Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan. 12, 2015)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Our first week back after Christmas Break was an interesting one. We had no school on Wednesday because it was too cold. Wind chills were more than 40 degrees below zero for most of the day. On Thursday, school was let out at noon because a blizzard was on the way. It lasted until Friday morning. We began school two hours late on Friday.

I was supposed to have my annual physical on Thursday afternoon but rescheduled. Hopefully, we won't have a blizzard on my new appointment date. 

We just have nine days left in the current semester. I am busy finishing things up with my students and getting ready to do quarter grades. There are lots of projects to finish with my fifth and third grade students.    

The extra time off did allow me to get more reading done than I can do in a normal week. I am working my way through my February review books and have just a few left.
Read Last Week
Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston was a funny paranormal romance with a main character who was a honey badger. My review will be posted on February 12.

Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall was a middle grade science fiction story about some kids sent to Mars to get away from the war with aliens happening on Earth. It was action-packed and had great characters. My review will be posted on February 12.
Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz was her latest romantic suspense title. She is going back to her vintage books in character and theme. The heroine is an optimistic, positive thinker and the hero is a rich cynic. The heroine is in danger and the hero comes to her rescue. It was entertaining. I liked the vibe between the hero and heroine. My review will be posted on January 22.

Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey begins a new story arc on Valdemar but still follows the adventures of Mags and Amily. They are back home in Haven hoping for some peace but domestic issues - including a long-standing feud - keep them busy. My review will be posted on February 14.
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor was a book from my review stack. It is a story of a girl who has to adjust when her "perfect" life falls apart. I thought it was engaging and very well written. My review will be posted on February 14.

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King is the latest in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels. This mystery took us to Japan and Oxford in 1924 and 1925 as the pair gets involved in a blackmail scheme aimed at Crown Prince Hirohito. My review will be posted on February 19 for this February 24 release.

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci is an ARC from Macmillan. This young adult science fiction story is the sequel to Tin Star which I also read in an ARC version.

Next Week
Adult books on my stack to read this week include The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin from my TBR mountain and Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder and Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys from my Review stack.
Both No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss and The Secret Cipher by Whitaker Ringwald are from my YA review stack.

Reviews Posted
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  1. No Parking at the End Times sounds really good!! I will have to read it!

    Your weather sounds crazy bad! Uck. We had some bad weather here, but it was not nearly as cold nor did we get a blizzard. Take care, stay warm!

  2. It's still two weeks and half weeks before my children go back to school for the new year, just about the time your holidays start.

    Have a lovely week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. We didn't have a blizzard but we did have some snow and really cold days so schools were closed. My mom is a teacher and her school was closed a few days last week and today as well.

    I've been wanting to try that Laurie R. King mystery series. I've found that I enjoy historical mysteries more than contemporary. I recently read through all of Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness books. This might be a good series to get into for winter.

  4. I wish we could have some of that cold weather over here. It's beastly hot!

  5. I received Trust No One this week and can't wait to read it. Enjoy your new books, and your time off.


  6. Nice! I LOVED Shadow Study! Huge fan of Maria and pretty much love all her books!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  7. Closer To Home was a good read. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

    If you're planning to read more of the world of Valdemar, you might be interested in my Valdemar Reading Challenge:

  8. Trust No One and Dreaming Spies looks good to me.

    Sounds like school around here. Delays almost every day not because of snow but because of the cold temperatures.

    I remember that when the delay days were over, it was rush, rush to get everything done.

    I taught what you taught...well the media part not the librarian. I was a business teacher turned elementary computer specialist. :)

    I hope your weather improves.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  9. Wow that is cold, cold weather! Nice to have extra time for reading but I guess it puts pressure on when you get back to school. I am looking forward to listening to the audio of JAK fairly soon.

  10. Better Than Perfect is on my list! I can't wait to read it. I've never heard of a lot of these books, but I'm going to look into them.

  11. Dreaming Spies sounds so good! I'll have to look into that one for sure. Love your reading list--it's so jam-packed!

    Amber @ Dystopian Wonders

  12. The cover of Better Than Perfect is great for a Valentine's Day review!

    Joy's Book Blog


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