Sunday, September 15, 2013

What I'm Reading ~ September 2013

Now that we've hit the middle of the month, I thought it would be a good time to check in and share what I'm reading. I've been keeping up the habit of enjoying reading via my Kobo and think I got into a better swing of requesting/reading books from the library.  In other words, I actually finish the books before I have to return them! Woohoo! I hope I can keep that up. Let's see what got finished as well as a peek at what I'm looking forward to.

Finished Reading

Someday, Someday Maybe
by Lauren Graham

I absolutely adored this book. Adored. When I heard Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood) had written a book I wanted to read it RIGHT AWAY. Considering the length of the queue for it at the library, I certainly wasn't the only one who felt that way. The book is based on a fictional version of her experiences in the acting scene during mid-90's New York. I loved it on so many levels. Performing arts, check! Living in the city, check! Awesomely-but-not-overly descriptive, check! Female protagonist, check! Personal journey, check! One of the things I loved most about it was that the main character has a great sense of humour. I never think to read a book that's 'funny', but this one reminded me to keep that in the mix. I adored the main character from her determination to her worries and the craziness of life that happens in, around and in between everything else. It's one of my favourite books I've read this year, and a book I highly and widely recommend.

The only thing I ran into that wasn't awesome, was that it included some images that were fun things like datebook pages with handwriting and such.  I love these departures from regular text, and love to pour over them. But, I read the book via my Kobo Mini and the screen was just too small to really enjoy (or sometimes read) these pages.  I know they are kind of a fun add-on, but not being able to fully enjoy them was a bit of a let down. This is the first time I've encounter anything like this while reading in eBook format.  I still loved and would highly recommend the book, and I might even want to get a physical copy for myself so I can dive into those pages as well.

If this sounds like something you are interested, I strongly recommend checking it out.  You'll likely continue to hear even more about as their is also a TV adaptation in the works with The CW.

Harlequin Exploration Continues

I've finished two Harlequins since I last wrote: Claimed by the Immortal by Rachel Lee from of the Harlequin Nocturne as well as To Sin with a Viking by Michelle Willingham from he Harlequin Historical. I enjoyed both of them and was able to see that both actually are mini-worlds, where additional books can tell the romances of other characters you encounter briefly in these stories.  Little did I know that would suck me RIGHT in.  I am already looking forward to the next book by Michelle Willingham, which sadly isn't coming out until February 2014.  So not fair.  But, she does have a great series of posts with videos and pictures from the book cover photoshoot here.  Who knew the historical romance would be the one to pull me right in?  It's totally not my thing.  But, the fact I enjoyed it inspired take on the challenge of trying one book from each of the different Harlequin categories.  Who knows, maybe there will be even more fun surprizes along the way.  We'll see how that flies. 

Currently Reading

by Veronica Roth
Book Two in the Divergent Series

It would be more accurate to say I'm in the middle of this one, as opposed to currently reading it as I haven't picked it up in ages. There is incentive to get back to it pronto as the third book in the series comes out in October, I want to make sure I get through this one before then. I was pulled into the first book, Divergent, very quickly. I found the segregated-by-faction where each faction has a different philosophical perspective on the world and you get to choose your faction, totally fascinating.  That's a long winded way to describe it, although it also fits under 'dystopian'.  The challenge I found with this series is that I'm not really connecting to the characters or understanding their motivations.  But, I still find the world interesting and want to see how it continues to play out.  And of course their is the film adaptation in the works to come out in 2014.  The disconnect is probably why I haven't finished this one yet. I actually might have to go back a few chapters to re-remember what's happened. Bad Shannon!  I should know by now it's always best to read all the way through!

On the Horizon

The Power of Six
by Pittacus Lore
Book Two of the Lorien Legacies

This YA science fiction series holds a special place in my heart.  The first book is I Am Number Four, which was the first book and film I chose back when I was going a Book to Film Club.   I really enjoyed the first book in the series and recently when I was browsing at the library website I noticed that this series has four book already and I have only read the first!  Time to get back at it.  It's clearly not my first attempt to read The Power of Six, as I got it out as a Tree book last December and have gotten it in eBook format a few times since then.  Hopefully this time it will get read! Sometimes it takes a few tries, eh? 

by Kelley Armstrong
Book One in the Cainsville Series

This is one series I am hoping to jump in early and as it was just released in August 2013 I might be able to do it!  I feel like I totally missed the boat on Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, of which I did read Bitten but was intimidated to continue the 13-book series. So I decided instead of trying to catch up there, why not hit the ground running with Cainsville series?  That's the plan.  With Omens being described as contemporary gothic, I'm very curious to see how it plays out as that's not a genre I read a lot.  It was awesome to get this title so quickly from the library after it's publication date which is even more incentive to finish it by the return date.  I'm sure lots of people are in line to get their ereaders on this one!

On a non-specific-to-a-particular-book note, I also would like to take a moment to celebrate that I'm pretty happy with my reading this year on the whole. I'm closing in on and looking to pass the number of books I read last year, which had dropped dramatically from previous years.  I know it's not all about the numbers, but it is nice to see that re-cultivating attempt at creating reading habits seems to be working. Sharing what I've read is definitely incentive to keep reading, so I really hope to keep that up as well.

That's what's on my Kobo these days. What are you reading?

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