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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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I fell behind on blogging this week. (The books are stacking up faster than I can review them.) But I made up for it with baking! I may have discovered a new favorite Christmas cookie. The Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies were simple to bake, look amazing, and tasted delicious. I also tried making hamburger buns for the first time. With a little help from the bread machine, they were easy, too, and look so cute! We also had Christmas orchestra concerts and Christmas piano recitals and Christmas parties. With all the Christmas fun, I did get some good reading in, too.

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I read…

shepherd kingsThe Shepherd Kings by Peter Danielson – Book II is just as gripping as the first one. These characters are struggling to find themselves and to find their way home. Jacob finally comes into his own strength after bowing to Laban for so many years. Haddad, the crippled artist, discovers a strength and love that he didn’t know he had. Shobai, the careless pleasure seeker, discovers that he has missed much in life. Kirta, the knowledge seeker, hopes to make it home to right the wrongs he left behind before it is too late.

false princessThe False Princess by Eilis O’Neal – I love, love Sinda, whether she is the princess or not. She is stubborn, smart, brave, and somewhat clumsy. Her favorite place to hang out is the palace library, but when her fortunes change, she tries her hardest to fit into her new life. Unfortunately, learning to be a princess did little to prepare her to live in near poverty as a dyer of cloth. As she struggles to find her new place in the world, she uncovers a sinister plot and discovers magic within herself. Oh yeah, there’s even a little bit of romance.

rudolphRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Ricard Scarry – This Little Golden Book follows the story from the song lyrics rather than the animated Christmas special. My daughter chose it to read for our Advent devotion. I wasn’t sure how she was going to connect Rudolph with the theme of joy for this week, but she did: We can each find joy in discovering our own unique gifts, and we should celebrate each person’s gifts instead of making fun of them.

olive the other reindeerOlive, the other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold – Olive is a little confused whether she is a dog or a reindeer, but she is wiling to do her part to help Santa either way. Even though her presence among the reindeer team causes a few mishaps, she uses the things that dogs are good at (chewing, fetching sticks, smelling) to save the day. I enjoy this whimsical story and vivid illustrations every Christmas. I don’t listen to the lyrics to Rudolph quite the same any more either.

I’m reading…

vengeance of the lionVengeance of the Lion by Peter Danielson – Yes, I am hooked on this series. Book III picks up just a few years after Book II ends. Jacob is settled in Canaan, but his unruly sons are causing trouble (the murder of the men at Sechem to revenge the rape of their sister Dinah). The Shepherd Kings have been temporarily stalled, but with the Hittites facing internal strive, they are poised to strike the city of Ebla. Once Ebla falls, there is nothing to stop them from sweeping into Canaan. Kirta and Shobai are working to arm the city with iron, but can they do so in time?

saatisfied customersSatisfied Customers Tell Three Friends–Angry Customers Tell 3,000 by Pete Blackshaw – I’m almost done (just a few pages left), and need to finish it today so I can return it to the library. I do think much of this book is still valid even though some of the technology tools have changed (Google Reader no longer exists, for example). Customers do have more power now. Will they use it wisely? Will companies listen?

Coming up…

I still have lots of Christmas books beckoning to me! I may not get through all of them, but I will have fun trying!

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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This has been a week filled with Christmas baking and Christmas music and even a few Christmas books. My reviews, though, are entirely in another world. Check out my thoughts about The False Prince and The Blood of Olympus.

