Catzteach's Reading Adventures - 2017
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Already finished my first book of the year! I don't have stats for last year other than knowing I read 86 books. I have misplaced my last journal. :(
#1 Uprooted I picked this one up when I was early to a hair appointment and stepped into the local bookstore to kill some time.
It starts out kinda Beauty and the Beast-ish, with the main character getting picked to go live with the Dragon, a local wizard. She is meant to stay there for ten years and then he will choose a new girl. Turns out she has magic and she's not as easily trained as the other girls. They eventually team up to fight the Wood, an enchanted forest that is filled with evil.
A very enjoyable read. A good way to start the new year!
Happy new year :) I look forward to following along.
Uprooted is on my list, although I picked it up in Dutch which is a little intimidating - I'm terribly rusty.
I've heard so many good things about Uprooted. I may need to check it out later this year.
I loved Uprooted too. I put off reading it because I didn't think I'd like the romantic aspects, but they were very well done. I hope the rest of your reading this year is as satisfying.
Happy New Year, Cindy. Uprooted should be coming my way via OverDrive eventually, but in the meantime I'll be dropping by to see what else you've been up to.
Happy New Year - and I'm glad to hear Uprooted is such a good one as I can see it on Mt TBR from where I'm sitting ...
I kept trying to get to Uprooted last year. I'll be trying again...
Happy New Year!
#2 Circus Mirandus I acquired this one at the grocery store. I was in a rather long, slow line and noticed it sitting there. I grabbed it and started reading. I couldn't leave it behind and had to bring it home with me. I'm so glad I did! It was thoroughly enjoyable!
Micah's Grandpa is sick. Micah has heard many stories about a magical circus that Grandpa visited when he was a boy. During his visit, Grandpa met the Lightbender. He promised Grandpa a miracle. Grandpa saved the miracle for later. He is now asking for his miracle. So Micah goes in search for the Circus with his friend, Jenny.
I plan on putting this book in my read aloud collection at school. I think the kids will enjoy it.
I'm impressed you can find something readable at the grocery store checkout! We have a decent book section inside our store, but there is nothing but tabloids by the registers. :o(
Our Fred Meyer, Kroger in your neck of the woods, keeps all sorts of books by the registers. I grabbed a Clarissa Clare, she wrote the Shadowhunters series, one there a couple of months ago. Fred Meyers were originally known as "the one stop shopping" place so even though they are now owned by Kroger, they still have a little of everything.
#3 In the Mouth of the Wolf the second of a trilogy.
Alessa is a young girl who can transform into a falcon. She is part of the Benadante. They are fighting the Melandante. Alessa's love interests is, of course, Melandante. It's a basic YA love gone wrong, good vs evil, kind of story. Not bad, but not fantastic either. I'll let the book get borrowed and see where it ends up.
#4 The Peach Keeper this was a BB from LT. I listened to the audio. I enjoyed it. I think I would've enjoyed it more had I read it myself. The reader didn't really distinguish voices so it was sometimes hard to tell who was speaking. But the story was very pleasant. The characters kept my interest.
80% done with Angry Planet. So enjoying it! It was supposed to be my "wait in line" book, but I'm enjoying it too much to wait to read it!
>16 catzteach: 80% done with Angry Planet. So enjoying it! It was supposed to be my "wait in line" book, but I'm enjoying it too much to wait to read it!
You have me thinking of leaving work early to get started this book on the bus.
>18 SylviaC: I think I'll try her again, but this time I will read it myself. I think part of the problem was the reader of the book, not the book/story itself.
#5 The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet oh my! How good was this book!? I'm very glad I was hit by this BB. I loved all the characters (even Corbin) and want more of them. This is one of those books where now that I'm done, I have to just sit and think about it and savor it.
>21 catzteach: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I get a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I think about it.
#6 The Skeleton Tree this is a children's book. The cover says for 8 and up. I would say more for ten and up. One of the characters is mean and says dumbass a lot.
Plot: Chris (12) is heading to Alask to go sailing with Uncle Jack. When Jack picks him up, there is another boy (15) with him. This boy is surly and rude. The boat gets into trouble and sinks. Jack is killed. The boys are stranded together in the Alaskan wilderness. They need to learn to survive and learn to like each other.
I was expecting it to be along the lines of Hatchet. It really wasn't, though. Probably because there were two boys lost. This book was more character driven, not as focused on the survival in the woods aspect. It was an ok story. I had a really hard time with the older boy being such a jerk, even after I figured out why he was such a jerk.
I'll send it along to my librarian friend for her library.
#7 The Mysteries of Cove: The Fire of Invention -- bummer, touchstones aren't getting a result on this one. Wonder why. It's a really good young person's book. I think I would say 9 or 10 year olds and up. The main characters are 8th graders. Trenton and Kallista live in Cove - a city built under a mountain. It has multiple levels that are very high so one has to suspend reality a bit. Anyway, in Cove inventing and creativity is illegal. Trenton likes to work on machines and has been known to make improvements to them. Gasp. Kallista is the daughter of an inventor who blew himself up while attempting to improve a water heater. Together they find clues that Kallista's dad left behind for her. They end up building a dragon (not a spoiler as there is a mechanical dragon on the cover). While working on the dragon, they discover the truth about Cove.
It was a really good book and it got me out of the "I don't want to be reading" funk I've been in, so there's that. :)
#8 The Witches of Lychford I finished this one at the gym this morning. It was rather good. I did start the second one right after. I was still working out and didn't have anything else with me to read. But so far I'm liking it.
>26 catzteach: Good! I'm glad you liked it. Oh, and sometimes the touchstones just don't load.
>26 catzteach: Are you sure that book has been added to LT? I couldn't find it in your library.
>28 jjwilson61: I haven't added it. I'm really bad at that because most of these I don't keep and I forget that I can put "read but don't own" as an options. I'll get on that and see what happens.
>30 catzteach: You have to wait 24 hours for it to be indexed, and then you should be able to touchstone it.
