Can you believe it’s already Day 5 of the Summer Lovin’ read-a-thon?! I cannot express how overjoyed I am at the outcome of this event so far. When the Pink Ladies and I first sat down to dream up this read-a-thon, we thought that it would be a fun way to create a read-a-thon that we wanted to participate in. Turns out, there were a LOT of people who were looking for the same thing! The response to this event has been so overwhelmingly awesome! Thank you to all of the participants that have made this my favorite event, until our next one that is. *wink wink*
Well…I have to fess up. I have made next to NO progress on my reading goals. I have gone from about 19% read to about 27% read on my FIRST book! *sigh* I think this is mostly due to the fact that I am really not very into the book I put first on my reading list, The Aspen Account by Bryan Devore. This is one of my book club books and I was not very thrilled with it to begin with. It is a mystery book, which I hardly ever read, and the whole time I am reading I just keep thinking “dun, dun, dunnnnn” in my head. Which proves to pull me out of the book and makes me laugh.
I may have to abandon this book for the time being and move on to some other books. Of course, because I am so far behind on my read-a-thon reads, it is now becoming pertinent for me to read some books that were not on my reading list. I was originally hoping to read all the books I wanted to read, then have additional time to read some books that I need to read for book tours I signed up for. Since the book tours are scheduled for next week, I better start reading these books now if I hope to get through them and have time to write my posts.
So, my NEW read-a-thon reading list is as follows:
Templand, by Jill Elaine Hughes
Published: December 24, 2012
The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie’s journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on “just a summer job” to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather.
In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job—which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.
Zombie, Incorporated, by Jill Elaine Hughes
Published: March 25, 2013
Twilight. With zombies.
Eighteen-year-old Katie Allred is socially awkward and unpopular at school. The only child of parents who had her right out of high school, Katie is herself about to leave the nest, even though she hardly feels ready.
Katie’s new after-school job at the Zimble Box Corporation draws her into the complex social strata of high school cliques and backstabbing friends in ways she never imagined. Katie soon discovers there’s something very strange about the “in” crowd at school—and about her employer, too. Shortly after starting her new job, the Contagion breaks out, plunging her town and the entire nation into chaos as zombie shadow forces come out into the open, ravaging the streets. Katie goes into hiding and her parents disappear, along with almost everyone else she knows.
But Katie soon discovers she has special powers that help her survive. She’s a Beacon, someone with the innate ability to help zombies produce children. It’s a power her employer — and what little remains of the U.S. government — both want to exploit for their own ends. Not only that, it runs in her family—which has a secret past Katie never knew about until now.
Enter Agent Morehouse of the FBI Special Zombie Control Unit. A reformed zombie working undercover, he suppresses his urge to eat human flesh in order to serve and save humanity. But Agent Morehouse can’t help but be attracted to a Beacon like Katie, and she to him. Even as they fight zombies the world over, they must fight their intense attraction to each other, hoping to keep Katie from suffering Agent Morehouse’s terrible zombie fate.
Hopefully I will make better progress with these books than with my first reading list.
I cannot wait to jump around and see what kind of progress everyone else is making. Hopefully, much better than my own.