It’s Monday! What are you reading? 01/12/15


One of the first books I read in 2015 was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I have the feeling that this will be one of the big YA books of the year. It’s being billed as a combination of Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars and I understand why. It’s got the same sort of realistic characters in heartbreaking situations that made those two books so popular. 
Currently Reading: 
I’m in the middle of reading Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland. It’s a memoir by a human rights journalist that developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’m relishing it even while it’s making me cringe. It’s a tough read but an important one. 
I’ve found that free-range reading is what works best for me. Keeping to a schedule or participating in a challenge is the sure fire way for me to end up in a slump. With that said, I usually have some idea of what I’ll be reading in the near future. One of those is The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman. It’s a chunky 592 pages and it sounds compelling and unusual. 

This is the first It’s Monday! What are you reading? meme I’ve participated in in quite a while. I always loved the way this meme helped me organize my reading and I’m glad to be back. (Thanks to Sheila @ Book Journey for being the hostess with the mostest.)

What are *you* reading?

30 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? 01/12/15

  1. This meme helps me organize me reading as well – I've found it's somewhat necessary for me! I've been eyeing Ice Cream Star and trying to decide if it might be too weird for me. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts. I've also been seeing All the Bright Places around a lot lately – I don't read much YA, so am going to wait for the reviews on that one. Have a great week!


  2. Glad you are back in this meme, because I love seeing what the others are reading ;)I didn't know any of the books; all of them look good!


  3. I've decided to start participating in this meme, too. I'm not sure what's taken me so long to do so! I've seen All the Bright Places all over the place the past few weeks. I don't read much non-fantasy YA so I don't think the book would interest me much, but what a beautiful cover it has. I've never heard the term free-range reading before, but I like it! That's what I'm doing this year and, like you, it seems my reading mojo is back because of it. Have a great week, Jennifer!


  4. All the Bright Places sounds wonderful, I will have to read it! I do more of a \”free range reading\” style as well. Lol. I always start different challenges, etc with good intentions but then get easily distracted ~ why set myself up for failure? 🙂 The Country of Ice Cream Star has a sad cover. 😦 I will have to check out your review.


  5. I've totally missed anything on The Country of Ice Cream Star…must investigate. Looking forward to All the Bright Places. I love this meme, and it's just a nice thing to start my week.


  6. In the interest of keeping myself young and having something to discuss with the whippersnappers, I'm going to have to check out that YA title. It's been a while since I read a YA. I think it's about time for one.


  7. I don't know why I stopped!? I think I wanted to do a more personal Sunday Salon type post and then figured this one wasn't necessary. But it is :DFree-range reading is the way to go!I hope you have a great week as well, Melissa. Happy reading!


  8. Blerg to challenges, lol. I know that so many people love them but I'm like you, I feel like I'm just setting myself up to fail!That cover is very sad and rundown looking. I hope the insides are as sad and creepy, lol. I'm a glutton for punishment.


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