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Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's Monday, Nov. 21 and I'm reading...

Sheila at Book Journey is the host of this meme.

What I am reading- 
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John---A deaf girl is the manager for a Rock Band.  She has to get people interested in the band that she herself has never heard.  This is the last book in the 2011 Read the ALA Winners Challenge for me.  This book won the Schneider Family Teen Book Award which honors novels that deal with the topic of people living with disabilities.
What I recently completed-
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler--- A Printz Honor book in 2004. A delightful, funny, poignant coming-of-age story about a girl trying to find her way through adolescence with a weight problem and a family that seems perfect. But all is not as it seems.
  • My Abandonment by Peter Rock--- "Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope." (Goodreads) Listened to the audio version of this book. This is my book club selection of the month.
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater---The third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I feel sad that I have to say good-bye to my friends: Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel, now that I am finished with this wonderful trilogy.
What I'm listening to-  
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry---I was shamed in to finally getting started on this book which has been on my TBR pile for years.  So far, so good.  I am actually liking this dystopian novel.  Does something sad happen, though?
What is up next- I am actually starting to mentally make a list of books to checkout for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few I'm hoping to get to:
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery---another source of shame that I haven't read this book yet.
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa---The first book in the Iron Fey series is already on my bedside table.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster--- another childhood classic that I missed in my childhood. This book is celebrating 50 years of publication this year.  It is time that I read it, don't you think?
  • Some teen romance story.  I have more girls than ever that are looking for a good romance book this year and I a keep running out of suggestions. Many are not interested in paranormal romances.  Any ideas or suggestions? 
What are you reading this week?


  1. I still have to read The Giver as well and it also has been on my shelf forever.... glad to hear it is good!

  2. I hope you will love Anne of Green Gables. I haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth since primary school (20+ years ago), an adult reread might be interesting

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Good week! I missed "The Giver" too when I was younger and now wish I had read it. I may have to pick it up one of these days :)


  4. The Phantom Tollbooth is on my list of books I want to re-read. Last year I did re-read Anne of Green Gables.

    I have a bunch of books going at once. A lot of them are library books that are due soon. Please come see what I'm reading.

  5. I read Forever (and the rest of the series) and it was an incredibly interesting series. Hope you enjoy your reads this week :-)

  6. look like so great books I still haven't read the Phantom Tollbooth or The Giver I just finished reading Forever and was sad to part with it too. Have a great reading week

  7. I should probably read Anne of Green Gables! It looks like you have a fun week of reading!

  8. I absolutely adored the Anne of Green Gables series when I was growing up. I intend to reread the entire thing at some point!

  9. Would you believe that our then school library tech got in trouble for reading The Giver to the sixth graders 15 years ago? With all the books that are out now, the Giver seems kind of tame...but book censorship is always rearing its head. She didn't give up though. She argued and argued and won the right to read that book. It was close.

    Happy Reading

  10. I just finished Forever too, what a great series!! And I have read Anne of Green Gables either, and I really need to!

    The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things is definitely a must read for me too. Have a great week!

  11. Aw, The Phantom Tollbooth was a favourite of mine as a kid...though come to think of it, I think I saw the movie. The Giver is quite good and I won't spoil it for you, but the ending is interpretive. And yay for Anne of Green Gables :)

  12. Does something sad happen in the Giver? The whole thing is a bit sad given that it's dystopian :-) But it's so great! I also loved Phantom Toll Booth as a child. What a great list you've got going this week and last!

  13. I guess I will stop my re-read of Harry Potter to finish Wolves, Boys and Other Things that Might Kill Me, so that your students can have a non-paranormal teen romance. I will give you my review and you are welcome to read it once I finish.


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