Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? (#7)

It's Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

So last week, I only read the one book. This week, I'm determined to do better.

In Print [For a cold winter night snuggled under the doona]

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected... 
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep to whisky him away on a journey "there and back again". They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Mangificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...
I finally picked up a copy of The Hobbit in print and I've just cracked open it. It's so good to sink back into the world of Tolkien. I'm really enjoying this one but I will be taking it slow and just savouring the words.

E-Print [For commuting to and from work]

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She's seen the tears and the disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath - with candles and a contract and everything - to never have anything to do with one. 
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she's spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle - which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude's fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas? 
Jude tells herself it's strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away - no way would she fall for them. But Jude's defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she's speeding toward some serious heartbreak... unless her sisters were wrong? 
Jude may have taken an oath, but she's beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
I'm already close to halfway through this book and highly enjoying it. It's such a light-hearted book that has me giggling and grinning yet at the same time, it's such a sad and realistic book about what happens with ailment takes away, bit by bit, our loved ones. Definitely comes highly recommended!


  1. I liked Ockler, but this one was a little too mature for my middle school readers. As for The Hobbit-- there's just no rushing it. It took me months and months to make my way through The Silmarillion.

    1. I have read The Silmarillion and yes, that took me ages! Which I wasn't expecting as I breezed through LoTR.

  2. I have really neglected my Ockler reading. I have only read (and enjoyed) Twenty Boy Summer. Thanks for sharing! ~Megan

  3. It's been 13 years or more since I read The Hobbit - I should pick it up again. :)