Monday, February 2, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 2, 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.

The first week of the new semester has gone well. All my classes are filled with nice, cooperative kids (so far!). However, with four extra classes this semester, I am busier than ever. It doesn't help that two of my groups of 6th graders managed to have two short classes this week. Wednesday is always shorter than the rest of the week because we begin our day with an hour for professional development. You wouldn't think that a class of 37 minutes was much shorter than a class of 44 but, when you work until the bell, those missing minutes really matter. The same groups also caught a short day on Friday because we compressed the classes to have time for a Snow Ball pepfest at the end of the day. Friday they only had 35 minutes.

I really don't want two of my groups of sixth graders to be behind the other two. Teaching five grade levels this semester means I really need to keep all of the groups on the same lesson or I will go crazy trying to remember which class is where. I hope we can catch up this week.

We have been having really unseasonable weather for the past week with nice warm temperatures (for Minnesota in January). However, Sunday morning I woke up to snow. We are just getting the edge of the storm that is causing more problems south and east of us. I should be grateful that we only have 3 inches on the ground. And it does make it look pretty. The snow just gives me another excuse to stay inside and read.

Read Last Week
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski is the second book in a series and was an exciting fantasy. My review will be posted on March 5 for this March 3 release.

Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis was an engaging urban fantasy story with an interesting magic system and fun characters. My review will be posted on March 7 for this book from my TBR mountain.
Lost Boy by Tim Green was a great story about unexpected heroes and a young boy searching for a way to save his mother's life. My review will be posted on March 7 for this March 3 release.

Bridged by Kendra Elliot is a review book I got from NetGalley. It is the second book in a romantic suspense series and was very suspenseful. My review will be posted on February 11 for this February 10 release. I've already ordered a keeper copy for my Kindle.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman showed up on NetGalley this week and I had to have it despite my already full calendar.

Next Week

Here are the next books on my YA Review stack.
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March 10)
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (March 24)
Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton (March 24)

I have two from my TBR mountain and one review book on my stack this week for my adult book choices.
Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin
First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan (Blog Tour on March 19)

Reviews Posted
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I hope everyone has a wonderful week filled with lots of reading time and great books. Leave me a link and I'll be sure to visit.


  1. OOh nice! I still need to read Seraphina! Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. Speaking from recent (ongoing) experience, the only good thing about snow is getting extra time indoors to read.

    My recap, including mention of snow:

  3. I can understand how those missed minutes make a difference when you are trying to cover so much. I am looking forward to reading First Time in Forever.

  4. I can understand how those missed minutes make a difference when you are trying to cover so much. I am looking forward to reading First Time in Forever.

  5. I'll be reading Shadow Scale soon, pretty exxcited about that one! *-*
    Ps. I have a blog as well, written both in English and Italian. I'd love if you stopped by :) ->

  6. Thanks for the reminder, Seraphina has been waiting patiently for me ... must make some time. Your classes sound crazy busy but I guess being organised helps. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  7. Enjoy your books! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. I am curious about Blackbird Fly.

  8. Good luck catching up!
    Enjoy this weeks selections,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  9. I hope you keep all your classes together! I am looking forward to Bound By Flames. I am sure I will start it and not put it down! Have a great week. We are digging out of 10 inches dumped on us Sunday-Monday.


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