It's Monday, glorious Monday, a time to anticipate another week of possibilities and another week of reading. As importantly, if it's Monday, then #IMWAYR time again. Check in with Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Rickie from Unleashing Readers to discover what others are reading and blogging about. Have your credit card ready.
It has been a very crazy week, although I did get some reading in. The Scholastic Book Fair arrived in the library on Friday, but I didn't have much time to peruse books once it was set up because I had to rush off with one cousin to pick up another cousin from the ferry terminal. We had a wonderful Friday evening and Saturday morning together. The rest of the weekend consisted of two funerals, more guests for dinner, and running around like a chicken trying to get ready for this upcoming week.
I always have an audiobook on the go. In fact, it's the book that makes having to take care of the basics (cleaning, shopping, etc) worthwhile.
I've just finished listening to Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. It did not work for me. Honestly, it is soooo slow; it's like listening to paint dry. I'm not kidding. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to drive to work. During the entire drive one day last week, all that happened was that our heroine put on a new dress and hat, and then walked through a building (blindfolded) to find something called a chronograph. Absolutely nothing of note happened. I really expected more from a book with time travelling. Now that I have finally completed the book, I'm even more disenchanted. Just as the story finally started to get interesting, it was done, and ended on a kind of a cliff hanger! For certain I will not be reading, in any shape or form, any more of this series.
One of my goals this year was to read and blog about more Canadian titles. In this week's reading I remembered why. Where we come from gives us a sense of place and identity. Reading stories that reflect this confirms to ourselves who we are. So reading these two middle grade novels was like coming home.
Finding Grace by Becky Citra
I'm always happy to read anything Becky Citra writes. This is the story of Hope, a girl who writes letters to an imaginary person. Finding Grace is one of those stories with a happy ending, even if it isn't the kind of ending you might have expected.
Red River Raging by Penny Draper
Everything that I have read in Draper's Disaster Strikes series has been worthwhile; both for her development of time and place, as well as her capacity for creating authentic characters readers can connect to. Red River Raging is no exception. Readers who like to read about disasters and children like themselves who are in the middle of them, will like these books. Heck, I'm no longer really a child, and I enjoy them.
I'm afraid I've got too many books on the go. I've got The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson on my iPad (not yet started.) I'm about halfway through Bone Gap which I'm reading on my iPhone. Greenglass House by Kate Milford (in real book format) is waiting much more patiently for me than the reader from our school who wants me to hurry up so we can chat about it.
I've come to realize that I am ready for a grown up book! Thankfully, I've got The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman waiting for me.