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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? 10/10/16

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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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 🙂

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