Monday, January 10, 2011

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

Monday, January 10, 2011
Another Monday and another Monday meme with Shelia @ One Person's Journey Through a World of Books fun Monday meme. 

Last week was my first back to school after winter break and while I thankfully had little grading to do (always a plus) it was one of those weeks that pulled me every which way but into my  comfy reading chair. 

A lot of my spare time was spent car shopping with my son, who totaled  out his truck. Thankfully he walked away for the accident without damage; the truck was not so lucky.

This weekend I spent one whole day rereading books on the 2011 Area Wide Book Battle list writing questions as I read. Although the competition isn't until May, the questions have to be organized and perused and that is usually done in January. Each member of the committee reads several of the 20 book on the list and creates questions that will be used in the competition. I still had five books that I had not written questions for, thus my need to reread.

Books reread for Book Battle:

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser
Middleworld by J&P Voelkel
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Seer of Shadows by Avi

Books Read for Reviews:

Demon Tapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

The first book in a fabulous new paranormal series. It has the feel of a dystopian novel, which I loved, and terrific characterization with a plot that had me shaking my head and thinking "this is exactly why I love paranormal books."

Reviews and other Noteworthy Posts: 

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 

This is an amazing historical fiction that blew me away with its story. If you have not read it then make a point to do so. You will not be disappointed!

Patch by Munchan Njaga 

Another story that had me reading nonstop. I have already put this on the next Book Battle list as a book to be considered. The bullying theme makes this a very important for teens.

The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan 

An extremely intense and creepy read. Also an important read for tweens as it delves into abduction. 


Currently Reading/Listening To:

Soulless by Gail Carringer (audio version)

Oh my gracious! This book has me completely and utterly in love with the Steampunk genre. Being a total word geek, I am all a flutter listening (and grabbing a dictionary) to this one of a kind tale of Ms. Tarabotti, the soulless spinster. I am halfway through and I must tell you (in strictest confidence) that the kiss scene is totally blush worthy! The vivid descriptions have me living in Victorian England each time I listen.

Almost forgot. The winner of my  Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings  by Hélène Boudreau Giveaway  is...

Melissa was chosen by Random .org and an email has been sent to her letting her know of the win. Thanks for everyone who left a comment on the post.

If you didn't get a chance to read  Hélène Boudreau's awesome post on fictional dad's check it out.

So that was my week. What are you reading?


Misha said...

I like this meme. I think I will participate from next week.
I would love to see your thoughts on Demon Tapper's Daughter.

leeswammes said...

I really enjoyed Soulless too. The language is great fun, especially that of the gay vampire, the Duke (or so) - he was great!

I'm reading my TBR pile this month and, as it is just one shelf, I can see some space already!

Nomes said...

glad your son is okay! that's freaky!

i alwasy love seeing what other people are reading.

have a good week jan! i have a sick little girl and our back room flooded over night! plus the hot water system died. all of a sudden it's feeling a bit crazy around here.

looking forward to sinking into a good book tonight...

Darlyn said...

You have a great week Jan! I don't really read much but surely read a few pages a day and it takes longer than i thought =)

Selfcentered said...

I haven't read any of the books above yet! But I will. :D Thanks for sharing. Happy reading.

What I'm reading this monday! :D

Mardel said...

Wow - good reading week. The Demon Trapper's daughter seems very interesting.

Kah Woei said...

Wow, you've got a very interesting list of books read.

Samita (Book Purring) said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog :D

I actually did not like the Demon Trapper's Daugher, having a hard time to finish it. I ordered Revolution hehe I'm waiting for it to come home yay.

Happy reading.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have seen a couple blogs today promoting Revolution! I need to read this one ;)

Jess said...

I read such wonderful things about Soulless. I must start reading that series!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, The Long Weekend grabbed my attention...hope you like it.

When you were talking about your son's totaled truck, I was reminded of my daughter who always (as a teen) managed to wreck her cars. And it was never her fault! Luckily, she only had minor injuries.

Now that she's in her thirties, she hasn't had one in awhile...but I don't like to ride with her! LOL

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Oh, how I loved Soulless! I hope you're enjoying it :)

Jenny said...

Your weeks are always so busy Jan! So glad your son is okay after totaling his car, that's a blessing.

I can't wait to read the Gail Carriger series, everyone is raving about it and steampunk is a genre that's quickly growing on me:)

Congrats to Melissa as well!

Nina said...

Glad to hear that your son was unharmed!

The books you are going to read are all on my tbr list! I need to get them asap, because they sound so good.

Happy Reading.

Tara said...

I can't decide if I want to add "The Long Weekend" to my TBR or not....It looks interesting and I've seen it on a few other blogs!...Hopefully your review will help me decide!

Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

I'm so glad to hear your son is alright, how scary!

You've got a great week lined up, can't wait to see what you think of several of these books :)

Aleksandra said...

Wow, you read a lot :) I'm glad you're enjoying Soulless. I loved it, too :)

Aleetha said...

As usual you get a great list of books. Most of them will be on my TBR.

Happy reading

Nikki-ann said...

I love the cover for Demon Tapper's Daughter and from what you've put it sounds good too! Thanks, I think I'll check that one out. :)

Lizzy said...

Thank goodness your son was ok, even if the truck wasn't! I'll definitely have to check out Demon Trapper's Daughter. I've heard only good things about it so far.

Christina T said...

I am glad you loved Revolution too and that you are enjoying Soulless. I have requested the audiobook so I can listen to it. I hope the reader does justice to the books and the character.

I will have to add the Demon Trapper's Daughter to my TBR list.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

I Eat Words said...

Love this meme and seeing what people are reading. :) You have some great books!

We're now following you. :)

Kelly said...

The Demon Trapper's Daughter looks like a fab read! Hope you have a great week! :)

Super said...

I can't wait to read Revolution! Enjoy your reading week :)

pussreboots said...

Patch sounds interesting. I'm reading Cybils short list books now and more wishlist books. Come see what I finished!

thebookfairyhaven said...

Oh, I've heard such great things about Soulless - it's on my TBR and a book that I want to get sooner rather than later. Also can't wait to read Revolution - you've had an awesome reading week - hope it just gets better. Happy reading Jan!

Lily Child said...

LOVED The Hunger Games and Soulless! I've been interested in Revolution...going to read your review right now! :)

Marg said...

I loved Revolution! It made my best of list for last year! Can't wait for her next book to come out!

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