Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 27, 2015) #IMWAYR

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

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 another quiet reading week. The heat and humidity have made me glad for our central air conditioning and have made me glad to stay inside and read.

Read Last Week

It will be "all review books, all the time" here for quite a while. I'm trying to get ahead before school starts and I get too busy to read 10 books a week.
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson was a YA title that tells the story of a girl who can walk through dreams and, by not following her mother's rules, attracts the attention of monsters in the dream world. It was also a romance and was very entertaining. My review will be posted on September 12 for this September 22 release.

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare arrived this week from Amazon Vine. This is the second book in a middle grade series and was also very good. I like the characters and it was an action-packed episode in a interesting fantasy series. My review will be posted on August 26 for this September 1 release.
I got The Fall by James Preller from Macmillan. This is an excellent middle grade story that deals with the aftermath of bullying and suicide. Sam writes a journal of the year after which was touching and thought-provoking. My review will be posted on September 16 for this September 22 release.

I was going to pass up Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko despite being auto-approved at NetGalley until I read a recent review. I was intrigued by this middle grade historical fiction novel that takes place in San Francisco in 1900 when a bubonic plague outbreak is being covered up. Doctor's daughter Lizzie was a great character. My review will be posted on July 29 for this August 4 release.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson was an excellent historical fiction story which was infused with magic. The main character can sense gold which will certainly help her since it is 1849 and she is on her way to California. But first she has to escape the uncle who killed her parents and survive the overland journey to get to California. My review will be posted on September 17.

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague is also a survival story. Middle schoolers with mental quirks are sent to a desert survival camp to help them learn to live with them. Audrey always knows when people are lying; Aaron remembers everything he reads, sees or hears. They have to learn to work together and with others and survive the harsh desert environment and the "care" of the camp director. My review will be posted on September 19.
I ended my reading week with two books that were amazing and could not have been more different.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is a middle school book about friendship, resilience, and family. My review will be posted on Sept. 23.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler is a young adult book ripped from the headlines about a rape that happens at a high school party and polarizes a small town. Told by a girl who just wants the truth to come out no matter what the consequences are, this story was a compelling read. My review will be posted on Sept. 24 for this Sept. 22 release.
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee is a retelling of Frankenstein. I got this eARC from Edelweiss for review. It will be released on September 22.

Next Week

Still reading review books....
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith is a fantasy espionage novel. I got this eARC from NetGalley. It will be released on October 6.

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnson is a fantasy eARC that I get from NetGalley. It will be released on October 6.
The White Rose by Amy Ewing is the sequel to last year's The Jewel. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. It will be released on Oct. 6 too.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch is the sequel to last year's Snow Like Ashes. I got the eARC of this fantasy from Edelweiss. It will be released on October 13.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I added the two audiobooks that were available from SYNC this week. You have until Thursday to get your copies.
I also added four books that will go on TBR mountain until I catch up on reading review books. After I read them they will be donated to my high school media center.
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine is one I've been interested in because I really, really like libraries though I'm not sure I want one that is self-aware.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh has been getting great reviews and sounds like an interesting story.
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker has also been getting good press. 

The Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen was a Kindle Daily Deal this week. 

Two review books were added to my stack too. I have already read these and scheduled the reviews. I have linked them in the Books Read section.
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare was a nice middle grade fantasy with lots of action. 

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko was also a middle grade story. This was set in San Franciso in 1898 and had great characters.

You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read.


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  2. I keep bumping into Crenshaw - I'll need to add that to my TBR pile!
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  3. Adored Crenshaw.
    I have Chasing Secrets and Connect the Stars to read. Looking forward to both of them.

  4. Crenshaw is on my to read list also. I"ve got Chasing Secrets on my Device and hope to get to it eventually!

  5. Interesting. I had not heard of Ink and Bone but it does look like it has possibilities. I liked Mark of the Thief. And drat, there's already a Magisterium #2? I haven't read #1 yet!

  6. OOoh nice! I can't wait to read This Monstrous Thing! Also still need to read The Wrath and the Dawn! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

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  7. I'm especially interested in Chasing Secrets and Connect The Stars, but so many of your titles sounds good, Cathy. I did love Crenshaw! Lots coming out on Aug. 4th-next week! Happy Reading.

  8. Whoa, This Monstrous Thing looks so intriguing! Definitely requesting my library get it.

  9. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to own/read Crenshaw! This Monstrous Thing also looks like it would be a hit for me, but too old for my target audience, so I always find myself putting off reading books for older readers-even though I know I would love them! ;)


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