Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday: What Are You Reading - 4/23/12

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In the Past
I finished six books these past two weeks.

11/22/63 by Stephen King - really enjoyed this one.   Was happy that it was not scary. Counted how many times he used "obdurate" and "the past harmonizes".  Might have saved a hundred pages if that was edited.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - mix of audio and print. If you like the idea that magic is real and true love conquers - read this!! I was a little distracted by Jim Dale's voice on audio - kept thinking of Harry Potter - so had to finish it in print.  It was still awesome.

Storm Runners by Roland Smith - Video class is doing book trailers and this was one of the book choices.  I hadn't read it yet so figured I better so I know what the video should look like.  Seems it could have been combined with the second book to make one book - the cliffhanger was a bit much.  The other groups are taping On The Run by Gordon Korman and Enclave by Ann Aguirre, both of which I've already read.

Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner - was the only 2011 Nerdies winner in the YA category that I had not read.  Review to come.

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani - talked about by @paulwhankins and @trkravtin on twitter.  It was as good as they said.

Partials by Dan Wells - read for 7th grade book club. I think they will love it.

In the Present
This week I'm working on:
The Chosen by Chaim Potok - daughter read for school and said I needed to read.

Harriet Beemer Takes the Bus by Joyce Magnin - blog tour.

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski - re-read for 8th grade book club

In The Future
Batty About Books - Maria and I finished our first book buddies book! (which means I read 7 books not 6) Check out our thoughts while reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Parts 1, 2, 3, and Final.  Our next book is World Without Heroes (Beyonders, 1) by Brandon Mull

Blog Plans - I want to alternate these What are You Reading posts with both Nonfiction Mondays and Male Mondays. I still need to get my Jane vs Jane post ready for this week.  I plan on doing those once every other month since I'm reading the classic in one month and the contemporary version in the following month.  One more feature I'd like to add is a monthly author spotlight.  I hope to have that ready each fourth Sunday of the month.  Any authors you'd like to see?


  1. You got lots read these past few weeks! I've been kind of weary about reading The Night Circus- it just seems super confusing. I may give this one a shot now, though.

    For the author spotlight, you definitely need to do John Green! And Lauren Oliver. Both are authors that really know how to write. =)

  2. I rarely read adult novels, but I think I might make an exception for The Night Circus. So many people I know seem to love it. I know what you mean about Jim Dale's voice being distracting. The same thing happened with me when I listened to The Emerald Atlas. Kept feeling like it was a really different Harry Potter book! I really want to read Same Sun Here and Partials, especially since you seemed to enjoy them both!

  3. I have heard good things about Night Circus too. Maybe when I need a break from YA/Children's books, I will give it a try.

    Same Sun Here has been catching my eye, I think it just made it to my To-Be-Read pile.

  4. I read Night Circus. There was a lot going on in that story. I found Erin Morgenstern's writing to be quite lovely. Haunting, in fact. The story wasn't my cup of tea, but that is personal taste, not a quality issue. I love Erin's passion for writing, and will definitely pick up her next book as well.

  5. I'm reading Same Sun Here this week after seeing nothing but positive reviews. So far, so good!

  6. Whew! No wonder you were so busy :) I'm going to need to find Night Circus after I plow through some others on my TBR pile.

  7. Hmmm... Sounds good... Night Circus look like it might give me nightmares... I'm reading Bumped by Megan McCafferty and Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig!

  8. Great list of books.
    I have found with a couple of Roland Smith's books that they could have been combined, but I think the publishers like them as a series.
    2 adult books?!?! Well done!
    Many of the books you listed are on my TBR- looking forward to reading most.

    Happy reading!!

  9. I really loved Night Circus. I think the writing is fantastic. I listened to it on audio and didn't have a problem at all with it. I can't wait to reread it and read the book. I loved the imagery and I loved all the little bits and pieces that made the story work.

    Colby and I had a great time discussing Same Sun Here. He had to find my favorite quotes throughout the book. I love the relationship between Meena and River. :)


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