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Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday: What am I reading?

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I am a stressed-out mess about reading right now.  Wednesday is the meeting day for selecting our Mock Printz book list and I am frantically trying to read as many books on our preliminary list as I can. My goal is to read at least 100 pages of each of the books prior to the meeting. Here's my progress:

What am I reading?
1. Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta... 160/328 pages. Set in Australia. I'm having a hard time maintaining the thread of this story because I am both listening to and reading the book alternating. I had a hard time with Jellicoe Road by Marchetta until the ending drew everything together.  I hope the same happens here.
2. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau... 267/342 pages. Set in Ecuador. Virginia is essentially a slave to a wealthy family.  This book is based on a true story. I know I will finish this book before Wednesday.
3. Karma by Cathy Ostlere... 17/517 pages. Set in Canada and India. I am apparently reading from a very international list right now. I just picked this book up today.  It is written in verse so I am fairly sure that I'll reach my goal, as it reads fast.
4. Tall Story by Candy Gourley... 67/224 pages. Set in Philippines and New York. I should stop reading this book for the time being because I have decided it is a middle-grade book and won't be considered by the Printz committee.  I do want to finish it, though.

What am I listening to?
1. Chime by Franny Billingsley... 17/361 pages. I just started listening to this today on my way home from the library. I doubt I'll be able to listen to 100 pages worth of text since listening takes longer than reading.  Oh well.  I will at least have a feeling for the book.

What I wish I had time to cram in before Wednesday:
1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness... this book is getting great reviews and I am anxious to read it to see if is as good as everyone says.

I'd love to hear what you are reading.  And I hope you aren't reading as frantically as I am right now.
Look for our Mock Printz list this coming Wednesday afternoon.

2 comments:

  1. I didn't feel like things drew together in Piper's Son as much as Jellicoe Road. Somewhat, but not the same. The reason I loved the book was the dialogue and the strong family and friendship elements. The plot isn't as important as just "being" in the book. But it is an unusual style.

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  2. I'm just starting another Chris Crutcher, Stotan for your challenge!

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