It's Monday! What are you reading? --From Picture Books to YA--is a weekly meme hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Head over to their blog for links to many great blogs and a plethora of good book suggestions.
This week was a busy week for me. I traveled out to CA last Friday to spend some time with my sister, brother-in-law and baby niece. My sister had her last week off this week and starts back to work tomorrow. I have the distinct pleasure of being the first person to provide daycare for my niece. This week I spent a lot of the time I would usually spend reading just hanging out with my sister. We spent a lot of our time watching fun reality shows that neither of our husbands like. Sister bonding at its finest ;)
Did you see that there is a new show called Whodunnit? I absolutely LOVE mysteries!!! I can't wait to see the murder mystery every week and the contestants participating in the crime solving. It is like a really long murder mystery dinner show!
Books I Finished This Week:
I got Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder on NetGalley. It is a really fun mystery with some supernatural elements. What is unique about this one is the fact that it has a choose-your-own-adventure component to it. At a few key moments in the book, the reader decides what the main character should do or who she should trust for advice. I would be curious to go back and reread to see how the story goes if the other choices are made. I think this is a fun idea and I really enjoyed this story. There are going to be more in the series and I definitely will look for them when they come out. I would recommend this one to middle school students and up.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is phenomenal! I read Cinder last year on a trip out here for my sister's graduation from medical school. I think I was a little distracted because I liked it but didn't love it as much as many people did. After reading Scarlet, I am kind of wondering what I was thinking. I absolutely love the world that exists in these books. I am very intrigued and I have a hard time imagining how things will work out in the end. I love it when authors can make things so mysterious and suspenseful for me. I love all of the characters and cannot wait until February 4th, 2014 when Cress comes out. This is just such a creative premise...fairy tale characters in a very science fiction world...WOW!
Books I am Currently Reading:
This is a long list because I seem to be very indecisive lately. I did not get a chance to listen to my audiobook of Through The Ever Night last week, so I am still working on getting through that one. I am reading On Writing by Stephen King as part of my goals for Teachers Write. I also got about halfway through Quiet by Susan Cain and will finish that this week. The last book I am currently reading is Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff. I felt that I needed a quick and light read so I could get through it quickly.
I have a pile of books I brought with me to get through. I will probably pick up the fourth Pretty Little Liars book because I know it will go fast. I also found Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick at the library and am excited to read that one. If I finish On Writing, I will start Everyday Editing by Jeff Anderson. I read his newest book last summer and got to hear him speak in February so I look forward to reading about some practical strategies that I can incorporate into Writing Workshop.
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!