17 March, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Is a meme hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey. A weekly check in to see what you are currently reading and what is coming up. Head over to Shelia's blog to see what others are reading this week

What Am I Reading Now

 The Carnivorous Carnival - Lemony Snicket. Kids got a little bit reinvigorated with this one this week. Travelling quite nicely now.

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett. We went camping on the weekend so I got through a fair chunk of this. Plan to finish it this week - possibly today if I ignore a bunch of other stuff that needs doing!

What I read last week.

Two finishes this week.

Breath - Tim Winton - I finished this audio book. The narrator was Dan Wyllie - an excellent Australian actor. I found his voice for the main character - a teenage boy, perfect. However his portrayal of an American woman was shocking! I suppose with an audio book you have to take the good with the bad, it's just with this one the good was so good you started to think you were really listening to the character, that they were a real person telling you their story and then you would be jarred out of that by a the really bad female American voice. It was still worth the listen though.

The Royal Ranger - John Flanagan - The final in the excellent young adult fantasy series, Ranger's Apprentice. The good news is Flanagan has already created a spin off from the series called Brotherband that I am looking forward to getting into. If you have a 10-12 year old in your life that likes reading, I highly suggest these books, especially for boys (although I know plenty of girls who love them too!)

Did you check out my TED Talks Tuesday last week? I hope so. Check back tomorrow for another amazing TED Talk - don't know which one yet as there are so many amazing ones to choose from!

So how was your week? Leave me a comment and a link - I'd love to know what you've been up to!


  1. I've been curious about The Ranger's Apprentice series, always wondered if they were any good. Sounds like they might be worth a try, maybe I'll track down the first one.

    1. Well worth it Greg. It's a great series.

  2. Definitely worth ignoring a bunch of other stuff to finish Pillars, not that I would encourage that kind of behaviour haha. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  3. I got halfway through Pillars a few years back but had too much on my mind to finish it - should really get back to it. One day!

  4. I finished a book! The Other Boleyn Girl. I'm also halfway through Orison, so that's my WIP this week, to free me up next week to power through some Austen. My March round-up was blogged on Friday - http://thedovenest.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/on-the-bookshelf-march/

  5. Are you enjoying Pillars? I read that last year and didn't think too highly of it but others seem to love it.

  6. My nine year old started the Ranger series but didn't stick with it, I think in another few years he will appreciate fantasy more, right now he is all about spy action with the series by Robert Muchamore

    Have a great week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. I have heard great things about the Ranger's Apprentice series! I will have to check them out for the kiddos at my school. :)

  8. I still have Royal Ranger and the first Brotherband book on my TBR mountain. I just haven't had a chance to get to them. Come see what I did last week here. Have a wonderful week!

  9. I've had The Pillars of The Earth on my TBR list for years now, I'm hoping to finally get to it this year. I have yet to finish The Series of Unfortunate Events but it's another one on my list. I remember loving them when they came out when I was a kid.
    Enjoy your books!
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    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  10. I read The Pillars of the Earth over two days and nothing got accomplished. It was so worth it.

  11. Pillars of the Earth is one of those books that I know I should probably have read but I haven't quite managed to do so yet!