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

What Are You Reading?

With my daughter reading on her own, my picture book reads have dropped off significantly. I read three this week because they were on my wishlist. My favorite read this week was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (audio) by E.L. Konigsburg, which we listened to on our day-trip to Shasta Lake.

I have started up again on Mark Tidd in the Backwoods. I've gotten about fifty or so pages further in it. The other TBR shelf books, though are coming along nicely: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull, and, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

I would really like to finish listening to Angelology. I'm having a lot of trouble with the book. The performance is bland and the book is nonsensical in places. There's a flashback with Sr. Celestine before she was a nun where she is going through her mentor's "secret files" that is a straight up rip off of a much better scene in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I will listen to the halfway point and then decide if the last half is worth the time and effort.

I also want to finish Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull and The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean. Then I want to start A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine and the sequel to Drift House.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. 50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Ross Kinnaird (review copy)
  2. Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst (library book)
  3. The Child Thief by Brom (library book)
  4. Deadly Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery by Richard Castle (personal collection)
  5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (audio) by E.L. Konigsburg (library book)
  6. The School for Cats by Esther Averill (library book)
  7. Tacky Goes to Camp by Helen Lester (library book)
  8. Vocabulary of Science by Lancelot Hogben (library book)
  9. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. Angelology (audio) by Danielle Trussoni (library book)
  3. The Assault by Brian Falkner (review copy)
  4. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven 3) by Brandon Mull (personal collection)
  5. Mark Tidd in the Backwoods by Clarence Budington Kelland (personal collection)
  6. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (personal collection)
  7. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. From Cover to Cover by Kathleen T. Horning (personal collection)
  2. The Exterminator's Want Ad by Bruce Sterling (personal collection)
  3. Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand (library book)
  4. Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony (library book)
  5. Robopocalypse (audio) by Daniel H. Wilson (library book)
  6. Tall Blondes by Lynn Sherr (library book)
  7. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (library book)



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Comment #1: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:47:40

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Wow! What a large number of books to choose from! Good for you!

Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I'd love to have you stop by!



Comment #2: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:50:04

Pussreboots

It's just a small selection from the massive TBR and library piles.



Comment #3: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:50:15

LORI/DOLLYCAS

You had a good week even if you are fighting your way through a book. I hate it when that happens. :)



Comment #4: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:52:05

Pussreboots

The reason I'm sticking with Angelology is because it's on my computer. So there's no due date and it's not taking up shelf space. Otherwise I probably would have already given up.



Comment #5: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:56:00

Laurel-Rain Snow

Oh, I absolutely love Judith Viorst's Alexander books. My favorite was The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #6: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:52:05

Pussreboots

That one is my favorite too.



Comment #7: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 13:40:20

Tasha @ A Trillian Books

Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here. Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx



Comment #8: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:57:34

Pussreboots

Thank you. Same to you.



Comment #9: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 13:45:59

Kathy Martin

I have Angelology on my TBR stack somewhere. Your comments haven't encouraged me to move it closer to the top. I did enjoy Old Man's War by John Scalzi. I read his YA Zoe's Tale first and then just devoured the adult trilogy.



Comment #10: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:58:34

Pussreboots

Oh dear! Sorry. Speaking of Scalzi, have you read Agent to the Stars? It's a fun read.



Comment #11: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 14:18:53

Lisa@ButteryBooks

Wow, that is quite the list of books! Happy Reading!



Comment #12: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 20:00:41

Pussreboots

It is, although when I was reading picture books with my daughter it was an even longer list!



Comment #13: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 19:49:04

Yvonne

Interesting lists of books! The School of Cats sounds really good.



Comment #14: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 20:01:49

Pussreboots

The School of Cats is cute but strange. I'll get a review posted soon.



Comment #15: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 20:49:27

Vasilly

The Voluptuous Tale of Peanut Butter and Jam has been on my reading list for ages. I hope I catch your review. Angelolgy sounds like a book I should pass up. As always, your stack looks interesting. Happy reading!



Comment #16: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 20:02:04

Pussreboots

If you have to pick only one of those books, go with The Voluptious Tale of Peanut Butter and Jam.



Comment #17: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 21:37:29

Lindsey

How are you liking 1Q84? I've heard mixed reactions.



Comment #18: Monday, March 12, 2012 at 20:04:13

Pussreboots

I am enjoying it. It's Japanese literary fiction and perhaps not as western friendly as some of his shorter works. I'm reading one or two chapters a week, not because it's confusing or boring, but because I'm savoring it.



Comment #19: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 00:30:55

Melissa W.

Wow! What a lot of books. I am lucky if I can get 3 book reviews each week.

Have a great week. And thank you for dropping by my blog.



Comment #20: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 22:21:20

Pussreboots

I have a lot of reviews prewritten so I have something to post even if I don't have time to write a review that day.



Comment #21: Tuesday, March, 13 2012 at 00:35:15

Abbi(gatorade635)

Looks like a fun week! Hope you are able to finish the books you want to! Thanks for stopping by my blog!



Comment #22: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 22:24:03

Pussreboots

Thank you! I had a good week of reading.



Comment #23: Saturday, March, 17 2012 at 16:20:54

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text) www.bibliosaurustext.com

I liked Angelology pretty well, but I read it. A bad audiobook narrator can really hurt the story, and I like being able to flip back and forth in a book when the time isn't linear. Hope it gets better for you!



Comment #24: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 22:25:02

Pussreboots

Maybe it would have been better in print form. It would have been easier to skip the numerous repeated scenes, for one. I finished the audio yesterday and while I did enjoy getting back to the present I can't say I liked the book.