Monday, April 17, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 17, 2017)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted at The Book Date.  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...

It's finally Spring Break. We only have Friday and Monday off but I took the opportunity to bring a carload of things to my new house. I'm spending time with my brother. We have an appointment with our Duluth realtor. We knew there were basement issues that would have to be fixed before we sell. My brother met with one company and the realtor met with a second. We have an extremely high bid from the company the realtor met with that we want to talk to her about. My brother hasn't gotten his bid yet.

Read Last Week
The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren was a contemporary filled with friendship, love and loss. I really liked its Minnesota setting. I found the story very moving as the characters dealt with their grief at losing a young girl. My review will be posted on April 27.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate was a book with humor and deep themes too. Jordan is a scholarship student at a prestigious Performing Arts school who dresses in drag and tries out for an a capella group. Once selected, she has to conceal her gender. She learns a lot about how boys think and act when there are no girls around. This is a story of friendship and gender identity. My review will be posted on April 22.
The Selection by Kiera Cass has been on my TBR mountain for quite a while. I'm sorry I waited so long. I enjoyed this dystopia about a girl who is reluctantly in a competition to marry the prince. I can't wait to have a chance to go on with this series (but books 2 and 3 are already packed and won't be unpacked until this summer.) My review will be posted on May 4.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld was a graphic novel science fiction story about a girl who supports herself and her younger sister by taking and selling photographs inside the spill zone which was created after some sort of accident. The colors are dark and the story is too. Too many f-bombs to really be suitable for middle graders but an intriguing story for older YAs. It is the first of a series as evidenced by its abrupt ending. My review will be posted on April 29.
I read my first Junie B. Jones story this week. I chose the first book - Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park. This book was recommended to me by my kindergarten students. Their teacher is reading them in the classroom and I had a real run on all the series this week when they were checking out books.

I am currently reading The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beatty. This story is a epic fantasy in a similar vein to Sarah J. Maas. I am enjoying the characters and getting a little anxious about their fate. This book begins a trilogy.

Next Week

Two more from my review stack.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

I had an empty mailbox this week and none of my Kindle offers were books I couldn't live without.

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


  1. I can relate so strongly to Junie B. Jones and her unfortunate tendency to speak her mind at all times! ;-)

  2. Ooh nice! Been seeing Traitor's Kiss around a lot lately! Curious about The Best Kind of Magic! Hope you enjoy the reads this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I am intrigued by Noteworthy. It sounds like an interesting read. My favourite Junie B book is Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed.
    Missing sounds fascinating, but way way to creepy for me!


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