I read…

Quintillius: The Star that Shone by William B. Thielking – I have loved this book ever since I was a little girl. Quintillius is the littlest star, but he lives in the exact spot of sky above where the new baby king is born. He practices and practices to shine brightly to announce the birth until he shines so brightly that he bursts. Now his light lives on in all who believe and reflect the light of Jesus. I am so glad my daughter loves this one, too. She read it to us to mark the beginning of Advent.

children of the lionChildren of the Lion by Peter Danielson – This saga is one of Biblical proportions. It tells the story of Abram and Sarai as they leave Egypt to settle in the land of Canaan. My favorite characers, though, are not the Biblical ones, but the imagined stories of those who traveled with or encountered Abram–the slaves, the soldiers, the metalsmiths. This begins a long saga indeed, but I’m looking forward to reading the rest. Packed with detailed characters and fast action, they are hard to put down.

miracle of christmasThe Miracle of Christmas by Stormie Omartian – A new Christmas book for me. My husband’s Sunday School class is reading this one for Advent, and I borrowed it from my husband. The 15 stories reflect on the Christmas story recorded in Matthew and Luke, imagining what the people involved may have felt and thought through these events. Each one ends with a prayer that relates the past events to today.

santas book of namesSanta’s Book of Names by David McPhail – I love this story of Edward, who is good at math and can name most of the dinosaurs, but can’t quite read yet. His parents say “wait,” and then one Christmas night Santa drops his book of names. Edward finds it, and Santa invites him along for the journey in the sleigh. A magical book the wraps up Christmas and the magic of reading.

summer of letting goThe Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – After I finished reading the last page, my daughter informed me that she had already read ahead and finished the book on her own. At least she let me finish it with her anyway! I do love how characters and phrases from the book have found their way into our conversations about other things throughout our days.

how the grinch stole christmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss – My daughter chose to read this story to us for the second Sunday in Advent. She read it to us at breakfast, and it matched perfectly the Advent devotion that we read together at church as we lit the second candle during worship. Including scripture from Isaiah about the voice crying in the wilderness to prepare for the coming of the Lord, the devotion reminded us not to be distracted by the materialism that fills the season, but to use even those distractions to remind us of what is truly important. I love that Dr. Seuss makes the same plea but leaves it open to each reader to define the undefinable spirit of Christmas.

 

I’m currently reading…

shepherd kingsThe Shepherd Kings by Peter Danielson – This one picks up with the children–and mostly grandchildren–of the first book. Jacob is in Haran where he befriends Hadad, a Child of the Lion and Ahuni’s grandson. This is a saga of people who have lost their way and are trying to find their way back home.

saatisfied customersSatisfied Customers Tell Three Friends–Angry Customers Tell 3,000 by Pete Blackshaw – Even though it is from a different approach, this book shares many ideas with the last marketing book I read. Due to the rise of the Internet and social media, marketing no longer goes one way from company to customer. Now customers control some of the conversation, and companies must respond.

Coming up…

I’m definitely into the Children of the Lion series. As soon as I finish The Shepherd Kind, I will be ready to pick up book 3. And, of course, I still have my stack of Christmas books waiting for me!

What have you been reading this week?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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I have much to be thankful for this past week … and throughout the rest of the year. My family and friends have been incredibly supportive as I have started in a new direction as a freelance copywriter. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue this new adventure and for the past 15 years of teaching that have enriched my lives. I am thankful for the writers past and present who create entire worlds out of words–worlds and stories and characters who make me think, make me laugh, make my cry, and most of all make me wonder.

I shared my last picture book expeditions for November (Don’t worry, I will be heading back to find more picture books soon) in From Tall Tales to Fairy Tales and An Explosion for the Senses. I also shared my thoughts about The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. You can also check out my complete list of books I read during November that I share with the Centurians Facebook Group. If you’re not a part of it, check out the group.

I finished…

freelancers bibleThe Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz – This resource is packed with valuable information for anyone embarking on (or in the middle of) this journey into freelance work. There are many opportuntiies and advantages to this journey, but also unique challenges. Horowitz gives a framework for thinking through them and plenty of options for solutions, always focusing on what freelancers can do for themselves rather than complaining about the unfairness. I checked this out of the library, but it is a refernce I want for myself.

