Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Monday! What R U Rdg?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen
Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers give it a kid lit spin
I love summer! I can finish a book a day if I want. I love to stay up late and read.  Summer, however, for many is coming to a close.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson were ya fantasy series books that I read and I can't wait to introduce to my students this fall. I love a series because I hate when stories end. I can't wait to to see what happens next and am anxiously awaiting the next titles to appear on my front door. (Our library delivers and it's better for you than pizza!)

Laini Taylor's Karo (Hope) lives between worlds, a double life of sorts. She helps, Brimstone, the only father she has known, collect teeth. She is his conduit between the world of chimera and humans.  What we and she discover is there is a battle between good and evil forces, but nothing is as it seems.  The sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, delivers as well, as it continues her story. I hate to give away too much because the mystery of Karou's origins is the mystery that keeps readers engrossed in this magical story.  I am anxiously awaiting the third in the series, Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns is another ya fantasy with a strong female lead, Elisa, who is a princess and a chosen one, one of whom is chosen every century.  She is married in secret to protect her and partnered with one who may or may not want her. I might connect this title with The Odyssey as this becomes a hero' journey story. The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom are on my TBR list as I can't wait to see how Elisa's adventure pans out.

Next week it's nonfiction. Two books that I am in the midst of which I am finding helpful both personally and professionally.


  1. I am so desperate for the next Daughter of Smoke and Bone book that it hurts! One of these days I will start the Rae Carson series. Have a great reading week!

  2. I liked The Power of Habit and started Made to Stick but had to give it back to the library before I finished -- I've been meaning to get it back again because it looks good.

    Since you're reading nonfiction right now, you might enjoy the Back to School Reading Challenge.

  3. Hi Beth,
    The Power of Habit is a book I'm reading right now too. I'm thinking about the cues I want in place to trigger different habits. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
    Happy reading,

  4. Just finished Dinner with the Smileys - loved it - esp the perspective of life with boys, birth order and joys of parenthood


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