It’s Monday! What are you reading? 2/11/13

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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.

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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…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  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?

4 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? 2/11/13

    rockyriverteenlibrarian said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    The Diviners is way creepier than Anna Dressed in Blood. Of course, I only read Anna during daylight hours, surrounded by people in a coffeeshop, so I could be unintentionally misleading you! As for the Printz winner, I never even ordered it for my library collection! Surprise! Have a great week!

    Linda at teacherdance said:
    February 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I really want to read Bomb, but it's been very popular & I haven't got it, yet! I will though. I want to read Up, Tall & High too, & didn't know about this Elephant & Piggie-big favorites of mine. Willems is very clever! I'm not sure if I'll ever get to the Lauren Oliver books. They are enticing, but there are just so many I want to read! Guess that's not a bad dilemma. Thanks!

    Jen said:
    February 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Henrietta Lacks is so good! I promise that it gets faster and more compelling as you keep reading. I felt like it read like a novel, but maybe it just has a slow start. I think it would be an excellent read for a science or health sciences class. I need to read Pandemonium now. I've been having a little trouble with series sophomore burnout, though, so I'm not eager to read it until the third one is out or almost out!

    […] it.  I wasn’t that kind of reader, I thought.  But, then I was introduced to books like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Deadliest Weapon, and How They Croaked: The […]

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