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I finished! I finished! I finished! I didn’t think I would, but a long car ride in the dark gave me time to do so.This section is sad. Jean Valjean confessed his true identity to Marius and has been slowly separating himself from Cosette so as not to have his past intrude upon her happiness. It’s slowly killing Jean Valjean. Marius is both revolted and terrified by the confession, yet he can’t reconcile how Jean produced the innocent wonder that is Cosette. Then the rascal Thenardier shows up, trying to extort money out of Marius by revealing Jean Valjean’s secrets. He reveals more than he knows when he shows who saved Marius from the barricade.

false princeThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – Wow! I loved Sage from the very beginning. How can I not love a rough and tumble orphan who is street smart and toughened yet still cares for those less fortunate than him? The plot is brilliant. I had my suspicions (probably influenced by reviews I read earlier) but I was still amazed at the revelation at the end, and even more impressed when I went back to read parts again. They clues were there from the first page, but nothing is given away.

blood of olympusThe Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – My daughter says it’s about time I got started on it. She downloaded it to our Kindles soon after it came out and has been waiting for me to start so she could talk about it. Now that I’ve finished Les Mis, I’m diving in. So far it’s nonstop action packed on every page. I loved the ending, especially for Nico and Leo, two of my favorites.

I’m currently reading…

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – Is it bad that my daughter has to tell me to pull myself together as I break down in sobs as I try to read aloud to her? Every night when I close the book, she begs for more. As long as she doesn’t have too much homework before finals loom, we should finish this week.

children of the lionChildren of the Lion by Peter Danielson – A friend lent me this series a long time ago. They’ve been sitting on the bottom of the shelf until I had time to start an 18 book saga. Now’s the time. I’m halfway through the first one and am caught up in the drama and passion that sweeps across time and the desert to imagine the story of Abram and his descendents.

Coming up…

We decorated the house for Christmas, and that means stacks of Christmas books are lyng around the house, waiting for me to reread them. I also have a new marketing book I picked up from the library, and of course, the new saga I’ve started.

What have you been reading this week?

November books read

November has been a great reading month. I explored lots of picture books and found many that I love. The novels and nonfiction I read were also good. I put asterisks by my favorites because it’s too hard to narrow down to just one or two or even three.

136) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – intense on many levels

137) **Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

138) Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin

139) The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman, pictures by Tim Raglin

140) Little Red Riding Hood a Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst

141) The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

142) Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

143) Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, pictures by Harry Bliss

144) Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola

145) Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle

146) The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, pictures by Barbara Cooney

147) The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer

148) Jazz by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers

149) **Canoe Days by Gary Paulsen and illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

150) **The Butterfly by Patricai Polocca

151) The Light of the World by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Francois Roca

152) If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felcia Bond

153) Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audery Penn and illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson

154) The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed

155) The Case of the Incapaciated Capitals by Robin Pulver and illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed

156) The Pirate’s Guide to Recess by James Preller and illustrated by Greg Ruth

157) **October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman – an important and powerful book

158) **Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selzniicik

159) The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka, paintings by Steve Johnson

160) Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

161) **Song of the Whooping Crane by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Elsa Warnick

162) **The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

163) The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

164) Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

165) Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

166) Library Lil by Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Steven Kellog

167) **Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen and David Small

168) The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague

169) **The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – This is now one of my favorite books!

170) The Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz – This resource is packed with valuable information for anyone trying to make it as a freelancer in today’s economy.

171) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – It took almost two years, but I finished!

172) **The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – So good…combines a smart–and a smart aleck– orphan, a devious plan to take over the kingdom, and plot twists that both surprise and flow seamlessly and you have one fantastic read!

173) The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – a satisfying ending to the series.

What have been some of your favorite reads from November?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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It’s been another whirlwind week. Our small town experienced a devastating fire on Friday. We weren’t personally affected, but it was hard to watch a city block in the historic district burn beyond repair. It will be a long time to recover and several families are now without homes. I have been proud of how our community has come together to meet this crisis, and I am sure we will continue to reach out to those affected.

