It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Last week, I reviewed the Wallis Simpson book that piqued every one’s interest last week.
The Shadow QueenWords Spoken True
I also posted a review of Words Spoken True, by Ann Gabhart which has a really fun storyline about a young woman working in her father’s newspaper business, and I really enjoyed this one. It had a great mix of romance and some scary moments all bundled up in an intriguing historical setting. 
I have just finishing the reading of Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck (holy moly emotive ending of goodness!!)…
and next up SHOULD be 
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer:
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?

HOWEVER.. I felt like crap & wasn’t in the mood for happy-joy-joy-love stuff (even if it’s got burning houses in the synopsis) so I decided to jump into the brand new read along of Wolf Hall, which I’ve had the hardcover on my shelf soon after it came out in 2009. I wanted the new Philippa Gregory book to read as I am really in the mood for some Wars of the Roses material, but it looks like it’s not going to land in my mailbox, so Wolf Hall will have to suffice (which, is probably good, as I’d probably rip a Philippa Gregory novel to shreds considering my mood)..
You can  join in now, it just started and you only need to read through part one this week. Here’s the schedule.
And in case you haven’t heard all about Wolf Hall from six different ways to Sunday, here’s the blurb for this Man Booker Prize Winner:

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIIIโ€™s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the kingโ€™s favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the kingโ€™s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

Surprise of all surprises, the 2012 sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, is in the running for the Man Booker Prize yet again.

So.. what are you reading?


Filed under 2012 Releases, Hilary Mantel, Whatcha Reading, Wolf Hall

21 responses to “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My mood so influences my reading. I had to push aside a few murder mystery books last month because I needed a change in "scenery". Girl Who Reads

  2. Short Straw Bride sounds good. I am in the mood to read some romance. Unfortunately I don't have any on my "must read now" stack. I have also thought Wolf Hall sounded good but haven't added it to my stack yet. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  3. The Shadow Queen does look wonderful. I definitely want to check it out. I just discovered your Forever Amber reveiw. It has been in my To Read pile all year but I haven't got to it yet. I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads!Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  4. AH Forever Amber was an awesome chunkster!! The ONE time I didn't hate the book because I hated the character.. somehow Amber was lovable yet a PITA!

  5. The over and over same plot format gets a bit old.. it must be broken up every now and then with a different genre!

  6. I loved Wolf Hall, the only issue I had with it was the somewhat loosey goosey pronoun use. I liked the sequel Bring up the Bodies even better :)Happy Reading!

  7. You've got some pretty wonderful covers this week. Gorgeous!Happy reading this week!!! Check out what I'm reading and enter for a giveaway!

  8. Boo on the mood but you cracked me up when you said "…which, is probably good, as I'd probably rip a Philippa Gregory novel to shreds considering my mood…" Hilarious — and kind of awesome. Can't wait to see your review of Wolf Hall!

  9. Yea, I still feel like crap in a sewer drain. I made it to around p.75 in Wolf Hall, and I'm surprised I can keep up this far. If I hadn't already read a ton of Tudor stuff I wouldn't be able to keep up at all, since a lot of the behind the scenes stuff (so far) is insinuated.

  10. I really enjoyed The Shadow Queen…have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. These all look good to me.Happy Reading!

  12. It is funny how mood can affect reading choices–or our enjoyment of books we have agreed to read. In fact, I'd say that's the worst thing about accepting review copies–having to read them even if I'm not currently in the mood.

  13. Enjoy your books…always love to stop by. Such a beautiful blog.ElizabethSilver's Reviews

  14. I know what you mean about being in the mood for a book. Good to see that Wolf Hall is a better choice. I want to read it sometime, but not yet (planning for August is *full*). ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sorry you are in a moody reading phase, hope you feel back to normal soon! I was in one of those a couple of months ago. Quit tempting me with Wolf Hall, I wish I had the time right now!

  16. LOL cracked me up Marie, I've just picked up a gastro bug and now don't feel like reading lovey dovey so I get it.Enjoy Wolf Hall, it's on my TBR mountain but not sure when I'll get to it. I'm off to check out your review of The Shadow Queen

  17. ๐Ÿ™‚ WoW – either you need to read something very funny or you need to read something that will totally piss you off, so you can vent some of those feeling out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do both. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aren't we lucky though? that there is so much out there for us to read according to our moods? I remember way back when I was a young mom, and had limited access to bookstores (usually got my books from the supermarket while shopping) there didn't seem to be such a variety available for us – especially if you were stuck shopping in a supermarket. It was either mystery or bodice rippers. Now you can get quite a bit out of supermarket, even Walmart and Target. And a lot of us can get to a computer now, so there's this whole other world available to us!!! ummm – I think i started a blog post in your comments, lol.Thanks for visiting my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are so right! Which is why we re-read books so much, we had no idea what else was out there. In my case, that was.

  19. I know that type of mood. I've probably been harsher than it deserves on those books, but then again, who knows? Perhaps the book did warrant it. Enjoy Wolf Hall!

  20. I agree with the first poster-my mood influences what I choose to read. And then it influences how I like what I'm reading sometimes! :)Shannon

  21. I may have to try Words Spoken True, it sounds really good. Have a great week:)

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