#9 Fostering Resilient Learners This one was read for a group at school. We teachers have always noticed the kids who have the harsher home lives. But it sure seems there are more and more of them. One of the things the staff has realized is, more than ever, we need some training on how to deal with these little ones. It is so much harder for them to learn and they need a different type of classroom. Anyway, this is the beginning of some much needed training my staff will be getting. I'm responsible for presenting one of the five parts. We meet next week to discuss how to do this. I doubt many of you would be interested in reading it, but if you know of a teacher who teaches in a high poverty school, you might want to recommend it.
>35 catzteach: I'm so sorry to hear that it's getting worse. Just looked at your profile to see what grade. :o( You've got such little ones, too. Very sad.
>36 clamairy: yeah, it's pretty bad anymore. One of my little girls was telling me about her dad today. He's in the state pen. He gets out in November. :(
I forgot my profile says I still teach first. I'm in third this year. But I had this group two years ago. They were impacted then. They are worse now. They just haven't matured due to all the crap they've been through. Heartbreaking.
I'm sorry. It must be so frustrating. I can't even begin to imagine.
Frustrating and exhausting. But I still can't imagine doing anything else. I got into teaching because of the teachers that helped me through my own childhood traumas. I wanted to be that light for other kids. I hope I have been.
>39 catzteach: I'm sure you have been. From your posts over the years, it is clear that you never stop trying to find better ways that you can help your students. A teacher can make a huge difference in a child's life, and you have probably helped to set many of them on the right track.
>40 SylviaC: Thanks.
I actually had something pretty awesome happen this week with my kids. Yesterday we had to take a mandated math test. For the last couple of years, all I've heard about this test is how hard it is and how awful the kids do. A passing score is 29%, so I wasn't expecting much from my guys. So they take it. They worked so hard on it! We took it from 9:30 to 12:15 with a 30 minute break for PE. The ones who got done early made a quiet choice so the others could finish. The last one got done at 12:15. This morning we had a talk and I told them how proud I was of how hard they worked. We also talked about how hard the test was. I looked at a few of the questions. They were hard! They want to know their scores. I looked them up. My class average is 40%! I had one kiddo get 80%! I can't wait to tell them on Monday! I actually started crying, I was so proud of them!
Ok, back to book reviews.
#10 The Aeronaut's Windlass I have read three of his Dresden books. I really enjoy them. This was a totally different kind of book. I loved it! The characters, the plot, the pace. Everything. I will continue with the series.
#11 More Than a Bird by Liz Huntley. The touchstones aren't working for this one. I picked it up a couple of years ago at a library convention. Not sure what appealed to me about it at the time. If I read the back of it now, I'm not sure I would've taken it. That said, I liked it. It's the autobiography of a woman who was able to overcome childhood sexual abuse and extreme poverty and become a lawyer. Her grit and perseverance were amazing. She does give most of the credit to God, but realizes she also worked hard and went after what she wanted. It was a short, quick, and hopeful read.
>41 catzteach: I wish you'd stop blaming touchstones when the problem is that no one, including you, has added this book to LT.
>41 catzteach: Congratulations on your students' test scores! They must be paying attention in class.
>44 clamairy: No snarkiness. I just don't like to see LT dissed when its not warranted.
>45 jjwilson61: I hear ya. I don't think she was dissing it. I think many users here assume a book is a lot more prevalent/popular than it actually is. Plus the touchstones do tend to a bit wonky at times.
>46 clamairy: for some reason, when I get an erroneous touchstone it is always for 'Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince'.
>48 pgmcc: Apparently the wizard really loves Volume 6 for some reason :)
>42 jjwilson61: I often don't add a book because I just forget to. I wasn't blaming LT, just stating that the touchstone wasn't showing up. And it is a book from a small, obscure publisher. It's also a galley so it doesn't have an isbn on it.
>47 Darth-Heather: I still haven't read the Harry Potter books. Maybe someday.
What great news for you and your kids! Congrats to everyone!
Also loved The Aeronaut's Windlass and looking forward to more of that series.
More Than a Bird so I added the book and here it is with touchstones. :)
#12 Lost Child of Lychford I liked the sequel as much as the first one. Are there more? I want to keep reading about Autumn, Lizzie, and Judith.
#13 The Infinite SeaYancey is one of my favorite YA others. His books seem to have more meat to them. This one included. It wasn't predictable like YA alien invasion books can be. At least, I didn't think so. The third one is out and I will get it as soon as I can.
>54 catzteach: I understand the third Lychford story is coming out this year sometime.
>55 Ennymedia: Some do, some don't. Many of the regulars always have an audiobook on the go, others don't. Some prefer e-books to the dead-tree version, others the other way round.
#14 The Marvelous Land of Oz despite being a huge Wizard of Oz fan, owning all the Barbies, and have a room dedicated to all my WoZ crap, I've never read all the books. So that's my goal. I've purchased all of them and will now read them. I have read many of the other books based on them. It was fun to see some of those ideas originating in this book. I look forward to finding all the other inspirations.
City of Thirst the second in a series. Marilyn returns to the Pirate Stream and meets back up with Fin, the forgettable boy. Together they try to find an orb that grants wishes. He wants to be memorable, she wants her sick mom healed. They learn much about life and friendship. This is a really cute series so far. I'm looking forward to reading more and will be purchasing them for my classroom.
>60 catzteach: Although I didn’t read them all, I read several of the Oz books as a child and loved them. I only owned three of them – the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Road to Oz, and The Emerald City of Oz. I read those in particular over and over throughout my childhood and even into my teens.
It was maybe a decade ago when I tried reading through the entire series as an adult, but I think I gave up after the 3rd or 4th book. They were still cute, but I no longer appreciated them as much.
I read the first 16 Oz books as a teenager and loved them, but only the first 4 or 5 held up to a reread in later years. I own the gorgeous Annotated Wizard of Oz which looks at a lot of the context and influences around the original novel.
