Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 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...

The weather is finally improving. After a cold start to the week, temperatures rebounded into the 60s with a momentary jump into the 70s. I am loving the longer days and warmer temperatures. One of these days I'll even have to head outside for a walk. 

My Atlanta Braves finally won their first game of the season on Friday night. For a while, I thought they really would go 0-162. I'm also still glued to my TV when The Voice is on, even though one of my favorites didn't make it to the top 12.

I usually don't start counting this early but we have only 34 student contact days left this year (and one teacher work day) before I will have finished my 40th year as a school librarian/media specialist. I'm eager for summer when I can set my own schedule.

I am reading down my review stack. Currently I have only 17 review books on my stack. I hope by summer that I will be able to concentrate on reading books from my TBR mountain. I am so eager to dig into the many books I have bought and set aside until I had time to read them.

Read Last Week
Spark by Holly Schindler was an entertaining contemporary romance with a strong theater theme. It is about star-crossed love and making old dreams come true. My review will be posted on May 12.

Megan's Brood by Roy Burdine is harder to classify. It looks like a story for beginning chapter book readers but stars a Goth 12-year-old and features a vocabulary that would challenge middle schoolers. It is a fast read that begins a series. My review will be posted on May 18.
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye was a very entertaining epic fantasy set in Imperialist Russia which told the story of two enchanters rivaling to be the Tsar's enchanter. The problem is that only one can survive the game and the two are falling in love. My review will be posted on May 14.

The Hunt by Megan Shepherd is the second book in this science fiction series. It is packed with adventure but ends on a major cliffhanger. I'd recommend buying it now but setting it aside until the third book is released. My review is scheduled for May 19.
The Giant Smugglers by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon was also action-packed. It tells the story of an ordinary middle school boy who discovers and befriends a giant and then has to do extraordinary things to get him to safety. The enemies are over-the-top but the friendship that grows between the boy and his giant friend is very realistic. My review will be posted on May 21.

Next on the stack is The Underdogs by Sara Hammel. It will be released on May 31.

Next Week
Then I begin reading June releases:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I'm trying to resist adding review books to my stack but couldn't pass up Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley. A steampunk mystery set in a fantasy 19th Century South Africa hit too many of my buttons. Besides, Ksenia has never steered me wrong. This one will be released on June 14.

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


  1. I love the warmer weather we've been having. The weekend before this past weekend we had snow but this past weekend it was near 80! I can't wait for summer either. Hope the rest of your school year flies by :)

    I am currently reading Love, Lies and Spies and really enjoying it. I should be finishing it up later today.

  2. OOoh nice! I still need to read The Cage!! So behind!! I also want to read Megan's first trilogy as well! Cant wait for The Crown's Game as well! Hope you enjoy the reads this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Wow, congrats on the upcoming career anniversary!! Time flies, doesn't it? :)

  4. I love that the weather is starting to be gorgeous. It was almost too hot today while driving home from work. (I turned on the air conditioner) I haven't started counting down the days, but I plan to retire at the end of June. Then I plan on reading mostly adult choices!

  5. Really loving the look of Love, Lies and Spies. Happy reading this week!


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