2015 Reading Challenge {Week Fourteen}

Happy Friday, all!  This past week was filled with stomach bugs, work craziness, and meetings… and not enough reading or blogging. I do have some exciting things in the works though, so let me catch you up. First, I finished Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like.  It was cute and I liked it, but it had a very ambiguous ending which I don’t love.  Then I went onto the author’s website and saw that she just wrote a follow up novella, which makes it look like things did not end happily.  BOOOOO!  But whatever.  For $1.99, I’ll end up buying Happy Again and seeing if this ends better than the first book.

11108945_10105000057232109_4331290832392598522_nI started Kelley Armstrong’s Sea of Shadows. This is my “a book a friend recommended” and I’m kind of struggling.  I like the idea, but I’m not loving the characters.  There’s a bit too much whine and a tad too much “tortured hero” going on for me right now, but the concept is interesting and I’m curious to see where the story goes.

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

So yeah.  It’s an interesting concept, and my two book club buddies both loved the book, so I’m trying for them.  I guess I’ll let you all know next week if it’s worth the struggle.

Okay!  Let’s talk audiobook awesomeness!

IMG_1968I used to LOVE Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series.  It was addicting and I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. Unfortunately, this series became one of those YA series that NEVER ended, and it got to the point that I no longer cared because I was never going to get the answers I wanted. Fast forward several years to last week when I saw an email on a listserv that I belong to talk about how they made the first book in this series, Glass Houses, into a YouTube web series.  This totally brought back all of my happy feelings about the books and I decided that I wanted to start from the beginning and revisit Shane Claire and all of her adventures in Morganville. {Plus, the series is officially done now so I will FINALLY get an ending!} I downloaded Glass Houses on Friday night, listened to it during the race from Hell {race recap to follow} on Saturday, and was done 8 hours by Wednesday morning. I, of course, immediatly downloaded book 2, The Dead Girls’ DanceIMG_2090I need to slow down because I’m out of Audible credits! HA! But I have a half marathon that my body is not ready for this Sunday and I have a feeling I will be listening and walking most of those 13 miles.  At least I will have the company of a few good character friends. 🙂

So speaking of awesome YA books, it looks like I will be starting a podcast for my library with two other coworkers.  I can’t really talk too much about it yet, but I can say that it will be a podcast about awesome young adult novels that adults will love to read! I’m really excited about this and am working pretty hard in getting it all together.  Once I know more I will totally share it here.

Lastly, congratulations to my library’s 2015 Fiction March Madness winner, Rainbow Rowell’s Landline! March Madness 2015 WinnerIt was a great 5 weeks and I am so thankful for everyone’s participation!

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