It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/26/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books:

Pax  by Sara Pannypacker is the beautiful story of the impact of war on man and animals. In an unnamed time and place, Peter’s father is going off to lay electric lines for the war effort. Because 12 year-old Peter will be staying with his grandfather, the boy’s father makes him release into the wild his pet fox, Pax, whom he raised after finding him abandoned as a kit. Peter is unable to bear this separation and fears that Pax will not be able to take care of himself, so he secretly heads out on foot, embarking on a hundreds-of-miles long journey to rescue Pax. In alternating chapters, readers live Peter’s journey, including his stay with veteran-turned-hermit Vola, and Pax’s encounters with other foxes, predators, and prey. Readers will become fully invested in the fate of these two friends and will find lots of food-for-thought along the way. Highly recommended for  all middle grade readers, this book would also make a great, albeit tear-inducing, read-aloud.

Another beautiful and heart-felt book, Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton is a historical fiction novel-in-verse about 12-year-old Mimi Oliver, a half-black, half-Japanese girl who is struggling to adjust to her new home in Vermont and dreaming of being an astronaut. Set against the backdrop of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, this book poignantly explores the challenges Mimi faces not only because she is biracial, but also because she is a girl interested in science and engineering. Mimi’s fierce pursuit of her dreams makes her story an admirable and inspiring one for young readers.

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Join the Mini-Challenge: 16 (bookish) Horror Films in October ’16


Welcome, horror junkies! 

Those of you who are frequent visitors know that I don’t read a lot of adult books, but when I do, horror novels are my genre of choice. And I am always delighted to read and share scary YA books and creepy MG stuff.  To quench my taste for all things horrific, I am in my second year of participating in the awesome 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, and I recently met my goal of reading 16 horror books this year (and it’s not even October yet).

So when Tracy of Cornerfolds and Lilyn of Sci-Fi and Scary, the co-hosts of the reading challenge were in the market for a mini-challenge, I suggested a horror movie challenge, which we tweaked to focus on horror films adapted from books rather than just screenplays.

I plan to post my progress here on this blog (since it’s my only one), and I hereby invite and encourage you to make a late entry into the Reading Challenge and a just-in-time entry to the 16 (bookish) Horror Films in October ’16 mini-challenge. Wait, I mean I DARE YOU!

Let’s let Tracy share the nitty-gritty below:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Halloween! (Okay, honestly I love Christmas most but Halloween is a close second.) This is my second year hosting the Horror Reading Challenge, this year with Lilyn from Sci-Fi and Scary as my co-host! With the help of Michelle @ I Push Books, who came up with this brilliant idea, we are bringing you a brand new Halloween mini-challenge for the month of October!

The goal of this challenge is to watch 16 horror films in the month of October, but there’s a catch! Each of the horror movies you watch for this challenge must be based on a book. Yes, there will be prizes at the end, but our main objective is to have a lot of fun and great discussion! We will be talking about all the movies we watch in our Goodreads discussion group!

Challenge guidelines

  • Must be a particpant of the Horror Reading Challenge (you can sign up HERE)
  • This mini-challenge will run from October 1st – 31st
  • All films must be based on a book
  • Link your sign-up post or your progress page below in the linky
  • You can track your progress on Goodreads, IMDB, your blog, or anywhere else
  • Each movie you log will gain you an entry in the giveaway (a horror book or movie of your choice)
  • For bonus entries, you can also read the book the film was based on
  • Participants who complete the challenge will receive a super awesome badge to post on their blog
  • Please don’t forget to visit the discussion group so we can talk about the movies we watch

Lists to get you started

 Join the mini-challenge

  • Link to your sign-up post at the Cornerfolds or Sci-Fi and Scary post for this challenge (since does not allow me to display the link up…grrr…) with Your Name @ Your Blog (if applicable)
  • If you are a blogger, create a post with your goals and a link to wherever you plan to track your progress
  • If you are not a blogger, just link to wherever you’ll be tracking your progress


cryptkeeper  Won’t you join us???


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/19/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books:

Batgirl, Vol. 3: Mindfields was the end of this incarnation of Batgirl, as she decides to leave Burnside for other adventures. Although I enjoy this Batgirl’s character, I did feel that this final volume was rushed to wrap things up.

Everything great you have heard about A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen is true! I so admired and loved Gerta’s fierce independence and resourcefulness and her dedication to finding freedom and reuniting her family. And how nervous I was that the tunnel would collapse before they could all escape to the West (even though I am fully aware of how MG books “go”)–so that’s a testament to excellent storytelling and pacing. Plus, the divisiveness of the Berlin Wall is not a topic with which many middle graders are familiar, making this a very enlightening book for them. Highly recommended for elementary and junior high libraries.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/12/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Book:

High School: It is hard for me to describe just how much I love Andrew Smith’s novels. I know I am late in the game coming to this one (hence, not a lot of summary here), but I enjoyed it nearly as much as Grasshopper Jungle, my introduction to Smith’s work. Voice in YA books is such a critical component, and the voices of Smith’s teenage boy protagonists are very tough to beat. In Winger, Ryan Dean felt so much like a real person I kept wondering how much of his character might be based on the author himself. Although I have never been 1) a teenage boy 2) on a rugby team 3) enrolled in boarding school, I felt like I was living those experiences right along with Ryan Dean. The comics sprinkled throughout really added to the pervasive humor of the book. And yet, when things got serious, I felt like I got punched in the gut and worried what was going to happen next. Happily, I have my own copy of Stand Off , the sequel, to read very soon–and a library card to get to his other works I haven’t read yet.

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Surprise Me Challenge September ’16

Better late than never edition….

In 2016, I am continuing to let choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. My randomly generated number for September is 93 (out of 438 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance by Adam Bertocci. Sounds like fun!

Here is the Goodreads description: 

What if . . .  William Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski?

The Dude has met the Bard—and he doth abide.

Join “The Knave” and Sir Walter on a wild tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a rug that, in faith, really tied the room together—in a sidesplitting Shakespearean comedy of errors and ninepins, told in five glorious acts of iambic pentameter and impeccable period prose.

Already a theatrical hit and a worldwide viral phenomenon, Two Gentlemen of Lebowski comes alive anew in this definitive and lavishly illustrated edition, featuring recently discovered historical engravings, scholarly annotations, and a revelatory afterword from the author.

2016 Challenges: August Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 10 this month, 104 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, 16 total CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): None this month– 13 total
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): None this month-seven total
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, eight total