Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Monday; What Are You Reading?

It's Monday (okay, it's actually Sunday but I have to be up early tomorrow so I won't be staying up to write this at the stroke of midnight), and this week I'm completely okay with that. Last Monday I was incredibly distressed to realize that I had read a whopping two books. This week, thanks to not having to drive all over the country, I was much more able to sit down and actually read.

For me, Monday is synonymous with It's Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by the always delightful Sheila at Book Journey. Each week, book bloggers from all over share what they read last week, what they are currently reading, what they're planning of reading next, and anything else they feel like sharing.

What I Read Last Week:
-Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

-The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt

-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What I'm Currently Reading: 
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

What I'm Reading This Week: 
-Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

-Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

-The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (recommended by Nonners)

-Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow (reread)

As you can see by my last choice, I'm finally going to start the Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow. I'm pretty sure that I won't be reading all five of them in a row, but, rather, will be doing one a week. I still have a few books left over from my May reading list that will be carried over into June. The reading list for next month should be up by the end of this week.

So, what are you reading?



  1. Quite the eclectic collection of reading this week! I really must read some Neil Gaiman! Have a great week.

  2. Thanks for dropping in! My eclectic taste in books is one of the things in which I feel no shame taking pride.

    Neil Gaiman will always come highly recommended from me. :)

  3. I have Smoke and Mirrors on my TBR. Hunger is on my wishlist. I finished ten books this week which actually surprises me because I hardly did any reading during my usual fun reading time. Come see what I finished.

  4. I totally need to read something by Gaiman, I follow him on twitter and he just sounds fantastic!

    Please feel free to stop by my Monday :)

  5. You have a great variety on your list, enjoy your reading :)

    Please feel free to drop by my blog,

    Have a nice week..

  6. I have read Smoke and Mirror's by Neil Gaiman and I have almost no memory of it. Shocking state of affairs, should read it again.

    The Jackie Kessler books look interesting.

  7. It's pretty admirable that you make a monthly reading list. I kind of look up my library account and see what is going to be overdue soon (or already is) and try to read those first and then the books for review. I should be more organized.

    I was not able to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies though I do not consider myself a Jane Austen purist. I am just not a fan of zombies (though I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth and its sequels). I did really like Jane Slayre so I think the mashups can have appeal.

    I have been meaning to read The Screwtape Letters as well as some of Lewis's other works. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy your reading and have a great week!

  8. Let's see . . .

    Little Women
    Anne of Ingleside
    Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul
    Poetry and Story Therapy
    Writing Personal Essays
    Simple Abundance
    Romancing the Ordinary
    Garland of Love

    I hope to finish the first two this week. The last three are daily reads so I won't finish them until December. The other books I'm reading more slowly.

    Next up

    Sense and Sensibility
    Goddesses in Older Women

    I think that's it for me at the moment but I always forget one or two books that I later see lying around.

  9. I wonder if the Pride and Predjudice and Zombie's book lives up to the expectations of a Jane Austen fan. Do you like it so far?

    My Monday post and a giveaway is here.

  10. I have often wondered how Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

  11. I'm looking forward to what you think about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I did not enjoy it much, but maybe that's just me. Smoke and Mirrors is a really awesome read :D

    And thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you do find the time to share your Ten Good Things :)

    Have a great week!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  12. Great looking set of books! You can't go wrong with an eclectic mix. I haven't read Pride and Prejudice since high school! Need to read it again to see how age has changed my perspective...LOL

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. Karen: I've never been big on short stories, but it's Neil Gaiman so they can't be horrible. :) Maybe it'll get me into the genre. And the Kessler books may look interesting, but if Hunger is any indication of her quality as a writer, I don't have high hopes for Rage. I'm just looking forward to more Death. He's one of the only characters I actually liked.

    Christina T: Sadly for me, my books never are overdue. I'm a supervisor at a library, so I get my books for a full academic year. I sort of ignore them until I'm ready to read them. LOL.

    The monthly reading list started because I originally was doing "themes" (with the first month being dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels). It helped me keep track of the books that I was interested in reading. Now, even after I've gotten rid of the themes, I find that have a list, even if I don't strictly adhere to it, keeps me motivated and on task.

    I didn't even know they'd done a Jane Eyre book. I may have to read that when I read Jane Eyre later this year. Once upon a time I could bring myself to read a vampire novel, but now that they're all clones of Meyers' travesty of a series, I won't go near them. So, I needed a new supernatural being and zombies seemed to be the best choice. You can't make a zombie sexy, no matter how hard you try.

    Satia: I'm reading both Little Women and Sense and Sensibility later this year. I hope that you enjoy them! I own all of the Anne books but haven't read them yet. My grandmother gifted them to me out of her personal library when she was getting rid of some stuff about four years ago. I was thinking of making it a personal challenge for next year to read them all.

    Sabrina: As a Pride and Prejudice nut, I can honestly say that I'm not disappointed with it. It doesn't at all outshine the original obviously, but it follows pretty closely to the text, just with the added benefit of zombies and a Mr. Darcy who actually tells Miss Bingley exactly what he thinks of her. I'm hoping to finish it today so the review will be up tomorrow.

    Bonnie: So far I've liked it pretty well, but we'll see what the rest of the book brings. Thanks for stopping by!

    Nina B: I may wait until next week. It's sunny and warm outside today so I'm thinking of spending the day outdoors until I have to go to work at 4. I'm looking forward to reading Smoke and Mirrors, although I'm a little worried that I won't like it because of my dislike of short stories. We'll see.

    Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow: I've been thinking of doing that with Dr. Zhivago. I haven't read it in almost ten years and I'm wondering how I would feel about it reading it today. Thanks for dropping in!

  14. I always take ages to get through short story collections, so Smoke and Mirrors is still sat on my shelf. I really must make myself read more now and then.

  15. I used to be that way with short stories too. It would take me ages to get through them if I actually finished them at all. That's maybe why I have virtually no memory of Smoke and Mirrors. In the last year or so I have surprised myself by reading a few collections that I have loved.

  16. Hunger and Rage have me curious!!! Enjoy your week.

  17. The Screwtape Letters are crazy confusing because it's from the view point of a demon. But it's also crazy amazing!!!!

  18. Ellie: I have so few collections of short stories and I'd like to get more, I'm just not sure which authors I would like. Gaiman's a pretty safe bet with me so I'm hoping he'll engender a respect for the genre in me.

    Karen: I'd love some recommendations...someday. I should probably get through the books I've got now. I'm thinking about grabbing a few anthologies of science fiction short stories. I'm thinking that'll get me at least partway interested in reading them.

    Staci: You too! I'm hoping that the books in this series will get better with time. I'm just not a fan of her writing or of the fact that all the characters in Hunger are whiny and unoriginal for the most part.

    Nonners: I'm really looking foward to reading it. Also, Out of the Silent Planet is on my list for next month. :)