#16 Illuminae Boy, this one was awesome! A colony is attacked and the citizens flee. They are then pursued by the attackers and an AI goes crazy. It's fast paced and I loved the characters. It's been on my TBR for a couple of years now. I'm glad it finally made it to the top. I think I have to get the sequel.
>60 catzteach: That is an impressive goal. I don't think I could make it through the first WoO book now. I'm pretty sure I read it to Kid #1. But Kid #2 would fall asleep before I would get a book open most nights. LOL
Illuminae looks fascinating. My local library system has it, so I've added it to my list of books to borrow.
I was keen to try Illuminae but the local library doesn't stock it and I haven't seen it in the local bookshop (yes I've seen it on Amazon but I haven't purchased it as yet as I'm limiting Amazon intake until there has been further progress down the TBR pile). I read the Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff in 2015 and found it interesting (Stormdancer, Kinslayer and Endsinger).
I'm about halfway through Ozma of Oz but got sidetracked by this little gem: Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. I saw it at the library and couldn't resist returning to her steampunk society. This is a short book that features Madam Lefoux as one of the main characters. It was a fast read. I rather enjoyed it. And now I'll return to Oz.
>70 clamairy: I really enjoy her. I first learned about her from my Santa from Santathing a few years back. I've read almost all of her stuff. I believe there is a newer one about Prudence (a character's child) that I have yet to read. I found the last one at the library when I was looking for some Titanic books for school. (I always stop by the New Releases display.)
#18 The Bane Chronicles Audio. If you have read City of Bones and enjoyed that series, you will like this one. I really liked the character Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters books. This book is a bunch of short stories that tell his history. It has taken me a couple of weeks to listen to it as my commute is only about five minutes long, but driving home today, I missed listening to a Magnus story.
#19 Ozma of Oz the third in the Oz series. I feel like this one was not really titled correctly. It wasn't so much about Ozma as it was about Dorothy and Tik Tok.
#20 A Whole New World imagine if Jafar got the lamp instead of Aladdin. That's the idea behind this book. The only Aladdin story I'm familiar with is the Disney one. The very beginning of the book follows that film until the lamp is discovered. Then Aladdin doesn't make it out of the tiger cave, but the lamp does and Jafar gets power and takes over Agrabah. It is an enjoyable read
>75 tottman: I think I would like that! I watched one episode of The Librarians and liked it a lot. I just haven't gotten around to watching more as I don't watch much tv at night anymore.
# 21 Gemina the second Illuminae files book. Oh my goodness! It was just as good as the first! The first one told the story of the attack on Karenza. This one told the story of the attack on Heimdall. I can't wait for the next one!
#22 Elite: A Hunter Novel The second in the series. Joy and her friends are back and are continuing to Hunt the Othersiders. Her enemy, Ace, is back and there are Psimons showing up dead. Joy has to handle both situations with the help of her friends and her Hounds. Another enjoyable read.
#23 The Dream Thieves The second in the Raven Boys series. I liked the Gray Man even though he was a bad guy. I didn't like Kavinsky, which I think is what is intended. For some reason this one didn't grab me like the first, but I'm really distracted right now with some professional development work I need to finish so that's probably why. I'll continue the series.
>83 catzteach: I've just finished the first in the series and am quite keen to try further titles (except I'm not allowing myself any further acquisitions until I'm further down the TBR pile), but also have heard mixed reactions to the second and subsequent titles - I may wait until you get to the third to see what you think.
>84 Peace2: I'll probably request it from the library in a few weeks. I have a few library books I need to read first. I really enjoyed her Shiver series.
What does it mean, "not allowing myself any further acquisitions"? There must be some typos in that phrase.
#24 Me Before You audio/cd. Louisa Clark gets a job as a caretaker for a man who is a quadriplegic. The job is only for six months. She eventually finds out that is because Will, the man, has decided to end his life. So she spends the time trying to change his mind. This book was so good! I started listening to it on my way to my mom's. My commute is about 10 minutes long. I wanted to keep driving just so I could listen to the book!
I have downloaded After You from overdrive. It's on my phone so I can listen to it more than when it's on cd. I am bummed it's a different reader. Louisa should sound the same.
>88 catzteach: "I wanted to keep driving just so I could listen to the book!" That's quite an endorsement! (I've had that happen to me when walking.)
I have seen that there is a movie. I'm afraid to watch it. I don't want it to ruin the story.
>90 catzteach: Approach the movie as a totally different entity, a different story. That is how I overcame my phobia of screen adaptations of books I loved.
>91 pgmcc: I'll probably watch it this summer. Enough time will have passed by then. :)
#25 Valkyrie: the Runaway I picked this one up at the library a couple of weeks ago. And yesterday I did something I haven't done in a long time: I ignored all my schoolwork, all my National Board work, my incredibly disorganized and dirty house, and read a book. The whole book, in one day. I really needed to fill my cup. And this book was enjoyable enough to read all in one day. Its a sequel, and I didn't read the first one, but it still made sense. Freya is a Valkyrie. She is sent to Midgard to retrieve a Valkyrie who was banished. She finds some family there. The book ends with a war breaking out in Asgard.
A side note: when I first typed in Freya, my iPad automatically changed it to Greta, which is the name Freya uses when she's in Midgard.
#25 After You the sequel to Me Before You. Audio book. Took me a while to get through this one since my commute is at most ten minutes. It was good, but not as good as the first. I'd post more detail, but I'm afraid it would be a spoiler and I don't remember how to block spoilers. It was a pleasant ending.
#26 Cavern of Secrets this is the second in a series. It was enjoyable. I think a young reader would like it. There's a talking bat in it that is very cute.
