It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/17/16)

A lot is what I’m reading. My eyes have been killing me from looking at the computer screen, so I spent this past weekend on a no-screen diet (…or a very limited screen diet), which included no computer, no phone, and no TV. Which meant lots of books.

This past week, I finished:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked the first part of this book (once I got past the introduction), but the last half dragged. Yes, yes, family history, etc. But I wanted more Oscar, Lola, and Beli. Also, probably more Yunior, too. (Yunior!)

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Recovery RoadRecovery Road by Blake Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t remember if I found out about this or the TV show first. Either way, I read it, and I dug it. I’m looking forward to the show.

ETA: Added this to my to-read in 2013, so that answers that. Probably the TV show caused me to bump it to the top of the list.

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I Am Princess XI Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is solid. Fun mystery, interesting characters. Bonus: no romance. It’s allllll about the power of friendship.

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Goodbye StrangerGoodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is all about friendship, which is definitely my happy place. This probably would have been five stars except I didn’t really care for the second person section, though I did like the material/situations covered there. Bonus points for being sex positive in an age-appropriate way.

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Last week, I posted:

[wrap-up-posts week=”2″ year=”2016″ listtype=”ul”]


As of today, I’m reading:


I started The Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon today, so should be done with it tomorrow. I like it so far. I especially like that it’s a Robin Hood retelling that recasts Robin as a black girl, the Sheriff of Nottingham as a woman, and some of the other characters’ roles have either been reversed gender- or race-wise. I’m not that familiar with Robin Hood, but so far, I am digging this more than the other Robin Hood retellings I have encountered.

I am still listening to Crazy Rich Asians. I really like the narrator, but I am having a hard time keeping all of the characters straight. Also, this book is LONG. I have been listening to it for about a week (off-and-on, to be fair), and Rachel STILL hasn’t made it to Singapore yet. I thought I was much farther along in the book than I actually am.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.
Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.


Okay, my computer/writing time is up for the day. I hope by this time next week, I am feeling a lot more relief eyeball-wise. If not, I anticipate finishing a lot of books again before my next post.