It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/10/16

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:

Scary Out There is a YA short story  and poetry anthology from the Horror Writers Association and edited by Jonathan Maberry.  As with most collections, some entries are stronger than others. My favorites included Carrie Ryan’s “What Happens to Girls Who Disappear,” Josh Malerman’s “Danny,” and Ilsa J. Bick’s “Bearwalker”–although the most disturbing thing in the book was learning that Bick is a child psychiatrist, as she has definitely written some uniquely horrifying works featuring children. Short stories just don’t go well in my collection; however, one of our public librarians booktalked this at Books and Bites last week and students seemed very interested. This book counts toward my Horror Reading Challenge 2016, which I am continuing to read for even though I have already met my goal because 1) it’s October and 2) it’s horror!

Michael P. Spradlin’s Into the Killing Seas is a fast-paced, harrowing account of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, as told by a boy who stowed away upon the ship with his little brother. As historical fiction goes, this one is primarily plot-driven and includes plenty of dangerous situations, lots of sharks, and a good dose of suspense. I would definitely suggest this book to reluctant readers who are looking to (or are being required to) dip into this genre.

Currently Reading/Listening To:

On Deck:


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