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Monday, July 16, 2012

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

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 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?

11 comments:

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

    Happy reading this week!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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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!

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

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

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  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!

    Sue

    Great Books for Kids and Teens

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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.

    therelentlessreader.blogspot.com

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  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! :)

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  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.

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

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

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

    BookJunkieMom.blogspot.com

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