Monday, September 5, 2016

it's monday! what are you reading? (9-5-16)

Today, I'm joining in on a new-to-me meme: "It's Monday! What are you reading?" This is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and it looks like a lot of fun. My goal is to post each week, but, well, you know how that goes!

What I read last week:

Without Warning by Lynette Eason. I really enjoyed this romantic suspense novel, although the romance didn't particularly resonate with me. Still, the mystery/suspense was fabulous! (4 stars)

Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall. This novel is also romantic suspense—of the historical variety. This reading experience was a bit strange for me in that I was very interested in the villain but didn't really care for the hero or heroine. Side note: The male cover model looks very familiar, and I can't figure out why. Does he look like someone famous? (2-1/2 stars)

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo. I've been a fan of Matayo's ever since I read The Wedding Game a few years ago. (It's currently free on Kindle, so get it!) I'm so excited to be on her influencer team for The Thirteenth Chance, which releases later this month. I stayed up way too late two nights in a row to finish this—it's one of my favorite reads in a long time, and it's looking good for a "best of" list at the end of the year! (review and rating to come)

What I'm reading now:

God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson. This is a cute Christmas novella that I'm reading for a Litfuse tour later this month. I picked it up right after my two-in-a-row suspense reads, and it was nice to have a change of pace! (review and rating to come)

 A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas. I've just started this novel, and it looks to be just as good as the two previous ones in the series! (Miracle in a Dry Season: 5 stars. Until the Harvest: 5 stars.)

Cold Case Witness by Sarah Varland. I'm almost finished with this novel about a woman who returns to her hometown 10 years after being a key witness in a court case that rocked the community. I'm really enjoying it!

What I'm listening to on audiobook:

Made Well by Jenny Simmons. I'm on the launch team for this book, written by Addison Road's Jenny Simmons ("Hope Now," "What Do I Know of Holy"). I have an e-copy, too, but when Jenny offered an audio version, I jumped at it. I've recently begun to enjoy audiobooks, and I've been listening to this while I clean. So far, so good!

What I'll read next:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is my pick for Modern Mrs. Darcy's "banned books" category for the 2016 reading challenge. And since I failed so miserably last month, I'm determined to succeed this time!

What books are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments, and check out other posts from the linkup.

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  1. Made Well sounds like a great read (or listen). And what better time to embrace those everyday moments than doing work around the house?

    Happy reading!

    1. That's what I'm loving about audiobooks--I can still "read" while mowing, cleaning, driving, etc. I don't know why it took me so long to embrace them :-)

  2. Thanks for visiting The Reader and the Book because I came here and now have some new books to look into! Have a sweet day!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad! Thanks for visiting and commenting! Happy reading!


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