I finished…

october mourningOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman, narrated by Emily Beresford (and others who are not listed on the Overdrive blurb): Even though I had heard so much praise for this book, I have put off reading it. I know too many people who could have been in Matthew’s place, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to confront such violence. Then when SyncYA offered it for download, I added it to Overdrive, but I wasn’t sure how I would like listening to a book of poetry. How would I follow the structure of the poetry if I couldn’t see it? I needen’t have worried. By giving voice to the people, places, and things surrounding Matthew that night, Beresford explores his death with grace and sensitivity. Yes, I found tears streaming down my face as I shoveled snow and listened, but I also found hope and healing in her words. The multiple narrators brought each poem to life and clearly distinguished between titles, quotes before some poems, and the poems themselves. I would still like to see the poems on the page–and even better read while listening to them again. This is an important and powerful book that can open conversations.

girl who circumnavigated fairylandThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M.Valente – I love, love this book. I find myself wanting to copy down so many sentences that take my breath away. I love September as she takes the adventures that Fairyland offers and tries to do the right thing. The creatures are fantastical and captivating. I can’t wait to return.

I picked out 11 more picture books from the library. I also blogged about the 10 books I read last week: Picture books bring delight. Here are the books I read this week. I can’t wait to share them in a post later this week.

  • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selzniicik
  • The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka, paintings by Steve Johnson
  • Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Song of the Whooping Crane by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Elsa Warnick
  • The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  • Library Lil by Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Steven Kellog
  • Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen and David Small
  • The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague

I’m reading…

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I’m at 94%! The happy couple is now married, and Grandfather may be the happiest of all. Jean Valjean had a fortuitous injury that prevented him from having to sign any paperwork. Poor Marius (when he’s not delirously happy in love) is trying to discover who saved him from the barricade. Hehe…I know!

summer of letting goThe Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – A busy week and late nights of homework kept us from reading this week, but it’s still waitinf for us to finish.

freelancers bibleThe Freelancers’s Bible by Sara Horowitz – This is an invaluable resource for everything freelancers need to consider. This may be a book I have to buy for my reference library. It covers everything a freelancer needs to consider–much more than I had thought of on my own.

Coming up…

I don’t have anything planned for my reading this week. I’m staying open for seredipity and surprises over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have you read anything good this week? What books are you taking along for your holiday reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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November is National Picture Book Month, so I decided to jump in with the fun and catch up on some picture books this week. I have wanted to read more picture books, but didn’t take the time. A trip to the library netted a stack of good books for this week. Look for my post tomorrow where I give my reactions to these gems. For here, I’ll keep it simple with a list and pictures!

I finished…

  •  Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin
  • The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman, pictures by Tim Raglin
  • Little Red Riding Hood a Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
  • Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
  • Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, pictures by Harry Bliss
  • Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola
  • Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle
  • The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, pictures by Barbara Cooney

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sharp objectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I’ve heard all the hype about Gone Girl, but I haven’t read the book or seen the movie. But when I found this earlier novel by Flynn on my shelf, I decided to pick it up and see if I wanted to check out what the fuss is all about. On the surface, Sharp Objects is a murder msytery. Camille, a second-rate journalist from a small Chicago newspaper is sent back to her small Missouri town to report on two girls who turned up missing and dead–what appears to be the work of a serial killer. Along the way she must confront the dysfunctional family dynamics of her childhood. Okay, dysfunctional is an understatement. This book was intense on many levels–and downright disturbing on some. I had a hard time putting it down and just when I thought I had figured out who had done it, I was surprised.

 I’m reading…

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I made it to 90% this week! I really think I’m going to finish it. Jean Valjean’s journey through the sewers while carrying the unconcious Marius was much more harrowing in the book than the movie–and ended with a bit of treachery by our “friend” M. Thenadier that put Valjean in the hands of Javert. Another difference from the musical that I liked was that Javert chose to let Valjean go before he had his crisis that led to his death.

