It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/30/16

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.

I am participating in Donalyn Miller’s #bookaday this summer, the idea being to, well, read a book every day (on average). I am doing well so far 🙂

Last Week’s Books:

I finally finished Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry. I can’t say I finished listening to it, though, as my check-out period ended (again) and I was facing waiting behind four people…so I checked the paperback out of the library and read the last three chapters. It is the first in a trilogy–an adult horror offering from the Rot and Ruin series author. The small town of Pine Deep was once plagued by a serial killer, until some local boys took out the African-American man they believed to be responsible. Turns out that man had put a stop to the real killer, but not to the evil lying in wait in the woods. The local boys are now men and the evil gets its chance when some nasty criminals on the run crash their car on the side of the road near Pine Deep. Maberry does a top-notch of blending the supernatural with just plain horrible human beings. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book and plan on listening to or reading the others. This book counts for my Horror Challenge 2016.

I also read Hell House by Richard Matheson, published in 1971. Horror fans who enjoy haunted house stories have this book, as well as Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, to thank for a lot of what we see in today’s books and movies. Hell House is the tale of four people who accept an exorbitant amount of money from the house’s owner to get to the bottom of its supernatural activity, but they have to stay there for a whole week. There is a definite history to the house, which was owned by the (now dead) depraved Belasco, who subjected at-first willing guests to an excess of vices of every sort. Definitely for adults. This book counts for my Horror Challenge 2016. This book counts for my Read Harder Challenge 2016 (category 8–a book published in the decade I was born)

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaghan is a graphic novel set in (an alternate) 1988. Four almost-teenage paper girls meet one day just before dawn and stumble upon some scary, malformed humans and a spaceship? time machine? in the basement of a house in their subdivision. The whole thing gets very confusing (in a good way), with characters coming in from the future? and the girls doing their best to remain tough while family and friends are disappearing all around them. I might need to re-read to figure some more things out, but I am definitely intrigued. This book counts for my Read Harder Challenge 2016 (category 17–a non-superher comic that debuted in the last three years).

I read another graphic novel, or rather, a two-for-one. Batgirl / Robin Year One by Chuck Dixon presents (separately) the origin stories of Dixon’s incarnations of these heroes. I must say that I have really gotten into reading various versions of Batgirl to see what has been done with the character. This one did not disappoint.

Thunder Boy, Jr. is Sherman Alexie’s picture book! It’s about a little boy who loves his dad, but doesn’t necessarily want to share a name with him. He proposes a variety of names to fit his unique personality, until his dad proposes the perfect one. Gorgeous illustrations by Yuyi Morales add to the delight of this book.

I also re-read The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston, which I have previously reviewed. I am creating an entry for it for the Rebecca Caudill nominee activity packet, so I wanted it fresh in my mind. And also, it is an all-time favorite 🙂

Currently Reading/Listening To:

On Deck:



2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/30/16

  1. I found The Story of Owen quite intriguing. I read it aloud to my son, and it didn’t fully work for me, but there was just something about it….. It’s definitely a book that I have continued to think about. And I love that cover so much! Thunder Boy is on my queue for this week. It’s been sitting in one of my piles for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been saving it. I love Alexie and I triple love Morales, so I have very high expectations for this one.

  2. I think that there’s a lot of tangents in The Story of Owen, so the history of dragon vs. man can be explored, but it does break up the narrative a bit and some readers want her to get on with it. But I love that kind of stuff. The sequel, Prairie Fire, is definitely with a read, as it delves deeper into Siobhan’s bard work and the idea of “spin”–she starts sharing Owen’s songs on YouTube. Plus it is the last book, and duologies are rare.

    Thunder Boy would be a great writing prompt book, as students could choose names for themselves based on experiences. I think you will love it 🙂

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