Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (May 30, 2011)

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.
This was a busy week and I got less reading done than I had hoped.
Last Sunday a friend and I went up to the Mall of America for the Richelle Mead book signing. It was great. I got the latest Vampire Academy autographed for my students and the first two books in her other series autographed for me. She read a bit from her August release - Blood Lines - and made me very eager to read it.

On the way home my friend and I stopped at the casino and both made money.

Then on Monday, I finally got my glasses and had to have a couple of appointments to get them adjusted correctly.

I just have 4 more days with students and then one teacher day before my summer vacation begins. I can hardly wait to sleep in and read whatever I want. I'll be traveling up to Duluth for the summer to spend time at my summer home and with my brother. I am looking forward to the reading and relaxing.

Last week I read:
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is a young adult novel. It is also steampunk which I find a really fun genre. This story was really entertaining. I got the book from NetGalley for review but it is available now. My review will be posted on June 1.

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton is a 2011 Young Adult Debut novel. This one is a paranormal that concerns itself with magic. This magic requires blood. It was a very interesting take with fascinating characters and a rather unique system of magic. My review will be posted on May 30.

Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill is in her Chicagoland Vampire series. I am a fan of this urban fantasy series with smart, quick witted characters and interesting situations. This was an action packed and tension filled episode.  My review will be posted on June 2.

I am currently reading The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. Here is the product description:
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.
My plans after that aren't very specific. I plan to pick something from these stacks (and, no, I didn't go to BEA. I gathered these all over the course of the school year and haven't had a chance to read them yet.)
 That was my week. What did you get accomplished?


  1. Wow, is that your tbr stack at the bottom. It's huge :-)

  2. I am reading The Girl in the Steel Corset right now. You collected a ton of books throughout the year but the hard part will be picking what to read now!

    I would love for you to visit Monday Post.

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  4. Oh awesome week!! Can't wait to see your reviews! Read The Girl in the Steel Corset and loved it! Considering buying Blood Magic, so another review will be most helpful! And I enjoyed The Gathering, although the ending leaves you needing more!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

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  5. The Gathering sounds fascinating! Enjoy your reading, especially after summer vacation begins. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Looks like you won't be running out of books just yet. :) I don't dare to put all my TBR books in one place, I think I'd pass out by the sight. Blood Magic sounds interesting, will have to look it up.

    Have a good week!

  7. I'm sure you'll have fun reading that stack over your summer break. My mom is a teacher too and she is counting down the days :)

    I liked The Girl in the Steel Corset. I still need to write my review.

    I'm looking forward to reading Bloodlines too. I hope it will be as good as Vampire Academy. Have a great last week of school!

  8. I need to start reading Armstrong's YA series since i just finished up her Women of the Otherworld series.

  9. aaaah....summer home in Duluth!! What a dream, certainly is my favorite place in the state. i try to make it up there at least once or twice a year. Always go up once for a conference for work.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Reading in White Bear Lake and enjoy your loot!!!!!

  10. Wow! You got to meet Richelle Mead. You're quite lucky (as are your students!)

    Well-Read Reviews

  11. I just finished Blood Magic too, I really enjoyed it.

  12. I will have to read the Girl in the Steel Corset and The Gathering, both look interesting!

  13. The book signing sounds awesome! I had no idea she was going to be at Mall of America!

  14. Looks like you've got enough books to get through the summer! How nice you went to an author reading. I went to one too, and I forgot to tell anyone. :-(

    Happy reading!

  15. Thanks for visiting NotJustReading. You're welcome to join me on my book diet - I'm much better at book dieting than food dieting at the moment!

  16. I love summer and the extra time for reading!

  17. You know, I don't have a single autographed book! We don't ever get authors anywhere near my small town and my 2 young kids I can never make the treak to signings... I do have a Robert Munsch autograph somewhere that my brother scored for me when I was 6. It looks like you are going to have a fantastic week for reading! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  18. I'm glad to heat that you liked The Girl in the Steal Corset, I've been wanting to read that one :D
    I hope you're enjoying The Gathering, I know I did. :)
    And your stack of books is pretty impressive, mine's getting big too and I didn't go to BEA either lol

    Hope you have an awesome week, and Happy Reading!

  19. Love the picture of your TBR stacks :)
    I'm dying to read Blood Magic. I hate buying YA hardcovers though so hopefully my library will get it soon.

  20. I wasn't really wow'd by The Gathering to be honest, but I hope you like it! So cool you got those Richelle Mead books!

  21. Your summer plans sound fabulous and incredibly relaxing! Can't wait to heard what you think of The Gathering!

    Have a fabulous last week of school and thanks so much for stopping by earlier!

  22. I enjoyed meeting Richelle Mead when she came out to Australia. Love the look of the YA books, will have to check out The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Gathering is also on my tbr pile. Hope you're holidays are relaxing; happy reading :)

  23. This coming week is my last week off before summer session. I have a few books I want to finish before school begins. Come see what they are.

  24. Congrats on making money gambling! I never manage to do that, lol.

    Jealous that you got to meet Rachel Mead and get some books signed for your students, how fantastic :)


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