Monday, March 21, 2016

#IMWAYR Last Week Was Spring Break edition

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. 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 and Unleashing Readers.

Read Over Spring Break
(Oops. Didn't mean to get that last one in the screen grab. I mentioned it last week. Oh well.)

You can click on the image to go to Goodreads and get a little more detail. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my favorite. I enjoyed The Last Bogler (though not as much as the first two) and also Knife Edge (a teenage Sherlock Holmes). Truthwitch has promise ... I just found this volume #1 a little confusing. Needed like a cheat sheet to keep all the characters and motivations straight. Poor Wollstonecraft Agency. I want so much to love it and yet I... don't. Don't actively dislike it but something is missing. Super helpful, aren't I?
Hour of the Bees
And I also read Hour of the Bees. I'm so glad Candlewick sent me an ARC because the writing was so beautiful. Now, the main character is going in to 7th grade so I haven't immediately thought of one of my own students I could share it with. But I'm going to keep thinking. It's very much a coming of age novel where Carolina spends the summer with her family closing down her grandfather's sheep ranch as he is entering late stage dementia and can't live on his own anymore.
I do think the magical fairy tale that the grandfather would tell her ... could have been shortened without losing too much. The best parts of the story were the real parts ... and that's coming from a fantasy lover.

P 106-107, 109
"But let me tell you something I've learned about time, chiquita. Measuring time isn't as simple as adding or subtracting minutes from a clock.... You must find your own measuring stick.... You must find a measuring stick that means something, chiquita."

P 111
"But where you go when you leave isn't as important as where you go when you come home."

P 112
"No matter how far away you are when you bloom, you are always tied to your roots."

I also got to read the Spanish version of Piggie and Elephant Should I Share my Ice Cream? with a PreK class today. WHAT FUN! It takes too long for book orders at school. I might give in and order the other three from Amazon, just for my former Spanish teacher self.

Coming up? Well, I discovered I missed a teenage Sherlock Holmes so I got that from the library on Saturday. Read #6 last week, will read #5 this week. Then we'll see what else I get to. Back to work and a big family barbecue on Saturday. And the need to keep myself up on exercise. My gym changed my class time to kickboxing and I didn't like it. I tried but who needs the pressure "Drop that ball and the whole class has to do 5 burpees." I don't respond well to that. But I need exercise to combat ... shall we call it anxious energy? :P

If you are also back after spring break, I feel the pain. For the most part enjoy what we do but that early, early alarm. (And if you got to go to Disney I'm JEALOUS!) If you are on spring break this week ... HAVE FUN! If you don't get one ... well, at least you get a longer summer. My university didn't give any kind of a spring break so I remember that was hard!


  1. No spring break? What a terrible thought! Not that I get a spring break as a public librarian, but as a student I can't imagine not having a spring break! :)

    1. Of course you have the beauty of being able to take time off when the whole rest of the world does not. Well. Except for kids in school. Just after my trip in October of last year I've seen what non-summer break crowds can be. And I LIKED IT. I did not like the fuss about missing a few days (that I had coming, mind you ... and just lost) of school. It was hard in college but my family was 1500 miles away. Not sure what I would have done, anyway.

  2. If Hour of the Bees wasn't already on your list of books I want to read, it sure would be after reading your post here today!

  3. I received a review copy of Truthwitch - but a little ambivalent about it, glad to see that you enjoyed it. I also own the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and hoping to get to it within the year. :)