Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Monday: What Are You Reading? 1/30/12

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In The Past
These are some reads over the past two weeks.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - This started out strong for me but then it felt draggy. I realy didn't like the parts with Valentine and Domosthenes either.  I thought those parts could be left out. I also thought it could have ended after the twist or the trial. The speaker for the dead felt like an unbelievable add-on.  Could it just have been because I was listening to this?

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand - I liked this one almost as much as Unearthly. I thought it could have been much shorter - parts with Clara's vision of the cemetery repeated too often. I didn't like Clara or Angela in this one, either. Christian and Tucker were still awesome but Tucker made a choice I didn't think he would based on what we'd learned about his character. I loved the history of the Mom/Dad and finding out about Jefferey, both of which made up for the "shortcomings".

Jane by April Lindner - Read this as part of the Classic Double Challenge. I'll be comparing/contrasting this with Jane Eyre, which I hope to start this week also.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis - Follow up to Bud, Not Buddy. I wonder if I needed to re-read that one first? Maybe I need to re-read this one.

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henke - Great story about a girl, Martha, coming of age during a family vacation. Very well done.  Read for booktalks at school.

Legacy and Ignition by Clifford Riley - Short background stories about the characters in the 39 clues series. They are each only 30-40 pages long, I think.  Reading them on Kindle Fire - no page #s.

Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan - Book 2 in The Immortal Beloved series.  It's nice to read a YA book where the characters are over 100 and so are the love interests.  I liked this one a lot but I felt she spent too much time re-hashing the first book.

In the Present
Reading Jane Eyre and listening to Friday Night Knitting Club.

In the Future
I'm finally going to start my Printz challenge! Plus I'll attempt to read the 2012 Newbery winner as well as finish Jane Eyre.  I am also blowing through the 7 books in the Rapid Fire series as I wait for the next Cahills vs Vespers book in the 39 Clues series.

Reviewing This Week
I hope to review these two titles this week for my Cybils Sci/Fan challenge.

Ok, I think I've given quite enough information! What are you reading this week?


  1. Wow! You have been busy. Ender's Game is one of a handful of books that I vowed to read in 2012. Maybe I will skip the audio. I have not done very well keeping up with the Prinz books either. So many books, so little time. Here is what I am up to this week

  2. I LOVED Olive's Ocean. It was one of the kid lit books that got me back into reading when I started teaching.

    Do you think Bud, Not Buddy needs to be reread before Miss Malone? It has been a while since I've read Bud.

  3. Totally missed the 39 Clues Rapid Fire books. Will have to take a look. And I didn't read Buddy before reading Miss Malone, and it still made sense.

  4. My daughter is reading Hallowed. I bought it for her after seeing your post and emailing the post to her. I just read Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser and read/skimmed the last 3 books of the A Wrinkle in Time series ... so good and loved the first one!

    I want to read: Inside Out and Upside Down and Breadcrumbs this week. Also Paul Yee's winner Money Boy.

  5. Quiet by Cain--really terrific about introverts and the power we have!


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