It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (57)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Reality Boy  Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)  Now Is the Time for Running  The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, #3)

Far From You  The Impossible Knife of Memory  Noggin

Reality Boy: To me, A.S. King can really do no wrong. My heart broke for Gerald, and I couldn’t believe how Tasha got away with everything. As someone who watched episodes of SuperNanny, it was interesting to see what happens behind the cameras.

Ignite Me: Interesting end to an interesting series. Most of the book was spent getting to know the “true” Warner and watching Juliette try to swim through what she thought she knew about him in order to decide how she feels about him.

Now is the Time for Running: Such a heart-wrenching story. I book-talked this book to my students, and they were lining up to read it when I was done. This book brings up so many issues that my students know nothing about.

The Shadow Throne: I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads. I really loved the plot–it was typical Jaron/Sage cunning–but I felt that SO. MUCH. of the book was Jaron telling us what was happening rather than actual action SHOWING what was happening. However, it was a great ending to a series that I truly enjoyed.

Far From You: I have to give props to this book for tackling some very tough issues. However, the book never really came together all the way for me. The story is told in before/after chapters (before Mina’s murder and after), with the before chapters giving us the backstory of Mina and Sophie. But there’s really no cohesion between the backstory of the girls and their “secret” and the reason that Mina is murdered. I know there didn’t need to be, but I felt like there should have been since the “secret” was made into a huge deal.

The Impossible Knife of Memory: Another win for LHA. This book tackles the tough issue of a teen dealing with her father’s PTSD. I felt so sorry for Hayley and all that she has had to deal with, and it made me even more appreciative of all of the men, women, and children whose lives are disrupted in order to protect freedoms that we often take for granted. The one thing I didn’t understand was why Finn liked Hayley so much since she had such a surly attitude. (She was quite a B a lot of the time.) But I still loved it.

Noggin: What the what?! The premise of this book is absolutely amazing. I cannot even imagine if my head was attached to a different body, and I was frozen while all of my friends/family were growing up without me. This story truly makes you put yourself in Travis’s shoes and imagine what it would be like to be in his place.

Audiobook

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)

Win. Win. Win. I love this series, and I LOVVVVVE Moira Quirk’s voice as she narrates this series! If you like girl-power and steampunk, get this.

This week I’ll continue reading:

MG/YA Books

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)

Just starting this on Sunday night! When I met Caragh O’Brien last year, she was one of the SWEETEST people ever, and I can’t wait to read her series.

Audiobook

Far Far Away

I literally have like 50 minutes left of this audiobook, and I’m RIGHT at “the good part” of the ending! I really just wanted to sit in my car and finish when I got back from the store today!

Other possible reads this week:

 Sweethearts  This is What Happy Looks Like  All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)  Otherbound

I’m on Spring Break this week, but my focus is going to be on cleaning and organizing my house rather than reading. But of COURSE I will still find time to read a bit :) These are some of the books I have available.

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (56)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)  Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

Cress: Love, love, love. This is one of my absolute favorite series, and I can’t wait for Winter because I’m sure the ending is going to be EPIC. The ONLY thing I didn’t like in Cress is that one character was captured and separated from the group, and it was heart-breaking.

Unravel Me: After reading this the second time (to refresh my memory for Ignite Me), I stick by my 3 star rating. The metaphoric run-on sentences became TOO. MUCH. for me after a while. I know Juliette is fractured and fragile, but I wanted her to snap to it a lot quicker. And the shift in the relationship with Warner gives me the heebie-jeebies after his monstrosity in Shatter Me.

This week I’ll continue reading:

MG/YA Books

Reality Boy  Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

I had to put Reality Boy on pause to devour Cress, then it was at home when I needed something to read at school during the week! Still working on it. And I’m  quickly reading Ignite Me to see what happens with Juliette, Adam, and Warner.

Audiobook

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)

I’m so sad that I’m not able to listen to this MORE! I’ll have 4 hours in the car on Friday and Sunday, so I’ll get through a big chunk then.

Other possible reads this week:

  Don't Look Back  Now Is the Time for Running  How I Live Now  Twenty Boy Summer

I’m not very good at sticking to plans of what I will read, but these are some books that will be in the mix!

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (55)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)  Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

Seraphina: This was a great fantasy read that completely deserved all the praise and awards it received. I loved the character of Seraphina, and I loved the world Rachel Hartman created. I can’t wait to continue the series.

Into the Still Blue: A great ending for a great trilogy. It wasn’t as emotional as the endings to other trilogies lately — I’m looking at you Allegiant! It was quite satisfying, but also a little flat, if that makes any sense at all. I still love Roar!

Audiobooks

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom: This was such a great retelling of fairy tales that we all love. My son was in and out of the car when I was listening, so he missed pieces of the story, and he asked if he could listen to it on his own…that’s a definite win! The narrator has AMAZING voices for the characters, and we will definitely be listening to book 2 as well!

This week I’ll continue reading:

MG/YA Books

Reality Boy

I managed to get started on this on Sunday, but I didn’t get far because of the Super Bowl (way to go Seahawks!).

Audiobook

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)

I absolutely loved Etiquette & Espionage on audiobook last summer, and this audiobook is living up to my expectations! Moira Quirk does an amazing job with accents and voices as the narrator of this book!

Other possible reads this week:

  Don't Look Back  Now Is the Time for Running  How I Live Now  Twenty Boy Summer

I’m not very good at sticking to plans of what I will read, but these are some books that will be in the mix!

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Top 10 Tuesday (35) — Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

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This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy

Strike 1: Her government sucks and is controlled by a tyrannical maniac. Strike 2: Her dad died. Strike 3: She had to fight and kill other kids to survive and save her family.

