Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Monday - August 13

Once, again - 'tis time for the weekly cavalcade of reading! Thanks, as always, to Jen and Kellee for hosting this at Teach Mentor Texts. If you enjoy finding a great book, head over to their site to read more posts about amazing books.



I was on vacation last week, which gave me some quiet time to read. I swear, I did also socialize with my family!


Dystopian / Post Apocalyptic:
I re-read Enclave and Outpost. I did just read them, but they are truly amazing. I was also rereading to prepare for a Q&A right HERE on my blog! Yes, I did get confirmation that I will be hosting part of Ann Aguirre's blog tour to celebrate the release of Outpost. My post will be September 10th. Whoo hoo! And.... panic! I haven't done anything like this before, so I made sure to check out any information I could that she already has out there. I'd hate to ask her anything dumb, right? PLEASE be sure visit that day (It's a Monday.... so I'll be sure to shout it out again). I'll have a GIVEAWAY of the first and second book!

As a bit of an FYI- Enclave is currently priced at 2.99 for the ebook. That includes a 73 page story called Endurance, which I also read this week. It tells the story about what happens to Stone and Thimble. REALLY worth it! I'd have spent that money for just that story alone!

Fantasy:
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Big thanks to my ARC friend for letting me read this one before it releases. I'll absolutely be getting this for my students - it's a wonderful MG fantasy. At first, because there were comments on how it was like Harry Potter, I was distracted making comparisons. It really does have its own wonderful life, though, and I adored how it spotlighted a female main character. Hermione rocks, but I love having a book where a lady takes center stage.

Newbery:
I got two read over break - Rabbit Hill and Strawberry Girl. Rabbit Hill was cute, and I could see some kid appeal there. Strawberry Girl was odd. I'm not sure many kids today would enjoy it.


Comics!! 
I decided to focus on some slightly darker comics this week. I reread Villains United (by the ever talented Gail Simone) and then jumped into two arcs of Secret Six (Six Degrees of Devastation and Unhinged). These books tell the tale of a group of anti-heroes as they take on a larger league of evil doers. Bane shows up for the second arc, which was fun since I had just seen Dark Knight Rises.

Summer is winding down, but I do still have some more solid reading time ahead of me. Fortune Wookiee showed up in the mail while I was away. Yay! (Oh, and as a bit of a Star Wars stickler, please remember there are TWO "E"s at the end of Wookiee!)

Have a wonderful reading week!

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