"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday---What are you reading?



Currently reading:

  • Secret Son by Laila Lalami---set in Casablanca; the story of an illegitimate son when he meets his father. Progress: page 140 of 291.
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan---an audiobook selection; Aslan is a scholar who is writing about the historical Jesus. His book has stirred up the Christian community. Progress: disc 2 of 7.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor---the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I am listening to this book on my iPod (when I walk the dog.) Progress: less than 30 minutes in out of 19 hours of listening. Gulp. That's a lot of dog walks!
Books finished this past week:

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson...Haley and her dad move around a lot trying to outrun the bad memories brought on by PTSD and abandonment issues. Not a very cheery topic. I give it 3.5/5
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter...set mainly in Italy in the 1960s with characters from the movie Cleopatra. I really enjoyed this book a lot.  Read my review. I gave it 5/5.
  • Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.... classic Shaun Tan. It is a short picture book but the message carries a punch, one that make you think. 4.5/5
  • 100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits edited by Leslie Pockell... I enjoyed this collection of poems at first then go bogged down trying to finish it even though I didn't feel like reading all the poems in it. It has a nice collection of silly poems which I think will attract students who are working on poetry projects. I gave it 3/5.
Up next:

  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley...Whaley won all kinds of awards for his first YA novel. This one is getting good reviews, too. I like the cover.

What are you reading and how is your progress?


  1. Beautiful Ruins is one of those books I have been meaning to read for forever. Thanks for the reminder and happy reading!

  2. Dreams of Gods & Monsters is on my reading list! I really enjoyed the series so far. Hope you love all the books you read this week.

    Tanya Patrice

  3. The Laini Taylor trilogy does sound promising. I hope to read all three before year ends (I am ambitious that way). :) Rules of Summer is receiving a lot of buzz! I really hope to find it soon. :)

  4. My husband liked Zealot and shared it with a couple of other people. Have a good week!

    Joy's Book Blog


I look forward to your comments and interactions! Join in the conversation.