#27 Caraval A YA novel. Scarlett has been writing to Legend, the leader/creator of Caraval, to get him to invite her little sister and her to Caraval. It is a magical "game" that her grandmother used to tell her stories about. She wants to go so they can escape their abusive father. She finally gets an invite, five days before she's to be married off to the count, a man she's never met. Her sister decides they should go and kidnaps Scarlett to get her there. Once there, the sister, Tella, is taken as part of the game. Now Scarlett needs to find her to win the game and get a wish. Along the way she meets Julian. He helps her but the entire book I couldn't decide if Julian was a good guy or not. Scarlett is also told that the game isn't real. But it was hard for the reader to not think it was real as well. This book kept me guessing and on my toes. I like books like that. I was happy with the ending. It did leave it open for a possible sequel.
Yikes. It's been a while since I posted. I've been reading, I've just been busy with the end of the school year. Here's what I've read:
#28 Blood Rose Rebellion this is the first in a series. Anna is a Luminate. They are the only ones who can use magic. Of course, they are also the ruling class. And not all of them are nice. Enter the lower class of folk who found a way to use magic and want Anna to undo a Binding spell so everyone has access to magic, not just the Luminate. It was an ok read. I don't know if I'll seek out the others n the series.
#29 The Cruelty Gwendolyn Bloom is 17. She lives in New York with her stepfather. He's the only father she has known, though, so she doesn't think of him as a "step". He goes away for a business trip and disappears. Due to certain circumstances, she decides to go look for him. She is thrown into the world of espionage. This was a pretty good book. I think there will be follow ups. I'll read them when I find them.
#30 The Football Girl I didn't write any notes in my journal and this was a library book. I don't remember the main character's name. But she is a 14 year old girl who is on the flag football team with her guy best friend. She decides she wants to try for the high school football team and goes to the summer camp. It's a good book about how to be true to yourself and not do stuff just because it's expected.
#31 Dorothy Must Die Stories 2 this is a prequel to Dorothy Must Die. It's three novellas that tell how the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion all become corrupt enough to go along with Dorothy when she takes over Oz.
#32 Ready Player One saw this one on a table at Barnesand Noble and snagged it. I remembered it being talked about on here. I loved it! The story was fabulous and all the references to 80s stuff was great! I wonder if those who didn't grow up in the 80s would like it as much. And I guess it's a soon to be movie.
That's what I've been up to the last few weeks.
My son, who was far from even being a glimmer in my eye in the 1980s, loves Ready Player One. While not a child of the 80s, he is a gamer, so that probably helps. He really wants me to read it, and I intend to get around to it. Sometime.
>97 SylviaC: I do agree that being a gamer probably helps even if you don't recognize the references. I enjoyed Ready Player One quite a bit myself, but I wasn’t intimately familiar with many of the references. My reaction was most often "oh, yeah, I vaguely remember that" or "hmm, I think I might have heard of that". The gaming aspect of the book was what drew me in at the beginning. I’ve never been a big gamer, but I’ve played my share and even now I'll still pull a game out once in a great while.
I actually did grow up in the 80’s (born in 1975), and I was practically born on a computer, but the games I played usually weren’t as well known. I think a lot of the references were from games played at arcades or on video game consoles, and I rarely even had access to those types of games. I also didn’t watch a lot of TV or movies.
Oh, I guess it would really appeal to gamers! In fact, I have a couple of kids in my class who would love to live in a virtual reality world.
I loved it as well. I think it appeals to a broad spectrum of the population. I really hope they do a great job with the film version.
#98 Ordinary Grace I read this one for my neighborhood book club. It's the summer of 1961. The main character is Frank, a 13 year old pastor's kid. At the beginning of the summer, a young child dies by getting hit by a train. Then there are other bodies. This book is part the story of a young boy growing up and part murder mystery. It felt a bit like Stand By Me and a bit like To Kill a Mockingbird. Other than being able to figure out who committed the murder, it was a really good book.
#99 Voyager the third in the Outlander series. I'm enjoying this series. The books are rather large so I like to read them in the summer when I have more time and can get through them quicker. I'm watching the series as well. I am about halfway through season 2. I don't know if I'll read another one this summer or not. I may wait until Thanksgiving Break.
>102 catzteach: The TV series seems to move more quickly than I remember the books doing, but I'm sure that's because of time constraints. I listen to these books instead of reading them. In fact I'm listening to the 7th in the series now. (I took a few years off. Mainly because I didn't feel like adding 50 discs to iTunes... one at a time. But I just joined audible so I snagged the next one.) The TV show definitely has its pluses. *cough* Sam Heughan, for instance... :o)
>102 catzteach: Voyager is my favorite volume of the series - such a grand adventure! And the reunion scene still makes me tear up a bit, even though I've read it several times.
Has the show reached this far? I'm curious to know what they will do about the time jump.
>104 Darth-Heather: The second season ended with
>105 clamairy: so that's from the start of the third book, I think. Quite a cliffhanger to leave viewers with!
I can get the show on Starz through Amazon Prime, but there's a monthly subscription fee. (It's less than I would pay for Starz through DirecTv though). I'm kind of waiting for American Gods to have the whole season out, and then I want to subscribe and binge-watch both shows :)
>107 Darth-Heather: yep, that's the beginning of the third book.
My mom bought the second season. We got the first season from the library. We will wait until the third season is out on DVD before seeing it. I don't want o subscribe to Starz.
#100 Blue Lily, Lily Blue the third in the Raven Boys series. The tan is closer to finding The king ( I can't remember his name and don't have the book in front of me to look) and Blue's mom is still missing. The Grey Man has become a friend and a new enemy comes into town. This has been a fun series. I have the fourth book coming from the library. It's "in transit" so I should have it in a couple of days.
#101 Diegos Crossing no results with the touchstones and not worth entering into them. It's a little book, only about 150 pages so I did finish it but skimmed to the end. It's about Diego having to cross the Mexican border into the US to deliver drugs. He HAS to because his brother is a drug runner for a huge cartel and gets injured and can't make the run. No run, people get murdered. It ends with Diego earning $5000 and wondering if he should continue with this "opportunity."
#102 The Dog Master this is a story about how the first dog came about. It was pretty interesting. It was actually three stories. It follows the Kindred, the Wolfen, and the man who domesticates a wolf to "create" the first dog. There for a while I was wondering how they would all connect, but it all comes together in the end.
