Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 29, 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...

Vacation is over! We have workshop/workdays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. This semester I am working half-time and only at the Elementary building. I'll be seeing fifth, third, and first graders this first semester on a fixed schedule for 50 minute blocks. I think this will be the first time in my 40 years as a media specialist that I have only been at one school in a day. I've always split my time between two buildings each day.

Half my brain will still be in Duluth though. I'm closing on my retirement home in Duluth on Friday, Sept. 2 just 30 days after I first toured the house. It will be nice when my brother and I are all settled in the new place but that is still a long way off. I'm scheduling the moving truck for our MEA break on Oct. 21 to move the big things, i.e. things that won't fit in the Subaru Outback. Hopefully, he will have gone through what is in the house there to decide what we want to move. The new house is only about two miles from the old house. We're planning to make lots of trips back and forth as we decide what stuff to take with us and what stuff to leave for an estate sale.

We also have to decide what we are taking from my house since, naturally, we have huge amounts of duplication. I plan to spend a lot of this year gradually paring down the amount of stuff I have in my house in Eyota since I will be selling and moving next June.

Read Last Week
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia was an emotionally intense romance that reminded me a lot of Katie McGarry's YA contemporaries. Fans of her work will like this one too. My review will be posted on Sept. 29.

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner was a nice middle grade story about friendship and acceptance that also had a nice dose of fantasy. My review will be posted on September 8.

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson is the second book in her frontier fantasy trilogy and was a great story. My review will be posted on Sept. 28.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig was an excellent thriller about a girl who disappears told by her boyfriend who has his own issues with his sexuality to deal with too. My review will be posted on Oct. 1.

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight is the middle book in the Wildefire trilogy and filled with all sorts of antics of modern day reincarnations of gods from many mythologies. My review will be posted on Oct. 5.

The Row by J. R. Johansson tells the story of a girl with a father on death row who is determined to prove his innocence before he is executed. Riley has lived with a father on death row for 11 years and has had constant faith that he was innocent. Now she is learning that things aren't always so clear. My review will be posted on Oct. 6.


Nothing. I still have a book hangover from The Row.

Next Week
Next on TBR Mountain:
Next on my review stack:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

Nothing. I didn't have time to shop this week

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


  1. You've had a great reading week! I haven't read a Garcia novel before, but it sounds quite interesting!

  2. Congratulations on the new house! Good luck with the paring down and moving. All these books look good! The Row sounds quite intense.

  3. Hi Kay. I hope your last year is filled with many sweet memories. Last September I knew it was my last year and it was filled to the rim with bitter sweet. You have got a lot of titles on your list I'm looking forward to.

  4. A friend of mine LOVES the Friday Barnes series, I'l be interested to hear your take on them.

  5. Nice! Hope your move goes smoothly! It's nice that it's not a far commute! I helped quite a bit of my family moving back and forth this year...though something tells me when it's my turn, they'll be pooling their money together to pay for a moving truck for all my books! LOL!

    Nice reads too! Mostly new to me ones! Hope you have a great reading week!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  6. You'll have a lot of goodbyes to do this year, but it seems that this move is also exciting and coming along well. Best wishes this final year. I'm glad to see about that new Robin McKinley. She is a good writer!


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