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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 3): 04/03/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 3)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

This week was back to normal except for Friday being a no school day for kids in honor of Cesar Chavez's birthday. I'd planned on taking them hiking but my youngest brought home the cold that's going around her school. So while she rested, I read and worked on my blog.

For the blog redesign, I'm now finished with May 2016. Creating the larger images takes time. I don't want to just slap them on a colored background and call it a day. I want the larger area to be either graphically part of the cover art or graphically important to the story as a whole (without being a spoiler).

Now that we're in "local move" mode, we've rented a storage space nearby where we will be putting our boxed up home library there. Next step is the purchase of all the Bankers boxes ever. My plan is to box up the books I've read first from the living room and then move the unread books I want to read into the empty spaces. Everything else in my bedroom (the room that need to get cleared out first) will then be boxed up.

For the second week of April, I am taking my son and daughter on a mini road trip to see their grandparents during their spring break. As we will be in the mountains, I probably won't have much connectivity. That means I probably won't be participating next week. I'll definitely be back on the 17th.

What I read last week:

The Genius of Birds
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Nonfiction, layman's introduction to ornithology.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
My Pet Human
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
Library book
Awesome children's graphic novel about a cat finding his furr-ever home.
My Pet Human 2
My Pet Human: Takes Center Stage by Yasmine Surovec
Personal Collection
This year's sequel. Oliver is grumpy when Freckles starts fostering a kitten.
Complete Book of Baits, Rigs & Tackle
Complete Book of Baits, Rigs & Tackle by Vic Dunaway
Library book
Otis by Loren Long
Library book
The first of the Otis books
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Library book
Who's in the green egg?
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex
Library book
A picture book about how to be a stalker

What I'm reading:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Giant Days, Vol. 3
Giant Days, Vol. 3 by John Allison
Vampires on the Run
Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
The next mystery in the Quinnie Boyd series.

Up Next:

My goal is to continue reading from my own collection. Although like last week, I do have one library book in the wings.

The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5)
The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5) by Michael Northrop
Personal collection
Once Upon a Thriller (Nancy Drew Diaries #4)
Once Upon a Thriller (Nancy Drew Diaries #4) by Carolyn Keene
Library book
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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Comment #1: Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 23:52:48


Enjoy your spring break! It sounds like you're pretty busy. :) I've never read Mockingjay (or seen the movie), I really should so I can finally read how the story ends. And Giant Days looks interesting.

Comment #2: Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 20:59:00


I admit that I've been holding off on finishing the Hunger Games series, afraid that it will disappoint. I can say that the first chapter is very thrilling.

Giant Days is a hilarious New Adult comic about university life. I have reviews for the first two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2. Volume 4 came out in the middle of March and I hope to get a copy of it soon.

Comment #3: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 01:22:20


Lots of great reading. You sound very busy with the packing. Enjoy the trip to visit the rellies and enjoy the mountain area.

Comment #4: Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 22:36:00


It'll be a good trip and a nice break from boxing up books.

Comment #5: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 03:34:42

Geybie's Book Blog

I hope you'll enjoy your trip. It sounds so much fun. Anyway, Glad that you enjoyed the majority of the books you read last week. I hope, it continues this week. Have a great week. :)

Comment #6: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 07:17:33


Thanks on all accounts.

Comment #7: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 10:24:17

Kathy Martin textarea: I am boxing books too but trying to avoid having a rent storage for them. That would be like moving them twice and I'd have to do the heavy lifting. For now, I'm stacking boxes in closets I've already emptied. I started with my TBR room - after setting aside books I hope to read before I move. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #8: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 07:48:33


If our place had closets or any extra space we would do that too. It doesn't. We don't even have a garage. As we also don't know how long it will take to complete the moving process, we need somewhere to put things while we fix up the current place and move into the new (yet to be determined) place.

Comment #9: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 10:39:13

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy your packing and your redesign. It's great to have projects.

Spring break is always fun, too. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. That Nancy Drew book reminded me of the good old days with this series.

Comment #10: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 07:52:00


The redesign is more enjoyable than the packing. The last move was exhausting and now we're thinking of doing this twice in close order.

Comment #11: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 10:55:13

Amanda @ Veni, Vidi, Legi

I hope your move goes well! Love the Carolyn Keene book, and The Genius of Birds looks so good! I love ornithology. Happy reading.

Comment #12: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 08:02:03


The Genius of Birds is an excellent book. I think you would also like Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear.

Comment #13: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:45:33

Casey @Fearless Creative

I've always heard such great things about Mosquitoland! He's got a new one out, doesn't he?

Comment #14: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:32:02


David Arnold had a new book out last year, Kids of Appetite. This year he has a short story in the anthology, Behind the Song. Next year he has another novel coming out, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik.

Comment #15: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 13:30:49

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Fun covers!!

Awwwww....Nancy Drew. I read every book when I was young.

Comment #16: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:38:11


Fun books too. I didn't read Nancy Drew as a kid. I was into the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden. I only started reading Nancy Drew as an adult.

Comment #17: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 18:55:48


Aloha; mahalo for visiting today. My husband is Korean so trying to find the right kimchee has been unsuccessful when trying store brand ones. I thought maybe making it myself would be a winner. We still have to test out the cucumber kimchee which is slightly different from the popular cabbage one but I'm looking forward to the opportunity tonight. Wow! You must have some collection to have to rent storage for books read. Has your kids read them too as I notice most of your books in this post are children's books besides YA. I didn't get into the Hunger Games; while technically with gangs in real life kids are killing kids, the first book was too much for me. But I did get into the Divergent series, one that I need to move on in and finish up. I wanted to see the movie first of the first installment.

