What are you reading? Monday, January 20, 2020

This was an odd week. I had a lot of hockey games planned for the week (at least by my standards, six was a lot), so I didn’t think I would find much time for reading but I did. It was very cold, but while the southern part of our province had snow days off from school, we did not (that surely would have provided more reading time). Late in the week, we saw some horrendous storms in the east, but it was 5 above, Celsius and our snow (we don’t have much, is melting). The other odd thing was that I did not read some of the books I thought I would read, but did read a few I had not planned to. I am happy to link this post of my reading week with others at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. Thanks to our hosts Jen, Kellee and Ricki.

Books I Enjoyed This Week

Still Life with Tornado

This YA title follows Sarah, a sixteen year old in the midst of what she calls an existential crisis. We swirl through her past, present and future with her and see how things with family, friends and school have unraveled. Like all of the A.S. King books I have read, this one has many relevant themes running through it and they are woven into a novel that is witty, sad and wise.

The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

The newest in a funny early chapter series, I have read all of these and both my kids sneak a peak long enough to have read them to even though I don’t think they would sign it out at their library. In public, this book would probably be part of their reading past. If you are not familiar with these, the Princess In Black usually spends her more heroic times battling monsters that have an insatiable desire to eat goats. In this installment there is a larger contingent of help in the form of other princesses that have super-hero identities. The need to work together to foil the largest, smelliest monster the series has yet seen.

What Lane?

Thanks to the publisher and the people at Book Portage for allowing me to read this book before its May release date. It’s a short book that packs a lot into 126 pages. Stephen thinks what he really wants, is to be able to do anything at any time. That he should be able to jump into any lane. But, some of his first experiences with racism while living in a mostly white neighbourhood teach him and some of his friends about white privilege, Black Lives Matter and about the power of doing your thing. To always be in the lane that is for you, not doing what others might try to force you to do. The author of Tight has written a second book that will challenge kids to think and learn about our world.

Currently Reading

The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4)Legends of the Lost CausesFrom Ant to Eagle

My family and I continue to read The House of the Hades, Book 4 of The Heroes of Olympus series. It is quite funny at the moment. I am reading Legends of the Lost Causes for a school project. Both of these are re-reads for me. I just started From Ant to Eagle.

On deck books

I write this, in part, to see if I actually can predict what I will read from week to week. Last week, not so much, but here is what I am hoping to get into this week. I also have some NetGalley ARCs to catch up with in the Siha Tooskin Knows series.

Best FriendsI Can Make This Promise

Thanks for checking out my reading week reviewed in this post, I look forward to seeing your reading week soon as well.

 

6 thoughts on “What are you reading? Monday, January 20, 2020

  1. Will note “What Lane?” & the AS King book is a new title to me though I see it’s been out a while. My granddaughters like the Princess Black series so will find that one for them. Sorry you didn’t get any snow days, Aaron! Thanks for all!

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  2. I’ve been going through a similar situation with having a very different reading week than what I planned. I’m not sure if it’s just my struggle to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. But I hope it resolves soon just because plans make me feel a better sense of control. LOL I haven’t even finished my #MustReadin2020 list, so I need to get with the program!! I just finished I Can Make This Promise last week and I’m adding Still Life with Tornado to my list. Hope it’s a great week, Aaron!

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  3. Still Life With Tornado is on my list – that list that goes on and on forever. I am a hard core Princess In Black fan so I will grab this one when I get a chance. I too record what I hope to get to. I like to think it helps keep me on track, but sometimes other books jump in my face and scream, Read Me First!

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  4. I have always meant to read more middle grade and YA novels, but I never get around to doing it. Thanks for sharing these lovely titles, and here’s hoping I’d be able to get to them soonest. šŸ™‚

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