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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24): 04/24/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Tuesday was Girl Scouts. I'm a Daisy Troop leader in a mixed-level troop. As May 5th is the school's Multicultural Night, our Brownie leader is teaching the girls an Irish dance. They are enthusiastic but need more work.

Two images of the Girl Scouts learning a new dance

After some enthusiastic dancing, we went back to the classroom to break into groups. There I taught my Daisies about maps and mapmaking. It was popular but I'm not sure how much of the lesson stuck.

Flowers at Pine Cove

Friday night my daughter and her class participated in the annual Mandarin Showcase. Her class recited a poem.

Mandarin Showcase

The rest of my week was full of sorting and boxing books to go into storage. I'm taking a break from upstairs boxing to work downstairs.

Book boxes upstairs and downstairs

Reading wise, I got distracted by all the books I left at home, meaning the two books I started on the second half of my trip. I have made progress in those two books, but I haven't gotten close to finishing them. I suspect I'll still be reading them next week too.

What I read last week:

Vinegar Girl
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Ebook
A retelling of The Taming of the Shrew for the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5)
The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5) by Michael Northrop
Personal collection
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Rumble Volume 1: What Color of Darkness
Rumble Volume 1: What Color of Darkness by John Arcudi and James Harren
Library book
Star Scouts
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
Personal collection
The Arrangement
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Library book
Instructions
Instructions by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
Personal collection
Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special
Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
Personal collection
 

What I'm reading:

They Came in from the road
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
Personal collection
A novel about a family living along one of the newly built highways in Wyoming in the 1920s.
Bought on my trip.
Pachinko
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Ebook
Multigenerational novel about a Korean family
Brownies and Broomsticks
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Ebook
The start of the Magical Bakery mystery series.

Up Next:

Merman in My Tub Volume 1
Merman in My Tub Volume 1 by Itokichi
Personal collection
The first in a manga series about a merman living in a guy's bathroom.
Farm Fresh Murder
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Library book
First of the Farmers' Market mystery series
California
California by Edan Lepucki
Personal collection

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Comment #1: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 00:25:30

Kathryn

Oh the Irish dancing sounds fun, I remember a little of it from my young days, no good at it but was invigorating all the same.

Sometimes our reading does spread over into another week. Enjoy.



Comment #2: Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 21:43:00

Pussreboots

The Irish dancing is fun to watch as the girls learn. Last year they did a hula and the year before that they did a Maori stick game. We're fortunate as a troop to have such a diverse group of families who can all contribute.

I'm not worried about the two books carrying over. They are both long and complex and require more time and thought than other books I'm also reading. They will get read at the pace that works best for them.



Comment #3: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 01:22:35

Greg

I love Charles Vess' artwork so that Neil Gaiman book with his illustraions looks neat. He has a very mythical style. And I remember seeing reviews for California and wanting to read it.



Comment #4: Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 22:55:22

Pussreboots

Instructions is a short philosophical exploration on the classic British fantasy quest story. I will be writing a long post about it in the near future.

California I bought new and it's been languishing on my TBR.



Comment #5: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 03:05:33

Majanka

TombQuest and Ms. Marvel look interesting! I hope you enjoy your books this week.

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.



Comment #6: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 07:28:05

Pussreboots

TombQuest is a five book adventure series with an associated online game in the vein of The 39 Clues. My favorite book in the series is the third, Valley of Kings. Ms. Marvel is good so far. I don't usually read superhero comics.



Comment #7: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 08:31:33

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Looks like you had a busy week with the kiddies. I love being involved in my kids' lives. But they grow up fast. Enjoy your new books!



Comment #8: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 07:32:00

Pussreboots

My daughter has numerous extracurricular activities and none of them are close to home. So I spent a lot of my time with her at her different events.



Comment #9: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 09:54:41

Kathy Martin

Such a nice assortment of books. Your Girl Scout activities look like fun too. I shuddered when I saw your boxes. I feel like I am surrounded by them these days. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 07:35:00

Pussreboots

Starting on Friday my husband will be schlepping the boxes to storage. Thankfully we won't have to be living around stacks of boxes.



Comment #11: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:27:40

Laurel-Rain Snow

After reading Woman No. 17 last week, I retrieved my copy of California from the cloud. I had started it and set it aside, but now I am sure I'll enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting my blog...and sharing your activities. Great photos!



Comment #12: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 07:40:00

Pussreboots

California's been sitting on my TBR shelf since I bought it right after it was released. I'm adding Woman No. 17 to my wishlist.



Comment #13: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:10:00

Casey @ She's All Booked

I LOVE the Magical Bakery series!! It's seriously one of my favorites. If you like them, you should also check out Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mysteries - similar writing style. Hope you're enjoying it!!!



Comment #14: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 09:16:00

Pussreboots

I am enjoying the first of the Magical Bakery series. I have added the first of the Wishcraft series to my wishlist.



Comment #15: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:16:51

Geybie's Book Blog

It seems like you had a busy, interesting, and productive week. The students are so cute, especially when dancing.

Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. Happy reading. Having read Five 5-starred books is AWESOME! :)



Comment #16: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 09:40:00

Pussreboots

We have one more hour and a half long Girl Scout meeting to teach the girls the dance before the May 5th performance. I'm sure I'll have some photos to share for the May 8th post.

All in all it's been a pretty good year of reading.



Comment #17: Monday, April, 24, 2017 at 15:56:17

Stefanie

Your daughter is a cutie. The troop is cute. You go on being their leader. You got through a good selection of books this week despite the business of life.



