It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited. **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.
Since I was out of town last weekend I never got the previous winner posted so this is the two week ago winner and this past weeks winner using random.org (because that is how I roll!)
Last weeks winner: Lori from Escape With Dollycas!!!
Congratulations! Please choose a book or bookish item from the Reading Cafe! And for those of you waiting on a win, the book room as you will see below is now done so I can find the books to mail you
I am coming in a little later on this one today. Usually I post on Sunday evening for all of you who live outside the US and my Sunday is your Monday… however,
I am currently in Mankato Minnesota where yesterday morning I biked with friends for the Mankato Ramble, and then I spent the rest of the day with College Son and stayed at his place. I never get to Mankato – it is a 3/12 drive from my home in Brainerd coming this weekend to ride bike one last time this year and see my son was so worth it. We went out to dinner last night, and then to a movie. By the time we got in I was wiped out and knew this post would have to wait…
BUT – here it is and if you hung out here at all last week didn’t we have a great time with Banned Books Week? And if you did not hang out here last week then this is all the awesome stuff that was going on:
PREP by Curtis Sentenfield (Banned book with a giveaway!)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (banned book with a giveaway copy!)
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ( banned book and now a movie!)
Sad Desk Salad by Jesse Grose (a book tour)
The Chocolate Wars by Robert Cormier - a banned book and a giveaway
The LORAX by Dr. Suess (discussed for Banned book week – yup – it is banned!)
October Mourning by Lesea Newman -(a book surrounding thoughts on the terrible murder of Matthew Shepard)
If there is one thing banned books do for me, is they give me an incredible reading list for a week each year, There are so many great books to chose from and if you scrawl through my posts of last week you will see all the wonderful book bloggers and authors who also tied into banned books week with reviews, talks, and giveaways.
So this week is going to particularity crazy – today when I get back to Brainerd I need to change out the Banned Book Window in the library. I think I am going with a theme of “Spooktacular” Reads and going with a shelf of good books for October – one shelf for kids, one for MG, one for YA, and one for adults. Any thoughts on what those titles may be – please feel free to give me ideas in the comments
Then tomorrow is book club – we are dressing up and reviewing The Wizard of Oz! Wednesday I work with students after work until 8 pm and Thursday I am leaving for the cabin with friends to have a crafting weekend. Coming back on Saturday evening.
So – knowing that I will not get a lot of reading in this week – here is my lay out:
I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve…I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
I have heard this is excellent and I have had the audio for a while. It is my “listen: on the way home today. It is also a movie now!
The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, brought violence based on sexual orientation to public view. His mother, determined that Matthew’s life should have meaning, has become an activist for the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation (the federal act, named for Matthew, was enacted in October 2009) and for gay rights in general. Judy Shepard’s narration is consistent with her statements in the book that in various public situations she is determined not to break down–as she wants the focus of the story to be Matthew, not her. Matthew’s father delivers the statement he made at the trial of one of the assailants. Both parents read in tightly controlled voices that are poignant and, by the absence of dramatization, tell a haunting story.
This past Saturday was the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s beating that led to his death. Above, I had read October Mourning but thought it was going to be more about his life and story – it was poetry and I did not know that going in. However, I have had this one on my shelf for awhile, written by Matthew’s mom.
That is probably all I am going to list from Mankato. Once I get home I may see something in my notebook that I am supposed to read this week so I am going to keep this the way it is.
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