It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/6/14

IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Winter break is officially over, and while I didn’t get to every single book on my list, I got pretty darn close. Last week was another great reading week, and I can’t wait to go back to school and share these titles with my students.

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

eye of minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
2013
YA Science Fiction / Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
I am a big James Dashner fan and credit his Maze Runner series for helping me branch out to genres other than realistic fiction. This book, which is the first in the Morality Doctrine series, just didn’t really wow me. It took about 30 pages or so to really understand what was going on – gamers get involved in a cyber terrorist attack and are forced to go deep inside a game to save humanity – and I really thought the whole book was about 100 pages too long. Teens that are really into gaming and coding will like this one, even if it didn’t really work for me.

where the starts still shine

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
2013
YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
I really enjoyed this book and its main character Callie. Callie was kidnapped by her mother ten years ago and has lived in horrible conditions ever since. When her mother is arrested after a traffic stop, Callie goes to live with her dad and his family in a small, greek influenced touristy town in Florida. I couldn’t put this one down.

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Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
2014
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Really fun book that I reviewed last week. You can check out my review here.

Front and Center

Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2009
YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I love the Dairy Queen series so much and this book was a great ending to an excellent series!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

city of bones  siege and storm perfect scoundrels

I am 75% finished with City of Bones and really enjoying it. I won’t have nearly as much reading time now that school has started again, but I am hoping I can get both Siege and Storm and Perfect Scoundrels read during independent reading time this week.

Happy Reading!

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