Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 2, 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...

Cold rainy weather kept all of us - students and teachers - in school mode this week. The year is rushing by. Just 23 more student contact days this year. We are also finally finishing up the testing season. I'm being evicted from my media center only twice more this year to accommodate the testing. That will be seven times I've had to move my sixth graders up to one of their classrooms for media. Luckily, sixth grade has a set of computers so that our work can carry on. They are finishing up their research project about events that happened on their birthdays and are getting ready to present to their classmates.

At home I am menu planning to use the ingredients in my freezer and pantry in anticipation of being gone for about two months during the summer. Thus far I haven't had to find a way to use the odd ingredients that have appeared there. I often find myself shopping for ingredients for a recipe and then not actually making the recipe. This leaves orphaned ingredients that I have no idea how to incorporate since the recipe is nowhere to be found now. I really hope that this is common and that others do this too.

I am still trying to get my review stack read and reviews scheduled so that I can read from my TBR mountain this summer. I have my May calendar completely scheduled for reviews and memes except for the Monday meme I do. I am reading and scheduling early June now with 11 review books still on my stack for June.
Read Last Week
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman was a wonderful combination of Regency romance and magic. Throw in a mystery too and it managed to combine most of my favorite genres in one book. My review will be posted on May 28.

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan was a review book. It is fantasy that reminded me a bit of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I thought the growth of the main character through this book was a high point. My review will be posted on June 1.

With Malice by Eileen Cook is from my review stack. I am enjoying this story about a girl who had a car accident in Italy which killed her best friend. She has suffered a brain injury and doesn't remember the trip let alone the accident but the Italians seem to be getting ready to charge her with murder.

Next Week

All review books again this week.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I added Soldier by Julie Kagawa to my stack this week. I have been enjoying this series.

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


  1. Romance, magic and mystery--sounds like a great combination. Good luck getting ahead on your reviews. It sounds like you are making progress. Yep, my freezer has lots of strange ingredients for forgotten recipes in it. I should probably work on using some of them. Where are you headed this summer?

  2. This is the second time I've seen someone mention With Malice. Sounds interesting.

  3. Your organizational skills amaze and impress me. I'm barely able to get my Monday post written on Sunday evening, let alone a month in advance....! :)

  4. OOoh nice! I cannot wait to read The May Queen Murders of Soldier!! Eep! So excited! Have a great reading week!

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  5. I would like a bit of rain and cool weather about now. It is warming up so much here in Vancouver - way earlier than usual! i'm looking forward to coming back to your blog when I am retired and have more time to read 'adult titles'.

  6. Oh wow, these are all unfamiliar titles to me. Soldier looks interesting! :)


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