It’s Monday! What are you reading? #2

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s that time again, folks! Even if you don’t participate regularly or don’t intend to, feel free to talk about what books you’re reading in the comments.

I took a trip to Half-Price Books over the weekend and found Cherie Priest’s sci-fi novel Boneshaker. The girl at the register couldn’t stop raving over it, so here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.

What I’ve been reading

I finished and reviewed a book for Kirkus Indie (I can’t reveal the name of it because of confidentiality reasons, unfortunately), and that’s about it. This week has been crazy busy, and I’m way too addicted to my new iPad Mini. I need to settle down with a book this evening. :)

The numbers are in. How many books did you read in 2012? I read 46 total, surpassing my goal of 40. Some of them were for Kirkus, but 30 are viewable on my Goodreads page. In 2011, I read 16 fewer books. This year, I’m aiming for 55. Are you setting a goal?

What I’m reading now

The Jazz CageOh, yeah — The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith! I almost forgot I had started that!

The story is a historical twist on the Civil War and Roaring Twenties, so while it’s not exactly the type of book I usually go for, it’s good so far. I still have a long way to go, though.

This is Smith’s second but first commercial book, and you can visit his website here.

What I plan to read next

Death and the PenguinUntil I receive another Kirkus book for review, and once I finish The Jazz Cage, I’ll be moving on to Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (my first pick for the Eclectic Reader challenge’s translated fiction requirement) and The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling for my book club meeting in February.

What are your reading plans? What books have you discovered lately? Any good recommendations — or words of caution? ;)

6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? #2

  1. R.L. Saunders

    Got derailed over the holidays, but I’m finally finishing up INK by Damien Walters Grintalis. Really, really not a horror fan but I love her wriitng. She writes beautiful horror.

      1. R.L. Saunders

        Thanks, backatcha–I enjoy your blog! INK is Damien’s debut novel but she’s had lots of short stories published and she edits an online horror mag of some sort, I think. I picked up the book to support an agent-mate, thinking it wouldn’t really be my thing (horror) but I’m loving it. Not sure if she’s an exception or if I might like reading more horror. Allways good to be open!

        1. Stephanie Carmichael

          Thank you! :) It’s good to expose ourselves to new genres even if we’re not sure that we’ll like them. I’ll definitely look into her writing, so thank you for sharing these recommendations with me! I love, love, LOVE horror in movies, so I have no idea why I’m so reluctant to try out a good horror book! That needs to change!

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