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June books read

June has been a good reading month. I’ve especially enjoyed listening to audio books while I run and clean. Thank you, SYNC YA for offering such great stories through the summer for our listening pleasure. I starred my favorite reads, but honestly, they were all good.

53) Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor-Hansen and Amy Newark – inspiring stories of unexplainable coincidences and divine help

54) A Praying Life by Paul Miller – very thoughtful and personal look at prayer

55) **Dodger by Terry Pratchett – what a fun romp throuh Victorian England–lots of excitement, intrigue, and a fabulous cast of characters.

56)** Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Wow! The mystery and magic grow ever more tangled.

57) **The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – a fascinating look at these two brothers, their family and their accomplishments

58)** Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I enjoyed reading this one aloud to my daughter.Her verdict? It’s a good book.

59) Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix – The conclusion to this series is filled with surprises and unexpected twists

60) Undivided by Neal Shusterman – the conclusion to the Unwind series is as surprising as it is satisfying

61) Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Would you change the past if you could?

62) My Dog Never Says Please by Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Tedd Arnold – What fun! Maybe I want to be a dog for a day, too.

63) Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories – Biscuit has more fun in the garden than I did.

64)** Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems – I love, love, love this books. Read it again!

65) Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business – I couldn’t help myself after hearing my daughter read parts of it aloud to our neighbor

What good books have you read during June? What summer reads are you looking forward to?

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 Mentor 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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Outside the West Lafayette Public Library

Not a single book! As you can see below, I’m in the middle of quite a few books. I also had several new magazines come in for me to read (often cover to cover in one or two sittings). I went on a road trip with my daughter to West Lafayette where she got to job shadow a chemist at a company that makes polymers. While she watched chemists at work, I explored the local public library. I suspect I will finish quite a few books I’m reading next week.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – a few more poems of loss and grief. I’m glad I’m reading these slowly. It would be too much to take in all at once. But with each one I’m amazed at the ability of the poet to take a moment of loss and grief and transform it into something that has great beauty as well as great pain.

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Undivided by Neal Shusterman – There is so much to think about in this book. Right now I’m at the point where it seems there is no way out for our heroes who are trying to bring an end to the practice of unwinding. I can’t see any way out, but I will hang on until the end.

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Cruel Beauty by  Rosamund Hodge, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden – I love Nyx. She is angry and resentful–and resourceful and stubborn and not at all sure of her own mind. Who can blame her? Nothing is what it seems in the castle of the Gentle Lord. Who is really the demon? Who can be trusted?

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The False Prince by Jennifer Neilson – This is the new read aloud with my daughter. It’s another book I wanted her to read (because I knew she would like it. She says she wants to find books on her own.) I must have been right because I caught her sneaking ahead with reading it Sunday morning. Maybe I should just read a few chapters aloud and then switch to the next book I think she would like.

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Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix – My daughter actually checked this one out of the library, but we have both kept up with the series. Haddix is bad for ending each of the books on a cliffhanger. I’m just excited because I don’t have to wait for thirty-some volumes before finding out who Jonah is from history–unless there are any more surprises before the end. If you aren’t familiar with this series, Haddix does a fabulous job of combining science fiction time travel with historical fiction into heartpounding adventures.

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Well, obviously I should finish some of these books I’ve started. I also picked up Landline by Rainbow Rowell from my last trip to the library, and I’m eager to start it.

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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 Mentor 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 good to be back home–and I’ve enjoyed the cooler weather. Work is picking up for the summer, so I won’t be keeping up with the #bookaday challenge like I have in past summers. I’m trying to find the balance between reading and writing and enjoying the great outdoors. Fortunately, they all work together! We finally got to the library to sign up for the summer reading program this week. My daughter and I think alike–the best prize is the free book! We also signed up our neighbor that my daughter is babysitting several days a week.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – Now that I’m finished with this volume, I’m thinking about where to put it so I can easily pick it up and reread a story or two when I need to be reminded that God (however you refer to the mysterious divine) does reach out into our lives in unexplainable ways. I also want to write down some of my experiences that defy any explanation other than miracle or an encounter with the divine.

