"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a fun meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. This is where we share the books we have read last week and our reading plans for this week.
The books that I reviewed last week are:
The Heaven I Found in Hell by Ashley Andrews;
The Loners (Quarantine #1) by Lex Thomas;
The Brotherhood of Piaxia by Michael Drakich;
Awaken (Awaken #1) by Katie Kacvinsky
The books that I am currently reading are:
Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker...she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.) Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But the path to love is not always a straight shot....
Laugh-out-loud funny and irresistibly romantic, this delightful bind-up is ideal for fans of both romantic comedies and paranormal romance.
Moby Dick appeared in 1851, during an important period in American literature. A year before, Melville's friend & neighbor Nathaniel Hawthorne published his bestseller The Scarlet Letter. A year after, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom's Cabin, which would become the 2nd best-selling book in 19th century America after the Bible.
Two events inspired Melville's tale. One was the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex, which foundered in 1820 after being rammed by a sperm whale 2000 miles from the western coast of S. America. The other event was the alleged killing in the late 1830s of the albino sperm whale Mocha Dick, who was usually encountered in the waters off the Chilean island of Mocha. Riddled with dozens of harpoons from his numerous escapes from whalers, Mocha Dick often attacked ships. One of his battles with a whaler served as subject for an article by Jeremiah N. Reynolds in The Knickerbocker, NY Monthly Magazine, which Melville would likely have come across thru his literary connections or during his time in the city.
The most important inspiration for the novel was Melville's experiences as a sailor, in particular those during 1841-42 on the whaler Acushnet.
and I am currently re-reading:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Home for the summer, all Harry wants is to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry soon receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.