Monday, 1 January 2018

It's Monday! (and the new year) What are you reading? (in 2018)

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Happy New Year you guys! Woke up this morning with Bryan Adams buzzing in my head:
Here I am this is me 

There's no where else on earth I'd rather be 
Here I am it's just me and you 
Tonight we make our dreams come true
It's a new world it's a new start 

It's alive with the beating of young hearts 
It's a new day it's a new plan 
I've been waiting for you 
Here I am 

And yes, I am planning to read this year. Same as every year. The other goals tend to blow away with the wind, so I'm not even going to bother airlifting them. 

badgeIt's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's hosted by Katherine @ The Book Date. You can also join Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers for a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them! 

Recently Finished

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - Yes, I've used the movie cover and I know how much some of you hate that. But I finished the book on Thursday morning and went to go and see the movie that same afternoon. I know there were some negative critique on the latest Agatha Christie adaptation, but I enjoyed it very much. Each to his own. May we all remember that in 2018.

Day Four by Sarah Lotz - I finished this one with ten minutes to spare to midnight last night. Freakishly creepy. If you enjoyed the first installment of this series, The Three, or the TV-series Lost, you will love this book.

Currently Reading

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman - I think the biggest highlight for 2017 was me discovering audio books. I never really got into it, but when I realized it's the ultimate form of multi-tasking, I was hooked. I have been listening to this epic novel for the past 2 weeks and I am so glad it is sooooooo long. The narration is superb. The story is a bit creepy here and there, but it definitely keeps your attention.  

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict - Just started with this one. I'm still having tea with Google my old friend and catching up on the background of this novel. But I do believe it is going to be another good read by the author of The Other Einstein.

Cross my heart, hope to read

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The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak - This book was recommended to me by one of the members of my Let's-eat-drink-wine-oh-and-talk-books Book Club. So I'll try it. Any thoughts on it?

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood - One of those long-listed TBR books. Might as well relieve it from its agony and get reading! 

What are you reading for the first week of January 2018?



  1. It’s enough that we are happy to be here for one more year. Thank you for sharing this song (new-to-me). Happy New Year!

    1. It's one of my all-time favorite Bryan Adams' songs!

      It's a new year, yes we should all be grateful for second chances.

  2. I think I enjoyed the movie of Murder on the Orient Express because I had read the book. I like your comparison of Sarah Lotz and Lost. I haven't read that series yet, but that intrigues me! Maybe someday I will try the audio to American Gods since I had trouble reading it the first time around. Happy New Year!

    1. Have you seen any of the other Murder on the Orient Express adaptations? I think this one was handled well and gave sufficient justice to the book.

      Day Four is written by a South African author and it has all those creepy elements you find in a series like Lost. Love it!!

      The audio recording of American Gods are really good, it's a different type of book, but I enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your reading week.

  3. I like Bryan Adams but the song is new to me too. Nice looking assortment of books. I'm sure I've read Murder on the Orient Express but don't remember details. Come see my week here. Happy New Year and happy reading!

    1. Hi Kathy! Then you should read Murder on the Orient Express again. It's one of those plots that stick with you forever.

      I love that song by Bryan Adams! Have a listen to it sometime.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

  4. Cocaine Blues has a gorgeous cover...and I'm very curious about it. Thanks for sharing...and what a great way to wake up! A song in your head. Enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for returning the favor! Can't wait to begin with Cocaine Blues. Yes, it is a lovely cover.

      Happy reading this week!

  5. Happy New Year!!! I need to read Murder on the Orient Express. I don't usually like movie tie- in covers but that one's not bad!

    1. Thanks Greg!! You can watch the movie, nicely handled.

  6. Cocaine Blues was my first book of 2016. Happy New Year. Come see what I'm reading.

  7. I'm listening to my very first Stephen King and it's seriously creeping me out! I don't mind the use of the Murder on the Orient Express movie cover - I love the casting - especially of Ratchett. Cocaine Blues is a great mystery and I want her wardrobe! Have a great 2018!

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