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:
I picked up Rabbit in Red a couple of months ago at a local author event at Barnes & Noble (Joe Chianakas is from Peoria). JChianakas’ novel is an homage to “classic” horror films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and has been described as a sort of Ready Player One for horror fans. Teenager Bill Wise; his Skype-friend, Jaime; and other horror-obsessed teens participate in an online contest to earn the right to further compete in-person for an internship with master of horror and director Jay Bell. Upon winning, Bill, Jaime, and 17 others spend a weekend of virtual reality gaming, reliving not only the horror films they love but also terrorizing moments from their own pasts. Chianakas cleverly weaves real world disappearances into this story, and the weekend becomes more than just fun and games for Bill and his fellow competitors. Most likely it is adults that will enjoy this fast-paced thriller, but teens who are really into those “old” horror movies will appreciate it as well. This books counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.
This weekend, MID-State Reading Council, our local division of the Illinois Reading Council, had a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble. During my shift, I held an impromptu story hour in the children’s area and read Click, Clack, Boo!, The Book With No Pictures, and Penguin Problems. The kids loved the Halloween theme and repetition of Click, Clack, Boo! and, of course, the silliness of The Book With No Pictures. I think Penguin Problems would work better shared one-on-one with a child, although it did keep the little ones’ attention.
Currently Reading/Listening To: