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Monday, December 5, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

This is a Christmas cozy that has been sitting on my TBR bookshelf for ages!

SERIES: Lucy Stone, Book #1
AUTHOR: Leslie Meier 
PUBLISHER: Kensington
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 1998 (first published 1991)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 209 pages
GENRE: Mystery/Cozy, Holidays/Christmas
ISBN: 9781575663708
In Lucy Stone's debut -- now in its third printing -- the mystery-solving mom takes time out from her hectic holiday schedule to discover who murdered the owner of the town's famous mail-order company.

I'm listening to:

This is from the library, and it's been on my TBR for a long time!

SERIES: Greer Family, Book #1
AUTHOR: Barbara Kingsolver
PUBLISHER: Harper Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 20 mins 
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away.

But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

I just finished:

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.

SERIES: A Year of Weddings 1, Book #1
AUTHOR: Denise Hunter
NARRATOR: Julie Lyles Carr
PUBLISHER: Zondervan on Brilliance Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: November 26, 2013
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 2 hrs and 17 mins 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Holiday/Christmas
A year's worth of novellas from 12 inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the façade in Chapel Springs this holiday season - for the sake of her career…and his heart?

Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy - the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiancé - would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency - a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map.

Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client. For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart.

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.

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. Well the perfect time is now for the cozy mystery and I think you just sweet talked me into being interested in reading the Barbara Kingsolver book.

    1. I hope you like it, Kathryn! I'm enjoying Mistletoe Murder so far!

  2. After the Woods sounds great. I haven't read any books centered around Christmas yet this year. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. It wasn't what I expected! Hope you get to enjoy some holiday books soon!

  3. I like The Bean Trees quite a bit. How is it on audio?

    1. The narrator is good. The story is a bit slow, so that's when I'm glad I'm listening rather than reading!

  4. I love Leslie Meier books. I have not read that one though.

    1. This is my first Meier book, and I'm liking it so far.


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