Monday, February 16, 2015

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?: 02/16/15

This meme shares what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. It’s a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read list.

Book Series: The SYLO Chronicles, Book #3
Author: D.J. MacHale (Facebook | Twitter)
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Mystery
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: Andrew Bates (Audible)
Length: 11 hours & 43 minutes
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge, 2015 Audiobook Challenge


#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale is back with the third book in the SYLO Chronicles. Once again, Tucker Pierce and friends must fight for their lives against the better-equipped SYLO. All bets are off in Strike—with twists so big readers will never see them coming—while the action and pulse-pounding suspense remain as high as ever. Fans will be sure to devour this incredibly satisfying conclusion.

Strike (The SYLO Chronicles #3)    Strike (The SYLO Chronicles #3)


Book Series: Fifty Shades, Book #3
Author: E.L. James (Twitter)
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: Becca Battoe (Audible)
Length: 21 hours & 4 minutes
Release Date: April 17, 2012

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge2015 Audiobook Challenge

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3)    Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3)


Author: Andy Weir (Facebook)
Genres: Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: R.C. Bray (Audible)
Length: 10 hours and 53 minutes
Release Date: February 11, 2013

Book Club (Feb Book of the Month): Nerds and Novels (SoCal Chapter)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge2015 Audiobook Challenge

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The Martian    The Martian


Author: Cecelia Ahern (Twitter)
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ebook (Amazon)
Length: 443 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2006

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way...

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

Love, Rosie    Love, Rosie


Book Series: The Fifth Wave, Book #1
Author: Rick Yancey (Facebook | Twitter)
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Aliens
Format: Hardcover (Amazon)
Length: 457 pages
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1)    The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1)


Book Series: The Hatchery, Book #1
Author: Tom Isbell (Twitter)
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Format: Hardback (Amazon)
Length: 416 pages
Release Date: January 20, 2015

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge

In the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At one such camp, Book and the other ‘LTs’ are eager to graduate as part of the Rite.

Until they learn the dark truth: ‘LTs’ doesn't stand for lieutenant but for ‘Less Thans’, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. Together with the sisters, Hope and Faith, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate, they join forces to seek the safety of the fabled New Territory.

As Book and Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies. But as they are pursued by sadistic hunters, secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are threatened.

The Prey (The Hatchery #1)    The Prey (The Hatchery #1)


Book Series: Cowboy Bebop, Book #1
Author: Yutaka Nanten 
Genres: Manga, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback (Amazon)
Length: 184 pages
Release Date: April 23, 2002

Reading Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Challenge

What’s money between friends? But, wait who said they were friends? The lone wolf – the wizened vet – the femme fatale – the smart-mouth kid when Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed get together; it can mean only one thing: carnage is about to ensue. In keeping with the popular but off-beat anime, the manga begins a series of original stories that take the action to a whole new level. Spike, Jet and Faye all end up after the same bounty, Spike goes after a convict who’s already in prison, and Faye (the con-artist she is) ends up the victim of a con not once, but twice.

Cowboy Bebop, Vol. 1 (Cowboy Bebop #1)    Cowboy Bebop, Vol. 1 (Cowboy Bebop #1)

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