Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Salon - October 11, 2009

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

It was an uneventful reading week for me. My reading mojo has not made it's reappearance yet. I'm hoping to get it back in November when my "required" reading list decreases dramatically!

Ok, they are not actually required since no one has actually assigned these books to me beyond myself that is...

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (library) - better than I expected. Will post a review later. My main thought - could this be considered a Christian Thriller?

Night by Elie Wiesel (school) - been a while since I'd read this. Will be used in some 8th grade English classes. They will be looking at indifference, faith, and night. It was interesting to read it from that perspective.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen (Mock Newbery club) - audio version by Ed Asner. Almost as good as Hoot. The club had this as their second highest pick.

All The Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Mock Newbery club) - about a boy from Vietnam who's unsure why he's here in America. Why did his mother send him? Great. Loved it. Not so much the students - no one even mentioned it.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (BN First Look) - read the first section Fall, for the book club. So far we've met Frances, a radio war correspondent, who's intent on putting a human face on World War II, Iris the Postmistress, and Dr. Fitch who wants to join the war to erase his father's past mistakes, hoping he doesn't become a failure himself. It's amazing but it's one that must be taken slowly.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (Teacher Mock Newbery) - must finish this by Friday.

Pop by Gordon Korman (Mock Newbery club) - very different than his other books I've read. The main character is new in town and wants to join the high school football team. He's been practicing in the park with a strange guy who seems to know all there is about football. This guy also seems to have some mental issues. I'm a huge fan of Korman's work and I'm interested in adding this to the school library.

On my radar

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
After the Moment by Garret Freyman-Weyr
13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Mrs. O by Mary Tomer
Ansel Adams In Color edited by Harry Callahan
What Difference Do It Make by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent
The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
The Secret of Indigo Moon by GP Taylor
Splendor by Anna Godbersen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (re-reading for an assignment)
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Plus all the books at my bedside and my library books. With only 20 days left I shall have to give up sleep.:) So looking forward to November. I've only accepted two blog tours. I will keep to that so that I can decrease my TBR pile! (she says with all good intentions...)

1 comment:

  1. I think books are a splendid choice of preoccupations to be consumed by. And your selection is quite lovely.


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