It’s Monday! What are you Reading? 7/1/13

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Shelia at Book Journeys. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s and YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR (to be read) pile. I plan to keep it to titles for young people, with an occasional book for grown ups thrown in if I find it relevant.

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If you click the image, then you can connect to other participating blogs and discover even more new books.

Last Week in Books:

I read two YA/MG (middle grade) books last week.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is on the 2014 Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award  (Abe) List. It is the story of Karou, a teenager in Prague, who must hide her “real” family from humans. They are chimera, fantastical beings made up of parts of three different animals. Karou is their link to the outside world, and she brings “supplies” needed by her father-figure Brimstone. When Karou meets Akiva, a seraphim (angel) soldier (and enemy of the chimera) she finds out more about the mysterious world of her family, a terrible war, and why Akiva seems so familiar. I have to say it is one of the more inventive paranormal romances I have read in a while and that Taylor creates quite a sense of place and atmosphere this book. I would recommend it for the upper end of my junior high readers as well as high school students.

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I am planning to write about Doll Bones  by Holly Black in a couple of days. It is part realistic fiction, part adventure, and partly a ghost story of sorts. It is getting loads of positive reviews and a little Newbery buzz–but more on that later. Stay tuned!

This Week’s Planned Books:

I am currently reading Legend by Marie Lu. It is another 2014 Abe nominee that a lot of my students already read this year. Next up in the TBR pile are Homeland by Corey Doctorow, sequel to Little Brother, a favorite, and The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt, a recent used bookstore find that has a recommendation from Markus Zusak on the cover.

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I’d like to hear what other people are reading this week, too. Please leave a comment and let me know 🙂

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