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A Praying Life by Paul Miller – I enjoyed reading Miller’s thoughts and experiences wiith prayer, especially as he shared his own (and his family’s) personal experiences with prayer. I’m not sure I agree with everything he writes (I was troubled by his explanation that God causes suffering to teach us a lesson), but there is much I will take away from this book. Many of is ideas will stay with me and inform my own experience as I pray.

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Dodger by Terry Pratchet – I’m still downloading the SYNC YA books each week, but it takes me a while to get through an audio book. I’m going to have to find more work I can do alone so I can listen more. This week, Dodger went to get shave from Sweeney Todd. I haven’t read (or seen Sweeney Todd), but I have the feeling this is a bad idea. I love Dodger even more as the book goes on and am fascinated with his roommate/mentor Solomon. I have a feeling Dodger is going to go far, and I hope I learn more about Solomon.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – Now that Willow’s life has hit rock-bottom, things are slowly getting better. Even in the midst of the sorrow, though, Sloan provides some comic relief–especially with the counselor Dell Duke. Did I say that reading this aloud with my daughter is one of my favorite times of day? Now I also get to enjoy overhearing her read Junie B Jones books (one of her absolute favorite series from elementary school) to the girl she is babysitting.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Now that I’m back home, I’m picking up these poems again. They are so beautiful and so haunting. One a day is plenty for me to think about and feel. I do want to explore some of the things I’ve lost through poems, too.

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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – My daughter gave me this one for my birthday. She describe it, “You’d want it if you knew about it.” She was right. In fact, I had been eyeing it in the airport bookstores the week before. I knew a little of Wilbur and Orville’s work to build the first flying machine from visits to Kitty Hawk, but I knew almost nothing about their work with flying back in Dayton. I am fascinated by the brothers, their family and the colleagues in learning to fly. Did you know that the mainstream press ignored their success and the story broke in the most unlikely of magazines–Gleanings in Bee Culture? The US government also blew them off, but foreign governments were most interested. My favorite, quote though, came from Orville in response to a friend who said the brothers stood as an example of how much Americans could accomplish “with no special advantates.” Orvile replied, “to say we had no special advantages…the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiousity” (McCullough 18).

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I struck out in finding the books I wanted to read at the library this week, but not all is lost. Even though our local library didn’t have Maggie Stiefvator’s and Neal Shusterman’s latest books (in the Raven Boys Cycle and the Unwind series), one of my favorite librarians was able to put a hold on them for me through interlibrary loan. Now I’m waiting for the phone call that tells me Blue Lily, Lily Blue and Undivided are waiting for me to pick them up!

I hope you have read something good this week! Let me know what it is.

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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 Mentor 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 had a wonderful trip out west last week. The work went well, but the best part was spending a few extra days soaking up sunshinie in Phoenix while visiting my brother. I could get used to waking up to eat breakfast by the pool and then enjoying a swim. I put most of the books I was currently reading on hold and enjoyed completely different books on the trip.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I first saw an ARC of this at my brother’s house when we visited after Christmas. I picked it up and thought it looked interesting, but didn’t read it then. I’ve been kicking myself ever since, so I was glad to get another chance on this trip. WOW! It is amazing. Finch and Violet will stay with me for some time, and I am eager to share it with other readers. (Is there anyone left who hasn’t read it?)

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – I’ve had this book for about 12 years before I finally got brave enough to read it I’m not sure I grasped all the concepts (actually, I’m sure I missed half of them), but Hawking’s writing was much more accessible for this English major than I thought it would be. Hawkings chose analogies that helped me at least glimpse the new understandings going on in physics.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I still have a lot to think about this week. I like how Miller is open about the struggles he has with his own faith and prayers, especially with his family stories. I am opening my eyes and heart to see the stories that God is weaving in my own life. I agree that God can use suffering in our lives to teach us and help us grow in our faith, but I’m not sure God causes suffering just to teach us a lesson. I’m not even sure that is what Miller says, but these latest chapters seem to lean that way.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I was tempted to hide the book while I was gone, but my daughter waited on me to get back. (It helped that she had a full week of finals while I was gone.) We were both glad to return to Willow’s story last nighht.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – I’ve read quite a few more stories this week. I find that they are like chocolate–delicious to read but easy to consume too much at once.

