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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 atUnleashing 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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What a week! Work exploded and kept me hopping (and will for the next few weeks). We survived our day at the hospital (we got good news–at least the lesser of several evils). Best of all, my husband made it home after spending two plus weeks fighting forest fires in Oregon. Despite the weeds which have completely overtaken our garden, it is producing a bumper crop of veggies. Saturday we canned seven quarts of whole tomatoes and 21 pints of pizza sauce. Sunday we went back and picked butternut squash, more tomatoes, bell peppers, cutie peppers, watermelon and more to share with our friends. Yum!

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Absolultely nothing! Instead of sharing books I finished, I will leave you with this poem:

My reading has flittered here and there like a butterlfy

sipping words from magazines, drinking deep from the well

of a thought-provoking book, pausing on poetry every day.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – The poems this week all seemed to be about the passing of time–old barns falling down, houses and neighborhoods from childhood staying. I couldn’t help but think of the beautiful picture frames my husband makes from old barn wood. Even when the barn no longer stands, it lives on in a new form. I think much of loss can be that way if we are willing to let it.

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Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson – The last two chapters we are reading and discussion are on keeping the Sabbath and givng up things for a spiritual purpose. i have finished the Sabbath chapter and long to recover Sabbath time for myself. I know I need time to rest even though it is hard to for me to sit still and just be. I’m working on it.

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Two new books came my way this week that I am looking foward to reading. A friend from church passed on Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes. I enjoyed the last book she passed on to me (Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos), so I expect to enjoy this one as well. My husband brought back a book from his fire trip. (He knows me.) No End in Sight by Rachel Scdoris and Rick Steber tells Rachel’s story of dog sled racing in the Iditarod even though she is legally blind.

What have you read this week? Thanks for all the suggestions for my waiting room reading last week. I wasn’t able to concentrate enough to read very much, but I look forward to finding the tiltes later to read.

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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 atUnleashing 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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This week has been filled with balancing work with my daughter’s soccer schedule. They played four games in a week. At least three of them were home games. I’m glad next week slows down with just two games (Thursday and Saturday) before our big tournament Labor Day weekend. Thanks to my daughter, I’ve learned to enjoy watching soccer. I love the green of the pitch and the movement of the players across the field–especially when both teams are playing well. As an avowed non-sports person for much of my life, I’m delighted to find poetry in the game.

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The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, narrated by Richard Davidson – Thanks to this one, I looked forward to mowing while my husband was gone fighting forest fires in Oregon. If I can talk him into trying an audio book, this is a book I think he would enjoy as well. Junger combines the danger and hard work of commercial fishing with one of the largest and deadliest storms to hit the northeast. The story of the crew of the Andrea Gayle, lost at sea in the storm, holds together a story that encompasses information about commercial fishing, the history of the New England fishing industry, weather and storm formation, and ocean rescues. At times I was overwhelmed by all the information, but I never lost interest. For anyone who thinks (as I used to) that nonfiction is dry and boring, this is another excellent choice that might change your mind.

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The Seer of Shadows by Avi – I am always amazed at the depth and variety of stories that Avi creates, and this one is no exception. Horace Carpetine is decidedly scientific. He appretices to a photograher in 1872 New York City to further his understanding of the scientific principles behind the new industry of photography. Into this focus on history and science, Ave weaves a most chilling ghost story. When the master photographer that Horace is apprenticed to decides to fool wealthy society matron with pictures of the “spirit” of her “dearly departed daughter,” Horace is shocked to find that his first real photos reveal, not a trick, but a real ghost. Through his friendship with Pegg, the black servant girl, he learns the truth about the dead Eleanora and her death. Can Horace use his scientific knowledge of photography to stop this vengeful ghost before more people die?

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I found an old favorite poem among the ones I read this week–Jane Kenyon’s “What Came to Me.” There is something about that spot of gravy on the gravy boat that pulls at my heart every time I read it. Several of the other poems also focused on those small details that seem insignificant but are so poignant.

