Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!


What I Read Last Week



What I Reviewed Last Week

(Yes, I finally got caught up for the summer so far!)


The three brothers and their sister are wandering around town when they unexpectedly find themselves in another world, the world of Elidor. They soon...more

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

She didn’t think he’d do it. He said he was going to do it, but she didn’t think he really would. He did it. She didn’t like it.

Molly’s husband decide...more

Manolito Gafotas (Manolito Gafotas, #1)

Manolito is a phenomenon in Spain (or so they tell me) and I can see why. What a voice this character has! Manolito wears glasses and has an annoying...more

Ash Road

The boys never meant to cause trouble. They’d planned to go camping, but somehow the fire got started and soon all the lives and possessions of everyo...more

Mr. Archimedes' Bath

Every day it’s the same story: Mr. Archimedes, the goat, the kangaroo, and wombat climb into the bathtub and the water spills over the tub. Mr. Archim...more

The Composition

People Pedro knows are being taken away by the government. It’s a scary time. Then a general comes to Pedro’s school and announces a contest for the b...more

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

It’s not called a memoir, but it’s a memoir. Had I known this, I’m not sure if I would have chosen to read it; I’m not one for celebrity memoirs. Glad...more

Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

Life got you down? Look no further than this little collection of true stories recorded in the last ten years by Storycorps. I guarantee you will feel...more

Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered

I loved Jam Today and I love Jam Today Too. Jam Today freed me to be a real cook. Tod Davies is the kind of cook that inspires others to bravely cook...more

The Night Swimmers

Retta is in charge of her younger brothers while her dad is working at night as a country-western singer. She decides to sneak in a neighbor’s backyar...more

Evil Librarian

I don’t do scary. I should tell you that up front. Probably most people would say this was not scary. But that’s most people. It was scary for me. Dem...more

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (Kingfisher Classics)

Old children’s stories tend to veer toward the sappy so I was very worried about reading this one. No worries. Williams never even ventured into that...more

The Red Pony

Having reread Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath this year, I had a clear memory of Steinbeck’s power to tell a story both in action and in feeling. And then...more

The 18th Emergency (The Eighteenth Emergency)

I’ve never had someone threaten to beat me up. It, then, was a revelation to read this book. And, isn’t Betsy Byars a master? I left the book feeling...more

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Mog is very forgetful and that can be a bother in her family. But she can also be the one to save the family from great danger. A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.

Me in the Middle

A very intriguing plot: Isabel finds a box. Inside is a photo of what she learns is her great-grandmother. The photo disappears, but Isabel soon disco...more

Lend Me Your Wings

The fish longs for wings and the bird longs for fins. They decide to trade. It is great fun to experience their lives in a new way. Ultimately they de...more

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

Naledi and Tiro know the only one who can save their sick baby sister is their mother, and she is off working in far away Johannesburg. So the two hea...more

L'Oeil du Loup
Author Daniel Pennac takes us into the thoughts of an orphan boy, a wolf, a camel, a gorilla, a cheetah, and a hyena in a story that somehow brings th...more
Storm Boy

Storm Boy lives free with his dad, Hide-away, and their friend Fingerbone in a remote part of Australia. None of the conveniences of modern life are a...more

Carnet de Voyage

While Thompson was waiting for inspiration for his next book (his last book was the wildly successful graphic novel, Blankets) he decided to shape an...more

Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk

Don't go into this book thinking that it is full of techniques to calm yourself and become a better human being. If Jack Hauber is any example, you wo...more

Clarice Bean, That's Me!

More of the lovely Lauren Child, with her fun art and clever stories. Love the story. Love the illustrations. A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.

The Princess and the Goblin

An old, yet completely new-to-me story of a lonely princess, her mysterious grandmother, her (largely) absent father, a young miner boy, and lots and...more

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It


Things you will like about this book: the idea of a “big birkett”...a couple who meets on the spice aisle...the De Head family...a high...more

Superfudge (Fudge, #3)


Peter just thought it was hard having an annoying little brother...wait until he has an annoying little brother, a new baby sister, and...more

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

Titanic on a Remote Unknown Planet. That could be a good subtitle. And please don’t think I’m belittling it with this subtitle. I liked it every bit a...more

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, #14)

Love these characters. Love this setting. Alexander McCall Smith is a fast writer, but he’s still not fast enough for me with this series.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

I can’t figure out why I wasn’t wild about this book. Theme of creativity? Check. Lots of prompts? Check. Readable? Check.

So I really can’t explain it...more

W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone #23)

Grafton never disappoints me. Finally got around to reading W...can’t wait for...can it be? X?

Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, #5)

I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter boo...more

Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, #4)

I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter boo...more

Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, #3)

I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter boo...more

The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, #2)

I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter boo...more

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)

I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter boo...more

The Red Shoe

Matilda’s dad isn’t functioning well since he has returned from the war, Matilda’s mom is spending lots of time with an uncle, and what is going on ne...more

What I'm Reading Now



What are you reading today?!

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. Wow congrats on catching up! I am so behind. Lol. That is an impressive list of books! Carnet de Voyage sounds cool, I loved Blankets. :)

  2. If you liked Blankets, you will like Carnet de Voyage.

  3. Impressive week! I'm curious about Ruby. Enjoy the new week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I'm about 2/3 of the way into Ruby, and I must say that it may be the bleakest book I've ever read.

  5. I confess I've never read 20,000 Leagues, although I've always been fascinated by the idea. i should take it off the shelf and read it... Storm Boy sounds good too,

  6. I am finding 20,000 Leagues an odd mix of fact and wild conjecture.

  7. Not sure about Ruby, though many have given it good reviews. The Princess and the Goblin sounds like a fun fantasy read. Enjoy your week.

  8. Ruby is a beautifully written story. But excruciatingly sad.

  9. What a great lineup variety, Deb!
    Congrats on your review successes, and as to Paris in July, you 've a couple reviewed that would certainly qualify =)
    EnJoy - and I'll be checking for your Saturday post ;)

  10. Holy cow, you really did get caught up on your reviews. Congrats and enjoy your books this week!

  11. I finally have a post ready for Paris in July!

  12. What a great week you had, Deb. Hope you have an even better one in the horizon. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. I feel happy that I got all of these reviews posted.

  14. Wow - that was a week of review posting! I like the looks of the books you read too. I hope this is a great week for you.

  15. Oh my that's an impressive catch up!! Can you come do mine now lol. Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  16. I can't wait to read your thoughts on Ruby and the reviews you've already posted!


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