It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Last week was a really slow reading week… I didn’t finish anything and was generally feeling pretty discouraged.  Yesterday, though, I forced myself to sit down with a book I’d been hemming and hawing about completing and I actually ended up enjoying it.  I don’t want reading to be work, but sometimes I have to force myself to remember why I enjoy doing things like reading books or going to the gym.  They don’t sound fun until I do them!

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry– Benny reluctantly takes a job in the family business as a zombie hunter and is slowly drawn into a new world where he learns some stuff about life, humanity, and himself.  For a zombie book this one is pretty slowly paced, but I am nearly finished after forcing myself to read it.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery– Reading this along with the BHA over at The Cheap Reader.  I’m maybe halfway through, but taking it very slowly.  Anne is a totally adorable character and I am really enjoying this read.  I’ve got a bunch of library holds coming in, so unfortunately this owned book is taking a back seat while I try to finish those I have to return soon.

I’ve also picked up Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer from the library recently.  The first was recommended to me as a good love triangle and I’ve never really read steampunk, so I thought I’d give it a shot.  The second… I dunno, I figured the movie would be getting some buzz and that I should check out the book.  I also think I am ready to give adult fiction another go… although adult fiction with a child protag probably doesn’t count!  Probably won’t get to these for another week, but they’ll be around when I’m ready!

13 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

  1. Glad Rot & Ruin eventually picked up for you. There’s nothing worse than slogging through an entire book only to discover that it never gets better. My reading of late has been pathetic. I love to read but am so distracted right now.

  2. Have you read Cassandra Clare before? I read her series (City of Bones, Ashes, etc.) that Clockwork Angel is sort of a prequel too. I give it maybe 3 stars out of five. The big problem that I had with it was that I didn’t think the teens really talked like teens. Not that teens can’t be highy intellegent or get through a sentence without using the world “like”, but something about the diagogue was just too grown up to be convincing to me. Of course, I’ve read plenty of books where I thought the grown-up’s dialogue was too immature. Also, I’m a zombie-a-holic, so Rot and Ruin sounds awesome. I’ll put it on my list. Have you read Zone One by Colson Whitehead? Very “intellectual” zombie stuff there. It took some working to get through it, but I’m glad I did. It sort of stayed with me and keeps coming back to haunt me.

    • I have not read Cassandra Clare… I’ve heard that she is awesome and her books seem to get mixed responses. I dunno, we’ll see how it goes! Rot & Ruin is my first zombie book and I’m not totally impressed (but that is just the amateurish writing in parts), definitely willing to try something that has zombies, but also ACTION! and MEANINGFULNESS!

  3. And, also, if you haven’t read steam punk but want to know some good stuff, read Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Awesome book with classic steampunk elements and ZOMBIES!! Also try Gail Carriger and her Parisol Protectorate series. Dective mystery/ romance with a funny heroine. And my most all time, all time favorte steam punk that it’s technically classified as steam punk is “Glass Book of the Dream Eaters” by Gordon Dahlquist. This book (and it’s sequel) probably rate in my top twenty ever. Maybe even my top ten.

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