Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Monday, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey through a world of Books.

It's a way to highlight books read in the past week and books waiting to be read this week.

Read last week:
 
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Yep, that's it.

I didn't review this book because I read it so quickly, and I didn't have much to say about it. I liked it, and it was exactly what I needed at the moment. The main character comes from a family of witches, whose Talents surface at age 8, but she never discovered her Talent. Not until it was absolutely necessary - like life and death necessary. Honestly, I could have done with a little more character development, but the action was enough to keep me going in this one. I recommend it for witch fans (obviously) but also if you're looking for something quick and engrossing.

Currently Reading:
 The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
(taking a break, but on page 243)

 
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
(on page 131)

So, I did it. I finally started Going Bovine. And I have to be honest, I'm not in love with it. I wish I read it long ago when it didn't have that imposing Printz sticker on its cover. I have a slight issue with Printz winners, but I'll save that for another post. I like it, but there's only so much sarcastic, angsty, swearing teen boy I can handle in one sitting. It takes a hundred pages for us to find out that Cameron has the human version of mad cow disease (which you'd already know if you read the one-sentence CIP summary), and at this point, I really don't feel sorry for him. Is that awful? I can understand the teen appeal, I guess, but so far, it's eh for me. 

Later this week:
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

By popular demand, I may start reading Leviathan, but only if I get through Going Bovine. If not, I'll have to take a break and read something I can zoom through. Perhaps:

or
Gone by Lisa McMann or Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

Not to mention the manga awaiting my attention... Here's hoping for a better reading week!


Natalie

15 comments:

Jan von Harz said...

Natalie,
Looks like you have a great week planned. Some really good books. Enjoy.

Shy said...

Gosh, I want to read most of the books you named above! Once a Witch sounds like a fun read, though I am somewhat curious as what you think about Going Bovine thus far?

Hannah said...

oooh! what manga do you read? I'm a fan of Naruto and Tsubasa, but am looking for a new series to read.

Good luck reading this week!

Amy said...

Going Bovine sounds interesting, if nothing else. But I am looking forward to Leviathan! Have a good reading week!

Lenore said...

Ha, I didn't have much to say about Once a Witch either. It's a fun, fast read, but not deep or anything.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The Eyre Affair looks like it could be good! Not sure I am interested in reading Going Bovine especially after you describe it as "sarcastic, angsty, swearing teen boy".... many things I do not enjooy in books.

Here's to finding the perfectly wonderful read this week! :)

NatalieSap said...

Shy - I like it, but there's only so much sarcastic, angsty, swearing teen boy I can handle in one sitting.

Hannah - I've read and enjoyed Emma, Miki Falls, most of Hana-Kimi and most of Fruits Basket. I'm about to start Chibi Vampire and Kitchen Princess. I tend to go for the shorter series - the amount of Naruto books scares me!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Going Bovine is suppose to be really good, but a bit odd. Hope you enjoy it!

susan said...

"but there's only so much sarcastic, angsty, swearing teen boy I can handle in one sitting."

Oh, my. This is one of the obstacles for me with male leads.

Aths said...

Ooohh Leviathan! I so want to read that!

Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

I always want to get more reading done, but I'm generally happy if I can get one thing finished a week. Good luck this week :)

Peaceful Reader said...

I read Once a Witch and thought many of your same thoughts. I liked it but it could have been more. Maybe she'll do a second and the characters will be more developed there. It was a funny easy read though. A friend of mine tried to read Going Bovine and ended up taking it back to the library unfinished!! I'll be interested to see your review.

Nise' said...

I brought Going Bovine back as well, just was not in the mood at the time. Just got Leviatian. Read Anne Osterlund's Acacemy 7, will check out Aurelia. Have a great reading week.

Jennifer G. said...

I love The Eyre Affair! Leviathan is still waiting its turn in a stack by my bed. I've avoided Going Bovine because I didn't really love A Great and Terrible Beauty. That and I was terribly disappointed in the only other Printz winner I've read. I've loved the two Printz honor books I've picked up though.

Kelly said...

I felt similarly about Going Bovine. It took me a while to get into it.

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