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett – I downloaded this from Sync YA and started listening to it while I was mowing this week. I like the character of Dodger and his roommate/mentor. I also love that Charles Dickens is one of the characters–and seems to be playing quite a major role so far. Now I’m waiting to see what trouble finds Dodger next. He seems to have a knack for attracting trouble–as well as luck and wits to get out of it.

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I see a trip to the library in our near future so we can sign up for the summer reading program. We don’t take part in many of the activities, but we do read and record enough minutes to claim our favorite prize–a book off the summer reading book cart.

What have you been reading this week?

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May books read

I enjoyed a variety of reading experiences this month. It is hard to pick just one or two favorites, but I did star the books I enjoyed the most.

43) *Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – This time the job is personal for Kat and her “family”

44) *The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter – a fun story about three ordinary children (almost) who have an extraordinary adventure

45) **One to the Wolves by Lois Duncan – gripping and heartbreaking

46) *All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terril, narrated by Meredith Mitchell – one of the most thought-provoking time-travel books I’ve read

47) The Foot Book by Dr. Suess – Just as much fun as the first time I read it decades ago

48) Trucks A to Z by Christopher Hernandez – I had no idea that there were trucks for every letter of the alphabet

49) If You Gave a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond – Such fun!

50) Because of Winn Dixie: The Official Movie Scrapbook by Jean K. Kwon, photographs by Suzanne Tenner – I love any excuse to revisit this book in any form

51) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – This defninitely stretched my brain. I’m not sure I got all of it, but I enjoyed the introduction to  physics

52) **All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivens – Amazing!

What have you read the past month?

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 Mentor 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 had the delight of opening my front door one day this week and finding a bag of books that someone had left for the Little Free Library that I am a steward for. Thank you, Ashton! I had fun reading some of these before putting them in the LFL. Later in the week I met Ashton as he browsed for some books. We also finished planting the garden before the next round of rain sets in. The best part of the week–eating fresh strawberries as soon as I pick them from the back yard. Yum!

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Because of Winn Dixie: The Official Movie Scrapbook by Jean K. Kwon, photographs by Suzanne Tenner – You should have seen how fast my daughter grabbed this one when she saw it. We both love Kate Kicamillo’s book and revisit the story any way we can.

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond – I loved reading this series of books to my daughter. Who knew what delightful messes a pig can drag you into if you innocently give her a pancake for breakfast. The photo shoot is  my favorite–or is the tree house or the wheelbarrow full of mail?

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The Foot Book by Dr. Suess – This was the first book I pulled from the bag to read. I have always loved Dr. Suess His rhymes are deceptively simple but absolutely brilliant. Read it again!

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Trucks A to Z by Christopher Hernandez – I never knew that there were trucks for every letter in the alphabet (sometimes more than one truck). I wish I had had this when my nephews were younger. They loved trucks of all kinds and would have loved this text.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I still have a lot to think about this week. I like how Miller is open about the struggles he has with his own faith and prayers, especially with his family stories. I am opening my eyes and heart to see the stories that God is weaving in my own life. I agree that God can use suffering in our lives to teach us and help us grow in our faith, but I’m not sure God causes suffering just to teach us a lesson. I’m not even sure that is what Miller says, but these latest chapters seem to lean that way.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – It’s always a good sign when my listener begs for one more chapter. Now that Willow’s life has completely fallen apart, she is slowly starting to put it back together again. The hardest part of reading this book aloud to my daughter is NOT to comment on it. I know what’s coming and want to point out all the foreshadowing, but I’m biting my tongue so she can enjoy it unfolding through the story.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – I’ve read quite a few more stories this week. I find that they are like chocolate–delicious to read but easy to consume too much at once.

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett – I downloaded this from Sync YA and started listening to it while I was mowing this week. I like the character of Dodger and his roommate/mentor. I also love that Charles Dickens is one of the characters–and seems to be playing quite a major role so far. Now I’m waiting to see what trouble finds Dodger next. He seems to have a knack for attracting trouble–as well as luck and wits to get out of it

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I’m heading to western Arizona this week to facilitate a conference, so I get to decide which books to take with me. Space is limited with carry ons, so I am glad for the Kindle app on my phone on these trips. Since I’ll get to spend a few days at my brother’s house, I can raid his books while I sit by the pool!

