Monday, November 19, 2012

What Are You Reading Monday

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.
GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

Making the Moose Out of LifeMaking the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pictures are more fun than the actual story.

The Bear in the BookThe Bear in the Book by Kate Banks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Eh. OK but I didn't love it.

Seizure (Virals, #2)Seizure by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read on the (hopefully) tail end of a monster headache so maybe that is why I'm giving it a 3 instead of a 4.
I mean ... it's fun. Pirates! Ghost tours! Secret tunnels!
Just something didn't quite gel for me.

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought it was quite interesting ... but with one caveat. I am the daughter of a doctor in public health. I grew up hearing about and watching concerns of spreading diseases and the importance of taking medications properly as well as getting vaccinations. There were some great primary source photographs and ads sprinkled throughout the pages. Plus I love reading historical fiction where consumption or delicate constitutions often played a part in the storyline.
If I did not have that background I'm not sure I would have found this as fascinating, though. Can't quite put my finger on or. Something about the delivery was not as compelling as, for example, JM's book about the great Chicago fire.

A Christmas Garland: A NovelA Christmas Garland: A Novel by Anne Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anne Perry is one of my favorite writers. She conveys such a sense of place .... whether it be on the dank foggy streets of London, a barge on the Thames, or in India.
Interesting to meet Narraway as a younger man.
Just a lot of ... philosophical rumblings in this one. SOME would be important to the story. I just sort of feel like there was so much it distracted from the story.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While the constant influx of fantasy "series" may get a little tiresome ... this one still WORKS. WIth a nice twist I didn't see coming. Maybe I should have but I didn't. ;]

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MY MANY READING PLANS FOR THE WEEK--Will I make a dent in this stack? ;]

The SpindlersThe Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Son (The Giver, #4)Son by Lois Lowry

The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

In A Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm #2)In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

(FINALLY! I started it on Netgalley but the E-ARC was more than a little frustrating so I gave up. :/)

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

The Second SpyThe Second Spy by Jacqueline West

Benjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas DeadisonBenjamin Franklinstein Meets Thomas Deadison by Matthew McElligott

Happy Reading! And Happy Thanksgiving Week!



  1. I thought the Murphy tuberculosis one was really interesting, and I have NO public health background at all. Even some of my students have enjoyed it.

    1. Really? Hmmm. This is why I am a rubbish book reviewer. Can't always figure out why a gut feeling is a gut feeling. Or justify it. But I'm glad you and your students liked it anyway.

  2. I LOVED I Hunt Killers. It's a refreshing change from all the crazy sci-fi/dystopian melodrama (which I totally love). Here is my list

  3. We have some similar reading plans! I just picked up a stack from the library!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the books you have been reading, and the ones you hope to read this week! It's a long list. Some of them are on my TBR pile, too.

    Good luck!

  5. Hello there Miss O, looks like you have a lot of reading to do this week, wow! Son by Lois Lowry should definitely be among the first on the list. I have half a mind to re-read the entire Giver series before I sink my teeth on this one. Would probably read it with my ten year old daughter, I'm sure I'd see a different facet of the book this time around.