21 Apr 2013

It's Monday! What are You Reading? (4)

(It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Each Monday participating blogs post about which books we are currently reading and our reading plans for the week. You can sign up at Book Journey by clicking here)

Last week I finished:

Homo by Michael Harris - It was not one I planned ahead to read, but I wanted to give it a try. Contemporaries are not my favourite genre; they need fabulous writing and a kicking plot line to keep me interested, or a twist (some fantasy/sci-fi element that makes them not 100% contemporary). Homo was an LGBT contemporary that I neither liked nor disliked. It was good and I did enjoy reading it, I just felt like not much happened. I really prefer to have my contemporaries include a second non-contemp genre, and with the lack of depth in characters and plot, I found it okay. I gave it 3/5 on Goodreads. It had enough to keep me reading; never once did I want to stop reading, so that's something.

I guess that's all I read last week.
I have less than 100 pages left in Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

And I tried to read Natural Born Angel (Immortal City #2) by Scott Speer, but I just couldn't do it, guys. I don't want to bash the book, but if you want to know why I had to stop 50 pages in when I usually force myself to read even the worst books (especially if it's in the middle of a series), you can see what I wrote on Goodreads here.

This week I am reading:

Scrap (netgalley e-arc) by Emory Harplin
On the brutal streets of Hellip, a village in the vast empire of the cruel King Ibis, you either become good at running from the king’s Blackcoats or you die. This is the lesson that twelve-year-old Tucker Scrap, abandoned as an infant among the orphans of Hellip, learned early. Along with her friends Ash and Kally, Tucker spends her time keeping one step ahead of the unjust laws, stealing what she needs to survive, and pondering her own unknown origins—and those of the enchanted bracelet with which she was found... (click for full description)

I love fantasy, so I'm already loving Scrap. I like the way Emily Harplin writes, and I already love the character Ash, who I've only just met in the novel (which frightens me because the blurb says he disappears *cries*). Excited to see where it goes!

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy?... (click for full description)

I've realised I cannot read two books of similar genres at once or I will get them mixed up, so I've chosen to read a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/contemporary (can it still be classified as contemp if the time travel is between the '80's and the post-apocalyptic future? haha).

I realise last week I was reading Jennifer L. Armentrout's Opal (Lux #3) but have not included it in the above. I have less than 100 pages left to read and hope to finish it the night I am writing this post (Sunday night) so I don't want to say I'm reading it if I finish it and I don't want to say I've finished if I don't manage to read it tonight. Consider me "unofficially" finished.

So how about you guys? What are you reading this week?
And if you've read any of the above (specifically Yesterday since it's already out), let me know what you thought of them (holding back the spoilers, of course). :)

Happy reading!


  1. glad you're another reader who puts them down if they're not going anywhere for you..
    maybe it's a Cdn thing? :)
    HapPy reading week...

    1. I used to fight through them, but with so many books on my shelf and my tbr list, I can't waste time on the uninteresting and the terribly written. More time to enjoy the better ones :)

  2. I find it so tough to give up on a book so well for doing so, sometimes books are just not meant for you. Hope you enjoy this weeks reads.

    1. I always want to stick it out to the end just in case, because I feel bad for giving up on a book, but this was one of those times where I just couldn't.

  3. These both sound really awesome. RE just read (Homo), I've been reading some really great LGBT books lately; I read was J R Ward's 'Lover At Last' and Brigid Kremmerer's 'Breathless' novella. Big publishers are starting to step up the plate and do decent LGBT romances, not 'intellectual' LGBT general fiction urgh), so I can seem myself reading more of these books in the future.

    1. I'd like to read more LGBT. I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, which was pretty humourous and I enjoyed it. I'd like to see more lgbt characters in more novels where there is more to the story than just the characters' sexual orientation, because there is more to a person than their sexual orientation.

  4. Ian Rankin and Stephen Gresham?
    I'm not sure which one Haunted Ground is, but I hope you're enjoying it and enjoyed Knots and Crosses! I'm not a big mystery fiction reader, but I've heard he's written some good ones


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