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Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm still reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf. This is something different for me, because it's a book in verse. It's a LONG book (for me), but I'm determined to finish it this week!

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, and I'm so excited because we'll finish it this week. We are going to make a lapbook and watch the movie!

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.

AUTHOR: Wendy Holden
NARRATOR: Elizabeth Wiley
PUBLISHER: Tantor Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: January 31, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 13 hrs and 8 mins 
GENRE: Nonfiction, History, Biography
ISBN: 9781515917618
Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left-their lives, and those of their unborn babies. Having concealed their condition from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, they are forced to work and almost starved to death, living in daily fear of their pregnancies being detected by the SS.

In April 1945, Priska gives birth. She and her baby, along with Anka, Rachel, and the remaining inmates, are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish train journey. Rachel gives birth on the train; Anka at the camp gates. All believe they will die-then a miracle occurs. The gas chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and as the Allied troops near, the SS flee. Against all odds, the three mothers and their newborns survive their treacherous journey to freedom.

I just finished:

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.

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. Hi! I found your blog today and wanted to let you know I'm a new follower (via bloglovin). I'm currently reading Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jackie! That sounds like a fun cozy! I'll have to look for the first one in the series at my library.

  2. I'm not sure I'd cope with a book in verse. Now wondering what you thought of The Promise of Fire!

    1. I was a little worried about that as well, Kathryn. That's why I put it off for so long. I posted my review on it today. I loved A Promise of Fire!! That review will be posted tomorrow.

  3. I want to read Born Survivors, but I'm also pretty sure that it will emotionally wreck me and make me sleep next to my kid's beds for a few nights!

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. It's horrific what these ladies endured. Definitely a tough read, but I am finding it fascinating.


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