>108 catzteach: I get the DVDs from the library as well. I'm not going to get Starz either. I already barely watch HBO (maybe two shows each week) except when Game of Thrones or Westworld are on.
Our Lady of the Ice Im going to try and be a bit more detailed with my reviews here. I just don't want to give too much away. This book takes place in modern times, kind of. It's clearly a different reality. There is a domed city in Antarctica. It is called Hope City. It was built as an amusement park in the 1930s. It was manned by robots and androids. It's now a city where a Eliana lives. She is a native to the city but wants to save enough money to leave. She is a PI and gets a case that pays well but gets her involved with androids, cyborgs, and the city's gangster. There is a main character who is an android and she's trying to take over the city so she can kick the humans out and have a safe haven for androids, robots, and cyborgs. Did I mention they are all sentient? They evolved over the years and want their independence. This was a pretty interesting read. I liked Eliana and another character, Mariaellena (I think I spelled that right). It was a satisfying ending.
>112 catzteach: I thought Our lady of the ice was fascinating for its world building , and that the plot balanced action with issues very well. The setting still haunts me.
>113 Sakerfalcon: I think the setting would make this a good movie. Eerie and dark is how I pictured the city.
>112 catzteach: I enjoyed Our Lady of the Ice as well. Have you read her other book yet? The Mad Scientist's Daughter is a rather sedate and pastoral post-apocalyptic tale that explores some of the same themes. I liked Our Lady of the Ice slightly better but both books are worthwhile, in my opinion.
>115 ScoLgo: I haven't read it. I'll look to see if my library has it. I liked Our Lady enough to read more of her.
#104 The Raven King the final book in the series. Blue and the boys continue to look for Glendower. It was a good series. I thought the third book was a bit slow but enjoyed all the others.
#105 Turbo Twenty Three another Stephanie Plum book. I don't know if I'm getting tired of them or what, but this one wasn't as enjoyable as the others. I didn't chuckle as much and Stephanie having the two men in her life, I dunno, I used to like it but now it's just annoying. In the past, she was broken up with one when she was with the other. Not so this time around. Not cool. I'll probably read the next one, but if it is like this one, it'll be my last.
Rules in School read this one for work. Kids have changed over the years and my classroom management skills need to change with them. I'm really liking the philosophy from this book. It makes me excited to get back into the classroom after my much needed break.
Menopause Confidential I read this one because my hot flashes are back with a vengeance. I held them off for a year using an essential oil but, boy howdy, they are making up for it. The result of reading this book? I am going to talk to my gynecologist about hormone therapy. I'm nervous to try it as I suffered from migraines when I had those hormones and don't really want those to come back. But I'm tired of breaking out into a sweat for no reason every hour or so.
Somehow my numbering on here got off. I think I used a post number rather than my book numbers. Anyway...
#43 Entangled a YA book. Cade is a human living on a non-human planet. Earth was destroyed long ago and the humans were scattered throughout the galaxy. Cade is alone. No family, no friends. Then one day a man shows up and tells her she was created in a lab and was "Entangled" with another human. The goal of entanglement is to help save the humans and possibly figure out a way to all live on one planet. Cade is entangled with Xan. He was kidnapped from the lab and has been in a coma. He has awakened and they can now communicate via telepathy. She goes to find him. Along the way she makes some friends. At the end she has to make a difficult decision.
It was a decent read.
#44 The Housekeeper and the Professor a book bullet from LT, can't remember who it was that shot me. :)
This was a great book! I read it in one day, it's rather short. But it was super sweet! I think I'll recommend it to my book club on Thursday.
I just read and loved The professor and the housekeeper, so it might have been me. Lots of other GDers recommended it too. I'm glad you loved it and hope your book club pick it.
>118 catzteach: I'm here to egg you on to ask for an Rx for a patch from your gynecologist. I've been using them for a few years now. I started flashing in my late 40s. I had learned to deal with the day-time flashes, but once I started losing sleep I couldn't stand it anymore. I did not get any migraines, but I've probably only had a half a dozen bad ones in my life anyway. You know what did trigger them though was an over-the-counter melatonin supplement. Good luck!
>121 clamairy: thanks for the encouragement, Clam. I'm still on the fence. And the weird thing? The hot flashes have gone away! Weird! I haven't had one in over a week now. I talked to my GP about it the other day and she could tell I'm hesitant. I just really don't want migraines again. I'll monitor it and talk to my Gyno if the flashes come back. I did get a blood draw, too, so we'll see if something else (thyroid?) was causing the flashes.
>122 catzteach: Mine do that, I mean come and go. I've never followed it carefully enough to figure out if there is a pattern, but it seemed to me that they somewhat followed my old cycle. I figured the body was still trying to adjust to its new self. :)
>124 MrsLee: so they might come back? Ugh.
Thing is, I was on a low dose estrogen for ovarian cysts when my night sweats started. A couple of months after they started, my migraines came back. I would get one when I put a new patch on. So I stopped the patches. A couple months after that, the day time hot flashes started. I think I'd rather live with the hot flashes than with migraines.
>96 catzteach: I enjoyed Ready Player One and was able to test it on my two sons, one is twenty and the other twenty-eight, and a twenty-eight year old friend of my eldee son.
Elder son loved it and recommended it to the other two. My younger son liked it but, being just out of his teens had to criticise it and talk about tropes and not admit to enjoying it. This is a person who criticises special effects in old SF movies; a real millenial.
My elder son's friend thought it was rubbish but he is someone drinks glasses of wine in one gulp and has his glass held up for a refill before one has finished pouring everyone else's first glass. I take his opinoin with a healthy dose of salt and tell him so. I banned him from ever drinking wine in our house as I consider his doing so a dreadful waste of scarce natural resources.
In conclusion, people who did not live through the eighties react in various ways to the book. I had been going to use your phrase, "grow up in the eighties", but given that I am in my seventh decade and still have not grown up I reckoned that term could lead to ambiguities and therefore used the term "live through the eighties" instead.