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – We’re getting to some of my favorite parts in the book. I am so glad I get to share the story of Frankie Sky and Beans and Bradley and Lisette with my daughter.

branding only works on cattleBranding Only Works on Cattle: the New Way to Get Known (and drive your competitors crazy) by Jonathan Salem Baskin – I’m trying to brush up on my marketing knowledge since the class I took way back in college. I may have been better off to start with something more basic rather than something trying to uphend conventional knowledge, but I do enjoy the voice (who knew writing about marketing could be funny) and the thought-provoking ideas.

Secrets of Writing High-Performance Business-to-Business Copy(AWAI) – I always had dreams of being a creative (fiction) writer, but I am pleasantly surprised by how much I am enjoying learning about and practicing copywriting.

Coming up…

I have a book on managing a freelance business to read and another trip to the library for more picture books planned!

What are you reading this week?

October books read

Happy Halloween! I’ve had many more treats than tricks with my reading this month. Instead of rushing through, I’ve been savoring. All the novels were my favorites. They are each so different that’s it hard to compare.

130) Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah – I’m so glad I finally read this heartbreaking, hopeful memoir

131) Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – Another powerful read

132) Smokey Bear and the Campfire Kids – My first digital storybook app

133) The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer – Enola Holmes ranks right up there with my favorite sleuths like Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy

134) Again Calls the Owl by Margaret Craven – I wish I could write prose so direct and filled with such beauty

135) This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – a satisfying prequel to Shelley’s Frankenstein

What treats have you read this October? What books are you looking forward to in November?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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My reading took strange and unexpected paths this week. Maybe not that unexpected, but I was surprised by what I picked up and what I finished and what I made progress on. I wonder what the next week will hold for my reading life?

I finished…

again calls the owlAgain Calls the Owl by Margaret Craven – As I read the first half, I kept wondering how it was a companion to I Heard the Owl Call My Name. Again Calls the Owl is memoir, but I did not remember the first book being a true story. I had to peek inside my old copy–definitely not a memoir to match what I was reading, but my confusion cleared up as a got to the last third. There Craven recounts her journey of writing this classic work of literature. And what a story it is!

cryptic crinolineThe Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer – I love Enola Holmes! I discovered that this is her fifth adventure. (I must find the earlier ones!) Her hard-of-hearing land lady, Mrs. Tupper, is threatened and kidnapped. As Enola tracks her down, she becomes drawn to the flame of Florence Nightengale and a mystery that has its roots back in the Crimean War. Once again she outwits her older brother to solve the case and escape once more from the dreaded boarding school.

I’m currently reading…

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – Nothing makes me happier than to hear my daughter ask, “Will you read to me tonight?” She’s dying to know who Frankie’s mystery date is, but I’m not telling!

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I’m so excited! I made it to 85% this week! Things are looking dire in the barricade. The soldiers have stormed across, the fighters have retreated to the house and soon all will be dead. No one knows what happened to poor Marius or the strange man who showed up to help but doesn’t fight. I might actually finish by the end of the year. It is doable to keep reading 2% or so a week.

this dark endeavorThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – I am enjoying this frightful read. It’s definitely a good book leading up to Halloween. I sympathize with Victor’s concern for his brother, but I am frightened by his jealous rages. My favorite character has to be Elizabeth.

Secrets of Writing High-Performance Business-to-Business Copy(AWAI) – I always had dreams of being a creative (fiction) writer, but I am pleasantly surprised by how much I am enjoying learning about and practicing copywriting.

Coming up… 

I want to pick up I Heard the Owl Call My Name and reread it, not just skip through pages to try to remember it. I already have some thoughts forming about how this older book and its companion memoir fit into today’s discussion of diversity in YA literature.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

I jumped around quite a bit in my reading this week. I didn’t finish much, but I’ve enjoyed dipping into and out of quite a few good books.

