Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's Monday, What are you reading? (April 26, 2010)

It's Monday, What are you reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books. This is what Sheila has to say about this meme:
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.
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment. You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.
I had a very busy week this past week and it really cut into my reading time.

On Wednesday I attended a BER workshop entitled "What's New in YA & How to Use It in Your Program" where I learned about lots of YA books in genres that I don't usually read.

On Friday and Saturday I attended the Spotlight on Books Conference. Friday afternoon's speaker was Doug Johnson who showed us many ways to use technology to enhance reading. I actually got to touch and play with an iPad. Friday evening included a series of Lightning Rounds where people had 5 or 15 minutes to tell us something. I have great bibliographies of books to add to my Elementary Media Center collection. On Saturday we heard from Dara Dokas (Muriel's Red Sweater), author/illustrator Henry Cole (A Nest for Celeste), and Ben Mikaelson (Touching Spirit Bear). What a life of adventure that man has lived!

So I came home with autographed books and more to add to my TBR stack but I didn't have much reading time since I drove to and from these conferences.

What I Finished: Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12) by Jim Butcher was filled with adventure, danger and lots of very difficult decisions for wizard Harry Dresden as he attempts to gather all of his resources to rescue the daughter he didn't know he had from the Red Court vampires. This was an excellent book.

What I am Currently Reading: The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick. I wanted something lighter after reading the Dresden book and hope this fits my needs. I am a big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick. I like her style and voice and usually find her books to be very engaging and readable.

What Is Coming Next? These are pretty much the same as last week. I am hoping to get to Mistwood by Leah Cypess, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, and Romancing the Dead by Tate Hallaway.

However, Burned (House of Night) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast and Savor the Moment (The Brides Quartet) by Nora Roberts are supposed to land in my mailbox on Thursday this week too. They may jump the line and become my next reads.

That is my plan. We will see how it holds up in execution. What do you have planned?


  1. Sounds like you have some good reads planned for the week.

    My Monday will post at midnight. Enjoy your week.

  2. None of those books are familiar to me but I hope that you enjoy them :-)

  3. Love those workshops that feature YA books. I am also hoping to get Mistwood this week I am very excited about this book. Have a great week.

  4. sound like you had a busy week, I used to read Jayne Krentz,don't know why I stopped, may have to revisit that author.

  5. A busy week for you but sounds like a fun one! Workshops and conferences about books are so where I want to be someday! :D

    And your books look so good! Enjoy them all!

  6. A friend of mine keeps encouraging me to check out Dresden. One of these days!

    Here is my Monday:

  7. Sounds like you had a fun week! What did you think of the iPad? I've not actually looked at one yet but I'm very curious about them :o) Hope you enjoy your books this week

  8. The conference and workshop sound fantastic. I'm glad you enjoyed them. What did you think of the iPAD? I imagine that someday soon computers will all have touchscreen monitors perhaps with no separate CPU.

    I hope you get to read Mistwood soon. It sounds fantastic.

    Have a great week!

  9. All these covers look so inviting.

    Have a great reading week!

  10. I am currently reading cage of stars which is amazing. I'm looking for a book to read for when I'm done and all your titles look great!

  11. Wow, you had a busy week! I hope you enjoy The Burning Lamp.

  12. Even though the conferences affected your reading time, they sound really great! There's a reading/book conference coming to my city, Denver, in July and I'm really looking forward to it, even though I'm totally worried I will have a hundred more books to add to my TBR pile!

    Have a fantastic week :)


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