ETA: The three subjects in my survey are committed gamers and regularly spend nights online doing battle with hoards of zombies and technologically advanced warriors.
>125 catzteach: I took hrt for a few years when I wasn't sleeping because of them. They seem to have calmed down lately. I generally get one during the night, and a couple during the day. I find that stress likely means they will increase in severity. Having the accounts not balance at the end of the day is sure to bring one on, especially if my boss tries to help me find the error!
>126 pgmcc: My son, who is a BIG fan of Ready Player One is not sure he wants to see the movie, because he is critical of the preview he saw. He did however recommend the Thug Notes version online. :)
>126 pgmcc: good to hear how the younger people are thinking of it. I recommended it to my book club. We are various ages. They all enjoyed it. I like your thought of "live through the 80s". That would describe my book club.
>127 MrsLee: I have read that stress makes them worse. I'm not sure what stress I was going through. On second thought, it was the end of the school year when they flared up again. That time of year is actually quite stressful so maybe it was that. Yikes. I wonder what they'll do next month when school starts again. :)
#45 Winter this is the fourth and final (sort of) book in The Lunar Chronicles. There are two novellas that go along with the series and give backgrounds to the characters.
For those who don't know, the Lunar Chronicles are all a take on fairy tales. Cinder is the first and is a take on Cinderella (duh). Scarlet is Little Red Riding Hood. Cress is Repunzel. And Winter is Snow White. The evil queen of Luna, a civilization on the moon, is the bad guy of all of them, but she is also the evil stepmother in Winter.
An enjoyable series. I'm reading one of the little novellas, Stars Above right now. It's small so I should be able to finish it pretty quickly.
>129 catzteach: Can The Lunar Chronicles be read as stand-alone or should they be read in a particular order?
If you read them, read them in order. Otherwise you will miss things and not understand the whole story.
>131 catzteach: Thanks for that! I've been eye-balling the series on Overdrive but the first book is seemingly never available.
Once I finish off a bunch of other books, I will put myself on the wait list.
#46 Stars Above A Lunar Chronicles collection of little stories. It gives more background on the characters. It let me enjoy the characters just a bit longer.
#47 The Wonder picked this one up at the library the other day. I really enjoyed Room but did not enjoy Frog Music. I didn't even finish that one! But I thought I'd try her again. And I'm glad I did! I read this one in one day.
The lead character, Lib, is a trained Nightingale nurse. She has been hired to watch an 11 year old girl. It has been reported that the girl has not eaten anything since her brother's death, four months ago. The church is watching to see if it is a miracle. There are a few sceptics in the town, so the town forms a committee to have the girl watched. Lib is very much a sceptic and thinks she will have it figured out within a day or two. She forms a bond with the girl.
Not saying anything else because I don't want to give anything away.
#48 Spelled a YA novel, and series, that had potential but failed, in my opinion. Dorthea is a great-great-etc. descendant of Dorothy. She is a princess in Storyland. The princesses in her family are cursed. If they get around fire, the curse happens and they will burn the world down. So she is confined to the castle. She is extremely self absorbed and wants out. So she destroys the magic ward that stops her from leaving and evil from entering. She then accepts a gift from a little girl. It looks like a craft the girl made, but it's supposed to grant a wish. In a hissy fit, the princess wishes that things were different. This causes magic to not work properly. She then goes on a quest to fix her mistake. The thing that annoyed me was the author trying to be witty and using curse words like "what the spell?" Or the people would get "pixed" off. Or she would reference the Wizard of Oz or a different fairy tale trying to be funny. I won't be seeking out the others in the series.
>135 catzteach: I wonder if that is what the saying, "Too clever by half." means?
#49 Lady Midnight this is a Shadowhunters novel. The first of a trilogy. This was a pretty good one. It takes place after the Dark Wars. I haven't read all the Shadowhunters books yet and I'm assuming the ones I haven't read cover the Dark Wars. That said, I didn't feel lost or like I needed to read the others to enjoy this one. I have the second one already and will be reading it soon.
#50 Asylum this was a creepy ghost story. I liked it! Dan goes to a college prep summer camp. He is being housed in the dorm, which is an old asylum. He meets Abby and Jordan. They decide to explore the old wing. They find creepy things. Creepy things start happening to them. There are murders. There is a sequel which I will check out from the library. I'm trying to watch my pennies so I won't be buying books for a bit.
I'm now reading The Lost City of Z it's for my book club.
>138 clamairy: How is it so far? I have heard only good things about it.
>139 catzteach: I'm only 73 pages in. There has been a lot of history about geography. I was a geography major in college so I find the history of it interesting.
Finished The Lost City of Z. I'm not a huge non-fiction reader. I read this one because of book club. I had a hard time focusing and my mind wandered a bit throughout. But it was still interesting. Lots of history about exploring the Amazon area. One thing I learned: early explorers were often sent as spies. I think my biggest take away, which I really already knew, was that humans are arrogant beasts. If we had just learned a long time ago to appreciate our differences and learn from each other, rather than think one culture was better and more civilized (and therefore it was ok to rob/destroy the lesser culture), we would know so much more than we do now. Imagine all the really cool things we don't know about the Amazon because of the arrogance and violence of the "civilized world."
Whoa! It's been a whole month since I last posted?! Yikes! I got some catchin' up to do.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This one was a book bullet from someone here on LT. It was an interesting premise. Humans have killed Earth but have terraformed other planets in preparation of leaving Earth. One such planet didn't evolve quite like they were expecting. The back cover made it sound like there would be a lot more action than there was. I confess I got bored about 3/4 of the way through. I stuck with it and it came to a satisfying ending. Satisfying not because it ended, but because I like the way it ended. :) It took me quite a while to get through it because it is quite big and school starting consumes me.
