Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Monday!

What I Reviewed Last Week

Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink

We know all about Katrina here. We live west of New Orleans and Katrina was an object lesson for us. 

I didn’t know all about Memorial Hospital...more

Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect
by Matthew D. Lieberman

Have you ever read a book about something you were deeply interested in and 
finished it and thought you somehow now knew 
less about something than when...more

The Wet and the Dry:   
A Drinker's Journey   
by Lawrence Osborne    

Osborne reveals on page one that he is a drinker. A big drinker. Possibly an alcoholic. And his people are also all big drinkers. Possibly alcoholics....more

The Tortoise & the Hare
by Jerry Pinkney

Nobody illustrates a story like Jerry Pinkney. Beautiful, life-like illustrations tell this old tale of the slow and steady tortoise that wins out in...more 

The Night Before Christmas
by Holly Hobbie

It’s a happy surprise to find that children’s book illustrator Holly Hobbie has taken on this classic poem. And it will be no surprise to you for me...more

The Very Fairy Princess:
Sparkles in the Snow
by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

I can already hear the peals of delight in my primary school library from my young patrons when they catch sight of this new Very Fairy Princess story...more

Marc Brown's 
Playtime Rhymes:
A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together

If I could, I would buy a copy of this book and give it to every new parent in my town. It’s exactly what parents need to sing and play little finger...more

The Smartest Kids in the World
by Amanda Ripley

Is this the best book I’ve read this year about education? Yes, it is. And I’ve read a lot of books this year about education. This one was best...more

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys  

(First of all, let me make one thing very, very clear….This is not that Shades of Gray. I can’t imagine a situation in which I would force myself to...more 

The XX Factor:
How the Rise of Working Women
Has Created a Far Less Equal World

It’s a depressing tale. You probably figured that out from the title, but perhaps you hoped it might be bleak but not unremittingly bleak. You would be...more

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf  
by David Almond

David Almond has yet to disappoint me. He is always writing new books that set my little brain to whirring. This new story is no exception. A thoughtful...more

Some Nerve:
Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave
by Patty Chang Anker

Anker is a scaredy cat. I thought I was a fearful person, but my small fears and anxieties are nothing when set against the enormous fears and...more

What are you reading this week?

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 


  1. I hadn't seen that cover for Between Shades of Grey and I love it - quite stunning!

    Tanya Patrice

  2. I'd really like to read Five Days at Memorial.

    Have a fab week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Wow, you had a busy week! Between Shades of Gray is an amazing book!

  4. I've added Five Days at Memorial to my tbr list and I have Between Shades of Gray in my stacks. Good to know they're both winners.

    I've just finished Replay by Ken Grimwood (loved it!) and am almost finished with An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges. Between Shades of Gray may be my next read.

    Have a wonderful week, Deb!

  5. Five Days at Memorial is good journalism. For a change.

  6. I can see Between Shades of Gray being added to some required reading lists around the world.

  7. It was a busy week in that I wrote up all these reviews and did Readathon. Exhausting, really.

  8. It's always a happy week when I read good books.

  9. Looks like a very good week for you.

    ENJOY this week!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  10. I am curious about The Wet and the Dry...I've read several books from the perspective of the heavy drinker (alcoholic). Each adds a little something extra. Am I obsessed? LOL

    BTW...I did have to take a vision test at DMV too....and there was a really old man with a cane who had to take the driving test.

    So I guess they're trying! LOL

  11. Between Shades of Gray is such a great book!! Have a great week

  12. I want to read Five Days at Memorial and the other Shades of Grey book :) Both look interesting to me. I'm glad you had fun at the Readathon and read such a nice stack of books. Enjoy the week.

  13. I just can't do Christmas books yet :) although the weather is getting colder.
    Have a great week!!

  14. Nice! These are all new to me! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  15. I'm very curious about The Smartest Kids, I've heard its very good but I have not read it yet. Thanks for reminding me of it.

    Have a great week.

  16. Hi Deb. You made me giggle with what you said about Between Shades of Gray - just to make it clear! To be honest, I was at the college bookstore and saw it and thought it was somehow related to Fifty Shades - a spin-off series, maybe? xD

    SOCIAL stood out to me as a cover and title, and maybe sub-title, but dang. What a disappointment, as your review shows!

    Thanks for sharing and happy reading.

    Glamorous Book Lounge

  17. Ruta Sepetys has to be so frustrated about the title thing! I've heard great things about that book.

  18. There's so much to add to my reading list! Have a good week.

  19. I originally heard about Between Shades here in the blogosphere and requested it from my library. You should have seen the looks when I went to pick it up. I had to keep telling people, "It's not that Shades of Gray!" Awkward.

  20. I've had Between Shades of Gray waiting patiently for me for quite some time, heard nothing but good about it. Must try and get my hands on Five Days at Memorial. Have a great week and happy reading :)


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