It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday, what are you reading? is now hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for us to share with other book bloggers what we have just finished reading, what we are currently reading and what we are reading next.

Just finished

The Passage by Justin Cronin

I finally finished The Passage by Justin Cronin and I will be posting the review tomorrow so come back and read more about it. Despite some slow parts in the middle, it was a very tense read and something I would recommend to everyone. I think I would particularly recommend to other people like me who prefer literary works to popular fiction (including paranormal, fantasy) etc. This book is a great combination than the two, and more often than not it feels like a thriller than anything else. I can't wait for the rest of this series to be released.

It was so big that I haven't had a chance to finish anything else off. But I did finally post my reviews for Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.

Currently Reading

The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey

This is an extremely unusual book and nothing like anything I have ever read before. I was originally enjoying it, but it has this weird energy that I am not feeling very sure about at the moment. I feel like I am mentally urging it on because the pace isn't what I would like. Having said that, the writing is amazing and I am enjoying that aspect of the book. It is a lot smaller than The Passage by Justin Cronin, but the writing is so dense it is taking me just as long to read it.

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

I am reading this on ebook but I haven't got through much of it. I am enjoying the story and the writing, but I have been so busy with my other books that I haven't had much of a chance to read it.

French Fried by Chris Dolley

This has been provided to me by the author for free in exchange for a review. I am also reading it in PDF format on my iphone. So far it's ok.

Up Next

I am going into hospital for surgery on my eyes at the end of the week so we will just have to see. I have ordered the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which I hope to listen to.


  1. Hmmm, guess this might mean The Passage isn't for me. :-)

    Glad you enjoyed it though.

  2. I want to read The Passage so badly that I dreamt I bought it.. then I was disappointed with myself because I broke my book buying ban lol

    Goodluck with your surgery! I hope it all goes smoothly :)

  3. Good luck with your surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery.
    (thank goodness for audiobooks)

  4. I like your cover better than mine (the one with the trees). Very gripping ... and how I would imagine Amy.

    I thought it was a good read too.

  5. Wow, those are some good looking books. Therese Raquin looks fascinating.

    Here is my Monday!

  6. Hmm, The Passage didn't work for me. But I'm glad you liked it.

    Here is mine

  7. Good luck with your surgery and may you have a speedy recovery so that you can get back to your reading!

  8. All the best with your surgery, have you got audiobooks for when you're unable to read?
    I think I'd probably like The Passage but I need a break from chunksters for a little while.

  9. Not a fan of Therese Raquin but I read it for a class with a teacher I hated so it may be better than I'm remembering it. Good luck with your surgery and I hope you heal quickly!

  10. I Loved your review for Metamorphosis, and I actually think I might suggest it to my husband who is currently looking for a good "classic" book to read. Thanks! Also, your mention of The Passage actually makes me think I need to pick it up. I keep seeing it, but outside of everyone saying it's soooo good, I haven't heard anything else. But even your little blurb makes it sound pretty good. Thank you!

    Have a fabulous reading week and if you get a chance, stop by: Monday Reading's at There's A Book

  11. I hope all goes well with your eye surgery Becky. You have my sympathy. I had eye surgery last year and was miserable for a good few days. Audio books saved me.

    I have been away and can only claim to have read one book in the last 10 days; a spy thriller of all things. But it kept me entertained while being bumped about in a noisy aeroplane.

    Like you said to me - keep going with Carey. But boy does he take some digesting :-)

  12. I am currently reading The Passage, which will take me some time as it is slow paced so far. I do like it though and plan on getting through it. glad to hear you enjoyed it.
    Have a great week.

  13. All books you read is new to me but they sounds great. I'm reading French Fried too at the moment and i like it a lot!

  14. I am listening to The Passage on audio and I am not really sure what I think yet.... excited tor ead your review!

  15. Good stuff. My husband just burned through The Passage and loved it.

    I hope your eye surgery goes well. I'll be thinking of you, Becky. Great idea about the HP audiobook. If you need something really long, you could try The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (There's a great one with several actors/voices). And if you need something fun yet with serious themes, you can't lose with The Watsons Go to Birmingham. :)

    Here's mine:

  16. I was so intrigued with your description of The Passage that I went to put it on my Goodreads wishlist, and lo and behold it was already there! Tells you how many titles I have on my wishlist if I can't remember! Hope your surgery goes well.

  17. Thanks for you comments on The Passage. I have been trying to decide if I want to read it. Good luck with your eye surgery! Here is my Monday report. Happy reading!

  18. Good luck with your surgery! The Passage sounds pretty interesting. I can't wait for your review!

  19. Good luck on your surgery and recovery...The Passage intrigues me, but I'm still ambivalent...enjoy your week and thanks for visiting my blog.

  20. I still haven't read The Passage. thanks for your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by On the Bookcase! and, good thoughts are with you on your surgery.

    For anyone else, here's my Monday!

  21. As you saw - The Passage is on my to read list at the moment. I find it interesting that it has a literary appeal as well as the popular fiction appeal for some reason I thought it was more popular fiction. I can't wait to read it and see what it is all about - I know the premise intrigues me and the first 50 or so pages I have read were really good. I enjoyed his writing.

  22. Will keep you in my prayers for a fast recovery so you can get back to reading but the audio you have picked sounds good. I am sold old fashioned, I just can't do audio books. My one hand is paralyzed and if I was listening to a book, I wouldn't know what to do with my hands. LOL

    Here's my week:

  23. I think that the most popular book this month is The Passage :) Have a great reading week!

  24. I've heard good and bad about The Passage...not sure I'll read it or not.

    BTW, I love your blog and voted on the layout, but I really can't decide! I like the large main post area, but I also like 3 column blogs. Wish they could figure out how to do both and still be readable on all browsers. I'm getting a mini blog makeover soon and am having the same dilemma.

    Have a good week. Hope your surgery goes smoothly and you recover quickly.

    Lynne's Book Reviews

  25. The Passage is on hold for my at the library and I'm really excited to read it. Glad you liked it and I'm looking forward to your review! Have a great week. :)

  26. Thaqnks for dropping by everyone. People either seem to love The Passage or hate it, so I figure if you are considering it you might as well give it a go.

    Rachel - I was dreaming about the book whilst I was reading it!

    IstDaughter - I hope that your husband enjoys Metamorphosis if he reads it. It was a good read

    Lynne - good luck with you re-design of the blog. I am sure it will look great

    Buffy - thanks for the suggestions, Ill keep my eye for them at the library.

    I will definitely be listening to audio books for the first week or so after my surgery.

    Crystal - don't get me wrong. The Passage is definitely popular fiction. Its not literary. But I think that the writing will appeal more to literary readers than a popular book might usually if that makes sense.

    Mel - I thought I hadn't seen you around for awhile, I hope that you enjoyed your time away! I wish my eye would only hurt for a few days after. I was in so much pain after the last one they kept me in hospital doped up on morphine and pethidine and I am still really uncomfortable 7 weeks later. My eye patch only came off 5 days ago - I made a great pirate :-)

    Thanks for all the best wishes re the surgery everyone. I hope this time there won't be any complications. Everyone keep your fingers crossed

  27. You have a nice reading list lined up there! Have a great week!

    Also, hope your surgery goes great. It will be hard reading, but hope you can listen to audio books!

  28. I hope all goes well with your surgery. I reread Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban recently and loved it more this time around than I did the first couple times I read it. I'm sure it will make great recovery material :)


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