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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 Mentor 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 was a good reading week. I finished several books and even posted a couple of reviews. Imagine my thrill when Lois Duncan shared my review of her book on her Facebook page. Not only did I enjoy some good books this week, my husband and I finally planted our big garden. We’ve been enjoying spinach and green onions from our little raised bed at the house, but schedules and weathe had kept us from planting the rest of the seeds and plants. We still have a few more things (some more summer squash, okra and flowers to plant), but we are ready for the rest of it to grow!

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter – I absolutely love this book, but I find it very hard to describe. It has such a fantasy feel to it, but it’s really not fantasy at all. Maybe some things that happen stretch believability (How many fathers do you know who make their living by painting exiled and deposed royals with strange histories?), but everything is explained in the end. The castle folly (a small-sized copy of a real castle) is amazing, and the three Hardscrabble children found a way into my heart. (Click on the title for my longer review.)

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One to the Wolves by Lois Duncan – As soon as I received the review copy sent by the author, I opened the cover and couldn’t stop reading. Lois’s account of her search for justice for her daughter is gripping and heartbreaking. Over twenty-five years have passed since her daughter Kait was shot down in the street. During that time, Lois has tracked down every lead and compiled evidence for other suspicious deaths around Alburquerque, but she still searches for answers. I hope that she will soon be able to write an ending to this true story.  (Click on the title for my longer review.)

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All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terril, narrated by Meredith Mitchell – I forgot to include this one last week, but I am still listening to it. I’m to the point of looking for more mowing to do (too bad I broke the mower) or other chores so I can listen more. The conflict between the future Em and the past Marina is building steam until the ultimate showdown at the end. I loved the ending–though for a few minutes I wasn’t sure where it was going.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I am enjoying this book, and it gives me much to think about. The chapters I read this week focused on the contrast between the cynicism of the larger world and the realistic optimism that faith and prayer can lead to. I found lots of things for me to work on in my own life.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I think my daughter must be enjoying this one since she asks me to read every night. I am throroughly enjoying revisiting Willow and her friends. Even after I read our chapter aloud, I have a hard time tearing myself away and flip to favorite scenes to reread.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I haven’t read many poems this week. I guess I got out of the habit. The few I did read were quite good, so I am determined to get back in the habit of reading one every day. 

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – This is the book that I find myself grabbing to read whenever I have a few minutes. It’s perfect to take along while waiting to pick up my daughter from school or to sneak in another story while I am waiting on someone for something.

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Oh my, it’s time once again for SYNC YA. I  missed the first week last week, but there are still two audiobooks a week for the rest of the summer to enjoy. Glancing over the titles for the summer, I see some titles that have been on my TBR pile and others that I would love to revisit while listening. If you’re not familiar with SYNC YA, they give away two audiobooks–one contemporary young adult title and one classic title that relate thematically–each week of the summer. All you need is the free Overdrive app. I’ve enjoyed many books for the past few summers. The downloads are available for just one week, but they remain on your computer for as long as it takes to get to them.

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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 Mentor 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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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – Really, I don’t want to turn to a life of crime, but I love reading about Katerina Bishop and the family business of thievery. This time the job is personal for Kat. Her friend Hale is the mark of an excellent con. Not only might she not be able to outcon the con, she might also lose Hale. I thought I knew what was coming through the story, but I was even more surprised than Hale at the end. Check out my full review here.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – The poems I’m reading this week circle around childhoods lost.

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter – Three ordinary children (well, almost ordinary) have the most extraordinary adventure and discover the most surprising secrets. My favorite part is the narrator, who is at times serious and at times snarky. Technically, the narrator (one of the children) remains unnamed, but it didn’t take me too long to figure out which one tells the story. I’m almost finished with this one and can’t wait to see if I’m right about how things turn out.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I didn’t read much on this one this week (too caught up in the adventures of the children above from Little Tonks. I am finding much to think about as I read, so I’m not too disappointed to take it slowly. After finishing the section on praying like a little child, I’m just starting to read about learning to trust (otherwise known as overcoming cynicism).

