It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR 5/26/14


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.

Yikes! It has been a loooooong time since I’ve shared what I’ve been reading. This post will be a little longer than usual, but now that school is almost over I will be reading and blogging a lot more frequently!

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

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


city of lost souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Claire
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Another amazing book in this series! I cannot get enough of these books. Looking forward to purchasing the last book, City of Heavenly Fire, on Tuesday when it comes out and starting the Infernal Devices series on summer break.



Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
YA Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
The Lunar Chronicles  is one of my favorite series that I have ever read, and I think Cress  is my favorite of the three books. If you haven’t read Cinder yet, you probably should add it to your summer reading list immediately.

key to kashdune

Key to Kashdune (sequel to Aesop’s Secret) by Claudia White
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Key to Kashdune is a great follow up to Aesop’s Secret and I really enjoyed it. Great characters and interesting, magical story lines!


good luck of right now

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Adult Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
I love Matthew Quick’s books and think he is a master at writing characters. This book is no exception. Quirky characters x infinity and unique settings make for another great book by this fantastic author!


catch a falling star


Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
This book reminds me very much of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Small town girl meets mega movie star hottie. Fans of books by Smith and Elizabeth Eulberg will like this one a lot!

days of blood and starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) by Laini Taylor
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating 5/5 Stars
This series is above and beyond anything I’ve ever read in the YA fantasy genre. I listened to the first half or so of this audiobook before finishing the ebook version and I highly recommend reading the series with your ears. Amazing narrator! I am putting off reading the last book, Of Gods and Monsters, because I love these characters and their fantasy world so much.



Slated  (Slated #1) by Teri Terry
YA Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
A weird book about teenagers getting their minds erased that caught me by surprise. I almost abandoned this one, but stuck with it and really liked it. I think fans of The Adoration of Jenna Fox would really like this one.

the one

The One (Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating 2/5 Stars
I love The Selection series and was so looking forward to seeing how the trilogy ended. I had high hopes for this book, but thought that the last 40 or so pages were a bit sloppy, jumbled and thrown together. I am glad to see that so many others loved it and it is very popular in my classroom. Looking forward to more from this author!

I heart you you haunt me

I Heart You, You Haunt Me  by Lisa Schroeder
YA Fantasy, written in verse
My Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
Cool book that I really enjoyed. The story sucks you in and you won’t want to put it down. I really need to invest some time searching for more books written in verse and adding them to my library.


Popular: Vintage Wisdom For a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
YA Memoir
My Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
Cute story about a teenager that uses a book from the 1950’s to try to achieve popularity. While as a teacher I cringed while reading about the writer’s school and fellow students, I thought it was a cool concept and can’t wait to see who plays Maya in the movie version that is already in the works. 

viola in reel life

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads rating 4/5 Stars
I have read a lot of Trigiani’s books and always enjoyed them. This is the first YA book I have read from her and it was pretty good. I liked the characters and setting and think that I’ll have a lot of female students that enjoy this one.

ruined 1

Ruined (Ruined #1) by Paula Morris
YA Mystery
My Goodreads rating 4/5 Stars
I wasn’t sure if I could get into this one, but I am so glad I stuck with it. I loved the setting of New Orleans and getting wrapped up in all the history of the families, houses and neighborhoods and folklore. Awesome book that I definitely recommend! 

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

alice in zombielandone came home

city of heavenly fire

Happy Reading!

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