My Monday got off to such a rocky start (thanks to lack of sleep, my bum knee, an overactive imagination, and a power outage!) that I needed to rewind and start over! Of course, I still managed to forget to blog yesterday. So, let’s have another “do over.”
The best part of the weekend? The official first day of Spring! Spring Break, baseball, and reading on my porch are all right around the corner. Speaking of reading, I managed to get a lot done last week.
I finished The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade on audio. This is the first novel in a series featuring Modo and Flavia, two young spies in Victorian London. In my opinion, that alone is interesting, but throw in the fact that Modo is a shape-shifting hunchback and his mission is to stop a group of mad scientist from turning orphans into government destroying automaton and you have quite a story! Fans of steampunk should enjoy this new series. What is steampunk, you ask? Check here for more details.
I also picked up the 2009 Newbery Award winner, When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I am always interested to see what other people consider to be a “distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Sadly, I was not impressed. I did enjoy the little jabs at Dick Clark and his lack of visible aging, but I am not sure young readers today would appreciate the humor there. There are many references to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and I finally decided that readers are better of just reading that if they are looking for a book about time travel.
Wow, I just realized this is getting pretty long! So, I will continue this tomorrow. I still need to tell you about The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, The Daughters by Joanna Philbin, and the other 2 books I read last week.
Currently listening to: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Currently reading: The Spellman’s Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
To Read: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson