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Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday July 16 and I'm reading...

Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Text
Sheila at Book Journey

 I'm reading:
  • The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter---the nonfiction account of a love that transcended brain injury and amnesia. A movie was made about their lives.
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein---Young Adult historical fiction. My friend, another teen librarian raves about this book and we are reading it as a potential Mock Printz book.
  • Emma by Jane Austen---I confess that I am still plodding along in this book.  I did sign up for a Jane Austen challenge which I thought might give me the incentive to finish this book which I am coming to realize I have never actually read before.
I'm listening to:
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova--- this is a book club selection for an upcoming month in the future. It is about Alzheimer's disease. So far so good, though I confess I haven't gotten very far in to the story yet.
What I've recently finished:
  • Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls--- called a true-life novel, this book is about the life of Jeannette Walls' grandmother.
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix--- the first book in a Abhorsen trilogy. It is a well-written fantasy and I am actually eager to read the next book in the series, Lirael. Look for my review tomorrow in Retrospective Wednesday.
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers--- a nonfiction account of what happened to one man and his family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I listened to this on audiobook with my husband. It should be required reading for all Americans.
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe--- Salem Witch Trials and a connection to modern times. I also listened to this book with my husband. The writing was very good especially considering all the time shifts.  It was never confusing. I enjoyed this book a lot.
  • Putting Make-up on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright---a realistic story of a young, gay teenage boy who has a special talent with make-up and fashion. It was spot on. Review later today.

What I hope to read next: Books that we are considering for our Mock Printz event in the school district---
  • A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
  • Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers
  • The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
  • A Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

 What are you reading?


  1. I read Jeannette Walls' other novel and really enjoyed it :) She's an excellent writer - very realistic!

    Happy reading this week!
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  2. I loved Sabriel and Lirael was just as good. Hope you enjoy Code Name Verity. I found parts of it hard to get into but ended up loving it.

    Happy Monday!

  3. I really thought Putting Make up on the Fat Boy was well done. I am glad to see someone else reading it

  4. I've heard great things about Code Name Verity. Can't wait to read that one!
    Happy reading!

  5. Wow, you are doing some GOOD reading this summer!!

    I have heard great things about Code Name Verity and The Vow - you are reading the hot ones!

    Emma has been on my shelf for years, and I still haven't gotten to it! I loved Still Alice. I read it alone but it is perfect for a book discussion! And my entire book group loved Half-Broke Horses, too. And Jamie enjoyed Sabriel.

    Enjoy your books this week!


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  6. I just picked up Code Name Verity from the library today (for my daughter)

    I hope you end up getting into Still Alice, I read that months ago and it has stuck with me all this time. Beautiful book.


  7. I have heard so many great things about Code Name Verity- I have it on my Kindle so I hope to get to it soon.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  8. I LOVED Grave Mercy. If you like historical fic, I think you will like it. I'm going to library request Putting Make-up on the Fat Boy, I haven't heard of it before, but now I want to read it.

  9. Code Name Verity was excellent. I don't read a lot of YA, but I'm really glad I read that book.

  10. Finished reading Half Broke Horses last night. Like it so much I bought The Glass Castle!

  11. I do want to read The Vow. It is a great true love story.
    New follower btw, come by and say hi sometime:)



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