It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 13 August 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 13 August 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

I did some soul-searching this week and considered my priorities. Reading takes precedence over stupid games on my phone. So I deleted them. Now, whenever I have to wait an hour at the dance studio, my focus can be on reading again instead of wasting my time and energy. I feel much better too.


My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff

The spoof on Jane Eyre is hilarious! Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows do an incredible job of poking fun at and yet also paying tribute to one of my favorite books. A definite must-read for any Charlotte Bronte fan!

One thing that happens when I get behind on reading review copies is that I get very impatient with the books I read. I start nit-picking every little detail. Usually, this is when I have the most DNFs. I started doing this with Claire Douglas’ new novel. I found the heroine to be annoying. I thought certain elements of the story were redundant; in fact, I noticed the same sentence repeated almost once a chapter. I wanted to find out what happened though, so I did something I never do. I skipped to the end. A funny thing happened though as I started skipping entire chapters. The story got interesting. There were a few turns I did not expect that changed the entire trajectory of the story. I still ended up skimming the remainder of the story but what I thought was another humdrum suspense novel ended up having some bite to it. The moral of this story, I believe, is to never give up on a novel because you never really know when it will improve.

The Joanna Luloff novel is a quiet one that spends all of its time talking about identity and relationships. I cannot say that it is the type of novel that one enjoys, but there was something about it that prevented me from setting it to the side and moving on to the next book.


So far, so good.


The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness


Changeless by Gail Carriger


Here it is, folks. My shameful secret. I have a serious e-galley problem, especially because September and October are even worse.

July Review Copies:

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner Eden by Andrea Kleine The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Contagion by Erin Bowman Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

August Review Copies:

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood Nine by Zach Hines These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Temper by Nicky Drayden The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman Vox by Christina Dalcher Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

So, what are you reading?

4 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 13 August 2018
  1. Brandie
    August 13, 2018 | 8:02 AM

    If I’m not feeling a book, I can’t force myself to continue reading it. I’ve DNF’d a few books this year and have no regrets. But sometimes I’ll try a book again, and it ends up being wonderful. That was the case with Beartown!

    I did the same thing about a year ago – deleted all the games and extra social media apps off of my phone. It felt great!

    • Michelle
      August 13, 2018 | 8:40 AM

      I have gotten better about DNFing a book, but with thrillers or mysteries, I do want to find out whodunit. That is the only reason why I started skimming and skipping chapters with this particular book. I am glad I did too because I would have missed a pretty decent story!

  2. Kay
    August 13, 2018 | 9:07 AM

    I subscribe to the DNF group – however, I have been known to skip to the end (more than once). Sometimes I do go back to a book. I think I need to try MY PLAIN JANE. Sounds fun. As to games – I don’t play them on phone, only on my iPad. And I only play them while watching TV or movies. They are very addictive and I’ve deleted them more than once and then, sadly, brought them back.

    • Michelle
      August 15, 2018 | 1:22 PM

      I know you do. Just as I cannot do so wholeheartedly. It just isn’t something I am willing to do whenever I struggle with a book.

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