Monday, April 1, 2013

#WAYRM April 1 & Currently

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 the previous week and to plan out your reading 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.

If you're here for Farley's "Currently" ... scroll down to the bottom!

The Book of TimeThe Book of Time by Guillaume Prévost
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Frustrated ... this one seems like it could have been really cool. And maybe if you keep reading on in the series it is. Time travel. Mystery. Usually exactly my thing.

I just felt like it took WAY too long to get to the real story. Like with a little tighter editing book one and two could have been combined. Lots of detail that turns out to not mean much, in terms of the final paragraphs.

FearlessFearless by Elvira Woodruff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Liked the story ... it's a grand adventure. Some of the writing seemed a little ... is heavy handed the correct term?

Anyway. Inspired by a real person I'm now very curious to look up this man who invented the first "Magic House."

Ready for Anything!Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh how cute. I am going through my bookshelf finding books to donate to our PTA sale. Picked this one up once but ... Eeek! Hadn't ever actually read it until today. Now I want to keep it to remind myself "what ifs" shouldn't rule everything.

Violet Mackerel's Brilliant PlotViolet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hope there are more to come. Violet has great potential.
Perfect for those readers chomping at the bit for "chapter books."

Return to the WillowsReturn to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it. The author captured the characters, their voices and quirks, all of it. So perfectly. The illustrator's work is just lovely ... the picture of Humphrey might be my favorite.

This is one you read for the characters and not necessarily the "action." Toad is up to his old tricks. Will he never learn?

I want to get a copy for our school collection so I can see ... as much as I loved it I'm. actually not sure what kids will think.

Red HatRed Hat by Lita Judge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever so cute! I like the first one best but this is a close second. Will need to practice for read alouds ... the very few words on each page are more ... sounds than words.

The Death CollectorThe Death Collector by Justin Richards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great possibilities ... just a little work needed in the actual execution.

I enjoy a mystery. Check!
Victorian England. Check!
Zombies. Check!
Dinosaurs. OK, a stretch and not my normal but check!
A story that "works" well enough to make me suspend disbelief. Not quite.
But I may look up more books in the series ... just to see if they can improve.

OK. This week I really may get to some of my E-ARCS. Or maybe I'll continue on the "read all the books I've picked up here or there but have been sitting on the shelf for years." Though it will be too late to donate them to the PTA sale. That's what finally got me going this week. ;) #springcleaning



  1. Looks like we put the same thing for our "wanting" category. We can dream right?

    Eclectic Educating

  2. Ha! I'm a pack rat, too!! I'm also a wanna be organizer so that's a step in the right direction isn't it??