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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/26/16

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.

Short and sweet edition due to the holidays. Hey, there’s no garbage pick up, mail, or banking today either 😉

Later this week I will do some end-of-year round-ups.

Last Week’s Books:

Note: Dead Man’s Song  counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/24/16

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:

We have a new book club at one of my middle schools, and the students decided that everyone should read a dystopia for our upcoming November meeting. I had just purchased Everland by Wendy Spinale, and then saw it featured at our Scholastic Fair, so I figured it would be a good choice. The premise is that London has all but been destroyed by the German ruler’s son, Captain Hook, who bombed (among other things) a medical facility that housed a deadly virus. Now, nearly all adult and female children are dead, and the Lost Boys are eeking out survival in the presumed-destroyed London Underground. Meanwhile, Gwen is a teenager trying to take care of her little sister, Joanna, and her brother Mikey. On a late-night scavenge she meets Pete and Bella, and the three soon become entwined in a mission to save kidnapped Joanna and to discover if Gwen is truly The Immune with the potential to save humankind. Great premise; however, the execution falls just a bit flat. Other characters from Peter Pan are woven in, sometimes not as successfully, and Hook waivers too widely between a sympathetic character and a monster. Still, students who enjoy Peter Pan and devour retellings will be pleased.


Adult: Amber Fang: The Hunted by Arthur Slade is a fun romp for readers, especially librarians. I mean, how are those of us who like horror supposed to resist the tag line: “Librarian. Assassin. Vampire.”? After spending all her time pursuing her master’s degree in Library Sciences and researching her next meal (she eats ethically–murderers with no remorse only), Amber is recruited by the mysterious League as their newest assassin. Dermot, her “handler,” promises that “meals” will meet her standards so that everyone wins. As Amber embarks on her new career, readers will enjoy the fast pace, Amber’s quick wit and inside jokes for librarians, and the potential for romance.  Although Amber is a vampire and there is some unsettling talk of bloody meals, this series is shaping up to be more of the fun, thriller type, and I will definitely enjoy reading further installments. Note: There is nothing in here to preclude interested teens in reading this book; it is just aimed at a different audience.  Though not truly horrifying, this book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016 because “vampire bloodlust rage.”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/17/16

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:

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.

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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.

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

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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 wordpress.com 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???