Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan. 18, 2016)

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 a quiet week. We are nearing the end of the semester and so students are busy finishing final projects. We had a tour of the new part of the elementary which should be open for business by the end of the month. Preschool classes are already started in their new location but the offices and cafeteria still have some work that needs to be done.

Our weather had taken a turn for the cold here in Minnesota. We haven't had much snow and that doesn't look like its going to change in the near future. That is a good thing because I have a couple of doctor's appointments next week that I don't want to have to reschedule because of weather. 

I'm disappointed but not surprised that I didn't win the Powerball last week. I guess I'll just have to continue life as usual instead of moving to a tropical location where I can just laze on the beach.

Read Last Week
I read two good ones from my review stack this week.

The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine was an excellent fantasy loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale. I loved the action and the romance. My review will be posted on Feb. 18.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig was an excellent time travel story. The main character was wonderful. I enjoyed the Hawaiian setting too and even liked the potential romantic triangle in the book. My review will be posted on Feb. 20.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie is next on my review stack. This is a fantasy recommended for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone, both of which I enjoyed.

Next Week
These review books are next on my stack:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I was approved for The Giant Smugglers by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon at NetGalley this week. I also requested it from the Macmillan catalog earlier. This is a middle grade fantasy that will be released on May 17.

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


  1. It is pretty cold here (but probably not as cold as Minnesota!). The high for today is 12 F. We got a little bit of snow yesterday but not enough to impact roadways. I hate snow as I have a long and treacherous commute to the library.

    I hope all goes well with the rest of your semester and the move to the new building.

    Glad to hear you liked The Shadow Queen. I've got a copy for review. I also really want to read The Girl from Everywhere and may request an ARC.

  2. I am most excited about the Natasha Friend title. She is very popular in our library.

  3. OOoh nice! Super excited for The Shadow Queen and The Great Hunt! Bring on the fairy tale like reads!! Happy Reading!

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  4. It definitely makes me laugh when I read about how cold it is in different places. I live in Canada, which has a reputation for being a frigid arctic wasteland (and in some places it certainly is!), but right now it's 50 F outside! I'm such a wimp, I don't think I could ever survive in a cold climate like Minnesota, yikes!! Stay warm!!

  5. Friday Barnes sounds great. It might be a good one for my readers who enjoy mysteries. I'll have to check it out.

  6. Friday Barnes sounds great. It might be a good one for my readers who enjoy mysteries. I'll have to check it out.

  7. Someone else just talked about Where You'll Find Me.
    The Girl From Elsewhere sounds good too...

  8. I really like the look of Giant Smugglers - looks like my kind of read. I am a huge Grisha trilogy fan, so I am glad to see another novel that has the same resonances.


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