hopeful ("Pick me, pick me!"). And I had NO idea Alexandre Dumas wrote a food book!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! Tenant is so good (so far). I really can't wait to get back to it. But I might need some shorties after Wilkie. And I was shocked about Dumas' food book, too!

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  13. I did not enjoy the Uninvited Guests! I would skip it, if you are looking to save some time.

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    1. Bummer, Ti! I'll give it a few pages, but I've seen some other negative reviews. I won't be afraid to ditch it if it doesn't grab me.

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  14. The Penguin Great Food series?!? What is this magic?? I'm just going to go look that up...or grab a snack....

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    1. MAGIC indeed! I ordered three of them with my gift card. I couldn't resist! They all look amazing.

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  15. Geek Love sounds crazy awesome!!! You always choose the best titles.
    I'm reading Frog Music and Sympathetic People. Looooooving Frog Music!

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  16. I've been wanting to read the Sadie Jones book for the title and cover alone. Aren't they great? I want to start new books to but I have to finish some in progress books first. No more new books until then :)

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  17. Because I have no self-control, I went to the library and got a bunch more books without finishing all my previous books, so now all those books are taunting me. I can't even focus on any one of them because I'm so excited about all of them.

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  18. I picked up two books from the Great Food series ages ago when someone donated them to the library. They're all so gorgeous! Still have yet to read them...other books keep distracting me...

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  19. Wow, I am completely in love with your "What are you reading" picture at the end of your post. Beautiful! I'd like to start doing more with graphics on my blog for repeated features too, but haven't quite gotten to it yet.

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