Green Heart by Alice Hoffman. This was an ereader Kindle book. I'm pretty sure it was free or nearly so. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't great either. The writing was, well, weird. I guess underdeveloped would be a good word for it. The story was promising: Green is a village girl who is magical when it comes to growing things. One day her family goes off to the city to sell veggies while she stays behind. The city and area are attacked and blown up. Green burns her eyes but manages to survive. The rest of the book is how she and others are able to rebuild their lives after the attack. There was one part I rather liked: "I am the last person anyone would have expected to believe in the future, but I do. I am not hurrying toward it anymore. I am inside of it. A lifetime, after all, can be spent in a single afternoon. A world can exist in a kiss, a rose, a leaf, a heart." I like the idea of being in the moment and enjoying every thing about it.
I have also read Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Boy, are his books disturbing. But I do like them. Hmm, what does that say about me? :) This one takes place in a future where humans no longer die. They have nanobots that keep them alive and heal them. They are immortal. So society realizes they need to have some population growth. Enter the Scythedom. These are people who have been chosen to "glean" others. They decide who to glean and when. They are above the law. One scythe takes a liking to the two main characters and makes them his apprentices.
I'm almost finished with Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This has been a slow read but it's been enjoyable. I have been able to get interested in Joe Rantz's situation and life and that has carried me through the book. The story doesn't do too many bunny trails and the ones it does do give good background information. I didn't know much about rowing before the book so learning about rowing was interesting. I am reading this one for book club and one of the members rowed in college. We had fun talking about rowing with her (I was supposed to be done with it last week). I'm hoping to finish up by the end of the week. I am at the part where they are in Berlin but the Olympics haven't started yet.
That's my update. I have been lurking on other threads but haven't posted here because the beginning of the school year takes up so much of my brain and time. I have my first cold of the year. I might take a day off this week to try and shake it, but I hate taking days off. Making sub plans sucks and they rarely do things the right way so I usually leave filler fluff.
Finished Boys in the Boat last night. Man! What a good book! The author had a way of really sucking me into the story of these men's lives and their pursuit of the gold. And he wrote about the races in a way that made me feel like I was there. He made them nail biting! And then the end. Of course, I knew they got the gold and I knew they were probably all dead. But while he was describing the race, I actually wondered if they were going to win! And I cried when he talked about their deaths. I highly recommend this book!
>144 catzteach: yeah, I'm glad I didn't give up on it, but it did take me forever to get through it.
>143 Narilka: Mixed feelings about Ready Player One, despite groking the references. http://www.librarything.com/work/10966683/reviews/83978656
But The Boys in the Boat was terrific!
>148 catzteach: I had to look up "groking". I have yet to read Heinlein despite him being one of my dad's favorite authors.
>149 stellarexplorer: If I can promote research, I feel I'm performing a public service ;)
The Nightingale this one was read because of my book club. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It follows the story of two women, sisters, in France during WWII. The older sister is a rule follower. She has a German officer billeting at her house during the war. The younger sister is more rebellious and joins the French Resistance. She leads downed airmen over the Pyrenees to Spain. I stayed up way too late the other night to finish it.
Feed this was a book bullet from someone on here. I don't remember who. It totally wasn't what I was expecting. A lot more plot than just killing zombies. I really enjoyed the main character. She was strong and knew what she wanted. I like the political part of it and thought some of it was relatable to what is happening now. I listened to this one. I was so absorbed when running, I didn't even notice when I got to 6 miles!
I also finished The Strange Case of The Alchemist's Daughter this was a book bullet as well. I think from Sakerfalcon. So good! I thought it was clever to have one of the characters be the "author" of the book. I also liked how the characters interrupted the stream of the story to comment. I'm bummed the next one doesn't come out till January.
>152 catzteach: Agreed! I got this book for santathing some time ago, but I had hesitated to start it. Zombies and YA. Both not my favourite things. BUt I'm going to move soon, and I wanted to be a bit critical about which books I move with me, so I started it to see if I wanted to keep it. I was surprised, it was really very good. I loved the main character and the interaction she had were her team. And the ending... Pff. I'm hesitant about reading book 2 , though. Where do you stand on this?
>153 SylviaC: I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I love the way the women become family to each other (including the servants) and how their different personalities come through in their comments.
>155 Sakerfalcon: I don't know if I'll read more. I'd say why but can't remember how to cover up spoilers. I, too, loved how Georgia interacted with the other characters. I could see how she would get the senator to really like her and trust her reporting.
>156 catzteach: the characters were lovely. The interjections made the book so much more fun! And, yeah, the fact that family doesn't have to be made by being related is always encouraging to me.
>157 YouKneeK: The syntax to hide spoilers is: <spoiler>Thing to be hidden.</spoiler>
>158 catzteach: thanks! I'll have to write that down so I don't forget again!
>155 Sakerfalcon: et al. I found deadline to be slightly weaker, for a number of reasons, but worth it so that you can experience the wonder of blackout which is just as good if not better than Feed. Depending on what format your books are the start of Blackout maybe bundled into the end of deadline. Don't read it there get the book! It is that surprising. I loved this series.
>160 zjakkelien: That is a good tip, thanks! I thought I would leave that series after only 1 book, but you've convinced me to get the sequels.
>160 zjakkelien: yep, I'm convinced too. I'll have to see if my library has the audios. It was a really good book for a long run. Kept me off my mileage and into the book. Better than Feed. Can't wait!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper this is a sweet tale of a widower who finds a charm bracelet his wife had. He never knew about it. It looks expensive and special. He goes on a quest to find the stories behind the charms. He learns about his wife, himself, and how to live life without her. I really enjoyed it! Listened to it in my car while driving to my Mom's.
My next audio book is Deadline. I hope it keeps me entertained enough to zone out on my runs.
Just finished York by Laura Ruby. Touchstones aren't working for it and I didn't care about the book enough to enter it. It was boring. The setting: an alternative New York, I think the author was trying to create a steampunk world. She didn't really succeed. The plot: this city was created/built by a set of twins. They set up a Cipher that is supposed to lead to a treasure. A modern set of twins live in one of their buildings. The building gets bought by a billionaire who wants to solve the cipher. Everyone has to move out, even though their families have lived there for generations. The kids set out to solve the cipher.
