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!
Be sure to stop by Teach Mentor Texts for a list of participating bloggers and even more great reading ideas from Jen and Kellee.
Books I read:
Amazon speedily delivered the following award-winners for 2012 to my home for my son and I to enjoy together:
Austin’s lovely, reaching live oaks provided a peaceful and tranquil canopy as I enjoyed the new memoir, Just Keep Breathing by Joan Scott Curtis. I’m glad I bought two extra copies, because this is a pass-it-on read.
Books I’m reading:
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook from Audible.com)…there are moments listening to this book when I am in awe at the author’s style and use of language. I don’t know if this will be an audiobook purchase for the library, however. The text employs
strikeouts to convey narrator’s thought process, which is relayed through an annoying pen scratch sound in the audiobook. And, the narrator sounds too young and girl-y for my interpretation of Juliet. The story is fascinating; think Rogue from X-Men meets Juliet Capulet.
Bomb: The Race to Build–And Steal–The world’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (audiobook from Audible.com). I’m really enjoying the vocal talents of this narrator as he captures the international personas of scientists who sought to steal from one another to be the first to create the atom bomb. There are numerous threads that run through this spy-espionage-historical-nonfiction thriller. Some readers might prefer the print version so that they can re-visit passages. The audiobook is working well for me especially with all of the European and Eastern European names that I would have no clue how to pronounce for myself.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot…ahhhh, HeLa. I’m still making my way through this fascinating read. Nonfiction is most definitely my book gap for a reason. My fluency slows down and my stamina while reading it. Whereas I am perfectly content to read an entire novel in the course of a lazy afternoon, my mind just doesn’t want to commit to long reading bursts of nonfiction, no matter how interesting the subject or eloquent the writing.
Books to read:
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake still scares me. I think I’m still recovering Libba Bray’s The Diviners, but I have promised a pair of my most loyal patrons that I will read it! (But only in daylight.)
In Darkness by Nick Lake (Printz Award winner next up in my Audible queue). I’m not exactly thrilled about this one. I’ve been admiring the cover all year, but the synopsis just hasn’t compelled me. I think I’ll spend a little quiet time with this one today at the circulation desk once lunchtime madness winds down.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver…is still sitting on my nightstand, winking at me. This week I learned that the first installment Delirium has been optioned for a Fox television series with Emma Roberts!
What are your reading plans for this week?