I finished…

Smokey Bear and the Campfire Kids – I received a code to download this app to review (coming later this week). My first impression is I like that the app is focused on reading the story. The animations are cute but not distracting.

I’m currently reading…

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – We’re still reading this a few nights a week. I had hoped we would have more time during fall break, but somehow the days still filled up. The good news is the girl is still asking for us to read a chapter together as Frankie “Beans” puzzles out the mystery that Frankie Sky presents.

again calls the owlAgain Calls the Owl by Margaret Craven – I didn’t read too much this week, but I did dip into I Heard the Owl Call My Name. I definitely want to go back and reread it again, too. I did enjoy reading how Craven got her start with writing in what was then very much a man’s world.

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I actually made good progress this week and read quite a bit. I’m up to 82%!  I might even make my goal of finishing it by Christmas. The action is picking up behind the barricade. Marius saved the day and then sent Gavroche on an errand to get him out of the way. (He came back anyway.) Jean Valjean has also showed up behind the barricade, and they are waiting for the next attack.

this dark endeavorThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – I was looking for something spooky to get me in the mood for Halloween. This story of the young Frankenstein definitely fits the bill. Victor sows the seeds of evil quite young, even if he is motivated by love (and jealousy of) for his brother.

cryptic crinolineThe Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer – I’m listening to this one and I’m quite captivated by the young Miss Enola Holmes. She has quite a mystery with the disappearance of her landlady who lived a most surprising past during the Crimean War. And the mystery involves the Lady of the Lamp–Florence Nightengale.

Secrets of Writing High-Performance Business-to-Business Copy(AWAI) – We are back to class this week after taking last week off.

Coming up…

I think I had better finish some of the books I’m in the middle of right now.

What good books have you read this week?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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I didn’t read–or at least didn’t finish–as much this week, but I had an exciting week with writing. Last Wednesday I had my first story published with a byline. You can check out my profile of the Southeastern Purdue Agricultural Center in the October issue of Farm Indiana! I also submitted my second story and had three more assigned, so it looks like I will keep busy writing this month, too. There’s still time to read goo books, especially as the temperature drops and the sun sets earlier. I also published a review of In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke on my blog last week. Here’s to this week’s reading adventures!

I finished…

two kidsTwo Kids by Richard Levine – I enjoyed this story of a year in the life of two friends. Stay tuned for an upcoming review and interview with the author!

I’m currently reading…

Poliser_SummerLettingGo_jkt_website_207_1The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – I’m still reading it aloud to my daughter. We both are enjoying the time together for a few minutes each evening (when homework and soccer schedules allow). I’m trying really hard just to read and not point out all the things I love about this book.

forgive me leonard peacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – My heart was racing when I listened to the chapters this morning. Let me just say without giving away too much that I love Herr Silverman and my heart aches for Leonard Peacock. I have no idea where the story will go next, but I’m pulling for Leonard.

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – The action is heating up along the barricade, and Marius even had a chance to use his two pistols. I’ve made it to 77% of the way through the story. I am enjoying the book, but I think I prefer the musical.

chinese cinderellaChinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah – I started this memoir this week, and so far am impressed with the intelligence and courage the author shows. As a small child, she was unloved and unwanted by almost everyone in her household. Her older siblings blamed her for their mother’s death. Her stepmother resented all the stepchildren, but especially Adeline. Even her father ignores her except to praise her academic success.

Secrets of Writing High-Performance Business-to-Business Copy(AWAI) – Another couple of chapters read this week and another class down. I am learning that I enjoy this type of business copywriting more than I thought I would. This past week we brainstormed headlines–a very important hook.

Coming up…

I have two interviews scheduled this week, so I have lots of writing coming up. I also want to start the book a friend at church gave me yesterday, Again Calls the Owl by Margaret Craven. It’s the companion to I Heard the Owl Call My Name. I still have my grandmother’s copy of it, but haven’t reread it since I was a teen. I may have to go back to it again, too.

What has been your reading adventure this week?

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