The characters weren't engaging. The most interesting character was a six year old who was sassy and smart, but she was a minor character. There were typos that were distracting throughout the book, mostly missing words. Annoying. I ended up skimming the last third of the book. It's a series, but I will definitely not be reading the others.
I really enjoyed Arthur Pepper too. It's the sort of book that leaves you with a good feeling.
>165 catzteach: it does, doesn't it?
Finished The Family Plot the day before Halloween. It was a sufficiently creepy ghost story, but not so scary that I had nightmares. Dahlia and her crew go to an old estate to salvage what she can. Her dad bought the project to save their family business. The owner of the house was pretty eager to get rid of it. While Dahlia and her crew are working, they discover why the owner wants it gone: it's haunted. And one ghost isn't very nice. There's a bit of a mystery as Dahlia tries to figure out who the ghost is. This was a book bullet. I think Sakerfalcon shot me with it. It was worth getting hit.
>166 Sakerfalcon: I'm glad you think so! I really liked the house renovation bits and the way the creepiness builds. I'm keeping my copy to read next Hallowe'en!
>167 catzteach: I think having a job like that would be cool, but hard, too. I love old houses and all the artistry of them. But I would be like Dahlia, I'd want to save them all.
Finished my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry the other night. What a sweet book. I felt it was a bit slow at the beginning, but I think that was just more my mood than the book. Elsa is a very smart seven, almost eight, year old. Her grandma is her best friend. Then her grandma dies and leaves her. The book is really about Elsa learning more about her grandma and what kind of woman she was. Elsa was very lucky to have such a loving grandma. I think one thing I liked the most was how she was calling her yet to be born sibling Halfie.
Deadline the sequel in the newsflesh series. This one wasn’t quite as good as the first, but was still good. It was told from Shaun’s point of view. The two surprises at the end were totally unexpected. I just downloaded Blackout to start listening to. I have in on good authority (reading fox) that this one is as good as the first. Can’t wait.
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz the fourth book in my quest to read the entire series. This one was really bizarre. Dorothy and Zeb go through a crack in the earth during an earthquake. They end up in a land where they can walk on air. As they journey to get back to the top, they run into the Wizard. Eventually they are able to contact Ozma and she uses her magic belt to get them to Oz. From there, she sends them home. There really wasn’t much of a plot and it seemed like the details that were there weren’t really planned out. Luckily it was short.
Sanctum this is the second in the Asylum series. These are good October books. Creepy ghost stories. Dan, Abby, and Jordan find themselves back at the college that uses an old Asylum as a dorm. The first book was Dan learning he was related to the Warden who did these awful experiments on the patients. This book is more of that mystery. The kids have been sent creepy photos of an old carnival. The carnival used to be held on the property of the college. They go back to the college to discover the secret behind the photos and discover a secret society. This one wrapped up pretty well so I’m curious to see how the third one begins.
Are You still There this is a pretty serious novel for teens. Gabi is a senior. In the fall, there is a bomb threat called into her school and the school goes into lockdown mode. She finds herself stuck in the bathroom hiding in a stall. The bomb is found and quickly diffused. But the administration decides they need to change the culture of the school. Their first step is to start a Helpline. Gabi is one of the students chosen to volunteer to answer the helpline. She meets the other volunteers and it exposes her to other peer groups. They become close friends. However during all that, the bomber has singled Gabi out as someone he can trust. He calls the helpline to talk to her. She decides she can help identify him. The book deals with the issues of teen suicide, bullying, loneliness, and fitting in. It hit home a bit because I’m a teacher, but also because the high schools in my town are struggling with the teen suicide issue (a few years ago a student shot himself in front of a class full of kids). It was a very good book and a fast read. It’s one that’ll stick with me for a while.
Heartless a nice stand alone by the author of the Lunar Chronicles. Lady Catherine lives in Hearts. Her lifelong dream is to own a bakery with her best friend, her ladies maid. Unfortunately, her parents and the King have other plans for her: to become the Queen of Hearts. Then steps in the court Joker who complicates everything. The characters were fun. Catherine was likable.
I’m moving on to Six of Crows. This one is a reread because my book club is reading it and it’s been a few years since I read it. I’ll read the sequel afterwards since the characters will be fresh in my mind.
Six of Crows a reread because my book club is reading it and it's been a while. Still a good read. Kaz is a street rat in Ketterdam. He is hired to get into the Ice Court and kidnap a scientist from the prison. This is a dangerous task. He takes his best members of his gang. If you've read the Shadow and Bone series and liked them, I think you would enjoy this one.
I listened to this entire series. Oh my! They were fabulous! This is a series where I am missing the characters. I got into my car this morning and missed listening to Shawn tell about their adventures with the Kellis-Amberly virus (Hope I spelled that right, I never saw it in print). I was pretty excited when
I am now reading the sequel to Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom.
Finished Crooked Kingdom a while ago. It was good. A nice wrap up to Six of Crows. It was left a bit open at the end. There could be more adventures of the characters.
Finished The Rook last night. Loved it! Rook Thomas is an administrator for a secret government organization in England. They take care of supernatural outbreaks and such. Someone has caused her to lose her memory. She keeps it a secret and goes back to work to figure out who the traitor is. It had humor, intrigue, and a strong female lead.
I am not sure what book I will read next.
**leaves to go check out the TBR pile**
Last book of 2017: Lord of Shadows it’s the second novel in another Shadowhunters series. We continue to follow Julian and Emma of the LA Institute. They are dealing with the aftermath of the betrayal of a family friend. It was another fun read from the Shadowhunters.
My year end stats:
Books read - 71
Female authors - 47
Male authors - 25
Fantasy - 33
Nonfiction - 4 one of those was for professional development
YA - 30
Sci-fi - 13
Realistic - 15
Ghost/paranormal - 6
Overall a good reading year.
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