It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/13/15)

April 13, 2015 It's Monday! What are you reading? 8

April is turning out to be a pretty good month so far! Despite no mind blowing, 5 star books, I’ve solidly liked everything I’ve read (a vast improvement over most of early 2015). I’ve been focusing on lighter fare in preparation for my Annual Summer Reading List, so maybe I just needed a change of pace.

On a different note…I was thinking of attending the BEA Bloggers Conference in May. I’d love to attend all of BEA, but I can’t swing the childcare for 3 full days. If I can only do 1 day at BEA, is the Bloggers Conference the day to pick? Any other advice for this BEA newbie? Who else is planning on going? I’d love to finally put some faces with all the names/blogs!

I just finished reading…

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, Zac Bissonnette


The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
 by Zac Bissonnette (March 3, 2015)
This one delivered on two of my favorite things about nonfiction: bizarre trivia and eccentric personalities. Mini review coming later this week.
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I’m currently reading…

The Bone Tree, Greg Iles


The Bone Tree
 by Greg Iles (April 21, 2015)
This sequel to last year’s Natchez Burning (which made my Best Books of 2014 List) continues the story of former Mississippi prosecutor Penn Cage, his father, and the KKK offshoot Double Eagles. It picks up right where Natchez Burning left off and, so far, it’s just as action packed.
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Next up are…

The Bullet, Mary Louise Kelly, Lavina, Mary Marcus

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly (March 17, 2015)
Tara at Running N Reading
 raved about this thriller about an adult woman who is shocked to find she has a bullet stuck in her skull…even though she’s never been shot. I already sampled this one and bought the book…it hooked me immediately.

Lavina by Mary Marcus (April 28, 2015)
This novel about a woman returning home to Louisiana after living in NYC was on Ashley @ Chronicles’ Spring TBR List…and I love me some Southern fiction! Plus, I seem to be on a streak of good luck with novels set in or near Louisiana (My Sunshine Away, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, and The Bone Tree).


8 Responses to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (4/13/15)”

  1. Kay

    I’ll be reading The Bone Tree before long. I have a signed copy ordered and am excited about that. Natchez Burning made my best list for 2014 as well. Of course, at the end of this one, we’ll have to wait another year. Enjoy your week and looking forward to hearing what you thought about the Beanie Babies book.

  2. Ashley Farley

    Good for you for tackling Greg Iles. As much as I love Penn Cage, I don’t have the staying power for either Natchez Burning or this epic 800 pagers. Is it good? Slow reader that I am, I’m still making my way through Lavina, but I think you’ll like it. Lots of Southern dysfunction, and some very strange characters.

  3. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    I need to read Natchez Burning before I get to The Bone Tree….I see many many pages of reading ahead 🙂 I am planning on attending BEA this year. I’ll be at the blogger conference and will stay through the first day of Bookcon. This is my first year attending, so unfortunately I can’t give you any advice on which day would be best. I do know that if you pay for the bloggers conference it includes a ticket to Thursday and Friday at BEA, so if you can’t go those days, you may not want to spend the money for the whole shebang.

  4. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading

    Man! I really wanted to read Natchez Burning and it ended up lost in the shuffle; I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the follow up story. Thanks so much for including my post for The Bullet! Hope you had a great weekend that your Monday is off to a good start!

  5. Shannon @ River City Reading

    I was really hoping to go to BEA again this year, but I don’t think it’s going to work out. That said, I’d skip BEA Bloggers and go on a day when you can focus on the show floor for the whole day. I didn’t get much out of the Blogger Con at all and don’t plan on going to it the next time I go back to BEA. The Book Group Speed Dating session was the best thing I went to…I would totally work around that if I could http://www.readinggroupguides.com/features/special-feature/2015-bookexpo-america-speed-dating-event-for-book-groups

    • admin

      This is great advice – thank you so much! I’ll check out the speed dating session. I figure since I’m a 35 min train ride away from NYC, I should make an effort to go to some part of this thing!

  6. jenclair

    I have to read Natchez Burning before The Bone Tree. Natchez is a beautiful little town with a fascinating history both dark and light. Bullet is also on my list.

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