Comment #18: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 15:40:00

Pussreboots

I'm still debating about being a co-troop leader next year. It's a lot of work and I suspect I'll be busy undoing all the packing I'm currently working on. It all depends on how smoothly things go this summer.



Comment #19: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 16:22:29

Yvonne

The Paige Shelton series is on my list to catch up with. It looks good. Sounds like you've had a busy week. I hope you have a good week this week.



Comment #20: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 15:45:00

Pussreboots

I'm looking forward to starting the Paige Shelton book.



Comment #21: Monday, Apri, 24, 2017 at 18:22:24

Sam @ WLABB

I love your scouting pictures! Brings back so many fond memories for me. I was a troop leader, school recruiter, camp program director, and even the service unit director at one time. I miss those days I got to spend with my daughter (she is graduating college in 3 weeks!). Have a lovely week!



Comment #22: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 15:45:00

Pussreboots

I admire anyone who has that amount of time and dedication. I'm actually seriously considering making this my last year.



Comment #23: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 19:37:42

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Great week! I think we never know what sticks with people though I suspect it is never exactly what we intended.



Comment #24: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 18:41:00

Pussreboots

Very true. At least they're having fun and building friendships.



Comment #25: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:04:03

Susan @ The Book Bag

Great books on your list! I haven't read an Ann Tyler book in quite awhile. I need to add one to my pile. Have a great week.



Comment #26: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 18:41:00

Pussreboots

Vinegar Girl is short but excellent. Another of hers that I read recently and loved is The Beginner's Goodbye.



Comment #27: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:04:15

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Wow that looks so fun for the kids! What a lot of cool stuff going on. :)

I spent today boxing up books - I think I was inspired by you! I'm not moving anytime soon but I kind of need the space.



Comment #28: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 18:46:00

Pussreboots

So many of us are packing up our books. We have two reasons. The first is to make room for some long over due repairs. And the second is to hopefully move into a larger home.



Comment #29: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:23:54

Sam Still Reading

How much fun is Vinegar Girl?!

I was a Brownie back in the day, but I used to skive off and go buy lollies with my dues instead. I'm sure your girl will remember something!



Comment #30: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 18:49:00

Pussreboots

We don't accept dues from the girls. They must be paid by a parent directly. Most of our girls too are in the afterschool program, so there's no where to go to skive off. The nearest place to buy lollies is three miles down a steep hill.



Comment #31: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 22:28:28

Ellen Pilch

I think it is great you are a Girl Scouts Troop Leader. I hope you get more reading time in this week :)



Comment #32: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:42:00

Pussreboots

I doubt I will get much reading time this week. Both my kids are keeping me busy. Plus there are the books to get into storage. I can still read before bed but otherwise I'll be doing everything but read.



Comment #33: Monday, April, 24, 2017 at 23:32:57

Susie | Novel Visits

I see you're about to read California. Her new book, Woman No. 17, is one I'm so looking forward to reading!



Comment #34: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:42:00

Pussreboots

I have Woman No. 17 on my wishlist. Hopefully I'll get to it sooner than I did California.



Comment #35: Tuesday, April, 25, 2017 at 00:17:33

Stacy @ The Novel Life

What a fun Brownie troop you have! Can I join :-)

Looks like you've got some really good books lined up. I've got Pachinko sitting on my nightstand but haven't opened it yet. What are your initial thoughts on it? Is it good? Wishing you a most wonderful week!



Comment #36: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:42:00

Pussreboots

It's a multi-level troop: Daisies through Cadettes. Pachinko starts slow but so did Free Food for Millionaires. I'm on Chapter 12 of the first section and it's starting to pick up.



Comment #37: TTuesday, April, 25 2017 at 05:08:03

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

The enthusiasm is what counts the most when it comes to these things, right?

I really want to pick up some of Riordan's other series (I've only read the Percy Jackson universe ones) and I'm excited to see Hammer of Thor was a five star!

Hope you have a great week.



Comment #38: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:58:00

Pussreboots

The Magnus Chase books have the humor of the early Percy Jackson books. There are a lot of Norse words that take some getting used to in terms of pronunciation. The print books do include a glossary with pronunciation guide. Or you can listen to the audio books and get to hear a professional pronounce. Either way it's a great series.



Comment #39: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 08:06:52

Poem Fanatic@Poems and Poets

I love the cover of Arrangement! It's such a pretty shade of teal!



Comment #40: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:02:00

Pussreboots

The Arrangement does have a pretty cover. I wish I could say I enjoyed the text as much as I did the cover design.



Comment #41: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 08:36:25

Lynn

Wow, you've been busy. Great book selection.



Comment #42: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:02:00

Pussreboots

Here it is only Tuesday and I'm already completely swamped this week.



Comment #43: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:17:29

Katherine

I really need to get to Ms. Marvel. Maybe I'll take a comics break during readathon this weekend.

Oh, wow, I skipped over to your narrative research project post. That sounds fascinating!



Comment #44: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:07:00

Pussreboots

Ms Marvel is good. I have two more volumes on hand to read. The road narrative project is fun — a project I wish I hadn't given up back in the late 1990s. Next week after the Bridging Ceremony, I'll have a bunch of books to pick up from the library that I'm borrowing from nearby colleges. I hope to dive back into in between boxing up books.



Comment #5: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 18:11:47

Ashley

Brownies and Broomsticks was a cute read. I like the idea of enchanted recipes. Hope you're enjoying it!



Comment #6: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 22:17:00

Pussreboots

I am. I'm reading a chapter or two every day at lunch.