Sunday, September 4, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (September 5, 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.

School starts on Tuesday for the students but I have been at work most days this past week. We were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. I also had to help with the netbook distribution for the sophomores, juniors and seniors on Monday and Tuesday evening, the sixth grade open house on Wednesday evening, and the preparation of the NWEA testing file on Wednesday afternoon. I also managed to get ready for most of the classes that I will see on Tuesday. I think I would rather say that the plans for the sixth grade are "flexible" rather than "I'll be winging it" but both are true.

I did get some reading done this past week. I finished these books for review:
Gabrielle Zevin's All These Things I've Done is an interesting story about a future New York City where chocolate and caffeine have been banned. The main character is the daughter of a chocolate mafioso who is struggling to hold her family together after her parents' deaths. It doesn't help when she falls in love with the new District Attorney's son. My review is here. The book comes out on Tuesday.

Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fairy tale sort of story with an unusual structure. The story is told from eight points of view in letters, diary entries, encyclopedia entries, memoirs, a play and a biography. It was fun to read with lots of humor and subtle jokes and wordplay. My review will be posted on Sept. 8. The book will be published on Sept. 13.
I received my copy of The Medusa Plot ARC by Gordon Korman from Amazon Vine the day after the copy I bought arrived. This is the first book in the Cahills vs Vespers series of the 39 Clues and has all the action and adventure of its predecessors. It is a fun, middle grade book. My review will be posted on Sept. 7 and my copy is going to my High School Media Center for my students to enjoy. 

I also read a couple of books that I own this week.
Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis is the most recent in the Morris and Chastain urban fantasy series. It was excellent and makes me eager for the next book. Here is my review.

Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle finishes up her Looking Glass Trilogy. This one takes place on the science fiction/futuristic world of Harmony and has the crisp dialog and nice romance that Castle/Quick/Krentz is noted for. My review will be posted on Sept. 8.
I am currently reading One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost. This one is mine and is the next in the Cat & Bones series. The product description is short and sweet: Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving-leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Next week I plan to read some more of my September books for review:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is from NetGalley. It comes out September 20 and is a young adult fantasy.

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett is one of my Amazon Vine books. It also comes out on September 20 and is a romance based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos is also a review book that came in my mail. I got this middle grade story from a publicist at Macmillan. It comes out Sept. 13.

If I have time, I hope to read a couple of books that I own.
I have been wanting to read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead since I attended an author signing and she read the first chapter -- last May! Maybe this week I'll finally be able to do so.

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens is her latest Cynster novel. I am in the mood for some historical romance and always enjoy her books.

Those are my plans for the week. We'll see how it plays out this next week. What are your plans?


  1. Wisdom's Kiss sounds really fun. I've enjoyed all of the author's other books, especially the Dairy Queen series. I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Bloodlines. I want to read Dark of the Moon and I look forward to hearing what you think of it. I like that it is based on Greek mythology though I am not as familiar with that particular myth.

    Sounds like you had a pretty busy week at school. I hope you are enjoying this long weekend!

  2. I really want to read All These Things I've Done. It looks like a really good book! Happy Reading!

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  3. Love the dress she is wearing in Wisdom's Kiss. Look forward to your review.

  4. Sounds like you have had a busy week - hope you get a chance to relaz soon

  5. I plan to start One Grave at a Time this week as well! And I plan to read Bloodlines too!!

    The cover model for Canyons of the Night reminds me of the model on Cheyenne McCray's Night Tracker novels. Could be because it's a chick with dark hair wearing black leather and we can't see her face though!

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  6. What a great batch of books! I just picked up the first book in Frost's series and I'm looking forward to it!

  7. Have a good week at school. We start back tomorrow with teacher in-service then kids on Wednesday. Argh. I can't believe that summer is over.

    My Head is Full of Books

  8. I'm impressed you get reading done while preparing for school to start. My kids have been back for over a week now although now that the rest of the country is headed back too they won't feel so put upon anymore. ;-)

  9. I am excited to get to All These Things Ive Done. Banning teo of my favorite things? *shudders*


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