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Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson – Our group had a good discussion on the chapter about worship this week. Don’t worry, we don’t have all the answers, but we are all more aware of what we can do each week to contribute to worship together. That discussion will lead right into the chapter we are reading this week on hospitality. What I am finding as I read and discuss this book on spiritual disciplines is that they are all interconnected. I am also excited that most of the group wants to continue another week to read and discuss the chapters we missed.

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Sync YA may be over for the summer, but I still have lots of titles I downloaded through the summer that I have not listened to yet. I also have a few more chpaters in Soul Feast to finish. Beyond that, I am open to what the week surprises me with. I will be looking for just the right book to read in a hospital waiting room later this week. I need something that will distract me and hold my interest but that won’t require too much heavy thinking, Any suggestions?

What have you read this week?

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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 love vacation reading–especially beach reading! There is nothing better than sitting in the sand and listening to the waves crash on shore while I get lost in a good book. I actually didn’t spend much time sitting with a book on the beach (too busy walking or swimming), but I did enjoy our family’s vacation at Bethany Beach. I had long hours to read in the car on the drive out and back (so glad I don’t get carsick). I also got to discover new books from the stacks lying around the beach house we rented. Now I’m ready to dive back into work as my daughter starts her senior year of high school. I suspect this year will fly by for all of us.

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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – This is  one of the books I found lying around the beach house. I’m so glad I did. I seem to be on a spy novel kick these last few weeks, but this is one of the best. It is quite the “literary” spy story. Serena Fromme is working as a lowly clerical worker with M15 in the 1970s when she is given an assignment to recruit a promising new writer to the cause. It sounds great–the writer gets paid to write and has complete freedom. M15 hopes they have picked a writer who will help their cause in the battle of ideas, but they don’t want to appear to be controlling their writers. Once Serena falls in love with “her” writer, things get a bit more complicated as she has to keep her secret. The end gives a delicious twist!

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Belong to Me by Marissa de los Santos – A friend from church gave this one to me, and I read it all on the journey back home. Three women come together in suburbia and find that their lives intersect and intertwine in ways they never could have imagined. Cornelia and her hunky husband fled the city to find security in the suburbs, but Cornelia struggles to find her place in this tight-knit community. She first meets Piper–the Queen Bee from your high school nightmares–who is dislikes Cornelia on sight. She thinks she has found a kindred spirit when she meets Lake, who has moved across the country with her son Dev. All three women hide secrets and pain–one of them a secret that could destroy their friendships completely.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I did not take this one on vacation with me (we had limited space), but I’ve read every day since I’ve been home. Some of these poems take my breath away.

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Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson – I’m reading this with a study group from my church. I missed the first group meeting while on vacation, but enjoyed talking with others at church yesterday who are also reading it. The first two chapters are filled with underlining and notes scribbled in the wide margins. It is definitely a book to read slowly and to chew on thoughtfully between times I sit down to read. I’m looking forward to discussing the first two chapters on Wednesday.

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The Living by Matt de la Pena – I’m to the last section, and I can’t wait to see how it ends out. Right now there are so many loose ends I want to see come together. I have my own ideas and suspicions. Am I right, or does de la Pena have surprises in store that I haven’t dreamed of? I do hope that I learn more about Shoeshine. For some reason, those minor characters who seem to be much more than they appear fascinate me.

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I know this week will be hectic with catching up at work and starting school and soccer again, but I’m looking forward to reading when I can and seeing what good books the week brings my way.

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July books read

66) Cruel Beauty by  Rosamund Hodge, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden – I loved this fairy tell retelling that turns characters inside out

67) Why? Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam Hamilton – very thoughtful look at what faith in God has to offer through difficult times

68) The Selection by Kiera Cass – My daughter pushed this book on me. She loved its twist on one of her favorite tv shows–The Bachelor/ette

69) Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein,narrated by Sasha Pick – I LOVE this book Now that I have finished listening to it, I want to go back and read a print copy as well, especially for Rose’s poetry

70) Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer – I thought this was a satisfying ending to the series–though the possibility remains for more adventures to come.

71)  Froggy Gets a Doggy by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

72) The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson – Just as good as the first book. I’ve already started the third.

