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What Are You Reading: August 29, 2011: 08/29/11

What Are You Reading?

We've survived the first week of schools. While the kids got away with a week without homework, I wasn't so lucky! There are no homework free weeks in graduate school. Despite the homework I did finish The Ghost and the Goth and I'm about halfway through Dreaming in Hindi. Both are excellent.

I gave up on a review book, The Days of the King by Filip Florian. I'm not sure if I will write a review of it or not.

We finished Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. As the book is told completely from Dashti's point of view, through her diary, the book relies completely on her ability to carry the story. As an audio book, there are long sections that are poetic descriptions of things around her. The actress playing Dashti tended to over-emote these sections, making everything overly earnest. I think this is a case where the written version is probably better than the audio version.

My current audio book is I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos. It's odd to say the least but I'm enjoying it.

I finished four manga volumes I had out from the library. I'm up to volume 26 of Fullmetal Alchemist and frankly, I'm ready for the series to end. The final battle is taking forever. In Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle I'm up to volume 12. Things there are starting to line up more with xxxHolic.

At night the picture book reading continues. My favorite picture book was Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker. The story is charming and the artwork is adorable. The weirdest picture book goes to Monkey Truck by Michael Slack; a monkey shaped truck saves the jungle from a tsunami.

I want to finish Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan and Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly. After that I'd like to start on The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer and The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

Gave Up On:

  1. The Days of the King by Filip Florian (review copy)

Finished Last Week:

  1. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (audio) (library book)
  2. Curious George Goes to a Movie by H.A. Rey (library book)
  3. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 24 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 25 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  5. If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk (library book)
  6. I'm Going to Grandma's by Mary Ann Hoberman (library book)
  7. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade (library book)
  8. Monkey Truck by Michael Slack (library book)
  9. On a Windy Night by Nancy Raines Day (library book)
  10. Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker (library book)
  11. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 10 by CLAMP (library book)
  12. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 11 by CLAMP (library book)
  13. Yoko's Show-and-Tell by Rosemary Wells (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly (personal collection)
  2. Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich (library book)
  3. Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan (library book)
  4. I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos (audio) (library book)
  5. A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks (personal collection)
  6. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman (library book)
  2. The Best Cat in the World by Lesléa Newman (library book)
  3. Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul (library book)
  4. Mr. Sweetpants and the Living Dead by Albert E. Cowdrey (personal collection)
  5. Nylon Road by Parsua Bashi (library book)
  6. 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert (library book)
  7. Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand (library book)

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Comment #1: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 06:48:00

Rachel

Wow. What a week!



Comment #2: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:36:04

Pussreboots

Half of the books I finished were picture books. A third were manga, which are also very short. That just leaves one novel and one audio book — a completely manageable list.



Comment #3: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 07:14:22

debnance

No homework passes in grad school! Sad reality.

Here's my post for this week: It's Monday! What Are You Reading?! And only two days are left to sign up for the Readerbuzz August Giveaway!



Comment #4: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:43:11

Pussreboots

It's okay. I don't mind the homework. This semester's looking like it will be a good one.



Comment #5: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 07:35:07

Christina T

Dreaming in Hindi sounds really good. I am glad you are enjoying it. I liked The Replacement. It is a little different from other YA paranormal fiction.



Comment #6: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:46:37

Pussreboots

I'm looking forward to reading The Replacement. Dreaming in Hindi is fascinating.



Comment #7: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 08:11:24

Laurel-Rain Snow

You've had some intriguing books this week, and also your up next books look fascinating. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.



Comment #8: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:57:18

Pussreboots

Thank you. My reading tastes tend to be all over the map.



Comment #9: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 08:55:18

Nise'

We have this week off yet before school starts. It looks like a good reading week around the pool.



Comment #10: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:59:58

Pussreboots

I'd rather be in the pool than reading around it. Enjoy your week off.



Comment #11: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 09:02:26

Helen Murdoch

I enjoyed the Ghost and the Goth when I read it last year, but haven't gotten around to the sequel yet



Comment #12: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 11:01:09

Pussreboots

My husband also read and loved The Ghost and the Goth. I need to find the sequel now. Although, knowing me, it will probably be months before I do.



