Monday, May 5, 2014

Reading Even What I Don't Want

This is a double report since I didn't do any posting last week. I'll sign up at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

I spent the second week not reading anything really, but the week before I finished a few things:
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern. I didn't like this much.
  • Jinx, Sage Blackwood. Cybils finalist -- middle grade SF.
  • Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch. First book in the series I started in Texas.
  • Old Men at Midnight, Chaim Potok. Davita after the Harp.
  • The Unsung Hero, Suzanne Brockman. I had issues.
  • We Are Not Eaten By Yaks, C. Alexander London. Kids tragically separated from their television.
  • The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield, Jack Campbell. Pretty good until the last chapter, which had a twist I found rotten on many levels.
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control, Jack Gantos. Book club pick.
What am I currently reading?
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, Dorothy Gilman. AUDIO. I hope to finish this today since the library wants it back.
  • The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau. AUDIO. Xan and I listen to it so we don't get ahead of Paulos with Mrs Pollifax. Except now I don't drive him as much so we're kinda in trouble.
  • Carter's Big Break, Brent Crawford. AUDIO for me to listen to when I'm alone. It's from the 2013 Best of the Best for teens list. I think I need to hook Xan on this to encourage me.
  • The Golden Leopard, Lynn Kerstan. Haven't touched this in a week or so. 
  • Heart of Steel, Meljean Brooks. Also untouched for the past week.
  • Perdition, Ann Aguirre. I liked the three pages I got to lately.
  • The Dollhouse Murders
  • What the Heart Knows
  • Theodosia and the Eyes of Horos
Reading intermittently, and deliberately slowly. These never change much:
  • Radio Fifth Grade, Gordon Korman. Transmission shenanigans with a powerful hair dryer.
  • Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. The good mayor is back in the lead.
  • A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis. 
  • The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens. 
  • How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card. How and where to try to sell the stuff you've written.
What's up next? Stuff from my Goodreads TBR list, I hope.

2014 Challenge Progress:
  1. Cybils: 43/77. Working on poetry, and Elementary Speculative Fiction.
  2. Where Am I Reading? 25/51. 
  3. Alphabetically Inclined: 15/26. Inching along.
  4. What's In a Name?: 5/7. Still need weather and school subject.
  5. Book Bingo: 23 Squares. Still need a handful of  New Releases, and a few more TBR.
  6. Gentle Spectrum Challenge: 5/10, 7/10. 
  7. Small Fry Safari: 6/8. No change. Still need pairs and something precious.
  8. PoC Speculative Fiction 4/5: I may move up a level!
  9. Best of the Best 2012: 52/25.  Finally finished The Night Circus.
  10. Reading My Library: Working on it.