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It's Monday! What are you reading? (26) November 12, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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First off! Happy Veterans Day a day late! Thanks to all the past and present men and women who have preserved the freedoms our country has so often taken for granted. I read a funny tweet yesterday. It went something like this, “Hug a veteran. They may think you’re crazy but they’ll go to bed with a smile on their face.” Okay it wasn’t that funny, but the sentiment was sweet.

So go forth and hug a veteran on my behalf! 😉

On to our regular business!

This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: Duchess of the Shallows

Author: Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipnto

Available at: Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

A game is played in the fog-shrouded city of Rodaas, and every citizen, from the nameless of the Shallows to the noblest of the Garden, is a player or a pawn. And no one is as he appears.

Not Minette, brothel-keeper and obsessive collector of secrets. Not Uncle Cornelius, fearsome chief of the gang of brutes and murderers known as the Red. Not the cults of Death, Wisdom, and Illumination, eternally scheming and plotting along the Godswalk.

And certainly not the orphaned bread girl known as Duchess.

Yet armed with nothing more than her wits, her good friend Lysander and a brass mark of dubious origin Duchess will dare to play that game for the most coveted of prizes: initiation into a secret society of thieves, spies and rumormongers who stand supreme in a city where corruption and lies are common coin.

The Grey.

Can you say reading slump? I know everyone is probably tired of hearing about this book. The difference this time is that instead of saying that I’m going to read this book, I actually am reading this book. I like it too. It’s just that I really am in a reading slump. I’m having a hard time concentrating and I’m easily distracted. It might be because I haven’t been getting enough sleep. I’ve also started painting again. That seems to have taken my focus away from reading. Hopefully this week will be a better reading week.

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

I’ll be reading this after The Duchess of the Shallows and if there’s any book that can pull be out of my reading slump, it’s this book. I really can’t wait to read it. Karou is one of my favorite characters. I love how she so easily adapts to each situation and she’s just such a strong person. She has her vulnerable moments but that makes her all the more appealing.

Need. To. Read. This. Book.

I just need to get out of this stinky reading slump first. Has anyone else been in a slump like this before? What have you done to pull out of it?



1. booksoutsidethebox - November 12, 2012

I’m reading Moby Dick, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and Just Kids. I hear you on the slump. All these books are good, but I’m not completely absorbed with them. I love that feeling of being in love with a book and it’s been at least a month since I’ve had that feeling!

akamaireader - November 12, 2012

Isn’t it frustrating?

I’ve always wanted to tackle Moby Dick. I admire your fortitude!

2. Laurie Brown - November 12, 2012

Today I’m reading “The Witch of Exmoor” by Margaret Drabble. It’s excellent; she’s just as good a writer as her sister A.S. Byatt, but very different. I’m near the end of it, and it’s going to be one of those books I miss when I’m done with it.

akamaireader - November 12, 2012

I’m glad your enjoying it!

3. heleneouwehand - November 13, 2012

I still have to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I’ve heard amazing things about it! Thanks for stopping by
Happy reading:)

akamaireader - November 13, 2012

No problem!

It really is a good book. 🙂

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