“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next.
It’s Monday again, and I’m definitely not feeling it. Had a lovely weekend, dinner with friends and lunch with my Dad, and lots of time reading and blogging. And now it’s back to work.
I finished three books last week: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin (review here), and Poison Study by Maria Snyder. I loved The Moonstone, which started out slllooowww but by the last part I couldn’t put it down. I found myself last week actually reading as I walked to my work building in the mornings, which is a sign that I’m really into a book (for the record, people who walk while texting or reading drive me a little crazy). I still think The Woman in White had better characters, and The Moonstone really needed a strong female character. But the mystery was riveting and I loved the way it was written, with a number of different characters taking turns narrating the story. I also enjoyed that you never quite know who to root for in this book (you almost root for the diamond more than most of the characters).
The other two books were fantasy novels, and of the two I probably liked Poison Study more because it felt more original – although I think Magic Lost was written better. Poison Study had all the things I like in a novel: original storyline, well-developed heroine, good action/adventure. It’s the story of a young woman, Yelena, who is condemned to die for killing a man who abused her. On the eve of her execution, she’s offered a choice: become the Commander’s food taster or die. Being the food taster is basically slavery and likely death, but of course she takes it anyway. I’ll save the rest for my review.
In other news, I received two review requests I’m excited about. One is called Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers, and it’s a glossy ARC (my first one!) from Norton about a woman who is sent to a women’s insane asylum in seventeenth-century Paris. The other is The Baby Matrix, by Dr. Laura Carroll who has a great website about choosing not to have children. The full title is The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction will Create a Better World. I don’t have to tell you much more than that.
I’m also reading Redshirts, by John Scalzi, which is hilarious from page one, a spoof of everything that is funny about the Star Trek shows. Will it beat Galaxy Quest? I expect it will – Scalzi knows what he’s talking about and a book is almost always better than a movie even though Galaxy Quest is one of my favorites.
So, happy reading everyone and good luck with your Monday.