Comment #13: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 09:50:31

Sheila (Book Journey)

Book Of A Thousand days sounds good. How is it on audio? I am at that point again where I need more audio :)



Comment #14: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 11:03:35

Pussreboots

I'd give the audio a B+. I found the main character's performance annoying in places. I think's just a problem with the interpretation of certain scenes.



Comment #15: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 10:18:47

Psique @ Book Travels

Wow, you've read a lot last week.
I've managed to finish 6 medium books, and the reviews are going to start poping this week.
Thanks for the visit.



Comment #16: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 11:07:01

Pussreboots

I bet your page count is much higher than mine. Most of my books were 32 page picture books!



Comment #17: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 11:31:11

Melissa Caldwell

Wow! You are a super hero! That's a lot of books to read in one week!



Comment #18: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 11:08:13

Pussreboots

They were mostly picture books and manga, short on pages and word count.



Comment #19: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 14:35:49

Grace @ Graced with Books

Looks like you had a full week! So how did you get started reading Manga? I want to but I feel overwhelmed by where to start! Great load of books though, don't you just LUV the library! Happy Reading :)



Comment #20: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:13:43

Pussreboots

I got started with manga via watching anime. A lot of the anime is based on manga series. That which isn't, often goes on to inspire a manga series. So the two feed back and forth. I tend to pick series of manga that I enjoyed as anime.

I love the library so much I went to library school!



Comment #21: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 15:40:07

Julie @ My Book Retreat

We also survived the return to school. It's actually nice to get back to a normal schedule here! Enjoy your week.



Comment #22: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:24:54

Pussreboots

This semester is my last really crazy semester. I'll have learned a ton by the time I'm done but I'll also be worn out!



Comment #23: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 16:01:20

Jennifer

I have no idea how you do it with family and school, but you do. I am impressed. I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy your reading.
My Monday.



Comment #24: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:27:00

Pussreboots

Short books, low word count. And I wrote up all my reviews over the summer when I was only taking one class.



Comment #25: Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 17:40:51

reading rendezvous

oh me, now i feel so bad for not finishing this novel after viewing all you were able to do with the kids and school. (head down) well, see i think its the book. lol. i'm on it, really should of finished this book in one half a day time. thanks for stopping by.



Comment #26: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:31:14

Pussreboots

I'm in library school. Books and blogging and all the rest are expected skill sets. The university I'm at even offers speed reading courses. But I've had weeks and months where I've only read a single book or no books at all. Please don't feel bad!



Comment #27: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 00:17:59

The1stdaughter (Danielle)

You never cease to amaze me! Wow! I've never been able to get into Manga, but everyone I know that does absolutely loves it. Sounds like you fall in the latter boat, which is great!

Have a fabulous reading week and thanks for stopping by earlier!



Comment #28: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:31:14

Pussreboots

Manga is a medium, not a genre. You need to find books that match your normal tastes in genres. I often pick my manga from the anime (often inspired by the manga) that I've watched.



Comment #29: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 00:59:28

Teddyree

Wow impressive week! Happy reading this week too :)



Comment #30: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:39:05

Pussreboots

If you take away all the short books, I finished only one book of any serious length and word count.



Comment #31: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 01:26:46

MarthaE

You always read alot and have such interesting titles! Hope this week is another good one for you.



Comment #32: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 22:42:12

Pussreboots

Thank you. I never know for sure until I write up the post on Sunday night.



Comment #33: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 08:05:54

Angelica

Hopping through, have a wonderful week :D

Here's my "Monday" post.



Comment #34: Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 23:16:20

Pussreboots

Thank you for stopping by. Sorry I missed you last week.



Comment #35: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 09:03:26

Bonnie

I still can't get over the amount of reading you manage to get done in a week even with your busy schedule! Well done!



Comment #36: Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 23:17:09

Pussreboots

I read many short books or books with low word count. That's why the list seems so long.



Comment #37: Tuesday, August, 30, 2011 at 10:04:49

FHC

thanks for the fhc visit!
i luv curious george '') grt memories with the kids...
ton of reading you completed + reviews!
enjoy this week ~



Comment #38: Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 23:18:00

Pussreboots

The reviews I wrote over the summer. I also write them on the weekends. The books I read were short or had a low word count. So it's pretty easy to read a bunch of them.