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Monday, September 5, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading:

SERIES: Monster Island, Book #1
PUBLISHER: Running Press
PUBLICATION DATE: March 24, 2006
FORMAT: Paperback, 282 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 9781560258506
It's one month after a global disaster. The most "developed" nations of the world have fallen to the shambling zombie masses. Only a few pockets of humanity survive — in places rife with high-powered weaponry, such as Somalia. In New York City, the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One amongst them is different; though he shares their appetites he has retained his human intelligence. Alone among the mindless zombies, Gary Fleck is an eyewitness to the end of the world — and perhaps the evil genius behind it all. From the other side of the planet, a small but heavily-armed group of schoolgirls-turned-soldiers has come in search of desperately needed medicine. Dekalb, a former United Nations weapons inspector, leads them as their local guide. Ayaan, a crack shot at the age of sixteen, will stop at nothing to complete her mission. They think they are prepared for anything. On Monster Island they will find that there is something worse even than being undead, as Gary learns the true price of survival.

I'm listening to:

SERIES: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book #1
AUTHOR: Ransom Riggs
NARRATOR: Jesse Bernstein
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 41 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

I just finished:

TITLE: Beg for Mercy
SERIES: Dead Wrong, Book #1
AUTHOR: Jami Alden
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback, 413 pages
GENRE: Romance/Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780446572804

He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . .

Beg For Mercy

Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.

TITLE: Looking for Alaska
AUTHOR: John Green
NARRATOR: Jeff Woodman
PUBLISHER: Brilliance Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: October 21, 2008
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs, 11 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

SERIES: Across the Universe, Book #0.6
AUTHOR: Beth Revis
PUBLISHER: Self-published on Wattpad
PUBLICATION DATE: April 24, 2014
FORMAT: E-book
LENGTH: 36 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Novella, Science Fiction/Dystopia

What events shaped Orion and turned him into the man he was at the start of Across the Universe? This story explores just that.

Orion started off as just another Elder, due to inherit the leadership of the spaceship Godspeed. When he starts to question the world around him, though, things quickly change. He meets a young woman that he may have feelings for. But if she gets in the way of his revenge, he can ignore his feelings for her...right? Or is love a choice after all?

SERIES: Across the Universe, Book #2.5
AUTHOR: Beth Revis
PUBLISHER: Self-published on Wattpad
FORMAT: E-book
LENGTH: 48 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Novella, Science Fiction/Dystopia

Selene is a "non-essential" crew member on a generational spaceship that classifies artists as insane. She and her fellow non-essential artists are given a rather unique assignment: create art they find beautiful, with no angle of making it essential for life on board the ship. As they hone their art skills, Selene teams up with a troubled sculptor and learns just how dangerous art--and being non-essential--can be. This novella takes place on the spaceship Godspeed and deals with characters seen in the Across the Universe series. You can read it without reading the novels, although it might be more fitting to read it after A Million Suns.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!


  1. Many of these are unfamiliar books so I shall be checking into some. Thanks for sharing. I have not been here before but smiled at your beach-going woman with all her books! : )
    ~ linda @ The Reader and the Book
    and Being Woven

  2. I have the across the Universe series on my TBR and hope to get to them soon, I love generation ship stories. It's nice to see these ebooks that further develop that concept. And Monster Island certainly sounds interesting! I was never much interested in Miss Peregrine's but after seeing the movie trailer it has me curious...

    1. I FINALLy finished the Across the Universe series, and #2 and #3 were 5-star reads for me. I just loved them! Monster Island has been a bit slow, so I'm hoping that will pick up. I joined a September read-a-long for Miss Peregrine's which is hosted by Michelle at Castle Macabre (there's a button on my right sidebar). That audiobook has been on my iPod for years! I actually didn't realize that it was hitting the theatre until I joined the read-a-long! I am enjoying it so far.

  3. How are you enjoying "Miss Peregrine" on audio? I read it not too long ago and loved it, but I wasn't sure how it would work as an audiobook.

    1. The narrator is very good, and I am enjoying the audiobook!


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