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Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf. This is something different for me, because it's a book in verse.

TITLE: Triangles
AUTHOR: Ellen Hopkins 
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
PUBLICATION DATE: October 18, 2011
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 529 pages
GENRE: Poetry, Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 9781451626339
Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly's meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for - a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly's castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges - a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman's marriage unravels, another's rekindles. As one woman's family comes apart at the seams, another's reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman's up is another one's down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins's gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters.

Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

Something from my bookshelf. This is my vintage 1958 edition, which I've kept from my childhood! There's not even an ISBN # for this edition! I'm reading it aloud to my daughter.

SERIES: Oz, Book #1
AUTHOR: L. Frank Baum 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 1958 (first published May 17, 1900)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 156 pages
GENRE: Children's Fiction, Classics, Fantasy

Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American's most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heals and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.

This edition with illustrations by Paul Granger.

I'm listening to:

Something from my review pile.

SERIES: Kingmaker Chronicles, Book #1
AUTHOR: Amanda Bouchet
NARRATOR: Mia Barron
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books
PUBLICATION DATE: August 2, 2016
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 14 hrs and 45 mins 
GENRE: Romance/Fantasy
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

I just finished:

SERIES: Agatha Raisin, Book #25
AUTHOR: M.C. Beaton
NARRATOR: Alison Larkin
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 16, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 50 mins 
GENRE: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
In this irresistible new mystery from New York Times best seller M. C. Beaton, the adorably cranky Agatha Raisin investigates when a local baker is murdered while performing in a seemingly harmless pantomime.

"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman…"

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens…followed by a scream and then silence.

Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed? When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case. They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show - and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.

TITLE: White Bones
SERIES: Katie Maguire, Book #1
AUTHOR: Graham Masterton 
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781781850640
There are things I need to know...

On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery.

Of other worlds apart from this...

In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from nails and fishhooks. The murder of his victims is second only to the pleasure of their pain.

Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities...

As an eighty-year-old mystery unfolds, so does a modern-day ritual that's marked Katie Maguire as its next victim. For what happened once in this small picturesque village is happening again. It's more than a series of horrifying crimes. It's tradition.

Take me there.

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. Triangles looks very tempting! I'm also curious about White Bones. Enjoy!


    1. I was a bit hesitant to try it, Laurel-Rain! I am really enjoying it! I also really liked White Bones and plan to continue on in the series.

  2. Wonderful to have a book from childhood to share with your daughter. I lost all my books to my brothers and sisters as I was the eldest. I think A Promise of fire would be good in audio.

    1. I am the youngest in the family, so I got to take all my childhood favourites with me :) I have my Narnia boxset as well, and a bunch of Bobbsey Twins and Burgess Thornton books. I love sharing them with my kids!

      I am really enjoying A Promise of Fire. Cat is feisty!

  3. That is certainly an eclectic list of books. I've never read a book in verse but I know Hopkins books are popular in my HS media center. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. This is my first book told in poetic verse, and I'm enjoying it more than I expected! Ellen Hopkins is new to me, but I have Crank and Glass and want to read those!

  4. Oh my - the cover of your vintage edition Wizard of Oz is simply divine. How lovely you can read it aloud to your daughter. Happy reading to you!
    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I didn't remember the book being so violent, with the Tin Woodman cutting off heads!! We are going to make a Wizard of Oz lapbook as well, and my plan is to read the whole series to her. Myself, I've only read the first three books.


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