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Monday, January 16, 2012

It's Monday: What Are You Reading 1/16/12

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In the Past
Last week was a slow reading week for me. Deliberately. I'm trying to slow down and read less and do more stuff around my house and outside of it.  We'll see how it continues!

Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I adore John Green's writing. Have read all 3 of his solo ventures as well as Will Grayson, Will Grayson. His writing is distinctive and intelligent.  This book is no exception. This will be a Printz contender for 2013, no doubts.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt - I re-read this to see if it stands up to Newbery Medal and I think it still does.  It did get a little annoying towards the end with the constant repetition but overall, it has to win something.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler - Why do I keep wanting to call this the Complete History of Why We Broke Up? Was it originally called that? Anyway, I think this is actually a Printz contender for 2012.  The drawings, the stream of consciousness writing, the story line.  It has a chance.

Trying to do at least one NetGalley book per month.  Those publishers who approve me are so generous! I want to pay them back! I mean I do, I buy the books for school, but I want to review them too.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - Another re-read. Or in this case, a re-listen.  Loving the audio on this one. It's done by Brilliance Audio so there are several voices reading which adds to the illusion of varying characters.  There were several moments I felt like crying in this book that I don't remember doing when I read it years ago.  There were also several moments I had to resist going to pick up the hard copy - because I wanted to rush and finish! Will be using this for a book club pick over Spring Break.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand - I read and enjoyed Unearthly last year so I'd been looking forward to this one.  It comes out Jan. 17th but I was lucky enough to pick it up on NetGalley.  It will also count for my YA/MG Fantasy challenge.

In the Future
I'm ready to start working on some of my challenges! I'm starting with #nerdprintz, #classic2, and 1 historical fiction read.

That's it for me this week! What Are You Reading?


  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I wanted to tell you that I have read When You Reach Me but never thought to pair it up with A Wrinkle In Time. It's such a brilliant idea. And one of the librarians at school & I have just talked about Ender's Game & how it needs to be re-discussed among the students, isn't being read as much as previously. We just love the series, but Ender's Game draws so many students into the genre. Finally, The Mighty Miss Malone has been lately much talked about. It's on my list!

    1. I can't wait to introduce Ender to the students! I think they will love it! Miss Malone is on my list for that very reason - twitter buzz!

  2. Ender's Game want to read soon. Glad you enjoyed the audio version.

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  3. I think there is something to be said about slowing down sometimes when it comes to reading. Sometimes I feel like I get caught up in reading through my TBR but it's never going to be an empty list so I have to remind myself to relax and just read what I can. :)

    I think John Green kicked of 2012 with such an amazing book. I hope people remember it's awesomeness when it comes time for awards next year. I'm excited to see who wins next week!

    1. Jen, I put TFIOS on the Mock Printz bookshelf so I don't forget it. I'll be posting a poll about it in early February! I will make sure it's remembered!

  4. I like your NetGalley goal- I sometimes forget to read/review my Netgalley books, so I will aim for at least 1 a month too.

    I love that in my first 5 books of 2012, I may have read the 2013 Printz (and/or Schneider) award winner.

    Have a good week :)

    1. Kellee, I am so excited! I think we have another winner on our hands!

      I'm also excited to dive into these NetGalley titles. I printed out a list, in release date order so I can tackle this systematically!

  5. Ah! I often have to slow myself down, too. I've got a stack of dishes in the sink right now, but here I am blogging. When I finish here, I'll be reading. :/ No time for dishes!

    I'm looking forward to getting into John Green. I haven't picked up any of his stuff yet!

    1. ::bumps fist:: Those dishes can wait! And might I recommend starting with Looking for Alaska? Great mystery-type novel.

  6. I am in love with Deza Malone. She might the book character I would most like to teach.

    1. Colby in your spare time (ha!)you should write a post about that! Might be a great one for Nerdy Book Club. There was a character in Kate Messner's Sugar and Ice that I would love to have in the library!

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  8. The only one I have read is Okay for Now and I loved it, I am going to read it to my class next month. Hope they love it too.


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