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What Are You Reading: March 05, 2012: 03/05/12

What Are You Reading?

Last week my daughter convinced me quite successfully that she needed her own library card. She did this by looking at how many books I already had checked out, how many holds I had to pick up and how many books in total the library allows one to check out. She pointed out that she would only be able to check out eight books, while her brother could check out 65 books because he already had a card. What can I say, I immediately helped her get a library card!

With both children now proud owners of library cards, I suspect there will be fewer library books read together. My daughter still has to read at least one book a week to me. Most of her post-library card reading, though, has been to herself.

Mark Tidd in the Backwoods has been put on the back burner as I get through some library books. My current "purse read" is actually The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg. The other TBR shelf books, though are coming along nicely: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, the third of the Fablehaven books by Brandon Mull, and, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

I finished two review books over the weekend: Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter and The Glass Collector by Anna Perera. Both had such potential but neither managed to live up to my expectations.

My two favorite reads are the audio of Robopocalypse and Outside In by Maria V. Snyder. They are both excellent science fiction. I think fans of Fullmetal Alchemist will enjoy Robopocalypse.

This week I want to finish The Child Thief by Brom and Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull. I also plan to start The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean and A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee (library book)
  2. The Glass Collector by Anna Perera (review copy)
  3. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (review copy)
  4. The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway (library book)
  5. The Monster Princess by D.J. MacHale (library book)
  6. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (library book)
  7. Robopocalypse (audio) by Daniel H. Wilson (library book)
  8. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon (library book)
  9. Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults by Carrie Hintz (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. 50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Ross Kinnaird (review copy)
  3. Angelology (audio) by Danielle Trussoni (library book)
  4. The Child Thief by Brom (library book)
  5. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven 3) by Brandon Mull (personal collection)
  6. Mark Tidd in the Backwoods by Clarence Budington Kelland (personal collection)
  7. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (personal collection)
  8. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (personal collection)
  9. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg (library book)

Reviews Posted:

  1. 0.4 by Mike Lancaster (library book)
  2. Dark's Tale by Deborah Grabien (library book)
  3. Libyrinth by Pearl North (library book)
  4. No Castles Here by A.C.E. Bauer (library book)
  5. Shadow by Suzy Lee (library book)
  6. The Wayside School Collection (audio) by Louis Sachar (library book)
  7. We Are in a Book by Mo Willems (personal collection)



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Comment #1: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 23:14:00

Mari @ Bookwormwithaview

Getting your first library card is so exciting (for your daughter and you, as her mom). :)

Have a great week!



Comment #2: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 21:23:25

Pussreboots

It most certainly is.



Comment #3: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 23:29:16

Sheila (Book Journey)

OOH getting her own library card! How exciting!



Comment #4: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 21:24:32

Pussreboots

I know! She's very proud of her card.



Comment #5: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 23:33:26

Gina

My daughter doesn't like to read unfortunately. She did borrow some Stephen King books from my sister though.

I think her lack of wanting to read is that she is 16 but doesn't like the YA genre.

I hope you have a good week reading.



Comment #6: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 21:25:33

Pussreboots

Stephen King was popular with my teenage friends, too.



Comment #7: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 00:23:44

Books and Beyond

You read so many gr8 books this week!
I used to be able to read so many in a week..I wish I could. I have so many I want to read..need to read..
I am going to enjoy reading your reviews.
First time visitor to your blog..
Have a gr8 week ♥

What R U Reading?



Comment #8: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 21:33:02

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm trying to knock as many books off my wishlist as I can. It's only in the last couple of years that I've been able to read as many as I am now. I give myself an hour before bed to read a few nights a week and I don't watch much TV. Also many of the books I read are short.

Welcome to my blog! I hope you also check out my archives which are organized by genre.



Comment #9: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 01:00:57

Mystica

Is Anna Perera a Sri Lankan author? such a few of them around so am curious.



Comment #10: Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 22:27:10

Pussreboots

Her father is Sri Lankan and her mother is Irish. She was born in London. You can learn more on her website.



Comment #11: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 02:37:29

Karen

1Q84 was one of my favourites from last year. Hope you are enjoying it too.



Comment #12: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:06:23

Pussreboots

I am enjoying 1Q84. I'm savoring it and probably won't have it finished until late spring.



Comment #13: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 02:42:36

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

My children all had library cards within a few months of being born so that I could use them LOL

Wishing you a great reading week!



Comment #14: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:08:24

Pussreboots

When our children were younger we had one card for the entire family. Now though one card can't support the reading habbits of my husband, my self and our kids. So now we each have a card.



Comment #15: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 08:24:41

Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

Some great choices there - Robopocalypse & Old Man's War are both on my TBR list.

Bob



Comment #16: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:12:28

Pussreboots

Both need to go onto your currently reading pile. They are very good!



Comment #17: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 08:30:43

Melissa Caldwell

Looks like you have another very full week of reading ahead of you! I hope you enjoy every single book! :)



Comment #18: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:15:38

Pussreboots

Thank you. I hope I do.



Comment #19: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:02:13

Lisa @ ButteryBooks

Can't wait to see what you thought of 1Q84...my feelings are mixed.



Comment #20: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:16:01

Pussreboots

At the rate I'm reading it, I won't be done with 1Q84 until sometime in late spring.



Comment #21: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:09:54

Laurel-Rain Snow

I'm curious about The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam...

Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST



Comment #22: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:17:00

Pussreboots

The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam is set on a farm in east Rhodesia. While things are calm now it obviously won't stay that way.



Comment #23: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:17:05

gautami tripathy

You doing good reading. I have been reading the same novel for the past four weeks! Bad, eh?

Here is my post!



Comment #24: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:19:01

Pussreboots

I've been reading 1Q84 for about 2 months now.



Comment #25: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:38:29

Crystal @ I Totally Paused!

I loved getting my first library card when I was a kid too :) It's fun to have that reading freedom!

I need to read that Serenity book, I'm obsessed with all things Joss Whedon!



Comment #26: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:20:03

Pussreboots

Serenity: Those Left Behind is the first of four graphic novels based on the tv series. It reads like an episode, although the themes are a little more adult.



Comment #27: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 11:01:07

Majanka

You sure read a lot of books last week! WOW. I've yet to start on Goddess Interrupted, but loved the first book in the series. Also, I liked Angelology - some parts were a bit dissapointing, but overall a well-researched, thoughtful book. I hope you enjoy reading it as well!

I subscribed to your RSS. Take a look at what I'm reading this week!



Comment #28: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:22:10

Pussreboots

I had some problems with Kate in Goddess Interrupted which I will address in my review. Angelology so far is fascinating. Welcome to my blog!



Comment #29: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 11:18:54

Abbi(gatorade635)

Congrats to your daughter on her first library card! I still remember getting mine! Hope you have an awesome reading week!



Comment #30: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:23:11

Pussreboots

I remember getting a library card was a lot harder for children when I was a child. So it didn't even occur to me to try getting cards for my kids when they were infants. I think, though, that they appreciate the responsibility attached to the card since they are older.



Comment #31: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 11:44:38

LORI/DOLLYCAS

Kids grow up so fast, it will be time soon to get my grandson a library card.

Have a great week!



Comment #32: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:26:14

Pussreboots

They certainly do grow fast. It's nice, though, with both kids having their own cards.



Comment #33: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 11:46:39

Tara

I'm really interested in Carrie Hintz's book - my kids devour these type of books, and I feel I need to do some background reading about this! You've done some wonderful reading!



Comment #34: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 10:27:14

Pussreboots

Carrie Hintz's book is a collection of academic essays on the development of the genre. It's not exactly a readers guide, although all the books mentioned are listed at the end of each essay. If you want some current advice about which books to read, I recommend the PoseySessions blog.



Comment #35: Monday, March 05, 2012 at 19:52:08

Lindsey

Congrats to your daughter! I have very fond memories of walking down to the library as a little girl with library card in hand (and returning with a stack up to my eyes!).



Comment #36: Wednsday, March 07, 2012 at 16:23:59

Pussreboots

I didn't start bringing home stacks of books until I was in junior high but I'm very pleased that both my children are eager readers.



Comment #37: Monday, March 05 2012 at 21:52:55

IntrovertedJen

We've been on the same wavelength lately — I just finished books by Gail Carson Levine and Maria V. Snyder as well! Enjoy your week!



Comment #38: Wednsday, March 07, 2012 at 16:26:15

Pussreboots

I'm starting the Levine book soon. Funny how we're on the same wavelength this time.



Comment #39: Tuesday, March, 6, 2012 at 12:48:56

Beth

My kids get library cards as soon as they can write their names. It's a rite of passage, which also results in incredibly cute cards with huge letters scrawled across the signature line.

I use libraryelf to track all our cards — it bundles up everyone cards and sends me a list of due dates and holds and stuff. I really recommend it for families with multiple cards.

I try to limit my kids to only checking out as many items as their age. I try to limit myself as well. We don't always stay under that limit, though.

Your books look really interesting. I enjoyed Old Man's War (our book club gave me an excuse to re-read it), and I'm about to read Libyrinth for another book club.



Comment #40: Wednsday, March 07, 2012 at 16:29:24

Pussreboots

I let my husband keep track of his books (for better or worse). My son and daughter have their own email address which I monitor. The library sends email reminders three days before books are due. It's pretty easy to keep track of what's due when.

I am enjoying Old Man's War. It's been on my TBR list for a couple of years.

I hope you like Libyrinth more than I did. People seem to either love it or hate it.



Comment #41: Tuesday, March, 6, 2012 at 21:51:21

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

The Wayside School books are some of my all-time favorites. I've read them countless times, even as an adult.

Your daughter is totally right. I was so proud to have a library card as a kid, and I still go multiple times a week today (even though I also work in a library).



Comment #42: Wednsday, March 07, 2012 at 16:36:15

Pussreboots

I go twice a week to a library and I hope to be working in a library soon. Even though you've read the Wayside School books multiple times, I recommend listening to the audios read by the author. They are excellent.



Comment #43: Wednesday, March, 7, 2012 at 05:42:06

Heather aka Dynamic Uno

Ooh — 1Q84 is supposed to be really good. I hope it lives up to its reputation. I'm glad your daughter has her own library card now. As a librarian, I LOVE to see kids hanging out in the stacks. They always find hidden gems. :)



Comment #44: Wednsday, March 07, 2012 at 16:40:54

Pussreboots

I read Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman a couple years ago and loved it. I was excited about 1Q84 because it sounded like he was revisiting themes from his short stories. So far the book is excellent.