73) The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson – a thrilling conclusion to Jaron’s story

74) The Misison Song by John le Carre – another spy gets thrown out in the cold

75) The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson – lived up to all the good things I heard about it

76) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – very though-provoking

77) Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – a very literary spy story

78) Belong to Me by Marissa de los Santos – loved it!

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 still haven’t figured out why iTunes on my computer has quit talking with Apple and my iPod, but I found a workaround by transferring the next book I want to listen to to my phone. At least Android seems to be immune for the time from whatever ails the others. It took a while to find the right app to play it, and it’s not as convenient as my iPod since I haven’t figured out how to fast forward within a section, but I’m back to listening to books.

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The Mission Song by John le Carre  – It took me a little while to get into this one. Salvo is an aloof narrator. Even though it is in first person, it’s hard to get inside his thoughts, much less his feelings. But as I drew near the end, I had a hard time putting the book down. Salvo is asked to translate for a secretive deal that supposedly will bring peace and stability and even prosperity to his home country of the Congo, but he discovers that there are secrets behind the secrets and once again his homeland is about to be pillaged and thrown into war. As he tries to stop the events that he played a small part in setting in motion, he discovers that no one is willing to listen, much less act.

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The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson – I heard so many good things about this book when it first came out. I finally bought it for my nephew’s birthday present. Of course I head to read it, and it was so much fun. There are capers and cons (named after Star Wars and Star Trek and history and music and baseball). There are a gang of friends who sometimes quarrel, but come together to outwit the school bully who is planning to steal the election. There’s even a little bit of romance (but not too much). So what do they do? Steal it back, of course.

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – Despite the controversy surrounding the publication of the lost manuscript, I knew I wanted to read it. How could I join in the conversation if I didn’t read it for myself. In some ways, I found it a bit disorienting. The switch between the present narrative and the flashbacks sometimes threw me off balance along with the disjointed thoughts of Jean Louise. Of course, Jean Louise (aka Scout) was thrown off balance as she confronted the changes and secrets from her past.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I think I read one or two poems this week. I need to get back in the habit–or find a way to make it routine so I don’t let the day get away from me before I read another poem. I like the idea of reading a poem a day, but I sometimes forget to sit down and open the book as I get busy.

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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – I’m reading another spy story. I do like those. I like the main character/narrator in this one. Serena Frome loves to read, but ends up studying mathematics at Cambridge. She has an affair with an older history professor who grooms her reading in politcs and history and steers her toward a career with M15. In the 1970’s, the options are limited for young women in the service, but Serena continues on anyway. I’m just getting to the part where she goes on her first assignment outside of clerical work.

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Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson – I’m reading this with a study group from my church. My favorite part of the book is the wide margins for writing reflections as I read. In addition to reflecting on the journal questions scattered through the margins, I have plenty of reaction to much of what I’m reading. I’m trying to be selective in my underlining, but there are so many thoughts I want too come back to that the pages are filling up. This will be a book I will come back to again and again. I’m glad to have a record of my thinking from my first time through it. I’m also looking forward to discussing it with others.

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The Living by Matt de la Pena – Now that I finally figured out how to transfer the Sync YA books to my phone and listen, I picked this one. It’s my first book by de la Pena and I really like it. I’m eager to continue since I’m at the point where everything that could go wrong has–a deadly disease, massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and a sinking ship. I don’t think there will be many characters left among the living for long.

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I’m enjoying the books I’m reading now, and have a few in bag to finish. There are even more waiting on my Kindle and phone. The hard part will be deciding which to start on next. I also need to catch up on reviewing what I’ve finished recently.

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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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Rain, rain go away. I’m beginning to think we should get out the canoes for our transportation around the county. At least I have had time to read while listening to the patter of raindrops on the roof. I also learned to check out library books on my phone through the Overdrive app. Now I will never be without something to read–at least as long as I have cell service. On the downside, iTunes on my computer has quit communicating with Overdrive and the iTunes store, so I am unable to transfer any audiobooks to my iPod to listen to. Arrgg! I hate it when I can’t figure out technology. I love it when it works.

