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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/13/17

13 Feb

Last week started out pretty rough – and before I re-live it, I’m not going to go into all the gory detail. Just know that there were patron problems, a presentation issue, a pet turtle scare and much more! But, thankfully, that all happened Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday really turned around. Our pet turtle, Tera, is actually fine – a little diet change and a large tank and he’ll be good to go!  And now I’m going to brag, I have some of the best patrons out there – we need to double the size of our turtle tank and after having a request up on our Facebook page for no more than an hour, we got a new turtle tank and all her supplies donated to us from some awesome patrons and a great Girl Scout Troop! Thursday was a snow day and our library was closed and Friday was Friday, so after a very rocky start, the week really turned itself around!  And in the midst of all the craziness, I got an awful lot of reading done! I read:

  • Finding Perfect by Elly D. Swartz
  • The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Snow White by Matt Phelan
  • Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

I finally feel like I’m back in my reading groove after a hectic fall – I’m reading more than I have in a long time and it feels awesome.  I haven’t looked to closely at what I want to read this week, but I did put on hold:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  3. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  4. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
  5. Wish by Barbara O’Connor

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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/6/17

6 Feb

25902198I was so proud of myself – I spent almost every night before I fell asleep, reading for at least 20 minutes and then spend a good majority of my Saturday and Sunday reading as well which means I was able to finish The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, which I really enjoyed. I am a huge fan of historical fiction (always have been) and being Catholic, I feel, gave me a little more background into the story. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but the story was really intriguing and the friendship portrayed between the two main characters was genuine and felt very real.

I was also able to read The Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro a fun story of two descendants of Holmes and Watson who are attending the same boarding school and get embroiled in the murder of a classmate. I enjoyed this story because it was set in a present time and was fun to read in that you’re familiar with the backstory but it brings a little something new to the Sherlock and Watson we all know and love, but also didn’t shy away from substance abuse and rape. I’m hoping that we’ll learn more about the characters in the next book as these are serious issues that aren’t really dealt with in any way as they characters are overly busy solving the murder.

I don’t have any immediate plans for reading this week, I’ve got a bunch of books on hold, so we’ll see what comes in first:

  • Finding Perfect by Elly D. Swartz
  • The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/30/17

30 Jan

imagesThis week I finished up The Reader and it is going to be a series, so it left me on at a cliffhanger and now I’ll have to read the rest of the series (if I can remember what happened in the first book). I also read The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (which was amazing). And then I started The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry and even though I’m only about 50 pages in, I’m already loving it!

So this week my plan is to finish up Dolssa and maybe even get to A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro which is a story of the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – can’t wait to read it!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday:Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

17 Jan

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  1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
    A novel about what it’s like to want the best for someone else, but also feeling guilty for wanting something for yourself.
  2. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
    A historical fiction, mystery novel about the first female detective for the Pinkerton Agency in 1859 – she might even have the chance to save Lincoln’s life!
  3. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
    The perfect book for those looking for adventure in a fun and quirky package!
  4. The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Firefly Lane is the perfect utopian society until Ilana moves in, then the kids start asking questions…
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    Corinne’s story is rooted in Caribbean folklore – a great story for those who love fracture fairy tales and fairy tales re-done.
  6. Last in a Long Ling of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
    Lou learns about her family’s past as she tries to save her family’s home from being condemned – a story that doesn’t shy away from slavery, racism and prejudice both in the past and in present time.
  7. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
    A story that spans generations – this is a beautiful story of friendship among the most unlikely of people.
  8. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
    Randi Rhodes is not only a ninja but also a detective and she’ll need all her wits about her to save the Founder’s Day Festival and her small town.
  9. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
    Another folktale-esque story of a peasant girl and a princess who are charged with a quest to cure Aon’s sadness, but prevent the fall of monarchy at the same time.
  10. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
    Brine Seaborne (best name ever) has a past that she can’t remember, but with the help of an obnoxious apprentice, Peter, some pirates and a little bit of magic, she may discover who her parents are or they’ll be eaten by sea monsters – either one!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

Holiday Reading

22 Dec

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I made it to my parents after six hours in the car yesterday and am enjoying myself immensely already. I grabbed (just a few) books for the holiday week, hoping that I can at least get to a few of them.  These are all books that I’ve either seen on other blogs, in review journals, podcasts and by talking with coworkers and friends.

  • Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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