Monday, June 25, 2012

What Are You Reading Monday

Good! Finally got things together in time enough to participate. Thanks Teach Mentor Texts and all of the other bloggers that keep it up!
Technically this is a mix of maybe ten day's worth but oh well. ;]

The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, #1)The Nine Pound Hammer by John Claude Bemis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finished this on the drive home yesterday. No, I was not behind the wheel. And only in short spurts. Can't read too many print books anymore or I get carsick.
Anyway. Totally unrelated. This book ...

I liked it. I like the characters and I think there is possibility.

But I also felt like something just wasn't quite ... there. I found myself skimming rather than deeply reading. Some of the mythology just didn't ... work.

So we'll see. Haven't checked yet to see if book 2 is finished (this was just an impulse pick off of the shelf).

A Hero For WondLa (WondLa, #2)A Hero For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful example of science fiction. Really enjoying this ... just wish it wasn't quite so long. I can't help but feel the world could have been built without quite so much detail. Then it would be accessible to more students.

But then again that might be what makes it believable.
(PS Tony DiTerlizzi "liked" my review on Goodreads. Now I wish I'd written more!)

FramedFramed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Funny. But I'm fairly familiar with ... British-isms. Not sure my students would get some of the jokes.

Although here's one that crosses "cultural" lines. :)

"'He's painted someone so ugly that anyone looking at it would think, 'I'm not so bad after all.' when you first see it, it's horrible. But if you just keep looking, it makes you feel great. I feel like a million dollars now.'
Lester opened his mouth, but he said nothing. You could see shed given him something to think about."
(p 154-155)

Tracker: A Short Story ExclusiveTracker: A Short Story Exclusive by James Rollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Totally enjoyed meeting these new additions to the Sigma Force "universe." And how handy ... downloaded it from the iBookstore when I was stuck in the courthouse basement all day for jury selection.

Plus NOW I TOTALLY WANT TO READ BLOOD LINE. FYI: this is a "grown-up" book.

Annie's Adventures (Sisters Eight, #1)Annie's Adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick read that was an impulse pick from the shelf. I actually liked it. Random funny lines I think even the kiddos would "get." An accessible length--got some kids who live fantasy but just do not have the reading skills or stamina for 300 pages plus.
A little frustrating that the story is quite serialized ... do not expect anything like closure at the end. And it would be nice if two if the three adults whew sides the parents weren't total jerk characters.

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Up This Week?
Finishing The Magic Half (downloaded to iBooks while I was stuck in the jury pool).
Cold Cereal
Finish One Year in Coal Harbor
For the love of Pete, finish some Rick Riordan. I love his stuff. Why has it been so hard to FINISH?
And maybe any more of the Netgalleys that I let expire :[ that I can still redownload. Or one of the paperbacks on the shelf that I picked up at a the bookfair and haven't read yet. Or a library find. We'll see! That's the beauty of #bookaday and #summer!

#alaleftbehind and #isteleftbehind


  1. I'm trying to read more SciFi and Hero for WondLa sounds interesting . . . will add it to the list! Hope you enjoy whatever book finally jumps out at you! :)


    1. Yes! Only get book one first. This was book two. Should have mentioned that. ;)

  2. You've been busy! I'm with you on the car thing-- sometimes I can stand to listen to audiobooks.

  3. I have more and more SciFi lovers each year, so I need to check out Hero for Wondla...sounds good!

  4. Wow! What a week! Isn't that the best when an amazing author likes or comments on your review?! Congrats! I think asking DiTerlizzi to do less detail though would probably be next to impossible. LOL I'm pretty sure he's the king of detail. ;o)

    Have a fabulous reading week and if you get a chance stop by There's A Book to see what I'm up to as well. :)

  5. Busy wonderful week!
    Btw- I love how you set up your post as well.
    What Riordan are you reading?

    Happy reading this week! :)

    1. Oh, here's the awkward thing. Books two and three of the Kane Chronicles AND books one and two of The Heroes of Olympus. How ridiculous is that? I've owned them all since they came out.

      If I own books I feel less of a hurry to read them. No due date. Strange. Makes no sense when I say it out loud but that's the only way to describe it.

      That and it will be a bummer when they are done. Like HP. Good ones can't go on forever or they wouldn't be good anymore!

    2. I have read the first Kane Chronicles but not the next ones. Loved the Heroes of Olympus though.

      I listened to the audio of Insurgent, but I will need to re listen to it. For some reason my mind wanders at times when listening and in a book like Insurgent I can't afford to do that.

      Yes the books on the shelf in the TBR pile, I think a lot of us are the same!
      Happy reading for whatever you decide on.