Monday, September 9, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/9

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? --From Picture Books to YA is a weekly meme started by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.  This is a chance for bloggers to recap their week of reading and share their plans for the next reading adventures they will take.  Visit the host blogs for a list of great blogs participating in this meme and a whole bunch of titles to add to your to-read lists.

The whirlwind of work that begins a new school year overwhelmed me last week.  My blogs have suffered a bit in the last few weeks because I am caught up in the mile-long to-do list that continues to grow.  I also have been supporting my husband as he learns how to run a classroom.  That means that a lot of the time that would usually be reading time for me has been taken up with looking over his lesson plans and showing him how to use a teacher's guide and other things that a cooperating teacher would usually do for a student teacher.  It is so fun to see how he is enjoying his job and I know he is going to be an awesome teacher.

My bedtime reading is not happening as much either.  I am so exhausted at the end of every day that I hardly make it through two pages before I start dropping the book.  These are the books from the last two weeks since I missed last Monday's post.

Books I Finished:

Adult Books

I really have enjoyed all of the Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown.  This is another one that has a lot of action and some really interesting symbology.  There are a lot of people that are really down on this author, but I think his books are entertaining and thought-provoking.  I would recommend this one to people who enjoy a good mystery.  

Young Adult/Middle Grade Books

Like all of the other Pretty Little Liars books, Killer is a fun mystery and a light read.  The characters and situations are very different from the television show at this point in the series and I really like that.  I would recommend this series to teens that like mysteries.  

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter is another fun Gallagher Girls book.  Cammie continues to be in danger from the mysterious circle. She starts to find out that maybe she can't trust everyone that she thought she could trust.  I am impressed at the way the author is able to keep the book light and funny while also dealing with some pretty dangerous and dark themes.  I can't wait to read the next one this week even though I fell behind on the #GGReadathon.

Once by Morris Gleitzman is a haunting story.  I really enjoyed the audio because the little touches like music between the chapters really enhanced the mood.  The narrator in this book has been kept in the dark about what is happening in Nazi occupied Poland and his confused explanations for what happens make the story that much more tense.  This is a great book to add to the collection of books about the holocaust and to give another perspective.  I will definitely be seeking out the other books in this series. 

Books I am Currently Reading:

I am about halfway through D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton and I have started listening to Siege and Storm (Grisha #2).

What's Next?

I hope to find some more time for reading this week.  I want to read Out of Sight, Out of Time this week to catch up with the readathon.  I also want to read The Song of the Quarkbeast before Wednesday when Jasper Fforde will be visiting my school.  If I am able to find the time, I will start with book E in the Sue Grafton series as well.  

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