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – As my daughter has been battlng sickness this year, she has asked me to read her bedtime stories again. Rather that recycling throuh the few picture books we saved, I’m reading her some of my favorites that I think she will like.  hope she enjoys this one as much as I am enjoying reading it to her. I love Willow and the people she surrounds herself with

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I received two books at the end of the week that I plan on reading (or at least starting) in addition to the ones I’m in the middle of.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – My daughter gave me this book for Mother’s Day along with some chocolate. She does know me well.

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One to the Wolves: A Desperate Mother on the Trail of a Killer by Lois Duncan – On her Facebook page Lois Duncan asked if anyone print reviewers or bloggers would be willing to review her book. She graciously sent me a review copy that came in today’s mail.

What have you been reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

imageIt’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor 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 did it! I wrote a poem for every day in April to take part in Mary Lee’s PO-EMotion challenge over at A Year of Reading. Some days I struggled–and some poems were better than others–but I loved the community that developed with the poets who took part and the opportunity to stretch my own poetry muscles. I linked the last few poems for the month of April below. Now I’m ready to catch up on some book reviews on the blog. I’ve read some good books that I want to share! We also enjoyed sending my daughter to prom this past weekend. She looked beautiful, but I can’t believe my little girl is growing up so fast.

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The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – I love the concept of marketing for hippies–two ideas that seem to be at odds, but just maybe they can come together. I did like the approach to seeing your niche as your role in the community as opposed to just a way to market goods or services. It is a much more holistic way of looking at life and work together–neither one is enough by itself, but it can be hard to keep them in balance.

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Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novel by Ally Carter – What happens when a top teenage spy runs into a master art thief at a society ball? If Ally Carter is in charge of writing the story, it’s sure to be filled with surprises and adventure. This novella provides a peek into the collision between two worlds–that of spies from the Gallagher Girls series and the thieves of Heist Society.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I loved reading a poem a day so much through April that I’m continuing the tradition. Some of the poems of loss that I read this week spoke to events happening currently. I can’t even begin to imagine the loss experienced by those families in Nepal and in Baltimore who had their lives upended in an instant. It makes the losses of my life pale in comparision.

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A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller – This book is giving me so much to think about. On the one hand, I want to tear through it to read what else Miller has to say, but I also want to slow down and think about the ideas. I have a feeling that this is a book I may turn back to more than once.

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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – This was the book I meant to download when I read Double Crossed. I don’t really want to start a career as an art thief–and I generally find thievery immoral–but I can’t help but love Kat Bishop and her “family” business. This time the job is personal since the mark is one of her own–and Kat is playing both sides of a well-thought out con. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terril, narrated by Meredith Mitchell – Mowing season is here again, so I’ve loaded another audio book to listen to. I downloaded this one last summer from Sync YA, and had forgetten everything I might have heard about it. It can be a little disconcerting to listen to a new book with no clue as to what’s coming, but it does make me pay attention a little more. So far I am enjoying the time travel. Just like the characters, I am having to piece together the clues to figure out what is going on.

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I’m not sure what I will pick up once I finish the books I’m in. I like the surprise of letting books find me. I have plenty stacked around waiting for me to pick them up.

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April books read

I had quite a bit of variety in my ten books from April. It’s hard to choose a favorite. The Secret Garden has been a favorite for a long time, but I was just as blown away by Seabisucit and Wild Things and Marching Toward the Thunder. I could hardly go wrong this month.

33)  Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Minear (Introduction by Art Spiegelman)

34) Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand – an amazing story of an amazing horse and an amazing story of those who worked with Seabiscuit

35) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – the coming of spring invited me to enjoy this classic one more time

36) Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton – thoughtful and insightful look at understanding the Bible

37)  By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York TImes Book Review edited by Pamela Paul – I loved this glimpse into the reading lives of a variety of writers

38) Audience Revolution by Danny Iny – something to think about.

39) Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novel by Ally Carter – What happens when a top teenage spy runs into a master art thief at a society ball?

40) March Towards the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac – an excellent historical fiction set in the Civil War

41) The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – more business reading

42) Wild Things: Acts of Mishief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta – a ravishing romp through children’s lit.

What have you read this month? What books are you looking forward to?

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