Sunday, February 9, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 10, 2014)

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.

Last week was Snowball at our school which caused some excitement and chaos. Two of my groups of sixth graders managed to hit the most disrupted days and every class they had was shorter than their peers in the other sections. We have been working with Google forms to make surveys. I think there are still some students who haven't sent their surveys out. Whereas, the other groups have sent theirs out and even sent out follow ups to get more responses. I doubt that I'll ever get the sections back in sync.

This coming week will be disrupted in a different way. We have parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday evenings. That makes my school day particularly long. I'll be working from 7:30 AM to 7 PM both nights. However, we do have Friday off to make up for the extra time earlier in the week. Since I very seldom see any parents, I should be able to get some reading done. Once I get home, I think the Olympics will trump any additional reading time. I really like figure skating but I tend to watch anything that's on.

I also have Wednesday off this week for a medical procedure. It is time for another colonoscopy. I have had quite a few. I don't mind the procedure but really hate all the preparation that has to be done before it.

Read Last Week
To Make a Match by Liana LeFey was an enjoyable historical romance. My review will be posted on Feb. 12.

Locomotive by Brian Floca won the Caldecott Award this year. I loved the amazing pictures. I can't wait to share this story about the Transcontinental Railroad with my students. 
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard was a excellent epic fantasy story. I loved the romance too. I thought the world building was very well done. My review will be posted on Feb. 19.

Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette was very good too. It is the sequel to Dark Star which I reviewed earlier. It is a contemporary fantasy set in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. My review will be posted on Feb. 20.

A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle is my current book. I am at about 38% of this mystery. It has been entertaining so far. 

Next Week
Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison is a romance I got from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. It is a Feb. 25 release.

Waking Up Pregnant by Mira Lyn Kelly is a romance I got from Harlequin via NetGalley. This one is a March 1 release. 
My YA books for the week are also all from my review stack.

Unforgotten by Jessica Brady is from Macmillan and will be released on Feb. 25.

Nil by Lynne Matson is from Macmillan and will be released on March 4.

The Blood Guard by Carter Roy came from NetGalley and will also be released on March 4.

Reviews Posted

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
United We Spy by Ally Carter
Howling for You by Chloe Neill
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Killing Floor by Lee Child

What was your week like? Leave a link and I'll check out your post. I need to apologize to those who use Discus for their comments though. For some reason, I am not able to comment on blogs that use that way to comment.


  1. The Olympics will definitely interrupt my reading time! I read during the commercials. LOL

  2. Must be frustrating to get your classes out of sync, but oh to have parent interviews where not many parents turn up - envious. Not watching the winter olympics really, although my class could tell me where they are so no doubt they are following it.

  3. All the best with the colonoscopy prep, hope it's good results. *Shudder* that prep is hideous, makes me gag lol. Awesome book line up as always. Happy reading and Winter Olympics viewing :)

  4. OOh nice! These are mostly new to me but I hope you enjoy them all!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. You've got a great group of books. Enjoy!

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  6. Oh, there is nothing worse than colonoscopy prep....then the procedure is so quick. Wish they would come up with a better way! LOL

    Enjoy your week, despite the disruptions. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. best on that colonoscopy this week & enjoying the reading / olympics combo =)
    good for you getting all the reviews written!

  8. Looks like a bunch of great books you read. I really think To Make a Match looks great..I put it on my TBR pile! :) I am also interested in seeing what you think of The Blood Gaurd, as I have it to review also and wondering if it's any good. :) Happy reading!


  9. I don't envy you parent teacher night, I hope it goes well!

    Read on!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  10. Moth and Spark has been popping up everywhere for me. I think I need to check it out!

    Funny, we are working on building surveys using Google Forms in my Professional Writing class as well. ;)

  11. Locomotive looks great. I will have to check our library and see if I can get my son to step away from the Star Wars books for five minutes....:)

    Have a great week!

  12. I like the sounds of your books. I especially like Thrown for a Curve and Waking Up Pregnant.

    Have a great week!

  13. I never watch sports of any kind but I am always glued to the Olympics! My husband is 8 years older than I am so he's already started his colonoscopies. I thought he would be a nightmare to live with during the prep time but he was his normal cheerful self. I told him he set the bar too high--I won't be able to complain when it's my turn! Good luck with yours and enjoy your busy week!


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