Your road trip sounds like fun. Safe travels and have a good time.

Comment #18: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 16:15:55


I hope the homemade kimchee works out for you. It's always nice to get those tastes of home — and then make them your own.

Some of the books I blog about are ones that my children have read. Some of them are ones my husband has read. A lot of them though are ones that just I've read. The reason we need to put them in storage is we're planning to move to a bigger house. I'm trying to separate out "read" books from "TBR" ones so that I'll know which boxes to sort first to look for things to donate. The Hunger Games and Divergent books, for instance, will be going to the local high school as my husband has read them and neither child is interested in reading them.

Comment #19: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 18:56:24


I lived for Nancy Drew as a kid. I am glad to see they are still around. I hope you will share your thoughts on Ms. Marvel. It's looks good. Have an awesome and safe trip.

Comment #20: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 16:21:15


I was a Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden kid. I didn't start reading Nancy Drew until I was an adult. I like the new Diaries — they're a little shorter than the older books and Nancy's a little more grown up.

Comment #21: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 20:25:48

Kathy @ Kathy Reads

I loved Mosquitoland! The narrative of the main character kept me vested through the whole thing. I hope you enjoy Mockingjay. It's great but was my least favorite of the series. Good luck with all the packing up! I have to say I don't envy you at all.

Comment #22: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 19:22:02


I also loved Mosquitoland and will have a review written and posted soon. I've been holding off on reading Mockingjay for years because of a heated argument a few of my local book blogging friends got into over it.

Comment #23: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 21:27:15

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

I hope your daughter is feeling better! Spring colds are the worst. :(

Enjoy your trip to the mountains and visiting family! It sounds like a nice reward for all the work you are doing. :)

Comment #24: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 19:26:27


She's on the mend but mostly voiceless. It's sweeping her school, unfortunately. The trip next week should be fun. I'm looking forward to it.

Comment #25: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 21:54:53

Ellen Pilch

Moving is a lot of work. Good luck sorting through the books. And have a fun trip next week.

Comment #26: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 19:39:54


At least this time we're starting early with the packing. We have repairs that need doing — and the books need to be out of the way for that. As they are the largest part of stuff, the move — this summer (fingers crossed) will be easier.

Comment #27: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 23:54:23


Sorry to hear your clan is still fighting the cold bug. I hope you all get a nice visit to grandparents.

I was actually disappointed by Katness's character in Mockingjay. I'll be interested in your thoughts.

Best wishes for organized packing. Consider audiobooks while doing the task! Happy reading; be safe till you return.

Comment #28: Monday, April 03, 2017 at 21:20:54


The cold is making the rounds in the schools. It was unavoidable — when even the teachers are coming down with it.

I wasn't sucked into the whole fervor over the Hunger Games series and it's conclusion when the books were new. I bought the first one a month or so before Mockingjay was published. I remember the heated arguments among my book reading friends. Now I just want to finish the series to donate it to the local high school.

I do have some audio books on hand but I'll probably be listening to music. I have an extensive digital collection.

Comment #29: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 02:07:30


Oh, again the only one I recognize is Mockingjay! I hope you enjoy it, and the rest of the books :) Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Comment #30: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:05:08


I'm slowly working my way through Mockinjay.

Comment #31: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 06:52:42


What a great looking selection of books, I must get to Mockingjay one day, I still have it languishing on my TBR shelf! Have a lovely week :-)

Comment #32: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:09:42


Facing a move and wanting to weed books is a good inspiration for me to get through my TBR books.

Comment #33: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 06:58:59

Mareli Thalwitzer

I am also trying to get through my own collections this year, but it's not that easy! I just keep on adding to the collection.... Enjoy your mini break and good luck with the packing! We've moved about 2 months ago and most of my boxes were books.

Comment #34: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:12:58


Most of our boxes will be books too. The kitchen will come up second in number of boxes. Then clothes. We don't have knickknacks or other stuff.

Comment #35: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 07:25:02

Poem Fanatic@Poems and Poets

Mosquitoland is one of my favourite books ever- It's so unique and yet relatable!

Comment #36: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:17:25


That's an excellent description of Mosquitoland. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Comment #37: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 13:05:42


Enjoy your spring break and your books!

Comment #38: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 12:20:17


Thank you.

Comment #39: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 19:01:35


That's quite a bit of reading done last week. How did you like Mosquitoland? I've seen it on a number of blogs before but haven't gotten around to checking it out myself. Have a great week.

Comment #40: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 18:46:01


I did enjoy Mosquitoland and will be writing / posting a review as soon as I can.

Comment #41: Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 19:56:13


Your mini roadtrip sounds fun! I love watching my kids hang out with their grandparents.

I loved Nancy Drew as a kid, but I never knew there was a diary series!

Comment #42: Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 17:05:56


Thanks. We're looking forward to it. The Nancy Drew Diaries started in 2013 with Curse of the Arctic Star. The most recent one is #14, Riverboat Roulette which came out on January 3. The next one, The Professor and the Puzzle comes out in August.

Comment #43: Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 09:44:42


Last month, I read only books from my bookshelves (that wasn't intentional) and it is satisfying to get to them! My weakness is buying books, but I have so many that I haven't read and that's $$ on the shelves. I need to be more diligent about reading my own books, so that I can clear out the ones I've read and donate them to unpack the boxes of books that I haven't read! Enjoy your Spring Break! We had ours in March.

Comment #44: Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 08:47:44


I'm trying to combat the adding more books to my collection before I can read them in two ways. First for new books I am primarily buying ebooks. Second I am packing up the books I have read first so that they will be in storage while I can read and pack the ones I do want to read but have been distracted away from.

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