Monthly Archives: March 2014

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


IM  Mon Reading Button PB to YA

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.


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.


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?