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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24): 04/24/17
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.
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.
Friday night my daughter and her class participated in the annual Mandarin Showcase. Her class recited a poem.
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.
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:
What I'm reading:
Last Week's Reviews
Comment #1: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 00:25:30
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Very true. At least they're having fun and building friendships.
Comment #25: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 21:04:03
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I love the cover of Arrangement! It's such a pretty shade of teal!
Comment #40: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:02:00
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
Wow, you've been busy. Great book selection.
Comment #42: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:02:00
Here it is only Tuesday and I'm already completely swamped this week.
Comment #43: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:17:29
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
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
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
I am. I'm reading a chapter or two every day at lunch.