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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/16/18

16 Apr

I’m slowly getting back into the groove! I’m really trying to do some higher quality workouts when I’m at the gym which means that I’m not riding a stationary bike and reading a book because although I’m working out, I know I should be doing better. So, I’m back to weight training and starting to get back into running over the past few weeks and as much as I hate it (and I really do), I’m beginning to feel stronger and healthier. Sadly, that means I don’t get a chance to read in the morning too often, so it’s left to the evening and weekends. But, I did get to finish The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta and I also read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. I read a few short stories from Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill and then I put them aside. I never feel like I’m getting what I should out of short stories – I always feel like I’m in high school English class not quite “getting it” in terms of short stories. I try them every once in a while, but they’re not my favorite format. I’m going to finish up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers today and hope to get a few more books read this week!

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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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

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/9/18

9 Apr

This week was so weird and I’m completely blaming the weather with snow flurries, rain, sun, clouds, warm weather and cold which led me feeling sleepy, a little cranky and not in the mood to read… I’m hoping to finish up The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta today and over the weekend I also read Turn This Book Into a Beehive!: And 19 Other Experiments and Activities That Explore the Amazing World of Bees by Lynn Brunelle. I’m hoping to read:

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
  • A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

And possibly trying to get to a few other titles as well. April’s been really busy as I’m posting three times a day as I’m working on my AtoZ Blogging Challenge and have some blog projects I’m trying to get a jump start on before the summer.


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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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/2/18

2 Apr

I had a great weekend, the library was closed on Friday, so I got to spend a (scheduled) day off getting stuff done, which felt awesome. I also started working on a new project for my blog and am really happy with how it’s looking (more on that at a later date)! I started getting back to the gym this week and not just going to the gym and half-heartedly riding a bike while reading – I got two two-mile runs in and did some weight lifting (which I was in desperate need to get back into). Overall a great week – not a ton of reading, but enough that I feel pretty good.

I finished up Granted by John David Anderson which is completely different from his other realistic fiction middle grade titles, but I really enjoyed it more than I expected! I also read The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton, a scavenger hunt through Chicago which was a lot of fun to read and also read Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake which was amazing – so true to a middle school experience and filled with emotion, it’s going to be a top read of 2018 for me, I can feel it. I’m hoping to get a review written up sometime this week for this one – so good.

Next up on my list includes:

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
  • A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

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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

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the 24in48 Readathon

26 Jan

IMG_20180124_192421421.jpgI took a giant step in my reading life and decided to sign up for my first 24in48 Readathon where it will be my goal to read 24 hours during a 48 hour period. Seems crazy, right? Well, I’ve had my eye on this challenge for a while and I knew I would need a weekend that was as clear as possible so that I would be distracted or feel like I had too many other things to do, so I cleared my schedule and other than a friend’s birthday on Saturday night, I’m ready to go!

The 24in48 Readathon happens a couple of times a year where you block off 48 hours to try and read for 24 of them. This year the first readathon will happen this weekend beginning at 12:01am Saturday morning and running until 11:59pm Sunday night. I can break up my reading any way I like to try and reach the goal of 24 hours. Why? Because being able to lock down that many reading hours is truly magical and why not?

Here’s my list of titles I have ready for the weekend, hoping to break up text heavy books with graphic novels and using audiobooks when I can’t have my head between the covers of a great book (like when I’m making dinner or getting a shower)! Granted, there is no way I’m getting to all of these titles in one weekend, but I went a little overboard in ordering ILLs from my library and this is what came in!

  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone (Netgalley ARC)
  • Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Netgalley ARC)
  • Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter (Netgalley ARC)
  • A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (Netgalley ARC)
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn (Netgalley ARC)
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Playaway/audiobook)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Overdrive/audiobook)
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (short stories)
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (chapter book)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (chapter book)
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (middle grade magical realism)
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (middle grade fantasy)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (middle grade fantasy)
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Big and Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (YA realistic fiction)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (YA short stories)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (YA realistic fiction)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (YA romance)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA realistic fiction)

I’ll be updating my progress over the weekend on Twitter, so make sure you’re following me there (@literacious) and if you’ve got a minute drop me a line of encouragement! I’m excited for this new challenge and can’t wait to see what the weekend has in store!

MG Bookmas

13 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

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