It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.
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Lots of reading completed this week as I could squeeze it in but really need to catch u on my reviews this week and my goal is to a book review a day.
Here is this week in review
Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (audio review) Not my favorite Lippman but I have not given up!
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (book review) LOVED this book about a food critic!
I have read none of what I said I would last week, because Tuesday I thought about it and decided it was INSANE to be reading all these other books on the week the theaters release Deathly Hallows . SO…. I tossed my book list out and instead I have been re-reading The Deathly Hallows. (Seen the movie Sunday afternoon – review coming up later on Monday!)
This Weeks Reading Plan
I leave for Honduras in 9 days so I am going to try to keep my plan real….
I met author Selene Castrovilla in New York in May and I am so excited to read her book!
Just a few months ago Jesse was junior class president, a star baseball player, the newspaper editor, and the crush of every girl at Midland Prep in Manhattan. Now he is fighting a rare cancer with only a 4 percent survival rate. When Samantha, his best friend and next-door neighbor for the last 15 years, turns her compassion for Jesse into a relationship, the teens fight the unknown with their growing love. Sam’s wavering voice, at times mature beyond her years and other times still needing her mother’s comfort, gives readers insight into both Jesse’s burden of dying and her own story of being the one left behind.
I met author Rhonda Hayes at BEA in New York in May as well, and can’t wait to read this delightful looking read!
Fifth-grader Abbie Adams is a witch in a family of witches. When her father, who is trying to find a cure for Witch Flu, brings home a kitten, she realizes that there is something strange about it. It turns out that the cat is Thomas Edison. Her parents do everything they can to make him comfortable while they try to find the right spells to break the curse and get him safely back to his own era before history is changed forever. Abbie is a likable character, and readers should relate to her. She loves her little brother (even when she has to clean up his magical messes), is nervous about her first school play, and wishes she didn’t have to keep secrets from her non witch friend.
Oh! You have no idea how excited I was to get this one in my mailbox for review! Seriously I have been drooling over this when I seen it on other blogs!
A volunteer for a French relief organization, Elsa Murphy, a young nurse, has left her tragic life behind in Boston in the hopes of finding a purpose by providing aid and medical care in Afghanistan. Living without running water and on rationed kerosene, the one comfort from home Elsa allows herself is lipstick, which helps her retain her identity behind the veil she wears. Elsa’s work engenders two relationships that will change her life: a friendship with Parween, a young, strong-willed Afghani widow whose hatred of the Taliban is born out of unimaginable loss, and a romance with Mike, a handsome, brave U.S. soldier with flashing blue eyes. Though the Taliban have largely been driven out by the soldiers, Elsa learns they are still very much a presence.
I think with the Thanksgiving weekend this list is pretty doable…. we do not have a lot going on during the holiday. College son will be home on Thursday for the day but has to go back to Mankato to work the weekend. Chance will be staying with us but he is super easy, so I anticipate a weekend of movies and board games… and of course a few books to!
Now for my favorite part…. checking out what you are reading! Last week I found five books by reading all your posts and four of those five are currently in my home thanks to my library! Please add your link to your post below where it says “click here”.
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