It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug 2nd)


White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black — This was very good. It was a crime novel full of mobsters, con games, and magic. A teen finds out that the secrets he believes he’s keeping may not be the real secrets he needs to worry about and that the family that is supposed to protect you may be the people who are playing you the most. This was so different from Black’s fairy series and yet just as good. I really like the world order she has set-up.  (Audio downloaded from

The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mysteries #5) by Josh Lanyon — This is the last book the series, and it was really good. It had an interesting mysteries, the resolution to Adrien’s on again off again relationship with his boyfriend Jake, more zany family members, scary temps for the agency, and old jazz music. Adrien is a character you like spending time with. I am sad this is going be the last in the series. (eBook purchased from read on my NOOK)


The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr — I became aware of Nicholas Carr with an article called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in the Atlantic, the ran about two years ago.  I was intrigued.  I have often thought about my Internet usage over the years. I have definitely experienced the phenomenon of my attention drifting before I get to the end of an article, print or electronic. I have on more than one occasion forced myself to read to the end and then write at least two sentences about what I read — because sometimes when skimming, I couldn’t even say what I’d just read. On the other hand, I do still love reading whole books, hopefully shown by this blog. I like books best when they have enough meat in them that I can look up words, research ideas, and copy down quotes for my journal.  I just started this book tonight on audio (somehow I think this is cheating), and so far I’m interested to see where it is going.

The Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann — A co-worker loaned me this book. It is a lot like reading through an episode of the Shadow. I was hoping to settle in to this quickly, but it feels like I read it before which is making it way to easy to put down. The writing is nice and my co-worker LOVED it, so maybe I’m not giving it a fair chance.


Other News:

Forbes online ran an interesting article about poetry and code breaking.  The poem they are talking about can be found here.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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8 Responses

  1. We all like different books so maybe your co-worker has different interests from you? The internet book looks great. I know for myself on internet/computer I have a very short attention span. Hardly ever read whole reviews unless they sounds really interesting (even skimmed yours!). So I don’t like reading e-books on computer. Wonder if I’d like them on an e-reader.

    But books I can sit and read and hardly ever skim! Interesting.

    • Back lighting is what makes reading on computers uncomfortable. Like staring into a light bulb. There is no back light on NOOK, the Barnes & Noble device. I’m not sure about the others, I don’t think there is back light on Kindle either. The other thing I don’t like reading off the computer is that width of the lines (not sentences) can be too wide in some cases. I find myself drifting up down. On an eReader, the width is about the same as a book, so its easier. All that said, I still won’t be giving up my print books entirely.

  2. Hoping to get to White Cat this week before I have to return it to the library. Glad you like it. Have a great week.

  3. Interesting mix of books! I loved White Cat but I don’t think I’d like her other YA books.

    It is too bad that you don’t like the one your coworker suggested. That happens to me sometimes. I hope you are enjoying The Shallows. I’ve never listened to nonfiction audiobooks before. I listen while I drive so I think I’d miss a lot 🙂

  4. Nicholas Carr reads sound interesting. I have not read these. Enjoy your week!

  5. The Shallows looks really interesting. I’m going to check out that article you linked to.

    Enjoy your books this week!

  6. White Cat sounds good. I might just look out for that one, thanks 🙂

  7. Hello AMC! I like how you summarize your reads. The Shallows sounds interesting.
    Have a great weekend. See you next week.

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