Monday, October 12, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 12, 2015)

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...

School is going well. I love my short days. Going home at 1:30 each day is not a bad thing. I have been busy at school planning my digital literacy curriculum for grades three and five since USA-SOS went away. I have conferences next week on Monday and Tuesday evening and, since no one wants to confer with the Media Specialist, I will have lots of planning time to firm up both of those units.

I have next Wednesday through Friday off for our state educators' convention (which I have never attended in my 40 years of teaching.) I'm not traveling and plan to do a lot of fall purging. I have been trying to do a room at a time. My office is looking better since I worked in there. After filing a pile of papers that have been accumulating, I can actually see the top of my desk. I also discarded a hundred or so VHS tapes that have been gathering dust and donated a whole bunch of children's books to a book drive at my school. My TBR mountains are stored in my office too. I still have lots more work going through those shelves of books to donate the ones that no longer interest me. I haven't gone through the closet in my office yet which is filled with office and school supplies.

Saturday morning I switched to my bedroom and purged my shoe collection. I finally got tired enough of stepping over piles of shoes when looking for my daily outfit. I have a big garbage bag of usable shoes to donate and finally have all my shoes on the shoe rack and not just in piles on the floor. I also packed away the summer capris and shorts. I still need to go through all the shirts to decide which are keepers and which can go. That's a project for my break.

Read Last Week
Since I am in a lull between review books, I decided to pull a few off TBR mountain to read and donate to my Middle School/High School Media Center.

The White Tiger by Tamora Pierce was a graphic novel that fits into a comic book series. I wasn't familiar with the characters but still enjoyed the story of a young woman who inherited her uncle's role as the crime fighting white tiger. My review will be posted on December 23.

The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty is alternate history with magic and tells the story of a young Jewish immigrant in turn of the century New York City who is chosen as an apprentice for a man whose job is controlling the use of magic. My review will be posted on December 5.

The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan is the twelfth and final book in the original Ranger's Apprentice series. I have read and enjoyed the whole series and think this was a fitting conclusion. My review will be posted on December 12. I hope to get a chance to meet John Flanagan next Saturday when I attend the Twin Cities Book Festival.

I am currently reading In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo. This combination novel and graphic novel was too good a deal to pass up when it was sold this summer for about $5 for a hardcover. I noticed that it is back up to $14 now when I was getting the link.

Next Week
I also plan to read a couple more from my stack before turning to my review pile again.

The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong is her contribution to the Secrets series.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti is a recent release that just hit my TBR mountain.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine won't release until January but will expire on Adobe Digital Editions in just a couple of weeks. I need to read it now.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I bought The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Both have had lots of buzz and sounded good.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine was a NetGalley invitation. I added it to my stack despite the fact that I have to read it using Adobe Digital Editions which is kind of a pain. It sounded like a fantasy that I would enjoy. The release date is January 5 but I need to read it soon before it expires.

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


  1. Sounds like a busy week. I need to go through and organize and purge my office as well. I have a big desk but stacks of paper and books on it as well as stacks of ARCs on the floor that I didn't have room for on my bookshelves.

    I am curious about The Impostor Queen. I hate reading ARCs in Adobe Digital Editions. They usually expire before I get the chance to finish them. Right now I have an ARC of Illuminae like that. I have to either read on my laptop or on my iPhone depending on the file. Not as convenient as reading on my Kindle!

  2. I'm always impressed by how much you read! I've been searching for something mindless where no one dies. After reading your comments about Ranger's Apprentice, I might try the first one of those.

  3. What a great amount of reading! And you had time to purge your shoe collection, too! That's something I need to do!

  4. Oh, how I love clearing out things! I'm curious to have a look at The White Tiger, I'd never heard of it before, but I grew up loving Tamora Pierce. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just received a copy of The Rest of Us Just Live Here - you have a much better book cover though. :) I think I have the UK cover.


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