Monday, January 13, 2014

Power Ranger Weekend

  This week I've been avoiding all the books I'm reading, with the result that I've read almost nothing! I sure got a lot of sudoko played, though. And I sorted some of my pictures -- my kids were awful cute when they were babies. I mean, they are still cute now that they are teenagers, but it's a different kind of cute.

I did kick-start my Cybils reading by getting 6 of the picture books and sharing them with my resident elementary school friend, who then selected the best of the bunch. So that was book-oriented fun. In between reading, we watched twenty or so episodes of Power Rangers: Jungle Fury, which is hitting a good blend of silly for me and action-packed for him. Also, it's filmed in New Zealand, so that's cosy for me.

I'll sign in at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts since I want to see what everyone else is reading this month. I managed to finish one adult book and one kid book, plus a lot of picture books.

This week I've managed to finish:
  • Dial-a-Ghost, Eva Ibbotson. This is for my elementary school book club.
  • Paradise, Toni Morrison. This is the book I avoided so hard; I knew from the start it would end badly so I dragged my eyelids for the last sections. And then it was much more upbeat than I expected! It did go much faster after I found it in the shoe caddy, where it temporarily vacationed.
I also read some picture books (Benjamin Chaud, the library has your Cybils finalist book on order):
  • Count the Monkeys, Mac Barnett. Colorful, energetic Cybils finalist.
  • If You Want to See a Whale, Julie Fogliano. Thoughtful, quiet Cybils finalist.
  • Journey, Aaron Becker. Imaginative, surprising Cybils finalist.
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown. THERE WAS NUDITY. It was hilarious how appalled my test reader was. I did point out that my cats were almost as naked. Cybils finalist.
  • Open This Little Book, Jesse Klausmeier. I reread, since I grab any book-related picture book. Cybils finalist.
  • Sophie's Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller. What a delightful child Sophie was. Cybils finalist.
  • Paul Meets Bernadette,  Rosy Lamb. On my library's temptations shelf. I did not think Bernadette was a good influence on Paul.
  • What Is Part This, Part That?, Harriet Ziefert. This would have been fun to read with kids.
  • Hide and Snake, Keith Baker. Another book I would have delighted to read with my youngest.
What am I currently reading?  In my book bag is In Janesville, staring at me trying to guilt me into finishing it, my NOOK which will I hope will hold its charge for two days, Unspoken, which will break my heart probably by Wednesday, and The Forbidden Rose because I can count on a romance to have a happy ending. 
  • Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan. OK, as I read this I remember the heartbreak at the end. I'm now at the happy middle, right before things start going to pieces in a wheelbarrow. So I'm avoiding it too!
  • In Janesville, Jo Ann Beard. Still not liking it much -- the parts that ring true are the parts of my childhood I don't really want to revisit, and the rest is just kids being unpleasant. My kids are not that nasty -- did I just get lucky?
  • Conspiracy, Lindsay Burokers. NOOK. I'm enjoying this, but my NOOK's power is getting flaky.
  • Revenant Eve, Sherwood Smith. I found it (under my bed), but then the library called it home. This is very sad. My son says rechecking it out would not violate the no-new-books rule, since it's not a new book. Hmm. I think he just wants a cookie, but it's a persuasive argument. So maybe I'm reading it?
  • Rotters, Daniel Kraus. Audio. Still not enthusiastic. The grave-digging will apparently not be a fun bonding thing to do with his dad.
  • Developing Standards-Based Report Cards, Thomas R. Guskey & Jane M. Bailey. I've lost this book. This is getting to be a trend. And a pity, since I have to be an expert on it by Thursday.
  • Radio Fifth Grade, Gordon Korman. The new teacher does not respect the radio.
  • Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. The borrowed pickup truck has the engine of a Jaguar.
  • Keep Me Forever, Rosemary Laurey. I like the progress of the rich gardener.
  • A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis. Some false notes about autism.
  • The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens. Pickwick is defiant, and goes to Bath. I snore.
  • How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card. I like his definitions of science fiction.
What's up next? I'm trying to concentrate on my physical TBR pile, especially since I've started the Triple Dog Dare. I'm really looking forward to Sarah Rees Brennan's Untold, but first I have to get up the courage to reread the ending of Unspoken.  I've got Alabama Moon next in my library pile, and then Magic Rises. I picked The Forbidden Rose out of my unread bookcase to ensure I have a paperback to carry around.

My elementary school book club is reading Eva Ibbotson's Dial a Ghost, and then in February my adult book club is reading Tarzan of the Apes. This month Vaginal Fantasy is doing The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, and I'd like to read along.
2014 Challenges
  1. TBR Triple Dog Dare: 1. I finished a book! Also, I bought some books from the school book fair, but I left them in the car because it's not fair to the library fund that their fundraiser falls during my challenge. So it didn't count.
  2. Cybils: 8/77. I've got 6/7 of the fiction picture books, but I'll pause there to inflict them on all available children.
  3. Where Am I Reading? 4/51. See -- no problem!
  4. Reading My Library:  Pause. I still have two waiting for me.
  5. Best of the Best 2012: 46/25.  Continued In Zanesville but still not enjoying it. Also dragging through Rotters. 


kmitcham said...

With a name like _Rotters_, its got to be good?

Beth said...

I think it's aimed at boys. Boys like decomposing things, right? I hadn't realized that the "puppy dog tails" were not attached to a dog but in a pile with the frogs and snails.