Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Monday, Here's What I'm Reading

Monday, January 11, 2010

Yes, folks it is Monday once again. Time to recap last week's reads and list this week's. To participate visit J. Kaye and sign up. It's a great way to look at what other's are reading and reviewing.

Last week started out like it was going to be a very sparse reading week. After all, I had to go back to work, finish semester grades, plan lessons. By Wednesday I experienced reading withdrawal symptoms. Then Mother Nature stepped in and blessed me with not one but two snow days.

Consequently, I have good things to report today. I finished five books and reviewed four. The first one read and reviewed was The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon. I loved the title of this book, which is what made me pick it up at the library. I also really enjoy the dynamic protagonist Ben, and the static but funny Miss Mae. While the book deals with some tough issues Harmon does it with a certain amount of humor that it makes the read enjoyable. The second book read and reviewed Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Halse Stolarz, however, was a disappointment. I read Stolarz's first Touch novel, and found the psychometric element quite interesting, so I was anxious to read seond one in the series. Unfortunately,I thought Camelia one of the main characters way too whiney and the plot dragged. Next I read and reviewed  Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim. This one was a little slow for my tastes, but offered some interesting insights into the Muslim culture. The last one I read and reviewed was Angry Management by Chris Crutcher. Being a big fan of Crutcher I really loved this one and would strongly recommend it. Last but hardly least I finished Maze Runner last night and will be writing a review shortly. Like most people who have already read this one I liked the pace and the concept and would highly recommend it especially if you are a  science fiction fan.

What I Will Be Reading Next

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a Best-Friend Must Do In Europe by Jane Harrington
(this one satisfies Challenge # 1 of the Take Another Chance Challenge my initials are JH like the author)

Dragonfly Pool  by Eva Ibbotson

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Jack Thumb  by Anthony McGowan

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

I know I will not be as fortunate as I was this week ( no snow in the forecast), so the I doubt I will accomplish five books again, but I will give it my best shot.


Wendy (aka quillfeather). said...

From one lurker to another... I really like your blog!

All the best with your goals too :)

Jan von Harz said...

Thanks Wendy. Lurkers unite

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Sun and Moon is one of my favorites! Hope you enjoy it.

Cat said...

I don't recognise any of these but have a great reading week!

Kim Kasch said...

Wintergirls looks interesting. I've got a stack to read too: Shiver, Under the Dome, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Savage Garden, and more...

Shelf Elf said...

Try to keep your cheer on when you're reading Wintergirls. It is SO heavy. I'll be interested to see what you think about it. Lots of people raved - I wasn't as convinced by it.

madelyn said...

You are clearly a reading MACHINE. This is a solid list. I like that Jane Harrington book based on the cover alone. It's a good reminder for me not to be lazy and make sure to add the cover when I talk about a book. (Blogging 101, I know, but I'm new at this. Thanks for visiting earlier!!)


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