Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 04/15/13

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I spent my week sweating my way through Cambodia and Vietnam, so my reading was a bit irregular.  I didn't want to carry picture books, so I'm working on making up last week's picture books now.  Instead, I actually read a couple of books written for adults. 
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

I listened to The Teacher's Funeral on audio.  I really enjoyed it, but I wonder what young people think of it.  I think it will be difficult for them to connect with the setting - a rural area in 1904, but I'm sure they can relate to the dread of a new school year, especially when the main character discovers his sister is taking the place of his recently-deceased teacher.  The story is humorous and interesting. 

I am both happy and disappointed with Scarlet.  I love Meyer's dystopian adaptation of fairy tales, and in this book, how she combined Cinderella and Red Riding Hood.  I'm disappointed that I'm finished and now I have to wait for the next book.  I hate that! 

I can't remember who recommended this to me - more than one person, I think.  And I know it is on the NY Times Best Sellers list and has been for a while.  So, when my library had the ebook available, I grabbed it.  I don't love this book though.  The more I read, the more difficult it was to like any of the characters.  I guess that happens when you see people dealing with incredibly stressful situations.  But I like to think that people are good by nature, and these characters didn't seem to be.  Having said that, it was an interesting story and even when I didn't like anyone, I kept reading.

Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors so I was really excited when her new book came out.  I got it in November and started reading it on my trip to Vegas for NCTE.  Then, obviously, I got distracted by all of the books I got at NCTE.  So, it got put on hold until I was flying back to the States in December.  But then I got distracted by my in-flight movie/nap marathon.  So, it took three trips, but I finished!  I liked it, but definitely not my favorite of her books.  I love how she incorporates environmental issues in her books.  I wish this were one of her books that I couldn't put down, but since it took 5 months to finish, I can't claim that.  It was enjoyable though.


 I'm trying to get back on my reading schedule this week.  Here's what I hope to get to: 
 The Night Circus     Navigating Early   The Jungle
I have The Night Circus on audio and The Jungle is my classic for this month.  I will also have my 7 picture books (actually, 14 because I'm making up for last week).  I hope I get to a few YA books, and I've read so much about Navigating Early that it's at the top of the stack.
Thanks for reading my blog.  Have a great reading week!


  1. Jim Dale does a brilliant job with the Night Circus audio. I feel the same way about Scarlet. I cannot wait to see how she weaves two more stories into the mix. Here are my plans (I am off my reading schedule too.)

  2. Lucky for you to be traceling through these beautiful places...thanks for sharing these title, all new to me.

    1. Thanks, Tara. I do fully appreciate how lucky I am to be able to have traveled to the places I've been!

  3. Lee- what beautiful places! You have such an adventurous spirit and it has led you on some amazing journeys.

    Night Circus is beautiful- when you are done, you should pick up Wonder Show :)

    Jealous about Scarlet- I need to read it as I loved Cinder.

    Happy reading this week :)

    1. Kellee, I guess it was a month or so after finishing Cinder before I started Scarlet. Really, I only read Cinder because I got Scarlet at ALAN and I'm so glad I did. You'll love Scarlet!

  4. So many good books! What did you read in May?