It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 13.0

Happy Monday everyone! This week I am participating in the “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Book reviews from last week:

None! It was a busy week and I had/have a cold. 😦

Books I recently read:


Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I Am Forbidden brings to life four generations of one Satmar family.

Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara. As the two girls mature, Mila’s faith intensifies, while her beloved sister Atara discovers a world of books and learning that she cannot ignore. With the rise of communism in central Europe, the family moves to Paris, to the Marais, where Zalman tries to raise his children apart from the city in which they live.

When the two  girls come of age, Mila marries within the faith, while Atara continues to question fundamentalist doctrine. The different choices the two sisters makes force them apart until a dangerous secret threatens to banish them from the only community they’ve ever known.

A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide, I Am Forbidden announces the arrival of an extraordinarily gifted new voice and opens a startling window on a world long closed to most of us, until now.

This Week I am reading:


Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

This Week I am listening to:


Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously inventive debut for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.


What are you reading this week?

It's Monday

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tanya @ moms small victories
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 15:07:04

    sorry you have had a bad cold and hope you are feeling better. Cuckoos Calling sounds like one I would enjoy. I am getting ready to FInally start the harry potter series and reading it for the first time. Hope you have a great reading week!


  2. exlibrisheather
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 16:16:41

    Thank you! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the Harry Potter books. They are some of my all time favorites! I kind of envy you for getting to experience them for the first time!


  3. cellenbogen
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 21:25:48

    The Lowland. But I Am Forbidden is on the pile.


  4. Lindsey
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 23:14:01

    Cuckoo’s Calling sounds so interesting. I keep wondering how many people would have read it, though, if JK Rowling hadn’t been revealed as the author…


    • exlibrisheather
      Oct 02, 2013 @ 10:53:35

      I’ll be honest…I’m not sure I would have come across it if the true authorship hadn’t been leaked. It’s pretty good so far, but honestly I’m not sure it would have been a best seller if she didn’t write it.


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