Monday, February 18, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2/18/13


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Be sure to stop by Teach Mentor Texts for a list of participating bloggers and even more great reading ideas from Jen and Kellee.

Read more:

Books I finished:

Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi--Yes!  Wow, what a ride.  This girl knows how to spin a story and paint such a dark, twisted world with beautiful language.

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.

In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

Lovely, lovely, lovely!  I'm not sure if I can wait for my jobber to send me the sequel, Unravel Me.  It might be a Nook purchase this week.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver--I haven't quite finished it, but tonight when I get home it's me and Lena and we'rre gonna do this thing!  I can't remember when I have enjoyed a sophomore sequel as much as I have this one.  Delirium was nice.  It was slow but sweet.  Oliver's second installment is a character power-house complete a non-traditional plot twist:  "then" and "now."  I love seeing Lena develop, fight, and claim her own path.

Books I'm reading:

BombThe Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin--I never thought I would enjoy listening to a nonfiction book as much as I do this one.  Reading it in print would be just as pleasurable.  I've already passed the library copy onto our AP World History teacher, and I have two more teachers in line to read it.  I'm excited to hear their reactions.

In Darkness by Nick Lake.  I have to digest this one in small doses.  It is just like it sounds, dark. 

Books to read:

Decisions, decisions...

Hopefully, Unravel Me, will show up on my library door step.  And, poor Anna Dressed in Blood is still sitting on my bedside table.  This week is a busy week as the Boy is turning 2, and we have a wonderful Winnie the Pooh party planned for Saturday. 

Introducing Blog-of-the-Week

I read so many wonderful blogs each week from colleagues, librarians, and book-lovers that I want to start adding a blog-of-the-week for #IMWAYR.

How often do you hear from students and colleagues, "I don't have time to read?"  Jennifer over at Empathic Teacher has a response to that!  Check out her blogpost reflecting on all the creative ways she finds time to include reading in her busy day

Happy reading!


  1. My copy of Bomb is waiting for me at my library, can't wait to get it!

  2. I was too chicken to keep Anna on my nightstand! Daytime reading only. I swear that one of these days I will read Shatter Me. And of course, those award winners have made it on to my TBR list...

  3. The book cover of Shatter Me looks lovely indeed. BOMB sounds like a definite must-read. Will borrow it soon from our libraries. Nick Lake's In Darkness has also intrigued me for quite awhile now. Have to find it too. :) Have a great reading week!

  4. I'm always afraid of sophomore books, so I haven't started Pandemonium yet. But now I will! I couldn't finish Anna Dressed in Blood,though. It was really dark for me; I might have to see if I can try it again. I'm super interested in Shatter Me now. Gonna get that one--maybe a library I know has a copy?

    Thanks for the shout-out!