Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? #3

Here is another dose of It's Monday, what are you reading? hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey!

Well, last week's plan didn't quite go as I anticipated it to. I read Uglies and did a review on it too! I read like 75 pages of Fool Moon. I was so excited when one of the books from the library came in that it immediately jumped up to the top of my to-read list. Oops, have you ever done that before? Get so excited for a certain book to come in that you forget your plans on the other books?

So, the book I was really excited for was Starters. The cover is probably one of my favorites, it looks so cool and gives off the futuristic feel! I've already read it and finished my review of it this morning. My little cousin, Lexi, spent the night with Hailey on Saturday night. My husband and I took the girls to the park, where he studied for his internship exams and I read. Anyway, the book was alright. I think there was more the author could have done with it and a few things I didn't care for too much. Overall, I liked it and I'll read the second one.

For this week, this is what I have planned to read. I'm going to finish reading Fool Moon in the next couple of days. We are going camping this weekend and I'll have five days off starting on Friday. I'll start and hopefully finish Monsters of Men by next Monday. If for whatever reason I get through both of those books, I'm going to read Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.
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Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

My initial thoughts: 
This book was actually one that a book club on Goodreads was reading. I had immediately requested it from the library but I was number 12 on a waiting list. So, I waited not-so-patiently for this book.  Well, when I went to pick up Starters from the library, I was pleasantly surprised to find this one waiting for me! I think it'll be an interesting read and I'm not really sure what to expect from it. I think it'll be way different than anything that I've read before. I'm really hoping that I can read this this week or even next week.
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I'm also currently listening to an audiobook called Dating is Murder by Harley Jane Kozak. 

Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue—despite a series of recent disasters—the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show’s premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience votes on which couple would make the best parents. Alas, Wollie isn’t having much luck finding a man she’d like to date “off the air,” much less father her child. As the biological clock ticks away, Wollie gets caught up in a much more pressing demand on her time. Her friend Annika has vanished into thin air and Wollie is convinced that she’s in grave danger. 

When Wollie reports the disappearance to the Los Angeles Police Department, however, the detective assigned to the case seems more interested in dating Wollie than in finding her friend. So Wollie springs into action—and lands right in the middle of an FBI investigation into an international drug cartel. She soon finds herself being stalked by an assortment of threatening characters, including her fellow televisioncontestants, who will stop at nothing to beat the clock. 

With Dating Is Murder, Kozak delivers another sparkling treasure, a laugh-out-loud funny, literate mystery for readers of Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton, and for Kozak’s own growing legion of fans.

My initial thoughts:
The title of the book is intriguing. I really enjoy the person reading the book. Her voice doesn't quite match what I'd imagine the character to look like, but she does the humorous parts well. I'm on disc 5 out of 10. I listen to books on my way to work. I work about 45 minutes away from where I live. I love music, but it is nice to break it up every now and then. The story is enticing and suspenseful so far. The character seems a little ditsy, so it gets frustrating at times.
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Alright, so I think that is all. Surprisingly I thought this post was going to be short...I thought wrong. So if you read through it all, good job you!  Have a great Monday! :)


  1. ooh I have been wanting to read AbLincoln:VampHunter for awhile now. and really want to see the movie. happy reading! and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  2. Vampire Hunter! I really want to read a review about that one. The movie looks badass. It's a vampire book that looks like you should be proud of reading (:

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  3. Bless the library and library requests, I don't know what I'd do without them :) I hope you enjoy your books! Have a great week of reading!

  4. I love dystopian novels! I want to read Starters.
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  5. Starters has been on my reading list for a while. I had no idea it was a Cinderella retelling. It'll be curious how it compares to Cinder, another recent futuristic Cinderella tale.

  6. Great looking books that you're starting to read. That cover is strange for Starters and the eyes grabbed me for sure!!! It's always cool to find another Michigan book blogger!!!!

  7. I hope you'll enjoy it monsters of men, I really want to read it :) Happy reading!

  8. Haven't read Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but I wonder how the book compares to the movie. Any thoughts?


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