What does she have on her side? Gale and Peeta. ‘Nuff said.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

2. Alex from the Ashfall trilogy  

Strike 1: Super-volcano destroying life as we know it. Strike 2: He meets crazed maniacs in the woods. Strike 3: He is journeying hundreds of miles to see if his family is alive…all the while thinking that they could very possibly be dead.

What does he have on his side? My only hope to survive would be that I find my own Darla who will save me with all of her amazing animal-skinning, machine-building, cross-country-treking skills!

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2) Sunrise (Ashfall, #3)

3. Amy from the Across the Universe trilogy:

Strike 1: She is cryogenically frozen, and the experience (as described in the book) does NOT sound fun. Strike 2: She flies, frozen-sleeping, for hundreds of year rather than living her life with her friends. Strike 3: She’s “accidentally” woken up in space by crazed men.

What does she have on her side? It would be pretty interesting to see space FROM space and discover a new planet.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)

4. Melinda from Speak

Strike 1: She had a traumatic experience. Strike 2: She didn’t/couldn’t tell anyone about the traumatic experience. Strike 3: Since she didn’t tell anyone, they shut her out for ruining a party.

What does she have on her side? Melinda had a great art teacher who worked to bring out her best.

Speak

5. Regina from Some Girls Are:

Strike 1: Regina starts out as a total B, and I would never want my personality to be like hers. Strike 2: Her so-called “friends” completely turn their backs on her and begin to bully her because of a rumor. Strike 3: I wish that some adult in her life had forced her to be straight with them or done some digging on what was up with her.

What does she have on her side? She can definitely dish it back to the mean girls as good as she gets it.

Some Girls Are

6. Ivan from The One and Only Ivan:

Strike 1: He was taken from his family when he was young, and doesn’t remember them. Strike 2: He loses his best, and really only, friend. Strike 3: He is trapped in a tiny cage that is too small, performing an act for very few visitors.

What does he have on his side? Hope. Ivan has hope that his art will make a difference for him and Ruby.

The One and Only Ivan

7. Mara from the Mara Dyer trilogy:

Strike 1: Her friends die (or do they?) in a tragic accident. Strike 2: No one believes her when she talks about the visions she sees. Strike 3: She has to deal with cuh-razy people.

What does she have on her side? Noah. Done.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

8. Eli from The Compound series:

Strike 1: He is living in an underground bunker because the world above is (supposedly) destroyed. Strike 2: He discovers what is in the room behind the secret door. Strike 3: His dad is completely nutso.

What does he have on his side? This is the only story where I can’t really think of anything that Eli has going for him!

The Compound (The Compound, #1)

9. Bitterblue from the Graceling Realm series:

Strike 1: Her dad is a freaking Graced psychopath. Strike 2: Her mother is murdered right in front of her. Strike 3: She inherits a kingdom full of brainwashed people. 

What does he have on his side? It would be nice to have a team like Katsa and Po around to fight for and rescue me whenever I needed it!

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

10. Todd from the Chaos Walking trilogy:

Strike 1: He doesn’t have a lot of female interaction since there aren’t anymore women in in Prentisstown. Strike 2: He is chased by craaaaaazy men, including Aaron. Strike 3: The events that surround Manchee at the end (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.)

What does he have on his side? He has Ben and Cillian who care very deeply for him, and he finds Viola who journeys with him.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2) Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (54)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

The last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Dangerous  Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)

Dangerous was an ok read for me. It’s one of those where you end up on the fence because it’s ALL. OVER. the place…but still an entertaining story. There were so many pieces that were just completely unbelievable, but overall I still enjoyed the story.

Chain Reaction was a good ending for the Fuentes brothers. I felt that Luis’ story wasn’t very unique; to me, it basically felt like a retelling of Alex’s story. But I can definitely see why my students love this series. One request: could we get a redo of all of the covers so more of my boys will read them?! kthnx

I’ll continue reading:

MG/YA Books

  Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
Started on Sunday

Audiobook

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Not driving my long drive every other weekend, so it’s been slow going.

Other possible reads this week:

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)  Reality Boy  Don't Look Back

So I was total idiot last week because  Into the Still Blue doesn’t come out until THIS Tuesday! So I’m headed to pick it up tomorrow :) I’ve heard great things about Reality Boy…and really, can A.S. King do any wrong? Don’t Look Back is an ARC I picked up at NCTE that looks so interesting. Also, the cover is beautiful!

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (53)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

The last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Tiger Lily  Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)  The Truth About Alice

Tiger Lily: A haunting re-telling of the Peter Pan tale, focusing on Tiger Lily and told from Tinker Bell’s point of view. While I didn’t love it like some people did, I definitely enjoyed it. It was really interesting to see a different take on the fairy tale, and the ending brought some tears. This also counts as my “Around the World” motif challenge read.

Rules of Attraction: The second story in the Fuentes brothers’ trilogy is about the middle brother Carlos who has moved to Colorado to live with Alex after some trouble in Mexico. My students absolutely love this series, and I am loving it as well. I think that Simone Elkeles does a great job of writing an authentic story.

The Truth About Alice: A short, but powerful, book that showcases the power of rumors. I loved that the book was told from multiple POVs, and I really wanted to slap some of the characters for being so stupid.

I’ll continue reading:

MG/YA Books

  Dangerous
Started on Sunday

Audiobook

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Not driving my long drive every other weekend, so it’s been slow going.

Other possible reads this week:

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)  Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)  Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)

I’ve been saving a Christmas gift card so that I can buy Into the Still Blue on Tuesday! I can’t wait to see how that series ends. After reading Rules of Attraction this week, I’m ready to see how the littlest Fuentes brother ends up, as well. Seraphina has been on my TBR for a while, and I’m hoping to get to that this week.

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?