Monday, May 30, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 30, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

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.

Other Than Reading... 

This was a quiet week for me but a busy one at school with award programs, graduation, and track and field days.

There are just four student days this coming week since we have Monday off. I know I'll be spending Monday grading and preparing report cards for the students I won't be seeing any more and the grades that have finished the academic part of their work. Having a four day rotation for some classes and an early out on Friday means that I have seen one of my groups of 4th graders for the last time this year. I will see two of my groups of sixth graders twice next week and the other two groups only once. With the finals schedule at the Middle School/High School, I don't see sixth graders on Friday. I'll be using that day to finish up their report cards. Hopefully all the missing assignments will appear!

I was involved in the K-3 track and field day Friday which started out with misting rain and worked its way to downpour before tapering off. We have a lovely new track and football field with artificial turf so the kids didn't get muddy, just soaked. It was also warm enough that the kids didn't get cold. I came home exhausted and soaked after the games were over.

Next Monday is our final teacher work day of the year. We begin with a breakfast provided by the district and an award program. The teacher of the year will speak. Retirees with speak. Awards will be presented. I'll get one for 20 years in this district. Then the rest of the day will be used to finish report cards and prepare classrooms for summer cleaning. If there is time, I'll be sorting through some file cabinets to get rid of materials I no longer use. I also need to get together with my professional learning team to finish up our work and report our progress.

Then weeks and weeks of no schedule begin. I want no schedule really badly.

Read Last Week
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg was a new fantasy from the author. I thought it was entertaining but found the beginning a little slow. My review will be posted on June 23.

Seconds to Live by Melinda Leigh was another heart-pounding thriller in the Scarlet Falls series. I liked finally getting Mac's story as he was a side character in the first two books of the series. My review will be posted on June 25.

Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo was another mystery. This one takes place in Glacier National Park and has great descriptions of the scenery. My review will be posted on June 1.

I am currently reading Damage by Felix Francis. It is another suspenseful mystery set around the horse racing industry.

Next Week
The first two books I plan to read this week are A Most Curious Murder by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli and The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan. I got both of these eARCs from NetGalley. They are both being released in July.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
Mortal Fall finally arrived this week. I was asked early in April if I would like a copy to review. This review book is being released on May 31.

I also bought The Shadow Revolution: Crown and Key by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith for my Kindle. I spotted this one on Teaser Tuesday and couldn't resist.

To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. Seconds to live sounds very interesting. I think I'll give that series a try. Looking forward to your review.

  2. ENJOY the last week of school and your summer.


    ENJOY your reading week too.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  3. The powers-that-be extended our school day by fifteen minutes a day this year, so we are out now. Happy!

  4. Congratulations on the award and enjoy the free time.

  5. Your school year is winding down but it's very busy, right. Can't wait for my kids to finish. Seconds to Live caught my eye. Sounds so suspenseful! Enjoy your new books and thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Might have to look into Mortal Fall. I have visited Glacier National Park and we have family members that live in Montana, not far from there. I like it when I am familiar with the setting in a story. Have a happy last week at school, ours are out already. Kids on bikes all over our neighborhood.

  7. Congrats on twenty years! And with the year coming to an end, enjoy the break.

    Your books look tempting...I always enjoy Melinda Leigh, which reminds me that I have one yet unread on my stacks.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  8. Mortal Fall looks so interesting! I'll add it to my TBR list. Hope you enjoy it.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  9. All of the books look good. I'm especially interested in A Most Curious Murder. Sounds like something I'd like. Have a great week!

  10. Wow! Congrats on the 20 years!! That's awesome!! Nice looking reads too! Lots of new to me ones! Hope you enjoy(ed) reading them all!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

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  11. Oh such a busy time and the track and field day exhausting. I hope those no schedule days come quickly. Teachers work so hard.

  12. Yay to those no schedule days! Enjoy them. I have my inservice days lined up for July, but it's always nice to get those things out of the way. I always get so emotional when I'll never see my kids again. My eighth graders have grown up, and my seniors entering the world of adulthood and reality. It's a bittersweet time for me.

  13. Enjoy your last few days of school. I think I read the Elizabeth Lowell book.

  14. Nice haul, thanks for stopping on my blog. Have a nice week.

  15. What a busy time of year it is for you. Hope you enjoy the last week of school. Happy reading to you.

  16. Congrats on being so close to the end of the school year!! It's almost over. :)

    As usual, I want to read all the books you have posted. Lol. Mortal Fall, Seconds to Live, and the Shadow Revolution all look particularly interesting.

  17. Is it sad to say goodbye to the students? With school over though I'm thinking there will be more time for books?


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