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Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

This is from the library, and it is a 2016 debut that I have had my eye on!

AUTHOR: Kim Savage 
PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
PUBLICATION DATE: February 23, 2016
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 304 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery
ISBN: 9780374300555
Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

I'm listening to:

This is from the library, and I have been wanting to read this one for a long time! I also want to watch the movie afterward.

AUTHOR: John Boyne
NARRATOR: Michael Maloney
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: September 20, 2006
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 5 hrs 
GENRE: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to listen, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a story for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later, you will arrive with Bruno at the fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope that you never have to encounter such a fence.

I just finished:

AUTHOR: Heather Graham 
PUBLICATION DATE: November 1, 1997
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 330 pages
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Romance
ISBN: 9780451407962
Jon and Julie Radcliff are facing the last Christmas of a marriage in trouble. The love they once shared has been tattered by time and torn apart by divergent goals. Their teenagers, Christie and Jordan, are rebellious, and their youngest child, six-year-old Ashley, is showing the hurt and confusion of her family's turmoil. Yet somehow the Christmas season must be gotten through even if it is only a game of let's pretend we are the way we always were. The perfect place for this make-believe is the Oak River Plantation in Virginia, a place of simple values, far from their sophisticated and difficult life in Miami. Here the Radcliffs are promised a traditional Christmas with all the Yuletide trimmings. So imagine their surprise when they are met by the quaint couple in charge, Jesse and Clarissa Wainscott, dressed in costumes dating from before the Civil War. Have they somehow entered another world that spans the gulf between past and present? Before Jon and Julie and their children can uncover the secrets surrounding their mysterious but marvelous hosts, they become aware of some profound truths about themselves. And suddenly they discover that love lost can be found again, making the bond of marriage and family strong enough to survive, even triumph.

AUTHOR: Debbie Macomber
NARRATOR: Allyson Ryan
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 6, 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 31 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas
Savor the magic of the season with number-one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber's newest Christmas novel, filled with warmth, humor, the promise of love, and a dash of unexpected adventure.

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there's only one rental car available. Ashley and Dash reluctantly decide to share the car, but neither anticipates the wild ride ahead.

At first they drive in silence, but, forced into close quarters, Ashley and Dash can't help but open up. Not only do they find they have a lot in common, but there's even a spark of romance in the air. Their feelings catch them off guard - never before has either been so excited about a first meeting. But the two are in for more twists and turns along the way as they rescue a lost puppy, run into petty thieves, and even get caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Though Ashley and Dash may never reach Seattle in time for Christmas, the season is still full of surprises - and their greatest wishes may yet come true.

AUTHOR: Max Lucado
NARRATOR: Greg Whalen
PUBLISHER: Oasis Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 25, 2006
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 1 hrs and 43 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Religious/Inspirational
When a mysterious angel suddenly appears in a lowly candle-maker's shop, the holy and the human collide in a way that only God could imagine. Glowing bright with a timeless message, The Christmas Candle will warm your heart with a surprising reminder of God's bountiful love.

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. After the Woods sounds like an intriguing story. I liked the look of the Christmas books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I'm liking it so far, Kathy. Not WOW'd by it, but I like it. I loved, loved, loved A Magical Christmas! And Dashing Through the Snow and the Christmas Candle were really good as well.

  2. I wanted to read After the Woods and never did! I remember when that one came out, and being quite struck by the cover. I hope it's good!


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