Sunday, February 19, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (Feb. 20, 2012)

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.

I had a slow reading week this week. In my defense, however, two of the three books I read had more than 400 pages. I finished:
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler - I brought this one home from my school media center because my colleague and a fellow teacher were raving about it. It was a very entertaining story. This one throws a paranormal twist onto a story about a very real issue - anorexia. It was fascinating getting into the mind of an anorexic young woman. And Death who has taken on the appearance of a dead grunge rock star was a hoot.
My review will be posted on Feb. 25.

Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede - This is a self-published young adult paranormal with the requisite love triangle - only this one makes sense. This was a very exciting story filled with very life-like characters. We got to know them because all three - Cicely, Ander, and Luke - were viewpoint characters in their own first person chapters. My review will be posted on Feb. 23.

Touchstone by Melanie Rawn - This was a complex fantasy with great world-building but very little plot. It was well-written but a bit of a slow read because of the complexity of the world and the made up (or archaic) words the author frequently inserted. I got this one from Amazon Vine. My review will be posted on Feb. 23.

Since I literally just finished Darkride, I haven't yet started my next book. Here are the ones on the stack for this coming week:
I finally have both volumes of the Moon Called Graphic Novels Volume One and Volume Two by Patricia Briggs and am eager to read them to tide me over until Fair Game comes out on March 6.
Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann is the start of a new series. This one is futuristic paranormal romantic suspense. I love her style and am eager to see how she handles this switch. I got this one from Amazon Vine. This one will be published on March 20.

Dark Eyes by William Richter is billed as a young adult thriller. I got this one from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. It will be published on March 15.

I don't know how much reading time I will have this week. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. But we do get Friday off to compensate. Then on Saturday a friend and I are rising quite early (leaving my house at about 6 AM) to head to the University of St. Thomas for the 20th Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference. Guests of Honor this year are Christopher Paul Curtis and Linda Sue Park. I hope to get my library copies of their books autographed.

What are your plans for the week?


  1. For a "slow " week you have done very well. Enjoy this week as well.

  2. Sounds like a busy but fun week planned... especially the weekend!

  3. Those look like very interesting reading! I have been listening to the Mercy Thompson series. I'm ready to start book 5 now. I'll watch for your reviews of the graphic novels too.
    Have a good week and enjoy the Saturday function.

  4. Some really fabulous covers there! :)
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  5. For a "slow" week you did really well. Hope you have a great week!

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  6. Uh yeah, Kathy you did fabulous! I only got one book done. Started a second one but that has 400+ pages as well. Plus I got sick so on Thursday I didn't read at all. But you did awesome!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  7. Hehe slow week? Wow! I think your "slow" week would be a good example of what I would consider a manic reading week (for me)! Good luck and Happy Reading!


  8. Looks like a great week to me! You have some intriguing titles on your list. Enjoy!


  9. I'm in awe! I need to pick up the pace apparently. There are some nice titles in there. Thanks.

  10. I had a hard time with Hunger when I tried it and I haven't gone back to it since. I'm eager to see what you thought of it.

  11. I was hoping for more from Hunger.

    This weekend we went on a mini-vacation. Since I was outside enjoying nature, I didn't get much reading done. Please stop by to see what I'm reading now.

  12. Hope your reading week is successful and fun!


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