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The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson – Jaron/Sage is just as smart (and smart alek) as he goes to the pirates to try to stop a war that will destroy his kingdom. When I read the title, I was worried that Jaron was running away from his duty as king since he didn’t want it, but I should have known Jaron would never run away. No, he goes on this mission alone because he doesn’t know who he can trust among his regents. There is a traitor–or more–among them still. Unfortunately, he also pushes away his friends, but they refuse to leave him.

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The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson – Once again Jaron finds himself backed into a situation that there seems to be no way out of…and once (or twice or more) he outsmarts both his friends and his enemies. The ending to this trilogy was even more exciting that the first two books, and I’m still trying to figure out Nielson’s genius in creating the character of Jaron and plotting all the twists and turns that lead to the stunning finale. I am glad that Jaron finally began to trust his friends. There is no way he could have won this war on his on.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Such loss and heartbreak in this week’s poems. The poems that struck me this week remind me that sometimes it is my own choices that create loss, and sometimes that’s not all bad.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn – We read a few chapters, but late nights and weekend trips (by my daughter) kept us from getting too far. Kyle is not coming to terms well with his new look.

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The Mission Song by John Le Carre – I got distracted by shiny new books this week, but I did read a little more. Salvo is thrown into a situation where he is asked to both use and hide his language skills. He’s trying to figure out the context of what is happening, but no one is forthcoming with much information.

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I want to finish the books I’m reading before school starts in a few short weeks. I know once homework and soccer practice hits, we won’t have much time to read together before bed.

What books have you been reading this week?

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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 has been a busy week with our county fair. My daughter was 4H Queen. She served as an ambassador for the 4H program at the fair (which meanth watching a lot of livestock shows and passing out ribbons. My husband and I ended up there every night of the fair with some group or another–passing out Smokey Bear stickers and bookmarks (my husband) or volunteering in the food stand (me). In addition, I had the pleasure of babysitting in my daughter’s place while she was at the fair. We had lots of fun with all kinds of activities.

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein,narrated by Sasha Pick – I LOVE this book Now that I have finished listening to it, I want to go back and read a print copy as well, especially for Rose’s poetry. There are so many things I love about this book, but Rose herself tops the list. I also like the fact that it continues past her escape from Ravensbruck and gives a glimpse of her life as she tries to pick up the pieces and move on.

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Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer – I thought this was a satisfying ending to the series–though the possibility remains for more adventures to come. There were several surprises at the end–some pleasant, some not so much. I had started the companion series that focuses on Joss and the Slayer Society. I would like to continue wiith it to see how Joss changes from dedicated vampire killer to Vlad’s friend. Together Vlad and Joss have to outwit both the vampires and slayers.

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  Froggy Gets a Doggy by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz – The library bag was filled with Froggy books this week (another favorite series from my daughter’s childhood). I still enjoy Froggy’s antics and enthusiasm as he does everything from getting dressed to hopping across the room. Nothing can contain his excitement at the pet store where he wants a dog (not a rabbit, alligator, or mouse). Both my neighbor and I agreed that getting an alligator for a pet might pose some problems for a family of frogs.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t read many poems this week either. I’m looking forward to dipping back into the poems this week.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn – We didn’t read much this week due to too many late nights at the fair. Instead, I got to read aloud a few chapters of Matilda to our neighbor since I provided back up for babysitting while my girl served at the fair all week.

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The Mission Song by John Le Carre – I haven’t read anything by Le Carre since I read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in college. Someone donated this one to my Little Free Library (I get to read them, too!). I’ve just barely started, so I don’t know what I think yet, but I am intrigued by the main character so far.

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Running with Scissors by Augusten Borroughs – I picked this up (another donation) to read while waiting for my daughter to get home from the fair. I think I’m going to put it aside for later or pass it on. It was described as funny, but I found it more horrifying than humorous.

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Today at church I passed on my copy of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough and someone else gave me Belong to Me by Maria de los Santos. It looks good. Now I need to decide if I want to start it now or save it for vacation. Don’t worry, I have plenty of books stacked up to read at home. I also need to choose a new audiobook to listen to. Thanks to Sync YA, I have plenty of good ones to choose from.

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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).

Coming up…

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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